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Talisker 18 Year

by Blake Cortrighton February 11, 2019
In 2007, the World Whiskies Awards named Talisker 18 Year Old the “Best Single Malt Whisky in the World,” and 12 years later, I agree with that distinction. According to Diageo’s website dedicated to their single malt scotch brands, malts.com, Talisker 18 also won Gold in the International Spirits Challenge (2007-2008, 2011), Gold in the International […]
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Whisky Dualism Part 2: Highland Park 17 Year “The Light”

by Andrew Owenon February 5, 2019
Despite my buggering of Highland Park’s parent company Edrington, I can’t stay away from Highland Park whisky (the same cannot be said for Edrington’s star child Macallan).  The distillery character is just fascinating to me.  As others have mused, Highland Park whisky seems to be an all-region-encompassing single malt.  There’s some highland-like heather and florals, […]

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Whisky Dualism Part 1: Highland Park 17 Year “The Dark”

by Andrew Owenon February 4, 2019
Ever the marketing geniuses, the folks at Edrington have been infecting boosting old Highland Park for what seems like forever now, when in reality it’s only been a couple years.  Gone are the old days of classical and fairly bland labels featuring the distillery name, an age statement, and a few minor facts about the […]
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A New Direction: Highland Park 1999 (Signatory Vintage)

by Andrew Owenon January 28, 2019
Throughout these first 28 days of 2019, I’ve done a lot of thinking about my role in this website as a writer.  You see, writing about whisky has always been a natural expression of my enjoyment of it.  In other words, from the day I started drinking and seriously enjoying whisky, the fulfillment of that […]
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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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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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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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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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Highland Park 18 Year

by Andrew Owenon December 10, 2017
To complete the core range of Highland Park’s age stated whiskies, we now turn to the 18 year old.  Note that there are older bottlings in Highland Park’s core range, but they are well beyond the price range of 99% of enthusiasts, us reviewers included.  Sure, reviewing a $600 whisky sounds fun, but publishing it […]