Laphroaig / Bowmore Tasting – Event Recap

On April 18, we had a tasting event with Matt Jones (@whisky_chef on instagram/twitter), the Beam-Suntory brand ambassador for the company’s Scotch and worldwhisky portfolios. Matt brought us a number of expressions from both of these Islay distilleries and regaled us with tales from that beautiful island, and the people who live and work there. He also brought some great swag for everyone to take … Continue reading Laphroaig / Bowmore Tasting – Event Recap

Bowmore SMWS 3.270 “Surf n turf in a camel’s saddle bag”

Thanks to /u/twiddleDD for this sample This is a continuation of my ongoing series that I’m calling “Scotch Malts, Wife’s Selection”, in which my wife goes through my backlog of SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society) samples that I haven’t reviewed yet, pours them blind, and then I review it blind. Islay? Sure. Bowmore? Well… I don’t know. Awhile ago Bowmore brought out Tempest, Laimrig, and Devil’s cask.… Continue reading Bowmore SMWS 3.270 “Surf n turf in a camel’s saddle bag”

Bowmore – Devil’s Casks 3

Bowmore – The Devil’s Casks Limited Release 3, 56.7% ABV, Acquired in Trade Marriage of first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Nose: Signature Bowmore peat, dank/musty/woody, rich sherry, raisins, black cherries, candied strawberries. Taste: Subtle peat, oak spice, chocolate orange, Licorice Allsorts, red plums, cinnamon and molasses. Finish:  Long and drying. Peat, chocolate, and oak spice linger. Thoughts: Its bold for sure, but … Continue reading Bowmore – Devil’s Casks 3

Three Douglas Laing Double Barrel Offerings

Thanks to /u/cake_my_day for two of these samples. There are blends, blended malts, and vattings. Today we’re going to look at blended malts. Douglas Laing has an entire division devoted to the idea of taking two different whiskies from different distilleries, blending them together, and making something new. But not just two different whiskies. Two different single casks. All done for, and I’m quoting here, “a bit… Continue reading Three Douglas Laing Double Barrel Offerings

Islay comparison

Five of the big players from Islay. You will notice Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, and Kilchoman (among a few others) are absent from this lineup. I wanted to review the entry-level (age statement) offerings from the main distilleries to see how each compare. They are affordable, available, and most of all, these are the ones I currently have. Bowmore 12, 40% ABV, $60 CAD Nose: Very light … Continue reading Islay comparison