Tasting Notes / Reviews By Date



Mortlach 1971-1996 (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlach 1971-1996 (Gordon and MacPhail)

This was handed to me by a lovely customer at work, and is from a bottle distilled in 1971 and bottled in 1996.

Mortlach 6yr 2006 Vintage Collection (Morrison and Mackay)
Mortlach 6yr 2006 Vintage Collection (Morrison and Mackay)

This sample came from my good friend Barry at The Whiskyphiles, and is from a 200ml bottle fromt he Carn Mor Vintage collection, a young 6 year old Mortlach distilled in 2006.

Mortlach 17yr 1997 PX Finish (Chieftans)
Mortlach 17yr 1997 PX Finish (Chieftans)

There are many independent bottlings of Mortlach, and this one from Ian MacLeods Chieftains Choice range is a delicious 17 year old finished in Pedro Ximinez casks.

SMWS 10.108 Yin and Yang
SMWS 10.108 Yin and Yang

An interesting 9 year old from this Islay Distillery matured in a virgin oak hogshead from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhails wood makes the whisky campaign this expression is a 2006 non pleated dram from The MacPhails Collection.

Bunnahabhain 17yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Bunnahabhain 17yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Another independent Bunnahabhain this time from Bottlers Douglas Laing, this 17 Year Old from the Old Particular range is one I was keen on trying.

Springbank 12yr Cask Strength (Mid 2017 Release)
Springbank 12yr Cask Strength (Mid 2017 Release)

Today I have been Imbibing on the August-2017 release of Springbank 12yr Cask Strength (a mere 56.5%), Springbank is the oldest independent distillery in Scotland dating back to 1828

Westport 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Westport 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this single cask blended malt Westport from 1995 is typical of the distillery making up most of this.

Mortlach 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Mortlach 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Mortlach 1995 is one from the range that really had me excited.

Glenrothes 2006 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Glenrothes 2006 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Glenrothes 2006 is a young 11 years old, quite unusual for the Celebration of the Cask range, but is full of flavour.

Glenlossie 1997 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Glenlossie 1997 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Glenlossie 1997, from cask number 6749) is a tasty example from this distillery that i've only ever had before as an SMWS dram.

Williamson 2010 Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)
Williamson 2010 Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackay Strictly Limited range this is a 6 year old from a single sherry butt, but thats where it gets complicated as this is actually a blended malt!

Riverflow (Morrison & Mackay)
Riverflow (Morrison & Mackay)

i've had a few drams from Independent Bottle Morrison & Mackay in the past, many of which I haven't reviewed as they were sampled at festivals and events, so it's about time i spent more time drinking and reviewing them.

Springbank 21yr XOP (Douglas Laing)
Springbank 21yr XOP (Douglas Laing)

If there is a distillery in Scotland that showcases the "dirty" nature of Scotch whisky and the complexities that comes with it, then it's Springbank, some rave about this distillery, it's one i can enjoy but it's not my favourite.

Macallan 40yr 1977 XOP (Douglas Laing)
Macallan 40yr 1977 XOP (Douglas Laing)

There are a few distilleries in Scotland which have a bit of a reputation around the world, for me due to good marketing rather that whisky quality, and Macallan is one of them, but despite that i was seriously looking forward to trying this one.

Laphroaig 30yr XOP (Douglas Laing)
Laphroaig 30yr XOP (Douglas Laing)

Laphroaig is definitely one of those drams I have a connection to, having joined the Friends of Laphroaig almost 20 years ago (my anniversary is January), so having the opportunity to sample a 30 year old single cask had me a little giddy.

Jura One and All 20 Year Old
Jura One and All 20 Year Old

It's not a secret that i love Jura whisky, in fact many of my whisky friends would describe me as Jura fanboy which i'm pretty much ok with, and when a new release comes along i'm always more than happy to give it a try.

Glencadam 1975 (Montgomeries)
Glencadam 1975 (Montgomeries)

Being the age I am it's not that often that i get to try whiskies older than i am, although i do happen to have tried quite a few, and even rarer to try ones the same age as me but this Glencadam 1975 from Independent bottlers Montgomeries was distilled when i was but a month old.

White Horse Blend (Bottled 1940s)
White Horse Blend (Bottled 1940s)

Thanks to Jason of Malt for the sample of this White Horse Blend, bottled in 1940s, the sharing of whisky between friends is a great way to try some whiskies you would never do otherwise.

Macallan 29yr (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Macallan 29yr (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

I know a lot of people who would be jumping over obstacles for a chance to try this but for me Macallan has never really been one of those distilleries i've got on with very well at all so this is one i'm not as looking forward to as the others.