Whisky Reviews

  • Batch 42 Batch 42 Batch 42 New Whiskies 20 May 2016

    Batch 42

    Islay whiskies to mark the start of Fèis Ìle, with peat to the fore – but not altogether dominating.

  • Rare Batch 7 Rare Batch 7 Rare Batch 7 Old & Rare 19 May 2016

    Rare Batch 7

    A delve into the Islay vaults nets a 1980s Bruichladdich, a recent Bowmore and a quirky Port Ellen.

  • Batch 41 Batch 41 Batch 41 New Whiskies 13 May 2016

    Batch 41

    This week’s haul includes appearances from Springbank, Teaninich, Cragganmore and an ancient blend.

  • Batch 40 Batch 40 Batch 40 New Whiskies 06 May 2016

    Batch 40

    Two newies from Compass Box, a pair of Boutique-y bottlings, a Benromach and a Highland Park.

  • Batch 39 Batch 39 Batch 39 New Whiskies 29 April 2016

    Batch 39

    Dave Broom on a trio of grains, a brace of micro-provenance Bruichladdichs and a Tullibardine.

  • Rare Batch 6 Rare Batch 6 Rare Batch 6 Old & Rare 27 April 2016

    Rare Batch 6

    In preparation for the Speyside whisky fest, Dave has chosen three rare Speysiders from the vault.

  • Batch 38 Batch 38 Batch 38 New Whiskies 22 April 2016

    Batch 38

    A malts tour stopping at Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman, Dailuaine, Glen Moray, Lochside and Teaninich.

  • Batch 37 Batch 37 Batch 37 New Whiskies 15 April 2016

    Batch 37

    High scores and diverse styles are the highlights of this week’s six-strong single malt offering.

  • Batch 36 Batch 36 Batch 36 New Whiskies 08 April 2016

    Batch 36

    Two 50-year-olds from Glenfarclas and Last Drop, plus three Singleton of Glendullans and The Trojan.

  • Batch 35 Batch 35 Batch 35 New Whiskies 01 April 2016

    Batch 35

    It’s springtime in new whisky corner as two Bruichladdichs, three Glencadams and a Glen Moray arise.

  • Batch 34 Batch 34 Batch 34 New Whiskies 25 March 2016

    Batch 34

    Tasting notes on Highland Park Ice, Grant’s Elementary, Deanston Organic and Benriach Cask Strength.

  • Batch 33 Batch 33 Batch 33 New Whiskies 18 March 2016

    Batch 33

    This week’s new whiskies include Arran 18, Laphroaig Lore, and two duty free Auchentoshans.

  • Rare Batch 5 Rare Batch 5 Rare Batch 5 Old & Rare 15 March 2016

    Rare Batch 5

    Dave Broom retastes his first Port Ellen, while two rare Macallans are raised from the archive.

  • Batch 32 Batch 32 Batch 32 New Whiskies 11 March 2016

    Batch 32

    Two Craigellachies, Springbank Local Barley, Macallan Edition No 1, Wolfburn and Shetland Reel.

  • Batch 31 Batch 31 Batch 31 New Whiskies 04 March 2016

    Batch 31

    An assortment of treats this week from the likes of Lagavulin, Kilchoman, Glenmorangie and anCnoc.

  • Batch 30 Batch 30 Batch 30 New Whiskies 26 February 2016

    Batch 30

    Smoky drams from Ledaig, Bunnahabhain, Elements of Islay and Rock Oyster, plus Jura and Strathmill.

  • Batch 29 Batch 29 Batch 29 New Whiskies 19 February 2016

    Batch 29

    Dave Broom tastes three Hazelwood blends, a Girvan grain, plus Glen Moray and The Glenlivet malts.

  • Batch 28 Batch 28 Batch 28 New Whiskies 12 February 2016

    Batch 28

    Featuring a peaty Angel’s Nectar, two indie grain bottlings plus an impressive 12-year-old blend.

  • Rare Batch 4 Rare Batch 4 Rare Batch 4 Old & Rare 09 February 2016

    Rare Batch 4

    Including an aged double act from Islay’s Kildalton coast, plus a venerable Whyte & Mackay blend.

  • Batch 27 Batch 27 Batch 27 New Whiskies 05 February 2016

    Batch 27

    The first release from Ailsa Bay lands on Dave Broom’s doorstep this week, alongside other delights.

  • Batch 26 Batch 26 Batch 26 New Whiskies 29 January 2016

    Batch 26

    This week Becky Paskin gets acquainted with four new Wemyss Malts releases plus two peaty drams.

  • Batch 25 Batch 25 Batch 25 New Whiskies 22 January 2016

    Batch 25

    Dave Broom detects a sweet theme developing while tasting this week’s new whiskies.

  • Batch 24 Batch 24 Batch 24 New Whiskies 15 January 2016

    Batch 24

    Longmorn’s new NAS, Diageo’s Whiskey Union duo, Balblair 2005 and two silent distillery drams.

  • Rare Batch 3 Rare Batch 3 Rare Batch 3 Old & Rare 12 January 2016

    Rare Batch 3

    Macallan, Springbank and Port Ellen all feature in our latest selection from the whisky vaults.

  • Batch 23 Batch 23 Batch 23 New Whiskies 08 January 2016

    Batch 23

    Dave Broom inspects G&M’s Wood Makes the Whisky series, alongside a rare 1950 Glen Grant.

  • Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Themed tastings 31 December 2015

    Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks

    Dave Broom looks back on 2015 with whisky-tinted glasses and selects his three stand-out drams.

  • Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Themed tastings 30 December 2015

    Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks

    Our editor, Becky Paskin, selects her top three Scotch whiskies tasted in 2015.

  • Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Themed tastings 29 December 2015

    Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks

    Our magazine editor chooses his whisky highlights from 2015, including two bargain Speyside malts.

  • Batch 22 Batch 22 Batch 22 New Whiskies 18 December 2015

    Batch 22

    R&B Distillers’ first whiskies and Talisker’s new NAS feature in this week’s tasting notes.

  • Batch 21 Batch 21 Batch 21 New Whiskies 11 December 2015

    Batch 21

    Glenturret’s new single malt range, two wood-influenced Ballantine's and JW&S 2016 Private Edition.

  • Rare Batch 2 Rare Batch 2 Rare Batch 2 Old & Rare 08 December 2015

    Rare Batch 2

    Three cracking whiskies here – if you can find them – from Glenury Royal, Caol Ila and Glen Grant.

  • Batch 20 Batch 20 Batch 20 New Whiskies 04 December 2015

    Batch 20

    A 48- and 5-year-old malt bookend three IBs and a Deanston in Dave Broom's latest tasting.

  • Batch 19 Batch 19 Batch 19 New Whiskies 27 November 2015

    Batch 19

    Featuring blends from The Last Drop, Royal Salute and Chivas Regal – plus Kininvie and Scapa malts.

  • Batch 18 Batch 18 Batch 18 New Whiskies 20 November 2015

    Batch 18

    Last of the Bowmore Devil’s Cask bottlings, a smoky anCnoc and the new NAS foursome from Glenrothes.

  • Rare Batch 1 Rare Batch 1 Rare Batch 1 Old & Rare 18 November 2015

    Rare Batch 1

    Verdicts on a release from mothballed Convalmore, a cult Bowmore – and a Talisker Oddbins special.

  • Batch 17 Batch 17 Batch 17 New Whiskies 13 November 2015

    Batch 17

    A 1-2-3 of malts from Loch Lomond Group: three Glen Scotias, two Inchmurrins and a Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases New Whiskies 09 November 2015

    Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases

    The discount retailer’s seasonal Scotches, including three aged blends and two mature malts.

  • Batch 15 Batch 15 Batch 15 New Whiskies 06 November 2015

    Batch 15

    Malts from Ardmore and Laphroaig rub shoulders with grains from Port Dundas and Loch Lomond.

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