Notes from the 11/10/10 Signatory Tasting, Round II

Signatory 1997 Cragganmore 13 Year Old A darling of Speyside, Cragganmore was long known as an indispensible malt for blends until becoming part of Diageo's Classic Malt series in 1988. It still seems to fly under the radar a bit, though the distillery's 12 Year Old is a highly regarded, complex dram. This independent edition … Continue reading Notes from the 11/10/10 Signatory Tasting, Round II

Notes from The 11/10/10 Signatory Tasting, Round I

Notes from Round I of the recent Signatory tasting with Ed Kohl at San Francisco's City Club. This was a great evening with excellent malts, tasty appetizers, and good company. I owe a big thank you to Sam Filmus of Impex Beverages and JVS Imports for the invitation! ---------- Signatory 1991 Highland Park 18 Year … Continue reading Notes from The 11/10/10 Signatory Tasting, Round I

Kilchoman Single Cask Release for the Whisky Shop

I had the privilege of meeting Kilchoman's Owner and Director, Anthony Wills today at San Francisco's The Whisky Shop. Mr. Wills is making a quick tour of the U.S. to promote Kilchoman's Summer 2010 Release here in the states as well as offering single cask bottlings to a select few purveyors. The Whisky Shop is … Continue reading Kilchoman Single Cask Release for the Whisky Shop

Bay Area Whisky Events, November 2010

  Feeling unfulfilled after WhiskyFest? Not a one of the 270 whiskies hit the spot, eh? Was the $150 VIP ticket chump change and are you looking to unload more cash so as not to be burdened by the evil temptations of the all (not so) mighty  dollar? Here are a couple of suggestions: -------------------------------------------------------- … Continue reading Bay Area Whisky Events, November 2010

Signatory 1992 Ben Nevis 17 Year Old – Review

I have no idea what a Cloud Chamber is. I've read descriptions and explanations but after a sentence or two, I get glassy eyed and wonder what bike race is happening in Europe and what whisky I'm going to have a sip of next. According to Wikipedia, a cloud chamber is used to detect particles … Continue reading Signatory 1992 Ben Nevis 17 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

Signatory 1992 Longmorn 17 Year Old – Review

Longmorn's name has trickled down pretty far from its original roots. The story goes there was an Irish missionary named Maernanog who more or less spearheaded the movement to get Christianity up and running in the Moray area of Scotland. In 625, he up and died after getting a hold of some bad clams (not … Continue reading Signatory 1992 Longmorn 17 Year Old – Review

Recap – Signatory Tasting presented by the Whisky Shop, 6.17.10

Ed Kohl and Signatory hosted a great tasting, appropriately enough, at the Presidio Golf Club here in San Francisco. Presented by the fantastic Whisky Shop in a dark wood room looking over the (windswept) Richmond neighborhood and green links of the course, Mr. Kohl gave a great, detailed look into the Scotch making process and … Continue reading Recap – Signatory Tasting presented by the Whisky Shop, 6.17.10

Upcoming Bay Area Whisky-related Events

There are a few (too few? yes, possibly) whisky-related events in the Bay Area coming up...soon: Domaine Select Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits Collection Road Show is travelling around the country and hits San Francisco this week.  This seems like a rather industry-centric event.  Among other artisanal spirits, they'll be featuring the Death's Door Line and Tuthilltown … Continue reading Upcoming Bay Area Whisky-related Events