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 […]

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 […]

Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Laphroaig Lore [FAIL!]

This particular pairing was one of those rare occasions when I set out to compare some single malts before a meal [and a little during] in a restaurant, limited by the available options. This is not a simple task, may I add, as many establishments offer a pretty limited selection of scotch, and I usually […]

TBWC : The Norwest Euro Express Tasting

This past Wednesday, not only did I get a chance to taste some spirits from six different European distilleries courtesy of That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC), but I also got a chance to meet Dave Worthington, who is the Global Brand Ambassador for this independent bottler (a favourite of mine!). Of course, I’ve had some […]

Duncan Taylor Single Cask Brackla vs Glenallachie

With everything that’s currently going on in the world, it’s a little hard to stay focused. It’s a bit difficult to celebrate pretty much anything in my life, even as there are positive vibes all around me. Whisky becomes a solace and a friend, there in times of the good and the ugly. And yes, […]

Benromach 21-Year-Old vs Contrasts: Peat Smoke

In today’s write-up, I’m covering some drams from Benromach. The five whiskies have arrived at my doorstep courtesy of The Spirits Embassy for an online tasting night, live via Zoom [and recorded for offline viewing later]. If there is anything positive to be extracted from this ongoing pandemic, it’s that the businesses across a variety […]