Port Askaig and Elements of Islay Tasting

Last night I went to [another] tasting hosted to Soho’s Milroy’s showcasing Elixir Distillers‘ two Scotch whisky brands: Port Askaig and Elements of Islay. I was initially going to compare these side by side and cover them as a regular writeup on here [after all, this is the concept behind these musings], but since instead […]

Highland Park 12-Year-Old vs Caol Ila 12-Year-Old

Right off the start, I’d like to admit that this is an interesting pairing. Highland Park is the northernmost distillery located in Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands [so it’s an Island single malt]. Although it uses local peat, it’s not as smokey as the Scotch from Islay, so it feels almost unfair to compare it […]

Ledaig 10-Year-Old vs Ardbeg 10-Year-Old

I’m secretly patting myself on the back once again for pairing up these two whiskies. Today I am comparing Ledaig with Ardbeg, one of my favourite distilleries from Islay [favourite? Who am I kidding? Every Islay distillery is a favourite!]. As you have already gathered, both are 10 years olds, and both are actually coming […]

GlenDronach 12 vs Macallan 12 Sherry Oak

This is going to be another fine pairing. Mostly because followers of The Macallan are also big fans of the GlenDronach. These distilleries are from the same region [although the GlenDronach has been re-classified as a Highland whisky] and produce a fantastic single malt pretty much in the same style. Although The Macallan has seriously […]

Mortlach 13-year-old vs Balvenie Single Barrel 12

I am very excited about today’s tasting! Mostly because I’m pairing Mortlach 13, which is a natural cask strength single malt from the refill and virgin oak casks, with a very similar style single malt from Balvenie, which is a 12-year-old first-fill [same as “virgin”] single barrel. Both from Speyside and pretty close to each […]