Reviews

The Tomintoul 27

November 20, 2009

Tasting notes:          Oily and woody like a pine-needle littered, cedar shake-shingle roof, home to a dead ferret, baking in noon-day summer sun. A little [...]

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 Dalmore 12

November 9, 2009

Tasting notes: IsTheDalmore12Tasty.com Rating: –On the scale of single-serving websites— The Dalmore 12 is IsAbeVigodaDead.com— not nearly as exceptional as [...]

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.  [...]
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