Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to MS & AS at Savona Communications for the sample. Auchentoshan American Oak, the new-ish, entry-level, no-age-statement malt from the Lowland distillery, replaces (thankfully) the Classic, which was a very affordable whisky...just not one you'd want to buy. For this expression, Auchentoshan has, in a way, tilted its triple-distilled single malt towards bourbon. … Continue reading Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1988 Littlemill 24 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Poor Littlemill. The last several years of its life were none to kind to one of the more interesting malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. Starting in the mid-80's, the Lowland distillery opened and closed in fits and starts until finally being closed … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1988 Littlemill 24 Year Old – Review

SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part I

*A sincere thank you to the good folks at the SMWSA for the samples. The excellent Scotch Malt Whisky Society needs no introduction, nor does their equally as excellent U.S. branch, fittingly called the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America (but if they do, please follow their links). I thought I'd forgo the lengthy chin-wagging … Continue reading SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part I

Chieftain’s 1990 Rosebank 20 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Poor, poor Rosebank. Long thought to be perhaps the finest of the Lowland distilleries, it has a rich history dating back to the early 1800's but came to a fairly ignoble end, completely unfitting its status and popularity. In 1988, one of the warehouses … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1990 Rosebank 20 Year Old – Review

Auchentoshan Classic – Review

Let's ponder, shall we, for a moment, the word "classic". As words go, this one really gets around. It can be academic and literary when referring to the halcyon days of the Greek, Roman, and Mayan empires, or their accompanying literature such as Homer's Illiad and Odyssey, old' Virg's Aeneid, or the classic Mayan motorcycle … Continue reading Auchentoshan Classic – Review

Master of Malt 1991 North British 20 Year Old – Review

Thanks to Master of Malt for the sample and apologies for not reviewing this before they once again went ahead and selfishly sold all of the bottles. I know that blended Scotch whiskies make up more than 90% of whisky sales around the globe, that fact gets beaten into our brains every time we read … Continue reading Master of Malt 1991 North British 20 Year Old – Review

Hart Brothers 1992 Littlemill 16 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Read enough about enough distilleries and you'll notice several claiming to be some version of the "oldest" distillery out there. Some are "the oldest Irish", some "the oldest Scottish", some "the oldest continuous something", some just plain "the oldest". Marketers tweak a few facts … Continue reading Hart Brothers 1992 Littlemill 16 Year Old – Review

Signatory 1999 Auchentoshan 10 Year Old – Review

Back when I was rugged deckhand in the early 1800's, when I was hoisting a jib and batoning down the hatches to make ends meet instead of doing whatever it is I do now, we sang a lot of songs at work. That kind of thing probably wouldn't fly in today's hi-rise workplace, but back … Continue reading Signatory 1999 Auchentoshan 10 Year Old – Review