Hmmm… our first BattleScotch! over the Blend Line? Some people (Goran) loudly protested this particular combatax spiritus because a blend is for blend times and a single malt is for single malt time. There is some precedence – we BattleScotch!ed two transnational blends that had basically nothing in common, although in fairness Goran loudly protested
Interesting. A cheap, twist-off blend… that also happens to be aged and specifically from Islay. Islay Mist 8y is produced by MacDuff International, the same people who gave us Grand MacNish – which has been referred to as “scrotch”. Less interesting, more worrisome. And a look at the back of the bottle points to its
Ardbeg! Gaelic for “little height”, or the sound you make when you stifle that midnight-toe-stub scream. Located on the southern shore of Islay, Ardbeg claims to be the island’s (not The Islands’) peatiest whisky. Part of the claim comes from sourcing their malted barley from Port Ellen and the malting distillery there. Here’s something weird.
Spending 36 on the beach with the dog. Steph kindly handed me this bottle on my way west and I’ve had a fair portion watching the dog chase beach rabbits. Customary back story which i really should have written yesterday: Dun Bheagan is a bottler, not a distiller, so there’s not too much available on
Our 100th post, so it’s time to do something new. In BattleScotch! we pit two or more bottles related by either obvious elements or esoteric justifications against each other in a rigorous taste-off. Not really, this is just an attempt at a straight forward answer to “Which would you buy?” We’ll provide the raw data
McClelland’s is not a distillery, so this is a little different from what we’ve been looking at so far. They are a bottler, as near as I can tell, who get their contents from Morrison Bowmore’s various distilleries, split up into lines by geographic regions. I guess the idea is to create a brand of
The unpronounceable Caol Ila (allegedly either ‘cool eye-la’ or ‘cull eela’ depending where you look) is another Malts.com brand, the web presence that covers Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Oban, Lagavulin and a host of other top-end scotches. Their website is a little confusing, in that they show six different bottles but only detail four, while the LCBO
First of the micro reviews. Not that they’re shorter (they really couldn’t be, I’m phoning this shit in pretty hard already), they’re just reviews of tiny bottles of Bowmore that I got in the Bowmore Collection. This is the 15y, a sherry cask finished scotch they call Darkest (not Darkness, or The Darkness). There are
Fun in bite sized form. Picked up this kit from Bowmore a few months ago and am finally getting around to reviewing it. As you can see, this Collection includes everyone’s favourite 12y, the 15y Darkest (sherry finish) and the 18y. Reviews for the 15y and 18y will be forthcoming in the next few days.
Bowmore is one of my favourite scotches. Peaty and complicated, even the budget 12y tastes amazing given the price on the bottle. The Bowmore Surf is allegedly not available in Canada – someone brought it to work as a raffle prize and I won it in a Jelly Bean guessing contest (won with math, kids,