Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky (2015) – Review

"And every time I thought I'd got it made It seemed the taste was not so sweet" - Changes, Bowie. It seems that whenever a consumer product experiences a surge in popularity, as whisky has the last several years, there's always a few brands that decide to completely overhaul their product. I suppose it's an attempt to somehow cash … Continue reading Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky (2015) – Review

Usquaebach Reserve Premium Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Sincere thanks to JA and Usquaebach for the sample. In my previous post about Usquaebach's Old Rare Blend, I forgot to mention a curious historical tidbit the brand highlights on their website. According to Usquaebach, the Old Rare blend was served at two U.S. presidential inaugural dinners - Nixon's first in 1969 and George Bush … Continue reading Usquaebach Reserve Premium Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Usquaebach Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Sincere thanks to JA and Usquaebach for the sample. Obviously, the most striking thing about Usquaebach's Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky is the ceramic flagon that the whisky is sold in. One sees quite a few glass bottles on liquor store shelves, but flagons...not so much. The word "flagon", of course, is derived from the 15th century Middle French … Continue reading Usquaebach Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky – 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’ 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

Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Blended Whiskey

*Sincere thanks to DK & NR from Exposure PR for the sample, and to Suntory's Neyah White for the sage advice. Last month, March, Suntory celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Yamazaki Distillery and the House of Suntory Whisky. Shinjiro Torii founded his first distillery in March of 1923, establishing a whisky-making empire that would … Continue reading Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Blended Whiskey

Bushmills Black Bush – Review, 2013 Redux

This post is part of a simultaneous St. Patrick's day posting on Bushmills Black Bush by a large international group of whisky bloggers/writers. The idea originated with Johanne McInnis of The Perfect Whisky Match Blog. Thanks to Johanne for organizing and thanks to Joshua Feldman of the great blog, The Coopered Tot, for the sample. Seriously...who … Continue reading Bushmills Black Bush – Review, 2013 Redux

Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

*Please note, this review is on the "old" version of Black Bottle. In late 2013, the brand was re-formulated. To me, as a descriptor, the word black conjures up all sorts of alluring, dark, rich, brooding, occasionally awesome, occasionally evil, occasionally both...stuff. Among far too many to list are: the Black Forest (the tree'd kind … Continue reading Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Master of Malt St. Isidore, the Blogger’s Blend – Review

Thanks to the excellent people at Master of Malt for the sample. St. Isidore is a saint honored by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He served as an Archbishop of Seville for nearly 30 years around the year 600 A.D. and during that time, became widely known as a great historian … Continue reading Master of Malt St. Isidore, the Blogger’s Blend – Review

Isle of Skye 12 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Dunvegan Castle, sitting on the shores of Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, has been the traditional home of the MacLeod Clan for the better part of nearly 800 years. Since the Isle of Skye brand is owned by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd., … Continue reading Isle of Skye 12 Year Old – Review