The best part about June is that Game of Thrones is over and I no longer have any of Diageo’s Game of Thrones malts to review. I liked some of those but, on the whole, the set was underwhelming and I grew to regret having announced that I would review them all. Yes, I know, no one is going to hold me to a contract but I do like to honour the constraints I place on myself. There were a few requests from last month’s long list that I did not get to, and I’ll try my best to cover all of those this month. If there is anything else in addition that grabs your fancy please write in below.
On the food front, I will be done next week with my Los Angeles reviews from our trip in December. I’ll have some Twin Cities reports in the next couple of weeks. After that I’ll be in Toronto and Montreal for a week on work and you can expect some more Canadian entries. Beyond restaurant reviews my long-threatened review of Priya Krishna’s cookbook, Indian (-ish) will be up soon and I hope to get as well to a piece I’ve been mulling for a while on the place of so-called “ethnic” food in the mainstream foodie ecosystem. And maybe I’ll have another recipe or two as well.
- Ardmore 24, 1985 (SMWS)
- Auchroisk 24, 1994 (Old Malt Cask 20th Anniversary Release)
- Ben Nevis 10, 2008, Batch 1
- Benrinnes 24, 1972 (Signatory)
- Caol Ila 33, 1984 (Gordon & MacPhail)
- Clynelish 23, 1991 (Van Wees)
- Copper & Kings, Butchertown Brandy
- Croftengea 13, 2005 (Old Malt Cask 20th Anniversary Release)
- Glen Moray 14, 2004 (Old Malt Cask 20th Anniversary Release)
- Glen Mhor 22, 1979, Rare Malts
- Glen Ord 15, 1996 (Liquid Sun)
- Glen Ord 15, 1997 (Liquid Sun)
- Glenburgie 23, 1989 (Chester Whisky)
- Glentauchers 21, 1997 (Archives)
- Hazelburn 14, 204, Oloroso
- Heaven Hill 6, Bottled in Bond
- Heaven Hill 9, 2009 (Archives)
- Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon
- Lagavulin 18, Feis Ile 2018
- Laphroaig 15, Cairdeas, Friends of Laphroaig
- Laphroaig 17, 1999 (SMWS)
- Ledaig 10, 2008 (Archives)
- Longrow 14, 2003, Refill Sherry
- Longrow 18, 2018 Release
- Lous Pibous 1993, Cask 124, L’Encantada (Armagnac)
- Milburn 25, 1975, Rare Malts
- Old Pulteney 14, 2004
- Orkney 15, 2003 (Archives)
- Pellehaut 17, 2000 (Armagnac)
- Port Charlotte 17, 2001 (Maltbarn)
- Speyside 26, 1992 (Archives)
- Voyer Extra (Cognac)
Ben Nevis, Benrinnes, Caol Ila, Glen Mhor, Hazelburn, Longrow 18
That Longrow 14 is a weird one. Would love to hear your thoughts on it. Also, the Hazelburn Olo and that PC Maltbarn. Cheers!
Croftengea – would like to know how it compares to the whisky exchange stunner
Laphroaig- cairdeas – liked the fino (?2018) but have passed so far on this year’s ( my brother in law in islay in a few weeks so could get an order in)
Lagavulin 18 feis ile
I take it this means you did enjoy that TWE Croftengea. Apologies if you already told me that in a different comment thread.
Oh yes – I liked it very much. The nose was/ is amazing – velvety chocolate fruit. I took it to a blind tasting at a friend’s where it was the star amongst some big hitters (and pleasingly no one could identify the distillery ) There were a couple of visiting French winemakers who were particularly vocal in their appreciation. The bottle disappeared very quickly but luckily I have another.
I also snapped up a smws 122.21 when it came up at auction. ( pretty reasonably priced) Thanks again for the recommendation!
Oh and thanks for reviewing the omc croftengea 13 – seems to be one to avoid.
Caol Ila, Clynelish, Croftengea, Laga Feis Ile and Port Charlotte (is that the sherry cask bottling?) get my vote.
That Maltbarn Port Charlotte is from a bourbon cask.
Longrow 14, 2003, Refill Sherry
Longrow 18, 2018 Release
Lous Pibous 1993, Cask 124, L’Encantada (Armagnac)
Ardmore 24, 1985 (SMWS)
Auchroisk 24, 1994 (Old Malt Cask 20th Anniversary Release)
Ben Nevis 10, 2008, Batch 1
Hazelburn 14, 204, Oloroso
Heaven Hill 9, 2009 (Archives)
Lagavulin 18, Feis Ile 2018