Whisky Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2017: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2017: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2017: Richard’s picks Themed tastings 27 December 2017

    Whiskies of the Year 2017: Richard’s picks

    A sublime trio: Glenmorangie Astar redux, ethereal Brora and Midleton from the archives.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2017: Becky’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2017: Becky’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2017: Becky’s picks Themed tastings 26 December 2017

    Whiskies of the Year 2017: Becky’s picks

    Our editor’s top whiskies include an Irish revival, an ageing Ardbeg and dram with no name.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2017: Dave’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2017: Dave’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2017: Dave’s picks Themed tastings 25 December 2017

    Whiskies of the Year 2017: Dave’s picks

    Dave Broom selects an eclectic trio of whiskies as his top drams of 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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