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

Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Cask & Kavalan Solist Port Cask ‘KavaFan Single Cask Release’

Thanks to /u/jeremyheavy  & /u/Theslicknick6 for the samples. Kavalan Solist is a line of cask strength, single cask whiskies. They are each differentiated by the cask they were matured in. Sounds pretty standard, right? So standard, I honestly didn’t know what to write about here. Maybe about Taiwan and the Han migration, perhaps something about having a Taiwanese friend and then making an ass of myself on purpose, probably… Continue reading Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Cask & Kavalan Solist Port Cask ‘KavaFan Single Cask Release’

BenRiach 9 2008 Peated Port pipe

Thanks to /u/nsquare14 for sending me some samples. Really appreciate these, as he sent me some I’ve never reviewed as a thank you for the reviews. BenRiach 9 2008 Peated Port pipe. That’s a mouthful. And not just because I’m imbibing it. Let’s break this all down, shall we? BenRiach. A distillery I enjoy, though I’ll admit the price increases and some of the drams not being… Continue reading BenRiach 9 2008 Peated Port pipe

Balvenie 21 Portwood [Re-Review]

Thanks to whiskytanuki for taking the amazing pics at the recent tasting. Recently the Toronto Whisky Society was privileged enough to have a Balvenie tasting. And not just any Balvenie tasting, but one with Jame Johnson, our resident Brand Ambassador slash co-host of The Whisky Topic. And I was happy enough to join. The line-up was pretty epic, however as a biased person who likes Balvenie (cause I’m a… Continue reading Balvenie 21 Portwood [Re-Review]