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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 […]
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Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve

by Robert Dianaon July 25, 2018
Glenfiddich is one of the most iconic single malt scotch brands of all time.  In fact, William Grant’s innovation with Glenfiddich in the 1960s and 70s is largely responsible for the shift of scotch popularity from blended scotch to single malts.  You can find a bottle of Glenfiddich in pretty much every country in 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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Lagavulin Distiller's Edition

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

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 […]