Tasting Notes / Reviews By Date



Glenrothes 8yr MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glenrothes 8yr MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another from the Gordon and MacPhail Wood Makes the Whisky campaign this is the Glenrothes 8 year old from the MacPhails Collection.

Benromach 35 Year Old
Benromach 35 Year Old

The latest release from the Benromach distillery is one that harks back to a time before Gordon and MacPhail took over the running of the distillery.

Thatchers Tremletts and Falstaff Cider
Thatchers Tremletts and Falstaff Cider

This is one of a couple of new release Thatchers Ciders that I was very kindly sent to review by the amazing guys and girls at Thatchers.

Glenmorangie Milsean
Glenmorangie Milsean

This Glenmorangie Milsean is the 7th release in Glenmorangie's private edition series which has in general been very well received.

Thatchers Somerset Redstreak and Katy Cider
Thatchers Somerset Redstreak and Katy Cider

This is one of a couple of new release Thatchers Ciders that I was very kindly sent to review by the amazing guys and girls at Thatchers.

Thatchers 2015 Vintage Oak Aged Somerset Cider
Thatchers 2015 Vintage Oak Aged Somerset Cider

I've tried the 2013 vintage oak aged Somerset cider and really enjoyed it so when this arrived along with a couple of other new release Thatchers Ciders I was excited to try it.

Three Ships 10yr Single Cask PX Finish
Three Ships 10yr Single Cask PX Finish

A while back a campaign by Mark Hughes (@fr1day) from Whisky Tasting Fellowship to get Three Ships to release more of their maturing whisky resulted in the release of this single cask.

Tobermory 20yr (Lady of the Glen)
Tobermory 20yr (Lady of the Glen)

It's been a little while since I tried any of the Lady of the Glen releases so it was great to be offered a sample of this Tobermory.

Yamazaki Distillers Reserve
Yamazaki Distillers Reserve

I've seen this Yamazaki Distillers Edition in my local Sainsburys along with the Hakushu Distillers Edition and never picked up either so on a recent sample swap with Johnnie Stumbler (@johnniestumbler) when the opportunity to try it arose I jumped at it

Orchard Pig Reveller
Orchard Pig Reveller

I now can't go anywhere without looking for a cider or whisky i've not tried before so a recent trip to the local JD Wetherspoons for a catch up with some friends resulted in my having a bottle of this Orchard Pig cider.

Hakushu Distillers Reserve
Hakushu Distillers Reserve

I've seen this Hakushu Distillers Edition in my local Sainsburys along with the Yamazaki Distillers Edition and never picked up either so on a recent sample swap with Johnnie Stumbler (@johnniestumbler) when the opportunity to try it arose I jumped at it

Westons Old Rosie
Westons Old Rosie

I've seen this Westons Old Rosie a few times in my local supermarkets and finally picked it up to give it a try.

Scrumpty Dumpty Cider
Scrumpty Dumpty Cider

Another from my selection purchased at my local Dobbies garden centre is this Scrumpy Dumpty by Staffordshire brewery for Cottage Delight.

Berry Good Strawberry Cider
Berry Good Strawberry Cider

Another really interesting cider picked up at the local Dobbies is this Berry Good Strawberry Cider from the Staffordshire brewery for Cottage Delight.

Glenfarclas 2003 The W Club Exclusive
Glenfarclas 2003 The W Club Exclusive

This 2003 vintage Glenfarclas was bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop's W Club and this sample was passed to me by my good friend Ben Cops (@ben_cops) from Bens Whisky Blog.

Ardmore 1996 Distillery Labels (Gordon and MacPhail)
Ardmore 1996 Distillery Labels (Gordon and MacPhail)

Part of Gordon and MacPhails Wood Makes the Whisky campaign this Ardmore 1996 from their Distillery Labels series is an interesting choice.

Cornish Cloudy Farmhouse Cider (Marks and Spencer)
Cornish Cloudy Farmhouse Cider (Marks and Spencer)

Another from my visit to Marks and Spencer this Cornish Cloudy Farmhouse Cider from Healeys Cyder is described as fresh and deliciously crisp.

Speyburn 1991 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Speyburn 1991 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Part of Gordon and MacPhails Wood Makes the Whisky campaign this Speyburn 1991 from the Connoisseurs Choice range.

Thundering Molly Cider
Thundering Molly Cider

My supermarket cider sweep turned up this Thundering Molly Cider and I love the packaging on this, very stylised and reminiscent of the pin up girls painted onto US airforce aircraft.

SMWS 33.132 Beauty and the Beast
SMWS 33.132 Beauty and the Beast

There's always some interesting drams released by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in December every year and this 33.132 Beauty and the Beast is no different, an 8yr old islay single cask this is definitely an interesting dram.