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 […]

Douglas Laing Rock Island vs Ledaig 10-year-old

I am desperately trying to get to some sense of normalcy. Even if it’s a routine that is outside the normalcy as I’ve known it up till now. And this pattern, which I established and enjoyed at the end of last year [2021], had me pairing whisky side by side. This was before the almost […]

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, […]

Douglas Laing Big Peat vs Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà

Writing about whisky during the ongoing insanity of current events is no different than writing about music. In the process, with these words, these sounds, and the warming feeling at the centre of my body, I seek refuge from the unnecessary clash. It’s still a little difficult to truly ‘enjoy’ either one of these activities, […]