Chieftain’s 1996 Braeval 14 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Braeval is the possibly the highest elevated distillery in Scotland. I say "possibly" because Dalwhinnie also makes that claim and although I am many things, an expert cartographer is not one, nor do I have access to any of the equipment (slide rules, global … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1996 Braeval 14 Year Old – Review

Chieftain’s 1995 Auchroisk 16 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Auchroisk...the distillery says that it is pronounced Auck-Roysk, but apparently the locals beg to differ and pronounce it Ack-Rask...or Ath-Rask. Those last two look different enough to me that it seems like the locals are just begging to differ all over the place, but what do I know? … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1995 Auchroisk 16 Year Old – Review

Whiskies of the World Expo 2012 – Recap

Thank you very much to Whiskies of the World for the opportunity to attend the 2012 Expo as press. I think I said it in last year's re-cap of this event, but it bears repeating; having a large-scale whisky event on an elegant, docked riverboat is a much nicer setting than a sterile hotel conference … Continue reading Whiskies of the World Expo 2012 – Recap

More Upcoming Bay Area Whisky Events, Oct. & Nov. 2011

The hits just keep on coming... ---------- A Whisky Dinner with Ed Kohl and Chieftains Single Malt Whisky Presented by The Whisky Shop and the City Club Whisky Society, "The evening will indulge your senses with Whisky expertly paired to a four-course meal and an educational journey on how these Whiskies came to be. Ed is … Continue reading More Upcoming Bay Area Whisky Events, Oct. & Nov. 2011

Chieftain’s 1995 Mortlach 15 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. There's a saying about Speyside's  Dufftown that goes "Rome was built on seven hills but Dufftown stands on seven stills." Even though I've never visited Dufftown, I'm pretty sure the differences don't stop there. Rome, for example, does not focus much on booze and booze-making in its … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1995 Mortlach 15 Year Old – Review

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

Chieftain’s 1999 Glendullan 11 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Yet another distillery under Diageo's extremely large umbrella that's rarely seen outside its role as a blend ingredient. In Glendullan's case, it has been bottled under the Singleton name since 2007 as a 12 year old, but not currently in any other distillery release. … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1999 Glendullan 11 Year Old – Review

Chieftain’s 1996 Isle Of Jura 14 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. I'm anxious for the people of the Isle of Jura, all 200 of them, give or take a few hearty souls. Reading up on the island, I've learned that they are outnumbered nearly 35 to 1 by the large, locally prolific, and usually docile … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1996 Isle Of Jura 14 Year Old – Review

Chieftain’s 1982 Teaninich 28 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Teaninich...yet another single malt scotch whose name receives a mild butchering by non-Scots/Gaelic speakers and even seems to create a bit of confusion amongst lauded Scottish whisky experts. Michael Jackson offers the pronunciations "tee-ninick" or "chee-ninick" in his Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1982 Teaninich 28 Year Old – Review

Chieftain’s 2000 Strathisla 10 Year Old

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Strathisla is one of Northern Scotland's oldest functioning distilleries, getting its start in 1786 thanks to George Taylor and Alexander Milne who had then named the site Milltown. Some sources even claim that Strathisla is the oldest continuously run distillery in Scotland, though there should perhaps … Continue reading Chieftain’s 2000 Strathisla 10 Year Old