The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. I was going to write the usual smug preamble about the etymology of the word "reserve," but a little research showed me that the etymology of the word "reserve," wasn't all that exciting. Knowing full well that "exciting" is why people travel far … Continue reading The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve – Review

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. This whisky first appeared in the Glenrothes' line-up as the Alba Reserve. The line of reasoning for the name seems pretty clear, a whisky matured solely in American White Oak, which carries the latin name Quercus Alba, with "alba" of course meaning "white." … Continue reading The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1993 Allt-A-Bhainne 22 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Once again we wade into those murky waters of Scotch whisky pronunciation and etymology. Allt-A-Bhainne is apparently pronounced ""allt-a-vanya." Alternately, there seems to be no small amount of support for pronouncing it "allt-a-vane." Just to be on the safe side, if for … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1993 Allt-A-Bhainne 22 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1996 Ben Nevis 17 Year Old – Review

  *Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. The history of the Ben Nevis distillery is long, marginally interesting, and surprisingly international. It is certainly one of the older Scotch distilleries, having been founded in 1825 by a man named Long John McDonald. Not surprisingly, Long John McDonald is … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1996 Ben Nevis 17 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1995 Glen Garioch 19 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. I know what's on your mind. It's certainly not whisky, or the decrepit state of our union, or who will be the starting shortstop for the St. Paul Saints this season. No, I knew what was on your mind from the moment … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1995 Glen Garioch 19 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1996 Glen Keith 19 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. Though Glen Keith is a relatively young distillery, its shortish history is peppered with curiosities. Founded by Seagrams on the site of an old grain mill in 1957, the distillery not only produced whisky, but also functioned as something of a research lab. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1996 Glen Keith 19 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1997 Deanston 17 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. Deanston is one of those relatively rare single malts that is more or less widely available, yet oft-overlooked. They don't have a large core range, and they don't trot out tiresome, expensive, heavily marketed special releases a couple of times a year. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1997 Deanston 17 Year Old – Review

Head-to Head! Two Young Laphroaigs From The Exclusive Malts

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. My incompetence and negligence has afforded me an interesting opportunity to taste two very similar single malts side by side. Towards the end of 2013, The Exclusive Malts released to the US market an 8 year old Laphroaig, distilled in 2005. I received a … Continue reading Head-to Head! Two Young Laphroaigs From The Exclusive Malts

Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky (2015) – Review

"And every time I thought I'd got it made It seemed the taste was not so sweet" - Changes, Bowie. It seems that whenever a consumer product experiences a surge in popularity, as whisky has the last several years, there's always a few brands that decide to completely overhaul their product. I suppose it's an attempt to somehow cash … Continue reading Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky (2015) – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1984 Invergordon 30 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. As the British Empire dwindled after World War II, England itself began to re-build and revive. By the 1950's, the country experienced a period of relatively intense prosperity. A welcome by-product of all this prosperity was an uptick in demand for whisky. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1984 Invergordon 30 Year Old – Review