Scotch Whisky

Dewar’s 15 Year Old Scotch Review

Dewar's 15 YO

By Father John Rayls Rating: B Sir Edwin Landseer created an oil painting known as “The Monarch of the Glen” in 1851, which became extremely popular through the 1800’s. The original was purchased by John Dewar & Sons in 1919. I mention this bit of art history because Dewar’s current Master Blender, Stephanie Macleod, used the painting many decades later ...

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Diageo Plans To Revive Brora And Port Ellen By 2020

British-based drinks conglomerate Diageo announced last week that they would reopen to long shuttered, iconic Scotch Whisky distilleries: Brora and Port Ellen. Diageo expects to invest £35 million and reopen the facilities by 2020. Whiskies made by this pair of distilleries before their closures are among the most highly sought after in the world by aficionados and collectors. When Diageo ...

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Seven Of Scotland’s Independent Bottlers

Compass Box Barrel Staves

By Richard Thomas Many an American Whiskey purist scoffs at the notion of an independent bottler. Although the creations of Craft Barrel Spirits, High West and others have gained considerable appreciation, it’s still entirely common for me to run across people in whiskey bars declaring scorn for the idea that if a brand didn’t make the whiskey, it has no ...

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Dalwhinnie Distiller’s Edition Scotch Review (2014)

Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition 2015

By Elizabeth Emmons Rating: B+ Dalwhinnie is one of those overlooked distilleries that, in the world of Scotch Whisky, one rarely hears much about. It generates little to no buzz, there are few special releases, and independent bottlings are virtually nonexistent, though there are a few floating around from the 60s and 70s on auction sites. Diageo does not seem ...

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