SMWSA 2012 Holiday Parcels…Part II

*A sincere thank you to the good folks at the SMWSA for the samples. The second 2012 "holiday" outturn from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America (SMWSA) was entitled "Holiday Parcels" and now that I've missed that boat and the holidays are pretty much over, I thought I'd take a three-part look at this … Continue reading SMWSA 2012 Holiday Parcels…Part II

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SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part II

*A sincere thank you to the good folks at the SMWSA for the samples. Here's part two of three taking a look at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's 2012 Holiday Outturn. This time around, it's the two youngsters of the group, one I liked quite a bit, the other...not so much. SMWSA Cask … Continue reading SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part II

Auchentoshan Classic – Review

Let's ponder, shall we, for a moment, the word "classic". As words go, this one really gets around. It can be academic and literary when referring to the halcyon days of the Greek, Roman, and Mayan empires, or their accompanying literature such as Homer's Illiad and Odyssey, old' Virg's Aeneid, or the classic Mayan motorcycle … Continue reading Auchentoshan Classic – Review

Master of Malt 1996 The Dalmore 14 Year Old – Review

Any industry landscape is littered with companies being bought and sold and changing their names faster than Margaret Thatcher changed his or her underwear, but just for fun, as a brief, related aside, let's take a quick look at the ownership and name changes The Dalmore's parent company went through in the last 22 years. … Continue reading Master of Malt 1996 The Dalmore 14 Year Old – Review

Hart Brothers 1992 Littlemill 16 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Read enough about enough distilleries and you'll notice several claiming to be some version of the "oldest" distillery out there. Some are "the oldest Irish", some "the oldest Scottish", some "the oldest continuous something", some just plain "the oldest". Marketers tweak a few facts … Continue reading Hart Brothers 1992 Littlemill 16 Year Old – Review

Isle of Jura “Origin” 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at The Baddish Group for the sample. I was going to start the post off by with a brief discussion about the Paps of Jura and how, if you're going to name your island's highest points after a female body part, "paps" is a much better name than, say, the … Continue reading Isle of Jura “Origin” 10 Year Old – Review

Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round I

Bruichladdich is a relatively young distillery in many ways. Originally opening in 1881 it survived several moth-ballings and ownership changes until finally in late 2000, new owners, including the owners of the Murray McDavid independent line, took over and began the transformation of the distillery into one of the most innovative in the world. Today, … Continue reading Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round I

Bargain Bin Fridays #5, Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon's have great names.  Many of them titled, we can only hope, after cranky, old, Kentucky gentlemen who still wear either torn-up overalls or natty seersucker suits and bow-ties, and lock their mashbill recipes up in the same homemade safes they keep their revolvers in.  An unfair stereotype, I know, but come on, put the … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #5, Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey – Review

The Town of Tullamore was damn near burned to the ground in 1785 when a hot air balloon crashed (slowly, I'm guessing) and set aflame more than 100 houses. There's no record as to who was piloting the pride of the Montgolfier brothers, but we can assume it was a terrible accident and not one caused … Continue reading Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey – Review

Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round II

Round II of quick notes from the recent Chieftain's tasting hosted by K&L Wines at Martin's West in Redwood city... Chieftain's 1985 Glencadam 22 Year Old Glencadam is another distillery that's more well-known for not being that well-known. Having been around since the 1825, many ownership changes over the years have finally led this Highland malt to the … Continue reading Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round II