Sometimes a brand will reach out to me about a review I did a while ago and ask me to try their latest version; this Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky review is one such occasion. You can find my original Bastille French Whisky review here and I recommend reading it to see how much different the… 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!
Bastille 1789 Single Malt is a french whisky created by the folks at Maison Daucort and is the single malt component of the infamous blended Bastille French Whisky I tried three years go; a whisky I’ve revisited recently and is MUCH better after they reconfigured the entire thing. Though for now let’s just focus on the Bastille… Continue!
Willett Single Barrel Bourbon 18 Years is one of the now legendary Gold Wax Willett’s that go for large sums on the secondary market. The exact distiller of this whisky is unknown, but there’s a fair chance that it’s from Heaven Hill since that’s one of the main places Willett sourced a lot of their… Continue!
Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask bourbon is the latest in the trend of doing cask finishes on bourbons. Arguably the first people to do that was Jim Beam back in the 90s when they released the Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece 18 Years Cognac Finish and the 20 year Port finish. The practice seemed to die off… 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!
Joshua Brook Bourbon isn’t terrible, but it isn’t good either. It essentially tastes and smells like a watered down Heaven Hill that came from casks that didn’t make the cut to be Evan Williams. Which is likely what it is. In Frank-Lin’s Words: Joshua Brook Bourbon None Found It always worries me when a company… Continue!