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Whisky Reviews

  • Batch 223 Batch 223 Batch 223 New Whiskies 11 October 2019

    Batch 223

    Method and Madness’ acacia and cherry wood-matured whiskeys meet four Adelphis.

  • Rare Batch 76 Rare Batch 76 Rare Batch 76 Old & Rare 09 October 2019

    Rare Batch 76

    A mixed bag of single malts, regions and styles, including Glenlossie, Jura and Laphroaig.

  • Rare Batch 75 Rare Batch 75 Rare Batch 75 Old & Rare 09 October 2019

    Rare Batch 75

    A Karuizawa triptych illustrates the enduring excellence of this cult Japanese single malt.

  • Batch 222 Batch 222 Batch 222 New Whiskies 04 October 2019

    Batch 222

    A venerable Benromach, two unusual Cù Bòcans and Glenmorangie’s new travel retail range.

  • Batch 221 Batch 221 Batch 221 New Whiskies 27 September 2019

    Batch 221

    From Imperial to Littlemill, Dave Broom loses himself in old drams from indie bottlers.

  • Rare Batch 74 Rare Batch 74 Rare Batch 74 Old & Rare 25 September 2019

    Rare Batch 74

    Three 1960s blends take Angus MacRaild from a soapy stupor to waxy, peated pleasure.

  • Batch 220 Batch 220 Batch 220 New Whiskies 20 September 2019

    Batch 220

    Dave Broom stops by Speyside for indie gems from Thompson Bros., Càrn Mòr and Cadenhead.

  • Batch 219 Batch 219 Batch 219 New Whiskies 13 September 2019

    Batch 219

    This week is split between two trios, as venerable G&Ms meet experimental Bruichladdichs.

  • Rare Batch 73 Rare Batch 73 Rare Batch 73 Old & Rare 11 September 2019

    Rare Batch 73

    A royal pair – Highland Queen and King's Ransom – are attended by a millennium blended malt.

  • Batch 218 Batch 218 Batch 218 New Whiskies 06 September 2019

    Batch 218

    Balblair’s age-stated core range plus Glenfiddich Grand Cru and Glenlivet 14 Year Old Cognac Finish.

  • Batch 217 Batch 217 Batch 217 New Whiskies 30 August 2019

    Batch 217

    Wemyss’ latest blended malts meet single casks from BenRiach, GlenDronach and Craigellachie.

  • Rare Batch 72 Rare Batch 72 Rare Batch 72 Old & Rare 28 August 2019

    Rare Batch 72

    A 1940s White Horse bottled for the US joins a rare Aultmore and an ‘austere’ Clynelish.

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  • Batch 216 Batch 216 Batch 216 New Whiskies 23 August 2019

    Batch 216

    A trip through Islay with Ardbeg's new 19-year-old, a wine-cask Kilchoman and Lagavulin 10.

  • Batch 215 Batch 215 Batch 215 New Whiskies 16 August 2019

    Batch 215

    A chocolatey Springbank, meaty Ledaig, plus Rock Island’s new maritime blended malts.

  • Rare Batch 71 Rare Batch 71 Rare Batch 71 Old & Rare 14 August 2019

    Rare Batch 71

    Dusting off three rare Signatory bottlings of Craigduff, Kinclaith and Rare Ayrshire/Ladyburn.

  • Batch 214 Batch 214 Batch 214 New Whiskies 09 August 2019

    Batch 214

    Jameson Triple Triple, GlenAllachie’s Wood Finish range plus Loch Lomond’s latest releases.

  • Batch 213 Batch 213 Batch 213 New Whiskies 02 August 2019

    Batch 213

    Jura’s Time and Tide meet bottlings from Ardmore, Auchroisk, Imperial and Miltonduff.

  • Rare Batch 70 Rare Batch 70 Rare Batch 70 Old & Rare 31 July 2019

    Rare Batch 70

    A trio of Islay whiskies from Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Port Ellen impress Angus MacRaild.

  • Batch 212 Batch 212 Batch 212 New Whiskies 26 July 2019

    Batch 212

    Whiskies by Royal Salute and Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare put lost distilleries into focus.

  • Batch 211: The Secret Speyside Collection Batch 211: The Secret Speyside Collection Batch 211: The Secret Speyside Collection New Whiskies 24 July 2019

    Batch 211: The Secret Speyside Collection

    Thirteen new single malts from Caperdonich, Longmorn, Glen Keith and Braes of Glenlivet.

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  • Batch 210 Batch 210 Batch 210 New Whiskies 19 July 2019

    Batch 210

    A collection of young Caol Ila bottlings meets Peat Chimney blended malt from Wemyss.

  • Rare Batch 69 Rare Batch 69 Rare Batch 69 Old & Rare 17 July 2019

    Rare Batch 69

    Three less heralded whiskies, including single malts from Ardmore, Glendullan and Millburn.

  • Batch 209: Daftmill 2006 single casks Batch 209: Daftmill 2006 single casks Batch 209: Daftmill 2006 single casks New Whiskies 12 July 2019

    Batch 209: Daftmill 2006 single casks

    This week sees Dave Broom dive into a delirium of exclusive Daftmill whiskies.

  • Batch 208: Distell Limited Releases 2019 Batch 208: Distell Limited Releases 2019 Batch 208: Distell Limited Releases 2019 New Whiskies 10 July 2019

    Batch 208: Distell Limited Releases 2019

    This year’s series includes single malts from Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Ledaig and Tobermory.

  • Batch 207 Batch 207 Batch 207 New Whiskies 05 July 2019

    Batch 207

    Port Askaig, Linkwood and Wemyss Malts complete the line-up of whiskies this week.

  • Rare Batch 68 Rare Batch 68 Rare Batch 68 Old & Rare 03 July 2019

    Rare Batch 68

    Angus MacRaild samples a trio of 1970s whiskies from Dallas Dhu, Macallan and Scapa.

  • Batch 206 Batch 206 Batch 206 New Whiskies 28 June 2019

    Batch 206

    Macallan Boutique Collection joins bottlings from Adelphi, James Eadie and Thompson Bros.

  • Batch 205 Batch 205 Batch 205 New Whiskies 21 June 2019

    Batch 205

    BrewDog’s Boilermaker Series joins bottlings from Thompson Brothers and The Whisky Agency.

  • Rare Batch 67 Rare Batch 67 Rare Batch 67 Old & Rare 19 June 2019

    Rare Batch 67

    A ‘thrilling’ 1980s Dailuaine joins a ‘60s Bruichladdich and an unusual Caperdonich.

  • Batch 204 Batch 204 Batch 204 New Whiskies 14 June 2019

    Batch 204

    Compass Box’s No Name No. 2 and Whyte & Mackay’s Light join four indie bottlings.

  • Batch 203 Batch 203 Batch 203 New Whiskies 07 June 2019

    Batch 203

    The Islay Fest continues with Scarabus, Aerolite Lyndsay and a smattering of Fèis Ìle drams.

  • Rare Batch 66 Rare Batch 66 Rare Batch 66 Old & Rare 05 June 2019

    Rare Batch 66

    A trio of Islay whiskies, including the oldest Caol Ila ever bottled, deliver high scores.

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  • Fèis Ìle 2019 Official Bottlings Fèis Ìle 2019 Official Bottlings Fèis Ìle 2019 Official Bottlings New Whiskies 31 May 2019

    Fèis Ìle 2019 Official Bottlings

    A round-up of 2019’s official Islay Festival whiskies, including Ardbeg, Bowmore and Octomore.

  • Batch 201 Batch 201 Batch 201 New Whiskies 24 May 2019

    Batch 201

    The new Balvenie Stories range leads a Glenlivet, a GlenDronach and The Moffat blend.

  • Rare Batch 65 Rare Batch 65 Rare Batch 65 Old & Rare 22 May 2019

    Rare Batch 65

    Angus MacRaild visits Balblair, Pulteney and Tomatin with three drams distilled in the 1960s.

  • Batch 200 Batch 200 Batch 200 New Whiskies 17 May 2019

    Batch 200

    A Gordon & MacPhail quartet, GlenDronach’s Boynsmill and Highland Park’s Twisted Tattoo.

  • Batch 199 Batch 199 Batch 199 New Whiskies 10 May 2019

    Batch 199

    Three fruity, mature old grains, a 1980s Coleburn plus a bold new Benromach.

  • Rare Batch 64 Rare Batch 64 Rare Batch 64 Old & Rare 08 May 2019

    Rare Batch 64

    An elegant post-war Glen Grant, an opinion-dividing ’70s Ledaig and waxy ’60s Tullibardine.

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