Isle of Jura “Diurach’s Own” 16 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at The Baddish Group for the sample. According to the distillery's legend, in 1781, Jura's Laird, one Archibald Campbell, being none too keen on the locals making their own hooch willy-nilly all over the island, enacted a ban on all distilling. As you might imagine, this didn't go over too … Continue reading Isle of Jura “Diurach’s Own” 16 Year Old – Review

Isle of Jura “Origin” 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at The Baddish Group for the sample. I was going to start the post off by with a brief discussion about the Paps of Jura and how, if you're going to name your island's highest points after a female body part, "paps" is a much better name than, say, the … Continue reading Isle of Jura “Origin” 10 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

Highland Park 18 Year Old – Review.

I'm more excited about Father's Day this year than I have been about most of the other Father's Days before. It's not because, for once, I got a card into the mail on time...I didn't, at this point, that's to be expected. No, this year marks the first Father's Day that I'll be on the … Continue reading Highland Park 18 Year Old – Review.

Notes from The 11/10/10 Signatory Tasting, Round I

Notes from Round I of the recent Signatory tasting with Ed Kohl at San Francisco's City Club. This was a great evening with excellent malts, tasty appetizers, and good company. I owe a big thank you to Sam Filmus of Impex Beverages and JVS Imports for the invitation! ---------- Signatory 1991 Highland Park 18 Year … Continue reading Notes from The 11/10/10 Signatory Tasting, Round I

The Arran Malt, Icons of Arran #2 – The Rowan Tree 12 Year Old – Review

Another huge thank you to Jason at Guid Scotch Drink for the sample. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI with a great Rowan Tree (Sorbus americana) in our front yard.  In many ways, it was the ideal tree for a bunch of suburban boys, fantastic for climbing and each year come summer, fully stocked with … Continue reading The Arran Malt, Icons of Arran #2 – The Rowan Tree 12 Year Old – Review

The Arran Malt, Icons of Arran #1, Peacock 12 Year Old – Review

A huge thank you to Jason at Guid Scotch Drink for the sample. If you haven't given him a read...do so. Interesting facts about Peacocks (Pavo Cristatus): Part of the Pheasant family, Peacock's are actually Peafowl. The word "Peacock" refers, damn appropriately I might add, only to the male of the species. The female is … Continue reading The Arran Malt, Icons of Arran #1, Peacock 12 Year Old – Review

Tobermory 10 Year Old – Review

Legend has it that a certain ill-tempered witch hangs out around Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. While not publicly active as of late, this Dòideag apparently liked to whip up bad weather and make things rough for guys in boats.  As the myth goes, She really made things rough for one boat in the … Continue reading Tobermory 10 Year Old – Review

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

Talisker 18 Year Old – Review

I've read that on the Eastern shore of the Trotternish peninsula on Skye,  there is a rock formation called Elglais Bhreugach, or "false church".  It's a largish stone arch that, as you might expect, kind of resembles a church. The local folklore of the spot is that many, many centuries ago it was used for … Continue reading Talisker 18 Year Old – Review