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…

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…

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…

Glenlossie 17 – That Boutiquey Whisky Company.

Founded in 1876 by John Duff  the distillery is today under ownership of Diageo and shares its grounds with sister distillery Mannochmore.. With a capacity of around 3.7 million litres of alcohol per year the distillery is equipped with one stainless steel full lauter mash tun, eight larch washbacks and 3 pairs of stills. Although…

The Singleton – Malt Masters Selection .

I remember many years ago reaching for a bottle of Singleton from the shelf in my local supermarket and taking it home in order to share with a few friends.. A very easy going whisky with a fairly fruity core to it.. A fairly cheap whisky that was very easy to drink and certainly couldn’t…

Lagavulin 1995 – 2011 Distillers Edition.

Lagavulin whisky can only mean one thing… It’s Peat time, those big aromas and flavours that just scream Islay whisky are all perfectly summed up as soon as you mention Lagavulin.. Founded way back in 1816 when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell constructed two distilleries on the site where eventually one of them became Lagavulin…

Talisker 30 yo (2013)

Talisker..  What more really needs to be said about this distillery or the whisky it produces  ?  This is such a well known distillery and a big favourite to many whisky drinkers, the standard 10 yo just seems to be loved by so many and hated by very few but when you start to talk…

Benrinnes 21yo 1992 (2014 special release)

Nestled in the heart of Speyside in the town of Aberlour lies the Benrinnes distillery, founded back in 1826 the distillery was destroyed shortly after by floods before being re built by John Innes using the outbuildings from a local farmhouse in 1935 and was operating under the name of Lyne of Ruthrie. The distillery…

Oban 14yo.

Ever since starting this whisky blog my intentions have been to review whisky that everyone can afford to buy and most importantly whisky that was worth drinking.  Once I actually started reviewing samples and bottles bought by myself the time passed so quickly that unfortunately I did not get round to reviewing most of the…

LAGAVULIN 8yo

Lagavulin distillery  officially dates back to 1816,  this is when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell constructed two distilleries on the site. One of them became Lagavulin. Records show that illicit distillation occurred in at least ten illegal distilleries on the site dating as far back as 1742.  The Lagavulin distillery is located in the village…

Mortlach 18

After tasting the very impressive mortlach 25, I now get the chance to review the little sister, this 18yo is a mixture of American oak and European sherry casks, both first fill and re fill casks were used. This is a 50cl bottle and has an abv of 43.4%… Nose.. At first it is a…

Mortlach 25

This mortlach 25yo is part of the 2014 release and is bottled at 43.4% and available in a beautiful 50cl bottle, it is a rare beauty indeed.. It certainly looks the part. Although I have not had the pleasure of many mortlachs I can not wait to taste this. Nose.. At first it is really…