Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round I

Part of Ian Macleod's family, the Chieftain's line-up of independent bottlings has recently found its way to the whisky shelves of the U.S. David Driscoll of K&L Wines hosted a recent tasting at Martin's West in Redwood city to introduce the new line-up. The big draw of the night for me was another taste of … Continue reading Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round I


Amrut Single Malt Whisky – Review

Spied this bottle at Nihon and had to give it a taste. I've been reading a lot of reviews and write-ups of the Amrut whiskies and this was the first chance I've had to try one. Ok, I'll admit I was half expecting some exotic, Far-East scents to waft out the glass. Cardamom, maybe? A … Continue reading Amrut Single Malt Whisky – Review

Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

I guess it's Bargain Hunter Friday around here. I picked up a bottle of Jim's...may I call you Jim?...Rye a while back just on a lark.  It was cheap, the bottle looks like something you could really use in a good bar fight (though admittedly, I've never been in a bar fight so what do … Continue reading Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

Tasting Group 4.3.10 – 5 Single Malts

A group of us got together for the first of hopefully several whisky tastings this past weekend.  We all either walked, drove or took public transportation to our meeting place...none of us flew in on a private jet. We were not carried there upon jewel-encrusted sedan chairs.  There were no entourages. We kept things pretty … Continue reading Tasting Group 4.3.10 – 5 Single Malts