Clynelish 14 year

by Robert Dianaon March 19, 2019
As part of my whiskey journey, I like to try all sorts of different drams. So, when I get to a store, it may take a while for me to decide what to buy. On a recent shopping excursion, I was having a lot difficulty finding anything interesting until I noticed this Clynelish on the […]

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,, Talisker 18 also won Gold in the International Spirits Challenge (2007-2008, 2011), Gold in the International […]

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 […]


Douglas Liang’s Rock Oyster

by Andrew Owenon December 26, 2018
Over my next few reviews, I’m going to explore an often overlooked but nonetheless exciting area of whisky that I call “craft blended scotch”.  The way that my binary brain sees it, there are essentially two forms of blended scotch (and this really applies to whisky as a whole):  those created as cheaply as possible […]


Glengoyne 21 Year – Andrew’s Christmas Whisky!

by Andrew Owenon December 20, 2018
With the year-end holidays fast approaching, I figure now is a fine time to talk about my favorite Christmas whisky.  It is my favorite whisky both to drink around the holiday and to recommend as a gift to the scotch enthusiast in your life.  The vast majority of scotch drinkers are not regularly purchasing or […]