• 18 Jul 2019

    Kingsbarns Dream to Dram (46%)

    Kingsbarns is truly the story of a dream turning into a dram. If there’s something Scotland is known for just as much as whisky, it’s golf, and this is a story of how both met in the ...

  • 12 Jun 2019

    Tobermory 12 (46.3%)

    Tobermory 12 is an “upgrade” to the entry level Tobermory core range, replacing the 10 year old, as the distillery comes back online after a major upgrade. Going into this article, I ...

  • 05 Jun 2019

    Compass Box No Name 2 (48.9%)

    Compass Box No Name 2 is the sequel to the 2017 No Name, which looked to highlight the peat, and did so in a very ‘in your face’ way. The first No Name was composed of about 75% ...

  • 26 May 2019

    Glen Garioch 18 Year Old Renaissance Chapter 4 (50.2%)

    The release of the Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 4 is a moment I’ve been waiting for ever since the onset of the Renaissance project back in 2014. The idea was to have a look at the ...

  • 22 May 2019

    Balblair 17 (46%)

    Balblair revamped also the duty free range, offering the 12, 15 and the future 25 years old in travel retail, but has chosen to offer the Balblair 17 instead of the 18 year old. Why keep 75% of ...

  • 16 May 2019

    Balblair’s New Core Range: Balblair 12 (46%), Balblair 15 (46%), Balblair 18 (46%)

    So Balblair went ahead and did it. They have actually taken the one thing that made them totally special and chucked it out the window. No longer specific vintages with an ever changing core ...

  • 15 May 2019

    From ‘Project Overlord’ to Compass Box Affinity (46%)

    I’ve been waiting for over a year and a half to write this post, although I had no idea back then it would be called Affinity. The beginning of the story is at the 2017 Whisky Show in ...

  • 05 May 2019

    Glen Garioch Virgin Oak No. 2 (48%)

    I’ll come out and say it: I’m a fan of the use of virgin oak in Scotch whisky and think that there isn’t enough of it used. I’m sure this will be controversial, but ...

  • 04 May 2019

    Glen Garioch 2011, Cask 1409, Virgin Oak Distillery Exclusive (60.8%)

    This 2011 Glen Garioch is a harbinger for the sequel to the very successful Virgin Oak. Indeed, a few months before the release of Batch 2 of the Virgin Oak, the distillery released a very ...

  • 17 Apr 2019

    Springbank Local Barley 9 (57.7%)

    This is the fourth installment in Springbank‘s Local Barley franchise, in its modern incarnation. In 2016, the series was launched with a 16 year old that was absolutely wonderful. It was ...

  • 10 Apr 2019

    Highland Park Wings of the Eagle (44.5%)

    Highland Park Wings of the Eagle is the third expression in the new travel retail series offering. You’ll recall that I was somewhat underwhelmed with the two first expressions in this ...

  • 11 Mar 2019

    Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado Finish (54.9%)

    Before circling back to the Highland Park travel retail series, I wanted to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. I chose a special dram indeed, the Distell Limited Edition Malts Bunnahabhain ...

  • 05 Mar 2019

    GlenDronach 25 – 1993 “Master Vintage” (48.2%)

    I knew about the GlenDronach 25 Master Vintage last year, but was sworn to secrecy, and I’ve been biting my lip for nearly 5 months. I’ve deliberately delayed my review to see how this new bottle ...

  • 03 Mar 2019

    Glenmorangie Allta (51.2%)

    Glenmorangie Allta is Glenmorangie’s 10th Private Edition, marking a decade since Sonnalta PX appeared. While the Sonnalta PX was mostly proof of concept (put a finish on the Glenmorangie ...

  • 26 Feb 2019

    Highland Park 14 Loyalty of the Wolf (42.3%)

    The second expression in the new travel retail series it the Highland Park Loyalty of the Wolf 14 year old. The whisky is matured in American oak casks, part of the recipe comes from seasoned in ...

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