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 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”.
Tomintoul bills itself as “the Gentle Dram”, and while we enjoyed the 10-Year-Old, we were a little underwhelmed by some of the older offerings, which were a bit too gentle for our taste. Recently, Iain Forteath and the Angus Dundee team were gracious enough to host us for another virtual tasting, which included two Tomintouls that were far from the distillery’s usual offerings. These were their Cigar Malt, a heavily sherried expression designed as the perfect accompaniment for a cigar, and the 15-Year-Old, which has spent three years in a port barrel. Not being matured solely in ex-bourbon casks, these both seemed like promising deviations from Tomintoul’s usual whiskies.
The nights have grown longer, the air has grown colder, and autumn is unmistakably upon us. With the season’s backdrop… Read more Ardbeg Wee Beastie
In 2017 Edrington Group decided to completely reimagine the Highland Park brand, with Orkney’s Viking Heritage taking centre stage. Having tried a sample, we at The Water of Life found that the Cask Strength Release No. 2 was as divisive as the distillery’s Viking branding.
Normally, I’m not the member of The Water Of Life that starts each article with a confession. Those of you… Read more Judging A Whisky By Its Cover – Scapa Skiren
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
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
When I first read the label of Jura Seven Wood, I did a double-take. Not entirely sure I had read… Read more Jura Seven Wood – Just Because You Can, It Doesn’t Mean You Should