Whisky Reviews

  • Rare Batch 56 Rare Batch 56 Rare Batch 56 Old & Rare 16 January 2019

    Rare Batch 56

    A trio of 1960s and ‘70s Signatory malts from Campeltown, Islay and the Highlands.

  • Batch 182: Game of Thrones Single Malts Batch 182: Game of Thrones Single Malts Batch 182: Game of Thrones Single Malts New Whiskies 11 January 2019

    Batch 182: Game of Thrones Single Malts

    Editor Becky Paskin delivers her verdict on the much-anticipated Game of Thrones single malts.

  • Batch 181 Batch 181 Batch 181 New Whiskies 04 January 2019

    Batch 181

    Aberfeldy’s Madeira finishes, a single cask Springbank, two James Eadies and a 1990 Cù Bòcan.

  • Rare Batch 55 Rare Batch 55 Rare Batch 55 Old & Rare 02 January 2019

    Rare Batch 55

    Kicking off the New Year with a diverse trio of illustrious Cadenhead Dumpies.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2018: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2018: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2018: Richard’s picks Themed tastings 27 December 2018

    Whiskies of the Year 2018: Richard’s picks

    Celebrating a feral Ardbeg, a seamless Johnnie Walker blend, and an ethereal old Tomatin.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2018: Becky’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2018: Becky’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2018: Becky’s picks Themed tastings 26 December 2018

    Whiskies of the Year 2018: Becky’s picks

    A Balvenie tribute, an elderly Talisker and a chewy GlenDronach caught Becky Paskin’s eye.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2018: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2018: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2018: Dave's picks Themed tastings 25 December 2018

    Whiskies of the Year 2018: Dave's picks

    Indie bottlings of Glen Elgin, Mortlach and Caol Ila most impressed Dave Broom this year.

  • Batch 180 Batch 180 Batch 180 New Whiskies 21 December 2018

    Batch 180

    Dave Broom rounds out the year with a party of Pulteneys and Big Peat’s annual festive bottling.

  • Rare Batch 54 Rare Batch 54 Rare Batch 54 Old & Rare 19 December 2018

    Rare Batch 54

    A rare Karuizawa and cult whiskies from Laphroaig and Royal Brackla astonish MacRaild.

  • Batch 179 Batch 179 Batch 179 New Whiskies 14 December 2018

    Batch 179

    Teeling’s first release, Red Spot, Prince Charles’ Royal Lochnagar and that Amazon Bowmore.

  • Batch 178 Batch 178 Batch 178 New Whiskies 07 December 2018

    Batch 178

    A gaggle of Glenrothes vie for attention this week, plus Johnnie Walker’s Midnight Blend.

  • Rare Batch 53 Rare Batch 53 Rare Batch 53 Old & Rare 05 December 2018

    Rare Batch 53

    Three full-bodied 1940s and ‘50s whiskies bottled for the US take Angus MacRaild’s fancy.

  • Batch 177 Batch 177 Batch 177 New Whiskies 30 November 2018

    Batch 177

    BenRiach Sherry Wood and a quintet of Glens, headed by Glengoyne’s latest Teapot Dram.

  • Batch 176 Batch 176 Batch 176 New Whiskies 23 November 2018

    Batch 176

    A Black Friday special, with malts from Orkney, Campbeltown, Glen Moray and Glentauchers.

  • Rare Batch 52 Rare Batch 52 Rare Batch 52 Old & Rare 21 November 2018

    Rare Batch 52

    A trio of early releases from the SMWS, including Glendullan, Glen Esk and Inchmurrin.

  • Batch 175 Batch 175 Batch 175 New Whiskies 16 November 2018

    Batch 175

    North British’s first commercial release, plus whiskies from Arran, Glenfarclas and Linkwood.

  • Batch 174 Batch 174 Batch 174 New Whiskies 09 November 2018

    Batch 174

    A sextet of Bruichladdichs come calling this week, including a trio of new Octomores.

  • Rare Batch 51 Rare Batch 51 Rare Batch 51 Old & Rare 07 November 2018

    Rare Batch 51

    Three ‘70s whiskies from Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection: Allt-a-Bhainne, Auchroisk and Imperial

  • Batch 173 Batch 173 Batch 173 New Whiskies 02 November 2018

    Batch 173

    It’s a Bunna’ bonanza this week, as Dave Broom tastes six drams from the Islay distillery.

  • Batch 172 Batch 172 Batch 172 New Whiskies 26 October 2018

    Batch 172

    A quartet of whiskies from Deanston and Tobermory are bolstered by an elder Tomatin and Mortlach.

  • Rare Batch 50 Rare Batch 50 Rare Batch 50 Old & Rare 24 October 2018

    Rare Batch 50

    A ‘totally stunning’ 1974 Caol Ila sizes up to a magnificent Mortlach and 1930s blend.

  • Batch 171 Batch 171 Batch 171 New Whiskies 19 October 2018

    Batch 171

    Johnnie Walker’s White Walker and 2018’s Flaming Heart are joined by a gaggle of grains.

  • Batch 170 Batch 170 Batch 170 New Whiskies 12 October 2018

    Batch 170

    Starting with Ardbeg Twenty Something, Dave Broom gets immersed in Scotland’s island whiskies.

  • Rare Batch 49 Rare Batch 49 Rare Batch 49 Old & Rare 10 October 2018

    Rare Batch 49

    Three old Glens demonstrate the breadth of styles being made in Speyside in the 1970s.

  • Batch 169 Batch 169 Batch 169 New Whiskies 05 October 2018

    Batch 169

    This week’s reviews include Balvenie DoubleWood 25, Aerstone and GlenDronach 15 Revival.

  • Batch 168 Batch 168 Batch 168 New Whiskies 01 October 2018

    Batch 168

    Age and time is the theme this week, with Ghost and Rare, Linkwood and a quartet of old Longmorns.

  • Rare Batch 48 Rare Batch 48 Rare Batch 48 Old & Rare 26 September 2018

    Rare Batch 48

    Three spirit-driven 1970s single malts from Ardmore, Glen Garioch and Glenlivet.

  • Batch 167 Batch 167 Batch 167 New Whiskies 21 September 2018

    Batch 167

    Ardgowan’s Expedition, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage and four indie Macduffs and Miltonduffs.

  • Batch 166 Batch 166 Batch 166 New Whiskies 14 September 2018

    Batch 166

    Getting to grips with GlenAllachie’s new core range, as well as two stunners from Asta Morris.

  • Rare Batch 47 Rare Batch 47 Rare Batch 47 Old & Rare 12 September 2018

    Rare Batch 47

    Angus MacRaild finds solace in three affordable vatted malts from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

  • Batch 165 Batch 165 Batch 165 New Whiskies 06 September 2018

    Batch 165

    A barrage of Highland Parks bound for duty free, plus the milestone Benromach Cask No 1.

  • Batch 164: Diageo Special Releases 2018 Batch 164: Diageo Special Releases 2018 Batch 164: Diageo Special Releases 2018 New Whiskies 03 September 2018

    Batch 164: Diageo Special Releases 2018

    The annual line-up, featuring a handful of rarities alongside a number of old favourites.

  • Batch 163 Batch 163 Batch 163 New Whiskies 31 August 2018

    Batch 163

    Jameson Bow Street 18, Jura One For You, Method & Madness Hungarian Oak and Wolfburn Langskip.

  • Rare Batch 46 Rare Batch 46 Rare Batch 46 Old & Rare 29 August 2018

    Rare Batch 46

    Tasting three 1970s and 1980s Sherried beauties from Aberlour, Bowmore and Bruichladdich.

  • Batch 162 Batch 162 Batch 162 New Whiskies 24 August 2018

    Batch 162

    Two 90+ pointers from Adelphi, The Famous Grouse’s Cask Series, plus Tomatin Moscatel finish.

  • Batch 161 Batch 161 Batch 161 New Whiskies 17 August 2018

    Batch 161

    Another investigation of a single malt at varying ages. This time, it’s Glenrothes’ turn.

  • Rare Batch 45 Rare Batch 45 Rare Batch 45 Old & Rare 15 August 2018

    Rare Batch 45

    Three blends from the 1920s-50s have Angus MacRaild dreaming of a bygone era.

  • Batch 160 Batch 160 Batch 160 New Whiskies 10 August 2018

    Batch 160

    A concatenation of Caol Ilas with a couple of neighbours thrown in for good measure.

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