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Jan 10

Port Charlotte Islay Barley Scotch – Review

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 100 Proof Price Point: $60 – $70 for 750 ML Distiller: Bruichladdich Distillery Background I’m a big fan of the Bruichladdich Distillery.  I have reviewed a couple of their whiskies, and have found myself impressed.  However, to this point I have not had an opportunity …

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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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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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Jun 28

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Scotch – Review

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Scotch

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 86 Proof Price Point: $50 – $60 for 750 ML Distiller: Caol Ila Distillery   Background It’s been a little while since I reviewed a good old fashioned Islay whisky (the most recent was Bunnahabhain which is a little different than most whiskies sharing its …

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Jan 05

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Scotch – Review

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Scotch

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 96 Proof Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML Distiller: Laphroaig Distillery   Background Several weeks ago, I wrote a review of Ardmore Traditional Cask, and how the distillers used smaller casks to instill more oak character into the whiskey in a shorter period of time.  The …

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Dec 22

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Scotch – Review

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Scotch

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 96 Proof Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML Distiller: Laphroaig Distillery   Background In my mind, there are two big players with multiple worthwhile (and readily available) expressions on Islay – Ardbeg and Laphroaig.  If you’ve read my past reviews, you’ll know that I rank …

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