• 22 Feb 2017

    GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

    Together with the news that Billy Walker is moving on, which is hardly surprising following the BenRiach’s sale to Brown-Forman,  came the announcement of his successor, Morrison ...

  • 20 Feb 2017

    G&M Speymalt – Macallan 2006-2015 (43%)

    G&M’s house expressions need no introduction and the Speymalt has been a pretty steady feature coming out of their seemingly unexhaustable warehouses. The Speymalt label has been used ...

  • 01 Feb 2017

    Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

    Rituals have power, and I wasn’t surprised in the least when I got a message from Yoav on Whatsapp “So, am I ordering our annual Glenmo?”. My obvious answer was “of ...

  • 29 Jan 2017

    GlenDronach Peated (46%)

    Like almost everybody I know, GlenDronach ranks high on my list of favorite distilleries. I have tasted 54 different GlenDronach expressions, and 53 of them were good. Some were even stellar, but ...

  • 22 Jan 2017

    Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

    I really like the direction Douglas Laing is going with the Remarkable Regional Malts line. The vatted malt (blended malt, if I must) line now encompasses five out of the six regions (missing ...

  • 19 Jan 2017

    Wilson and Morgan Home Blend 35 Years Old, Sherry Butt 26, 1980-2015 (47,6%)

    Last night MMI – Israel’s Malt Mongers whisky club held its monthly meeting at the Milk and Honey Distillery in Tel Aviv. On the menu were four “legal” blends in the ...

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

    Glen Garioch’s Virgin Oak is an expression fully matured in new American oak casks. Virgin oak for Scotch whisky is  a phenomenon that’s pretty scarce, even scarcer than red wine ...

  • 10 Jan 2017

    Old Particular Clynelish 18 (48.4%)

    I’ll be brief today, as I’ve written quite a bit both about Clynelish and about Douglas Laing, although I can say that there’s a treat from Douglas Laing coming our way in the ...

  • 07 Jan 2017

    Glenmorangie Tayne (43%)

    Yes, I know….Yet another travel retail NAS expression being pushed at us by whisky companies’ marketing departments in a never-ending procession of boring, indistinct, and uninspired ...

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Teeling 24 Year Old – 1991 Sauternes Finish (46%)

    After a somewhat extended holiday vacation (the first half of it forced by a cold, the second by a winter vacation in New York City), we’re back in business. Happy new year to one and all, ...

  • 09 Dec 2016

    Highland Park Thor – Valhalla Series (52.1%)

    Back in October, during my visit to Orkney, Ian Moir, our most gracious host and local ambassador to the Highland Park Appreciation Society, took us to the Cliffs of Yesnaby, and the first ...

  • 04 Dec 2016

    Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

    Glen Garioch holds a special place for me among the distilleries of Scotland. I was captivated by the way the spirit holds the fruitiness, spiciness and in the older versions, also the peat. ...

  • 02 Dec 2016

    Spice Tree Extravaganza – Compass Box (46%)

    Spice Tree has had some controversy around its inception, an issue I’ve covered in the original Spice Tree post on the blog. We’re now a full decade past the taking of Spice Tree off ...

  • 23 Nov 2016

    GlenDronach Batch 14 Reviewed – 12 Single Casks Reviewed by Sean Russell

    Malt and Oak is delighted to welcome Sean Russell, founder of the GlenDronach Appreciation Society, as a contributing editor to the blog! September 2016 saw the second of the years’ single cask ...

  • 20 Nov 2016

    Highland Park Single Cask Bottling for Braunstein & Friends Danish Market Exclusive (58.3%)

    There is an onslaught of beautiful single casks from Highland Park hitting northern European markets in the past two months. They’re all market specific, and play on the special ...

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