Scotch Whisky

Lost Distillery Company Gerston Scotch Review

The Lost Distillery Company Gerston

By Father John Rayls Rating: B The Gerston Distillery had two distinct lives. The first lasted over 80 years, from 1796 to 1882, as a farm distiller operation that was known for its flavor and quality and achieved some worldwide recognition, despite its necessarily small scale. The second life only lasted about two decades from 1886 to perhaps as late ...

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Wemyss Malts Has A New Batch Of Single Cask Whiskies

Independent bottler Wemyss Malts have released a total of 12 new single cask whiskies ranging from 11 to 36 years old. Selected and approved by the prominent whisky writer Charlie Maclean, each bottling has a colorfully descriptive name illustrating the plethora of aromas and flavors that can be found in single cask whisky and have been bottled natural colour and ...

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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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