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…

Deanston Virgin Oak V 18yo.

Deanston distillery is located on the banks of the river Teith just outside the town of Stirling and on the outskirts of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, owned by the Distell group the distillery was founded back in 1965 and is located within a re furnished weavers / cotton mill believed to have…

Balvenie First fill (bottle your own)

One of the best things about visiting a distillery for me is the chance to try whisky direct from the cask, it gives you that feeling that your part of something special, then when you get the chance to bottle whisky from the cask it just makes it all that bit more special..  These days…

Glengoyne 25 yo.

Tracing the history of Glengoyne gives us a typical story of illegal distilling turning into a legal operation and the story begins  way way back to the early years of the 1800’s when George Connell begins distilling illegally on the same location as the present Distillery is located but he was not the first to…

Glengoyne 21.

Glengoyne distillery was the first actual distillery I ever visited so as you can imagine I do have a little soft spot for the whisky produced there, and as it happens most of it is sherry matured whisky.. And just incase you had not picked up on the matter I am quite partial to a…

BALVENIE 12yo Single barrel.

A couple of years back Balvenie released a younger version of the fantastic 15yo single barrel ( bourbon cask ) the 12yo first fill single barrel was born, each bottle is drawn from a single first fill bourbon cask that has matured for at least 12years.. These bottles are quite unique in that there is…

Tomatin, first fill bourbon.

The latest offering from Tomatin distillery is another bottle your own, this time I have a 2003 first fill bourbon cask, distilled 23-10-03 and bottled 25-9-15 so just short of 12yo..  It has a strength of 56.4% so it is no puppy.. Nose.. After a few minutes sitting around patiently I dived into a barrage…

AUCHENTOSHAN 1979, 32 yo oloroso sherry matured.

As a big fan of lowland whisky and Auchentoshan whisky in particular, it does not go without saying that I have had the privilege of tasting some rather fine examples of whisky from the distillery,  and none more so than this Auchentoshan 1979, 32 yo Oloroso matured whisky that now takes centre stage in my…