Archive For September 20, 2014

Glenglassaugh Torfa – Peated Highland Whisky

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Glenglassaugh Torfa – Peated Highland Whisky

like the BenRiach company. I enjoy supporting independent distillers, and GlenDronach is very high on my list of favorite distilleries. So I was happy to learn last year that Billy Walker’s BenRiach took over the distillery to take it to the next level. Obviously, all the whisky sold now is pre-walker times, but since last…

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

It seems that I’m writing quite a bit about NAS expressions lately, which is not surprising since almost all the new distillery expressions out there are NAS. I’ve said it before, and will just reiterate, I’m not opposed to NAS on principle (unless it’s on single cask bottlings). NAS whisky can be good, and several…

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Douglas Laing’s Aultmore XO – Much Ado About Marketing

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Douglas Laing’s Aultmore XO – Much Ado About Marketing

Two things I really like came together one afternoon this summer: I love Aultmore whisky (seriously, I adore this distillery), and I highly respect the Laing independent bottlers (Both Douglas Laing with Director’s cut, Old Particular, Provenance and the blends and Hunter Laing with Old Malt Cask, Old and Rare and Douglas of Drumlanrig) and…

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

The long anticipated 2014 Diageo releases has arrived, and I sadly stand vindicated. Just a few months ago I wrote a piece on the absurdity of Diageo’s┬áPort Ellen pricing policy, claiming that whisky suppliers are as guilty as collectors for creating the bubble in whisky prices by setting prices that make the whisky so prohibitively…

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Cadenhead’s Bladnoch 23 – Lowlands from the Old Guard

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Cadenhead’s Bladnoch 23 – Lowlands from the Old Guard

Bladnoch is a Lowlands distillery that had been closed in 1938 and has been changing hands since. Brought back into operation in 1956 it changed ownership five times, ending up in Diageo’s predecessor’s hands and was later sold to the current owner Raymond Armstrong on the condition that the distillery not produce more than 100,000…

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