Oban 21 (2018 Special Release)

In what was once upon a time a small fishing hamlet Oban distillery which was founded by John and Hugh Stevenson in 1793 now sits within a thriving town which the two brothers helped to transform. In 1820 Hugh Stevenson dies and passes the business to his son Thomas, unfortunately in 1829 bad investments sees…

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Caol Ila unpeated.. Blasphemy I hear the diehard fans shouting.. There should always be a little surprise in every package and this Caol Ila unpeated 15 year old might just be the biggest surprise in this 2018 Special Release from Diageo. Founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson the Caol Ila distillery is certainly more known…

Benriach 12 yo Sherry wood.

There are a few iconic distilleries situated in the Speyside area of Scotland and the BenRiach distillery is right up there at the top of the pile in my mind, built back in 1898, the distillery has certainly had a chequered past with a lengthy closure in the early parts of the 1900’s until 1965…

The Singleton Glen Ord 14 year old (2018 Special Release)

The Singleton Glen Ord.. This 14 year old special release is rather interesting, initially matured in Refill American oak hogsheads and ex bodega European Sherry butts before moving into Charred ex Pedro Ximenez and Mosatel casks for an extra development period before finally marrying together in European Oak puncheons ( yes that’s 5 different casks…

Lagavulin 12 Years Old (Special Release 2018)

Lagavulin, founded back in 1816 by John Johnson is the second whisky to be reviewed in this 2018 special release series from the  Diageo stable.. No Special Release would be the same without the Lagavulin 12 year old, it has after all featured in all but the very first release back in 2002 !! Lagavulin…

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Talisker at 8 years old and cask strength can only mean one thing, it’s the special release 2018 time.. Ok so I am a little late but as they say it’s better late than never.. Each year Diageo release a series of  highly anticipated limited cask strength bottles that are said to highlight the individual…

BENROMACH DISTILLERY ADDS CHATEAU CISSAC WOOD FINISH TO CONTRAST RANGE

    BENROMACH DISTILLERY ADDS WOOD FINISH TO CONTRAST RANGE Single malt finished in Château Cissac casks The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd. has unveiled the latest addition to its Wood Finish portfolio with the launch of the limited-editionBenromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010.   The single malt Scotch whisky balances Benromach’s signature Speyside smokiness…

White Walker – Johnnie Walker (Winter is coming)

Winter is coming or so they say.. Game of Thrones is one of the biggest series to hit the Tv screens in a long time, based on a series of fantasy novels named A song of ice and fire.. Set in a fictional seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Essos and based on the constant battle…

Rock Oyster Cask Strength, batch 2 – Douglas Laing.

Douglas Laing was established in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, specialising  in the selection and release of specialist, craft Scotch Whiskies. Douglas Laing hand select the finest, and often rarest, Scotch Whisky stocks from across all of Scotland’s Whisky regions and bottle them under a handful of different categories ( XOP, Old Particular, Clan Deny…

Cu Bocan 1990 – Tomatin.

Tomatin.. Founded in around 1897 when the first official distillery on the site was registered, although it is believed that Whisky was produced well before this date and possibly as far back as the early 1700’s.. Found just 18 miles south of Inverness the distillery lies on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains at…

Auchentoshan single cask #4447 – Bottle your own.

The Auchentoshan distillery can be found nestled on the outskirts of Glasgow, at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills and in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge. Officially founded in 1823, Auchentoshan which  is Gaelic for “ the corner of the field “ is one of the only distilleries in Scotland to practice tripple distillation….

Steel Bonnets – The Lakes Distillery.

Steel Bonnets.. They say this is a blend of the finest malts from both sides of the border and with the lakes distillery blending their own whisky into this, we can then assume this is a possibly a 3 year old whisky with England and Scotland united in order to pay homage to those who…

Santis 10yo – That Boutiquey Whisky Company.

Another new whisky hits the shelf in the form of this Swiss offering Santis 10 year old from That Boutiquey Whisky Company, and I hear you all asking who or what is Santis… Well I had to look it up and ask a few questions because this is a new name to me. Located in…

The English – Cabernet Sauvignon Cask.

When thinking of Norfolk my initial thoughts turn to boats and the Norfolk Broads, flat farming land and hundreds of outdoor pigs but there is of course something far closer to my heart nestled in the countryside and that is a whisky distillery.. St Georges Distillery is nestled in the Norfolk countryside close to the…

The English – Smokey Oak.

This is the second expression to be reviewed in quick succession from the English distillery known as St George distillery which hails from the beautiful countryside nestled within Norfolk.. The English Small Batch 8yo Smokey American Oak – Distilled July 2010 – Bottled August 2018 and bottled at 46% Abv with an outturn of 1065 bottles and…

Speyside #1 50 yo From That Boutiquey Whisky Company

That Boutiquey Whisky Company, an independent bottled has released some extremely interesting bottles lately and this is no exception..  Boasting an age statement of 50 years,  yes I did say 50 years !! this single malt is both intriguing and intoxicating. Hailing from an undisclosed distillery that is able to release a 50 yo certainty…

Secret distillery #1 – 28yo batch 7 from That Boutiquey Whisky Company

They have only gone and done it again.. Another secret distillery from Speyside that looks and smells like a real sherry bomb.. That Boutiquey Whisky Company for those that don’t know are independent bottlers who have just turned 6 years old and release some stunning single cask as well as small batch single malts, blends…

Blended whisky #2 22yo batch 3 – That Boutiquey Whisky Company.

6 years old, 127 labels and an impressive portfolio of distilleries released.. We can only be talking about That Boutiquey Whisky Company, and another review from the long line up of expressions that have managed to impress me. Todays review is actually a blend that is a rather impressive 22 yo and is batch 3…

Glendronach 15 – Revival.

It’s back !!! The beloved Glendronach 15 revival is back at last, discontinued a few years back when the distillery was struggling to find enough stocks to continue the production of this well loved expression and were having to use older stocks in order to meet demands. The Glendronach 15 sherry cask was first introduced…