The Exclusive Malts 1984 Invergordon 30 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. As the British Empire dwindled after World War II, England itself began to re-build and revive. By the 1950's, the country experienced a period of relatively intense prosperity. A welcome by-product of all this prosperity was an uptick in demand for whisky. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1984 Invergordon 30 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts Speyside 1991 23 Year Old – Review.

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Another expression from the Creative Whisky Company's Exclusive Malts range, this one is a 23 year old, presumably matured in an ex-bourbon barrel, and hails from an...unidentified Speyside distillery. Speyside is home to, shall we say, more than a few distilleries, making it … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts Speyside 1991 23 Year Old – Review.

The Exclusive Malts 2007 Balmenach 8 Year Old, Port Pipe Matured – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Having not yet had the pleasure of visiting, I had no idea that Cairngorms National Park was the largest national park in the entire United Kingdom. By all accounts it's a fairly rugged region containing five of the UK's tallest mountains, the River … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2007 Balmenach 8 Year Old, Port Pipe Matured – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1995 Highland 20 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. In the literature from the importers and other reviewers and sellers, I've seen this one listed as the 1995 "North Highland" 20 Year Old. As you can see below in the bottle shot, the label just says "Highland" and dispenses with all … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1995 Highland 20 Year Old – Review

Usquaebach Reserve Premium Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Sincere thanks to JA and Usquaebach for the sample. In my previous post about Usquaebach's Old Rare Blend, I forgot to mention a curious historical tidbit the brand highlights on their website. According to Usquaebach, the Old Rare blend was served at two U.S. presidential inaugural dinners - Nixon's first in 1969 and George Bush … Continue reading Usquaebach Reserve Premium Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Usquaebach Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Sincere thanks to JA and Usquaebach for the sample. Obviously, the most striking thing about Usquaebach's Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky is the ceramic flagon that the whisky is sold in. One sees quite a few glass bottles on liquor store shelves, but flagons...not so much. The word "flagon", of course, is derived from the 15th century Middle French … Continue reading Usquaebach Old Rare Blended Scotch Whisky – Review

Bowmore Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to MS & AS at Savona Communications for the sample. Not too long ago, I poked fun at the misuse and abuse of the term "small batch". It's not really my intention to beat that dead horse any further in this post, especially since there are so very many other booze marketing catch … Continue reading Bowmore Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Review

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

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to MS & AS at Savona Communications for the sample. So, who the hell founded this distillery? My keen and occasionally flagging interest in whisky history has drawn me down a dark road which seemingly has no end. According to the distillery itself, which one would expect to have the final say-so in this … Continue reading Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve – Review

The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. In the beginning of 2014, a great many red-blooded, whiskey-drinking Americans were saddened, incensed, and apparently betrayed somehow to find out that Japanese beverage giant Suntory, was buying Beam Inc. Such was the outrage that the quintessentially American Jim Beam brand was now … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old – Review