Whisky Reviews

  • 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.

  • Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 2 Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 2 Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 2 New Whiskies 04 June 2018

    Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 2

    The second batch of festival bottlings: Kilchoman, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Port Charlotte.

  • Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 1 Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 1 Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 1 New Whiskies 04 June 2018

    Fèis Ìle 2018 Batch 1

    Our round-up of Islay Festival bottlings starts with Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.

  • Batch 150 Batch 150 Batch 150 New Whiskies 01 June 2018

    Batch 150

    Tasting Gordon & MacPhail’s new Discovery range, plus maiden releases from Daftmill and Eden Mill.

  • Batch 149 Batch 149 Batch 149 New Whiskies 25 May 2018

    Batch 149

    A smoky Islay special, including two single malts each from Caol Ila, Kilchoman and Peat’s Beast.

  • Rare Batch 39 Rare Batch 39 Rare Batch 39 Old & Rare 23 May 2018

    Rare Batch 39

    Three accessible old whiskies, including Bruichladdich, Pride of Strathspey and a Reliance blend.

  • Batch 148 Batch 148 Batch 148 New Whiskies 18 May 2018

    Batch 148

    Diversity reigns: 50-year-old Macallan, peated anCnoc, two Macduffs, two wine cask finishes.

  • Batch 147 Batch 147 Batch 147 New Whiskies 11 May 2018

    Batch 147

    A Speyside special featuring Glenlivet, GlenAllachie, Glen Elgin, Benromach, Tamdhu and Benrinnes.

  • Rare Batch 38  Rare Batch 38  Rare Batch 38  Old & Rare 09 May 2018

    Rare Batch 38

    Three modern-era ‘legends’ are reviewed, from Balblair, Bunnahabhain and Springbank.

  • Batch 146 Batch 146 Batch 146 New Whiskies 04 May 2018

    Batch 146

    Four Islay whiskies, including Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain, plus Glenlivet and Aultmore from the SMWS.

  • Batch 145 Batch 145 Batch 145 New Whiskies 27 April 2018

    Batch 145

    Two single malts, two single grains, two blended malts: a mixed bag of new whisky releases.

  • Rare Batch 37 Rare Batch 37 Rare Batch 37 Old & Rare 25 April 2018

    Rare Batch 37

    Three legendary (and rightly so) SMWS bottlings, including the very first from the society.

  • Batch 144 Batch 144 Batch 144 New Whiskies 20 April 2018

    Batch 144

    Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1989, plus two Aultmores, Bunnahabhain, Glen Garioch and Teaninich.

  • Batch 143 Batch 143 Batch 143 New Whiskies 13 April 2018

    Batch 143

    Two Balblair vintages, Dalmore 45, Cadenhead Creations plus two Mossburn blended malts.

  • Rare Batch 36 Rare Batch 36 Rare Batch 36 Old & Rare 11 April 2018

    Rare Batch 36

    Angus MacRaild argues in favour of Port Ellen’s allure with three extremely rare bottlings.

  • Batch 142: GlenAllachie Single Casks Batch 142: GlenAllachie Single Casks Batch 142: GlenAllachie Single Casks New Whiskies 06 April 2018

    Batch 142: GlenAllachie Single Casks

    A release of six single cask single malts from the Speyside distillery, from 1978 to 1991.

  • Batch 141 Batch 141 Batch 141 New Whiskies 30 March 2018

    Batch 141

    Gordon & MacPhail’s 1956 Linkwood, plus Tomintoul and an intriguing quartet of blended malts.

  • Rare Batch 35 Rare Batch 35 Rare Batch 35 Old & Rare 28 March 2018

    Rare Batch 35

    An impressive, well-matured 1960s trio of single malts from Jura, Springbank and Tamdhu.

  • Batch 140 Batch 140 Batch 140 New Whiskies 23 March 2018

    Batch 140

    Only two distilleries this week: Ardbeg Grooves Committee bottling and the new Jura range.

  • Batch 139 Batch 139 Batch 139 New Whiskies 16 March 2018

    Batch 139

    Three Bs – Balmenach, Benrinnes and Bowmore – and three Glens – Scotia, Moray and Glenlossie.

  • Rare Batch 34 Rare Batch 34 Rare Batch 34 Old & Rare 14 March 2018

    Rare Batch 34

    Some well-aged drams from Bruichladdich, Dalmore and Deanston are plucked from the vaults.

  • Batch 138 Batch 138 Batch 138 New Whiskies 09 March 2018

    Batch 138

    New Compass Box Hedonism, Bladnoch Bicentennial, BenRiach, Aultmore, Glenallachie and Glen Spey.

  • Batch 137 Batch 137 Batch 137 New Whiskies 02 March 2018

    Batch 137

    Seven of GlenDronach’s 15 single cask releases for 2018 – all Sherry-matured bar one Port pipe.

  • Rare Batch 33 Rare Batch 33 Rare Batch 33 Old & Rare 28 February 2018

    Rare Batch 33

    Three old bottlings that demonstrate the variety available in whisky’s back catalogue.

  • Batch 136 Batch 136 Batch 136 New Whiskies 23 February 2018

    Batch 136

    Three grains, three malts: GlenDronach, Aultmore, Carsebridge, North British and Wolfburn.

  • Batch 135 Batch 135 Batch 135 New Whiskies 16 February 2018

    Batch 135

    An Irish special: Green Spot, The Irishman, Jameson, Midleton, Retronaut and Writer’s Tears.

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