Review: Glenmorangie Astar

Dr. Bill Lumsden is an amazing guy. For all that he has accomplished, he is always experimenting with new ideas. Glenmorangie Astar is the practical application of a “back to…

Review: SMWS 39.112 “1960s French Breakfast”

My intro to the SMWS was interesting. After deliberating for years about joining, I finally took the plunge with a half off deal that got me my first year’s membership…

Review: The Balvenie 21 Year Portwood

I have been a big fan of Balvenie’s Portwood for a long time. It’s another one of those drams that really showcases the versatility of Balvenie’s honeyed house style in…

Review: Springbank 14 Year Manzanilla Cask

When most people think Campbeltown whisky, they think Springbank. Opened in 1828, Springbank distills its spirit 2 and a half times (meaning only part of the whisky is distilled a…

Review: Penderyn Madeira Finish

I don’t venture into world whiskies very often, but when I do, I usually have a good reason. Welsh distillery Penderyn has a Madeira finish release that is apparently very…

Review: The Balvenie 17 Year SherryOak

The Balvenie’s 17 Year SherryOak was their 2007 17 Year release and it was the first time a 100% sherried Balvenie was bottled by the distillery. This was high up…

Review: Balblair 1990 2nd Release

Balblair continues to impress me. This small Highlands distillery releases their whisky in vintages to ensure that each bottle is not rushed. The first release of Balblair 1990 vintage was…

Review: Mortlach 13 Year (Bendersky Family Reserve)

Independent bottlers are all the rage in the UK and throughout Europe but due to complex import, liquor, and tax laws, there aren’t many successful outlets in the United States….

Review: Balblair 1983 1st Release

Like Glenrothes, Balblair is a distillery that insists on aging their whisky until it’s ready, opting to release using vintages rather than age statements and a standard range. The 1983…

Review: Karuizawa 1999 Noh Cask #879 (K&L Exclusive)

In my last review, I took a look at a Karuizawa that was made up of vatted casks from the final year or two of production that resulted in a…