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

North Star Millennial Range

So you are an independent bottler. No, not because I said so, I don’t have that power. My superpower is leaving a film on glass, and someday the X-men will call because they are fighting the Sparkler. Marvel, call me for phase 5, I’m awesome. Back to my original point: You’re working as an independent bottler. In make-believe land. And you’re offered some less expensive… Continue reading North Star Millennial Range

Tobermory 23 1995 Maltbarn / Tobermory 12 / Tobermory 10 2008 North Star

Butthole Whisky. If you recognize where that’s from, welcome to the list I’m on. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing. Tobermory is made in such a way that specific flavours of pungent notes are forefront. For some of us we enjoy these notes in the form of fermented pickles and blue cheese. For others, they note the same note is… Continue reading Tobermory 23 1995 Maltbarn / Tobermory 12 / Tobermory 10 2008 North Star

Three XO Blends (Toronto Whisky Society, Maltbarn, Kensington Wine Market)

I’ve told this story many times, but we’re getting to the end of this particular blip of whiskies, so one more time: Many years ago someone was at a warehouse, trying whisky. They noticed some old barrels, tasted them, realized they were old Macallan, Glenrothes, Mortlach, and Tamdhu, all of which were no longer wanted because they were underproof. By vatting them together with some… Continue reading Three XO Blends (Toronto Whisky Society, Maltbarn, Kensington Wine Market)

Glenfarclas 105 22

Alright, so every so often there’s a limited edition that catches my eye. Distillery bottlings command a premium, getting something that is worth it (and actually limited to some degree) is tough, you’re hoping it’s worth it, and all that. Glenfarclas has brought out 105 a few times before. I, for one, am typically interested in it, simply because it’s a stronger strength, it’s not… Continue reading Glenfarclas 105 22