Chieftain’s 1992 Ardmore 18 Year Old – Reviewed

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The Highland version of Ardmore (in the early 1800's there was an Ardmore distillery on Islay that was eventually bought by Lagavulin) was built in 1898 by Adam Teacher, the son of Teacher's Highland Cream founder William Teacher. It's distinct, peated Highland character instantly … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1992 Ardmore 18 Year Old – Reviewed

Ardmore Traditional Cask Peated Highland Single Malt Whisky – Review

Before I bought this one, I'd asked a salesman what he thought of it and he just shrugged his shoulders, grunted primally, and said only "I think you can do better for the money", which I found fairly surprising because one, I'd heard very good things about it, and two, it's a $38 bottle of … Continue reading Ardmore Traditional Cask Peated Highland Single Malt Whisky – Review

2010 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Thank you very much to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America for the opportunity to attend the Extravaganza as press. The etymology of the word extravaganza reads (at least from several online sources) thusly: "from 1754, with reference to peculiar behavior; from 1794, of a fantastic type of performance or writing, from It. extravaganza, … Continue reading 2010 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Recap – Laphroaig Tasting with Simon Brooking

The second tasting of last weekend's trio was proof that sometimes joining internet mailing lists really pays off. When I signed up for the "Friends of Laphroaig" mailing list, I figured I might get a standard marketing email or two every now and again, so I was pleasantly suprised to receive their invite to a … Continue reading Recap – Laphroaig Tasting with Simon Brooking