2020 Holiday Whisky Gift Guide

2020 has been quite the year, and your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus celebrations are likely to look a little different than normal, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be buying whisky for your friends and family! We’ve put together an updated 2020 Gift Guide to help you find the best options at the LCBO! WHISKY $61 AND UNDER Wild Turkey 101 – a great bourbon for $38 currently … Continue reading 2020 Holiday Whisky Gift Guide

Reviews: Nikka Taketsuru 12 and 21

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Appearance: 1.2, Chestnut Nose: Lots of honey and malt, menthol, empire apples, a floral note that almost comes across like fresh dryer sheets. The profile is somewhat shallow in depth. Taste: White fruits and moderate wood spice on the arrival, a slight tartness, honey, under ripe banana. Fairly one dimensional really. Finish: Quite short and light, malty honey, white pepper. I almost get … Continue reading Reviews: Nikka Taketsuru 12 and 21

Nikka Taketsuru Malts (Pure Malt, 12, 17, 21)

The Nikka Taketsuru range is named after the creator of Nikka distillery. That’s a lot to live up to. Masataka Taketsuru is well loved at Nikka, so you just don’t The reason being, this is a blended malt, made up of Pure Malt. It’s distilled exclusively from barely malt. And Malt whisky, to the Nikka Whisky company, is considered to be the forefather of all… Continue reading Nikka Taketsuru Malts (Pure Malt, 12, 17, 21)

Nikka Malts (All Malt, Pure Malt White, Pure Malt Red, Pure Malt Black)

So don’t call it a vertical… what do I call it? I mean, these are all the Malts. Some of them are inside others, and others are mixed all up. And they are blends. It is a horizontal? Probably not. That sounds too sexy for me. Are these the silly goats of the Nikka brand? No, what about the crayons of Nikka? Well, what colour… Continue reading Nikka Malts (All Malt, Pure Malt White, Pure Malt Red, Pure Malt Black)

Nikka Triple Leftovers Review [Coffey Grain, Yoichi 10, Miyagikyo 15]

Thanks to all the people who swapped me these. It’s been awhile, so I can’t find where they came from. Apologies. I’m logging in my swaps now to ensure that everyone gets a shout out in the future. So fun story time (feel free to skip): I ended up wanting to do a review of all the Nikka Malts. And then I wanted to do… Continue reading Nikka Triple Leftovers Review [Coffey Grain, Yoichi 10, Miyagikyo 15]

Nikka Yoichi SMWS 116.20 “Fascinating complexity & finesse”

(Thanks again to /u/Scotch_Fanatic for these drams, I think he’s 20 feet tall and fights back the worms of the earth) I have had a checkered past with Japanese whisky. Truthfully, I didn’t use to treat it all that well, because each one I had weren’t that great. Over time I’ve realized that’s because I had too many hits to the head as a child. Oh,… Continue reading Nikka Yoichi SMWS 116.20 “Fascinating complexity & finesse”

Nikka from the Barrel [Re-Review]

Community reviews are pretty amazing. I love being a part of them. That said, I don’t typically archive anything after the review. And thus, when a mystery dram is sent to me, sometimes it’s a repeat. That’s where this review (and some others in the coming years) come from. Also the place didn’t have the other whiskies I asked for first. And I needed something… Continue reading Nikka from the Barrel [Re-Review]