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Scotch Whisky Reviews

Reviews of a few brands of Scotch whisky including some favorites and some of the newer brands available on the market.

Whiskies of the Year, Scotland
These are the best scotches that I’ve tasted in the past year.

The Classic Malts 2010 Releases
Diageo, the largest liquor company in the world, has just announced the release of the 2010 edition of their lineup of Classic Malts. While Talisker 30 year old makes yet another appearance on this release list, there are also some new and exciting offerings never seen before. Keep an eye out for these as they should be in liquor stores now.

Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch Whisky
Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch is the recent release of the Ardmore distillery of Aberdeenshire, Scotland and is a great Highland single malt Scotch whisky.

The Balvenie 17 YO Madeira Cask Scotch Whiskey
In 2009 The Balvenie released a scotch that is an impressive addition to their fine whiskies, a 17 year old finish-aged in Madeira casks. It is a scotch for those who enjoy the softer side of a Speyside accented with the intriguing characteristics of Madeira wines.

Chivas Regal Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal Gold Signature would be a great choice for a Scotch enthusiast who enjoys blended Scotch whisky or an nice gift for someone who regularly drinks Chivas Regal 12 year. Dollar for dollar, this is one of the better values in luxury blended Scotch whiskies and a whisky that I personally always keep in stock. Overall, Chivas Regal Gold...

Black Bull 30 Year Old Blended Scotch
Black Bull is recent addition to the spirits world here in the United States, but their 30 year offering is easily one of the preeminent blended Scotch whiskies in the market. Rich, full bodied and masculine, a bottle of Black Bull 30 is the perfect choice to give someone special to commemorate an important occasion.

Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
Black Grouse is the sibling to the well known and loved Famous Grouse blended Scotch whisky. It is a perfect introduction into more smoky blended Scotch, and with a suggested retail price of $28.99 it offers great value at a pretty affordable price. While there is definitely peat and smoke element to this whisky, it is offset by warm cocoa tones...

Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch is a reasonably priced premium whisky that is a delightful sipper and in this review I have compared it to Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which sells for three times the price.

Chivas Regal 25 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Review of Chivas Regal 25 YO Scotch Released in October of 2007, Chivas Regal 25 YO Scotch is a tribute to the original and to the entire Chivas line of fine Scotch.

Compass Box Scotch Whisky
The Compass Box Whisky Company is new in the old-world of Scotch but they are certainly making an impact in boutique whisky. While the standard bottlings of Compass Box are all impressive but it is the reserves that push the limits of Scotch as you may know it, sadly many of these are very limited releases.

Compass Box Orangerie, The Scotch Whisky Infusion
Compass Box Scotch Whisky is known for creating unique and extreme bottles of Scotch and one of the seasonal favorites from the blender is Orangerie. As of 2009 this orange, cassia bark and clove infused blended Scotch is available year round and has the potential for some fascinating cocktails.

Dewars Blended Scotch Whisky
Dewars White Label blended Scotch whisky is one of the top selling blended whiskies in the world. Once you taste Dewars, it is easy to see why. Not only is Dewars mild, sweet and easy drinking, without a big smoke component that drives many drinkers away from Scotch whisky, but it also mixes exceptionally well. From a Scotch and soda to an elegant Blood and Sand Cocktail, Dewars is versatile, attractively priced and a great introduction into the world of blended Scotch whisky.

Glenfiddich 50 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review
Glenfiddich is the number 1 selling single malt Scotch whisky in the world (#2 in the United States), and their most luxurious marque is the extremely rare Glenlivet 50 year old. The last bottle sold at auction in the United States brought over $38,000, making it more costly than gold per ounce. With only 1 in every 100,000 casks at Glenfiddich making it to 50 years old due to the intricacies of aging, tasting such a rare treasure is both exciting and a true honor.

Glen Garioch 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review
Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky is a distiller not known to the general public. Its whiskies tend to be highly regarded among single malt scotch enthusiasts, but the average whisky drinker may have never heard of this distillery. That should change soon with the release of their 1991 vintage single malt scotch.

Glenlivet 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenlivet is one of the most famous Scotch whisky distillers in the world as well as being one of the largest. The offer a range of whiskies from their Speyside distillery to please all palates. Their 18 year offering comes highly recommended to enthusiasts and amateurs alike.

Glenlivet 1973 Cellar Collection Scotch Whisky
I'm a big fan of the Glenlivet's single malt whiskies, and their 1973 Cellar Collection is one of the finest whiskies the Glenlivet has ever produced.

Glendronach 1989 Single Malt Scotch Review
I recently had the great fortune to taste Park Avenue Liquor's single barrel offering of Glendronach 1989 single malt scotch. While this whisky isn't cheap at $135, this is a great whisky to choose for someone who enjoys unique, high quality single malt scotch

Highland Park Scotch Whisky
Highland Park has a fine sampling of Scotch whisky that spans in age from 12-40 years and all are an excellent experience for any whiskey lover. This review includes three of the expressions, including the mixable 12 year old, renowned 18 year old and the newest, yet oldest, 40 year old.

Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky
In 2013, Johnnie Walker's portfolio of blended Scotch whisky received a makeover with new additions and a couple of labels discontinued. Read more about the color coded labels and what to expect from each of these fine whiskies.

Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch
Johnnie Walker is known for the premium line of blended Scotch whiskies the world over. The Black Label is a complexly flavored, reasonably priced benchmark that most will find a somewhat gentle introduction to Scotch.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker is one of the most famous brands in the world of blended Scotch whiskies. Each marque has its own color designation, from red, to black, to green and then gold. At the pinnacle of the Johnnie Walker line is the exceptionally well regarded Blue Label blended Scotch whisky.

Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Double Black is a new, limited edition release blended Scotch whisky that delivers a complex, bold and classically Johnnie Walker flavor profile that is sure to please. Few whiskies are as exciting as Johnnie Walker Double Black and at an MSRP of $40, Johnnie Walker Double Black is one of the great values in the world of whisky....

Jura Prophecy Single Malt Whisky
The distillery on the Isle of Jura makes some of the most interesting single malt scotch whiskies in all of Scotland. If you enjoy big, rich, peated and complex single malt scotch whiskies, do not miss the opportunity to treat yourself to Jura Prophecy. Prophecy is the creation of Richard Paterson, the Master Blender for parent company White & Mackay, and it offers more peat than the typical Isle of Jura flavor profile.

Laphroaig Cairdeas- Ileach Edition 2011 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review
Laphroaig is one of the most famous Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. This famous Islay single malt scotch comes in a variety of expressions, the newest of which is the no age statement Cairdeas marque. Fans of older expressions of Laphroaig may enjoy the youthful vigor of this whisky and can gain insight into the role maturation plays in...

The Macallan 1824 Collection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky
In 2009 The Macallan released a special series of single malt Scotch whisky called the 1824 Collection and it includes some fascinating bottlings that have a range of characteristics and prices, though they are only available in global airports.

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky is a full-bodied Scotch released in 2007 and is priced under $100. It is a fine example of traditional Scotch whisky.

Scapa 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
To replace the 14 year old expression of the Scapa distillery, an older 16 year old has been release and this elder Scotch whisky is better than its predecessor, even worthy of the few great Scotch cocktails.

Speyburn 10 yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyburn is one of the great values in single malt scotch whisky. At an MSRP of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, it won't break the bank and is an amazingly high quality spirit given its price point. Fans of Speyside whiskies will be particularly impressed with this elegant dram and if you've never tried single malt scotch whisky before, Speyburn is a...

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Liquor Gift Guide to Fathers Day
Fathers Day offers an opportunity to show your appreciation to the men that have played important roles in your life. While ties and golf balls are the most common gifts for Fathers Day, whiskey also makes a great gift for those special men in your life. Here are some of the best single malt Scotch whiskies from the Islay region of Scotland to consider for Dad. Islay whiskies are generally full bodied, with notes of peat, iodine and salt in their flavor profile.

Top Scotch Whisky Picks for 2013
From a Cutty Sark bottling celebrating a Robert Burns poem to a new barrel aged cocktail with a favorite Scotch, here are five great Scotch whiskies for the 2013 holiday season.

Blended Scotch Whisky Liquor Gift Guide 2010
Blended Scotch whiskies are a study in contrasts. The lower, entry level blends can oftentimes be slightly sweet, innocuous whiskies while the mid to top tier blends display the best qualities of all of the malts blended inherent the art. The best blends offer just as much complexity and intrigue as single malts, and they can be enjoyed year round by both novice whisky drinkers as well as seasoned enthusiasts. Here are the best blended Scotch whiskies for giving this holiday season.

Best Single Malt Whisky for Fathers Day 2011
Single malt whisky is something that Dad either loves or hates. There aren't too many people who feel ambivalent about it, they either love it or hate it. If Dad falls into the single malt scotch enthusiast category, here are some great picks this year.

Fathers Day 2011 Blended Scotch Whiskey Picks
With Father's Day almost upon us, it isn't too late to get Dad either his favorite blended Scotch whisky or introduce him to a new, high quality whisky. While there are a lot of options in blended whiskies, these are the best of the best and sure to please Dad this Fathers Day.

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