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An Evening with Aultmore Part III: Aultmore 2005 (Signatory)

by Andrew Owenon March 18, 2019
Ah, the independent bottler.  Perhaps now more than ever they are being crowned the savior of the scotch industry by the niche enthusiast, who has become at best bored with the cyclical shenanigans of big industry corporations that plague mainstream official bottlings, and at worst contemptible towards them. What is the definition of “cyclical shenanigans” according to the […]

An Evening with Aultmore Part II: Aultmore 18 Year

by Andrew Owenon March 14, 2019
My evening with Aultmore continues on today as I turn my attention to the 18 year old official bottling of this northern Speyside distillery.  I’ve covered the distillery background and several specifics pertaining to Aultmore in Part I of this review series, and I’d strongly encourage you to go back and read it if you […]


An Evening of Aultmore Part I: Aultmore 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon March 8, 2019
At the turn of the calendar to 2019 earlier this year, as I was reflecting on my whisky journey and deciding the direction I wanted to take going forward, one thing I decided to do was explore whiskies from distilleries that were more anonymous to the typical malt fan.  There are dozens of places where you can […]


Glenturret 2004 (Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur’s Choice)

by Andrew Owenon February 19, 2019
If I mention The Famous Grouse to anyone from the casual scotch drinker to the enthusiast, most will recognize the name as their minds conjure up an image of a bottle adorned by a plump red bird that looks like a cross between a robin and a turkey.  The most common question to then be […]

Glengoyne Teapot Dram: NAS King?

by Andrew Owenon February 14, 2019
I should start this review off with a confession, although if you’ve interacted with me in really any capacity then you will not be the least bit surprised to read this:  I loathe everything that non-age stated (NAS) whiskies stand for.  What exactly do they stand for?  Antiquated labeling laws, uneducated consumerism, an over-correction of poor historical […]


Whisky Dualism Part 2: Highland Park 17 Year “The Light”

by Andrew Owenon February 5, 2019
Despite my buggering of Highland Park’s parent company Edrington, I can’t stay away from Highland Park whisky (the same cannot be said for Edrington’s star child Macallan).  The distillery character is just fascinating to me.  As others have mused, Highland Park whisky seems to be an all-region-encompassing single malt.  There’s some highland-like heather and florals, […]


Whisky Dualism Part 1: Highland Park 17 Year “The Dark”

by Andrew Owenon February 4, 2019
Ever the marketing geniuses, the folks at Edrington have been infecting boosting old Highland Park for what seems like forever now, when in reality it’s only been a couple years.  Gone are the old days of classical and fairly bland labels featuring the distillery name, an age statement, and a few minor facts about the […]

A New Direction: Highland Park 1999 (Signatory Vintage)

by Andrew Owenon January 28, 2019
Throughout these first 28 days of 2019, I’ve done a lot of thinking about my role in this website as a writer.  You see, writing about whisky has always been a natural expression of my enjoyment of it.  In other words, from the day I started drinking and seriously enjoying whisky, the fulfillment of that […]


Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie

by Andrew Owenon January 3, 2019
As I mentioned last week in my review of independent bottler Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster, I’m going to be spending some time over the next few weeks reviewing blended scotch whiskies made with a craft-oriented approach.  I laid out what I mean by this in the Rock Oyster review.  Two producers who I think do […]


Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

by Andrew Owenon January 2, 2019
In my personal opinion, I’m not sure any American whiskey brand was more successful in 2018 (by my own definition of success) than Knob Creek Rye.  While prior to 2018, Knob Creek Rye only existed as a 100 proof, non-age stated mid-shelf offering, in the last 365 days we have seen the creation of a […]