Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2015

Thanks to /u/boyd86 for this sample. All aboard the hype train! I’m drinking a BTAC! Oh, wait, that’s stupid. Okay, so back down to normal. We hear about these whiskies coming out, we hear about people camping out, we laugh, we get a chance to have some, and even some of us (myself included) join in, trying to have them. They sell for ridiculous amounts and… Continue reading Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2015

Ledaig IB Side-by-Side Reviews (SMWS 42.15 vs. Cooper’s Choice 1998)

Ledaig IB Side-by-Side Review    Recently I got my hands on a bottle of Cooper’s Choice 1998 Ledaig, so I decided to compare it head to head against SMWS Ledaig 42.15. The specs of our contenders: Cooper’s Choice 1998 Ledaig 17 years old Matured in sherry butt 56.5% SMWS 42.15 19 years old Ex-bourbon refill hogshead 58.6% Cooper’s Choice 1998 Ledaig Nose: Sherry, cured meats/smoked … Continue reading Ledaig IB Side-by-Side Reviews (SMWS 42.15 vs. Cooper’s Choice 1998)

Glen Moray SMWS 35.138 “Miss American Pie” & SMWS 35.142 “Sweet treats and forbidden pleasures”

Thanks to /u/boyd86 and /u/lasidar for these samples. I’m very proud to be part of the whisky group, both the official one (The Toronto Whisky Society) and as the informal one (the drunk buggers who have accepting wives). Why? Because it’s not a big circlejerk. Oh, there’s consensus. A lot of us are peat heads, for example. However there are also people who aren’t. Some of us… Continue reading Glen Moray SMWS 35.138 “Miss American Pie” & SMWS 35.142 “Sweet treats and forbidden pleasures”

Springbank 9 Barolo Wood Finish & 12 Burgundy

Thanks to /u/boyd86 for the sample of the Gaja Barolo. So I drink a nice Springbank, then I realize I have two more Springbank samples. And I want more Springbank. Because… Springbank. But why review them together? Because both of them had some wine influence in them. So it makes sense to do one of those SBS that I hear about. That makes sense, right? I… Continue reading Springbank 9 Barolo Wood Finish & 12 Burgundy

Springbank 21 Single Cask

Thanks to /u/boyd86 for opening this up for a nice, wee tasting we had. Springbank. If there are golden ages of whisky (and there are), then Springbank would have as many as Persia in your average game of Civilization 5 (it’s a lot). I’ve heard testimony from people that their older stuff is ambrosia from the gods. Not to mention they currently have the oldest fermented… Continue reading Springbank 21 Single Cask

Cragganmore SMWS 37.54 “A contradictory dram”

Thanks to /u/xile_ for bringing this bottle to a recent light drinking time with friends. Cragganmore and I are a contradictory pair at the best of times. Thus the dram named Cragganmore SMWS 37.54 “A contradictory dram” is a perfect sum up for me drinking it. My first Cragganmore, like most people’s, was their 12 year old. The standard offering from Cragganmore was bought as a… Continue reading Cragganmore SMWS 37.54 “A contradictory dram”

Clynelish SMWS 26.117 “Silky smooth sundowner”

Opened this one up for a recent drinking fun time with fellow whisky drinkers. Hey, I’m not the biggest fan of Clynelish when it’s aged in ex-bourbon casks. I prefer it finished in something, as their malt takes to finishes or unique maturation really well. So of course, when I heard about Clynelish SMWS 26.117 “Silky smooth sundowner”, I was interested. It’s aged in Sauternes… Continue reading Clynelish SMWS 26.117 “Silky smooth sundowner”