4 Mar
Taste buds be warned, this is a devilishly good 114-proof whisky

Dip your finger into the amber liquid (don’t be shy, you’re adventurous, right?), drop it onto your palm and rub. Now bury your face into your hands and smell the sweet, yet burnt almond notes emanating off your hands. The sensation almost makes you want to repeat again, until you realize that the Ardbeg Corryvreckan […]

13 May
8500 diamonds, 300 rubies and two bars of pure white gold

No, that is no exaggeration — the UK’s self-appointed and vapidly named Luxury Beverage Company is crafting a bottle of single malt scotch that will run you a cool $6,200,000. Not that the Isabella Original whisky is that particularly good or extravagant, it’s just that Luxury Beverage Company have encrusted the fine English Crystal decanter […]

1 Feb
Finished in rum casks for a slightly sweeter expression

I would really like to get my hands on The Balvenie’s latest release, a 14 year old whisky called Caribbean Cask. The single malt scotch is titled as such because after being aged in traditional whisky barrels for 14 years, it was transferred to rum barrels to finish. The Speyside distillery crafts some of the […]

19 Jan
Islay distillery creates the most highly peated whisky ever made

Islay distillery Bruichladdich has been doing a nice job of releasing distinct expressions with various qualities of note. Their Organic 2003 was the first certified “organic” single malt scotch, and their Peat expression emphasized their scotch’s peaty flavor. Now their Octomore 2nd Edition takes that former scotch and kicks the peatiness quotient into the stratosphere, […]

9 Nov
Single malt Speyside scotch with a touch of Islay

If you read LIAS with any regularity you’ll know we’re kind of fanatics of The Balvenie single malt scotch. The Speyside distillery just makes some delicious affordable scotch, and their various special editions are equally exceptional (such as their Madeira Cask, 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch and whatever wonderfulness resides in their Ambassador Case). […]

29 Jun
Smokey peat-rich scotch is in its name

I’m not a huge fan of Islay scotch, its notorious peatiness is just too smokey for my personal taste. Every time I drink some Laphroaig my mouth feels like I smoked a half dozen Montechristos, and I get mad cottonmouth. Still, I appreciate the honesty behind Bruichladdich’s Peat single malt whisky — it lets you […]

18 Jun
Returning Scotch to its natural roots

In an effort to return Scotch whisky to its natural flavors of 100 years ago, Bruichladdich distilled their first Organic Islay Whisky in December of 2003. The Chalice barley was grown at Culblair Farm near Inverness on glacial gravel deposits with sand and loam and a touch of clay, one mile from the sea. It […]

Living up to its moniker, Bowmore‘s “Darkest” 15 Year is a 15 year old single malt scotch from Islay, and features a darker complexion than many other whiskys of later age. Matured in Oloroso Sherry casks, this version of Bowmore’s Darkest vintage replaces what was the 14 year (although the age was not stated). According […]