Whisky Reviews

  • The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 Themed tastings 29 December 2016

    The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016

    In a year of discovery, there were three whiskies that really captivated our street-wise novice.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Themed tastings 28 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks

    Smoke is the overriding theme as our magazine editor picks his three stand-out whiskies of 2016.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Themed tastings 27 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks

    Our editor covers all bases with her favourites of 2016: a single malt, single grain and a blend.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Themed tastings 26 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks

    Smoky, floral and fruity – we’d expect nothing but an eclectic mix of drams from our chief engineer.

  • Batch 76 Batch 76 Batch 76 New Whiskies 23 December 2016

    Batch 76

    Bowmore, Glenmorangie, Hazelburn and a ‘troika’ of Bruichladdich conclude 2016’s new whisky notes.

  • Batch 75 Batch 75 Batch 75 New Whiskies 16 December 2016

    Batch 75

    This week’s tasting notes start with Benromach 1973 and end with a Sherried Tullibardine.

  • Batch 74 Batch 74 Batch 74 New Whiskies 09 December 2016

    Batch 74

    This week’s flavour theme is ‘big’, featuring BenRiach, Glenfarclas, Tamdhu and Timorous Beastie.

  • Batch 73 Batch 73 Batch 73 New Whiskies 02 December 2016

    Batch 73

    Glendronach, Laphroaig, Macallan and Springbank – they’re all included in the latest new releases.

  • Batch 72 Batch 72 Batch 72 New Whiskies 25 November 2016

    Batch 72

    Highland Park Fire, two Wemyss Batch Strength whiskies and a trio of Tomatin travel retail releases.

  • Batch 71 Batch 71 Batch 71 New Whiskies 18 November 2016

    Batch 71

    If you’ve been wondering what Dave Broom thinks of Black Bowmore 50 Year Old, you’re in luck...

  • Rare Batch 14 Rare Batch 14 Rare Batch 14 Old & Rare 15 November 2016

    Rare Batch 14

    A 16-year-old Glenallachie, Glenmorangie Artisan Cask and Hudson’s Bay 1670 Blended Scotch.

  • Batch 70 Batch 70 Batch 70 New Whiskies 11 November 2016

    Batch 70

    A quartet of Milroy’s of Soho whiskies plus recent releases from Arran and Wemyss Malts.

  • Batch 69 Batch 69 Batch 69 New Whiskies 04 November 2016

    Batch 69

    Featuring the first Chivas Regal blended malt plus the 200th anniversary 25-year-old Lagavulin.

  • Batch 68 Batch 68 Batch 68 New Whiskies 28 October 2016

    Batch 68

    A 30-year-old Glen Grant and a trio of Longmorns are the film stars of Dave Broom’s tasting notes.

  • Batch 67 Batch 67 Batch 67 New Whiskies 21 October 2016

    Batch 67

    Another eclectic selection of whiskies this week, including Bruichladdich, Dalmore and Talisker.

  • Rare Batch 13 Rare Batch 13 Rare Batch 13 Old & Rare 18 October 2016

    Rare Batch 13

    A 10-year-old Laphroaig, 12-year-old Springbank and a 1930s Whyte & Mackay 10-year-old blend.

  • Batch 66 Batch 66 Batch 66 New Whiskies 14 October 2016

    Batch 66

    A chocolatey theme runs through Dave Broom’s tasting notes, including Johnnie Walker and Tamnavulin.

  • Batch 65 Batch 65 Batch 65 New Whiskies 07 October 2016

    Batch 65

    Another marvellous medley from Dave Broom featuring BenRiach, Timorous Beastie and Tullibardine.

  • Rare Batch 12 Rare Batch 12 Rare Batch 12 Old & Rare 03 October 2016

    Rare Batch 12

    A 1970s trio featuring a Cardhu 12-year-old, Glen Ila 5-year-old and Strathconon 12-year-old.

  • Batch 64 Batch 64 Batch 64 New Whiskies 30 September 2016

    Batch 64

    A series of show-stopper Scotch whiskies this week from Compass Box, Glenfarclas and Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 63 Batch 63 Batch 63 New Whiskies 23 September 2016

    Batch 63

    Dave Broom brings a mixed bag of flavours from Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Wolfburn.

  • Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016 Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016 Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016 New Whiskies 19 September 2016

    Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016

    Auchroisk, Brora, Cambus, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Lagavulin, Linkwood, Port Ellen and more.

  • Batch 61 Batch 61 Batch 61 New Whiskies 16 September 2016

    Batch 61

    A double dose of Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Glenfiddich Scotch whiskies from Dave Broom this week.

  • Batch 60 Batch 60 Batch 60 New Whiskies 09 September 2016

    Batch 60

    Explore the Highlands with these new whiskies from Ardmore, Glen Garioch, Glen Ord and Tomatin.

  • Rare Batch 11 Rare Batch 11 Rare Batch 11 Old & Rare 06 September 2016

    Rare Batch 11

    A rummage through the vaults has brought Aberlour, John Begg and Ladyburn treasures to light.

  • Batch 59 Batch 59 Batch 59 New Whiskies 02 September 2016

    Batch 59

    Dave Broom grapples with grains, including Caledonian, Haig Club Clubman and Port Dundas.

  • Batch 58 Batch 58 Batch 58 New Whiskies 26 August 2016

    Batch 58

    A peaty pile-up this week with the latest Elements of Islay bottlings, Bowmore and Johnnie Walker.

  • Batch 57 Batch 57 Batch 57 New Whiskies 19 August 2016

    Batch 57

    A quartet of revamped Dalmores, Kilkerran goes to secondary school and Cù Bòcan re-emerges.

  • Rare Batch 10 Rare Batch 10 Rare Batch 10 Old & Rare 18 August 2016

    Rare Batch 10

    Two peated treats from Port Ellen and Talisker, plus a ‘funky’ but fine Glen Grant.

  • Batch 56 Batch 56 Batch 56 New Whiskies 12 August 2016

    Batch 56

    A contrasting collection of whiskies this week, from a smoky Ledaig to a rich, fruity Tomatin.

  • Batch 55 Batch 55 Batch 55 New Whiskies 05 August 2016

    Batch 55

    Grains are a go-go this week, with whiskies from Invergordon, North British and Caledonian.

  • Batch 54 Batch 54 Batch 54 New Whiskies 28 July 2016

    Batch 54

    A selection of very youthful drams dominates this week, with whiskies from Ardbeg and Caol Ila.

  • Batch 53 Batch 53 Batch 53 New Whiskies 22 July 2016

    Batch 53

    This week’s whiskies include a smattering of Old Perth, Bunnahabhain, Dailuaine and Glendullan.

  • Batch 52 Batch 52 Batch 52 New Whiskies 15 July 2016

    Batch 52

    Dave Broom pours out his thoughts on a ‘monster’ Mortlach and Cadenhead blended grain.

  • Rare Batch 9 Rare Batch 9 Rare Batch 9 Old & Rare 13 July 2016

    Rare Batch 9

    Two cult brand bottlings plus an often overlooked malt have surfaced from the archives for tasting.

  • Batch 51 Batch 51 Batch 51 New Whiskies 08 July 2016

    Batch 51

    Two Black Bull bottlings, a double whammy from Blair Athol, a Glentauchers 6YO and a 42YO Tobermory.

  • Batch 50 Batch 50 Batch 50 New Whiskies 01 July 2016

    Batch 50

    A trio of 17-year-olds from Benriach, Tomatin and Tormore, plus Cù Bòcan and a 1970s Benromach.

  • Batch 49 Batch 49 Batch 49 New Whiskies 24 June 2016

    Batch 49

    New whiskies this week include Balvenie Tun 1509, Glen Moray Sherry Cask, Highland Park and Jura.

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