I get asked a lot what my favourite whisky is, and to be honest it's such a difficult question, but i'd be happy to mention this distillery when saying ones that are on my Yes Please list.
A single cask bottled by the distillery distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2017 this cask was selected by master blender Michael Henry and bottled at cask strength at 53.1%.
There are a number of things that make me look through the back log of drams and a discussion on twitter about Auchentoshan is what led me to this one. Bottled by independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd this single cask has been bottled at 46%.
I had this thought in my head recently that i hadn't really had a lot of Mortlach, but then i checked out my reviews and actually I've had a fair amount of the Beast of Dufftown over the years but this 31 year old dram, matured in an refill sherry hogshead really has sparked my interest.
There are a number of distilleries that i really enjoy the whisky from but i tend to, for some reason, either not see when looking at lists in bars etc, or when hunting for samples and Deanston is one of them, and thats despite the fact i'm actually a huge fan of the whisky.
Independent bottlings, at cask strength, of Aberfeldy don't come along too often, so i was really excited to see this dram in a set of samples from Gordon and MacPhail.
Over the years I've had some utterly brilliant drams from Benriach, this loveable distillery became a bit of a sample shop releasing a wide breadth of different cask styles and finishes, generally all being damn good too.
I was having a bit of a grump at the weekend about the fact that we don't seem to get many independent bottlings of distilleries like Glenkinchie when it reminded me I had 100ml of this from a fairly recent bottle share still to crack into so it was time to hunt it out.
Dalwhinnie is a distillery that seems to have slipped through my radar pretty much all the time, I've previously reviewed a couple of examples but really need to make an effort to dig out some basic examples and try to review a few more of these.
Last one in this series of new Jura Travel retail drams, this is the 19 year old The Paps, named after the famous mountains on Jura.
Another from the Jura Travel retail range, they all appear to be a combination of ex bourbon american oak and ex pedro Ximinez sherry casks, with varying amounts of peated and unpeated whisky in them.
None of us can really define exactly what makes us love a distillery, or why, and Jura is that distillery for me, i can't say why i love it but i do, the whisky, the place, the story, everything works for me, and I know it doesn't for many others, but thats what makes it all interesting for us.
Nothing beats a well ages blended scotch whisky and this is yet another of those, this time from North Star Spirits, an independent bottler that I've not spent anywhere near as much time with as i should have so far.
This old blended Speyside malt was bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange by German independent Bottler The Whisky Agency and comes from a butt of blended malt featuring whiskies from over the Speyside region.
From the new Glengoyne range of whiskies, this Glengoyne Cuartillo is at the cheaper end of the scale, and I'm really excited to give this one a try.
I'm definitely one of those whisky drinkers who likes to poo poo those who moan about blends, blended whiskies, whether blended malts or blended scotch are a huge part of the industry and should not be overlooked.
Despite the fact i'm a huge fan of this distillery, there are still times when even i find one that isn't up to my standards and don't really agree with it, and this is one of those.
Hunt through this website and you will find i'm a bit of a fan of Jura, there are a fair plenty reviews on this site and i'm a real fan of the style, it would likely be described as my favourite distillery (well maybe after Rosebank).
There are a few distilleries that i have a real fond affection for, Tomatin is most definitely one of them, it has a style that works really well for my palate and every dealing i've had in terms of staff with this distillery has been brilliant.
I'm a huge fan of Gordon and MacPhail as independant bottlers, they tend to pick great spirit and their cask management always appears great, add in great distilleries, like this Clynelish, and you have what should be a winning recipe.