Chieftain’s The Cigar Malt, 15 Year Old Speyside – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. I'm not afraid to admit that I hate cigars. A shocking, divisive, and opprobrious statement, if there ever was one, I'm sure. Perhaps I haven't really ever experienced a good cigar, I don't know, I also don't really care. I've been in the presence of … Continue reading Chieftain’s The Cigar Malt, 15 Year Old Speyside – Review

Chieftain’s 1998 Ardbeg 12 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Ardbeg's recent history (thanks, Tim!) is a litany of ownership changes, dis-heartening shutterings, sporadic periods of production, and ultimately, it's re-emergence as one of the finest distilleries out there today. Thanks, I'm sure, to the financial clout of its parent company (Glenmorangie was sold … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1998 Ardbeg 12 Year Old – Review

Chieftain’s 1997 Aultmore 12 Year Old

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Like many other distilleries founded in the 1890's, Aultmore had a bit of a sputtering start:  opening in 1897, closing a few years later, re-opening in the early 1900's...then closing once again as World War I began. Finally in 1923, John Dewar and Sons … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1997 Aultmore 12 Year Old

Chieftain’s 1997 Glen Grant 13 Year Old Year Old

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. I'm not ashamed to admit that perhaps my favorite ride at Disney Land/World is Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. No, sorry...scratch that, my favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean, hands down, though I liked it a lot more before Johnny Depp kept showing up … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1997 Glen Grant 13 Year Old Year Old

Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round III

Round III of quick notes from the recent Chieftain's tasting hosted by K&L Wines at Martin's West in Redwood city... Chieftain's 1991 Linkwood 16 Year Old Yet another rarely-seen-in-distillery-bottlings...bottling, Linkwood has been around since the early 1800's, going through the usual myriad ownership changes before ultimately landing in Diageo's prodigious lap. Like Allt'A Bhainne and Glencadam, Linkwood spends … Continue reading Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round III

Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round II

Round II of quick notes from the recent Chieftain's tasting hosted by K&L Wines at Martin's West in Redwood city... Chieftain's 1985 Glencadam 22 Year Old Glencadam is another distillery that's more well-known for not being that well-known. Having been around since the 1825, many ownership changes over the years have finally led this Highland malt to the … Continue reading Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round II

Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round I

Part of Ian Macleod's family, the Chieftain's line-up of independent bottlings has recently found its way to the whisky shelves of the U.S. David Driscoll of K&L Wines hosted a recent tasting at Martin's West in Redwood city to introduce the new line-up. The big draw of the night for me was another taste of … Continue reading Chieftain’s Tasting Review Notes, Round I

Chieftain’s Tasting, July 15, Redwood City, CA

Just got word of a Chieftain's tasting at Martin's West in Redwood City.  Presented by the fine folks at K&L Wines, there will be seven whiskies poured including...get this, people...a 1976 Allt' A 'Bhainne 31 Year and a 1982 Port Ellen 25 Year.  Indeed, this is the very same Port Ellen I was lucky enough … Continue reading Chieftain’s Tasting, July 15, Redwood City, CA

Chieftain’s 1982 Port Ellen, 25 Year Old – Review

Dear Port Ellen, You probably don't remember me, we just met, and it was a pretty short meeting, but I remember you. I've heard about you from the other whisky bloggers, they all say you're something special. When I saw you from across the room, I couldn't take my eyes off you. I waited patiently … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1982 Port Ellen, 25 Year Old – Review