Review
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...
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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Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley

Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley

A quick brief: this is the 7.3 edition of Bruichladdich’s Octomore. For those wondering, the decimal places go as follows – .1 is Bourbon cask matured, .2 is the travel retail exclusive “Cask Evolution” range, and .3 is the Islay ...
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Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley

Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley

This is the 7th edition of Bruichladdich’s Octomore. For those wondering, the decimal places go as follows – .1 is Bourbon cask matured, .2 is reserved for cask exploration, and .3 is the Islay barley range. So, the 7.1 is ...
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Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon cask matured)

Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon cask matured)

Contrast is a 2 pack that Tomatin released in the last half of this year. It is comprised of a 350ml Bourbon cask matured whisky, and a 350ml Sherry cask matured whisky. Both cask expressions are drawn from a handful ...
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Canadian Rockies 21 Year (46%)

Canadian Rockies 21 Year (46%)

About 6 months ago, Fountana Beverage Corp representative Nick Haltigin flew in from Richmond, BC to Edmonton, for one of his frequent visits. We tasted some whiskies from Kavalan, Amrut, and Duncan Taylor. Very good stuff, as always. Then, with ...
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Glenmorangie Tùsail

Glenmorangie Tùsail

Tùsail is the newest of Glenmorangie’s annual Private Edition releases. And, it comes with a fine pedigree laid before it, of equally esoterically named whiskies. Ealanta, the Private Edition release for 2013 won Jim Murray’s prestigious (though much hated, by ...
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