Articles by John

The Nikka Pure Malt Red

March 15, 2018

Tasting notes: The nose on this is a study in suggestibility.  I say this because it smells red.  Before Bill can elbow me, I explain that this has a real 99 Luftballons [...]

The Ardbeg Kelpie

February 7, 2018

Tasting notes: This reminds me of the short-lived special Goth edition Froot Loops.  Lucy strung them on a Christmas tree so austere that it shattered Linus; he now recites [...]

The Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Edition

January 29, 2018

Tasting notes: I’m taking a long walk up a short volcano.  My best crocodile bluchers sink into the still-soft lava and my charcoal suit is … getting extra charcoally.  [...]

The Craigellachie 23

December 16, 2017

Tasting notes: This redoubtable dram offers an invitation to a spectacular chef’s tasting menu.  First course?  We’re told only that it’s a desserty amuse-bouche.  [...]
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