Articles by Stephen

The Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky

October 2, 2009

Tasting notes: As a rule, you shouldn’t look a gift horse–or in this case, a gift mule–in the mouth.  But what if that mule has been eating sushi?  [...]

The Glenfiddich 18

September 6, 2009

Tasting notes:  Similes about subtlety are most often ironic or sarcastic; rarely does one find a straightforwardly presented one that yields a fair comparison with [...]

The Glenrothes 1985-2005

August 26, 2009

Tasting notes: This is, in many ways, a typical twenty year-old:  fresh-faced, reeking with potential, very much in the here and now, unable to formulate–much less [...]

The Glenfiddich 12

August 7, 2009

Tasting notes: Much like the invitation of a sexy, peg-legged paramour, the nose of this malt is full of uncommon possibility and oaky intrigue. As is so often the case with [...]

The Balvenie Single Barrel 15

July 22, 2009

Tasting notes: Initial fragrances of pink grapefruit Body Butter and fresh blooms of Vanilla pompona softening in a non-stick pan. On the tongue, a dry sweetness like Tab [...]

The Dalwhinnie 15

July 7, 2009

Tasting notes: Silica packets hovering equidistant between the tongue and the roof of the mouth, then descending into the lower cheeks, yielding faint hints of Marlon [...]

The Bowmore 15

July 3, 2009

Tasting notes: The reek and acrid bite of an outhouse behind a cathouse down by the docks where sailors are on shoreleave, where they’ve been served wood alcohol, [...]
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