Single Cask Nation 2008 Glenrothes 8 Year Old – Review

Sincere thanks to JJY, JH, and Single Cask Nation for the sample. Roughly seven years ago, as a new whisky blogger, I was asked to join a Whisky Roundtable of other bloggers. Back then, I have to admit that I was surprised there were more than a handful of whisky bloggers out there, and was … Continue reading Single Cask Nation 2008 Glenrothes 8 Year Old – Review

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. I'm always on the lookout for a good backstory about a whisky or a distillery in an effort to distract my dear readers from my wordy tasting notes. By saucing up a lengthy preamble, I'm hopefully driving the reader to drink, to … Continue reading The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve – Review

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 Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. This whisky first appeared in the Glenrothes' line-up as the Alba Reserve. The line of reasoning for the name seems pretty clear, a whisky matured solely in American White Oak, which carries the latin name Quercus Alba, with "alba" of course meaning "white." … Continue reading The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – Review

Chieftains 1997 Glenrothes 15 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. As if trying to figure out which company owns which distillery wasn't hard enough, Glenrothes waltzes in and throws another curveball to muddle the issue even more. One thing seems fairly clear; in 1887, Glenrothes was owned by a company called Highland … Continue reading Chieftains 1997 Glenrothes 15 Year Old – Review

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

Tasting Group 4.3.10 – 5 Single Malts

A group of us got together for the first of hopefully several whisky tastings this past weekend.  We all either walked, drove or took public transportation to our meeting place...none of us flew in on a private jet. We were not carried there upon jewel-encrusted sedan chairs.  There were no entourages. We kept things pretty … Continue reading Tasting Group 4.3.10 – 5 Single Malts