Scotch 101: Tasting Whisky

It sounds snooty right? The “correct” way to taste a beverage.  From wine, to whisky, to beer, to even water (there are water sommeliers?!?), there’s all kinds of people out there to tell you exactly what you should be tasting when it comes to your beverage of choice.  Now I will say this article wasContinue reading “Scotch 101: Tasting Whisky”

Review: Monkey Shoulder

Photo via It’s not often you find a distillery named after an injury, but apparently Monkey Shoulder breaks the mold in a couple ways.  For reference, according to their website, the name “monkey shoulder” comes from an old story from the history of making scotch:  “malted barley is turned by hand by malt menContinue reading “Review: Monkey Shoulder”

Review: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10

Photo via When I previously purchased a bottle of Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, I was impressed how an Islay Region scotch (usually known for heavy peat and smoke) would have notes like floral, fruity and vanilla.  So when I later saw that Bruichladdich also made a heavily peated Islay Single Malt, I knew I hadContinue reading “Review: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10”

Review: Johnnie Walker Red Label

Photo via If you’ve been to any bar anywhere ever in the US, there’s about a 95% chance there’s a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red on the shelf next to the Dewar’s and J&B.  I’m not just about buying $100 15 yr old scotches on this blog, I’m here to try everything, give myContinue reading “Review: Johnnie Walker Red Label”

Review: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

Photo via Top O’the morning to ye! As Kent O’Brockman said, “today everyone is a little bit Irish”, and we’ll not continue the quote any further.  What better day to move away from the standard scotch whisky review, to review another kind of drink, good ol’ Irish whiskey, and yes there’s a difference betweenContinue reading “Review: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition”

Review: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14yr

Photo via When you’re writing a blog about scotch and come across a 4-pack of 100ml bottles each with a different whisky from a distiller known for experimenting with different cask finishes, you have to pick it up.  The first pull from that Glenmorangie (pronounced “Glen-more-un-gee”) 4-pack was the Quinta Ruban 14 year PortContinue reading “Review: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14yr”

Review: Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

Photo via Glenlivet has become one of the most popular single malt scotch companies in the world.  Officially established in 1824 (the same year as a certain college fraternity I was in), Glenlivet currently has over 25 different products on the market. And 190 years later in 2014 they created the Glenlivet 1824 Founder’sContinue reading “Review: Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve”