• 22 Mar 2017

    Highland Park Fire Edition (45.2%)

    The Fire joins the Ice in a series dedicated to the elements of creation in Norse mythology. I tasted the Ice Edition on Orkney, with Highland Park Appreciation Society‘s Orkney Ambassador, ...

  • 17 Mar 2017

    Miltonduff 17 Year Old 1999 – Single Malts of Scotland (54.8%)

    I Know it’s St. Patrick’s day and I should be reviewing Irish whiskey. Seeing that I don’t actually have any Irish whiskey I didn’t review, I’ll acknowledge the ...

  • 15 Mar 2017

    Bunnahabhain 2001 14 Year Old – Cooper’s Choice (46%)

    Last week has been a week of Bunnahabhain for me, starting with a quartet of Bunnahabhain indies we tasted at the March MMI – Malt Mongers Israel meeting, went through the 28 year old ...

  • 13 Mar 2017

    Bunnahabhain 1988 – 28 Year Old – Single Malts of Scotland (46.8%)

    This past week has been a week of independent Bunnahabhains, though none of them were as old as this one. I’ll get to one of the Bunnahabhain expressions we tasted last Wednesday at the ...

  • 12 Mar 2017

    Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

    Diageo’s Speyside workhorse, this distillery is one that produces mainly for blends. Anybody who’s had a Johnnie Walker, has had Benrinnes whisky. Benrinnes is a special distillery ...

  • 10 Mar 2017

    Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish (51%)

    Tobermory is shutting down at the end of the month for a two year overhaul of both the stills and the visitor center, and general repairs to some of the older buildings, during which Ledaig (and ...

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 (43%)

    William Grant and Sons has a brilliant marketing department.  Having two widely sold single malt distilleries in Speyside (I’m leaving Kininvie out of this post, as it’s really a ...

  • 27 Feb 2017

    Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

    I recently published a review of the GlenDronach Peated, and that got me thinking that there’s a major shift happening in the tectonic plate alignment of the whisky world. We’re ...

  • 25 Feb 2017

    Aberlour 12 Non Chill Filtered (48%)

    Pernod Ricard did so many things right with this expression, that I’m not sure even where to start. I have a serious gripe with single malt entry level expressions that are chill filtered ...

  • 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 ...

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