Jura 20 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Do you love Jura? Didn’t think so… Jura is one of those distilleries that we whisky drinkers happily pass on, Why ? Well because some of the old core range just was not up to scratch. Lets be honest it was not good at all. I remember trying something sold within a green box, i…

Tomatin 36 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Life often throws us a curve ball every now and again and without going into too many details my best intentions over the festive period hit a snag.. Over the past few years i have always reviewed the Boutiquey Whisky Calendar and although it is a commitment to review 24 drams back to back it…

Miltonduff 10 Year Old -That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Miltonduff distillery was 0fficially founded in 1824 by Andrew Peary and Robert Bain after they obtained a license to run what had been started as an illicit farm distillery named Milton Distillery. They changed the name to Miltonduff when the Duff family purchased the land. In 1964 a pair of Lomond stills ( Lomond stills…

James E Pepper 4 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

There seems to be an upsurge in Bourbon and especially the Rye side over here in the Uk, many of my whisky friends are starting to take a closer look at the liquids coming from the states. Is this because we want to understand better the complexities of the liquid the cask held previous to…

Balblair 7 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Shall we go with Jingle bell’s, today ? No, ok lets move on.. As we get closer to the big day the excitement should be building and i know that each day opening this Boutique-y whisky calendar it gets that little bit more exciting as each dram is a perfect build up to the festive…

Aberlour 9 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Aberlour, we all instantly think sherry bomb and for good reasons too… Most of the official releases comprise of sherry matured whisky and of course we all know and love that particular release named Abunadh !! Ok we might not love the price tag related to the release but we still think of this style…

Penderyn 6 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Now get that song out of your head !! That Boutique-y whisky Company prides itself with sourcing whisky from all around the world. Long gone are the times when whisky was only made in Scotland and Ireland although many would still have you believe this were true…

Glen Elgin 12 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Its that time of year again where we start to get excited about Christmas, and after all its now December so it does not feel too alien to start to get into the festive mood. Is there a better way to do that than opening day one on an advent calendar ? The advent calendar…

GlenAllachie 13 Year Old 2008 – Cask Strength Collection

They say the winter months have us reaching for either the peated drams or those big sherry bombs, for me it is the sherry bombs. Glenallachie is not always the distillery id pick when looking at a new bottle but this one just whispered to me and so the rest is history as they say…..

Glen Moray 16 Year Old 2005 – Old Malt Cask

You can never grumble when offered a Glen Moray, or can you ? Glen Moray like i have said so many times is often overlooked and ridiculed by those who have been rather blinkered by the price of its liquid. Glen Moray Distillery first produced spirit on the 13th September 1897 although there had been…

Jura 29 Year Old 1992 – Cask Strength Collection – Signatory

I don’t think i will be doing the distillery a dis service by saying Jura is one of those distilleries that has a love / hate relationship with whisky drinkers.. The core range especially has people split on opinions and it is rare to hear anything other than it is good or it is bad…

5.72 Scaramango – Smws

There are those who say Auchentoshan is a soft, floral dram and perfect for those with a delicate palate. I cant exactly argue with that notion but i will say that when you get to try some of their single casks you begin to understand that this distillery can compete on so many levels. The…

A tale of two blends

Blended whisky astonishingly is still liked upon with distant by many for no apparent reason other than they once tried a blend and didn’t like it. The mere fact they are happy to dislike a single malt and still announce to the world that’s the category is superiors baffling. We all know the blends that…

Garnheath 47 Year Old 1974 (cask 14618) – Xtra Old Particular

Some distilleries get shouted about from the highest mountains whilst others just silently plod along doing things at their own pace, the whisky speaks for itself and with each release that comes along still manages to sell well without all the fuss that surrounds the others. Then we have those silent distilleries that suddenly become…

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2010 – Hepburn’s Choice

Glentauchers distillery is located in the Speyside region of Scotland’s whisky producing areas, the distillery was founded in 1897. The distillery was designed by John Alcock with the building work overseen by Charles Doig & Son. Glentauchers distillery started to produce spirit when James Buchanan Co. Ltd and three members of Glentauchers Distillery Co. joined…

12 Year Old English Whisky – The Single Cask

There is an interesting conception that only Scotland can produce good whisky! Whisky is being produced all around the world by countries including Sweden, Germany, India, Taiwan and even England! But ask most whisky drinkers to name those countries and England will probably be one of the last to be named, why ?  Lets look…

House Malt 2011 – The Whisky Cellar

It seems these days there is an abundance of independent bottlers who are releasing a wide array of whiskies and of course other spirits but since this is basically a whisky blog then lets stick to whisky.. As i mentioned there is indie bottlers popping up every other day or so it seems.. So what…

Darkness 8 Year Old

After the year we have all just had the title of this whisky seems pretty appropriate Don’t ya think ?.. Darkness is of course, in this instance a creation of whiskies that have been finished in custom made Oloroso sherry octave casks. Initially matured in Bourbon casks obtained from a distillery nestled within the Speyside…