Tastings

  • Batch 97 Batch 97 Batch 97 New Whiskies 26 May 2017

    Batch 97

    Dave Broom shares a taste of Islay this week, as the 2017 Fèis Ìle gets under way.

  • Rare Batch 21 Rare Batch 21 Rare Batch 21 Rare bottlings 24 May 2017

    Rare Batch 21

    This batch features a 25-year-old Ardbeg, 38-year-old Bowmore and 21-year-old Port Ellen.

  • Batch 96 Batch 96 Batch 96 New Whiskies 19 May 2017

    Batch 96

    A 2002 anCnoc, four James Eadie bottlings – all under 10 years old – and a 20-year-old Longmorn.

  • Batch 95 Batch 95 Batch 95 New Whiskies 12 May 2017

    Batch 95

    Island malts from Arran, Jura and Ledaig, plus three grains: Cambus, Invergordon and Strathclyde.

  • Batch 94 Batch 94 Batch 94 New Whiskies 05 May 2017

    Batch 94

    Six Speyside single malts from Glenallachie, Glen Spey and Miltonduff distilleries.

  • Rare Batch 20 Rare Batch 20 Rare Batch 20 Rare bottlings 02 May 2017

    Rare Batch 20

    A 10-year-old Army & Navy Glen Grant, 27-year-old Glen Grant and 1969 Longmorn.

  • Batch 93 Batch 93 Batch 93 New Whiskies 28 April 2017

    Batch 93

    A Speyside-themed selection this week, including Braeval, Linkwood and Tormore.

  • Batch 92 Batch 92 Batch 92 New Whiskies 21 April 2017

    Batch 92

    A double hit of BenRiach, then Benromach 1975, Caperdonich, Craigellachie and Inchmurrin bottlings.

  • Batch 91 Batch 91 Batch 91 New Whiskies 14 April 2017

    Batch 91

    From a meaty Ben Nevis to a creamy, vanilla Glenrothes, with a dash of Bruichladdich in between.

  • Batch 90 Batch 90 Batch 90 New Whiskies 07 April 2017

    Batch 90

    A double dose of Scotch whiskies each from Bowmore, Islay Mist and Laphroaig.

  • Rare Batch 19 Rare Batch 19 Rare Batch 19 Rare bottlings 05 April 2017

    Rare Batch 19

    Two Scotch and one Japanese, featuring a 1971 North of Scotland, 1949 Strathisla and 1979 Yamazaki.

  • Batch 89 Batch 89 Batch 89 New Whiskies 31 March 2017

    Batch 89

    Thoughts on the latest whiskies from Benromach, Glen Moray, Ledaig and Tomatin.

  • Batch 88 Batch 88 Batch 88 New Whiskies 24 March 2017

    Batch 88

    Ardbeg Kelpie, Douglas Laing’s first Consortium of Cards release and a 40-year-old Carsebridge.

  • Batch 87: Irish whiskey Batch 87: Irish whiskey Batch 87: Irish whiskey New Whiskies 17 March 2017

    Batch 87: Irish whiskey

    The first non-Scotch set of whiskies features five new Irish releases in time for St Patrick’s Day.

  • Rare Batch 18 Rare Batch 18 Rare Batch 18 Rare bottlings 13 March 2017

    Rare Batch 18

    From the vaults Dave Broom has chosen a 16-year-old Convalmore, plus 10- and 30-year-old Laphroaigs.

  • Batch 86 Batch 86 Batch 86 New Whiskies 10 March 2017

    Batch 86

    New bottlings from Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Clynelish, Glenrothes, Fettercairn and Glen Scotia.

  • Batch 85 Batch 85 Batch 85 New Whiskies 03 March 2017

    Batch 85

    In a battle of the retailers, Royal Mile Whiskies goes head-to-head with The Whisky Exchange.

  • Batch 84 Batch 84 Batch 84 New Whiskies 24 February 2017

    Batch 84

    A quartet of single malts from James Eadie with Auchroisk, Blair Athol, Caol Ila and Dailuaine.

  • Rare Batch 17 Rare Batch 17 Rare Batch 17 Rare bottlings 22 February 2017

    Rare Batch 17

    A 17-year-old Cragganmore, 34-year-old Glenturret from Berry Bros and 25-year-old Rosebank.

  • Batch 83 Batch 83 Batch 83 New Whiskies 17 February 2017

    Batch 83

    Dave Broom samples the 2017 John Walker Private Collection blend and a trio of Bladnochs.

  • Batch 82 Batch 82 Batch 82 New Whiskies 10 February 2017

    Batch 82

    If you like honey, you’ll love these whiskies from Coinnich, Laphroaig and Rìgh Seumas.

  • Batch 81 Batch 81 Batch 81 New Whiskies 03 February 2017

    Batch 81

    Glenmorangie Bacalta and a first appearance from Murray McDavid, including a 48-year-old Tomintoul.

  • Rare Batch 16 Rare Batch 16 Rare Batch 16 Rare bottlings 30 January 2017

    Rare Batch 16

    A rollercoaster ride with a duty free Aberlour, a beautiful Brora and a disappointing Talisker.

  • Batch 80 Batch 80 Batch 80 New Whiskies 27 January 2017

    Batch 80

    A trip around the islands sampling Lagavulin 1991, with a stop at Deanston for the new 40-year-old.

  • Batch 79 Batch 79 Batch 79 New Whiskies 20 January 2017

    Batch 79

    This week’s picks include a trio of meaty drams from Balmenach, GlenDronach and Macallan.

  • Batch 78 Batch 78 Batch 78 New Whiskies 13 January 2017

    Batch 78

    Four single grains from Douglas Laing and two single malts from Cadenhead feature this week.

  • Batch 77 Batch 77 Batch 77 New Whiskies 06 January 2017

    Batch 77

    New year, new whiskies, including a 23-year-old Ardbeg and a trio aged in Ukrainian wine casks.

  • Rare Batch 15 Rare Batch 15 Rare Batch 15 Rare bottlings 03 January 2017

    Rare Batch 15

    All Ardbegs, including two 27-year-old Old Malt Cask bottlings, plus a 32-year-old release.

  • The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 Themed tastings 29 December 2016

    The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016

    In a year of discovery, there were three whiskies that really captivated our street-wise novice.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Themed tastings 28 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks

    Smoke is the overriding theme as our magazine editor picks his three stand-out whiskies of 2016.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Themed tastings 27 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks

    Our editor covers all bases with her favourites of 2016: a single malt, single grain and a blend.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Themed tastings 26 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks

    Smoky, floral and fruity – we’d expect nothing but an eclectic mix of drams from our chief engineer.

  • Batch 76 Batch 76 Batch 76 New Whiskies 23 December 2016

    Batch 76

    Bowmore, Glenmorangie, Hazelburn and a ‘troika’ of Bruichladdich conclude 2016’s new whisky notes.

  • Batch 75 Batch 75 Batch 75 New Whiskies 16 December 2016

    Batch 75

    This week’s tasting notes start with Benromach 1973 and end with a Sherried Tullibardine.

  • Batch 74 Batch 74 Batch 74 New Whiskies 09 December 2016

    Batch 74

    This week’s flavour theme is ‘big’, featuring BenRiach, Glenfarclas, Tamdhu and Timorous Beastie.

  • Batch 73 Batch 73 Batch 73 New Whiskies 02 December 2016

    Batch 73

    Glendronach, Laphroaig, Macallan and Springbank – they’re all included in the latest new releases.

  • Batch 72 Batch 72 Batch 72 New Whiskies 25 November 2016

    Batch 72

    Highland Park Fire, two Wemyss Batch Strength whiskies and a trio of Tomatin travel retail releases.

  • Batch 71 Batch 71 Batch 71 New Whiskies 18 November 2016

    Batch 71

    If you’ve been wondering what Dave Broom thinks of Black Bowmore 50 Year Old, you’re in luck...

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