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Tomatin 18 Year

by Robert Dianaon July 11, 2018
Tomatin Distillery has an interesting tale to tell.  While legend holds that whisky has been distilled onsite in the village of Tomatin since the 16th century, the licensed distillery originally known as Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd was not established until 1897.  The company quickly went bankrupt in 1906, reopened under new ownership in 1909, […]
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The Arran Malt 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon July 8, 2018
The Arran Malt, as the name implies, is distilled in the northern village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, which lies off of the western coast of Scotland, between the Kintyre Peninsula and the Lowlands.  Latitudinally, the distillery sits further north of Campbeltown and on almost the same plane as Glasgow and the southern […]

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Oban Distiller’s Edition

by Andrew Owenon March 7, 2018
What you essentially have with Oban Distiller’s Edition (as well as the DE’s from Lagavulin, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, and Cragganmore) is the standard age stated malt finished in sherry casks for a short second maturation prior to bottling.  In Oban’s case, after aging 14 years in ex-bourbon casks, the whisky is transferred into Spanish Oak Montilla […]
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Oban 14 Year

by Andrew Owenon March 6, 2018
Oban Distillery, founded in the late 18th century, is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.  Situated right in the middle of the small coastal town of Oban, the distillery is also one of the few urban distilleries in Scotland.  Due to its unique location, Oban has had very little space to expand over the years, which […]

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon January 30, 2018
Part of Glenmorangie’s “extra matured” range, Quinta Ruban is one of several whiskies in Glenmorangie’s portfolio that follows the blueprint of taking the standard 10 year old whisky aged in ex-bourbon American White Oak barrels and finishing it for a couple of years in a wine cask.  Glenmorangie has three such core range extra matured […]
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Highland Park 18 Year

by Andrew Owenon December 10, 2017
To complete the core range of Highland Park’s age stated whiskies, we now turn to the 18 year old.  Note that there are older bottlings in Highland Park’s core range, but they are well beyond the price range of 99% of enthusiasts, us reviewers included.  Sure, reviewing a $600 whisky sounds fun, but publishing it […]

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Highland Park 15 Year

by Brett Mullinson December 7, 2017
Highland Park’s 15 year whisky is the next step up from the 12 year in its age stated range.  You can see the full review of the 12 year, as well as more in-depth distillery information here.  Highland Park uses its geographic location on the Isle of Orkney to the north of the Scottish mainland […]
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Highland Park 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon December 5, 2017
Before we even get into this review, let me answer one of the most common questions I see:  Yes, Highland Park 12 and Highland Park 12 “Viking Honour” are the same thing.  Throughout 2017, Highland Park, the northernmost distillery in Scotland, has been undergoing a re-branding effort in order to better, er, embrace? the Norse roots of […]

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Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 21, 2017
The Glenmorangie distillery sits on the east coast of the Scottish highlands north of the north shore of Speyside.  Despite its proximity to the coast, Glenmorangie produces a gentle and unassuming malt with very little peat or maritime influence.  Glenmorangie malt’s signature mildness has much to do with the shape of the stills used, which […]
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Talisker 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 18, 2017
From an outside perspective (at least for this American), there’s something serene and poetic about the Talisker distillery.  A solitary fortress…er, distillery sitting atop sea-battered cliffs on the lonely isle of Skye.  Storms batter the little island while pot stills boil, steam rises from the smokestack into the damp sky, and thousands of casks of […]