Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016/AD

Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016/AD

Ah, Adelphi. One of my favourite Scottish independent bottlers. Their cask selections represent a level of quality, consistency, and value that are unmatched in the bulk of the Scotch industry. Their Adelphi Selection cask strength single cask range is routinely sterling, and their ongoing 46% abv batch releases are steady as a rock...
Some Thoughts About Ardbeg

Some Thoughts About Ardbeg

Though I'm loathe to kick off an article by invoking the 19th century, nonetheless, observe a few things that Alfred Barnard took occasion to mention during his visit to Ardbeg in the 1880s...
SMWS 33.143 'Thank you and good night!' (Ardbeg)

SMWS 33.143 ‘Thank you and good night!’ (Ardbeg)

What timing!

Right in the middle of a series of Ardbeg reviews, my local Scotch Malt Whisky Society chapter releases an Ardbeg bottling. Well, I'd be remiss not to include it here, I figure. It also follows my trajectory of reviewing increasingly obscure and limited production bottlings of Ardbeg...
Ardbeg Dark Cove & Dark Cove Committee Release

Ardbeg Dark Cove & Dark Cove Committee Release

Dark Cove: the newest of Ardbeg's limited release bottlings launched to coincide with Islay's Feis Ile festival, which happens annually in the last week of May.


Since their first Feis Ile release in 2002, up until 2010, Ardbeg would predominantly bottle...

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ah, onto Uigeadail. It's a perennial favourite. In conversations about Ardbeg (well, ones that haven't yet drifted into talk of Alligator, Provenance, and Supernova, you know, the 2009 one?) Uigeadail usually comes out as a collectively agreed upon favourite, the Ardbeg geek's drop of choice...
Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

First things first, go ahead and Google what the Corryvreckan is, I'll save you the spiel. Yes, it's terrifying.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan, on the other hand, is more approachable than the maritime feature that stands as its emblem. The whisky is barreled in toasted French oak (80%), and Bourbon casks (20%). Again, we get a feel for...
Ardbeg 10

Ardbeg 10

When I'm looking for whisky to enjoy, I have a few priority specifications. Non chill filtered. No colouring added. Bottled at a decent strength. These are objective signposts that point us in the direction of serious whisky territory. In this case, Ardbeg 10 ticks all those boxes...
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Two Brewers Release 3 (Peated)

Two Brewers Release 3 (Peated)

As you may already know, at Yukon / Two Brewers, the beer they brew and the spirit they distill both share an important piece of equipment — a bespoke brew kettle that can transform into a wash still. Their beer ...
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A quick chat with Whistling Andy Head Distiller Brian Anderson

A quick chat with Whistling Andy Head Distiller Brian Anderson

Here's my conversation with Brian Anderson, Head Distiller at Whistling Andy distillery.
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"It’s about learning how to get close to the fire" A Tour of Laws Whiskey House

“It’s about learning how to get close to the fire”
A Tour of Laws Whiskey House

A family trip took me to Denver, Colorado. So, let’s go to Stranahan’s, yeah?

No, actually. A quick pre-flight chat with my friendly neighbourhood bourbon aficionado brought Laws Whiskey House to my attention. It’s a small distillery, established in 2009, ...
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'A Cornucopia of Flavours' - a quick chat with Bob Baxter, Owner and Chief Operator of Yukon's Two Brewers Single Malt

‘A Cornucopia of Flavours’ – a quick chat with Bob Baxter, Owner and Chief Operator of Yukon’s Two Brewers Single Malt

Here's my conversation with Bob Baxter, Owner and Chief Operator of Yukon's Two Brewers Single Malt.
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A quick chat with Allan Logan, Bruichladdich's Head Distiller and Production Manager

A quick chat with Allan Logan, Bruichladdich’s Head Distiller and Production Manager

Here's my conversation with Bruichladdich Head Distiller and Production Manager, Allan Logan.
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