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About db johnston

A father (of two daughters), husband, and wannabe writer/artist wrapped in a Buddhist veneer, with an eclectic employment history as; a Labourer, Instrument Mechanic (in a Gas Plant), Industrial Salesperson, Telecommunication Technician, Nuclear Energy Worker, and a few I can't recall at the moment.

Lagavulin 16 YO

My wife gave me a bottle of Lagavulin 16 YO (a southern-Islay single malt) for our last anniversary. It’s I enjoyed it immensely, and I’m not sure how she will top it next year. Appearance: Deep amber gold ABV: 43% Nose: deceptively … Continue reading

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Finlaggan Old Reserve Cask Strength

I found this whisky on a bottom shelf at the liquor store; it was on sale (thirty-percent off: I assume the store is making room for new product), so I thought I’d give it a try. Once I’d placed the … Continue reading

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A farewell to old friends

I was cleaning out some back shelves and said my final farewells to some old friends. I find it difficult to return my empty whisky bottles; to me, they are like a beloved book, a memory that can be rekindled … Continue reading

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Nikka From the Barrel

Nikka From the Barrel is a Japanese blended whisky (grain whisky, and malts from Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries). As a rule, I don’t enjoy blends, but this expression was a pleasant surprise. The ABV is high (51.4%) and I … Continue reading

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Ingredients

The production of malt whisky is a science, but it is not an exact science, and there is more than a trace of superstition running throughout the industry. There is an art to the process, and a little magic. There … Continue reading

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Cragganmore Distillers Edition

Cragganmore the Distillers Edition 1998 (bottled 2011) ABV: 40% Single Speyside malt, double matured; finished in Ruby Port Pipes After sampling the Talisker Distillers Edition, I hinted that I might enjoy the Cragganmore Distillers Edition for Christmas. Either my wife … Continue reading

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Sampling Single Malt Scotch

I spent quite some time enjoying Scotch before I began to understand that there was a technique to sampling the wondrous spirit. I’m far from being an expert, but for those who stumble upon this blog and know less than … Continue reading

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