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Glen Garioch 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon October 29, 2018
When I started my whisky exploration journey, I took a common path that will sound familiar to many of you:  trying as many offerings as I could from well-known distilleries that could be found on the shelf at any store with a spirits section.  For single malt scotch, this meant gobbling up all of the […]
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Benromach 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon October 1, 2018
About 12 miles from Elgin near the north shore of Speyside sits the Benromach Distillery.  Originally built in 1898, the distillery changed ownership a number of times before it was mothballed in 1983 and listed for sale by the corporation known today as Diageo.  In 1993, the distillery complex was purchased by famous independent bottler […]

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Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask (2018 Release)

by Andrew Owenon September 25, 2018
The Cairdeas series (Cairdeas is a Gaelic word meaning “friendship”) is an annual limited release by Laphroaig that acts kind of like an experimental maturation series.  Typically featuring some unique cask finish and always bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration, the annual Cairdeas release gives fans of Laphroaig a chance to experience the […]
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Johnnie Walker Black “Director’s Cut” Blade Runner Edition

by Blake Cortrighton September 12, 2018
I should preface this review by mentioning that in addition to being a whisky enthusiast, I’m a filmmaker with a love for great movies. Blade Runner 2049 was one of my favorite films of 2017, and regardless of the whisky itself (which I think is pretty good!), there’s some fun to sipping the same whisky […]

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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year

by Blake Cortrighton August 29, 2018
Johnnie Walker Green Label is the middle child of the Johnnie Walker line up.  It’s the truest introduction to the “premium” side of the range, and sits in that premium-yet-still-affordable $50 price category.  Left behind are the 40% ABV’s and screw top caps of Red and Black, in favor of a bulked up 43% ABV, […]
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Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black

by Andrew Owenon August 27, 2018
Progressing up the Johnnie Walker price ladder, we now find ourselves at the Double Black, which sits about $10 more than the standard 12 year Black, and is advertised as a “darker, smokier interpretation of the world famous Johnnie Walker Black Label”.  Diageo’s blenders achieve this by using a higher proportion of west coast and […]

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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year

by Blake Cortrighton August 15, 2018
While Johnnie Walker Red Label may sell more by volume, the Black Label may be the most recognizable scotch whisky in the world.  The poster child of Diageo’s Johnnie Walker range, the Black Label is marketed as a more premium step up from the non-age stated Red Label, and can be found in almost any […]
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Johnnie Walker Red Label

Johnnie Walker Red Label

by Andrew Owenon August 13, 2018
As the most popular (by volume sales) scotch whisky in the world, and second highest selling of any whiskey only to Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Johnnie Walker needs little introduction.  The blended scotch brand is the face of worldwide spirits behemoth Diageo’s operations in Scotland. Diageo owns over two dozen malt and grain distilleries […]

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Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve

by Robert Dianaon July 25, 2018
Glenfiddich is one of the most iconic single malt scotch brands of all time.  In fact, William Grant’s innovation with Glenfiddich in the 1960s and 70s is largely responsible for the shift of scotch popularity from blended scotch to single malts.  You can find a bottle of Glenfiddich in pretty much every country in the […]
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The Arran Malt 14 Year

by Andrew Owenon July 23, 2018
Today we continue our journey through the Arran Malt, aptly named for the only active whisky distillery currently on the Isle of Arran in between Scotland’s west coast and Kintyre Peninsula (home of the Campbeltown region).  Take a look back at my review of Arran’s 10 year old single malt to get your bearings on […]