Laphroaig 10 vs Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength (Batch 13)

Welcome back to another fine pairing of two single malts, with the purpose of teasing out those minute details and the tiny differences when tasting them side-by-side. Today I am particularly excited to taste one of my favourite drams from Laphroaig, but, as you have already keenly observed, one is a “standard” bottling at [only] […]

Intermission: Bottlekill

I first came upon the term #bottlekill via Twitter (so it’s more of a hashtag rather than an actual term). A finished bottle of whisk[e]y was proudly and often somewhat sadly displayed by its previous owner, sometimes upside down, to celebrate and commemorate a dear departed friend. As you may have already guessed by following […]

Ardbeg 10-year-old vs Ardbeg An Oa

Today on the offer for comparing two drams side by side, I’ve got the 10-year-old staple from Ardbeg, “The Ultimate Ten“, which this renowned Islay distillery proclaims to be “the peatiest, smokiest, and most complex single malt of them all” next to their new addition to the Ultimate range, which they call An Oa (pronounced […]

Glenfiddich 12-year-old vs Glenlivet 12-year-old

Welcome back to another side-by-side tasting and a comparison of some great single malts from Scotland. Today I’m running through the two best-selling drams, recognizable worldwide and available in almost every country, bar, and often even a supermarket. In fact, you may have landed on this page because you also wanted to know the difference […]

Profile: Gordon & MacPhail

Last night I had the pleasure of spending a few hours in the company of Gordon & MacPhail, tasting some of their unique and archival bottlings (some not available anywhere for sale) from the Distillery Labels and Connoisseurs Choice series. I’ve had six different samples, and instead of comparing two drams side by side, as […]

WhistlePig 10-year-old vs 12-year-old “Old World Rye”

I often go out for whisk[e]y tastings not just to experience new things but also to learn from the distillery representatives (aka “ambassadors”) about the history, the process and the aesthetic behind their wares. This helps me understand and appreciate the work they’ve put in. Sometimes I get bombarded with too much marketing during these […]

Amrut Fusion vs Amrut Peated

Up for a side-by-side glance, nose, and taste, is a duo of single malts from Bangalore, India, distilled by Amrut. This is the very first single malt whisky to be made in India, officially launched outside of the country in 2004, and its name translates from Sanskrit to something akin to “nectar of gods” or, […]

Talisker 10-year-old vs Talisker 8-Year-Old (2021 SR)

So I made myself a little online “alcohol dilution calculator” (in Google Sheets), and you know what – it totally works! Not just the math [that, of course, is solid], but the actual process of diluting whisky to the precise specifications of the desired ABV really does make it better! Want yours? Type out these […]

Glengoyne 21-Year-Old vs Auchentoshan 21-Year-Old

I’ve been on some kind of a 21-year-old Speyside sherried kick lately. And although I’m mostly a self-proclaimed peat-head, since I’m enjoying this particular style of Scotch, let’s just keep going! But first, let’s review the last week of tastings. First, I compared the Glengoyne 21-year-old distillery bottling against a Douglas Laing single cask (same […]

GlenDronach 21-year-old vs Balvenie 21-year-old

In my tasting of Glengoyne 21-year-old vs GlenDronach 21-year-old, I was shocked to find the latter left a pretty undesired sulfuric aftertaste on my palate, especially after adding some water to this single malt. I’m also beginning to wonder about oxidization in this bottle, which, if I had to admit, has been open on my shelves […]