Category Archive: Scotch

Mar 21

Ardbog Scotch – Review

Ardbog Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 104.2 Proof Price Point: $115 – $125 for 750 ML (70 cl shown) Distiller: Ardbeg Distillery Limited   Background Ardbog is a special release from the Ardbeg Distillery, commemorating the distillery’s founding.  This particular whisky was 2013’s “Ardbeg Day release”, which celebrated Ardbeg’s 198th birthday (the distillery was established in 1815). The …

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Feb 21

Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch – Review

Syndicate 58/6 Premium Blended Scotch Whiskey 86 Proof Price Point: $155 – $165 for 750 ML Distiller: Unknown   Background There are plenty of tall tales being spread around the whisky industry, both state-side and overseas.  For some reason, rather than letting the whisky speak for its quality by taste, many distillers resort to including a story with …

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Jan 10

Great King Street Artist’s Blend Scotch – Review

Great King Street Artist's Blend Scotch

Great King Street Artist’s Blend Blended Scotch Whisky 86 Proof Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML Distiller: Compass Box Whisky Co.   Background It’s no secret that Compass Box is the king of high-quality, blended Scotch whiskies.  Others may trump them in volume, but they see blending as an art, not as a …

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Nov 29

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Scotch – Review

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 114.2 Proof Price Point: $85 – $95 for 750 ML Distiller: Ardbeg Distillery Limited   Background It’s nice when distilleries have “special” releases, that are both readily available and not outrageously expensive.  Ardbeg has quite a few of these, ranging from my top-rated Uigeadail to Ardbog.  While all of these are …

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Nov 15

Talisker Storm Scotch – Review

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky 91.6 Proof Price Point: $60 – $70 for 750 ML Distiller: Talisker Distillery   Background Talisker is one of those Scotch brands that flies below the radar.  It isn’t big and bold like Ardbeg, and it certainly doesn’t have the high-profile advertising of Laphroaig.  It’s a maritime distillery that has, in …

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Oct 31

Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch – Review

Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch

Laphroaig Triple Wood Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 96 Proof Price Point: $60 – $70 for 750 ML Distiller: Laphroaig Distillery   Background I’ve sampled my fair share of Laphroaig whisky, from the 10 Year Old to the 18 Year Old to the Quarter Cask.  All are very good single malts, and have distinct differences between them.  Enter …

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Oct 04

Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch – Review

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 86 Proof Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML Distiller: Wiliam Grant & Sons Ltd   Background How could you not buy a whisky called Monkey Shoulder?  Especially when it has three little monkeys hanging onto the “shoulder” of the bottle?  Obviously I couldn’t resist, or you wouldn’t be reading …

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Sep 20

McClelland’s Highland Scotch – Review

McClelland's Highland Scotch

McClelland’s Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 80 Proof Price Point: $20 – $30 for 750 ML Distiller: T&A McClelland Limited   Background Bottom shelf isn’t always bad.  Certain whiskeys prove that statement – many refute it.  Here in the good old U. S. of A., most of our bottom shelf whiskey is bourbon and other …

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Sep 06

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Scotch – Review

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Scotch

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 80 Proof Price Point: $50 – $60 for 750 ML Distiller: The Glenfiddich Distillery   Background As whiskey bloggers, sometimes we sample a distillery’s entry-level expression and that can steer us into appreciating their whiskey, or not wanting to venture further with them.  As they say, first …

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May 03

Jura Superstition Scotch – Review

Jura Superstition Scotch

Jura Superstition Lightly Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky 86 Proof Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML Distiller: Jura Distillery   Background No age statement whiskeys seem to have become more and more prevalent in recent years.  The mainstay Scotch brands such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich still rely on their standard 12, 15, and …

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