Tastings

  • Batch 27 Batch 27 Batch 27 New Whiskies 05 February 2016

    Batch 27

    The first release from Ailsa Bay lands on Dave Broom’s doorstep this week, alongside other delights.

  • Batch 26 Batch 26 Batch 26 New Whiskies 29 January 2016

    Batch 26

    This week Becky Paskin gets acquainted with four new Wemyss Malts releases plus two peaty drams.

  • Batch 25 Batch 25 Batch 25 New Whiskies 22 January 2016

    Batch 25

    Dave Broom detects a sweet theme developing while tasting this week’s new whiskies.

  • Batch 24 Batch 24 Batch 24 New Whiskies 15 January 2016

    Batch 24

    Longmorn’s new NAS, Diageo’s Whiskey Union duo, Balblair 2005 and two silent distillery drams.

  • Rare Batch 3 Rare Batch 3 Rare Batch 3 Rare bottlings 12 January 2016

    Rare Batch 3

    Macallan, Springbank and Port Ellen all feature in our latest selection from the whisky vaults.

  • Batch 23 Batch 23 Batch 23 New Whiskies 08 January 2016

    Batch 23

    Dave Broom inspects G&M’s Wood Makes the Whisky series, alongside a rare 1950 Glen Grant.

  • Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Themed tastings 31 December 2015

    Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks

    Dave Broom looks back on 2015 with whisky-tinted glasses and selects his three stand-out drams.

  • Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Themed tastings 30 December 2015

    Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks

    Our editor, Becky Paskin, selects her top three Scotch whiskies tasted in 2015.

  • Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Themed tastings 29 December 2015

    Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks

    Our magazine editor chooses his whisky highlights from 2015, including two bargain Speyside malts.

  • Batch 22 Batch 22 Batch 22 New Whiskies 18 December 2015

    Batch 22

    R&B Distillers’ first whiskies and Talisker’s new NAS feature in this week’s tasting notes.

  • Batch 21 Batch 21 Batch 21 New Whiskies 11 December 2015

    Batch 21

    Glenturret’s new single malt range, two wood-influenced Ballantine's and JW&S 2016 Private Edition.

  • Rare Batch 2 Rare Batch 2 Rare Batch 2 Rare bottlings 08 December 2015

    Rare Batch 2

    Three cracking whiskies here – if you can find them – from Glenury Royal, Caol Ila and Glen Grant.

  • Batch 20 Batch 20 Batch 20 New Whiskies 04 December 2015

    Batch 20

    A 48- and 5-year-old malt bookend three IBs and a Deanston in Dave Broom's latest tasting.

  • Batch 19 Batch 19 Batch 19 New Whiskies 27 November 2015

    Batch 19

    Featuring blends from The Last Drop, Royal Salute and Chivas Regal – plus Kininvie and Scapa malts.

  • Batch 18 Batch 18 Batch 18 New Whiskies 20 November 2015

    Batch 18

    Last of the Bowmore Devil’s Cask bottlings, a smoky anCnoc and the new NAS foursome from Glenrothes.

  • Rare Batch 1 Rare Batch 1 Rare Batch 1 Rare bottlings 18 November 2015

    Rare Batch 1

    Verdicts on a release from mothballed Convalmore, a cult Bowmore – and a Talisker Oddbins special.

  • Batch 17 Batch 17 Batch 17 New Whiskies 13 November 2015

    Batch 17

    A 1-2-3 of malts from Loch Lomond Group: three Glen Scotias, two Inchmurrins and a Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases New Whiskies 09 November 2015

    Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases

    The discount retailer’s seasonal Scotches, including three aged blends and two mature malts.

  • Batch 15 Batch 15 Batch 15 New Whiskies 06 November 2015

    Batch 15

    Malts from Ardmore and Laphroaig rub shoulders with grains from Port Dundas and Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 14 Batch 14 Batch 14 New Whiskies 30 October 2015

    Batch 14

    A duet of Dalmores, a brace of Bunnahabhains, plus a new Benromach and an Arran limited edition.

  • Batch 13 Batch 13 Batch 13 New Whiskies 23 October 2015

    Batch 13

    An aged Cally grain, a Dailuaine and two Caol Ilas, a Glenmorangie and a Compass Box blended malt.

  • Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 New Whiskies 19 October 2015

    Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015

    Port Ellen, Brora, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Dalwhinnie, Dailuaine, Pittyvaich and The Cally.

  • Batch 11 Batch 11 Batch 11 New Whiskies 16 October 2015

    Batch 11

    Six indie bottlings, featuring Aultmore, Benriach, Glen Grant, Glentauchers, Imperial and Linkwood.

  • Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 New Whiskies 14 October 2015

    Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1

    Five new Balvenie whiskies pay tribute to malt master David Stewart. But are they any good?

  • Batch 9 Batch 9 Batch 9 New Whiskies 09 October 2015

    Batch 9

    Two bovine blends, surrealist art and a peaty finish feature in this week's selection of whiskies.

  • Batch 8 Batch 8 Batch 8 New Whiskies 02 October 2015

    Batch 8

    Dave Broom's tasting notes on a trio of indie bottlings, two Deverons and a supercharged Ardbeg.

  • Batch 7 Batch 7 Batch 7 New Whiskies 25 September 2015

    Batch 7

    One of these whiskies is described as ‘truly glorious’, earning our highest score yet. But which?

  • Batch 6 Batch 6 Batch 6 New Whiskies 18 September 2015

    Batch 6

    Three flavour-named blended malts; two singles from Burn Stewart; one delightful NAS Glenfarclas.

  • Batch 5 Batch 5 Batch 5 New Whiskies 11 September 2015

    Batch 5

    Plenty of single grain this week, alongside two blends – including a rye-accented Johnnie Walker.

  • Batch 4 Batch 4 Batch 4 New Whiskies 04 September 2015

    Batch 4

    Independents dominate this collection of single malts, with an old Littlemill to the fore.

  • Batch 3 Batch 3 Batch 3 New Whiskies 28 August 2015

    Batch 3

    A Highland-accented collection, including a quartet of Balblair vintages and an NAS Dalwhinnie.

  • Batch 2 Batch 2 Batch 2 New Whiskies 21 August 2015

    Batch 2

    From Jura to Dalmore via Islay and Oban, six more new whiskies get the Dave Broom tasting treatment.

  • Batch 1 Batch 1 Batch 1 New Whiskies 14 August 2015

    Batch 1

    Dave Broom assesses six new whiskies, including a trio of Glenlivet travel retail bottlings.

  • Tasting notes explained Tasting notes explained Tasting notes explained New Whiskies 01 July 2015

    Tasting notes explained

    Guide to our tasting notes and scoring.