Laphroaig

Laphroaig “29.234 – Smoked & salted toffee apples” by SMWS (Review)

Laphroaig 27yo "29.234 Smoked and salted toffee apples" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Islay Peated Dram Vaults)

The Vaults. That mythical place in the north of Edinburgh, where 35 years ago the world’s most illustrious whisky club – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society – was founded. Today, the former wine warehouse still serves as a high-class bar and meeting room for the Society’s members. (more…)

Laphroaig “29.225 – Slapped by a kipper” by SMWS (Review)

Laphroaig 18yp "Skipped By A Kipper by SMWS 29.225 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay Peat Bourbon Cask)

For two reasons, picking a bottle from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is not a particularly hard task. First, the whiskies’ telling monickers always give you a good impression of what to expect. And second, the quality of the releases of the world’s biggest dramming club (more…)

“Salt – Sugar – Smoke” Tasting by The Whisky Jack (Events)

"Salt - Sugar - Smoke" Tasting by The Whisky Jack (Islands Maritime Single Malt Scotch Teaninich Isle of Jura Longrow Springbank Laphroaig Bruichladdich Octomore)

“I’m sorry, guys. But when you buy a bottle like this and keep it to yourself rather than share it with your friends, you’re a loser”, said The Whisky Jack’s Gearoid O’Callaghan last Thursday, when he popped the cork off the Octomore 08.1 (more…)

Laphroaig 16yo Directors’ Cut by Douglas Laing (Whisky)

When a whisky legend like Fred Laing, who has been working in the industry for half a century (and counting), hand-picks a cask for a special occasion, you know that liquid greatness is inbound. And indeed, I cannot think of a better term to describe this 16-year-old Laphroaig, (more…)

6 incredible XOP Whiskies by Douglas Laing, pt.2 (Review Flight)

Xtra Old Particular by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Grain Scotch Whisky North British Littlemill Macallan Cask)

Following up on last week’s blog post centering on a 55 years old grain whisky by North British, a 25 years old Lowlands jewel by Littlemill and a 40 years old Speyside masterpiece by Macallan, I am happy to review the remaining three expressions of the latest batch of XOP bottlings (more…)

Master Class at Helgoheiner’s (Event)

Master Class at Helgoheiner's (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottler Tasting)

There is no question that Helgoland, which is Germany’s only island in the open sea, is my favorite place in my entire homecountry. Not only is that red rock in the North Sea unbelievably beautiful, but it also makes you feel relaxed and chilled from the moment your feet touch its ground. (more…)

SMWS Feis Ile 2017 Flight (Event)

SMWS Feis Ile 2017 Whisky Flight (Islay Festival Cask Strength Limited Edition Scotch Bunnahabhain Bowmore Laphroaig Tasting)

This year, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society selected three particularly jaw-dropping pours as their official Feis Ile 2017 trio: a Bunnahabhain 10yo, a Bowmore 20yo and a Laphroaig 21yo. While most bottles containing these top-class whiskies are being served on Islay itself, (more…)

Beam Suntory Masterclass with Gordon Dundas (Event)

Beam Suntory Masterclass with Gordon Dundas (Chita Hibiki Auchentoshan Bowmore Laphroaig Glen Garioch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Event BarleyMania)

One of the best ways to improve your whisky knowledge is learning from those who know so much about the topic that you could easily call them a whisky encyclopedia on two legs. One such guy is Gordon Dundas, honorable Keeper of the Quaich (more…)