Reviews No.34 to 37 – A New Year and Some Samples Sent From Scotty in Scotland

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2020 wasn't all bad. Yeah, there's a pandemic and with the P-word comes the exasperated realisation that a lot of people think Bill Gates is using a health crisis to nefariously microchip a global population of 7.5 billion people and then track our daily bowel movements. The mental gymnastics needed to believe that a guy … Continue reading Reviews No.34 to 37 – A New Year and Some Samples Sent From Scotty in Scotland

Review No.33 – Ardnamurchan Single Cask AD/CK.335 07:15

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Some folk just have an natural affinity for writing; to dive right in, to tie an experience to their insightful opinion, to then bring it all together in a flourish at the end. I, however, cannot, so instead I'm going to list some of the stuff I wanted as a kid but missed out on: … Continue reading Review No.33 – Ardnamurchan Single Cask AD/CK.335 07:15

Review No.32 – Daftmill 2007 Winter Batch Release

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It's not often that a distillery sees such a persistent and fervent clamour for their releases, but distillery size, production output, a great name, continuing popularity, and, of course, the quality of the whisky all drive the somewhat nutty race to grab a bottle. Entering a ballot for the chance to obtain a bottle from … Continue reading Review No.32 – Daftmill 2007 Winter Batch Release

Review No.31 – Ardnamurchan AD 09.20:01

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The important issue first: Ard-na-murkan. That's according to the youtube videos I dilligently watched, but it's also written on the sustainable cardboard packaging that this whisky came in. This commitment to sustainability, from production to packaging, is at the forefront of Ardnamurchan's ethos. So, Scotland's first green distillery. What does that actually entail? This may … Continue reading Review No.31 – Ardnamurchan AD 09.20:01

Review No.26 – North Star Orkney 13 Year Old (Highland Park)

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EDIT: I cocked up my review tally - this is # 26, nae 25. A quarter century of uninspiring reviews with tasting notes you've read before - it can all seem a bit mundane at times, with very little Jim Murray-themed sexual analogies and zero controversy, but behind the scenes it's actually a constant battle … Continue reading Review No.26 – North Star Orkney 13 Year Old (Highland Park)

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Review No. 25 – Fettercairn Fior

I have a friend. Well, I actually have more than one, but this is specifically about a friend called Joseph. Joseph adores Fettercairn; absolutely loves their whisky, the distillery, and their location. I agree on location because, being from the North East of Scotland, I too trumpet about the scenery, the rowies (oh god, the … Continue reading Review No. 25 – Fettercairn Fior

Review No.18 – A Trio of Glen Garioch Samples

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I recently received three samples from a friend who had visited Glen Garioch (for non-Doric speakers and those unfamiliar with the distillery, it's pronounced 'Glen Geery') to purchase a few distillery exclusives and, as he's aff the bevvy for the time being, was generous to send them my way with an accompanying mini tasting glass. … Continue reading Review No.18 – A Trio of Glen Garioch Samples

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Review No.16 – Arran 20 Year Old Explorer Series Volume 1 Brodick Bay

Welcome back to the whisky blog that uses a pet dog on a zero-hours contract for poorly taken photos, which, on the evidence provided, don’t seem to be improving. However, Elsie’s Sports Direct-like existence isn’t in vain, particularly given the exposure she enjoys to all 15 16 17 readers. Today’s review is from The Arran … Continue reading Review No.16 – Arran 20 Year Old Explorer Series Volume 1 Brodick Bay

Review. No 15 – Glendronach Revival 15 Year Old (2015 Bottling)

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One Aberdonian, a fawning appreciation for Glendronach, and an old bottling of the 15 Revival? Well, you aren't mistaken for thinking this would be another puff piece - an uninspired, slavish display of adoration for a whisky world cult favourite - and I was a bit troubled that all of my reviews had become overwhelmingly … Continue reading Review. No 15 – Glendronach Revival 15 Year Old (2015 Bottling)

Review No.14 – Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength 57.1% (2019 Release)

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I'm a bit behind the times on this one having missed out on a bottle when it was released at the tail end of last year, however after a concerted effort to hunt it down - which meant trawling through the Kilkerran trade list, then emailing and calling shops - I was fortunate to locate … Continue reading Review No.14 – Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength 57.1% (2019 Release)