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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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Johnnie Walker – White Walker GOT Edition

by Blake Cortrighton November 19, 2018
Despite being a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings (both the books and the films), I’ve never read or seen any Game of Thrones, so this whisky holds no inherent nostalgia for me beyond the gimmick of a cool looking bottle containing a Scotch whisky that’s supposed to be served chilled (always a […]
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Laphroaig 28 Year

by Brett Mullinson November 16, 2018
Laphroaig has released another aged offering, this time it’s a 28 year, one year older than the 27 year they released in 2017. This is a sherry finished offering, resting for the final 12 months. First matured in different sizes, it’s shifted through a suite of carefully selected quarter casks and butts.  It’s designed to […]
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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 […]