An Evening with Aultmore Part III: Aultmore 2005 (Signatory)

by Andrew Owenon March 18, 2019
Ah, the independent bottler.  Perhaps now more than ever they are being crowned the savior of the scotch industry by the niche enthusiast, who has become at best bored with the cyclical shenanigans of big industry corporations that plague mainstream official bottlings, and at worst contemptible towards them. What is the definition of “cyclical shenanigans” according to the […]

An Evening with Aultmore Part II: Aultmore 18 Year

by Andrew Owenon March 14, 2019
My evening with Aultmore continues on today as I turn my attention to the 18 year old official bottling of this northern Speyside distillery.  I’ve covered the distillery background and several specifics pertaining to Aultmore in Part I of this review series, and I’d strongly encourage you to go back and read it if you […]


An Evening of Aultmore Part I: Aultmore 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon March 8, 2019
At the turn of the calendar to 2019 earlier this year, as I was reflecting on my whisky journey and deciding the direction I wanted to take going forward, one thing I decided to do was explore whiskies from distilleries that were more anonymous to the typical malt fan.  There are dozens of places where you can […]


Glenfarclas 105

by Bobby Longon February 7, 2019
The historic Glenfarclas Distillery in Ballindalloch is literally one of the most traditional distilleries in Scotland.  It was officially licensed in 1836, and has been ran by the Grant family since 1865, making it one of few remaining independently owned Scottish single malt distilleries.  While it’s six pot stills make it no small operation (the stills […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask

by Andrew Owenon November 25, 2017
The Aberlour distillery sits in between Tamdhu and Macallan right on the south shore of the River Spey (although it still classifies itself as a “speyside”, and we will classify it the same).  It was built in 1879, and is currently owned by spirits-megalodon Pernod-Ricard.  Aberlour is in the middling range for total output among […]