Category Archives: Tastings

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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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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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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Talisker Distillers Edition

Talisker Distillers Edition (Distilled 2000, bottled 2011) Talisker whiskey is created beside Loch Harport, in the “…jagged shadow of the Cullin range, on the Isle of Skye.” (from the Talisker website). The Distillers Edition is finished in Amoroso sherry Casks. Colour: Chestnut … Continue reading

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Glenfiddich 15 YO Solera Reserve

As a rule, I’m a bit of a Glenfiddich basher: I’ve never liked their 12 YO; it is relatively inexpensive, but lacks depth of character. I’ve been an acknowledged snob regarding the Glenfiddich brand, casting the distillery as a slight villain, suggesting that … Continue reading

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