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The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old Scotch Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B William Grant & Sons founded the Balvenie distillery in Speyside, Scotland in 1892. The company now owns a host of distilleries, including the Glenfiddich distillery, but the best scotch distilled under the William Grant & Sons banner remains the Balvenie. For more than a century, the Balvenie has grown its own barley on a 1,000-acre ...

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Noah’s Mill Small Batch 15 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey Review

Noah's Mill Small Batch 15 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

Editor’s Note: This review is of the original 15 year old version of this bourbon, not the current NAS version. By Richard Thomas Rating: A- Admirers of old fashioned, pre-Prohibition style bourbon love to hear two words in connection with a new bottle of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, namely “cask strength” and “small batch.” Granted, “single barrel” and “cask strength” ...

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About Our Rating System

Updated December 12, 2014 The Whiskey Reviewer rejects the typical “100” numerical rating system, because it is flawed, misleading and often abused. No matter what particular method is used for the 100 scoring system, only the top quarter of the spectrum or so is really used to rate the drink in question. For example, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate bottoms out ...

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The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve Scotch Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B Glenlivet is the best-selling malt whiskey in the United States, and the label’s Moray, Scotland distillery has been in almost continuous operation since its founding in 1824. The oldest whiskey-maker in Moray, Glenlivet closed only for the Second World War. Glenlivet’s product is generally known for it’s lightness, and it’s 15 Year scotch is no ...

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