whisky

23Feb

More Whisky Links

Kilchoman
As many of you will know, most of my blogging energies go into my whisky website these days, which is going really well. Google Analytics tells me there are anywhere between 18,000 and 20,000 page views a month, and I’ve now reached over a hundred regular subscribers by RSS.

I recently interviewed the guys behind a whisky auction website, Just Whisky. Auctions are booming at the moment as more and more people get into collecting whisky. I reviewed two heavily peated Bruichladdich whiskies, which were sent as hefty samples (always nice).

This Kilchoman travel retail whisky is recommended if you’re passing through an airport. This Mortlach whisky is really for rich people looking to waste money. And here’s a bonus Bourbon from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

I’m also using Instagram a lot for whisky nonsense as well.

12Jan

Latest Whisky Reviews

Aultmore
You know the score by now. One of the reasons I’m blogging less here is to build up my whisky site, which is going pretty well now. Well over 20,000 page views last month, so there’s plenty of interest. Plus I’m getting samples as well as invites to stuff. I’m also spending a lot of my Twitter time there too, which is a bit more liberating.

Anyway, some recent reviews.

Before Christmas I enjoyed a 43 Year Old whisky from Glenglassaugh. I didn’t enjoy a whisky that had been distilled behind the Iron Curtain. I did enjoy a very nice Bruichladdich, which is the whisky equivalent of a limited edition signed by the author. I enjoyed this single grain whisky from Japan, and reviewed three new Aultmore single malt whiskies (highly recommended). Bonus whisky book review.

For those of you concerned about my drinking habits, when I’m tasting a lot of the time I don’t actually ‘drink’ the whisky – just swirl it around the mouth and then use a spittoon as if sampling wines.

20Dec

Recent Whisky Reviews

Bruichladdich
You know the score by now – here are a few links of what I’ve been writing about on my other site. First up, the blends: Johnnie Walker Black Label (it’s very good) and Teacher’s Highland Cream (okay, for what it costs).

Then the single malts: a old Bruichladdich bottle that I bought on an online auction site (there are loads for whisky); and a treat to myself, the Dalmore King Alexander III. And finally, a single grain whisky from a closed distillery.

10Nov

Latest Whisky Reviews

Craigellachie
Whilst things have been a little slower on this site, I have been full-speed ahead on my whisky site. The latest review is of a Craigellachie 13 Year Old, a good value whisky with a meaty edge. And I recently sampled a blend that came from the 1940s, which was fascinating.

But it’s not just about reviews. I interviewed one of the legends of the whisky industry, Charles MacLean; we talked about the art of blended Scotch, and that all serious whisky drinkers should enjoy blends as well.

And finally, I recently visited an English distillery in the Cotswolds. It was a rather lovely place that’s making some exciting whisky as well as gin.

29Sep

More Whisky Reviews

British whisky
I’ve been very busy at my other site (I am blogging still – more there, less here for now). Whiskies of note: The One is a British blended whisky, and pretty tasty stuff for the price of £30. I tried an average-tasting old whisky, the Glenfarclas 30 Years Old. But I also tried two really tasty young whiskies, the Glenglassaugh Evolution and the Swedish Smögen Primör whisky – just goes to show how age really isn’t what you should be looking for as the most important indicator of quality when it comes to whiskies.

And if that wasn’t enough whisky action, I went to the Midlands Whisky Festival. Told you I’ve been busy.

6Sep

Latest Whisky Reviews

Highland Park
In the name of science, I have been reviewing many whiskies. The latest was actually disappointing, which is a shame given the hooded figure on the front of the bottle – as pictured. It’s the Highland Park Dark Origins, and wasn’t that good.

I’ve recently joined the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and wrote about an ‘unboxing’ of their welcome pack. It’s pretty pricey to join, but you get some good stuff – including access to private members’ bars in London and Scotland. Henceforth the one in London will become my offices when I’m in the city.

More reviews: the Auchentoshan Cooper’s Reserve, which I picked up in duty free. The Dalmore Valour is another duty free gem.

Finally, whilst at Worldcon I attended the Iain Banks memorial whisky tasting, which was good fun. Given I knew the guy who ran it, there were some tasty extra drams. It’s who you know…

6Aug

Recent Whisky Reviews

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I’ve been ramping up activity over on my whisky website recently, with a view to growing traffic and using it as a platform for other things in the future. (Basically, I’m not just blogging for the sake of blogging, I’m writing to a strategy.) The whiskies I’ve reviewed recently are a very nice limited Caol Ila release; a very nice offering from Deanston distillery; an amazing bourbon; and the David Beckham whisky (yes, that’s right). I’ve also reviewed a very interesting technical book on whisky production.

16Jul

Recent Whisky (and Rum) Reviews

Longrow

I’ve been sampling quite a few treats of late, which I’ve written up over on my whisky site. First up is the Longrow 14 Year Old Burgundy Cask – this from one of the first distilleries I ever visited. Second is the Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof, which didn’t quite work for me. I managed to try a couple of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings, which were very nice indeed. And a couple of weeks ago, I was sent a selection of rums to review! I was actually very impressed.

26Jun

Recent Whisky Reviews

Yamazaki
Another month, another few drams. This time they’ve all been rather good. First up was the Bruichladdich Cuvee 640, a pricey but philosophical whisky from one of my favourite distilleries. The bargain of the year, for me, was the Suntory Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve – £40 for a tasty Japanese single malt is rare indeed. I received a couple of samples from Abbey Whisky (yes, I got sent free whisky – and both samples were tremendous). Finally, The Dalmore 18 Year Old – a distillery that’s one of my guilty pleasures…

23May

Recent Whisky Reviews

Whisky galore
Over on my whisky site, I’ve been trying quite a few indie bottlings of late. The first is from Braeval distillery, a cheeky little 15 year old in Douglas Laing & Co’s ‘Old Particular series.

Next up, another two from Cadenhead – a Glen Elgin-Glenlivit 22 year old, and one from Tobermory distillery.

There’s been a blend, too – an amazing value bottle (£15!) I bought from the Bruichladdich distillery shop last year.

And finally, a cracking new peated whisky from anCnoc distillery – the Flaughter.