Whisky Reviews

  • Batch 126 Batch 126 Batch 126 New Whiskies 08 December 2017

    Batch 126

    A quartet of Glenglassaugh wood finishes, accompanied by two indie-bottled Bunnahabhains.

  • Rare Batch 29 Rare Batch 29 Rare Batch 29 Old & Rare 05 December 2017

    Rare Batch 29

    An early Aberlour bottled for the Italian market, plus ‘ghost’ malts from Brora and Lochside.

  • Batch 125 Batch 125 Batch 125 New Whiskies 01 December 2017

    Batch 125

    A Laddie-fest as four Bruichladdichs are tasted, plus a Fettercairn and the latest Highland Park.

  • Batch 124 Batch 124 Batch 124 New Whiskies 24 November 2017

    Batch 124

    A mixed bag including Ballantines’ trio of single malts, The Gauldrons and two from Wemyss.

  • Batch 123 Batch 123 Batch 123 New Whiskies 17 November 2017

    Batch 123

    The verdict on Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old, and lots of peat: Bowmore, Caol Ila, Ledaig and Croftengea.

  • Rare Batch 28 Rare Batch 28 Rare Batch 28 Old & Rare 14 November 2017

    Rare Batch 28

    There’s a contemplative air as Dave Broom tastes old Glen Grant, Springbank and Tomatin.

  • Batch 122 Batch 122 Batch 122 New Whiskies 10 November 2017

    Batch 122

    Youth meets maturity with Benromach, Glengoyne, Glenlossie, Glenrothes, Imperial and Tullibardine.

  • Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 New Whiskies 03 November 2017

    Batch 121: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3

    Our editor Becky Paskin takes a journey through time with Balvenie’s DCS Compendium Chapter 3.

  • Batch 120 Batch 120 Batch 120 New Whiskies 27 October 2017

    Batch 120

    Octomore’s 08 series, Kilchoman 2009 and Red Wine Cask Matured, plus Ardbeg Twenty Something.

  • Rare Batch 27 Rare Batch 27 Rare Batch 27 Old & Rare 24 October 2017

    Rare Batch 27

    Three more of Port Ellen’s legendary annual releases, all from 1979, come under the spotlight.

  • Batch 119 Batch 119 Batch 119 New Whiskies 20 October 2017

    Batch 119

    A stunning whisky line-up: 70yo Glenlivet, experimental Johnnie Walker, Compass Box and Wolfburn.

  • Batch 118 Batch 118 Batch 118 New Whiskies 13 October 2017

    Batch 118

    Tasting three Glen Morays, Tomatin Earth, Cù Bòcan 2006 and Ardnamurchan’s latest spirit release.

  • Batch 117 Batch 117 Batch 117 New Whiskies 06 October 2017

    Batch 117

    Taking it easy with Highland Park Magnus, Dewar’s 25, Balvenie Peat Week and The Art of Whisky.

  • Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks New Whiskies 29 September 2017

    Batch 116: BenRiach Single Casks

    The Speyside distillery is this week’s focus with seven single cask bottlings under the microscope.

  • Rare Batch 26 Rare Batch 26 Rare Batch 26 Old & Rare 25 September 2017

    Rare Batch 26

    Dave Broom revisits three legendary Port Ellens, but wonders if the liquid is worth the hype.

  • Batch 115 Batch 115 Batch 115 New Whiskies 22 September 2017

    Batch 115

    GlenDronach Kingsman, Jura One and All, Glen Scotia 18-year-old and Benromach Triple Distilled.

  • Batch 114 Batch 114 Batch 114 New Whiskies 15 September 2017

    Batch 114

    Dave Broom tries spirits from the opposite ends of the age spectrum in this week’s reviews.

  • Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017 Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017 Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017 New Whiskies 12 September 2017

    Batch 113: Diageo Special Releases 2017

    Our editors assess this year’s eagerly anticipated collection of Scotch whiskies from Diageo.

  • Batch 112 Batch 112 Batch 112 New Whiskies 08 September 2017

    Batch 112

    Five blended malts and one blend do battle as Dave Broom leaves single malts behind for a week.

  • Batch 111 Batch 111 Batch 111 New Whiskies 01 September 2017

    Batch 111

    The new Ardbeg An Oa, Glenmorangie Astar plus four Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels.

  • Batch 110 Batch 110 Batch 110 New Whiskies 25 August 2017

    Batch 110

    Four younger malts compete for Dave Broom’s affections, while he is seduced by a 1972 Tomatin.

  • Rare Batch 25 Rare Batch 25 Rare Batch 25 Old & Rare 22 August 2017

    Rare Batch 25

    Dave Broom gets to know three rare whiskies: a 1990 Ardbeg, 1977 Brora and 1967 Highland Park.

  • Batch 109 Batch 109 Batch 109 New Whiskies 18 August 2017

    Batch 109

    Dave Broom returns from his hols with new Inchmoans, an old Invergordon and a sessionable Aultmore.

  • Batch 108 Batch 108 Batch 108 New Whiskies 11 August 2017

    Batch 108

    A bevy of Bunnahabhains comes under scrutiny, along with Clynelish and Glenrothes.

  • Batch 107 Batch 107 Batch 107 New Whiskies 04 August 2017

    Batch 107

    Scallywag and Timorous Beastie’s big brothers get a grilling, alongside a host of indie bottlings.

  • Batch 106 Batch 106 Batch 106 New Whiskies 28 July 2017

    Batch 106

    It’s Speyside vs Edinburgh this week as Glenallachie and Glendullan stand up against North British.

  • Rare Batch 24 Rare Batch 24 Rare Batch 24 Old & Rare 26 July 2017

    Rare Batch 24

    The first SMWS bottling of Longrow, plus a lesser-spotted Inchgower and a Tomatin from the 1970s.

  • Batch 105 Batch 105 Batch 105 New Whiskies 21 July 2017

    Batch 105

    Dave Broom on Consortium of Cards II, indie Glentauchers and new bottler North Star Spirits.

  • Batch 104 Batch 104 Batch 104 New Whiskies 14 July 2017

    Batch 104

    A rich and sweet theme including three Dalmores, Highland Park, Glenrothes and Auchentoshan.

  • Batch 103 Batch 103 Batch 103 New Whiskies 07 July 2017

    Batch 103

    Glen Moray, Glen Scotia, Auchroisk, Longrow and Springbank, with some fascinating finishes.

  • Rare Batch 23 Rare Batch 23 Rare Batch 23 Old & Rare 05 July 2017

    Rare Batch 23

    A 1970s Glen Flagler bottled for Italy, a celebratory Glen Ord and a fresh 1980s Glen Spey.

  • Batch 102 Batch 102 Batch 102 New Whiskies 30 June 2017

    Batch 102

    New whiskies include Douglas Laing’s Big Peat 2017 Fèis Ìle bottling and a trio of Strathmill malts.

  • Batch 101 Batch 101 Batch 101 New Whiskies 23 June 2017

    Batch 101

    New whiskies including Highland Park Valkyrie and a trio of bargain-priced Lidl single malts.

  • Batch 100 Batch 100 Batch 100 New Whiskies 16 June 2017

    Batch 100

    Dave Broom revisits some of the whiskies he found most intriguing from the first 99 batches.

  • Rare Batch 22 Rare Batch 22 Rare Batch 22 Old & Rare 15 June 2017

    Rare Batch 22

    A 19-year-old Aberfeldy Manager’s Dram, 1930s 12-year-old Longmorn and 25-year-old Talisker.

  • Batch 99 Batch 99 Batch 99 New Whiskies 09 June 2017

    Batch 99

    New bottlings include Cragganmore, Glenfarclas, Glen Garioch, Lossit, Shackleton and Speyside.

  • Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship New Whiskies 06 June 2017

    Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 3: The Kinship

    Hunter Laing’s range features Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Port Ellen.

  • Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1 Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1 Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1 New Whiskies 05 June 2017

    Fèis Ìle 2017 Batch 1

    The first half of this year’s festival bottlings, featuring Ardbeg, Bowmore and Bruichladdich.

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