Brenne Estate Cask French Single Malt Whisky – Review

*Thank you to Allison Patel and Brenne Whisky for the sample.  Brenne Estate Cask French Single Malt Whisky was first launched in the fall of 2012. This whisky was the brainchild of whisky connoisseur turned astute whisky-making pro, Allison Patel. In a market where the more novel whiskies are often a relegated, small minority, Brenne has succeeded with its terroir-driven … Continue reading Brenne Estate Cask French Single Malt Whisky – Review

Amrut 100 Peated Single Malt Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to RS and Purple Valley Imports for the sample. In the alcohol world, the term "proof" can be a confusing one. Pretty much every booze label you see today expresses the alcohol content in a straight-up percentage, e.g. that bottle of Malibu Rum you just bought is a whopping 21% alcohol by volume … Continue reading Amrut 100 Peated Single Malt Whisky – Review

The English Whisky Company Peated Single Malt Whisky – Review

*Sincere thanks to RS and Purple Valley Imports for the sample. The story, myth, parable, allegory, or whatever you want to call it, of St. George and the Dragon is quite a popular one as far as stories, myths, parables, and allegories go. Ol' George is one of the more venerated saints in all of … Continue reading The English Whisky Company Peated Single Malt Whisky – Review

SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part II

*A sincere thank you to the good folks at the SMWSA for the samples. Here's part two of three taking a look at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's 2012 Holiday Outturn. This time around, it's the two youngsters of the group, one I liked quite a bit, the other...not so much. SMWSA Cask … Continue reading SMWSA 2012 Holiday Outturn…Part II

Indian and Japanese Whisky at 18 Reasons

I'll be leading another tasting at 18 Reasons on Monday, July 18th, this time around taking an introductory look at Japanese and Indian whiskies by tasting three expressions each from Suntory and Amrut. While Japan's interesting whisky history is not very long, they are certainly renowned for their version of Scottish stuff...unfortunately, very few are … Continue reading Indian and Japanese Whisky at 18 Reasons

Amrut Intermediate Sherry – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Where I grew up, we called the middle school, that young adult warehouse between elementary and high school, the Intermediate School. I remember very little of those two years: a strange and difficult research paper on Venezuela, daring food fights right under the mildly … Continue reading Amrut Intermediate Sherry – Review

Mackmyra Special: 01 – Eminent Sherry Svensk Whisky – Review

This sample was reviewed as part of Master of Malt's Drams for Review Program. Master of Malt is fantastic UK-based retailer that specializes in...malt, of course. More information about Master of Malt can be found here and here. Being of Scotch-Irish and Swedish descent, I sometimes find it hard to reconcile the possible atrocities my … Continue reading Mackmyra Special: 01 – Eminent Sherry Svensk Whisky – Review

Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky – Review

The word fusion kind of gets a raw deal at times. Few terms in music incite as much riot and rancor as the dreaded "Jazz Fusion". This is not to say that there are not fantastic amalgams of jazz/rock/pop/etc. out there, only that the term "Jazz Fusion" evokes the very stuff of audio nightmares. Miles … Continue reading Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky – Review

Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky, Cask Strength – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The penultimate Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky in my review queue. Word is these Amruts mature much, much more quickly than their aged-in-Scotland counterparts due to their luxurious tropical vacation homes.  How tropical, you ask? Well, Bangalore's average Winter temperature is a smirk inducing 59°f … Continue reading Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky, Cask Strength – Review

Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Ok, last week I tackled the two peated Amrut Indian Single Malts, this week, the non-peated versions, hopefully followed by the Fusion. First up, the Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky. I tried an older, lower alcohol version of this several months ago and wasn't … Continue reading Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky – Review