“Who Needs Brora And Port Ellen? We Have Clynelish And Caol Ila!”; so goes the chant by a fellow whisky blogger – a chat that’s been taken up by many experienced drinkers over the recent years as prices continue to climb. It was this cry the Malt Nuts set out to prove or disprove, at least… Continue!
2006 Single Cask Nation Girvan 10 Years Review is the sixth and final SCN retail release I’ve been able to try and like so many other young grain whiskies that have came before it it’s just… just… well it’s just there. Young grain whisky has an essence to it that can be a bit tough… Continue!
This Talisker 35 Years was part of the 2012 Diageo Special Releases which was the 16th time Talisker had been included in the yearly DSR program. It originally retailed for about $700, though now you’re lucky to find it for under $1,200. Distilled in 1977 this 35-years-old is among the oldest, if not the oldest,… Continue!
Another Malt Nuts meeting came and went and this time our tasting target was Miltonduff who up until now I think I’ve only had once before in my life. A core component of Ballantine’s it’s not a whisky that gets a lot of press or fanfare in the single malt arena, but I guess that’s why… Continue!
Yesterday we tried some Ballantine’s from the 1980s and today we’re trying some early 1950s Ballantine’s 17 Years. Being a whisky from around 1957, and being 17 years old, means that all single malt and grain components are from 1940 or earlier. Though due to WW2 it’s possible much of the whisky in here is… Continue!
Recently the Malt Nuts gathered once again for a sensory tour of another distillery and this time we’ve turned our attention to the venerable Highland Park. A stalwart in the industry Highland Park has long enjoyed a position of fame and adoration among whisky fans and for good reason. Their subtly smoky spirit paired with… Continue!
This 2008 Hepburn’s Choice Caol Ila 5 Years was the first Hepburn’s I ever bought. Hepburn’s Choice is a fairly new NDP and even newer to the USA and California with K&L being a major patron of theirs. A lot of their offerings tend to be on the younger side of things but end up… Continue!
Glen Gyle 8 Years is a vatted (blended) malt whisky from the Loch Lomond Distillery Co. that used to be easily found, but has dwindled over the years. This bottling I believe comes from the 90s and has no connection with the Kilkerran whisky coming from the Glengyle distillery in Campbeltown. Confused? Hopefully this will clear… Continue!
How important is wood when it comes to aging scotch whisky? Ask the lads at Kilchoman or, better yet, grab yourself a glass of the Kilchoman 2008 Vintage. At only 7 years old this whisky out performs some whiskies that have at least 3 years over it and I think that a lot of that… Continue!
Laphroaig An Cuan Mor is one of Laphroaig’s travel retail bottles and it’s made from their typical peated distillate which starts off being aged in first fill ex-Bourbon barrels and then gets finished in European Oak. Translated from Gaelic, Au Cuan Mor means Big Ocean and that’s exactly what it delivers – a big ocean… Continue!