Reviews

The Bowmore Darkest 15

November 6, 2009

Tasting notes:       It’s always dangerous to read marketing materials before assaying the tasting of an expression, and in this case, my trepidation was [...]

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 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 [...]
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