Jan 312015
Glenkinchie 12 - An Unremarkable Lowland Whisky

One of the original six ‘classic malts’ in Diageo’s range, this is the only remaining Lowlands distillery in the Diageo Portfolio. Despite being owned by a giant, the whisky itself isn’t that talked about or marketed, unlike their triple distilled cross Lowlands rival, Auchentoshan (whom’s 12 year old I reviewed here). Glenkinchie seems to be almost [Read full post…]

Jan 292015
Newest Addition to the Entry Level Bunch and a Top Spot Contender - Aultmore 12

As I mentioned in my reviews of the Craigellachie releases of the “Last Great Malts” series (you can see the reviews of the 13, 17, 19 and 23 here), Bacardi decided to take the Dewar’s malt distilleries to market. Craigellachie was first, with ex bourbon cask releases, and if you’re thinking of the Craigellachie 13 [Read full post…]

Jan 282015
Whisky and Norse Mythology - Highland Park 12

Highland Park is the most northern Scotch whisky distillery in the world. By a bit that is! The island of Orkney holds two distilleries, Highland Park and the much less known Scapa distillery. Highland park lies about 600 meters (2000 feet) north of Scapa. Highland Park adopted the Norse mythology that pervades Orcadian history and culture, [Read full post…]

Jan 262015
The Triple Distilled Lowlander - Auchentoshan 12

Just outside of Glasgow, you’ll find the curious Auchentoshan distillery. It’s curious in that it distills the whisky three times, like Irish whisky, and as such, are the only scotch producer to wholly use a triple distillation method. Other distilleries use partial triple distillation (Mortlach and Springbank come to mind), and Springbank even makes a [Read full post…]

Jan 252015
Glenlivet 12 - The Second Most Popular 12 Year Old in the World

The Glenlivet story needs no repetition. What is interesting is that The Glenlivet has been steadily growing in it’s piece of the single malt worldwide market share over the past eight years. In a market that’s expanding globally, The Glenlivet has not only increased the number of bottles sold, which is the easy part, but has also [Read full post…]

Jan 242015
The Three Headed Hound of Diageo-Singleton of Dufftown 12

In Greek mythology, Cerberus was a three headed dog who was charged with guarding the entrance to the underworld so the living don’t come in and the dead don’t escape. In the world of whisky, it’s Diageo’s three headed Singleton brand, trying to be the ‘go-to’ entry level whisky (and beyond) without investing in distillery [Read full post…]

Jan 222015
Bunnahabhain 12 - One of the More Complex 12 Year Olds Out There

I have reviewed quite a few Bunnahabhain expressions, and it was fitting to include the 12 year old in this series of entry level whiskys. In truth, though, this is a higher quality whisky than the slew of the 10-12 year olds out there, not least due to the approach taken by owners Burn Stewart Distillers [Read full post…]

Jan 212015
Bowmore 12 - A Decent Entry Point

Bowmore has its fans, but I can’t say I really drank the cool-aid…. Something in the Bowmore peat and tropical fruit combination doesn’t press the right buttons for me, and thus, most of what I tasted out of Bowmore didn’t impress me, although I must admit that there have been some gems (such as the [Read full post…]

Jan 192015
A Perennial Favorite Revisited: Ardbeg 10

The Ardbeg 10 is a longtime daily dram favorite of mine. So much so, that I recently finished a bottle I opened in June without even taking tasting notes for the blog for it….Thankfully it’s so popular that getting hold of a bottle wasn’t difficult The south shore of Islay is home to three active [Read full post…]

Jan 182015
To the Islands!!!  The Tobermory 10 from Mull

Tobermory distillery is the only distillery on the island of Mull, and has two brands it bottles, under the two names the distillery: Tobermory and Ledaig. Tobermory is unpeated and comes in a 10 year old, an outstanding 15 year old, and a 19 year old finished in PX sherry casks for over a decade, available [Read full post…]