Articles by John

The Ardbeg 10

July 3, 2012

[A good long time ago now, we tried this dram amid other varied expressions from different distilleries during a trip to The Last Hurrah bar in Boston.  There, we did a [...]

The Glen Garioch 12

May 27, 2012

Tasting notes:  On the nose there are halved apricots folded into an omelette.  Salted caperberries, mascarpone cheese, and three bags of Tension Tamer herbal tea are the [...]

The Springbank CV

February 18, 2012

Tasting notes:  What does this “CV” mean?  Does it indicate 105 proof in Roman numerals?  No, it’s a standard 46% ABV.  Is it “Cape Verde”?  No, this is a [...]

The Big Peat Islay Malt

June 7, 2011

Tasting notes:  This is remarkably clear in the glass.  Like a blanco tequila poured into a Riedel stemware and swirled under a photo tent.  But it soon becomes clear that [...]

The Angel’s Envy Bourbon

May 30, 2011

Tasting notes:  This is one dark and ruby red whiskey!  And the legs grip the walls of the glass like Karo corn syrup poured all over the shelves of a walk-in refrigerator [...]

The Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

December 10, 2010

Tasting notes I suppose every child remembers one of Aesop’s fables.  This Kilchoman expression calls to mind the fable of the crow and the pitcher.  No, it’s not [...]

The Wemyss Spice King 8

October 6, 2010

Tasting notes:  In the glass a wonderful copper color, like your uncle’s collection of Indian head pennies rapidly transforming from the highly collectable grade of AU 58 [...]

The Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

September 6, 2010

Tasting notes:  It is nighttime.  The camera pans over several hungry cowboys tucking in to their dinner.  (It’s burrito night.)  The rattle of spoon inside an empty [...]
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