Top Whisky-type Stuff (or not) List for 2015

As much as I love year-end lists, I'm beginning to realize that I like reading them far more than I like putting them together. I would happily skip writing such a list if it weren't for my unfortunate love of trite traditions. Alack, here we are again, stumbling blindly and listing a bit to the left, … Continue reading Top Whisky-type Stuff (or not) List for 2015

Bowmore Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to MS & AS at Savona Communications for the sample. Not too long ago, I poked fun at the misuse and abuse of the term "small batch". It's not really my intention to beat that dead horse any further in this post, especially since there are so very many other booze marketing catch … Continue reading Bowmore Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Review

Big Peat Small Batch “Blended” Islay Malt

I like to think that I'm a steely rock, inscrutable and impenetrable to the grasping wiles of advertisers and their kerned and pantone-d ministrations, but really, I'm just as much of a sucker for good packaging and marketing as the next guy. Ardbeg, for example, does a masterful job mixing the tradition and mythos of … Continue reading Big Peat Small Batch “Blended” Islay Malt

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