Tomatin 12 / 14 Port Wood / Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage / 36

Recently I was privileged enough to join a tasting put on by Tomatin, through the Toronto Whisky Society. Tomatin is an interesting distillery for me. I am not the biggest Highland fan, however, years ago I decided to dive deep on them due to (no joke) a request for more reviews from distilleries that start with T. Tomatin, of course, means Hill of the Juniper… Continue reading Tomatin 12 / 14 Port Wood / Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage / 36

Springbank 9 Local Barley / Springbank 19 1996 Port Cask

Thanks to /u/xile_ for these samples. In a recent online discussion, someone brought up that Springbank was now so popular that the price is stopping people from being able to afford it, thus making it harder to buy, thus screwing more people at trying it, and here we are. However every so often some of the younger ones are there for us, the lower classes who save… Continue reading Springbank 9 Local Barley / Springbank 19 1996 Port Cask

Glenfiddich Wardhead 1997 Cooper’s Choice Port Cask Finish

Thanks to /u/devoz for pouring me this dram. “You ever had a Wardhead?” Yup, I was asked that. I stare back at people who ask me that, and I’m drawing a blank. Never heard of it. Then I’m told that Wardhead is Glenfiddich, teaspooned with an equally aged whisky. So it’s a blend. A vatting, if you will. Why? Because Glenfiddich doesn’t allow independent bottlers to release… Continue reading Glenfiddich Wardhead 1997 Cooper’s Choice Port Cask Finish

Lohin McKinnon Wine Barrel & Chocolate Malt & Peated Malt

Thank you to the Toronto Whisky Society and Lohin McKinnon for giving me the chance to try out these offerings. All of the below are my own thoughts, opinions, and have not been influenced by the dump truck filled with money that I’m sure is coming my way. Oh, there isn’t one of them? I guess I’ll just have to keep on being a reviewer… Continue reading Lohin McKinnon Wine Barrel & Chocolate Malt & Peated Malt

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

High West Double Rye! Quady Black Muscat finish Premier Fine Wines and Liquor pick

Thanks to /u/ScotchChick for the sample. So let’s start High West Double Rye! That’s not me being excited, just the name of the whiskey. That’s a mixture of 2-year-old rye and 16-year-old rye, each sourced from a different company. This was made before they started adding in their own rye. Or is that Rendezvous now? I think that’s RR. None the less, we start with those. Then… Continue reading High West Double Rye! Quady Black Muscat finish Premier Fine Wines and Liquor pick

Cumberland Cask Ruby Cut

? Thanks to /u/orehnmadgib for the sample. I am tremendously bad at guessing mystery samples. However I ended up with a bunch after some swap, so it’s time to crack them open in a series I’m calling “I’m really bad at mysteries”. It’s tough to buck trends. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the standards kept by American whiskey. I think the requirements ensure… Continue reading Cumberland Cask Ruby Cut

Four Heartwood Whiskies

Thanks to /u/Uncletobys for the samples. Heartwood is an independent bottler. However, to stop there in describing them doesn’t really do them justice. Most independent bottlers make their way into a distillery, buy a cask that the distillery is willing to sell (typically one that doesn’t fit with their release schedules or flavour profiles), they bottle it, and sell it out to us, the whisky lovers. Heartwood… Continue reading Four Heartwood Whiskies