Category: Scotch

Scotch Lesson #3: Single Malt vs. Blends

Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch

Last time, we focused on the geography of Scotland, and how it affects the taste of the whisky in your bottle.  This time we’ll discuss the definitions, and differences between, single malt Scotch and blended Scotch. Single malt Scotch whisky is very easy to define and understand.  To be considered a single malt, the whisky …

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Scotch Lesson #2: Geography

Scotland Geography

Two weeks ago, we got a little refresher course on the history of Scotch.  This time, we’ll be focusing on the geography of Scotland and how it affects the whisky in your bottle. Scotland is broken up into five main segments; Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, and Campbeltown.  Each of these areas carry their own traditions …

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Scotch Lesson #1: History

The Macallan 10 Year Old Scotch Label

It’s always important to get your facts straight when discussing something that you are passionate about.  Unfortunately, whiskey seems to be one of those topics that most people think they know, but they are way off.  A few weeks back, I posted a little lesson about bourbon.  Like most things labeled “American”, its roots are …

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Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old Scotch – Review

Macallan 10 Year Old Scotch

The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 80 Proof Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML Distiller: The Macallan Distillers Ltd.   Background Sometimes when choosing a whiskey to try, you just have to go with your gut instinct.  You won’t always know every whiskey in the store, but that …

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Ardbeg 10 Year Old Scotch – Review

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Scotch

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 92 Proof Price Point: $50-$60 for 750 ML Distiller: Ardbeg Distillery Limited   Background I never thought I would enjoy Ardbeg. My first experience with it was about two years ago.  My father was educating me on Scotch for the first time, starting with Highland malts and progressing …

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