Articles by John

The Highland Park 30

December 9, 2009

Tasting notes:  When he was 24 years-old, René Descartes recounts in his now-lost Olympica that he had a series of dreams, including one about a dictionary that he would [...]

The Aberfeldy 12

November 13, 2009

Tasting notes:    Aberfeldy, with its iconic red squirrel and auspicious Pictland pedigree, holds out exceptional promise.  In Norse mythology, Ratatoskr the red squirrel [...]

The Isle of Jura 16

October 31, 2009

Tasting notes:  Consider the Scardigan.  It presents itself as a scarf like any other, but then it offers a pleasant surprise: three buttons and pockets like a waistcoat, [...]

The Speyside 10

October 7, 2009

Tasting notes:  Some criticize this distillery for naming itself and one of its expressions after an entire region in Scotland.  But when you consider its [...]

The Glenlivet 12

September 14, 2009

Tasting notes:  The white carnation boutonniere offers a young man his first opportunity to wear flowers.  This moment makes visible one of his awkward, pimply steps toward [...]

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

August 31, 2009

Tasting notes:  A blend of malts with no age statement, like a meeting of randomly selected customers of Chuck E. Cheese and the Rainforest Café but without the aggression [...]

The Glenfiddich 15

August 15, 2009

Tasting notes: Mitch McConnell, Tomas de Torquemada, and Zac Ephron walk into a bar… This expression from the venerable distiller allows us to imagine the conversation [...]
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