Robbie Burns Night…

Arouse, my boys! exert your mettle, To get auld Scotland back her kettle; Or faith! I'll wad my new pleugh-pettle, Ye'll see 't or lang, She'll teach you, wi' a reekin whittle, Anither sang. This while she's been in crankous mood, Her lost Militia fir'd her bluid; (Deil na they never mair do guid, Play'd … Continue reading Robbie Burns Night…

The Casks v.2.0

Ah, so it appears I haven't disappeared after all. Sorry for the hiatus. Once again, real life reared its beautiful head and offered up some far more important things to do than write about whisky. This time around, the important thing just happened to be a small, old building that my wife and I purchased … Continue reading The Casks v.2.0

Obligatory April Fool’s Day Whisky Blog Post.

Despite knowing that a number of humorless curmudgeons find this kind of thing annoying, I've always enjoyed concocting some cockamamie story about some preposterous whisky-related something or other for April Fool's Day. I've enjoyed it despite occasionally not going far enough, or perhaps more accurately, underestimating how ridiculously far the whisky/booze/bar industry goes and ending … Continue reading Obligatory April Fool’s Day Whisky Blog Post.

Robert Parker enters the Whisky World…

True to form, I missed the window on this by a day or so, but that's never stopped me before so what the hell. Last week, the news slowly seeped out that the wine world's high priest, Robert Parker had posted a bunch of bourbon reviews on his paid-members-only website. Earlier this week, the ruggedly … Continue reading Robert Parker enters the Whisky World…

Chieftain’s 1984 Benrinnes 26 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Benrinnes, from the Scots Gaelic, Beinnroinn, means "promontory hill". A rather uninspired name if you ask me, but maybe on the day it was named it was bitterly cold, wet, and windy and the group of guys out naming stuff had had enough and … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1984 Benrinnes 26 Year Old – Review

Chieftain’s 1997 Caol Ila 14 Year Old Jamican Rum Cask Finish – Reveiw

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Perhaps let's start with a very brief, hopefully briefly accurate history of rum. Like whisky, hell, like all spirits, rum got its start when some genius, no doubt tired of drinking too many filling yet low-alcohol fermented beverages, decided to distill said same fermented … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1997 Caol Ila 14 Year Old Jamican Rum Cask Finish – Reveiw

Chieftain’s 1994 Longmorn 17 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Let's say (for the sake of relating something to something else in order to create some kind of post) that you wanted to heat up some kind of liquid; there are basically two ways of applying this heat, directly or indirectly. If you want … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1994 Longmorn 17 Year Old – Review