Whisk(e)y Warrior Award: June 2017

Hello everyone!  It's my pleasure to play host to something a little different this month. As someone who has benefited enormously from a generous and hard work of the online whisk(e)y community, I love the efforts that Zac and LeAnne (the Whiskeysmiths) are making to recognize those tireless contributors.  So a big thank you to the Whiskeysmiths for allowing me the opportunity to help promote this worthy endeavour.  

Jura 16 Review (Diurach’s Own)

Jura 16 Year (Highlands - Island) - 43% ABV - $96.20 CAD (LCBO) https://youtu.be/TaUMA-n3VYk Nose:  Very sweet, but somewhat subdued.  Honey, sweet toffee, candied fruit (apple and citrus), malt, and chestnuts. Palate:  Thick, rich mouthfeel.  Sweet toffee again, right on the arrival.  Fresh, sugared, tart red fruits (think red currants), caramelized brown sugar, honey, raisins, … Continue reading Jura 16 Review (Diurach’s Own)

Highland Park 12 Review

https://youtu.be/GxYzygzfxKI   Highland Park 12 Year (Highlands - Orkney) - 43% ABV - $80.20 CAD (LCBO) Nose: Subtle in its complexity… Sweet toffee is evident, with a sense of subtle campfire smoke.  Light heather and grassy notes blend into the floral.  It finishes with a sense of minerality and sea salt. Palate: Sweet toffee.  Immediate … Continue reading Highland Park 12 Review

Glenfiddich 12 and Glenfiddich 15 Distiller’s Edition Review

Ok, I think I'm going to give up on the numbering... It's already getting confusing to keep track of, and I'm barely approaching double digits. Anyway...  New double comparison review!  The ubiquitous Glenfiddich 12 versus it's big, burly brother the Glenfiddich 15 Distiller's Edition!  How do they stack up?  Well, let's say at least one … Continue reading Glenfiddich 12 and Glenfiddich 15 Distiller’s Edition Review

Whisky Musings #8 – Compass Box Great King’s Street Artist Blend Review

Compass Box is a name I've come across quite a bit over the last year or two, both in terms of what they have to say about the whisky world and in terms of what the whisky world has to say about them. The general consensus seems to be that Compass Box is a more than … Continue reading Whisky Musings #8 – Compass Box Great King’s Street Artist Blend Review

Whisky Musings #7 – Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition (12 Year Old)

No write up for this one, just a video review of the bottle of Cragganmore I picked up after my tour there last summer. Lovely spot, and definitely a wonderful tour experience, but I'm not sure that the Distiller's Edition itself is at the same level. https://youtu.be/-fuVwagWqOc

Beerisode #1 – Rodenbach Vintage

We're going to take a short detour away from whisky to talk about one of the great, unique, international beers: Rodenbach Vintage. https://youtu.be/Q-h_Ov4eZo0 It's an aged beer that demonstrates a lot of the fruit, tannic qualities of red wine, but with a slight sourness typical of Flanders red ale. Fantastic stuff, but don't worry, the … Continue reading Beerisode #1 – Rodenbach Vintage

Whisky Musings #6 – Benromach 10

In this review we discuss Benromach 10, a very reasonably priced entry level scotch from the Speyside region. https://youtu.be/FNj7DtucQvU   Benromach 10 (Speyside) - 43% ABV - $59.15 (LCBO) Colour: Chestnut Nose: Earthy: Toasted almonds, tobacco, fresh leather.  Hints of raisin, cinnamon spice and smoke.   Palate: Earthy notes still pervade.  Almonds and shoe leather on the … Continue reading Whisky Musings #6 – Benromach 10

Colouring and Filtering Scotch Whisky

Examples of various shades of scotch whisky without caramel colour There are few practices in the whisky world that are met with with more derision and ire than the addition of caramel colour (e150a), and chill filtration.  Many whisky bottlings now proudly display “natural colour” or “non-chill filtered” on the labels.  This begs the questions, … Continue reading Colouring and Filtering Scotch Whisky

Whisky Musings #5 – Blair Athol 19 (Cadenhead Small Batch)

Milestone episode #5!  Hurray! For this one I wanted to do something a little more unusual and obscure, and to that end let's look a bottle from Cadenhead's independent bottlers in Edinburgh, Scotland: https://youtu.be/aEgy_kwpT78   Blair Athol 19 Year (Cadenhead’s Small Batch)(Highlands) - 54.5% ABV Colour: Pinot Grigio Nose: Dry, grassy, hay.  Subdued fruit notes … Continue reading Whisky Musings #5 – Blair Athol 19 (Cadenhead Small Batch)