Reviews

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 [...]

The Glenrothes 1991-2007

August 21, 2009

Tasting notes: Full, rich nose, akin to dunking my head in a mossy oaken bucket of honey harvested from the waxen hives of killer bees that migrated across the Mediterranean [...]

The Glenfiddich 15

August 15, 2009

Tasting notes: Mitch McConnell, Tomas de Torquemada, and Zac Ephron walk into a bar… This expression from the venerable distiller allows us to imagine the conversation [...]

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 [...]
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