May 7, 2013
After the massive nose, the palate feels rather shy and lacking the complexity you would expect from a whisky of this age. Still a very fine dram but not outstanding. – Rating: 87/100
February 7, 2013
Especially with water, this malt is very complex, the mix of spicy, herbal and light floral notes is intriguing. – Rating: 86/100
January 30, 2013
If you have £8000 to spare, you will be rewarded with an excellent and very unusual whisky. Remarkably little wood influence after 60 years in the cask, I can only call it intensely delicate. – Rating: 91/100
May 22, 2012
It has a nose to die for as well as many lovely flavours on the palate, but the very adstringent ‘woody’ mouthfeel is detrimental. – Rating: 87/100
October 26, 2010
Overall: This youngster just dosen’t cut it. It’s the cheapest single malt in competition with Loch Lomond at the price of a major brand blend. Actually I would recommend to stick to one of those like for example Teacher’s. – Rating: 62/100
July 27, 2010
An amazing 38 year old malt that does not show its age very obviously. Almost entirely fruity and practically without wood notes. Highly enjoyable. – Rating: 88/100
September 22, 2009
A nice contrast between dried fruits in the nose and tropical fruits on the palate. Needs a good amount of water. Wood spice is a bit too dominant for my taste. – Score: 80/100
May 24, 2013
You probably know the Elements of Islay bottling range where distilleries have been assigned pseudo-chemical symbols. Wouldn’t it be nice to expand this concept?
April 5, 2013
Diageo’s recent announcement to build a new big whisky distillery next to Teaninich has again – much like it was the case with Roseisle some years ago – prompted a wave of disapproval among whisky geeks.
January 31, 2013
Musings about the 2013 Whisky Bible
January 23, 2013
It came as quite a surprise when I received an official invitation for the Victoria Whisky Festival a few months ago. Here is the report.
January 1, 2013
I am not too much of a statistics geek, but every once in a while it is quite interesting to have a closer look at what happens on the blog.
December 20, 2012
Because whisky geeks often use abbreviations that may not always be understandable for less experienced whisky lovers here is a list that also includes a few slang terms for whisky distilleries or brands.
December 8, 2012
David Driscoll’s Thursday post on the K&L Wines blog brought up an interesting comparison between whisky and wine that I think needs further examination.
September 22, 2012
I have done some number crunching with the bottle data in the Whisky Monitor to see if there is a noticeable trend how independent bottlings do for a specific distillery.
May 17, 2012
A summary of the Scotch single malt blind tasting competition
May 11, 2012
More than once I have been grumpy about whisky marketing stunts because I just have a bullshit allergy. But here are three examples of campaigns that I honestly enjoy.
April 19, 2012
Regular readers may know that I don’t mind the occasional mixed beverage, no matter if with or without whisky. Quite a few of the classic cocktails require bitters
May 13, 2011
Glenfiddich is one of the biggest Scottish distilleries and it was the first one that actively marketed single malt whisky on a global basis. I decided it would be foolish not to pop in and have a look around.
March 27, 2011
This was was the title of a masterclass held by distillery manager Graham Eunson at the Finest Spirits 2011 Festival in Munich.
January 28, 2011
Inspired by last week’s Scottish Spirits news about whisky in cans I was venturing around the nether regions of the whisky industry with the help of my favourite search engine. I came across an interesting company
January 23, 2011
For a whisky blogger these days there are few things as convenient as joining the Diageo bashing game. But it often gets forgotten that many of their distilleries make a bloody good whisky!
January 1, 2011
Just before Christmas I was enjoying a celebratory dram or three with my old friend Keith Wood of Whisky-Emporium.com and as often happens after a few Drams and when the night draws in, we set about putting the world, or at least whisky world, to rights.
October 17, 2010
Year of Birth: 1966
Place of Residence: Meckenheim, Germany
Profession: Wine and spirits trade
Whisky Involvement: Independent bottler, importer
April 11, 2010
On April 10 the The International Whisky Competition (IWC) closed its doors. It was being held in Chicago where a panel of six high profile whisky experts judged 47 whiskies that had been entered into the competition.
March 12, 2010
Regular readers will know that I usually don’t comment on each an every new whisky bottle on the market. But with the newly released Mortlach 70yo by Gordon & MacPhail I will make an exception for three reasons.