Nikka Coffey Grain vs Nikka Coffey Malt

I’m having a sort of love/hate relationship with the Japanese whiskies lately. Some of it may be coloured by the fact that many distilleries hid the source of their ingredients and, prior to the most recently announced regulation, have even repackaged Scotch whisky under the Japanese label. This shouldn’t stop me from enjoying the dram, […]

Blind Tasting #1

Today, or rather over the course of a couple of days, I set upon a blind tasting of six drams, courtesy of The Spirits Embassy. Given that each sample is indeed only about 30ml, I do not intend to consume all of this alcohol in one sitting. I mean, of course, I can, but I […]

Intermission: On Whisky Cocktails

Scotch continues to be the drink of choice here, but there’s no denying that occasionally I make some room for a cocktail. Whether as an aperitif before a meal or a sip on my porch during a warm day – there’s something about a cocktail that can be forgiven. If you are a technical person […]

Penderyn Madeira Finish vs Penderyn Rich Oak

I have referred a couple of times to a few online tastings that I have participated in. The one in this instance is courtesy of The Spirits Embassy, who launched their 3-month subscription in January. Essentially, you receive small samples of whisky in the mail and, on a specific date, meet via Zoom for a […]

Macduff 11-year-old (TBWC) vs Macduff 18-year-old (HL)

Today I was thinking about the difference between drinking and tasting and the particular approach that comes with enjoying the whisky when it comes to the latter experience. I find that for tasting, I must be in a specific mood, setting, and time, whereas for drinking, well… any time and place will do. It’s very […]

Octave Tormore (DT) vs Càrn Mòr Tamdhu (MMcK)

When I was a kid and watched adults take down shots of vodka, I never really understood what they meant when they said about someone, “he doesn’t know how to drink“. Later, of course, I realised that it’s all about handling one’s alcohol [and behaving properly while intoxicated]. But I think it also can encapsulate […]

Ardbeg 10-year-old vs Port Charlotte 10-year-old

Now, here we have the good ol’ Ardbeg once again. Just yesterday, I sipped on Uigeadail and Ardcore. This one is a 10-year-old single malt from Islay, which, so far, has won a round against the same-aged Ledaig from Tobermory in this tasting. In general, I think that Ardbeg is one of the top stable […]

Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release

Earlier this week, I published a write-up comparing Ardbeg Uigeadail versus Laphroaig Lore. Unfortunately, even as I was completing the words for the article, my suspicion of having tasted the Ardbeg continued to grow [this was in a restaurant, and I was extremely wary of them serving me the wrong scotch], only to be confirmed […]

Deanston 26-year-old vs Bruichladdich 18-year-old (RF)

Today’s side by side sip is courtesy of another [paid for] tasting I participated in this past Monday at Soho’s Milroy’s. In this case, “rare find” is not a playful description of some uncovering that I have partaken in, but rather a name of an actual independent bottler’s range, literally called Rare Find Whisky. It’s […]