Whisky Reviews

  • 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.

  • Batch 159 Batch 159 Batch 159 New Whiskies 03 August 2018

    Batch 159

    Three lesser-known Speyside distilleries in the shape of Glen Spey, Speyburn and Strathmill.

  •  Rare Batch 44  Rare Batch 44  Rare Batch 44 Old & Rare 01 August 2018

    Rare Batch 44

    From the sublime to the downright disgusting, three rare whiskies from the ’60s and ’70s.

  • Batch 158 Batch 158 Batch 158 New Whiskies 27 July 2018

    Batch 158

    Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, Macallan Edition No 4, Talisker 40 and Mortlach’s new core range.

  • Batch 157 Batch 157 Batch 157 New Whiskies 20 July 2018

    Batch 157

    Three malts, three grains: Balblair, Glentauchers, Cambus, North British and Strathclyde.

  • Rare Batch 43 Rare Batch 43 Rare Batch 43 Old & Rare 18 July 2018

    Rare Batch 43

    A trio of Gordon & MacPhail gems distilled around the time of the Second World War.

  • Batch 156 Batch 156 Batch 156 New Whiskies 13 July 2018

    Batch 156

    It’s all about BenRiach this week, with Temporis 21-year-old, plus five single cask bottlings.

  • Batch 155 Batch 155 Batch 155 New Whiskies 06 July 2018

    Batch 155

    A bevy of Bunnahabhains, including a resurrected bottler and a fascinating maturation project.

  • Rare Batch 42 Rare Batch 42 Rare Batch 42 Old & Rare 03 July 2018

    Rare Batch 42

    A high-octane tasting of Auld Niblick, Macallan ‘As We Get It’ and MacPhail’s Pure Malt.

  • Batch 154 Batch 154 Batch 154 New Whiskies 29 June 2018

    Batch 154

    Bushmills and Redbreast from Ireland, plus Glenmorangie, Glen Scotia and Jura from Scotland.

  • Batch 153 Batch 153 Batch 153 New Whiskies 22 June 2018

    Batch 153

    Blends, malts, and blended malts, including Clynelish, Glengoyne and Compass Box Delilah’s.

  • Rare Batch 41 Rare Batch 41 Rare Batch 41 Old & Rare 20 June 2018

    Rare Batch 41

    Three rare Japanese morsels are examined, but not all of these Eastern drams show promise.

  • Batch 152 Batch 152 Batch 152 New Whiskies 15 June 2018

    Batch 152

    Linkwood, Dailuaine, Inchgower and Tamdhu from Speyside, plus a lone interloper from Arran.

  • Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 New Whiskies 11 June 2018

    Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018

    Delayed, but worth the wait, as Becky Paskin reviews Campbeltown’s festival editions.

  • Batch 151 Batch 151 Batch 151 New Whiskies 08 June 2018

    Batch 151

    A duo from Ben Nevis and a Highland Park quartet find a musical match in dirty blues and deep soul.

  • Rare Batch 40 Rare Batch 40 Rare Batch 40 Old & Rare 06 June 2018

    Rare Batch 40

    Three more affordable old bottlings: a mysterious malt, a rare Inverleven and a thumping Lagavulin.

  • Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 3 Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 3 Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 3 New Whiskies 05 June 2018

    Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 3

    Independent bottlings for the Islay Festival, including Bowmore, Bunnahabhain and Laphroaig.

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