Chieftain’s 1997 Caol Ila 14 Year Old Jamican Rum Cask Finish – Reveiw

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Perhaps let's start with a very brief, hopefully briefly accurate history of rum. Like whisky, hell, like all spirits, rum got its start when some genius, no doubt tired of drinking too many filling yet low-alcohol fermented beverages, decided to distill said same fermented … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1997 Caol Ila 14 Year Old Jamican Rum Cask Finish – Reveiw

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Kilchoman Machir Bay – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. A little over a mile west of the Kilchoman Farm and Distillery lies a long strand of sand that opens up to the beautiful looking Machir Bay. Facing west into the Atlantic, it's probably a pretty good place to catch a sunset but since … Continue reading Kilchoman Machir Bay – Review

Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The word "terroir", liberally tossed around with reckless abandon by the wine world, is a more nebulous and even dubious term when occasionally tossed around by marketers in the whisk(e)y world. A loose definition of the word could be "a sense of place", more … Continue reading Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay – Review

Hart Brothers 1990 Laphroaig 18 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Founded in 1964 by, you guessed it...a couple of brothers named Hart, Iain & Donald, Glasgow-based Hart Brothers began life as booze wholesalers and whisky blenders. A third Hart brother, Alistair, joined the company in 1975 as the master blender and the master selector of … Continue reading Hart Brothers 1990 Laphroaig 18 Year Old – Review

Blackadder Raw Cask 1998 Laphroaig 12 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Unless you find yourself in a dark, fragrant whisky warehouse fairly often, standing in front of a barrel with a pipette in one hand and a nosing glass in the other, there are just a few bottled opportunities to taste whisky (or whiskey, for … Continue reading Blackadder Raw Cask 1998 Laphroaig 12 Year Old – Review

Blackadder Raw Cask 1996 Caol Ila 14 year old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. There is a tendency, and it may well be my own, to over-romanticize parts of the Scotch whisky world, especially the part called Islay. We've all seen those great pictures of the Laphroaig or Ardbeg distilleries, stark white against the inclement weather of the … Continue reading Blackadder Raw Cask 1996 Caol Ila 14 year old – Review

Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release – Review

  *Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. So it seems that back in the good ol' days, if you consider the good ol' days to be right around 1600 A.D., there was a little dust-up between Clan MacDonald and Clan Maclean... Islay's answer to the Hatfields and McCoys, if you … Continue reading Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release – Review

Ardbeg Alligator – Review

Alligator... Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Reptilia, Superorder: Crocodylomorpha, Order: Crocodylia, Family: Alligatoridae, Subfamily: Alligatorinae, Genus: Alligator (all due taxonomic credit goes to François Marie Daudin). There are currently only two species of Alligator, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis) which is smaller and nearly extinct, but very adept at … Continue reading Ardbeg Alligator – 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

Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. "If you speak to older people on Islay who have worked in distilleries they will generally agree that the best whisky is made in cold weather . I would agree with that but preferably without going to the burst pipes stage." - John MacLellan, … Continue reading Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release