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The Oban 14

October 22, 2009

Tasting notes:  Bottles are reflective, liquid is reflective, and people, under ideal conditions, are also reflective.  People who are holding bottles and drinking liquid [...]

The Cragganmore 12

October 13, 2009

Tasting notes:   On the nose, this malt offers aromas of rotting magnolia blossoms with a substratum of festering dead crab.  This is not to say, however, that this malt [...]

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 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 The Macallan 12*

September 26, 2009

Tasting notes:  The mixing of peat and sherry in this expression is like a granite gothic gargoyle bathed in misty moonlight looming over a shadowed formal garden.  [...]

The Glen Ellen “Merlin”*

September 19, 2009

Tasting notes:  The first thing that strikes this taster is that the “magical” bottle is larger than the usual airplane nip, so it is approached with some [...]

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 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 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 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 [...]
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