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UPDATED! Lagavulin 16y with Jono, Vanni, Jeremy & Valérie

The last of the new scotch, the Lagavulin is also the last entry in the Classic Malts Strong Collection and it definitely lives up to its name. neat Jono – Tanned, wooden & very sweet. Vanni – leather & bacon. Me – musty, leathery. Peaty & very potent. with ice Jono – mellows very nicely.

ScotchParty Review #2 – Four Roses Small Batch with Dan, Ashley, Ryan, Goran & Bowick

Review Number 2 from The Night Of Many Whiskies.  If you look closely in the photo to the left there’s a see-thru gun and a pump bottle of Purel on the table because damnit that is just how we roll.  You’d better have an invite, is all I’m saying. Four Roses is owned by Kirin

ScotchParty Review #1 – The GlenDronach 12y Original with Dan, Ryan, Goran, Bowick, Ashley & Jared

So, we had a little get-together. Everyone brought a bottle. We did our level best to properly review all of them. Seriously, we really really tried. A part of the BenRiach brand, GlenDronach is one of the deepest red scotches I’ve ever seen, and since we tasted this one towards the beginning of the night,

anCnoc 12y with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Steph

It’s pronounced a-nock. Steph picked this up for me in Montreal, and it’s one that’s been on the to-try list for a while.  We also got to verify the consistency of our tasting experience by staging this over three tastings – me, Goran and Ryan, then Dan, then Steph.  The consistency was a nice affirmation.

Highland Park 10y with Dan, Bowick, Ryan & Goran

What a pleasant surprise. Clocking in $15 cheaper than the excellent 12y, the Highland Park 10y is a welcome addition to the $45-60 range. While it tastes young, the pedigree is there. I would give you a link to the specific expression, but their website makes no mention of it. smell Dan – peat, coffee,

Bushmills 10y with Dan & Goran

Another box-checking entry we’d been looking forward to.  We’ve had the Bushmills 10y before but it didn’t survive long enough to be reviewed. Oh well, a timely return. This leaves very few of the Bushmills’ stable that we haven’t tried yet – Dan is talking about tracking down the 21y later this year. Good, but

Baker’s 7y Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

Number three of the Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection, Baker’s 7y doesn’t disappoint.  We’ve been pretty solidly pro for the Basil Hayden and Knob Creek, and this bottle pulls its weight on the team. smell Dan – pleasant pickle, warm corn, musky, creme brule Simon – sugar maple, sweet, warm, char Ryan – bourbon, corn,

Stalk & Barrel Cask 2 with Dan & Goran

This is a little weird, but according to my whiskiography I’m quickly approaching 100 bottles tried, and a glaring hole in my whisky experience was that I’ve never seen a distillery.  While I’m still envisioning a whisky tour of Scotland, Ireland, Japan or Kentucky, I’ve crossed this milestone here in my home province at Still

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Rye Whisky with Dan

Here’s a quickie because I’m on the road. A few weeks ago Dan picked up this interesting bottle of straight rye whisky, something we thought was a rarity but is proving to be less of one.  Lot No. 40 is part of the Corby super-brand of mid-range booze.  Here’s what we thought: smell Dan –

Three Ships Premium Select Whisky 5y with Dan & Goran

We’re doing a brief detour again, this time into what we’re calling Transnational Blends territory, because we like throwing around big words we’re only probably using properly. This particular international mingling consists of Scotch and South African whiskies, and assuming the Scottish naming rules apply, all of at least five years maturity.  And while this