ALL THINGS WHISKEY

Welcome to All Things Whiskey. Dedicated to the ‘Spirit Of The Wood’, here you will find reviews of Scotch, Irish, Welsh, English, American and World Whiskey.

how whiskies are reviewed


whiskies are sampled in a glencairn; the official glass used by distilleries, tasting venues and festivals, designed to get the most out of the spirit

They are left to ‘breathe’ for a minimum of 10 minutes. This allows time for the compounds in the spirit to react with the air and unveil their aromas and flavour further

The whiskies are then judged based on five classic criteria employed in the industry: colour, body, nose, palate and finish.

in certain cases, a drop or two of water will be added to open the whiskey up further. this is often used in cases where the abv is greater than 43%, or where further judgment is required

whiskies are THEN given a score out of 5, which encompasses the five criteria, as well as personal opinion on the background of the whiskey, its production methods, retail value and reputation.

reviews are categorised by THE WHISKEY’S country of production

Click below to find out more.


Next to some whiskey titles you may also notice acronyms – click the legend below to find out what these refer to.


Scotch Whisky


SPEYSIDE / HIGHLANDS / LOWLANDS / CAMPBELTOWN / ISLAY

Reviews of Scotch Whisky, from single cask releases, to exclusive and limited bottlings, duty-free lines and cask strengths covering all five regions of Scotland.

Irish Whiskey


DUBLIN / MIDLETON / OFFALY

Reviews of Irish Whiskey, from single cask releases, to exclusive and limited bottlings, duty-free lines and cask strengths covering the Republic of Ireland

English Whiskey


COTSWOLDS / LAKE DISTRICT

Reviews of English Whisky from single cask releases, to exclusive and limited bottlings, duty-free lines and cask strengths covering various regions of this newcomer to the industry

Welsh Whiskey


BRECON BEACONS

Reviews from the landlocked country west of England, home to vast valleys and pastures, including the Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons.

American Whiskey


KENTUCKY / ILLINOIS

American Whiskey reviews, covering traditional Bourbons and Ryes to experimental Single Malts and exclusive releases across the States.

World Whiskey


AUSTRALIA / CANADA / INDIA / JAPAN

Reviews of whiskey from distilleries around the globe

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I’m always interested in the latest line-ups as well as new and upcoming distilleries from across the globe. If you would like to hear my thoughts on a new product or would like to feature my reviews, please feel free to get in touch with me via the contact form.

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All Things Whiskey

Welcome to All Things Whiskey. Dedicated to the ‘Spirit Of The Wood’, here you will find reviews of Scotch, Irish, Welsh, English, American and World Whiskey.

HOW WHISKIES ARE REVIEWED

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WHISKIES ARE SAMPLED IN A GLENCAIRN; THE OFFICIAL GLASS USED BY DISTILLERIES, TASTING VENUES AND FESTIVALS, DESIGNED TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE SPIRIT

THEY ARE LEFT TO ‘BREATHE’ FOR A MINIMUM OF 10 MINUTES. THIS ALLOWS TIME FOR THE COMPOUNDS IN THE SPIRIT TO REACT WITH THE AIR AND UNVEIL THEIR AROMAS AND FLAVOUR FURTHER

THE WHISKIES ARE THEN JUDGED BASED ON FIVE CLASSIC CRITERIA EMPLOYED IN THE INDUSTRY: COLOUR, BODY, NOSE, PALATE AND FINISH.

IN CERTAIN CASES, A DROP OR TWO OF WATER WILL BE ADDED TO OPEN THE WHISKEY UP FURTHER. THIS IS OFTEN USED IN CASES WHERE THE ABV IS GREATER THAN 43%, OR WHERE FURTHER JUDGMENT IS REQUIRED

WHISKIES ARE THEN GIVEN A SCORE OUT OF 5, WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE FIVE CRITERIA, AS WELL AS PERSONAL OPINION ON THE BACKGROUND OF THE WHISKEY, ITS PRODUCTION METHODS, RETAIL VALUE AND REPUTATION.

reviews are categorised by THE WHISKEY’S country of production

Click below to find out more:

A light-grey coloured vintage designed shape divider inspired by 18th Century American calligraphic design

Next to some whiskey titles you may also notice acronyms – click the legend below to find out what these refer to.

A light-grey coloured vintage designed shape divider inspired by 18th Century American calligraphic design

Scotch Whisky

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SPEYSIDE / HIGHLANDS / LOWLANDS / CAMPBELTOWN / ISLAY

Reviews of Scotch Whisky, from single cask releases, to exclusive and limited bottlings, duty-free lines and cask strengths covering all five regions of Scotland.

Irish Whiskey

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DUBLIN / MIDLETON / OFFALY

Reviews of Irish Whiskey, from single cask releases, to exclusive and limited bottlings, duty-free lines and cask strengths covering the Republic of Ireland

English Whiskey

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COTSWOLDS / LAKE DISTRICT

Reviews of English Whisky from single cask releases, to exclusive and limited bottlings, duty-free lines and cask strengths covering various regions of this newcomer to the industry

Welsh Whiskey

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BRECON BEACONS

Reviews from the landlocked country west of England, home to vast valleys and pastures, including the Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons.

American Whiskey

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ILLINOIS / KENTUCKY

American Whiskey reviews, covering traditional Bourbons and Ryes to experimental Single Malts and exclusive releases across the States.

World Whiskey

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AUSTRALIA / CANADA / INDIA / JAPAN

Reviews of whiskey from distilleries around the globe

Contact

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I’M ALWAYS INTERESTED IN THE LATEST LINE-UPS AS WELL AS NEW AND UPCOMING DISTILLERIES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MY THOUGHTS ON A NEW PRODUCT OR WOULD LIKE TO FEATURE MY REVIEWS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ME BELOW.

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