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Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

“Severed heads.” “Servants of Odin.” “Ghostly Armies.” Did these phrases come from the liner notes of a Viking metal album? No, they actually appear on the box holding Highland Park’s Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch, the first of three new Viking Legend releases from the Scottish distiller. Highland Park is located…read more →

Jura 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Jura 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Once described by George Orwell as “most un-get-at-able,” the Isle of Jura is a remote place in a country that prizes remoteness. The isle, which sits only a few miles from Scotland, has just 200 residents, one road, one pub, and importantly for our purposes, one distillery. The Jura distillery…read more →

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, which inspires unusual and unexpected whiskies. Newly launched in the U.S., Project XX (pronounced “twenty”) is the result of a collaboration between Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and 20 whisky experts from 16 countries around the world. Each selected a…read more →

The Lost Distillery Company Benachie Whisky Review

The Lost Distillery Company Benachie Whisky Review

The Lost Distillery Company is doing something decidedly different: using single malts to create blends that evoke the whiskies once made by long-vanished Scottish producers. You can see our Towiemore Whiskey review for a more thorough introduction to the brand. The Lost Distillery Company’s Benachie blend attempts to recall the…read more →

Lost Distillery Towiemore Classic Selection Whisky Review

Lost Distillery Towiemore Classic Selection Whisky Review

What black magic can bring a scotch back from the dead? If we’re to believe the methods of The Lost Distillery Company, such spirit summoning doesn’t require magic at all. All it needs is meticulous research and some expert advice. Co-founders Brian Woods and Scott Watson established The Lost Distillery…read more →

The Macallan Releases 1991 Fine & Rare Vintage

The Macallan Releases 1991 Fine & Rare Vintage

The Macallan’s got something new up its sleeve. It’s a limited-release, vintage-dated single malt whisky expression called The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare–a good name for such a spirit. Back on the fateful day of March 28, 1991, a cask was filled. Fast forward two and a half decades, and…read more →

Highland Park Fire Edition Scotch Whisky Review

Highland Park Fire Edition Scotch Whisky Review

When I was six years old, I checked a book on Norse mythology out of my local library and made my mom read the entire book to me. This episode is burned into my mind because of the trauma it caused: once my mom completed the chapter on Ragnarok, the…read more →

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

You may get a whiff of Glen Grant 18’s hype before you open the bottle: it was recently named the second best whisky in the world by the 2017 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Glen Grant 18 is light gold in color. The whisky’s aromas are fruity and pleasant,…read more →

Glen Grant 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Glen Grant 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

You don’t just become an “Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” for nothing. This honor was recently afforded by Queen Elizabeth to Dennis Malcom, the master distiller behind Glen Grant, and it’s fair to say that he’s worked at it. This summer the Speyside distillery released…read more →

Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

As the rain poured down on an otherwise lovely afternoon in the Big Easy, a small group of us dipped into the fascinating New Orleans Pharmacy Museum to learn more about bitters and single malt scotch. It was a fitting locale, what with the medicinal history of bitters and all.…read more →

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Lagavulin turns 200 this year—but it’s never been younger, thanks to the release of Lagavulin 8 Year Old. This whisky stands out from its elder brothers not just in age statement, but also in price and color. Lagavulin 8 is a delicate light gold that almost appears clear from certain…read more →

Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch Whisky Review

Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch Whisky Review

Syndicate 58/6 sounds more like the name of a secret society than a whisky. Turns out, it’s both. The name refers to both an exclusive English club of scotch enthusiasts that draws members of Parliament, and a blended scotch whisky founded in 1966. Today we’ll be focusing on the latter.…read more →

Laphroaig Lore Whisky Review

Laphroaig Lore Whisky Review

Laphroaig makes rich, full-flavored whiskies that envelop the drinker in a sea of peat smoke. There’s no arguing that fact. So when the brand unleashes a new offering they’re calling their “richest single malt whisky expression ever,” well, you should probably take note. Laphroaig Lore is drawn from a selection…read more →

Ardbeg Dark Cove Whisky Review

Ardbeg Dark Cove Whisky Review

Say the word “Ardbeg” aloud and a phantom taste will visit the palate of everyone within earshot: specifically, a heavy, intense Islay peat. Ardbeg’s latest offering, Ardbeg Dark Cove, clearly isn’t apologizing for peat. In fact, it’s looking to dial things up to 11. The limited edition release (just 1100…read more →

anCnoc Blas Scotch Whisky Review

anCnoc Blas Scotch Whisky Review

The new anCnoc Blas is a very fashionable kind of whisky. See, Scottish born fashion designer Patrick Grant collaborated with the Knockdhu distillery to create this limited edition expression. Grant serves as the creative director of the Savile Row tailors, Norton & Sons, as well as luxury menswear label E.…read more →

Grant’s Ale Cask Finish: a New Whisky Aged in Beer Barrels

Grant’s Ale Cask Finish: a New Whisky Aged in Beer Barrels

William Grant & Sons has something new: Grant’s Ale Cask Finish, a whisky that, according to the brand, is the first blended scotch to be finished in ale casks. Led by Master Blender Brian Kinsman, Grant’s worked with a small Scottish brewery to season barrels with beer, after which Grant’s…read more →

Tasting The Macallan Edition No. 1

Tasting The Macallan Edition No. 1

I was recently invited into the Edrington Group offices to sample the latest release from The Macallan. Dubbed The Macallan Edition No. 1, this is the first release in a series that will see new whiskies released annually. Edition No. 1 is drawn from eight different styles of oak casks–seven…read more →

How to Pair Scotch with Beer

How to Pair Scotch with Beer

There are a lot of perceived rules when it comes to drinking scotch–some legitimate, some not. Yes, scotch can be enjoyed neat, by the fire, while sitting in a comfortable chair and donning a smoking jacket. But some prefer a drop of water or a few ice cubes. Others knock…read more →

Four Scotch Cocktails for Drinking this Winter

Four Scotch Cocktails for Drinking this Winter

There’s never a wrong time to drink scotch. But when the weather turns cold, that’s most certainly the right time because there’s just something about those rich, smoky drams that are extra appealing during winter. It’s like the boozy equivalent of a cozy blanket and a warm fire. Except better,…read more →

Speyburn Arranta Casks Scotch Whisky Review

Speyburn Arranta Casks Scotch Whisky Review

Speyburn puts out one of the best single malts under $40–their easy-drinking Speyburn 10 Year–but this new expression gives it a run for its money. Speyburn Arranta Casks is a whisky that’s aged exclusively in first-fill bourbon barrels. The more you fill a barrel, the less character is imparted from…read more →