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  • miltonduff-10-year-old-2008-claxtons-whisky Miltonduff 10 Years Old 2008 The Single Cask (55.8%, Claxton’s, 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel # 1961-700925, 248 Bottles, 2019) (8/16/2019) - Miltonduff 10 Years Old 2008 The Single Cask whisky review: A delightful cask strength and relatively straightforward/unfussy expression. The cask has had plenty of influence here as you would expect from 1st fill, making this very palateable. The balance is in favour of cask over spirit character here which works very well. I'm not sure I am any closer to uncovering the DNA or character of Miltonduff after these expressions but they were both very pleasing and enjoyable. 83/100
  • miltonduff-9-year-old-2007-cask-11177-provenance-douglas-laing-whisky Miltonduff 9 Years Old 2007 Provenance (46%, Douglas Laing, Sherry Butt #11177, 2016) (7/24/2019) - Miltonduff 9 Years Old 2007 Provenance whisky review: Fruity with ginger spice and plenty of cereal influence - pretty solid for a reasonably young expression. 82/100
  • 1963 Tobermory White Background Compressed Tobermory 24 Years Old 1994 The Single Cask (55.3%, Claxton’s, Sherry Butt # 1963-688048, 346 Bottles, 2019) (7/23/2019) - Tobermory 24 Years Old 1994 The Single Cask whisky review: A very drinkable refill? sherry butt matured Tobermory. The nose and the palate show hints of that metallic/radiator nature of Tobermory's spirit and some vaporosity - followed by brown/woody sugars, ripe/dried fruits and lots of chocolate and coffee - what's not to like? 89/100
  • GLENDRONACH-BOYNSMILL-16YO The GlenDronach 16 Years Old Boynsmill (46%, OB, 2019) (7/22/2019) - The GlenDronach 16 Years Old Boynsmill whisky review: Intensely nutty and gently spiced with undertones of rich dark fruits - delicious! 85/100
  • The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Port Wood The GlenDronach 10 Years Old Port Wood (46%, OB, 2019) (7/11/2019) - The GlenDronach Port Wood whisky review: Not too sweet and not to sharp, very well balanced. Syrupy and smooth textured with a good weight from GlenDronach's malty backbone, this feels perfectly constructed. 84/100
  • Jameson-bow-street-18-cask-strength Jameson 18 Years Old Bow Street Cask Strength (55.3%, OB, 2018) (6/26/2019) - Jameson 18 Years Old Bow Street Cask Strength whiskey review: Spiced from the unmalted barley and rich and complex from both spirit and maturation, this is slightly removed from the smoothness of your usual Jameson blend and strikes me as something really quite memorable. 
  • 2019 Tobermory 12YO Tobermory 12 Years Old (46.3%, OB, 2019) (6/21/2019) - Tobermory 12 Years Old whisky review: Full of dark sugars, ripe fruits and a hint of spiced pepper, much sharper than the stalwart 10 year old expression but with those flashes of unmistakabley Tobermory qualities. 84/100
  • glen-keith-20-year-old-1992-closed-distilleries-part-des-anges-whisky Glen Keith 20 Years Old 1992 Closed Distilleries (58%, Part Des Anges, 152 Bottles, 2013) (6/20/2019) - Glen Keith 20 Years Old 1992 Closed Distilleries whisky review: Starts beautifully and I had high hopes this was a great drinker at 58%, however the strength belies and oddly perfumed nature on the tail end which was just a little too floral for my palate. A sploosh of water helped! 78/100
  • cragganmore-1997-bottled-2010-port-wood-finish-distillers-edition-whiskycragganmore-1997-bottled-2010-port-wood-finish-distillers-edition-whisky Cragganmore 1997 Distillers Edition (40%, OB, CggD6562, 2010) (6/19/2019) - Cragganmore 1997 Distillers Edition whisky review: A touch more citric spirit and musty Port cask than usual but still a great expression, loving the strawberry and lime combination in this expression and the general fluffy and jammy sweet qualities. 86/100
  • strathmill-22-year-old-1991-cask-2451-berry-bros-and-rudd-whisky Strathmill 22 Years Old 1991 Berrys’ (51.2%, Berry Bros & Rudd, #2451, 2014) (6/18/2019) - Strathmill 22 Years Old 1991 Berrys' whisky review: Showing its age with subtle signs of overipe and bordering on tropical fruit influences and also that trace of Highland/Speyside peat that seems to have dropped out of use/favour over the next couple of decades at least apart from now novelty "peat weeks" of distilling before the silent season and necessary equipment cleaning. 85/100
  • linkwood-18-year-old-1997-distillers-art-langside-whisky Linkwood 18 Years Old 1997 Distiller’s Art (48%, Langside, Refill HH #HL15067, 148 Bottles, 2016) (6/17/2019) - Linkwood 18 Years Old 1997 Distiller's Art whisky review: Bursting with fresh fruit, reminded me a little of caramel apple granny or apple cakes then plenty of citurs zest and some oak wood adds a little depth to this really rather good Linkwood. 84/100
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 12 (5/22/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 22nd May 2019
  • auchroisk-18-year-old-1994-cask-9877-old-malt-cask-hunter-laing-whisky Auchroisk 18 Years Old 1994 Old Malt Cask (50%, Hunter Laing, Refill HH #9877, 311 Bottles, 2013) (5/17/2019) - Auchroisk 18 Years Old 1994 Old Malt Cask whisky review: Floral, syrupy and light flavours hints of zesty fruits, a good drinker and great classic Speyside single malt example. 86/100
  • auchroisk-16-year-old-1999-strictly-limited-carn-mor-whisky Auchroisk 16 Years Old 1999 Strictly Limited (46%, Carn Mor, 2 HHs, 725 Bottles, 2016) (5/17/2019) - Auchroisk 16 Years Old 1999 Strictly Limited whisky review: Another finely balanced expression - a little more spirit character present in this one despite it's extra years of maturation over the 13 year old 2000 vintage comparator from the same bottler. On the nose a lot more woody but a little lacking in distinct ripened fruit flavours perhaps? 84/100
  • auchroisk-13-year-old-2000-strictly-limited-carn-mor-whisky Auchroisk 13 Years Old 2000 Strictly Limited (46%, Carn Mor, 2 HHs, 777 Bottles, 2014) (5/17/2019) - Auchroisk 13 Years Old 2000 Strictly Limited whisky review: Great poise and balance to this one, a touch of cask char/bitterness and light floury barley malt along with ripe mixed fruits, very drinkable. 83/100
  • caol-ila-33-year-old-1984-connoisseurs-choice Caol Ila 33 Years Old 1984 Connoisseurs Choice (52.8%, Gordon & MacPhail, Refill Sherry HH #6078, 216 bottles, 2018) (5/15/2019) - Caol Ila 1984 Connoisseurs Choice whisky review: Tropical fruits on a bbq, a rich and deep fruity profile for this aged example then a dash of salt like seared scallops in butter, plenty of woody and charred notes too. A fantastic Caol Ila! 91/100
  • Lockett_bros caol ila 8 year old 2009 Caol Ila 8 Years Old 2009 Bass (58.6%, Lockett Bros, Bourbon HH #315337, 273 bottles, 2017) (5/15/2019) - Caol Ila 8 Years Old 2009 Bass whisky review: Slightly less well rounded and full bodied than the younger sample we tried, evidence of a slightly under-active or over-aerated cask perhaps? 83/100
  • caol-ila-7-year-old-2012-claxtons-whisky Caol Ila 7 Years Old 2012 The Single Cask (60%, Claxton’s, refill HH #1959-300381, 285 bottles, 2019) (5/3/2019) - Caol Ila 7 Years Old 2012 Claxton's whisky review: Very drinkable, quite simple and clean on the palate but all the better for it. Sweet vanilla with a hint of citrus meets peat smoke and wood. 83/100
  • G&M_Private Collection_Coleburn 1981_CS_55.9 Whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail releases rare Coleburn single malt in Spring Collection (4/29/2019) - Whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail releases rare Coleburn single malt in Spring Collection The 38-year-old whisky is the latest addition to the ‘Private Collection’ range Single malt whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has announced […]
  • Tamdhu Distillery Manager's Single Cask Edition Tamdhu Distillery Manager reveals personal Single Cask selection (4/29/2019) - Tamdhu Distillery Manager reveals personal Single Cask selection Sandy McIntyre, Distillery Manager for Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has revealed his personal choice for a new limited edition Single Cask (Distillery […]
  • Rebel Yell Bottles Low Res Rebel Yell® Launches New Look for Brand Lineup (4/29/2019) - Rebel Yell® Launches New Look for Brand Lineup Bourbon brand releases packaging enhancements and new variant Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon has a new look for its brand lineup. The updated packaging reinforces […]
  • Benromach cask strength BATCH 1 2008 hero hi res Benromach adds Cask Strength Vintage 2008 to its Classic Range (4/29/2019) - Benromach adds Cask Strength Vintage 2008 to its Classic Range New Benromach limited batch release to be available across multiple international markets Family owned Benromach Distillery has announced a new addition to its Classic […]
  • longmorn-23-year-old-1991-cask-54953-celebration-of-the-cask-carn-mor-whisky Longmorn 23 Years Old 1991 Celebration of the Cask (57.4%, Carn Mor, Cask #94953, 191 Bottles, 2015) (4/26/2019) - Longmorn 23 Years Old 1991 Celebration of the Cask whisky review: an unusal old Longmorn, very fruity but also herbal and resinous wood influences from the cask, a real delight. 87/100
  • longmorn-10-year-old-2008-claxtons-whisky Longmorn 10 Years Old 2008 (52.8%, Claxton’s, Bourbon Barrel #1960-1233 , 275 Bottles, 2019) (4/26/2019) - Longmorn 10 Years Old 2008 Claxton's whisky review: Young, spirity and possibly refill bourbon? Viewed as a work in progress this shows great potential, some lovely characteristics in here and didn't need reduced to enjoy. 78/100
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 11 (4/15/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 15th April 2019
  • 190311_Aultmore_00654_72dpi Aultmore Wine Cask Collection launches at Heathrow with World Duty Free (4/15/2019) - Aultmore Wine Cask Collection launches at Heathrow with World Duty Free Whisky lovers flying through Heathrow this Easter are in for a rare treat with the launch of the new AULTMORE® Wine […]
  • 2019 Cask Strength Batch 7 HR Glengoyne launches Cask Strength Batch No. 007 (4/15/2019) - Glengoyne launches Cask Strength Batch No. 007 Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the much-anticipated launch of Cask Strength Batch No. 007. The latest release in the Glengoyne Cask Strength […]
  • 2019_Cardhu_transformation plans image Johnnie Walker transformation plans submitted for Cardhu and Clynelish (4/15/2019) - Johnnie Walker transformation plans submitted for Cardhu and Clynelish Plans to transform the visitor experiences at Cardhu and Clynelish distilleries have been formally submitted as part of a major Johnnie Walker Scotch […]
  • Glenmorangie GV 1991 Portrait LR Glenmorangie’s vintage collection reveals a whisky of implausible harmony (4/15/2019) - Glenmorangie’s vintage collection reveals a whisky of implausible harmony —  Rich plum limited edition celebrates Highland Distillery’s wood-finish pioneers — A Highland single malt which marries two profoundly different whiskies in implausible […]
  • Speyside region 1973 blended malt scotch whisky bottled for the whisky exchange Speyside Region Blend 43 Years Old 1973 (47.4%, Whisky Agency, 568 Bottles, 2017) (4/12/2019) - Speyside Region Blend 43 Years Old 1973 review: Massively fruity, zingy and fresh for its age, but also with that oiled wooden counter in a sweet shop feel about it and some old smoky notes not commonly found anymore. 90/100
  • The Borders Distillery New Make Spirit The Borders Distillery New Make Spirit (63.5%, OB, 2018) (4/12/2019) - The Borders Distillery New Make Spirit review: A great base spirit for maturing. Fruity and very cereal/malt heavy - I look forward to trying some more matured variants of this in a few years time!
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 10 (4/1/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 1st April 2019
  • kura-the-whisky Kura the Whisky (40%, OB, 2018) (4/1/2019) - Kura the Whisky whisky review: A little abrasive at first, has layers of sweetness and spice, eventually balances out but still has some oddly sweet nature to it. 80/100
  • 2019 Tobermory 12YO Tobermory celebrates launch of 12 year old signature expression (3/29/2019) - TOBERMORY CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF 12 YEAR OLD SIGNATURE EXPRESSION Tobermory, one of Scotland’s oldest commercial distilleries, this week unveiled its new signature expression – the Tobermory 12 Year Old. The liquid was […]
  • 2019 Balblair new collection New Balblair age-statement collection revealed (3/29/2019) - New Balblair age-statement collection revealed Multi-award-winning Highland distillery, Balblair, has unveiled its plans to release a new collection of age-statement single malt Scotch whiskies, which will be available in the UK this […]
  • HP-2019-Twisted-Tattoo-bottle-closeup Highland Park’s latest whisky gets under your skin (3/25/2019) - Highland Park’s latest whisky gets under your skin Partnership with famed Nordic tattoo artist celebrates Orcadian culture Highland Park today announces the launch of 16-Year-Old single malt whisky Twisted Tattoo, the first […]
  • Blood Oath P5 Beauty Shot Blood Oath Pact No. 5 Launches This Spring (3/25/2019) - Blood Oath Pact No. 5 Launches This Spring Fifth expression in ultra-premium series is finished in Caribbean rum casks (St. Louis) March 18, 2019 – Blood Oath Pact No. 5 – the […]
  • world-class-competition Entries now open for Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 (3/25/2019) - ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2019   Diageo Reserve’s prestigious bartender competition, World Class, is now open for entries in the UK. This year, the […]
  • Tamdhu_Batch_Detail_1_150dpi Tamdhu unveils Batch Strength No. 004 (3/25/2019) - Tamdhu unveils Batch Strength No. 004 Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled the fourth annual edition of its multi award-winning Batch Strength series, reflecting Tamdhu’s commitment to producing ‘only the […]
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 9 (3/19/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 19th March 2019
  • few-single-malt-whisky FEW Single Malt Whisky (46.5%, OB, 2018) (3/13/2019) - FEW Single Malt Whisky review: A rather unusual single malt example, does what it says on the tin. It's like Scotch single malt but only superficially, so I guess this really is a US style single malt whisk(e)y - I'm still unsure whether or not to include the 'e'! 72/100
  • FEW-Bourbon FEW Bourbon (46.5%, OB, 2018) (3/13/2019) - FEW Bourbon Spirit review: An unusually spicy bourbon/spirit drink, lots of new make spirit influence and a good dose of new american/white oak wood - that's about where any similarity to (my experience of) bourbon ends. 70/100
  • Claxtons 2019Q1 Bottles Claxton’s Spring 2019 batch release (3/13/2019) - CLAXTON’S 2019 SPRING RELEASE This new outturn includes five Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whiskies hand-picked for their quality, diversity and value. Selected in this outturn are the following single cask releases: […]
  • Tomatin_010319_0016 Tomatin release Warehouse 6 Collection 1975 vintage (3/13/2019) - TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of its third expression of the acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection; 1975. Distilled […]
  • Tamdhu_15YR_ Detail_1_150dpi Raise a glass to Tamdhu’s new 15 Year Old (3/13/2019) - Raise a glass to Tamdhu’s new 15 Year Old Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has launched a new Limited annual Release 15 Year Old to complement its expanding collection in domestic […]
  • Bottle with Glass Minor Case 2019 Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design (3/13/2019) - Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has a new look. The new bottle features white paint over the embossments, making the intricate font and design […]
  • Peat Smoke Sherry Cask hero high res Benromach Distillery unveils Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured limited release (3/13/2019) - Benromach weds heavily peated barley with Sherry casks for limited release Distillery unveils Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask […]
  • 1770_Signature_Range Glasgow Distillery announce 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2019 Release and unveil forthcoming Peated and Triple Distilled expressions. (3/13/2019) - Glasgow Distillery announce 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2019 Release and unveil forthcoming Peated and Triple Distilled expressions. The Glasgow Distillery Company has announced the return of their 1770 Single Malt Scotch […]
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 8 (3/10/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 10th March 2019
  • Grandeur Batch 10 The GlenDronach 27 Years Old Grandeur (50.1%, OB, Batch 10, 2293 Bottles, 2018) (3/6/2019) - The GlenDronach 27 Years Old Grandeur Batch 10 whisky review: A masterful GlenDronach expression full of rich dark fruits balanced against bitter chocolate and coffee. Hugely drinkable at 50.1% ABV, this goes down far too easily! Captures the essence of what GlenDronach is about right now and easily matches the pinnacle of their single cask releases. 93/100
  • Glendronach-1993-Master-Vintage-Bottle The GlenDronach 25 Years Old 1993 Master Vintage (48.2%, OB, 2019) (3/6/2019) - The GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 25 Years Old whisky review: A little thinner and woodier than I hoped for/expected. A classic heavy sherry GlenDronach but quite a bit of spirit and old wood on display here too - quite distinct from some of the single cask releases of the same (or many other) vintages. Delivered at 48.2%, this is a little lower than many of the single casks of this age and I'm unsure if this is batch/marrying strength or reduced - feels reduced, which is a shame as otherwise this is a good whisky. 87/100
  • Slane-34 Slane Irish Whiskey in-store across UK for St Partrick’s Day (3/5/2019) - SLANE IRISH WHISKEY IN-STORE ACROSS UK FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY Slane Irish Whiskey is taking its signature Triple Casked blend across the Irish Sea to share its unique St Patrick’s Day story […]
  • Yellowstone Select New Label 2019 Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Reveals New Label (3/5/2019) - Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Reveals New Label Limestone Branch Distillery introduces a vibrant, new Yellowstone Select bottle label. This smooth, well-rounded bourbon features a hand-picked blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky […]
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 7 (3/4/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 4th March 2019
  • lagavulin-2001-bottled-2017-pedro-ximenez-cask-finish-distillers-edition-whisky (1) Lagavulin 2001 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, lgv.4/506, 2017) (2/28/2019) - Lagavulin 2001 Distillers Edition whisky review: Despite overall revealing similar flavours this one seems different again, a little less well integrated, cracks are beginning to show here, the smoke is muted and also a little more menthol crystal accompaniment makes it less well suited to what is essentially less sweet, more dry nut and saltier - if any malt is present it is more in the Custard cream biscuit range than the thick, heavy malt extract I'm used to from Lagavulin. 83/100
  • lagavulin-2000-bottled-2016-pedro-ximenez-cask-finish-distillers-edition-whisky (1) Lagavulin 2000 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, lgv.4/505, 2016) (2/27/2019) - Lagavulin 2000 Distillers Edition whisky review: Softer and less smoky both on the nose and palate than the 1999 vintage. More fruity in nature and much more vanilla influence. Slightly more sugary and nutty too. It is hard to ascribe why this is distinctly less smoky and slightly lighter in texture, however differences in the maturation/finishing casks more than justify the alterations in flavour profile, more fruit and nut than chocolate and tobacco. Still very pleasant. 84/100
  • lagavulin-1999-bottled-2015-pedro-ximenez-cask-finish-distillers-edition-whisky Lagavulin 1999 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, lgv.4/504, 2015) (2/26/2019) - Lagavulin 1999 Distillers Edition whisky review: A very "Classic" Lagavulin Distillers Edition with a great balance between hugely smoky Lagavulin and sweet dried sherry fruits and cocoa from the PX casks. Plenty of depth on the nose and palate and a finish that persists. 85/100
  • Bunnahabhain Aerial - After Bunnahabhain distillery transformation begins (2/26/2019) - BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY TRANSFORMATION BEGINS – £10.5 million investment programme over three years – A three year refurbishment programme has begun at Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay, as its owners, spirits and wine producer, […]
  • The Distillery and visitor centre artists impression Master distiller to join Isle of Barra Distillery team (2/25/2019) - Master distiller to join Isle of Barra Distillery team Barra Distillery has appointed expert master distiller and blender Ian McMillan to its team for the development of the new distillery in the […]
  • Ardbeg Drum Committee Ardbeg invites smoky malt fans to join together in a day of rumbustious revelry (2/25/2019) - Ardbeg invites smoky malt fans to join together in a day of rumbustious revelry — Celebrate Islay’s rich history of carnivals with a flamboyant Caribbean twist — Join in the festivities around […]
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 6 (2/22/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 22nd February 2019
  • P018-GLENDRONACH-1993-DESK-LAND-PRODUCT The GlenDronach announces limited release 1993 Master Vintage (2/22/2019) - The GlenDronach announces limited release 1993 Master Vintage Since the distillery was founded by James Allardice in 1826, The GlenDronach has been mastering an elegant, rich and robust Highland Single Malt, matured […]
  • glengoyne distillery wetlands Glengoyne Distillery announces return of 30 Year Old Highland Single Malt (2/22/2019) - Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of the second edition of Glengoyne 30 Year Old. The latest addition to the distillery’s limited edition range, the Glengoyne 30 Year […]
  • Benromach_Distillery Benromach starts 2019 in style with two rare and aged vintage expressions (2/22/2019) - Benromach starts 2019 in style with two rare and aged vintage expressions Benromach Heritage 1972 and 1977 available worldwide   The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of two Heritage expressions, Benromach Heritage […]
  • 224948_Groundbreaking Barrel_ORIGINAL Celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the defiant spirit of Slane Irish Whiskey (2/22/2019) - Celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the defiant spirit of Slane Irish Whiskey Slane Irish Whiskey is taking its signature Triple Casked blend across the Irish Sea this St Patrick’s day to share […]
  • F1 racing legend, David Coulthard, launches whiskies in partnership with Highland Park to raise money for charity (3) Highland Park teams up with David Coulthard to launch special edition whiskies (2/21/2019) - Highland Park teams up with David Coulthard to launch special edition whiskies Formula 1 star, David Coulthard has partnered with Highland Park single malt Scotch to create two special edition whiskies, including […]
  • WCGF18_winner_Orlando_Marzo_ World Class World’s Best Bartender Studio Sessions UK Tour dates announced (2/20/2019) -   AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS: WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO BE THE WORLD’S BEST BARTENDER Tokyo…New Orleans…Amsterdam…London…just some of the incredible cities the recently crowned world’s best bartender, Orlando Marzo, […]
  • Balcones Distilling, Straight Bourbon Whisky Balcones Distilling launches new Texas Pot Still Bourbon (2/20/2019) - Balcones Distilling launches new Texas Pot Still Bourbon Acclaimed Texas distiller launches its first year-round Straight Bourbon Whisky  WACO, TEXAS: Balcones Distilling has today announced the launch of its Texas Pot Still Bourbon […]
  • Glenfiddich_3356_Original The World’s Leading Bartender School Launches Exclusive 4-Day Whisky Experience at Award-Winning Distillery (2/20/2019) - Unique opportunity to stay on-site at the Glenfiddich distillery in the ‘malt whisky capital of the world’, for an in-depth understanding of the world of Scotch whisky. An experience only previously available […]
  • lagavulin-8-year-old-200th-anniversary-edition-whisky Lagavulin 8 Years Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition (48%, OB, 2016) (2/19/2019) - Lagavulin 8 Years Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition whisky review: It has taken me some time to finally get on board with this expression. I wouldn't say I was disappointed but whenever I sat to formulate some notes I seem to get stuck after the nose and hard to ascribe anything in particular. Perhaps sampling this side-by-side with the 9yo GOT edition really highlighted the differences. There is a freshness in here quite unlike anything else I have sampled from Lagavulin, perhaps it is New Make (I have some somewhere to test this theory) or I am more inclined to think it is the result of underactive (3rd/4th fill casks)? 85/100
  • house-lannister-and-lagavulin-9-year-old-game-of-thrones-single-malts-collection-whisky House Lannister Lagavulin 9 Years Old (48%, OB, 2019) (2/19/2019) - House Lannister Lagavulin 9 Years Old whisky review: Much more of a classic Lagavulin than I found the 8 Year Old anniversary edition. Sweet and meaty with a dusty smoke, a nice bitterness to it that presents as chocolate. I suspect the colour is e150 - confirmed by the packaging. Compared to the 8 Year Old I suspect a few more refill barrels or older barrels have gone into this mix to shift the flavour-profile in a very positive way more towards the distillery character. Quite moreish. I like this a lot more than I like Lannister's - except Tyrion - I like this just as much as Tyrion. 86/100
  • 35-year-old-Smoky-Nectar-Cask-Club-Exclusive Wemyss Malts launches new website and Cask Club with an exclusive 35 year old Caol Ila (2/18/2019) - Wemyss Malts launches new website and Cask Club with an exclusive 35 year old Caol Ila   Family whisky makers Wemyss Malts have relaunched wemyssmalts.com, a brand new website offering whisky fans […]
  • Clynelish-distillery-only-2017 Clynelish Distillery Exclusive Bottling (48%, OB, Bourbon Casks, 6000 Bottles, 2017) (2/17/2019) - Clynelish Distillery Exclusive Bottling whisky review: From the colour and flavours present I suspect a healthy amount of refill ex-bourbon casks went into this vatting, surprisingly it really doesn't feel that youthful and could easily pass a comparison with the 14 year old. A little less waxy than I am used to from Clynelish, or perhaps it is the absence of flavours carried within it. A suspect this is a bit of Clynelish purists whisky and I am maybe under-appreciating it. Flawless but not really ticking my boxes regards flavour profile. 85/100
  • house-tyrrell-and-clynelish-reserve-game-of-thrones-single-malts-collection-whisky House Tyrell Clynelish Reserve (51.2%, OB, 2019) (2/17/2019) - House Tyrell Clynelish Reserve whisky review: Plenty of classic Clynelish notes in here, just delivered a little to spirity for me. This one hugely benefits from a good sploosh of water to reveal some softer vanilla notes. Waxy and spiced but a great alternative to Clynelish's 14 Year Old standard expression. 84/100
  • house-targaryen-and-cardhu-gold-reserve-game-of-thrones-single-malts-collection-whisky House Targaryen Cardhu Gold Reserve (40%, OB, 2019) (2/17/2019) - House Targaryen Cardhu Gold Reserve whisky review: It has been some time since I last tried Cardhu's Gold Reserve and I can't help but feeling it has either improved slightly or my ability to appreciate it has grown. Billed as very approachable, it is hard to argue with that, although this one seems a little spicier in the tail. Good solid stuff and perhaps more than a little of Diageo's well-meaning intentions branding Cardhu against one of the major protagonist houses. Daenerys seems to have gone from villain to hero and back again during the story and we are yet to find out if she will be triumphant in the end. My feelings for Cardhu have never been that strong, but dependable is my best assertation. 74/100
  • macnairs-lum-reek-21-year-old-whisky MacNair’s Lum Reek Peated 21 Years Old (48%, OB, 2018) (2/15/2019) - MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 21 Year Old blended malt whisky review: A deliciously well-aged blend, just enough peat smoke to make me think of older style single malts and also robust but subtle or rather soft sherry influences too - well integrated and comfortable. I suspect this blend has been constructed to reminisce some older Speyside examples when peat smoke and sherry maturation were the norm. Works beautifully. 89/100
  • Jameson-bow-street-18-cask-strength Jameson release Bow Street 18 Years Old Cask Strength Batch 2 (2/14/2019) - Jameson release Bow Street 18 Years Old Cask Strength Batch 2 Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has announced that a second batch of Jameson Bow Street […]
  • ailsa-bay-distillery Whisky Blog Rankings February 2019 (2/14/2019) - Whisky Blog Rankings February 2019 See our complete (alphabetical) listings here Contact us via the form on that page if we don’t have your blog details listed. Ordered by Alexa Global Rank https://thewhiskeywash.com/ […]
  • macnairs-lum-reek-12-year-old-whisky MacNair’s Lum Reek Peated 12 Years Old (46%, OB, 2018) (2/14/2019) - MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old blended malt whisky review: A very different blend, lighter on the palate and more wood influence. It feels to me like they have shifted the balance much in favour of the Speyside malt(s) here as it is much lighter and more vaporous and the peat influence feels diluted by more than age alone. 84/100
  • macnairs-lum-reek-whisky MacNair’s Lum Reek Peated (46%, OB, 2018) (2/13/2019) - MacNair's Lum Reek Peated blended malt whisky review: A great blended malt, a little youthful but this brings power to the Islay smoke, some nice floral and herbal elements in here but difficult to assign much specific cask influences. The result is very drinkable and unsurprisingly a complexity that you could easily believe this was a single malt. Reminds me a little of some early Kilchoman's but with much less power in the peat influence. 83/100
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 5 (2/13/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 3rd February 2019
  • Freeburn highball Overhead Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Tomatin inspired cocktails (2/11/2019) - Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Tomatin inspired cocktails   This 14th February why not celebrate St Valentine’s day with your loved one (or toast the single life!) with these Tomatin single malt scotch […]
  • Lasting legacy Lasting Legacy (2/11/2019) - Lasting Legacy 50ml Tomatin Legacy 25ml Elderflower liquor 25ml lemon juice 50ml pineapple juice Dash angostura bitters Aphrodisiac ingredient: pineapple
  • Freeburn high ball Free Burn Highball (2/11/2019) - Free Burn Highball 37.5ml Tomatin 12-year-old 12.5ml Sweet vermouth Dash Angostura bitters Ginger ale Garnish with lemon and fresh thyme Ginger is another aphrodisiac ingredient
  • Cherry blossom Cherry Blossom (2/11/2019) - Cherry Blossom 50ml Tomatin Legacy Barspoon cherry jam 50ml Coconut water 2ml Orange blossom water Coconut water is a natural aphrodisiac and the red cherries add a lovable flavour to the valentines themed […]
  • TOB_DISTILLERY_Commissioned Tobermory Distillery celebrates re-opening with the release of a new Tobermory 12 Year Old expression (2/11/2019) - TOBERMORY DISTILLERY CELEBRATES RELAUNCH WITH NEW SIGNATURE EXPRESSION One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Tobermory, is celebrating its return to production following a 24 month intermission during which time the distillery team have […]
  • Octomore-08.3-763x1030 Octomore Masterclass_08.3/309PPM (61.2%, OB, 2017) (2/8/2019) - Octomore 08.3 whisky review: A mixture of sweet and bitter make for quite a complex dram permanently backed by peat influences but never overpowered by it. Lots of delicious woody herbal influence and a little earthen too in places, there is soft and tropical fruits and coconut in here also.  87/100
  • Octomore Masterclass_08.2/167PPM (58.4%, OB, 2017) (2/7/2019) - Octomore 08.2 whisky review: Another peat monster but with some serious wine/fruity sweetness thrown in for measure. A little in conflict at first on the palate but eventually settles into a succulent sweet peatiness liked smoked jam. The wine casks have thrown in a handful of other fruits and plenty of oakiness too for good measure. 90/100
  • world-class-competition Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender 2019 Tour dates announced (2/5/2019) - DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR RETURNS KICKING OFF WITH ITS WORLD CLASS STUDIOS UK-WIDE TOUR Diageo Reserve’s world-renowned bartender competition, World Class, is set to return, launching with its […]
  • aberlour-18-year-old-whisky Aberlour 18 Years Old (43%, OB, 2017) (2/5/2019) - Aberlour 18 Year Old whisky review: Much more dried fruit and sherry influence in the 18 year old expression as compared to the Aberlour Triple Cask I sampled in this little duet. Still quite fresh and zesty polish and pear drop distillate character and masses of apples join much of the sherry-derived darker fruits. 88/100
  • aberlour-triple-cask-whisky Aberlour Triple Cask (40%, OB, 2018) (2/4/2019) - Aberlour Triple Cask whisky review: A soft and gentle expression full of red apples, some cinnamon bubblegum and pear drops suggest youthfulness but also distillery character here too. Rather pleasing at this price, and an acceptable replacement for the 10 year old expression. 83/100
  • new-whisky-releases Whisky New Releases 2019 Issue 4 (2/3/2019) - The latest whisky new releases in stores from 3rd February 2019
  • glen-scotia-17-year-old-2000-festival-edition-no-3 Glen Scotia 17 Years Old 2000 Festival Edition No.3 (55.7%, OB, Cask #386, 147 Bottles, 2018) (2/2/2019) - Glen Scotia Festival Edition No.3 whisky review: A very nice single cask expression Glen Scotia. There is a little fruity acidity and sherbety fizz but combined with the salt, spice and peat and also a slightly dusty old wood element this to me comes across more as slightly less active cask that has let the distillate shine through - rather than something overtly youthful tasting at 17 years old. This isn't all citrus and ex-bourbon vanilla, but has a sharpness to it that cuts across the palate like salt and chilli. 88/100
  • glen scotia 10 peated 46 Glen Scotia 10 Years Old Peated (46%, OB, 2018) (2/1/2019) - Glen Scotia 10 Year Old Peated whisky review: A delicate balance of peat and lots of sweet influences, their is a little oily wax and masses of coconut and lychee. The result is one of those surprising whiskies you expect to be harsh on the palate due to the smoke on the nose - but instead it's like a creamed banana & tropical fruit smoothie. Some nice herbal woody influences too make this feel a lot older than 10 years! 87/100
  • ISD2019 Celebrate International Scotch Day 2019 with Aberfeldy single malt scotch whisky (2/1/2019) - Celebrate International Scotch Day 2019 with Aberfeldy single malt scotch whisky  — Friday 8th February 2019 — The 3rd International Scotch Day is scheduled for February 8th 2019. Why not celebrate with Aberfeldy […]
  • Glen-scotia-warehousemans-edition Glen Scotia 12 Years Old 2005 Warehouseman’s Edition (56.2%, OB, Cask #17/413-9, 349 Bottles, 2018) (1/31/2019) - Glen Scotia 12 Years Old 2005 Warehouseman's Edition whisky review: Unctuous from nose to tail, this peated and Oloroso-finished edition still displays plenty of Glen Scotia distillate DNA. Honey sweet but balanced perfectly with salty maritime influences and a refreshing hit of mint in the middle. 90/100
  • PE10 Allta Croppings Glenmorangie unveils its first whisky created using wild yeast to mark tenth anniversary of Private Edition Series (1/30/2019) - Glenmorangie unveils its first whisky created using wild yeast to mark tenth anniversary of Private Edition Series — Rich and fruity single malt celebrates tenth anniversary of Private Edition series — 29th […]
  • port ellen artist impression[1] Legacy of heritage and innovation celebrated in thrilling Port Ellen Scotch Whisky distillery plans (1/30/2019) - Legacy of heritage and innovation celebrated in thrilling Port Ellen Scotch Whisky distillery plans The iconic Port Ellen distillery on Islay in Scotland will be revived in an inspiring celebration of quality, heritage […]
  • rosebank4 Green light for multi-million Rosebank Distillery revival  (1/30/2019) - Green light for multi-million Rosebank Distillery revival Ian Macleod Distillers has been granted planning permission to start work on its multi-million pound redevelopment of the Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk. Following the lodging […]
  • wr_bartenders_edition_white (1) Woodford Reserve® collaborates with UK On-Trade to create a bespoke Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup (1/30/2019) - Woodford Reserve® collaborates with UK On-Trade to create a bespoke Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup FROM JANUARY 2019 THE 500ML BARTENDER’S EDITION WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM SELECTED WHOLESALERS WOODFORD RESERVE®, one of the […]