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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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Johnnie Walker – White Walker GOT Edition

by Blake Cortrighton November 19, 2018
Despite being a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings (both the books and the films), I’ve never read or seen any Game of Thrones, so this whisky holds no inherent nostalgia for me beyond the gimmick of a cool looking bottle containing a Scotch whisky that’s supposed to be served chilled (always a […]

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Laphroaig 28 Year

by Brett Mullinson November 16, 2018
Laphroaig has released another aged offering, this time it’s a 28 year, one year older than the 27 year they released in 2017. This is a sherry finished offering, resting for the final 12 months. First matured in different sizes, it’s shifted through a suite of carefully selected quarter casks and butts.  It’s designed to […]
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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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Johnnie Walker Black “Director’s Cut” Blade Runner Edition

by Blake Cortrighton September 12, 2018
I should preface this review by mentioning that in addition to being a whisky enthusiast, I’m a filmmaker with a love for great movies. Blade Runner 2049 was one of my favorite films of 2017, and regardless of the whisky itself (which I think is pretty good!), there’s some fun to sipping the same whisky […]
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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year

by Blake Cortrighton August 29, 2018
Johnnie Walker Green Label is the middle child of the Johnnie Walker line up.  It’s the truest introduction to the “premium” side of the range, and sits in that premium-yet-still-affordable $50 price category.  Left behind are the 40% ABV’s and screw top caps of Red and Black, in favor of a bulked up 43% ABV, […]

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Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black

by Andrew Owenon August 27, 2018
Progressing up the Johnnie Walker price ladder, we now find ourselves at the Double Black, which sits about $10 more than the standard 12 year Black, and is advertised as a “darker, smokier interpretation of the world famous Johnnie Walker Black Label”.  Diageo’s blenders achieve this by using a higher proportion of west coast and […]
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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year

by Blake Cortrighton August 15, 2018
While Johnnie Walker Red Label may sell more by volume, the Black Label may be the most recognizable scotch whisky in the world.  The poster child of Diageo’s Johnnie Walker range, the Black Label is marketed as a more premium step up from the non-age stated Red Label, and can be found in almost any […]