I should come clean on this one before I go any further – after Taliskers, Bowmore is my favourite scotch. If you want to drink single malt scotch on a budget, you literally can’t beat this. I got my first bottle as a birthday present from my friend Jono – I’m now at the bottom
The other night I got a call from The Dan that our friend Alex had purloined a bottle of single malt scotch from his dad’s closet. It proved to be the very tasty Founder’s Reserve 10y expression, discontinued some time ago and not currently available. Awesome. Its always a treat to stumble upon rarer bottles,
This is the first single malt scotch I tasted when I started this new hobby of scotch… uh, drinking. It was the second bottle I emptied (I love Bowmore), triggering the purchase of this collection. I am going to have to replace this dinky 200ml bottle soon. Neat: light, clear, balanced, smooth & sweet. With
I’m not usually a huge fan of the super-high proofed whiskies – while it has its uses, the burn is a distraction from the flavour. I was pleasantly surprised by the 57° – it manages to remain a Talisker while bringing significant heat. Neat: Alcohol & peat – hot on the tongue, lots of burn.
Been holding back on the Oban because, frankly, it’ll be expensive to replace. Which is a shame, because I could drink this every damn day. Neat: smells of maple lumber. Sweet caramel and mild warmth. With ice: smokey, very sweet and smooth. Oban 14y – 43% 750ml – $105.00 – Highlands Try? Absolutely. Buy? Definitely.
This bottle of Dalwhinnie 15y was in the first batch of scotches I received when I decided to take it up as a hobby. If drinking is a hobby. I guess the pausing to take notes validates the whole experience. Anyway, when I first tried Dalwhinnie, it was a bit of a horsekick to my
The Benromach Special Edition is the only certified organic single malt scotch whisky I’m aware of, based on no research. Its certification comes from the UK Soil Association, and they use casks made of managed forest lumber. So, great, right? If you’re used to brands like Beau’s Beer and restaurants like Hintonburger that use local,
I need to say this up front – this scotch is not for the faint of heart. The Smokehead bottle comes in a can embossed with many words about how large the flavour is, and it deserves them all (and I don’t even know what ‘phenolic’ is). That said, while it might taste a little
First round at L’ile Noire, and… well, you remember how in the Highland Park 12y review I said I was saving up my pennies for the 18y? I’m not anymore. There’s nothing out and out wrong with the scotch, and if you weren’t familiar with the 12y you’d probably enjoy it. But it doesn’t taste
Second round at the Whisky Cafe, and it was time for a classic, and no binge scotching is complete without a Talisker. Served from a tiny bottle, the best review I can give to this drink is the first two things out of Katherine’s and my first words: “that’s definitely a Talisker” and “I love