Head-to Head! Two Young Laphroaigs From The Exclusive Malts

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. My incompetence and negligence has afforded me an interesting opportunity to taste two very similar single malts side by side. Towards the end of 2013, The Exclusive Malts released to the US market an 8 year old Laphroaig, distilled in 2005. I received a … Continue reading Head-to Head! Two Young Laphroaigs From The Exclusive Malts

The Exclusive Malts 1990 Laphroaig 22 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. First off, if this kind of thing puts you to sleep, I apologize. You can skip ahead if you want. If you're like me and find toponymical bric-a-brac more exciting than you might care to admit in public, then, well, you're in … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1990 Laphroaig 22 Year Old – 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

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

2010 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Thank you very much to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America for the opportunity to attend the Extravaganza as press. The etymology of the word extravaganza reads (at least from several online sources) thusly: "from 1754, with reference to peculiar behavior; from 1794, of a fantastic type of performance or writing, from It. extravaganza, … Continue reading 2010 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Recap – Laphroaig Tasting with Simon Brooking

The second tasting of last weekend's trio was proof that sometimes joining internet mailing lists really pays off. When I signed up for the "Friends of Laphroaig" mailing list, I figured I might get a standard marketing email or two every now and again, so I was pleasantly suprised to receive their invite to a … Continue reading Recap – Laphroaig Tasting with Simon Brooking

WhiskyFest 2010

Last year, we attended WhiskyFest in San Francisco for the first time and were summarily overwhelmed.  If you're a whisky fan, a show like this is not to be missed.  The entire show...hell, the entire week leading up to the show, I had this nervous, panicky feeling that I had to try every single item … Continue reading WhiskyFest 2010

Favorite Whisky of 2009?

Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Ok, so I know this is not a new malt, but hey, this is the one that stood out this year for me.  There were a couple of close runner-ups:  I didn't actually taste Ardbeg's Corryvreckan until Jan. 1, 2010, but it is so good that it nearly transcends time and qualified. … Continue reading Favorite Whisky of 2009?