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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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Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition

by Robert Dianaon June 27, 2018
The great fictional “Parks and Rec” character Ron Swanson once mused, “all of my life I’ve avoided Europe, and its multitude of terribleness, but it turns out, much to my surprise, there is actually one place in Europe that is worth seeing.  These tiny islands off of the coast of Scotland, where God’s chosen elixirs are […]
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Aberlour 16 Year Double Cask

by Andrew Owenon March 30, 2018
Like Aberlour’s 12 year old single malt, this southern Speyside distillery also releases a 16 year old using the same “double cask matured” technique.  Rather than starting all of its whisky in ex-bourbon casks and then “finishing” the malt by transferring it to ex-sherry casks (like Balvenie does with their 12 Year Doublewood) Aberlour marries […]

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Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

by Andrew Owenon March 20, 2018
Nestled against the coast of Loch Indaal on the west side of Islay sits the Bruichladdich (pronounced bruchh-lad-ee) Distillery.  As far as mainstream popularity goes, Bruichladdich often sits in the shadow of the three southern Islay powerhouses of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin, but this Islay distillery is not to be underestimated. Bruichladdich was built in […]
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Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 53

by Blake Cortrighton March 16, 2018
The first time I was introduced to Aberlour A’Bunadh (a Scotch Gaelic word meaning “of the origin”), I was at a bar trying multiple scotches.  I was relatively new to whisky tasting at the time, and that night I was also tasting a peated Japanese whisky, GlenDronach 15 year, and Aberlour 12 Year.  By the […]

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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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The Glenlivet 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon December 19, 2017
The Glenlivet 12 Year is a single malt that needs no introduction.  If you have heard of 1 or 2 single malts in your entire life, chances are this is one of them.  You can find it in every grocery store and gas station, and you can buy it by the liter for less than […]