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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 […]
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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 […]

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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 […]
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Talisker Storm

by Blake Cortrighton December 19, 2018
As worldwide demand for whisky increases, distilleries (and the companies which own them) have had to adapt their releases to handle the increased demand. Any time demand outweighs supply, whisky producers have a tough decision to make:  Do you raise prices?Allocate?  Just allow your product to disappear from shelves?  Or do you start dropping the […]
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Ledaig 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 21, 2018
Ledaig (the “d” makes the “ch” sound) is heavily peated single malt whisky made by the isolated Tobermory distillery – the lone distillery on the island of Mull off of the southwest coast of the Scottish mainland.  Tobermory also produces a much more mildly peated single malt under the distillery name.  Tobermory is a very […]

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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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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 […]
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Tomatin 18

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 […]