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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dalmore 12, 2005, 2002 vintages, and a 21-year-old

Today’s pairing is courtesy of @TweetTastings which partnered with Dalmore to showcase three of its latest offerings, plus a special and an exclusive preview [more on that below]. I’ve been a fan of Dalmore for nearly two decades now [possibly more] and feel like it always had a presence on my shelves. The 18-year-old in […]

Darkness 8-Year-Old (AtB) vs Glenmorangie Milsean

I’m nearly finished with the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar presented last year by Drinks By The Dram. Yesterday, I was impressed with the inclusion of The Macallan 12-year-old Double Cask, and today’s 23rd dram of this journey is a mysterious Darkness 8-Year-Old with a Sherry Finish. I seem to recognize this label and quickly jump […]

Fettercairn 16-Year-Old vs Fettercairn 22-Year-Old

It’s interesting to compare one distillery against the other. Especially when I pick bottlings of equal age, style, ABV and most importantly, their maturation process. It’s only then the slightest notes of one begin to possibly outshine the shadows of the other. But what about bottlings from the same distillery of different ages, ABV and […]