If you’ve never heard of Ballechin, you are far from alone. After all, the Ballechin distillery closed in 1927. Its… Read more Ballechin Aged 18 Years – Port Cask Matured
I’ve long since realised my whisky biases. There are a couple of categories which, if met by a dram, guarantee… Read more Ardnamurchan AD/02.22
Tomintoul 18 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish
As brands become more comfortable controlling the result of a cask finish, we’re seeing them apply the process to older and older expressions: there is less hesitancy to risk ruining a valuable batch of aged spirit. One of these expressions is Tomintoul’s new 18 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish.
Arbikie Highland Rye 2021 Release
In the world of Scottish whisky, barley is king, both in single malts and in blends. A Scottish Rye whisky would be unthinkable… wouldn’t it?
Blair Athol Horizontal Tasting
Last week, I wrote about the experience of visiting the Blair Athol Distillery. A mainstay of Diageo’s portfolio of blends, only around 1% of the whisky from this distillery ends up in a bottle with a Blair Athol label. Is this a whisky so terrible that it’s only good for a blend, or is it a heavenly nectar too good for blenders to give up? Only a horizontal tasting will answer this question!
Blair Athol Distillery
The Blair Athol distillery is a bit of an oddity. It’s not in Blair Atholl, bottles hardly any of its own spirit, and, while adapted to handle large numbers of visitors, has no appreciable social media presence. To a curious whisky writer, this makes it well worth a visit.
The Water of Life has a bias towards small and independent distilleries. Given how hard it is to build and… Read more Glenfarclas 105
Glencadam Aged 13 Years and Reserva Andalucia
Glencadam Distillery, part of the Angus Dundee Distillers family, is quickly becoming a favourite at the Water of Life. We first encountered the distillery during a vertical tasting in October. Given that I usually get most excited by innovative distillers, I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed these offerings from Glencadam, which is about as traditional a distillery as you will find. Since then, the Angus Dundee team offered us a chance to try two more of their products, so naturally, we jumped at the opportunity. This time, we would be trying their Aged 13 Years, also dubbed “the re-awakening”, and their Reserva Andalucia, described as “Glencadam with a sherry influence”.
Vertical Tasting – Glencadam Aged 10, 15 & 21 Years
Few phrases will get a whisky enthusiast’s pulse racing quicker than “vertical tasting”. With all other ingredients – grain, water,… Read more Vertical Tasting – Glencadam Aged 10, 15 & 21 Years
Gateway Whisky: AnCnoc 12
I like whiskies with big hits of sherry. I love a spice bomb. I enjoy being slapped in the face… Read more Gateway Whisky: AnCnoc 12