The 2018 Bergen Whisky & Beer Festival

February 16, 2018

The first whisky festival held in Bergen, Norway since it became my new hometown was a bustling two-day community celebration of brown spirits and of beer. It was also great [...]

The Highland Park 18

February 12, 2018

[Highland Park recently redesigned their whole line, but since we received this sample long before that occurred, we’ll just call this one a nod to the classic bottle [...]

The Arran Machrie Moor 2nd Edition

February 9, 2018

Tasting notes: The Arran Machrie Moor, the Peated Arran Malt, 2nd Edition, opens with a delightful old winey smell, as if you finally got around to opening that bottle of [...]

The Ardbeg Kelpie

February 7, 2018

Tasting notes: This reminds me of the short-lived special Goth edition Froot Loops.  Lucy strung them on a Christmas tree so austere that it shattered Linus; he now recites [...]

The Glen Scotia 18

January 31, 2018

Tasting notes: On the nose, it’s Tim Burton’s candy shop: burnished cotton candy, durian sweets that capture the essence of the fruit before the bad smell erupts, [...]

The Classic Cask Macallan 21 Year 1995

January 30, 2018

Tasting notes: The Classic Cask Macallan 21 Year 1995 opens with crystallized honeycomb and crystallized lemon rind made into soap, then coated with caramel and extract of [...]

The Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Edition

January 29, 2018

Tasting notes: I’m taking a long walk up a short volcano.  My best crocodile bluchers sink into the still-soft lava and my charcoal suit is … getting extra charcoally.  [...]

The Ardbeg An Oa

January 18, 2018

Tasting Notes: The Ardbeg An Oa 46.6% abv noses like a sea turtle, stranded on a sandy beach, lying on its back, little leathery legs ineffectually waving goodbye. (Don’t [...]
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