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Whisky Reviews

  • Batch 197 Batch 197 Batch 197 New Whiskies 26 April 2019

    Batch 197

    Compass Box’s Calvados-Scotch blend, plus the first releases from the Whisky Sponge.

  • Rare Batch 63 Rare Batch 63 Rare Batch 63 Old & Rare 24 April 2019

    Rare Batch 63

    Exploring a Gordon & MacPhail trio of 40% abv whiskies, including two Glens and an Ardbeg.

  • Batch 196 Batch 196 Batch 196 New Whiskies 19 April 2019

    Batch 196

    Indie bottlers Cadenhead and Asta Morris duke it out with Tomatin and Writers’ Tears.

  • Batch 195 Batch 195 Batch 195 New Whiskies 12 April 2019

    Batch 195

    Dave Broom burns through a smoky Islay quartet, a Sherried Benromach and Wolfburn’s new release.

  • Rare Batch 62 Rare Batch 62 Rare Batch 62 Old & Rare 10 April 2019

    Rare Batch 62

    Three more rare Moon Import whiskies from Dalmore, Glen Garioch and North British.

  • Batch 194 Batch 194 Batch 194 New Whiskies 05 April 2019

    Batch 194

    A Tamdhu trio vie with Glenlivet’s Winchester malt and Whisky Works’ newest releases.

  • Batch 193 Batch 193 Batch 193 New Whiskies 29 March 2019

    Batch 193

    Blends take centre stage with Berry Bros’ Perspective Series, with a malt cameo from Scapa.

  • Rare Batch 61 Rare Batch 61 Rare Batch 61 Old & Rare 27 March 2019

    Rare Batch 61

    Moon Import’s revered Costume Series gets an airing in this week’s rare whisky reviews.

  • Batch 192 Batch 192 Batch 192 New Whiskies 22 March 2019

    Batch 192

    Dave Broom goes rummaging through some lesser-known distilleries (and Aberfeldy) this week.

  • Batch 191 Batch 191 Batch 191 New Whiskies 15 March 2019

    Batch 191

    An old Benromach, a blended malt and Daftmill’s Winter Release surround a trio of Tomatins.

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  • Rare Batch 60 Rare Batch 60 Rare Batch 60 Old & Rare 13 March 2019

    Rare Batch 60

    An ‘80s Ballantine’s, ‘60s Glen Albyn and ‘70s Glenlivet deliver impressively high scores.

  • Batch 190 Batch 190 Batch 190 New Whiskies 08 March 2019

    Batch 190

    From Ardbeg Drum to Littlemill 40, this week’s reviews run the length and breadth of Scotland.

  • Batch 189 Batch 189 Batch 189 New Whiskies 01 March 2019

    Batch 189

    It’s a feast this week with Octomore 10, Rosebank Jealousy and a Sherried single grain.

  • Rare Batch 59 Rare Batch 59 Rare Batch 59 Old & Rare 27 February 2019

    Rare Batch 59

    Exploring more affordable rare whiskies with 1980s Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie and Longmorn.

  • Batch 188 Batch 188 Batch 188 New Whiskies 22 February 2019

    Batch 188

    Four Annandale single casks lead a James Eadie Aultmore and acacia-matured Bushmills.

  • Batch 187 Batch 187 Batch 187 New Whiskies 15 February 2019

    Batch 187

    A quartet of indie-bottled Caol Ilas, a spooky Macduff and Arran's oldest core release yet.

  • Rare Batch 58 Rare Batch 58 Rare Batch 58 Old & Rare 13 February 2019

    Rare Batch 58

    A ‘gutsy’ ‘90s Sherried Bowmore, alongside textbook examples of ‘70s Bruichladdich and Caol Ila.

  • Batch 186 Batch 186 Batch 186 New Whiskies 08 February 2019

    Batch 186

    Two blended malts – Compass Box Juveniles and a 43-year-old Speyside – bookend four indie bottlings.

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  • Batch 185 Batch 185 Batch 185 New Whiskies 01 February 2019

    Batch 185

    Glenmorangie Allta, Arbikie rye, Kingsbarns’ first release plus two Cardrona hatchlings.

  • Rare Batch 57 Rare Batch 57 Rare Batch 57 Old & Rare 30 January 2019

    Rare Batch 57

    Three ‘70s and ‘80s bottlings from cult distilleries Brora, Glenlochy and Glenugie.

  • Batch 184 Batch 184 Batch 184 New Whiskies 25 January 2019

    Batch 184

    Dave Broom samples six truly venerable whiskies totalling an impressive 316 years old.

  • Batch 183 Batch 183 Batch 183 New Whiskies 18 January 2019

    Batch 183

    Pitting Master of Malt against Gordon & MacPhail as both bottlers take on Chivas distilleries.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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