Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round III

Round III of notes from a recent Bruichladdich tasting: Bruichladdich 1989,  19 Year Old "Black Art" Right off the bat, let me mention that Black Art has perhaps the coolest packaging of any spirit I've come across. Granted, it's not very traditional as far as Scotch goes, nor does it do much to show off the … Continue reading Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round III

Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round II

Round II of notes from a recent Bruichladdich tasting focuses on 3 uniquely finished expressions:   Bruichladdich 16 Year Old, Cuvee E, Chateau D'Yquem Sauternes Cask Sauternes is Bordeaux's exceptional trademark sweet wine, and Chateau D'Yquem stands far enough above the others to earn the ranking of Premier Cru Supérieur. Sauternes is the best-known example … Continue reading Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round II

Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round I

Bruichladdich is a relatively young distillery in many ways. Originally opening in 1881 it survived several moth-ballings and ownership changes until finally in late 2000, new owners, including the owners of the Murray McDavid independent line, took over and began the transformation of the distillery into one of the most innovative in the world. Today, … Continue reading Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round I

Recap – Bruichladdich Tasting with Jim McEwan, 11.1.10

  I'm not usually one of those types that are checking their phones every other minute, but with the San Francisco Giants on their way to winning the World Series, it was hard not to check the score...repeatedly...during the first half of the recent Bruichladdich tasting at the City Club of San Francisco. The irony here … Continue reading Recap – Bruichladdich Tasting with Jim McEwan, 11.1.10

Bay Area Whisky Events, November 2010

  Feeling unfulfilled after WhiskyFest? Not a one of the 270 whiskies hit the spot, eh? Was the $150 VIP ticket chump change and are you looking to unload more cash so as not to be burdened by the evil temptations of the all (not so) mighty  dollar? Here are a couple of suggestions: -------------------------------------------------------- … Continue reading Bay Area Whisky Events, November 2010

Octomore 2.1 – Review

For good or for ill (mostly for ill) Americans have this sad, misguided little notion that bigger and/or more extreme is better , especially when it comes to food or pretend food products. There's a new line of "bold" Doritos out there that promises an artificially produced heat hitherto unknown in the natural food world. There … Continue reading Octomore 2.1 – Review

Port Charlotte PC6 – Review

Who, exactly, was this Charlotte and what did she do to get a quaint Islay village, not to mention a whole series of well-regarded scotches named after her?  A strong-footed mid-fielder for Wemyss United who scored that stellar, curving goal for the win over Askaig City FC in the '46 All-Islay tourney finals? No. A … Continue reading Port Charlotte PC6 – Review

Bruichladdich 2001 “Resurrection” – Review

I have to admit, I'm always a little conflicted when I see a bottle of "Resurrection", and lord knows a person can't help but see a bottle this garishly blue from a few miles away.  On the one hand, I like the type and design of the tin and the bottle, and the matte blue … Continue reading Bruichladdich 2001 “Resurrection” – Review