Am I Missing Something?

As an amateur whisky taster I have some experience largely in wine but increasingly in whisky.  It amazes me how many more flavours are found in whisky than in wine. I have tasted often in the company of a friend of mine a former professional taster so I know what an extraordinary palate he has…

Update

I have not posted this week.  I am busy researching a number of more detailed topicswhich I will be posting soon, research takes time and some consumption.  Future posts will address. A  blind tasting review of the economically priced NAS expressions A review of higher ABV NAS whiskies from Glenfarclas, Aberlour, Ardbeg and Talisker. A…

A Fathers Day Tribute

  Just a brief piece to recognise Fathers Day. Today I am feeling fairly virtuous – a good son.  I am travelling to Aberdeen to visit my old Dad. I have assembled a sample pack of whisky with some relevance to him.  I will take 5 samples with some tasting notes I drew up along…

Let Battle Commence

    A recent photograph I set up led me to compare the rise of the Non Age Statement Whiskies to a of a game of chess.  For a bit of fun I though which bottles each side might select. I have picked price points at which I believe the contest is being fought for…

A New Direction

I have been thinking further and deeply (my brain hurts now) on the vexed topic of Non Aged Statement whisky.  Half of my current collection and many of my favourite drams and two of my daily drams are NAS -Non Age Statement[ i.e. no year on the label] whisky.  NAS is a reality of our…

Da da-da da da Da

Today I pay tribute to the mighty United States of America and  in passing to the incredible social media community of whisky aficionados. The latter because late last week the word went out that the subject of  review todays whisky was for sale at a well known online American retailer at a vastly discounted price. …

Whats the Score?

You may be from the ‘I like it a lot, like it a little, its fine, I don’t like it at all’ school of scoring or you may find scoring your tastings a key part of your enjoyment of whisky. My wife can readily identify peated Islay malts which she indicates by gagging loudly but beyond…

June NAS Rant – or Maybe Not

Warning; – this will be controversial An announcement this week increases my growing fear about the future of single malt scotch whisky something I care deeply about. This week Bunnahabhain intimated they would be replacing their excellent 12 year old with Stiuireadair an NAS expression in some markets.  I love Bunnahabhain and feel they  provide…

Measured Drinking

In front of my whisky shelf lies a line of measures.  Why you ask?  I admit on occasions I have seen my friends look slightly askance as I carefully measure out our drams.   To be clear although by birth I am an Aberdonian a breed famed for caution and thrift, neither of these qualities…

Establishing a Whisky Collection

There was a time when if you had six bottles of whisky in your cupboard that constituted a collection. Now with so many more whiskies world wide and so much information on what is available, many more people are looking to build a collection.  How to achieve that was something I had to think about…

My Ascent from the fires of Peaty Hell to Smoky Nirvana

I now realise that my early whisky drinking was clouded in a mist of ignorance. A personal reflections on my ignorance which perhaps suggests a route map which many have travelled before to an appreciation of the finer points of whisky tasting.    The mist was especially thick around my enjoyment of peated smoky malts….

Glenfarclas 10-15-21 year old Tasting

We tasted a vertical of Glenfarclas this Friday, me and my buddies, which include a couple of industry experts.  The purpose was to extend our whisky experience and have a great time with good friends. I chose Glenfarclas as it is a traditional family owned Speyside Distillery with highly comparable different ages of whisky.  I…