Articles by John

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 [...]

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12

May 3, 2010

Tasting notes: Our story begins when a plucky but otherwise indistinguishable Highland Scot is sent off to school in Kentucky.  After almost twelve years–growing as [...]

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 [...]
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