Scotch & Bourbon reviews, links & info

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  1. AVB

    AVB Jesus of cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide

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    Since nobody has been voting I have removed that portion and will do reviews as I get to them.

    Scotch FAQ

    Scotch Education Part 1 Where is it made?

    Scotch Education Part 2 Who makes it?

    Scotch Education Part 2a Who makes this stuff?

    Scotch Education Part 3 How do you say it (with audio)

    Scotch Education Part 3a How do you say it (phonetically)

    Scotch Education Part 4 Scotch Regions

    Scotch Education Part 5 - Whisky Chemistry

    Dewars Tasting Wheel

    Alternate Tasting Wheel (Thanks to Nicks.com.au)

    Loch Fyne Whiskies Flavor Map
    Loch Fyne Whiskies text notes for Flavor Map

    The Distilleries 1800-2000

    Lost Distilleries 1885-1945(Thanks to Ulf Buxrud for the information. )

    Wood & Scotch

    The Inventory as of 09/12 - 290+ bottles of Scotch on the Wall

    The Balvenie Vintage Cask Listing


    General Scotch Info

    Blends - Malt whisky mixed with grain whiskey.
    Vatted - A number of single malts mixed or married together.
    Blended Malt Scotch - The new term for Vatted Malt
    Single Malt - Usually a number of casks made at the same time with the same mash run. Again, usually mixed together for consistancy but not always.
    Single Cask - As the name says, a bottling from a single cask of Scotch. May or may not be at cask strength for alcohol.
    Cask Strength - May or may not be from a single cask, usually from multiple casks mixed together.
    Cask Strength- Single Cask. The purest form of Scotch. Usually a max of 600 or less bottles from one cask. However, there can be many casks used in a particular run but the bottlings will have different proofs and quantities.

    The barrels used are from many sources, Bourbon from Kentucky, Sherry from Spain, Port from France etc etc. The wood and prior usage all effect the final taste. First fill (the first time a cask is used for Scotch) will usually impart the greatest flavor from it's prior contents. A bit of trivia....you know how a cartoon will show XXX on something to show it has alcohol in it. That came from the X put on a Scotch barrel showing how many times it was used.

    Peat flavoring comes from using peat to dry the maltings and not from seasoning the barrels. The slower the drying cycle the more peat is absorbed by the maltings. Some distilleries use coal or gas and thus don't have that flavoring

    The main difference between a highland or lowland malt is the distillation process. The two remaining lowland distillers use a triple distilation method whereas the highland distillers use a double distill method. If you get into the silent stills you'll find other differences but those are all getting expensive now due to their not being made any longer.

    Cost can be a good general indicator but not the absolute. Talisker 10 is every bit as good as Laphroaig 30 at a quarter the price and Glenfiddich Gran Reserva is rated as high as Macallan 25 at a third the cost. Look at cost within a distillers line as a better indicator and not across distillers. If you like a particular brand then most times the more expensive will be better up to a point. Collectible Scotch is exempt from this rule.

    Remember that age alone does not the best dram make.

    There is no wrong way to drink Scotch. Neat, over ice or with a little water are all perfectly acceptable.


    Reviewed so far:

    Just click on the one you want to read to be taken to that review. Also shown are the Region and District of where they were made. New for 2006, the reviews are now listed in alphabetical order instead of reviewed order. I changed my ISP so all the pictures are completely hosed up. Someday I might get around to fixing them
     
    Scotch:

    001. Aberfeldy 12 Highland Scotch Speyside, Midlands
    002. Aberlour 15 yo Sherry Wood Finish Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    003. Aberlour 1969 30 yo Highland Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    004. Aberlour a'bunadh Cask Strength Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    005. Allt-A-Bhainne 14 yo Speyside Single Malt The Fiddch and the Dullan
    006. An Cnoc 12 yo Highland Single Malt Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    007. Ardbeg 10 yo Islay Scotch Islay, South Shore
    008. Ardmore 1991 Highland Single Malt Speyside, The Bogie and The Deveron
    009. Auchentoshan 21 yo Lowland Scotch Lowland, Eastern
    010. Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Lowland, Eastern
    011 Ballantine's 30 yo Blended Scotch Mostly Highland Scotch in the blend.
    012. Balblair 24 yo Limited Edition Scotch Highlands, Northern
    013. Banff 1966, 36 yo Blackadder Raw Cask Speyside, The Bogie and The Deveron
    014. Ben Nevis 32 yo Highlands, Western
    015. Benraich 10 yo Scotch Speyside, The Lossie
    016. Benromach 18 yo Speyside Scotch Speyside, The Western Spey
    017. Black Bottle 10 yo Blended Islay Scotch Islay
    018. Blair Athol 28 yo Scotch Highland, Midlands
    019. Bowmore 17 yo Islay Scotch Isley, North Shore
    020. Bowmore Darkest Scotch Islay, North Shore
    021. Bowmore Dragon 30 yoIslay, North Shore
    022. Brora 22yo Highland Malt Northern Highland
    023. Bruichladdich 15 yo Islay Single Malt Whisky Islay, North Shore
    024. Bunnahabhain 12 yo Islay Scotch Islay, Loch Indaal
    025. Campbelltown Loch 25 yo Blended Scotch Campbeltown
    026. Caol Ila 10 yo Cigar Malt Islay, North Shore
    027. Caol Ila 18 yo Islay Scotch Islay, North Shore
    028. Chieftain's 14 yo Cigar Malt Highland, Speyside
    029. Chieftain's Cigar Malts 2007
    030. Chivas - The Century Of Malts Blended from all regions
    031. Chivas Regal 18 yo blended Scotch Highland, Speyside
    032. Chivas Regal Royal Salute Mostly Highland Scotch in the blend
    033. Cragganmore 12 yo Speyside Scotch Speyside, The Upper Spey
    034. Craigduff 32 yo Scotch (Glen Keith variant) Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    035. Craigellachie 14 yo Speyside MaltSpeyside, The Lower Spey
    036. Cutty Sark 25 yo Blended Scotch Mostly Speyside Scotch in the blend
    037. Dalwhinnie 15 yo Scotch Speyside, The Upper Spey
    038. Dalwhinnie 29 yo Single Highland Malt Speyside, The Upper spey
    039. Deanston 17 yo Single Highland Malt Scotch The Scottish Midlands
    040. Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Highland, Speyside
    041. Edradour 10 yo Highland MaltThe Midlands
    042. Glen Albyn 30 yo Scotch Speyside, The Western Spey
    043. Glen Elgin 12 yo Pot Still Malt Whisky Speyside, The Lossie
    044. Glen Garioch 10 yo Scotch The Eastern Highlands
    045. Glen Grant 1956 40 yo Highland Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    046. Glen Keith 10 yo Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    047. Glen Ord 12 yo Highland Scotch Highland, Northern
    048. Glendronach 15 yo Sherry Cask Scotch Speyside, The Bogie & The Deveron
    049. Glenfarclas 17 yo Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside, The Lower Spey
    050. Glenfiddich 12 yo Single Malt Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    051. Glenfiddich 15yo Cask Strength Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    052. Glenfiddich 15 yo Solera Reserve Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    053. Glenfiddich 21 yo Havana Reserve Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    054. Glenfiddich XXX 30 yo Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    055. Glenglassaugh 27 yo ScotchSpeyside, The Lossie
    056. Glenisla 28 yo Highland Malt (Glen Keith variant) Highland, Speyside
    057. Glenkinchie 10 yo Lowland Scotch Lowland, Eastern
    058. Glenugie 26yo Mission III Highland, Eastern
    059. Highland Park 18 yo Scotch Orkney Islands
    060. Highland Park 19 yo Hart Brothers Bottling Orkney Islands
    061. Inchgower 14 yo Speyside Single Malt Speyside, The Lower Spey
    062. Isle of Jura 16 yo Scotch Jura
    063. Johnnie Walker 12 yo Black Label Blended Scotch Highland, Speyside
    064. Johnnie Walker 15 yo Green Label Pure Malt Scotch Highland, Speyside
    065. Johnnie Walker 18 yo Gold Label Blended Scotch Highland, Speyside
    066. Johnnie Walker 21 yo Blue Label Blended Scotch Highland, Speyside
    067. Johnnie Walker Swing Highland, Speyside
    068. Knockando 18 yo Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    069. Laugavulin 16 yo Islay Single Malt Islay, South Shore
    070. Laphroaig 15 yo Islay Scotch Isley, South Shore
    071. Laphroaig 30 30 yo Single Islay Scotch Islay, South Shore
    072. Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay, South Shore
    073. Linkwood 12 yo Speyside Single Malt Scotch Speyside, The Lossie
    074. Littlemill 18 yo Lowland Scotch Lowlands, Northern
    075. Lochside 12 yo Single Malt Highland, Eastern
    076. Longmorn 15 yo Scotch Speyside, The Lossie
    077. Longrow 10 yo Campbeltown Scotch Campbeltown
    078. Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    079. Oban 14 yo Single Malt Highlands, Western
    080. Old Fettercairn 26 yo Stillman's Dram Highland, Eastern
    081. Old Pulteney 12 yo Highland Scotch Highland, Northern
    082. Pinch Dimple 15 yo Blended Scotch
    083. Rosebank 11 yo Lowland Scotch, Cadenhead Bottling Lowland, Central
    084. Royal Island 17 yo blend[ Isle of Arran distillery
    085. Royal Lochnagar 12 yo Scotch Highland, Eastern
    086. Scapa 12 yo Orkney Scotch Orkney Islands
    087. Sheep Dip Highlands Vatted Malt
    088. Speyburn 10 yo Highland Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    089. Springbank 15 yo Scotch Campbeltown
    090. Strathisla 12 yo Single Malt Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    091. Talisker 10 yo Isle of Skye Scotch Skye, Western Shore
    092. Talisker 18 yo Isle of Skye Scotch Skye, Western Shore
    093. Tamdhu 10 yo Single Malt Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    094. Tamdhu 18 yo Highland Single Malt Speyside, The Lower Spey
    095. Teaninich 17 yo scotch Highlands, Northern
    096. The Arran 10 yo Malt The Isle of Arran
    097. The Balvenie 10 yo Founder's Reserve Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    098. The Balvenie 12 yo DoubleWood Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    099. The Balvenie 14 yo RumWood Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    100. The Balvenie 15 yo Single BarrelSpeyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    101. The Balvenie 17 yo Islay Cask Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    102. The Balvenie 17 yo RumCask Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    103. The Balvenie 1966 Vintage Cask Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    104. The Balvenie 1991 PortWood Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    105. The Balvenie 1993 PortWood Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    106. The Balvenie 21 yo PortWood Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    107. The Balvenie 25 yo Single Cask Scotch Speyside, The Fiddich & The Dullan
    108. The Dalmore 12 yo Single Highland MaltHighland, Northern
    109. The Dalmore 21 yo Single Malt Highland, Northern
    110. The Dalmore 30 yo Stillman's Dram Scotch Highland, Northern
    111. The Dalmore Cigar Malt Highlands, Northern
    112. The Famous Grouse 10 yo Malt Whisky Vatted Malt, Various
    113. The Glenlivet 12 yo Scotch Speyside, The Livet
    114. The Glenlivet 15 yo French Oak Reserve Speyside, The Livet
    115. The Glenlivet 50 yo Scotch Speyside, The Livet
    116. The Glenmorangie 10 yo Highland Scotch Highlands, Northern
    117. The Glenmorangie 18 yo Highland Scotch Highlands, Northern
    118. The Glenrothes 1972 Limited Release Speyside, The Lower Spey
    119. The Glenrothes 1974 Limited Release Speyside, The Lower Spey
    120. The Glenrothes Select Reserve Speyside, The Lower Spey
    121. The Inverarity Ancestral 14yo Scotch Balmenach independent bottling
    122. The Macallan 12 yo single Malt Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    123. The Macallan 18 yo Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    124. The Macallan 25 yo Fine OakSpeyside, The Lower Spey
    125. The Macallan 30 yo Scotch Speyside, The Lower Spey
    126. The Macallan Elegancia 1992 Speyside, The Lower Spey
    127. The Peat Monster by Compass Box Vatted Islay Malt
    128. Tobermory 10 yo Isle of Mull Scotch Mull
    129. Tomatin 12 Highland Malt Speyside, The Western Spey
    130. Tomintoul 27 yo Scotch Speyside, The Livet
    131. Tormore 12 yo Single Speyside Malt Speyside, The Upper Spey
    132. Whyte & Mackay 30 yo Blended Scotch Mostly Highland Scotch in the blend.



    Irish Whiskey:

    001. Bushmills 24 yo Millennium Malt
    002. Green Spot Irish Whiskey
    003. Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey

    American Rye/Whiskey/Bourbon:

    Rye The Hell Not herf tasting results.

    001. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
    002. A.H. Hirsh Reserve 16 yo Bourbon
    003. Baker's 7 yo Small Batch Bourbon
    004. Basil Hayden's Small Batch Bourbon
    005. Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey
    006. Black Maple Hill 21 yo Bourbon
    007. Black Maple Hill 23 yo Rye
    008. Booker's Small Batch Bourbon
    009. Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon
    010. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey
    011. Corner Creek Reserve 8 yo Bourbon
    012. Distiller's Masterpiece 18 yo Cognac Finish Bourbon
    013. Eagle Rare 17 yo Bourbon
    014. Elijah Craig 12 yo Bourbon
    015. Elijah Craig 18 yo Single Barrel Bourbon
    016. Evan Williams 1783 10 yo Bourbon
    017. Evan Williams 23 yo Bourbon
    018. Fighting Cock 6 yo Bourbon
    019. Four Roses Single Barrel
    020. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
    021. George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whiskey
    022. George T. Stagg Cask Strength Bourbon
    023. Hirsch Selection 21 yo Rye
    024. Jack Daniels Old No. 7
    025. Jefferson's Reserve 15 yo Bourbon
    026. Jim Beam Rye
    027. Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon
    028. Johnny Drum 15 yo Bourbon
    029. Knob Creek 9 yo Small Batch Bourbon
    030. Maker's Mark
    031 Maker's Mark 46 Bourbon
    032. Martin Mills 24 yo Bourbon
    033. Mitchters 10 Straight Rye (2nd review)
    034. Michter's 10 yo Straight Rye
    035. Noah's Mill 15 yo Bourbon
    036. Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
    037. Old Crow Bourbon
    038. Old Grand-Dad 100 proof Bourbon
    039. Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
    040. Old Pogue Master's Select
    041. Orchard Springs 6 yo Bourbon
    042. Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 yo Bourbon
    043. Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 yo Bourbon
    044. Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 yo Bourbon
    045. Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye Whiskey
    046. Rowan's Creek 12 yo Bourbon
    047. Sazerac 18 yo Rye Whiskey
    048. Sazerac 18 yo Rye Whiskey (2nd review)
    049. Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
    050. Templeton Rye
    051. The Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 yo Rye
    052. W.L. Weller 19 yo Bourbon
    053. Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
    054. Wild Turkey Rare Breed
    055. Wild Turkey Rye
    056. Willett 22 yo Single Barrel Rye
    057. Willett Single Barrel Bourbon
    058. William Larue Weller Barrel Proof
    059. Woodford Reserve 8 yo Bourbon


    Miscellaneous:

    001. Glen Breton Rare Canadian Single Malt
    002. Herradura Anejo Tequila
    003. Nocino della Cristina Walnut Liqueur
    004. Red Stag Flavored Whiskey
    005. Sheridan's Coffee Layered Liqueur
    006. Yamazaki 12 yo Japanese Single Malt

    Special Drinks

    Baltimore Egg Nog
    Bloody Seafood Breakfast
    George Washington's Egg Nog
    Hot Buttered Rum
    My Killer Bloody Mary
    The Perfect Manhattan

    Food

    Hot Blue Cheesy Chicken Dip
    Bourbon Bar-B-Que Sauce
    Blu-Bacon Dip (AKA Crack in a Bowl)
    Blue Cheese Cake
    Blue Cheese Mushroom Caps
    Blue Cheese Pizza Snack
    Blue Shrimp Appetizer
    Bourbon,Maple, Bacon Icecream
    Dulce de Leche with bourbon
    Herradura Tequila Shrimp
    Johnnie Walker Black Chocolate Pudding
    Mushroom Stuffed Eye Round Roast
    Perfect Standing Prime Rib Roast
    Roquefort Dressing
    Simplest Blue Cheese Dip
    Standing Rib Roast Garnish
    Steak with Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce
    Whiskey Cake
     
  2. emodx

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    Here is my suggestion. Break up the numbers to cover the different trypes of scotch. Then review the 2 most popular of each type of scotch. Once people know the different types of scotch, and try them, they can start to identify them by the classes. Say I try an Islay and I like it and know it is and Islay, I could then say, " I like Brand X scotch, what others are like this one"... I think that would be kick ass!

    Emo
     
  3. Gunpowder

    Gunpowder Cigar Search & destroy V 1.20

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    Which number is Glenkinchie? :love:
     
  4. BACCHUS

    BACCHUS Recovering Non-Skier

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    Let me be the first to say, I pick lucky number "33."

    Take care, Bacchus
     
  5. SamClemmons

    SamClemmons eloquent absurdity

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    36. Sarenac Rye 18yr


    NA
     
  6. AVB

    AVB Jesus of cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide

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    If you send it to me Sam, I'll review it but under the whiskey review thread and not the Scotch review thread.
     
  7. Lumberg

    Lumberg Opus Lover

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    I would like to see a review of a complex blended scotch.
     
  8. AVB

    AVB Jesus of cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide

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    Gunpowder
    I can't tell you what number Glenkinchie is but it is in my collection. Pick a number and you may get lucky.
     
  9. Fast4Dr

    Fast4Dr Single Malt Newbie

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    Number 13 please :D
     
  10. lucasbuck

    lucasbuck Sheriff Buck

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    I vote for 13 as well :)
     
  11. Fast4Dr

    Fast4Dr Single Malt Newbie

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    Thanks for getting my back Sheriff :)
     
  12. lucasbuck

    lucasbuck Sheriff Buck

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    Never fear, the Sheriff is here :D

    Now when are we getting that review? My scotch supply is getting low and I'm in search of new brands to try ;)
     
  13. MilesMingusMonk

    MilesMingusMonk Breaking Wind Master

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    Maybe we can do a Scotch Samplers Pass....

    ..get the Pass, have a sampling of each and pass it on.

    The postage would be killer, but our livers would be happy. :p
     
  14. AVB

    AVB Jesus of cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide

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    The review will come out this weekend. Depends on what the wife has planned and how long it takes. :p
     
  15. sir-smokes-a-lot

    sir-smokes-a-lot A Freudian Slip in progress

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    let's go with #9.



    happy drinkin' bro.

    :thumbs:
     
  16. Fast4Dr

    Fast4Dr Single Malt Newbie

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    Number 33 Please :)
     
  17. AVB

    AVB Jesus of cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide

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    Special Wednesday pre-holiday review of #33 coming soon. Look for it!
     
  18. Fast4Dr

    Fast4Dr Single Malt Newbie

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    Oh look at that...I'm 2 for 2 :)
     
  19. BACCHUS

    BACCHUS Recovering Non-Skier

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    Woohoo! 33 rules! Oh well, with my luck it will probably be MacRotgut, 25 month old. :D

    Take care, Bacchus
     
  20. Gunpowder

    Gunpowder Cigar Search & destroy V 1.20

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    That would be #1 since it surly would be the first one you numbered :D
     

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