The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. I was going to write the usual smug preamble about the etymology of the word "reserve," but a little research showed me that the etymology of the word "reserve," wasn't all that exciting. Knowing full well that "exciting" is why people travel far … Continue reading The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve – 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

Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Stout (2015) – Review

Who doesn't love a good warlock? Ok, perhaps not everyone. Good, kindly, gray-haired wizards like Gandalf and Dumbledore are more the fashion these days, but let's be honest, there's something far more evocative about a raven-haired, perhaps ne'er-do-welling warlock. It's more metal. It's more Aleister Crowley, Black Sabbath, and that wild-eyed English professor I had … Continue reading Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Stout (2015) – Review

Usquaebach Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Sincere thanks to JA and Usquaebach for the sample. Obviously, the most striking thing about Usquaebach's Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky is the ceramic flagon that the whisky is sold in. One sees quite a few glass bottles on liquor store shelves, but flagons...not so much. The word "flagon", of course, is derived from the 15th century Middle French … Continue reading Usquaebach Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Compass Box The Peat Monster +/- 2011 – Review

*Thanks Dad! The word "peat," a near and dear word to whisky lovers to be sure, is most likely of Celtic origin owing maybe a little bit to the medieval latin word peta, and sharing its ancestry with the Welsh word peth, and the Cornish word peyth, which both mean "bit," "piece" or "thing." Interestingly, there's no relationship between the word … Continue reading Compass Box The Peat Monster +/- 2011 – Review