Whisky Reviews

Lagavulin Vertical Tasting: Which Lagavulin Bottling is the Best?
Vertical tasting of multiple Lagavulin bottles to determine our favorites
Glencarins glass filled with Whisky next to tiny bottle with building behind
Review #22: Tamdhu 1980
A once in a lifetime chance. “Orange silk on a leather couch
SMWS - A Sunny Day in Late Summer 64.97
Review #20: SMWS – A Sunny Day in Late Summer
Fun and Fruity Hookah. 9 Year Old Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask Strength Whisky Review.
white bottle next to half full glass of whisky
Review #19: Johnnie Walker – White Walker GoT Diageo
I’d rather take the black. Johnny Walker Black that is.
Exclusive Malts Isle of Islay (left) and Lagavulin 16 (right). Darker color on the Exclusive Malts because of the pure sherry cask.
Review #18: Exclusive Malts – Isle of Islay
“Port Ellen Movie Theater” - a beautiful peat-and-sherry bomb
Two bottles of Whisky with two glasses in between and a bar behind.
Review #17: Lagavulin 2018 Feis
Tasting Notes for Lagavulin 2018 Feis (18 year old)
Two bottles next to each other with glasses between in front of a backlit bar.
Review #16: Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 2017
Tasting Notes for 4/506 Batch of Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 2017
Whisky bottle next to whisky glass in front of globe and copper still
Review #15: Purgeist Bavarian Hop
Pur Geist (Purgeist) Bavarian Hop Flavored Whisky Review
Four bottles of whisky in front of one glass of whisky
Review #14: Lagavulin 16
We review the classic, balanced Lagavulin 16 Whisky

Scotch Whisky

Scotch whisky must be distilled in Scotland, aged for at least three years in oak, and subject to several other restrictions. The age on a label of scotch has to be the youngest year of whisky used in the final beverage. There are five main regions of Scotch production, Highland, Lowland, Islay, Campbeltown, and Speyside. Scotch whiskys run the gamut from sweeter, smoother varieties like Glenmorangie to heavy, peatier whiskys like Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Single Malt Scotch is Scotch is a further restriction, as it needs to be produced only from 100% malted barley, and it can only come from a single distillery.

Irish Whisky

Irish whiskeys have diversified in recent years. Traditional Irish whiskies have been from a mix of malted and unmalted barley, and are triple distilled in a pot still. Irish whiskeys tend to be smoother and sweeter than most of their Scottish and American counterparts, and are great for new whiskey drinkers.

Japanese Whisky

Though whiskys were first made in Japan in the 1870s, they weren’t commercially produced until Yamazaki opened its doors in 1924. Japanese whiskys tend to be based on single malt Scotches, and often have similar flavor profiles. Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Nikka are three of the most common Japanese whisky brands available around the world. In recent years Japanese whiskys have been attracting increasing attention, especially since Nikka and Suntory’s whiskys have started to beat some of the most highly regarded Scotches in head to head competitions.

Bourbon & Rye Whiskey

America’s gift to drinking culture, bourbon dates back to the mid 1800s. Technically a bourbon is any American whiskey that’s produced in the US from at least 51% grain, distilled to less than 80% ABV, barreled at no more than 125 proof, aged in new charred oak, and bottled at more than 80 proof. Most Bourbon is aged for at least 2 years, and made in Kentucky, but there are some interesting new bourbons cropping up at distilleries across the US in recent years.