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Review // Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash – A Fine Whiskey

As we are on the brink of a new year, ‘best of’ lists are popping up everywhere online. Even more so, people seem to enjoy classifying activities as ‘the last X of 2019’. Please forgive me as I join the ever-growing legion of ‘lasters’. In my case, however, my ‘last’ is also a ‘first’. As …

December 29, 2019
In-Depth // Teeling – ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’ Masterclass (Spirits in the Sky ’19)

With December coming to a close, it is time to take a look at the accomplishments of this year, and to look forward to the dreams of tomorrow. You can’t believe how difficult it was to keep that first sentence in this article. What I wanted to write was ‘I tasted excellent whiskies this year, …

December 22, 2019
Review // LAGAVULIN 12 (Diageo “Rare by Nature” 2019 Special Releases)

In early autumn, Diageo delighted us with the 2019 Special Releases of 8 classic whisky brands from some of the most renowned distilleries in Scotland. These cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies were hand selected by Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson. Dubbed “Rare by Nature“, the focus of these whiskies, both aesthetically and olifactory, lies on the rugged, pure landscapes Scotland has to …

December 11, 2019
Review // TALISKER 15 (Diageo “Rare by Nature” 2019 Special Releases)

One of the pleasures of visiting whisky fairs, is that you can taste and take home samples of whiskies that are utterly divine. Thanks to the Belgian and Dutch brand ambassadors of Diageo, I was able to take home a sample of Talisker 15, one of the special releases in the “Rare by Nature” collection …

December 1, 2019
Review // Highland Park Triskelion, 3 Master Blenders Walk into a Warehouse..

I came back from this year’s edition of Spirits in the Sky in Brussels, Belgium, and brought a treasure trove of samples. One of them is Highland Park Triskelion, a very special edition made with a combined 100 years of experience. I felt giddy inside. The Highland Park twist to the all-familiar joke actually explains …

November 22, 2019
Review // The Balvenie “Stories” Range – The Stories We Tell…

I started this blog with the idea of bringing two of my passion projects together: whisky & writing. I like to write lyrically, whenever possible. My blog posts are a mix of creative writing and factual reviews. In the years that I have been looking for new expressions to explore, I have naturally gravitated towards …

October 27, 2019
Review // Port Charlotte MP8 Live Tasting – ‘The Peat Experiments’

In line with Port Charlotte’s ethos of total honesty, the brand releases tasting kits of their ‘work-in-progress’. Last month, I was able to join a tasting session of the MP8, the newest tasting kit. It was a night of experimental whiskies, great stories, and delightful cheeses. Here are my notes. I hope they make sense. …

October 16, 2019
Review // Arran à la Belge – The Cantillon Marriage

We live in a fantastic time for whiskies. Not only are we experiencing a revival of the Irish whiskey industry, plenty of a-typical countries are starting to produce their own unique expressions. The cherry on the cake, however, is the growing interest in experimental maturations, with surprising whiskies as a result. Are you ready to …

September 25, 2019
Review // Ardbeg Traigh Bhan – A Day at the Islay Beach

I have a long-standing relationship with Ardbeg’s whiskies. It is often one of compulsion. When I see a new release, I want to own it. And I know that’s not really fair, because my other Ardbeg bottles would be jealous, but I treat them nicely too. They have their own little spot in my drinks …

September 18, 2019