Scotch Whisky

Mike Loades Talks Whisky

Mike Loades

By Richard Thomas If you enjoy watching documentaries about the Middle Ages or ancient military history, you probably recognize Mike Loades. It follows that someone who presents and provides commentary in such television programs would also be an author (Swords and Swordsmen and The Longbow), but Loades is also a fight choreographer and consultant. His fingerprints are on all manner ...

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Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 Scotch Review

Gordon & MacPhail 1974 Glenlivet

By Richard Thomas Rating: A Founded in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail have been making their mark as an independent bottler of Scotch whiskies from their shop in Elgin, nestled in the midst of Speyside, for over 120 years. In recent years, they have made quite a splash by releasing 70 Year Old bottlings of The Glenlivet and Mortlach, whiskies distilled ...

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The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask Scotch Review

Balvenie 15YO Single Barrel Sherry Cask

By Kurt Maitland Rating: B+ This Balvenie expression is matured for at least 15 years in a European oak sherry butt, and not to be confused with The Balvenie’s standard Single Barrel 15 Year Old, which are aged in ex-bourbon barrels rather than former sherry butts. The former release is something I will tackle another day. No more than 650 ...

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Wemyss Sizzling Charcoal Single Cask Scotch Review

Wemyss Bunnahabhain 1997

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- My first crack at the 2016 Single Cask line from Wemyss Malts is a doozy: a Bunnahabhain from a hogshead, distilled in 1997 (bottled 2015). For those of you not hip to the Scotch talk, a hogshead is the origin point for the 53-gallon American standardized bourbon barrel. Hogsheads are slightly larger, and these days ...

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Johnnie Walker Lunar New Year 2016 Blue Label Coming

Building on the Johnnie Walker Lunar New Year pack series, Diageo continues to court wealthy Chinese drinkers and Walker fans generally with a 2016 Lunar New Year release, Johnnie Walker Blue Label: Year of the Monkey. This limited edition, bottled at 43% abv, This version of Blue Label has a bottled design incorporating the elements of traditional Scotch distilling technique ...

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