Hamish's Whisky Blog

Read Hamish's latest ramblings on all things whisky.

  1. Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014

    Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014
    Last week we re-visited last year’s, 2013, expression of the Kilchoman Machir Bay. With each year the small Islay distillery continues the journey of this fantastic single malt by releasing a new bottling. Today we are blessed to be sat with this year’s bottling, the Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014. To re-cap, Kilchoman’s Machir Bay, the distilleries core expression, was first launched...
  2. Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013

    Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013
    10 years ago if I had said the words “Kilchoman Distillery” you wouldn’t have had a clue what I was talking about. However, today Kilchoman Distillery, the first distillery to be established on the island of Islay in over 124 years, is kicking up quite the storm within the whisky world. The distillery itself, which is one of the smallest in...
  3. Review: Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask

    Review: Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask
    It is with great excitement that I write this taste review as The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12 Year Old was one of my favourite whisky discoveries of 2013. Today I have the great pleasure of tasting The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask, and as first impressions go I am extremely impressed. As you would expect from a...
  4. Review: Dalmore 15 Year Old

    Review: Dalmore 15 Year Old
    A couple of weeks ago we featured the wonderful Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve. This week we have decided to choose another bottle from the master distillers, this time the Dalmore 15 Year Old single malt. Distilled in the Highlands of Scotland, the Dalmore 15 is a sophisticated and classy whisky which can be found frequenting the bars of stylish hotels around...
  5. Review: Kilchoman Loch Gorm

    Review: Kilchoman Loch Gorm
    As Islay distilleries go, Kilchoman distillery established in 2005, is definitely the new kid on the block. Based on a small farm on the rugged west coast of Islay, the distillery may be relatively new, but it practices a lot of traditional methods; such as being one of only a handful of distilleries that still practices floor malting. It also grows its...
  6. Review: Dalmore Cigar Malt

    Review: Dalmore Cigar Malt
    As the name may suggest, Dalmore Whisky’s cigar malt is a whisky best enjoyed with a rich and spicy cigar; perhaps a Paragas Serie P No. 2 or No. 4. The whisky itself is a joyful drink and should be treasured for those moments in life in which one can simply relax and enjoy its comforting taste. The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve...

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