Scotch Whisky

Wemyss Malts Spice King 8 Year Old Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ Vatted malts made by small artisans are one of the many trendy fixtures of international whiskey today, alongside high-end, no-aging statement single malts; wine and port barrel-finished bourbon; American malts; and micro-distilleries. These are sometimes referred to as “blended malts,” but I prefer the old terminology, as it emphasizes the distinction between an all-malt blend ...

Read More »

Donald Trump Calls for Glenfiddich Boycott

By Richard Thomas Real estate mogul, reality TV celebrity and birther blowhard Donald Trump has shifted his fire from Barrack Obama and the hapless contestants on The Apprentice to the work of a humble 60 year old Scotsman named Michael Forbes. “The Donald” has taken umbrage with Forbes’ documentary You’ve Been Trumped and the attention it has received, and declared ...

Read More »

Compass Box The Entertainer Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B The Entertainer is a special, limited edition release from those innovative, artisanal whiskey-makers at Compass Box. Intended as a tribute to the life of Gordon Selfridge, founder of Britain’s Selfridge department store chain, the scotch is available only through the Selfridge website and their four brick-and-mortar outlets. Americans with an interest in Compass Box products ...

Read More »

Wemyss Malts Lemon Smoke Single Cask Scotch Review (1996)

By Richard Thomas Rating: A In yesterday’s editorial, I opined that being a whiskey-maker without a still is nothing be ashamed of, and that many companies bring considerable skill and expertise into bringing the best out of what is fundamentally the products of others. When I wrote that, Wemyss Malts was one of the small whiskey-makers I had in mind. ...

Read More »

The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Year Old Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B- In my experience, being a whiskey writer changes your drinking habits, making one more experimental. Writers in general are always looking for their next story, so a whiskey lover turned whiskey writer (such as myself) finds himself enjoying his familiar favorites less often in favor of trying something new, taking notes, and writing the thing ...

Read More »