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Scotch Review

Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Review

Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Review

Author Mack McConnell is a Paris-based contributing writer for Cocktail Enthusiast. He also runs a Whiskey of the Month Club. In addition to its lineup of fine whiskies — Glenmorangie Signet included — The Glenmorangie Distillery’s real contribution to the whisky category is its popularizing a production technique called “finishing”.…read more →

Sheep Dip Scotch Whisky Review

Sheep Dip Scotch Whisky Review

One of the primary reasons we attend events like the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and Tales of the Cocktail is to sample spirits we might not otherwise find on our local liquor shelves. And our latest trip to New York acquainted us with a couple of interesting Scotland blends called Sheep…read more →

Isle of Jura 16 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Isle of Jura 16 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Author Mack McConnell is a contributing writer for Cocktail Enthusiast. He also runs a Scotch of the Month Club. I recently had the opportunity to taste Isle of Jura 16 Year Old, and I quite liked it. It’s a  great mixture of fruity and earthy notes with a distinct and…read more →

Glenmorangie Artein Review

Glenmorangie Artein Review

Author Mack McConnell is a contributing writer for Cocktail Enthusiast. He also runs a Scotch of the Month Club. Glenmorangie is one of the big names in Highland scotch whisky, and they’ve got an interesting approach to barrel aging. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation at the distillery,…read more →

Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky Review

Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky Review

Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky is a bottle that’s caught our attention recently. Partly because of the odd name, and partly because it’s an interesting blend of three Speyside malts — Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kinivie. Those malts are individually matured in used bourbon casks for an unspecified amount of time. Once…read more →

The Glenrothes 1998 Scotch Whisky Review

The Glenrothes 1998 Scotch Whisky Review

The Glenrothes makes a range of vintage single malt whiskies, including the 1998. This whisky was distilled in 1998 and spent 12 years in barrel before being bottled in 2010. The 1998 Vintage was Gordon Motion’s first bottling as the Speyside distillery’s Malt Master, and due to its tropical fruit…read more →

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak Scotch Review

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak Scotch Review

The Macallan has become one of the most popular and recognized single malt Scotch whisky brands in the world, enjoying particularly good success in the United States. The Macallan range starts with the entry level 10-Year and includes the pricey 30-year, plus a variety of rare, older expressions and drams…read more →

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky Review

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky Review

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky traces its roots back to 1907, when explorer Ernest Shackleton fortified his Antarctic expedition with several cases of his favorite whiskey from the Glen Mhor distillery in Inverness, Scotland. Shackleton and his men ultimately failed to reach the South Pole, and they sailed for…read more →

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Scotch Review

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Scotch Review

The Glenrothes makes a range of fine whiskies, including the Select Reserve. This bottling is a rarity for the Speyside distillery, as The Glenrothes typically releases vintage-dated whiskies, like the 1985 and 1998. Bottled at 80 proof and lacking some of the character seen in its older brothers, the Select…read more →

Laphroaig Triple Wood Review

Laphroaig Triple Wood Review

Laphroaig Triple Wood is the Scotch whisky maker’s latest expression, just released three weeks ago into the U.S. market after two years of availability in duty free shops. Triple Wood gains its name from its maturation process, in which the whisky is aged in three kinds of casks. The first…read more →

Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky Review

Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky Review

Johnnie Walker Double Black is the newest addition to the Johnnie Walker family of Scotch whiskies. It was formerly only available in global duty-free shops, but it’s just been released, for a limited time, to the mass market. Double Black starts with the Black Label template, and from there, it…read more →

Bowmore Legend Scotch Whisky Review

Bowmore Legend Scotch Whisky Review

Bowmore Legend is a single malt Scotch Whisky from Islay’s oldest distillery. Legend is the entry-level whisky in the Bowmore lineup, a range known for its peaty, smoky malts that includes the popular Bowmore 12-Year and 18-Year, as well as some very interesting, hard-to-find drams. Unlike the other core whiskies…read more →

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old Scotch Review

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old Scotch Review

Glen Garioch 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch is distilled in the Highlands region of Scotland. The unpeated whiskey is non chill-filtered and aged first in bourbon casks and then Spanish sherry casks before bottling. On the nose, Glen Garioch (pronounced “Glen-Geery”) 12 is light and floral, with notes of…read more →

Highland Park 18 Year Old Scotch Review

Highland Park 18 Year Old Scotch Review

Highland Park 18 is one of the core expressions in the renowned Highland Park Scotch whiskey lineup. Founded in 1798, Highland Park is one of only two distilleries located on the Orkney Islands – the other is Scapa. The 18 Year Old spirit was twice named the best spirit in…read more →

Black Grouse Scotch Review

Black Grouse Scotch Review

The Black Grouse Scotch is part of the extensive Famous Grouse whiskey lineup. Introduced in 2008, The Black Grouse is a blend of the entry level, white labeled Famous Grouse -– which is the best-selling blended whiskey in Scotland — with Islay malt whiskeys. The result is a peatier, smokier…read more →

Springbank 10 Year Old Scotch Review

Springbank 10 Year Old Scotch Review

Springbank Single Malt Scotch is distilled in Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s four recognized whiskey-producing regions. Springbank Distillery is the oldest independent family-owned distillery in Scotland and still uses by-hand production techniques throughout the whiskey-making process. Springbank’s 10 Year Old offering is the youngest expression in the Springbank lineup. 60 percent…read more →

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Scotch Review

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Scotch Review

Auchentoshan 12 year old Scotch whisky is part of the Lowland single malt lineup that also includes the Classic, Three Wood, 18 year and 21 year expressions. The triple-distilled Auchentoshan 12 year old Scotch is light and toasty on the nose, with pleasant aromas of honey, almonds and toffee. Take…read more →

The Dalmore 18 Year Old Scotch Review

The Dalmore 18 Year Old Scotch Review

Having tried and enjoyed several whiskeys from the Dalmore lineup, the 18-year old expression is a new one for me. The Dalmore 18 is aged for 14 years in American oak before being transferred to Sherry casks to finish maturing. The Sherry influences are obvious and lend a rich, fruity…read more →