2009 Single Cask Nation Ben Nevis 8 Years is a lovely little whisky hailing from the Ben Nevis distillery which has been pumping out whisky since 1825. It’s not one of the most well known distilleries outside of the whisky geek realm, but they produce some mighty tasty whisky. It was founded by “Long John”… 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!
Ballantine’s traces its history back to 1827 when George Ballantine started a grocery business where he also sold whisky and somewhere along the way him and his sons started to make their own blends. This is a similar story to how many of the major blends like Johnnie Walker got started (grocers making their own)… Continue!
Cadenhead Creations 1980 36 Year Old Rich Spicy Sherry is an interesting whisky from the folks at Cadenhead’s. At first I thought it was a blend of single malts like you might expect from one of the top independent single malt bottlers in the world, but it’s not. It’s actually a house made blend created… Continue!
Chivas Regal Ultis is a bit of a departure from the traditional Chivas which is a blend of 40+ various malts and grain whiskies with the grain whisky making up the bulk of the liquid. The Chivas Ultis is a 100% malt blend made using five of the main single malts Chivas employs in creating… Continue!
I. Love. Laphroaig. I do. Them and Kilchoman are my favorite Islay whiskies, but with that love comes serious scrutiny of NDP and IB releases like this Single Cask Nation Laphroaig 5 Years. This is a whisky that intrigues me for many reasons but first, a word from our bottler. In Single Cask Nation’s Words:… Continue!
Tamdhu Batch Strength 002 is a big burly sherry bomb of a whisky and as you can see by the score above I think it’s great – and for about $99 after tax (in Los Angeles) it’s damn near a steal these days. Seriously. Who else is putting out a 100% sherry cask whisky, that heavily… Continue!
Tamdhu 10 Years is the flagship single malt from the 121 years old distillery located in the central Speyside region of Scotland. It’s a distillery that’s been through a rough history, as many of the distilleries in Scotland have, and in recent history was mothballed from 2009 – 2012 which is one of the reasons… Continue!
1996 Old Particular Arran 20 Year Old is the follow up cask to last year’s 19 year old Arran that K&L picked up. Since I still had more than 1/2 a bottle on the shelf I got the opportunity to taste this 20 year side by side with the previous 19 year and it proved to be an… Continue!
Deanston Virgin Oak is the first time I’ve really sat down and explored a Deanston whisky over an extended period of time… and I liked it. Though to be upfront I didn’t care for it on my first taste. I thought it was just ok, thought it was a rather standard Speyside so I forgot… Continue!