Single Cask Nation 2008 Glenrothes 8 Year Old – Review

Sincere thanks to JJY, JH, and Single Cask Nation for the sample. Roughly seven years ago, as a new whisky blogger, I was asked to join a Whisky Roundtable of other bloggers. Back then, I have to admit that I was surprised there were more than a handful of whisky bloggers out there, and was … Continue reading Single Cask Nation 2008 Glenrothes 8 Year Old – Review

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. I'm always on the lookout for a good backstory about a whisky or a distillery in an effort to distract my dear readers from my wordy tasting notes. By saucing up a lengthy preamble, I'm hopefully driving the reader to drink, to … Continue reading The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve – Review

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. I was going to write the usual smug preamble about the etymology of the word "reserve," but a little research showed me that the etymology of the word "reserve," wasn't all that exciting. Knowing full well that "exciting" is why people travel far … Continue reading The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve – Review

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – Review

*Sincere thanks to NP, LB, and the Anchor Distilling Co. for the sample. This whisky first appeared in the Glenrothes' line-up as the Alba Reserve. The line of reasoning for the name seems pretty clear, a whisky matured solely in American White Oak, which carries the latin name Quercus Alba, with "alba" of course meaning "white." … Continue reading The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1993 Allt-A-Bhainne 22 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Once again we wade into those murky waters of Scotch whisky pronunciation and etymology. Allt-A-Bhainne is apparently pronounced ""allt-a-vanya." Alternately, there seems to be no small amount of support for pronouncing it "allt-a-vane." Just to be on the safe side, if for … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1993 Allt-A-Bhainne 22 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1996 Glen Keith 19 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. Though Glen Keith is a relatively young distillery, its shortish history is peppered with curiosities. Founded by Seagrams on the site of an old grain mill in 1957, the distillery not only produced whisky, but also functioned as something of a research lab. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1996 Glen Keith 19 Year Old – Review

The Exclusive Malts 1997 Deanston 17 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the samples. Deanston is one of those relatively rare single malts that is more or less widely available, yet oft-overlooked. They don't have a large core range, and they don't trot out tiresome, expensive, heavily marketed special releases a couple of times a year. … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 1997 Deanston 17 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 2004 Speyside 10 Year Old Port Cask – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Port, or Porto, or if you want to get really fancy, Vinho do Porto, is Portugal's contribution to the world of fortified wine. Portuguese Port is produced solely in the north of the country, in the Douro valley. Along with Italy's Chianti, … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2004 Speyside 10 Year Old Port Cask – Review

Tamdhu 10 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Tamdhu, like so many of the distilleries founded in the late 1800's, has a rather up and down history. Founded in 1896 by a group of no less than 15 blenders and merchants led by William Grant, Tamdhu was designed by the … Continue reading Tamdhu 10 Year Old – Review