Four Heartwood Whiskies

Thanks to /u/Uncletobys for the samples. Heartwood is an independent bottler. However, to stop there in describing them doesn’t really do them justice. Most independent bottlers make their way into a distillery, buy a cask that the distillery is willing to sell (typically one that doesn’t fit with their release schedules or flavour profiles), they bottle it, and sell it out to us, the whisky lovers. Heartwood… Continue reading Four Heartwood Whiskies

Compass Box Circus

Thanks to /u/scotchchick for the sample. Distillers usually get all the glory. We pick out single casks, store picks, and everything else and note the interesting mashbills, cask choices, and water sources. They deserve this praise because seriously it’s an art. However, when it comes to vattings and blends of whiskies, master blenders are sometimes mixed. We don’t always have them in mind when a good whisky… Continue reading Compass Box Circus

Armorik Maître de Chai 2008 & Armorik 13 2002 (cask 3260)

During the Norman invasion of England, there was a cultural sharing that persists to today. And also a lot of war, killing, and generally horrible things. Let’s keep this positive though. Due to the help of various Brittany lords with William the Conquerer’s invasion, they were given large tracts of lands in England. Thus part of whisky culture that ties into aspects of that invasion,… Continue reading Armorik Maître de Chai 2008 & Armorik 13 2002 (cask 3260)

Eddu Grey Rock & Eddu Silver Brocéliande

Back in 1921, in Plomelin, France, there was a second-hand pot still mean for the odd making of cider brandy, locally known as lambig. Thus a distillery starts, not with a big rumble, but with a tiny burble and the want for some brandy every so often. The family kept up the tradition, with the son taking over from mother, then son taking over from… Continue reading Eddu Grey Rock & Eddu Silver Brocéliande

Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Cask & Kavalan Solist Port Cask ‘KavaFan Single Cask Release’

Thanks to /u/jeremyheavy  & /u/Theslicknick6 for the samples. Kavalan Solist is a line of cask strength, single cask whiskies. They are each differentiated by the cask they were matured in. Sounds pretty standard, right? So standard, I honestly didn’t know what to write about here. Maybe about Taiwan and the Han migration, perhaps something about having a Taiwanese friend and then making an ass of myself on purpose, probably… Continue reading Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Cask & Kavalan Solist Port Cask ‘KavaFan Single Cask Release’

New Release Spotlight: J.P. Wiser’s Seasoned Oak 19 year

A couple of years ago, Corby Spirit and Wine started their Rare Cask Series of whiskies – a collection of one-off bottlings with unique characteristics, production methods and stories – highlighting the innovative potential inherent in Canadian whisky and their warehouses. The first three releases were Last Barrels (a bourbon-style mashbill whisky), Dissertation (comprised of whiskies from Dr. Don Livermore’s PhD experiments), and Union 52 … Continue reading New Release Spotlight: J.P. Wiser’s Seasoned Oak 19 year

Kilchoman 4 2011 PX KWM Cask 446 & Kilchoman 5 2010 KWM Cask 440

And now to finish up my series called “There will be Kilchoman till the score is paid”, in which I review Kilchoman until I run out of Kilchoman. It’s a simple concept. I’ve run out. Originally I wanted to post three Kensington Wine Market Kilchoman store picks. They are located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, before everyone starts asking about where in Kensington these exist. However… Continue reading Kilchoman 4 2011 PX KWM Cask 446 & Kilchoman 5 2010 KWM Cask 440