Scotch whisky and American whiskey have an interesting relationship. Ideas have bounced back and forth for years, with emigrants from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England taking whisky to the new world, and everything from grain and casks to tips and tricks flowing back across the Atlantic in the years since – a process sometimes called bourbonisation. But sometimes it needs an outside influence to make something a bit different – step forward German bottler Malts of Scotland and this whiskey, part of a series finished in non-traditional casks: Heaven Hill 2001 matured in a sherry cask.Continue reading “Heaven Hill 2001-2015 Sherry Cask – Malts of Scotland”
Despite its often staid appearance, the whisky industry is interested in doing new and exciting things. At the beginning of October 2019, Glenlivet embraced that and launched something a little bit different – cocktails served in edible pouches: The Glenlivet Capsule Collection. I went to the launch, drank/ate some great cocktails and went home happy that I’d tried something new.
The internet, however, was having none of it.Continue reading “The Glenlivet Capsule Collection – this is why we can’t have nice things”
It’s the time of year when Glenfiddich introduce something new. After a few years of Experimental Series releases, it’s time for something different. A new ongoing release and the beginning of a new series – Glenfiddich Grand Cru.Continue reading “Glenfiddich Grand Cru”
It’s that time of year again: Diageo have released the line-up for the yearly shiny-fest of The Special Releases. It looks like it might be a more egalitarian stack of drams than in some previous years – even after the Port Ellen and Brora fell out of the range last year, the prices started feeling a little pushed.
Anyways, this year’s announcement gave us the distillery and age of each whisky, along with a vaguely cryptic comment about it. Below are my predictions of what each of the hints mean…Continue reading “Diageo Special Releases 2019”
At the edge of the whiskey world, there are lots of interesting things happening. Whether it be strange ingredients, extreme production methods, or even over-the-top packaging, pushing beyond the norms is definitely on the rise. So when I heard that someone’s not only made a whiskey from scratch in a lab but also put it on sale, I needed to try it. Glyph – ‘the first molecular whiskey, made overnight in California‘.Continue reading “Glyph Whiskey – how to build a spirit from scratch”
It’s awards season in the whisky world yet again, as it is every couple of months. The press loves a whisky award. It’s an easy article that people will share with their friends, generating the ever-important engagement that drives the world of online news. Last year’s big story was Aldi having the best whisky in the world; this year’s is that Lidl has taken the crown. Continue reading “Is Lidl Queen Margot 8 Year Old the Best Whisky in the World?”
Last month, this blog turned nine years old. While that’s a scary thing in of itself (I’ve been writing about booze for about a quarter of my life), it also shows me how long it’s been since I first met (at least virtually) some of the folks in the whisky blogging world. I’ve known Gal Granov from WhiskyIsrael for almost a decade and now, after years of me sending him whisky from work, he has returned the favour and sent me a sample of a dram that he’s bottled – The Holy Dram Inchmoan 2004.
Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that if an article is titled with a question, the answer to that question is ‘no’. Spoiler alert: that’s the case here. However, the question has been asked frequently over the past few days and I thought I’d better address it.
Continue reading “Is Aldi Highland Black 8 Year Old the best whisky in the world?”
The Singleton range of whiskies is a monster. I don’t mean that in a necessarily bad way, but like many monsters it is misunderstood, not particularly appreciated and big. Probably too big. However, after a promise of demonsterification a few years ago, it looks like we might finally be making progress. Step one, simplify the range and launch a new entry level bottle – introducing The Singleton Malt Master’s Selection.
I love whisky labels. While regulations for what appears on a bottle are strict in most parts of the world, making it a challenge to be creative, there’s a whole segment of the market where they don’t care: counterfeit bottlings. I’m not talking about the intricately constructed fakes that pass undetected around the collectors’ world, I mean the dodgy bottles that are obviously fake to any whisky fan, including a lot of the folks who buy them.
From the infamous Johnnie Worker Red Labial to the design-your-own-label bottlings from the Aberlour website where enterprising individuals have added a vintage that predates the distillery’s construction, there are some obvious fakes out there. However, for me, one takes the biscuit: Chefas Rigal 81.