The Arran Distillery: A Coming of Age (Plus, 4 Arran Whiskies Reviewed)

The Isle of Arran, sometimes referred to as “Scotland in miniature,” was once home to more than 50 whisky distilleries. But that was the 19th century and times changed; distilleries disappeared. When The Arran Distillery opened in 1995, it bookended a … Continue reading


Whisky Luxe: The Macallan Rare Cask

The famous drinks writer Michael Jackson once called The Macallan “the Rolls Royce of single malts.” He proudly heralded the distillery as one of the absolute best. And who could argue with that assessment? During Jackson’s time, The Macallan was at the … Continue reading


Compass Box’s Hedonism Quindecimus: Grain Whisky, Evolved

Hedonism Quindecimus.  Hedonism. Quindecimus. Say that ten times over. Okay, don’t say that ten times over. Just look at her awe. Stare longingly into it her beautiful eyes and be transported to some strange land that whiskymaker/mad whisky scientist John … Continue reading


WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey: Cask-Finished Goodness

Since WhistlePig first released their 10 year 100 proof straight rye in 2010, the Vermont-based whiskey company has quickly become one of the preeminent producers of 100% rye in the US. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying most of their releases to date, including … Continue reading


Drinking Colorado: Spirits Edition (Feat. Stranahan’s, Leopold Bros & more)

In the past ten years Colorado has gone from just one craft distillery to fifty, making it one of the foremost states for craft spirits in the county. For part two in our Drinking Colorado series, we take a look … Continue reading


New 18- and 42-year Whiskies from Tobermory… I mean, Ledaig

I’ve always been a little confused by the Tobermory/Ledaig story. First of all, this is a distillery that has been in and out of operation numerous times since it was founded in 1798. It has also switched ownership hands perhaps as … Continue reading


Laphroaig 15, Reincarnated & Reviewed (200th Anniversary)

As I reported back in November, Laphroaig has a host of new releases planned for their 200th Anniversary this year. According to Laphroaig’s Distillery Master John Campbell there are seven new whiskies in total coming out in 2015. Not least … Continue reading

Ardbeg Perpetuum

Ardbeg’s 200th, and Perpetuum

There are thirteen working distilleries in Scotland that are part of the 200-year club. That’s like the mile high club of Scotch, just much rarer and a wee bit cooler. And it just so happens that the most recent inductees–both celebrating … Continue reading


New Holland’s Zeppelin Bend: When Brewers Get Distilling Right

I’ve written a lot about the convergence of craft beer and whiskey over the past few years. Brewers and distillers are, at an increasing rate, joining forces to create products that are a result of their collective efforts. And as an equal opportunity … Continue reading


East Meets West: Japan’s Nikka Whisky & Seattle’s Westland Distillery

This is part two of a two-part series. Check out Part I: ‘East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie on Main here. It took a fortuitous dinner at the incomparable Craigie on Main to properly introduce me to Japan’s Nikka Whisky and Seattle’s … Continue reading

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