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  • Batch 160 Batch 160 Batch 160 New Whiskies 10 August 2018

    Batch 160

    A concatenation of Caol Ilas with a couple of neighbours thrown in for good measure.

  • Batch 159 Batch 159 Batch 159 New Whiskies 03 August 2018

    Batch 159

    Three lesser-known Speyside distilleries in the shape of Glen Spey, Speyburn and Strathmill.

  • Batch 158 Batch 158 Batch 158 New Whiskies 27 July 2018

    Batch 158

    Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, Macallan Edition No 4, Talisker 40 and Mortlach’s new core range.

  • Batch 157 Batch 157 Batch 157 New Whiskies 20 July 2018

    Batch 157

    Three malts, three grains: Balblair, Glentauchers, Cambus, North British and Strathclyde.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Batch 134 Batch 134 Batch 134 New Whiskies 09 February 2018

    Batch 134

    A dark and richly flavoured theme, with Benrinnes, Mortlach, Dailuaine, Highland Park and The E&K.

  • Batch 133 Batch 133 Batch 133 New Whiskies 02 February 2018

    Batch 133

    Dave Broom reviews Glenmorangie Spìos, Tullibardine 1962 and Tomatin Metal and Water.

  • Batch 132 Batch 132 Batch 132 New Whiskies 26 January 2018

    Batch 132

    Three Irish whiskeys this week, plus the return of Crabbie’s to Scotch and an Islay single malt.

  • Batch 131 Batch 131 Batch 131 New Whiskies 19 January 2018

    Batch 131

    Blends, grains and malts: Cadenhead, Cambus, Dufftown, James Eadie, Linkwood and Strathclyde.

  • Batch 130 Batch 130 Batch 130 New Whiskies 12 January 2018

    Batch 130

    Five rarely seen Speyside malts: Glenburgie, Glenlossie, Mannochmore, Miltonduff and Strathmill.

  • Batch 129 Batch 129 Batch 129 New Whiskies 05 January 2018

    Batch 129

    A sweet theme unites malts from Glen Moray, GlenDronach, Glengoyne, Glenmorangie and Pulteney.

  • Batch 128 Batch 128 Batch 128 New Whiskies 22 December 2017

    Batch 128

    Two mature BenRiachs, plus indie-bottled Blair Athol, Craigellachie, Glen Keith and Tomatin.

  • Batch 127 Batch 127 Batch 127 New Whiskies 15 December 2017

    Batch 127

    Two blends, including the latest Johnnie Walker, three Bowmores, three 90-plus scores.

  • Batch 126 Batch 126 Batch 126 New Whiskies 08 December 2017

    Batch 126

    A quartet of Glenglassaugh wood finishes, accompanied by two indie-bottled Bunnahabhains.

  • Batch 125 Batch 125 Batch 125 New Whiskies 01 December 2017

    Batch 125

    A Laddie-fest as four Bruichladdichs are tasted, plus a Fettercairn and the latest Highland Park.

  • Batch 124 Batch 124 Batch 124 New Whiskies 24 November 2017

    Batch 124

    A mixed bag including Ballantines’ trio of single malts, The Gauldrons and two from Wemyss.

  • Batch 123 Batch 123 Batch 123 New Whiskies 17 November 2017

    Batch 123

    The verdict on Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old, and lots of peat: Bowmore, Caol Ila, Ledaig and Croftengea.

  • Batch 122 Batch 122 Batch 122 New Whiskies 10 November 2017

    Batch 122

    Youth meets maturity with Benromach, Glengoyne, Glenlossie, Glenrothes, Imperial and Tullibardine.

  • Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 New Whiskies 03 November 2017

    Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3

    Our editor Becky Paskin takes a journey through time with Balvenie’s DCS Compendium Chapter 3.

  • Batch 120 Batch 120 Batch 120 New Whiskies 27 October 2017

    Batch 120

    Octomore’s 08 series, Kilchoman 2009 and Red Wine Cask Matured, plus Ardbeg Twenty Something.

  • Batch 119 Batch 119 Batch 119 New Whiskies 20 October 2017

    Batch 119

    A stunning whisky line-up: 70yo Glenlivet, experimental Johnnie Walker, Compass Box and Wolfburn.

  • Batch 118 Batch 118 Batch 118 New Whiskies 13 October 2017

    Batch 118

    Tasting three Glen Morays, Tomatin Earth, Cù Bòcan 2006 and Ardnamurchan’s latest spirit release.

  • Batch 117 Batch 117 Batch 117 New Whiskies 06 October 2017

    Batch 117

    Taking it easy with Highland Park Magnus, Dewar’s 25, Balvenie Peat Week and The Art of Whisky.

  • Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks New Whiskies 29 September 2017

    Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks

    The Speyside distillery is this week’s focus with seven single cask bottlings under the microscope.

  • Batch 115 Batch 115 Batch 115 New Whiskies 22 September 2017

    Batch 115

    GlenDronach Kingsman, Jura One and All, Glen Scotia 18-year-old and Benromach Triple Distilled.

  • Batch 114 Batch 114 Batch 114 New Whiskies 15 September 2017

    Batch 114

    Dave Broom tries spirits from the opposite ends of the age spectrum in this week’s reviews.

  • Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017 Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017 Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017 New Whiskies 12 September 2017

    Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017

    Our editors assess this year’s eagerly anticipated collection of Scotch whiskies from Diageo.

  • Batch 112 Batch 112 Batch 112 New Whiskies 08 September 2017

    Batch 112

    Five blended malts and one blend do battle as Dave Broom leaves single malts behind for a week.

  • Batch 111 Batch 111 Batch 111 New Whiskies 01 September 2017

    Batch 111

    The new Ardbeg An Oa, Glenmorangie Astar plus four Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels.

  • Batch 110 Batch 110 Batch 110 New Whiskies 25 August 2017

    Batch 110

    Four younger malts compete for Dave Broom’s affections, while he is seduced by a 1972 Tomatin.

  • Batch 109 Batch 109 Batch 109 New Whiskies 18 August 2017

    Batch 109

    Dave Broom returns from his hols with new Inchmoans, an old Invergordon and a sessionable Aultmore.

  • Batch 108 Batch 108 Batch 108 New Whiskies 11 August 2017

    Batch 108

    A bevy of Bunnahabhains comes under scrutiny, along with Clynelish and Glenrothes.

  • Batch 107 Batch 107 Batch 107 New Whiskies 04 August 2017

    Batch 107

    Scallywag and Timorous Beastie’s big brothers get a grilling, alongside a host of indie bottlings.

  • Batch 106 Batch 106 Batch 106 New Whiskies 28 July 2017

    Batch 106

    It’s Speyside vs Edinburgh this week as Glenallachie and Glendullan stand up against North British.

  • Batch 105 Batch 105 Batch 105 New Whiskies 21 July 2017

    Batch 105

    Dave Broom on Consortium of Cards II, indie Glentauchers and new bottler North Star Spirits.

  • Batch 104 Batch 104 Batch 104 New Whiskies 14 July 2017

    Batch 104

    A rich and sweet theme including three Dalmores, Highland Park, Glenrothes and Auchentoshan.

  • Batch 103 Batch 103 Batch 103 New Whiskies 07 July 2017

    Batch 103

    Glen Moray, Glen Scotia, Auchroisk, Longrow and Springbank, with some fascinating finishes.

  • Batch 102 Batch 102 Batch 102 New Whiskies 30 June 2017

    Batch 102

    New whiskies include Douglas Laing’s Big Peat 2017 Fèis Ìle bottling and a trio of Strathmill malts.

  • Batch 101 Batch 101 Batch 101 New Whiskies 23 June 2017

    Batch 101

    New whiskies including Highland Park Valkyrie and a trio of bargain-priced Lidl single malts.

  • Batch 100 Batch 100 Batch 100 New Whiskies 16 June 2017

    Batch 100

    Dave Broom revisits some of the whiskies he found most intriguing from the first 99 batches.

  • Batch 99 Batch 99 Batch 99 New Whiskies 09 June 2017

    Batch 99

    New bottlings include Cragganmore, Glenfarclas, Glen Garioch, Lossit, Shackleton and Speyside.

  • Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship New Whiskies 06 June 2017

    Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship

    Hunter Laing’s range features Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Port Ellen.

  • Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 2 Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 2 Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 2 New Whiskies 05 June 2017

    Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 2

    Festival part two, including Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Jura, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

  • Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1 Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1 Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1 New Whiskies 05 June 2017

    Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1

    The first half of this year’s festival bottlings, featuring Ardbeg, Bowmore and Bruichladdich.

  • Batch 98 Batch 98 Batch 98 New Whiskies 02 June 2017

    Batch 98

    As the Islay Festival draws to a close, Dave Broom brings you a mix of Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.

  • Batch 97 Batch 97 Batch 97 New Whiskies 26 May 2017

    Batch 97

    Dave Broom shares a taste of Islay this week, as the 2017 Fèis Ìle gets under way.

  • Batch 96 Batch 96 Batch 96 New Whiskies 19 May 2017

    Batch 96

    A 2002 anCnoc, four James Eadie bottlings – all under 10 years old – and a 20-year-old Longmorn.

  • Batch 95 Batch 95 Batch 95 New Whiskies 12 May 2017

    Batch 95

    Island malts from Arran, Jura and Ledaig, plus three grains: Cambus, Invergordon and Strathclyde.

  • Batch 94 Batch 94 Batch 94 New Whiskies 05 May 2017

    Batch 94

    Six Speyside single malts from Glenallachie, Glen Spey and Miltonduff distilleries.

  • Batch 93 Batch 93 Batch 93 New Whiskies 28 April 2017

    Batch 93

    A Speyside-themed selection this week, including Braeval, Linkwood and Tormore.

  • Batch 92 Batch 92 Batch 92 New Whiskies 21 April 2017

    Batch 92

    A double hit of BenRiach, then Benromach 1975, Caperdonich, Craigellachie and Inchmurrin bottlings.

  • Batch 91 Batch 91 Batch 91 New Whiskies 14 April 2017

    Batch 91

    From a meaty Ben Nevis to a creamy, vanilla Glenrothes, with a dash of Bruichladdich in between.

  • Batch 90 Batch 90 Batch 90 New Whiskies 07 April 2017

    Batch 90

    A double dose of Scotch whiskies each from Bowmore, Islay Mist and Laphroaig.

  • Batch 89 Batch 89 Batch 89 New Whiskies 31 March 2017

    Batch 89

    Thoughts on the latest whiskies from Benromach, Glen Moray, Ledaig and Tomatin.

  • Batch 88 Batch 88 Batch 88 New Whiskies 24 March 2017

    Batch 88

    Ardbeg Kelpie, Douglas Laing’s first Consortium of Cards release and a 40-year-old Carsebridge.

  • Batch 87: Irish whiskey Batch 87: Irish whiskey Batch 87: Irish whiskey New Whiskies 17 March 2017

    Batch 87: Irish whiskey

    The first non-Scotch set of whiskies features five new Irish releases in time for St Patrick’s Day.

  • Batch 86 Batch 86 Batch 86 New Whiskies 10 March 2017

    Batch 86

    New bottlings from Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Clynelish, Glenrothes, Fettercairn and Glen Scotia.

  • Batch 85 Batch 85 Batch 85 New Whiskies 03 March 2017

    Batch 85

    In a battle of the retailers, Royal Mile Whiskies goes head-to-head with The Whisky Exchange.

  • Batch 84 Batch 84 Batch 84 New Whiskies 24 February 2017

    Batch 84

    A quartet of single malts from James Eadie with Auchroisk, Blair Athol, Caol Ila and Dailuaine.

  • Batch 83 Batch 83 Batch 83 New Whiskies 17 February 2017

    Batch 83

    Dave Broom samples the 2017 John Walker Private Collection blend and a trio of Bladnochs.

  • Batch 82 Batch 82 Batch 82 New Whiskies 10 February 2017

    Batch 82

    If you like honey, you’ll love these whiskies from Coinnich, Laphroaig and Rìgh Seumas.

  • Batch 81 Batch 81 Batch 81 New Whiskies 03 February 2017

    Batch 81

    Glenmorangie Bacalta and a first appearance from Murray McDavid, including a 48-year-old Tomintoul.

  • Batch 80 Batch 80 Batch 80 New Whiskies 27 January 2017

    Batch 80

    A trip around the islands sampling Lagavulin 1991, with a stop at Deanston for the new 40-year-old.

  • Batch 79 Batch 79 Batch 79 New Whiskies 20 January 2017

    Batch 79

    This week’s picks include a trio of meaty drams from Balmenach, GlenDronach and Macallan.

  • Batch 78 Batch 78 Batch 78 New Whiskies 13 January 2017

    Batch 78

    Four single grains from Douglas Laing and two single malts from Cadenhead feature this week.

  • Batch 77 Batch 77 Batch 77 New Whiskies 06 January 2017

    Batch 77

    New year, new whiskies, including a 23-year-old Ardbeg and a trio aged in Ukrainian wine casks.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Batch 48 Batch 48 Batch 48 New Whiskies 17 June 2016

    Batch 48

    Young and old Glen Grant, Longmorn, Aultmore, Linkwood and Strathisla bottlings represent Speyside.

  • Batch 47 Batch 47 Batch 47 New Whiskies 10 June 2016

    Batch 47

    Dave Broom gets to grips with six indie bottlings from Adelphi, Boutique-y and Sutcliffe & Son.

  • Batch 46 Batch 46 Batch 46 New Whiskies 03 June 2016

    Batch 46

    This week’s haul includes some Feis outliers, a brace of Arrans and a new Glen Grant.

  • Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2 Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2 Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2 New Whiskies 31 May 2016

    Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2

    Our festival special ends with Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Jura, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

  • Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1 Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1 Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1 New Whiskies 31 May 2016

    Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1

    Ardbeg, plus three each from Bowmore and Bruichladdich, in the first part of our festival special.

  • Batch 43 Batch 43 Batch 43 New Whiskies 27 May 2016

    Batch 43

    Aberlour, Balvenie, Fettercairn, Girvan, Invergordon and Mortlach – and not an NAS in sight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Batch 14 Batch 14 Batch 14 New Whiskies 30 October 2015

    Batch 14

    A duet of Dalmores, a brace of Bunnahabhains, plus a new Benromach and an Arran limited edition.

  • Batch 13 Batch 13 Batch 13 New Whiskies 23 October 2015

    Batch 13

    An aged Cally grain, a Dailuaine and two Caol Ilas, a Glenmorangie and a Compass Box blended malt.

  • Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 New Whiskies 19 October 2015

    Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015

    Port Ellen, Brora, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Dalwhinnie, Dailuaine, Pittyvaich and The Cally.

  • Batch 11 Batch 11 Batch 11 New Whiskies 16 October 2015

    Batch 11

    Six indie bottlings, featuring Aultmore, Benriach, Glen Grant, Glentauchers, Imperial and Linkwood.

  • Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 New Whiskies 14 October 2015

    Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1

    Five new Balvenie whiskies pay tribute to malt master David Stewart. But are they any good?

  • Batch 9 Batch 9 Batch 9 New Whiskies 09 October 2015

    Batch 9

    Two bovine blends, surrealist art and a peaty finish feature in this week's selection of whiskies.

  • Batch 8 Batch 8 Batch 8 New Whiskies 02 October 2015

    Batch 8

    Dave Broom's tasting notes on a trio of indie bottlings, two Deverons and a supercharged Ardbeg.

  • Batch 7 Batch 7 Batch 7 New Whiskies 25 September 2015

    Batch 7

    One of these whiskies is described as ‘truly glorious’, earning our highest score yet. But which?

  • Batch 6 Batch 6 Batch 6 New Whiskies 18 September 2015

    Batch 6

    Three flavour-named blended malts; two singles from Burn Stewart; one delightful NAS Glenfarclas.

  • Batch 5 Batch 5 Batch 5 New Whiskies 11 September 2015

    Batch 5

    Plenty of single grain this week, alongside two blends – including a rye-accented Johnnie Walker.

  • Batch 4 Batch 4 Batch 4 New Whiskies 04 September 2015

    Batch 4

    Independents dominate this collection of single malts, with an old Littlemill to the fore.

  • Batch 3 Batch 3 Batch 3 New Whiskies 28 August 2015

    Batch 3

    A Highland-accented collection, including a quartet of Balblair vintages and an NAS Dalwhinnie.

  • Batch 2 Batch 2 Batch 2 New Whiskies 21 August 2015

    Batch 2

    From Jura to Dalmore via Islay and Oban, six more new whiskies get the Dave Broom tasting treatment.

  • Batch 1 Batch 1 Batch 1 New Whiskies 14 August 2015

    Batch 1

    Dave Broom assesses six new whiskies, including a trio of Glenlivet travel retail bottlings.

  • Tasting notes explained Tasting notes explained Tasting notes explained New Whiskies 01 July 2015

    Tasting notes explained

    Guide to our tasting notes and scoring.

Themed tastings (10)

Old & Rare (45)

  • Rare Batch 45 Rare Batch 45 Rare Batch 45 Old & Rare 15 August 2018

    Rare Batch 45

    Three blends from the 1920s-50s have Angus MacRaild dreaming of a bygone era.

  •  Rare Batch 44  Rare Batch 44  Rare Batch 44 Old & Rare 01 August 2018

    Rare Batch 44

    From the sublime to the downright disgusting, three rare whiskies from the ’60s and ’70s.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rare Batch 32 Rare Batch 32 Rare Batch 32 Old & Rare 14 February 2018

    Rare Batch 32

    Tasting a fascinating ‘70s Aberlour, a historic ‘40s Kilbeggan and a surprising ‘80s Fettercairn.

  • Rare Batch 31 Rare Batch 31 Rare Batch 31 Old & Rare 30 January 2018

    Rare Batch 31

    Head back in time with a 1960s Glenugie, 1950s Balblair and a rare 1930s Glamis single malt.

  • Rare Batch 30 Rare Batch 30 Rare Batch 30 Old & Rare 02 January 2018

    Rare Batch 30

    Tripping on fruity old Glenugie, fragrant 1960s Glenlochy and a flabby 1940s blend.

  • Rare Batch 29 Rare Batch 29 Rare Batch 29 Old & Rare 05 December 2017

    Rare Batch 29

    An early Aberlour bottled for the Italian market, plus ‘ghost’ malts from Brora and Lochside.

  • Rare Batch 28 Rare Batch 28 Rare Batch 28 Old & Rare 14 November 2017

    Rare Batch 28

    There’s a contemplative air as Dave Broom tastes old Glen Grant, Springbank and Tomatin.

  • Rare Batch 27 Rare Batch 27 Rare Batch 27 Old & Rare 24 October 2017

    Rare Batch 27

    Three more of Port Ellen’s legendary annual releases, all from 1979, come under the spotlight.

  • Rare Batch 26 Rare Batch 26 Rare Batch 26 Old & Rare 25 September 2017

    Rare Batch 26

    Dave Broom revisits three legendary Port Ellens, but wonders if the liquid is worth the hype.

  • Rare Batch 25 Rare Batch 25 Rare Batch 25 Old & Rare 22 August 2017

    Rare Batch 25

    Dave Broom gets to know three rare whiskies: a 1990 Ardbeg, 1977 Brora and 1967 Highland Park.

  • Rare Batch 24 Rare Batch 24 Rare Batch 24 Old & Rare 26 July 2017

    Rare Batch 24

    The first SMWS bottling of Longrow, plus a lesser-spotted Inchgower and a Tomatin from the 1970s.

  • Rare Batch 23 Rare Batch 23 Rare Batch 23 Old & Rare 05 July 2017

    Rare Batch 23

    A 1970s Glen Flagler bottled for Italy, a celebratory Glen Ord and a fresh 1980s Glen Spey.

  • Rare Batch 22 Rare Batch 22 Rare Batch 22 Old & Rare 15 June 2017

    Rare Batch 22

    A 19-year-old Aberfeldy Manager’s Dram, 1930s 12-year-old Longmorn and 25-year-old Talisker.

  • Rare Batch 21 Rare Batch 21 Rare Batch 21 Old & Rare 24 May 2017

    Rare Batch 21

    This batch features a 25-year-old Ardbeg, 38-year-old Bowmore and 21-year-old Port Ellen.

  • Rare Batch 20 Rare Batch 20 Rare Batch 20 Old & Rare 02 May 2017

    Rare Batch 20

    A 10-year-old Army & Navy Glen Grant, 27-year-old Glen Grant and 1969 Longmorn.

  • Rare Batch 19 Rare Batch 19 Rare Batch 19 Old & Rare 05 April 2017

    Rare Batch 19

    Two Scotch and one Japanese, featuring a 1971 North of Scotland, 1949 Strathisla and 1979 Yamazaki.

  • Rare Batch 18 Rare Batch 18 Rare Batch 18 Old & Rare 13 March 2017

    Rare Batch 18

    From the vaults Dave Broom has chosen a 16-year-old Convalmore, plus 10- and 30-year-old Laphroaigs.

  • Rare Batch 17 Rare Batch 17 Rare Batch 17 Old & Rare 22 February 2017

    Rare Batch 17

    A 17-year-old Cragganmore, 34-year-old Glenturret from Berry Bros and 25-year-old Rosebank.

  • Rare Batch 16 Rare Batch 16 Rare Batch 16 Old & Rare 30 January 2017

    Rare Batch 16

    A rollercoaster ride with a duty free Aberlour, a beautiful Brora and a disappointing Talisker.

  • Rare Batch 15 Rare Batch 15 Rare Batch 15 Old & Rare 03 January 2017

    Rare Batch 15

    All Ardbegs, including two 27-year-old Old Malt Cask bottlings, plus a 32-year-old release.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rare Batch 8 Rare Batch 8 Rare Batch 8 Old & Rare 09 June 2016

    Rare Batch 8

    Three of the somewhat less heralded ‘Glens’ this time: Glen Garioch, Glen Elgin and Glengoyne.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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