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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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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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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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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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The Glenlivet 12

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 […]
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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 […]

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The Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood

by Andrew Owenon November 25, 2017
The Balvenie Distillery is located in Dufftown within the Speyside region, and is known for creating single malt whiskies that are peculiarly simple.  When you start thinking about the *house characteristics* (the aromas and flavors inherent to a certain distillery’s base spirit) of different single malts, you think about Balvenie.  Balvenie’s malts are classically gentle and nuanced, […]
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Glendronach 12 Year “Original”

by Andrew Owenon November 22, 2017
The GlenDronach Distillery, aptly named after the Dronach Burn (In Scotland, freshwater streams are called “burns”), sits within the Speyside region and has become well known for its heavily sherry-influenced whiskies.  The distillery was founded in the early 19th century, and has changed ownership several times.  The distillery was also mothballed (meaning all production ceased) […]