Temple Bar Signature Blend, 10 Single Malt, & 15 Single Malt

I want you to take a moment to imagine a simpler time. Not better, just with less information for each person to have and less overall health and more overall violence and a general inability for most people to care for their fellow human being based on silly things like different cultures. All set? Yes, it’s hell on earth. Doubly so if you are not… Continue reading Temple Bar Signature Blend, 10 Single Malt, & 15 Single Malt

The Wild Geese Rare, Single Malt, and Limited Edition Fourth Centennial

As we come upon St. Patrick’s Day, it’s that time of year where Irish Whiskies have a sudden surge in purchases. I recently had the chance to have more and more Irish whiskies from the batch of samples that I bought on my trip to Ireland. Irish Whiskey is the one of the fastest growing whiskey’s in the whiskey world. It used to account for… Continue reading The Wild Geese Rare, Single Malt, and Limited Edition Fourth Centennial

Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Pairing – Jameson Caskmates and Beau’s Strong Patrick

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Ger Buckley, fourth generation Head Cooper at Jameson Distillery, and Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s Brewery and ask questions about their respective companies, roles and upcoming collaboration. Jameson shots are virtually synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day in North America, along with green beer and other things the Irish likely find abominable about our celebration of their holiday! … Continue reading Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Pairing – Jameson Caskmates and Beau’s Strong Patrick

High West Midwinter Nights Dram – Act 5

Thanks to /u/devoz for the sample. With a yell from the High West Distillery there was a call: Go, Philostrate, Stir up the American whiskey fans to merriment; And we can guess that Philostrate went and then came back moments later and just said “Why not release another Midwinter Nights Dram instead?” And they did, because that’s easier than sending a faerie round the world to… Continue reading High West Midwinter Nights Dram – Act 5

Glenburgie 27 1983 Signatory Cask Strength

Thanks to /u/Saba007 for this sample! If you’ve been following either my reviews or more importantly, /u/devoz‘s reviews on reddit, you’ll notice a distillery that sounds like it was made up by a show in which a man describes all the women he dated to his kids, Glenburgie. So far devoz has been the main dealer for all of my Glenburgies. He understood the ebb and flow… Continue reading Glenburgie 27 1983 Signatory Cask Strength

Heaven Hill 20 1996 Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary

Thanks to /u/j4ni for the sample! I swear I had nothing to do with Heaven Hill 20 1996 Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary. Oh, wait, no one is asking that. Okay then. A year ago I wrote about a gem I found in Scotland. Specifically Cadenhead’s had bought a barrel of Heaven Hills which had been aged for 5 years, and then finished aging it for an additional 6… Continue reading Heaven Hill 20 1996 Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary

Blair Athol 19 1997 Cadenhead’s Small Batch

Thanks to /u/cdig81 for this sample! Almost a decade ago I was lucky enough to have a manager who was super organized. And she shared how she was: Excel. So when I started reviewing a few years ago, I used Excel to keep track of everything. So I typically know when I’ll be reviewing one of your samples well before it happens, assuming no delays or… Continue reading Blair Athol 19 1997 Cadenhead’s Small Batch

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, Batch No. B1/16, 57.2% ABV, $110 CAD. Malted and unmalted barley. Triple distilled in copper pot stills. Matured in sherry casks. Non chilled filtered. Nose: Very fresh nose with apples, apricots, creme brulee, fudge, figs, raisins, and chocolate. Taste: Chocolate fudge, malt, barley grain, toasted wood, cantaloupe. Finish: Long. Chocolate, burnt wood, malt and grain notes linger. Thoughts: Everything works well … Continue reading Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

Balvenie 17y Sherry Oak (2007) Review

Balvenie 17yr Sherry Oak (2007) Review 17 years old 43% ABV 1st fill oloroso maturation   A friend was kind enough to pass on a sample of this older, limited edition Balvenie release. Considering the Toronto Whisky Society is having a Balvenie event tonight, I figured it was an appropriate time to post one of my favourite releases by the distillery.   Nose: Espresso, orange … Continue reading Balvenie 17y Sherry Oak (2007) Review

Glen Grant 18

Thanks to /u/cake_my_day for this sample Recently Glen Grant 18 was awarded the Whisky of the Year by a specific whisky book. Well, it was one of three, and was the only Scotch. As we all know, different whisky reviewers will tell you different things. I may tell you about high end whiskies, and will rate them on quality without price. Thus someone who doesn’t have the money… Continue reading Glen Grant 18

Dalmore 25 1990 Cadenhead’s Single Cask

Contrary to what my typical reviews are, my whisky budget isn’t the equivalent of some small nations that are still reeling from much larger nations historically screwing them over. That’s the academic term. So when asked if I wanted to split Dalmore 25 1990 Cadenhead Single Cask, I can’t tell you why I agreed to it. Let me be clear: I have nothing against Dalmore as… Continue reading Dalmore 25 1990 Cadenhead’s Single Cask