The Exclusive Malts 1991 Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. While watching the recent documentary on Los Angeles' Sound City, I almost passed out in shock when I realized that 1991 was 22 years ago. It's not that 22 years is such a long time, it's just that the 22 years in … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1991 Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old – Review

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Single Cask Nation 2007 Kilchoman 4 Year Old – Review

*A sincere thanks to JH, JJY, and SK at Single Cask Nation for the sample. Those of us in the whisky world are always excited to see a new face on the scene, a new independent bottler perhaps, or even a new whisky society, so you can imagine the buzz generated by the emergence of … Continue reading Single Cask Nation 2007 Kilchoman 4 Year Old – Review

Kilchoman 100% Islay, 2nd Edition – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The Irish saint, St. Comman also had a brother who was a saint - St. Cumine. Apparently that kind of things runs in one's family. Not mine, thankfully. Both Cumine and Comman were monks at the Abbey of Iona which is located, appropriately enough, … Continue reading Kilchoman 100% Islay, 2nd Edition – Review

SMWSA 2012 Holiday Parcels…Part III

*A sincere thank you to the good folks at the SMWSA for the samples. The second 2012 "holiday" outturn from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America (SMWSA) was entitled "Holiday Parcels" and now that I've missed that boat and the holidays are pretty much over, I thought I'd take a three-part look at this particularly interesting … Continue reading SMWSA 2012 Holiday Parcels…Part III

SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part II

*A sincere thank you to the good folks at the SMWSA for the samples. Here's part two of three taking a look at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's 2012 Holiday Outturn. This time around, it's the two youngsters of the group, one I liked quite a bit, the other...not so much. SMWSA Cask … Continue reading SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part II

Master of Malt 1990 Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old – Review

Thanks to the excellent people at Master of Malt for the sample. At the recent SMWSA Extravaganza in Chicago, I overheard a guy telling his buddies that he preferred "Breech-laddick", and then expressed his disappointment at not seeing that particular brand at the show. Now, I can only assume that he meant Bruichladdich, and while … Continue reading Master of Malt 1990 Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old – Review

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

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