Whiskey Reviews

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 […]


Talisker 18 Year

by Blake Cortrighton February 11, 2019
In 2007, the World Whiskies Awards named Talisker 18 Year Old the “Best Single Malt Whisky in the World,” and 12 years later, I agree with that distinction. According to Diageo’s website dedicated to their single malt scotch brands, malts.com, Talisker 18 also won Gold in the International Spirits Challenge (2007-2008, 2011), Gold in the International […]


Glenfarclas 105

by Bobby Longon February 7, 2019
The historic Glenfarclas Distillery in Ballindalloch is literally one of the most traditional distilleries in Scotland.  It was officially licensed in 1836, and has been ran by the Grant family since 1865, making it one of few remaining independently owned Scottish single malt distilleries.  While it’s six pot stills make it no small operation (the stills […]

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 […]


Rabbit Hole Bourbon

by Robert Dianaon January 30, 2019
The Rabbit Hole Distillery is a baby by Kentucky standards, just being established in 2012. While their product is currently “contract distilled”, they have big plans for their distillery which began operating in 2018. Bear in mind that contract distilling is different from barrel sourcing.  Distilling contracts often afford the recipient control over mash bill […]

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 […]


Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C918

by Robert Dianaon January 15, 2019
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof bourbons are definitely a favorite here among us writers, and generally are in the broader bourbon community as well. We have already reviewed the previous two 2018 batches of ECBP – the B518 batch and the A118 batch. If you read those reviews, yes I will wait, you will see that […]


Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

by Bobby Longon January 11, 2019
While it’s one of the most popular bourbons in the United States by sales volume, Maker’s Mark tends to get overlooked in enthusiast circles.  It’s ironic how a community that usually appears starved for wheated bourbon can ignore the most readily available one on the shelf.  This is of course speaking of the ordinary release […]