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Kilchoman New Make vs Machir 2014

Kilchoman New Make vs Machir 2014

We’re about to embark on a 3 week journey of Kilchoman discovery and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than by tasting some straight-off-the-still new make and comparing it to their baseline whisky, the Machir Bay. Kilchoman doesn’t sell their new make, but I was able to source this and…

Pre-Prohibition Spey-Royal Review

Pre-Prohibition Spey-Royal Review

I picked up this mini of Spey-Royal along with a dozen of its kin in a trade. I couldn’t find any information about this mini or it’s cork and accompanying mini cork screw online so I took it to a local expert. Between the cork, the mini cork screw (just a twisted piece of metal),…

1970s Cutty 12 Years

1970s Cutty 12 Years

A few years ago a couple of us dusty hunters in Los Angeles opened a bottle of this 1970s Cutty 12 Years and Immediately caught everyone’s attention. Completely tasty with a nice sherry influence and touch of smoke, Cutty 12 became an object of obsession her for a short period of time. An obsession was further…

Late 70s Cutty Sark Review

Late 70s Cutty Sark Review

While the king of old Cutty Sark is definitely the old Cutty 12 from the 1970s, which we’ll be diving into tomorrow, the standard 70s Cutty Sark is no slouch. There’s a reason these blends made their way across the world, grew the Scotch market and account for 95% of the total Scotch market. One…

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch 25 Years Review

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch 25 Years Review

I’m not sure when this Ambassador Deluxe Scotch 25 Years comes from, but it has an old taste and aroma to it. There’s that Old Bottle Effect – musty dusty quality – to it that signifies it’s been in the bottle for at least 10 years – the amount of time it takes glass leeching…

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch Review

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch Review

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch disappeared in the early 1980s which is where this whisky comes from (UPC, no Gov warning and no tax strip). It was resurrected in the mid 90s for a wee bit, but quickly died off once again. Scrounging around the internet I came across mentions of it as “New York’s largest selling…

Stalk and Barrel Single Malt Review

Stalk and Barrel Single Malt Review

Stalk and Barrel Single Malt hails from one of the new breed of whisky distillers in Canada – Still Waters Distillery. Started by two guys named Barry, it was Ontario’s first micro-distillery and was among the first micro-distillers in Canada. They helped pave the way for the modern rebirth of distilling in Canada, but instead…

Shelter Point Single Malt Review

Shelter Point Single Malt Review

Shelter Point Single Malt is an “artisanal” single malt from Canada’s burgeoning craft/artisanal/micro-distilling scene/movement. So many names for the same damn thing which is a revival of small distilleries in the world. But unlike what’s happening in America where folks are trying, and often failing, to make a good bourbon on a small scale, up…

1980s Daviess County Blended Whiskey Review

1980s Daviess County Blended Whiskey Review

I found this 1980s Daviess County Blended Whiskey on a dusty hunt and since I’d never had it, and it was only $10, I picked it up; after opening it I wish I hadn’t. Made at the original Medley Distillery in Kentucky this brand, like most of their other brands, all but disappeared after Diageo…

West Wind Bourbon Review

West Wind Bourbon Review

West Wind Bourbon is unique for two reasons. First: it’s a sourced whiskey, but it’s not sourced from one of the big guys, it’s sourced from a craft distillery. Second: because it uses a 9-grain mashbill; which is how I know it’s sourced from a craft distillery. None of the big guys, make a 9-grain…

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