Drifting Away From Whisky?

Am I? Yeah. Me? Yeah, you. Away from whisky? Yes. Nooooo. Really? Never. Never. Not even just a little?   Well, yeah, okay, a little. Maybe a little more than a little. I don't think I've grown tired of whisky, or tired of drinking it, or learning about its past, or writing about it. I … Continue reading Drifting Away From Whisky?

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

400th Post…

I wasn't sure if I was going to mark the occasion of The Casks 400th post with something special, just another review, or...I don't know, a video of me sabering a bottle of vintage Pol Roger Brut while doing an ancient clog dance last performed by a bunch of drunk Jacobites in Killiecrankie. My impulse was not … Continue reading 400th Post…

Kilchoman 100% Islay, 3rd Edition – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Back in days of yore, yore being that time long ago when people actually darned socks, butchered their own animals, and didn't fret needlessly over whether or not radiation from the Fukushima meltdown plant was actually seeping into their Gorton's fish sticks, … Continue reading Kilchoman 100% Islay, 3rd Edition – Review

Kilchoman 2007 Vintage – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Ah, 2007. It was only seven years ago, but in the whisky world, it seems a lifetime ago. Back then, there were a great many quality single malts still hovering around the $30 mark, and if you wanted to get kind of … Continue reading Kilchoman 2007 Vintage – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1990 Laphroaig 22 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. First off, if this kind of thing puts you to sleep, I apologize. You can skip ahead if you want. If you're like me and find toponymical bric-a-brac more exciting than you might care to admit in public, then, well, you're in … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1990 Laphroaig 22 Year Old – Review

Kilchoman Loch Gorm – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. For an island that's roughly just 25 miles long and 15 miles wide, Islay is home to quite a few inland, freshwater lakes...or, more appropriately, lochs. The largest of these is Loch Gorm which is located in the northeast corner of the … Continue reading Kilchoman Loch Gorm – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1991 Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. While watching the recent documentary on Los Angeles' Sound City, I almost passed out in shock when I realized that 1991 was 22 years ago. It's not that 22 years is such a long time, it's just that the 22 years in … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1991 Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old – Review

Single Cask Nation 2007 Kilchoman 4 Year Old – Review

*A sincere thanks to JH, JJY, and SK at Single Cask Nation for the sample. Those of us in the whisky world are always excited to see a new face on the scene, a new independent bottler perhaps, or even a new whisky society, so you can imagine the buzz generated by the emergence of … Continue reading Single Cask Nation 2007 Kilchoman 4 Year Old – Review

Kilchoman 100% Islay, 2nd Edition – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The Irish saint, St. Comman also had a brother who was a saint - St. Cumine. Apparently that kind of things runs in one's family. Not mine, thankfully. Both Cumine and Comman were monks at the Abbey of Iona which is located, appropriately enough, … Continue reading Kilchoman 100% Islay, 2nd Edition – Review