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

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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

Bargain Bin Fridays #8, Lauder’s Blended Scotch Whisky

In 2009, Sazerac purchased a company called Barton Brands which had a large line mostly of "affordable" spirits like Fleischmann's Vodka and Gin, Ten High Bourbon and the wonderfully named Mr. Boston Five Star Canadian (the mind reels). Also in the line-up is Lauder's Blended Scotch Whisky, which according to the incredibly brief amount of information given, … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #8, Lauder’s Blended Scotch Whisky

Dewar’s 12 Year Old Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky

Ol' John Dewar Sr. founded his eponymously named whisky company in 1846, and while it did well enough in those early years, it was really after his death in 1880 that the brand took off internationally thanks to his two sons, John Jr. and Thomas. Thomas ("Tommy" to his bowling buddies) in particular travelled the … Continue reading Dewar’s 12 Year Old Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky

Isle of Skye 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Woeful is the path of the poor Scotch whisky blend! Blends get all the sales...but single malts get all the attention. Blends account for 90% of total whisky production...but single malts get all the attention. Blends are labored over for hours, days, weeks even, … Continue reading Isle of Skye 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

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