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, […]

Laphroaig 16-Year-Old vs Laphroaig 18-Year-Old

I finally took a complete stock of my current whisky collection, and as it stands, I have somewhere 50+ bottles that are _open_. Yes, the total count is somewhere north of 150 [not counting the bottles I am storing at a warehouse, following my auction wins], and on about a third of them, I’ve popped […]

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 […]

Mortlach 13-year-old vs Balvenie Single Barrel 12

I am very excited about today’s tasting! Mostly because I’m pairing Mortlach 13, which is a natural cask strength single malt from the refill and virgin oak casks, with a very similar style single malt from Balvenie, which is a 12-year-old first-fill [same as “virgin”] single barrel. Both from Speyside and pretty close to each […]

Glenfarclas 105 vs Mortlach 13-Year-Old

Well, it’s the end of 2021, and although the world is out there celebrating “something”, inside it’s just another night, which will roll into a new day, and so on, till our home remains within the orbit. So instead of doomsday thoughts, I choose to focus on the whisky. For this round, I select two […]

Balvenie 12 DoubleWood vs Single Barrel 12

My next dram is from Balvenie, and it’s a favourite of mine, a 12-year-old DoubleWood, a natural go-to, regardless of the occasion. I’m nearly ecstatic that it ‘sort of randomly’ came up as the subsequent pick in this pre-lockdown new adventure. I try and think of what to pair it with. Another Balvenie, of course, […]