Arran SMWS 121.76 “Close shave from a tipsy barber”

Thanks to Tim W. for pouring me this sample. So we start ramping up. Because for this year’s Advent Calendar, put together by my wife, each one is supposed to be stronger than the last. Luckily I have a working liver. Ha! Take that non-liver people! So we’re onto Advent Day #16. Let’s see how this tastes, shall we? Price: Sold out Region: Island Date Distilled: July 2002… Continue reading Arran SMWS 121.76 “Close shave from a tipsy barber”

Highland Park SMWS 4.236 “Island Holiday Snapshot”

Thanks to /u/Throzen for pouring me a sample of this. In a previous review, I mentioned, erroneously, that Highland Park is the only distillery on Orkney that peats. Fun story: Scapa used to peat way, way back. And then stopped due to hating us. Or whatever reason. I’m totally not taking it personally. Jerks. Anyway, that leaves us with Highland Park being the only ones who still… Continue reading Highland Park SMWS 4.236 “Island Holiday Snapshot”

Isle of Jura Boutique Barrels 1997 Loire Rosé Sparkling Wine Finish

Thanks to the Toronto Whisky Society for hosting this event, and to /u/devoz for picking out the lineup. Alright feeling more confident now. Why? Because we’re talking about Isle of Jura. And because that distillery holds a special place in my heart. And not just due to the buildup of platelets near my left ventricle. The first whisky I ever really, really loved was Jura Superstition. And while I… Continue reading Isle of Jura Boutique Barrels 1997 Loire Rosé Sparkling Wine Finish

Orkney 17 2000 The Whisky Agency & Heads & Tails

This year we changed things up with the Toronto Whisky Society: We had two releases. Due to feedback, people requested both a more expensive release and a less expensive release. This brings in Orkney 17 2018 The Whisky Agency & Heads & Tails, not just a whisky with a lot of Ampersands in the name, but also the more expensive release for this year. We don’t… Continue reading Orkney 17 2000 The Whisky Agency & Heads & Tails

Ledaig 19 1997 Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask

The past few years I’ve had more and more Ledaig. It’s pretty simple to see why: The whisky tastes good at a young age, isn’t from Islay but is peated, and my fellow whisky friends are big fans of it. Thus when I had the chance for a friend to bring back a bottle of Ledaig 19 1997 Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask from Alberta, I… Continue reading Ledaig 19 1997 Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask

Ledaig 11 2005 Signatory Cask Strength Collection (Cask 900157) [MYSTERY]

Thanks to /u/ForbiddenWaffle for this mystery pour. There’s something magical about whisky. And I don’t mean that “believing stickers make you smarter” thing that Gwyneth Paltrow is slinging or whatever religion is selling or Cardboard Crack: The Spending type Magic. No, I’m talking about the idea of different casks giving different results. Yes, I know statistically most casks age along a profile and are close to that… Continue reading Ledaig 11 2005 Signatory Cask Strength Collection (Cask 900157) [MYSTERY]