Tasting: Laphroaig Lore

As autumn approaches and drags in cooler weather, certain varieties of whisky tend to become more prominent in the glass.  Said varieties tend to include characteristics of the cask strength and peated sort.  Currently, the evenings are becoming cool and I find myself diving more into bottles such as this – Laphroaig’s new Lore.  Our…

Tasting: Maker’s 46

You cannot miss it – the classically labeled bottle of Bourbon sitting on the shelf with a deep coating of red, dripping wax strewn about its top.  That is unmistakably Maker’s Mark and it has been that way since 1958 when Marjorie Samuels, a design enthusiast and wife to the founder of the distillery, T.…

Tasting: Speyburn Arranta Casks

Last month, Speyburn, a Speyside distillery, announced Arranta Casks, a limited no age statement (NAS) release, which is said to show off a bolder take on the classic Speyburn flavor profile of citrus, vanilla and honey – “Arranta” meaning ‘bold’, ‘daring’ and ‘intrepid’ in Scottish Gaelic. Made using only first-fill ex-Bourbon casks hand-selected by Speyburn’s Distillery…

Tasting: Glenfiddich ‘The Original’

This time last year Glenfiddich announced The Original – A unique expression inspired by the 1963 Straight Malt, the first ever single malt to be actively marketed internationally, effectively establishing the entire single malt category we know today. A reproduction of the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt, this release is an exclusive addition to the family run…

Tasting: Glenfiddich 14 Year Old

As it was recently announced here on the site, Glenfiddich has added this new 14-year-old to its permanent range. Exclusive to the United States, the bourbon barrel reserve is a celebration of American spirit. It pays tribute to the shared history of American and Scotch whisk(e)y, and the American Oak ex-bourbon barrels that are the…

Rye Medley: Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey

Highspire caught my attention the moment I saw the blue wax sealed bottle. I was then greatly intrigued the moment I realized that it was a 100% Rye whiskey aged solely in California ex-wine casks, albeit “swiftly.” We’ll get to that. When longtime winemaker Austin Hope decided to create a new Rye whiskey, he did…

Rye Medley: Alberta Rye Dark Batch

This tasting/review will kick off a medley of various rye whiskies that I’ve complied over the past few weeks, which includes: Alberta Rye Dark Batch; WhistlePig Old World 12-Year Rye; Highspire Pure Rye; and Crown Royal Rye. The tastings will be posted in this given order, but the order itself is random. Let’s get to…

The Macallan Rare Cask Review

Of the various expressions of The Macallan that I have had the pleasure of sampling, the Cask Strength (10-year-old & No-Age-Statement (NAS)) has certainly been one of my favorites. It’s a shame it was removed from the market, but I suppose we do have other cask strength sherried monsters from which to choose. My dear…

Glenlivet Nàdurra 16 Year Old Review

Glenlivet Nàdurra, how have I not yet shared a tasting of you on this site? This has been one of my favorite go-to whiskies for some time now, and for very good reason. The Glenlivet distillery makes plenty of good malts, from your everyday sippers to your special occasion drams. This expression, however, is a…

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 Review

I’m sure I do not have to inform any of you that for the past few years Ardbeg was playing on a fun and interesting near zero-gravity maturation experiment that was taking place aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In conjunction with NanoRacks, a US-based space research company, the experiment launched (pun intended) in 2011…

Amrut Portonova Review

My eagerness to try Amrut’s Portonova expression came about a few years ago during Whisky Live Boston when Raj Sabharwal, Importer of World Whisky and Spirits, decanted a generous sample of ‘Intermediate Sherry’ into my glass. I had savored expressions of Amrut previously, but to me, nothing quite as pleasing to the palate. That was…