SCOTCH WHISKY REVIEWS

Welcome to the Scotch Whiskey section of reviews. Here, reviews are categorised based on the distillery locations, divided into the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Campbeltown & Islay.

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 WHISKY’S REGION of production

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


Speyside Whisky


ARDMORE / THE BALVENIE / BENRIACH / DAILUAINE / GLENFIDDICH / THE GLENLIVET / INCHGOWER / SPEYBURN

Reviews of whisky from the most densely populated distillery region of Scotland, home to fertile grounds, river valleys and glens and around 50 distilleries.

Highlands Whisky


BEN NEVIS / THE DALMORE / GLENGOYNE / HIGHLAND PARK / JURA / TULLIBARDINE

Reviews from the largest geographical region of Scotland, which incorporates the Scottish Isles (except for Isle of Islay), separated by the border to the Lowlands (Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway and Lothian)

Lowlands Whisky


AUCHENTOSHAN

Reviews of whiskies from the lowest part of Scotland and the most commonly travelled to from the England and Wales, noted for their light, floral and honeyed flavors and triple-distilling.

Campbeltown Whisky


GLEN SCOTIA

Once heralded as the ‘Whisky Capital of the World’, Campbeltown is now home to just three distilleries: Glen Scotia, Glengyle (bottled as Kilkerran) and Springbank, with vintage bottlings of the latter fetching for considerable amounts at auction houses.

Islay Whisky


BOWMORE / BUNNAHABHAIN / KILCHOMAN / LAGAVULIN / LAPHROAIG

Reviews which cover whiskies from the Isle of Islay, typically characterised by their intensely smoky, medicinal and maritime flavours, from distilleries across the Kildalton Coast, as well as up north of Port Ellen and westward.

Blended Whisky


CUTTY SARK

Wrongly presumed as being inferior to Single Malt Whiskies, blended whiskies have been around for much longer and have a complex, interesting history; providing the Scotch scene with both variety and significant financial lifeblood for its many distilleries.

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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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Scotch Whisky Reviews

Welcome to the Scotch Whiskey section of reviews. Here, reviews are categorised based on the distillery locations, divided into the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Campbeltown & Islay

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 WHISKY’S REGION 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

Speyside Whisky

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

ARDMORE / THE BALVENIE / BENRIACH / DAILUAINE / GLENFIDDICH / INCHGOWER / THE GLENLIVET / SPEYBURN

Reviews of whisky from the most densely populated distillery region of Scotland, home to fertile grounds, river valleys and glens and around 50 distilleries.

Highlands Whisky

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BEN NEVIS / THE DALMORE / GLENGOYNE / HIGHLAND PARK / JURA / TULLIBARDINE

Reviews from the largest geographical region of Scotland, which incorporates the Scottish Isles (except for Isle of Islay), separated by the border to the Lowlands (Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway and Lothian)

Lowlands Whiskey

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AUCHENTOSHAN

Reviews of whiskies from the lowest part of Scotland and the most commonly travelled to from the England and Wales, noted for their light, floral and honeyed flavors and triple-distilling.

Campbeltown Whiskey

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GLEN SCOTIA

Once heralded as the ‘Whisky Capital of the World’, Campbeltown is now home to just three distilleries: Glen Scotia, Glengyle (bottled as Kilkerran) and Springbank, with vintage bottlings of the latter fetching for considerable amounts at auction houses.

Islay Whisky

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BOWMORE / BUNNAHABHAIN / KILCHOMAN / LAGAVULIN / LAPHROAIG

Reviews which cover whiskies from the Isle of Islay, typically characterised by their intensely smoky, medicinal and maritime flavours, from distilleries across the Kildalton Coast, as well as up north of Port Ellen and westward.

Blended Whisky

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

CUTTY SARK

Wrongly presumed as being inferior to Single Malt Whiskies, blended whiskies have been around for much longer and have a complex, interesting history; providing the Scotch scene with both variety and significant financial lifeblood for its many distilleries.

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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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