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 […]

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 […]

Glenfarclas 15-year-old vs Glenfarclas 25-year-old

Glenfarclas is a family-owned independent distillery in Ballindalloch (Speyside), and it’s one of those bottlings that avid collectors of all vintage years aim to show off on their shelves. After all, The Family Casks, a collection of 43 single casks bottlings starting from 1952 to 1994, is the largest in the world. Luckily for you, […]

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 […]

Cù Bòcan Signature vs Cù Bòcan Creation #2

This evening’s tasting is courtesy of The Whisky Wire and their exciting #TweetTastings (which you may join as well), connecting me with some interesting and unique drams which I wouldn’t have otherwise picked out on my own. And today, I’m sipping on a few samples from Cù Bòcan. I was initially going to cover this […]

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, […]

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 […]