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 […]

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 […]

Cù Bòcan Creation #3 vs Cù Bòcan Creation #4

It’s time for a detour and self-reflection. After all, these words are as much about the author as they are about the drink. The two bring something to the table, and in the process blend reality into these words. So, I’ve noticed, that not only have I not written in the last two weeks but […]

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, […]

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 […]

Fettercairn 12-Year-Old vs Oban 12-Year-Old

So many times, I’ve celebrated a successful pairing. Perhaps the pinnacle of this [so far] was in my post last night, where two of my beloved distilleries and their expressions went head to head, and then I called a draw. But what about failures? We don’t seem to share them. We want to be perceived […]