Whiskey Reviews

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Scotch Review

Dalwhinnie 15YO

By Father John Rayls Rating: A- The Dalwhinnie Distillery has a long and eventful history. Started in 1897, but was in and out of insolvency the very next year, and the distillery saw several ownership changes after that. It eventually came under the Diageo umbrella, which is how it came to be included among “The Classic Malts of Scotland.” Included ...

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Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Whiskey Review

Midleton Barry Crockett

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- When Irish Distillers attach the name of their distillery, “Midleton,” to a whiskey, you know they mean business. Midleton Very Rare, for example, is almost the byword in super premium Irish whiskeys, while Midleton Dair Ghaelich is the showcase for the revival of maturation in new Irish oak. It therefore shouldn’t be surprising that when ...

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Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 16 Year Old Scotch Review

By Kurt Maitland Rating: A- The Glentauchers is a Speyside Scottish whisky distillery founded in 1897 by James Buchanan (the creator of the ‘Black & White’ and ‘Buchanan’ blends, not the 1850s U.S. President) and whisky trader W. P Lowrie of Glasgow. Lowrie didn’t last long in the mix but the distillery and its spirit continued, primarily for use in blends. It was ...

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Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Redbreast 12YO

By Richard Thomas Rating: B When Barry Crockett retired as Master Distiller for Irish Distillers in 2013 after 47 years with the company, his principal legacy was preserving the distinctly Irish style of pot still whiskey. Yet it was not until relatively modern times, albeit still under Crockett’s tenure, that the same Cork County distillery that has Jameson as its ...

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