Glenrothes 1996 Jack Wieber

Recently there was a nice Toronto Whisky Society tasting in which a private whisky owner shared an interesting group of whiskies with a group of us. It’s interesting to follow what makes you excited. Self-examination, that is. Not judging others like some sort of crazed doctor in the woods. I realized, for instance, that without aiming for it, I’ve been drinking more and more Glenrothes.… Continue reading Glenrothes 1996 Jack Wieber

Bunnahabhain Warehouse 9 Tasting

All the rumours are true: Bunnahabhain feels like the most remote and difficult to get to of all the distilleries on Islay. The final stretch is spent driving a long way down a nondescript single lane road.  What they don’t tell you is that the Bunnahabhain Distillery complex looks like something out of a nuclear fallout movie, with seemingly old and rundown industrial buildings. Any … Continue reading Bunnahabhain Warehouse 9 Tasting

Bruichladdich Warehouse Experience

After Lagavulin, we ate a lovely lunch at the Islay Hotel, where we ended up getting seated beside and chatting with an Australian that had made the trip to Islay on his own. Happily full and ready to go, we were off on the 40-minute drive to Bruichladdich. As this was my wife’s first time driving on this trip, I was understandably nervous and sober … Continue reading Bruichladdich Warehouse Experience

Head-to-Head: Lot 40 Cask Strength 11yr (2018) vs Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr (2017) Review

If you have been paying any attention, the original Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr was the darling of Canadian whisky releases last year. A well priced, cask strength 100% rye that was widely available. Also helps it was bloody delicious. I would like to thank Corby/Wiser’s who provided the sample of Lot 40 cask strength 11 year, the bottle of the 12 year I purchased … Continue reading Head-to-Head: Lot 40 Cask Strength 11yr (2018) vs Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr (2017) Review

Glenburgie 1999 Asta Morris

Recently there was a nice Toronto Whisky Society tasting in which a private whisky owner shared an interesting group of whiskies with a group of us. When Glenburgie 1999 Asta Morris came out, immediately everyone noticed the colour. Yes, I know, normally colour is to whisky as the colour is to a car. Sure, it’s nice and adds to the overall style, but typically it isn’t the… Continue reading Glenburgie 1999 Asta Morris

Westland Garryana & Westland Peated American Single Malt

? Westland Garryana 2016 Ed. 1 I recently had a discussion with a master blender, and we discussed the difference between your average whiskey geek and whiskey drinker. The end result was that your average whisky drinker doesn’t really understand what goes into their whiskey. When I was more foolish and less correct than now, I used to be disgusted at the inclusion of “sour… Continue reading Westland Garryana & Westland Peated American Single Malt