The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. In the beginning of 2014, a great many red-blooded, whiskey-drinking Americans were saddened, incensed, and apparently betrayed somehow to find out that Japanese beverage giant Suntory, was buying Beam Inc. Such was the outrage that the quintessentially American Jim Beam brand was now … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old – Review

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The Exclusive Malts 2004 Speyside 10 Year Old Port Cask – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Port, or Porto, or if you want to get really fancy, Vinho do Porto, is Portugal's contribution to the world of fortified wine. Portuguese Port is produced solely in the north of the country, in the Douro valley. Along with Italy's Chianti, … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2004 Speyside 10 Year Old Port Cask – Review

Tamdhu 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Tamdhu, like so many of the distilleries founded in the late 1800's, has a rather up and down history. Founded in 1896 by a group of no less than 15 blenders and merchants led by William Grant, Tamdhu was designed by the … Continue reading Tamdhu 10 Year Old – Review

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to VL and 360 Communications for the sample. Cutty Sark's Prohibition Edition came out late in 2013, and was an intriguing entry into the usually staid world of blended Scotch. It has several things going for it to separate it from that herd, whilst also carrying a reasonable price tag. It also has the requisite … Continue reading Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1999 North Highland 14 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Buried somewhat shallowly in the whisky industry, there is a...what shall we call it, a practice? A concept? A technique? Something called "teaspooning". Basically, teaspooning consists of adding a little bit of another distillery's whisky to a cask of single malt whisky. Ostensibly … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1999 North Highland 14 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts’ The Exclusive Blend 1991 21 Years Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Alas, poor blended scotch! It's still pretty much the reason the Scotch industry exists in the first place, being responsible for nearly 90% of all Scotch whisky sold, and despite this boom in brown spirits, it still doesn't quite get the respect it … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts’ The Exclusive Blend 1991 21 Years Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 2000 Craigellachie 12 Year Old

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Some Scotch distilleries seem to live more on the peripheries of whisky history than on the center of the stage. There are those that were not designed by the leading architect of the day, that spent as much time mothballed as they … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2000 Craigellachie 12 Year Old

Glen Grant Five Decades – Review

*Sincere thanks to NR from Exposure PR for the sample. In an attempt to give you a little mood music and to keep the Glen Grant Five Decades theme going, here are songs from the five decades in question, all performed at least partly by someone named Grant. Go ahead pick a tune, I'll wait... … Continue reading Glen Grant Five Decades – Review

The Arran Malt Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II, Angels & Devils – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Arran's two Devil's Punchbowl releases take their eponymous inspiration from an apparently less-than-comfortable glacial hollow on the Isle of Arran. But, as the Devil does seem to get around quite a bit, Arran's punchbowl is not the only geographic landform on the … Continue reading The Arran Malt Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II, Angels & Devils – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1984 Tormore 29 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. To quote the late, great Michael Jackson (no, not the gloved one, this one), Tormore Distillery, "with a musical clock, belfry, and ornamental curling lake...looks like a spa offering a mountain-water cure."¹ Now, it may come as a great shock to everyone, perhaps … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1984 Tormore 29 Year Old – Review