The Botanist Gin

Yes, you’ve read the title right, today’s blog is not about a whisky but rather about a gin with a whisky connection. The Botanist Gin is the first and only dry gin made in Islay. It uses nine classic gin aromatics that are then enhanced by 22 botanicals that are hand-picked locally by their foraging…

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Bourbon and Whisky

My gosh, December already! Where has the year gone? As our stress levels go up with all the holiday gifts we have to buy, I am here to help a bit if whisk(e)y is what you are looking for. Note: If you aren’t familiar with my blog I purchase every single whiskey, whisky and bourbon…

Bowmore: Distillery Tour

If you walk around Bowmore right as kilns are firing up, the smell of peat surrounds the town. For any peat smoke whisky lover, this smell is heavenly. This was the smell that welcomed us when we arrived at Bowmore and, as it was the town we stayed in, it was the smell we enjoyed…

Green Spot Château Léoville Barton

This week I am taking a break from writing about another Scotland distillery tour to write about Green Spot Château Léoville Barton. It’s an Irish whiskey I had been eyeing for a while, and was finally able to get it in Dublin’s airport at duty free. Green Spot by Mitchell and Son is hands down…

Lagavulin Visit: Whisky and Chocolate

Next up on our Scotland distillery visits, Lagavulin, which, just happens to be one of our favorite whiskies. We were beyond excited to go here, however, excited quickly turned into disappointment when we learned they had stopped offering tours for the season. We found this puzzling because Lagavulin is one of the three distilleries in…

Ardbeg: Distillery Tour

The first distillery we visited and toured while in Islay was Ardbeg. Out of all the distilleries in Islay, Ardbeg whisky is the peatiest. Their peat is peated to 50ppm (parts per million) and is sourced from Port Ellen. If you don’t like peat, then you will most certainly not like Ardbeg, but that shouldn’t…

Traveling Through Scotland

It’s been a while since I last posted but it’s been due to my boyfriend and I traveling around Scotland. Now today’s post is to highlight what we did and how we did it. Subsequent posts to follow throughout the next few weeks will provide full details on each of our distillery visits. We began…

Springbank 10-year

Springbank is a distillery I have not spoken much about on my blog. It is located in Campbeltown and is the only distillery that produces three different single malts, Springbank, Hazelburn and Longrow. If that isn’t hard enough, they also malt 100% of their barley using the traditional floor malting method. But let me be…

Masterson’s 10-year Straight Rye Whiskey

Masterson’s 10-Year Straight Rye Whiskey is a 100% rye Canadian whiskey. Right before trying a new rye whiskey I always brace myself knowing that some rye whiskies can pack a punch. This Masterson’s 10-year, did not.  On the contrary, it was surprisingly smooth and quite tasty. Tasting Notes Nose: oak, maple, butterscotch Palate: spices, vanilla,…

Flaming Leprechaun Special Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey

We are creeping into September which means the whisky drinking months are upon us so, weekly posts will soon resume. Plus, my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Scotland this fall so I will have an abundance of new content since we plan to visit as many distilleries as possible. But before I get…

Slow & Low: Rock & Rye 8-years

A Monday morning after staying up to watch Game of Thrones is always hard, due to that today’s review will be short and sweet so let’s get to it. Hochstadter’s Slow & Low limited edition 8-year Rock & Rye is a label under Cooper Spirits based out of Philadelphia, PA. What first caught my attention…

John Barr Reserve Blend

We stumbled across the John Barr Reserve Blend during a whisky tasting and let me tell you, had it been a blind tasting, I would have guessed it was Johnnie Walker. It wasn’t, but the similarities were impeccable and that is because this brand was truly meant to taste like Johnnie Walker. John Barr blended…