The Exclusive Malts 1993 Allt-A-Bhainne 22 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Once again we wade into those murky waters of Scotch whisky pronunciation and etymology. Allt-A-Bhainne is apparently pronounced ""allt-a-vanya." Alternately, there seems to be no small amount of support for pronouncing it "allt-a-vane." Just to be on the safe side, if for … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1993 Allt-A-Bhainne 22 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1995 Glen Garioch 19 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. I know what's on your mind. It's certainly not whisky, or the decrepit state of our union, or who will be the starting shortstop for the St. Paul Saints this season. No, I knew what was on your mind from the moment … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1995 Glen Garioch 19 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1997 Deanston 17 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. Deanston is one of those relatively rare single malts that is more or less widely available, yet oft-overlooked. They don't have a large core range, and they don't trot out tiresome, expensive, heavily marketed special releases a couple of times a year. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1997 Deanston 17 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts Speyside 1991 23 Year Old – Review.

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Another expression from the Creative Whisky Company's Exclusive Malts range, this one is a 23 year old, presumably matured in an ex-bourbon barrel, and hails from an...unidentified Speyside distillery. Speyside is home to, shall we say, more than a few distilleries, making it … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts Speyside 1991 23 Year Old – Review.

The Exclusive Malts 1995 Highland 20 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. In the literature from the importers and other reviewers and sellers, I've seen this one listed as the 1995 "North Highland" 20 Year Old. As you can see below in the bottle shot, the label just says "Highland" and dispenses with all … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1995 Highland 20 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1997 Ledaig 17 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. I'm not sure you could ever say that the pronunciation of Scotch Distillery place names was a hotly debated subject, especially for those non-Scots who are just looking for an easy way to correctly say something without breaking their jaw. Still, for every Dailuaine, Glen Garioch, and … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1997 Ledaig 17 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. In the beginning of 2014, a great many red-blooded, whiskey-drinking Americans were saddened, incensed, and apparently betrayed somehow to find out that Japanese beverage giant Suntory, was buying Beam Inc. Such was the outrage that the quintessentially American Jim Beam brand was now … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 2004 Speyside 10 Year Old Port Cask – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Port, or Porto, or if you want to get really fancy, Vinho do Porto, is Portugal's contribution to the world of fortified wine. Portuguese Port is produced solely in the north of the country, in the Douro valley. Along with Italy's Chianti, … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2004 Speyside 10 Year Old Port Cask – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1999 North Highland 14 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Buried somewhat shallowly in the whisky industry, there is a...what shall we call it, a practice? A concept? A technique? Something called "teaspooning". Basically, teaspooning consists of adding a little bit of another distillery's whisky to a cask of single malt whisky. Ostensibly … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1999 North Highland 14 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 2000 Craigellachie 12 Year Old

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Some Scotch distilleries seem to live more on the peripheries of whisky history than on the center of the stage. There are those that were not designed by the leading architect of the day, that spent as much time mothballed as they … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2000 Craigellachie 12 Year Old