Kilkerran 12-Year

Before I start talking about this whisky, let me share my big news, because why not. After dating for six years, Jim and I got engaged this past weekend and we couldn’t be happier. WOOHOOO!!!!! Aside from being my partner in life, he is also the one person I enjoy drinking a dram of whisky…

Ardbeg Drum

For this year’s Ardbeg Day and the Fèis Ìle (Islay Festival of Music and Malt) Ardbeg went Caribbean with the release of their Ardbeg Drum. This is the first time the distillery has taken their whisky and finished it off in ex-rum casks from the Americas. To me, this was music to my ears because…

Talisker Select Reserve | Game of Thrones House Greyjoy

Finally, the last bottle to review in the Game of Thrones whisky series, Talisker Select Reserve paired with House Greyjoy. Talisker is located in the Isle of Skye, which is one of the remote islands of Scotland. The Greyjoy’s rule the Iron Islands which are off the west coast of Westeros. I have had issues…

Lagavulin 9-Year | Game of Thrones House Lannister

Today is the big day! Game of Thrones fans are rejoicing everywhere. Last night we re-watched season 6 and enjoyed the House Lannister paring, Lagavulin 9-Year. If you followed my blog then you know that I am a big Lagavulin and Islay whisky fan. The big hope was that it would not disappoint. I can…

The Balvenie Peat Week 14-Year 2003 Vintage

They had me at Peat. For one week a year, since 2002, The Balvenie distillery dedicates itself to using 100% Highland peat to dry out their barley. And no, this isn’t just another smoky whisky, unlike the pungent taste of Islay Peat, Highland peat takes on a sweeter approach. It is a whisky that is…

Westland Peat Week 5th Annual Edition

Westland has launched their Annual Peat Week bottling and lucky for me, I spent this past weekend in Washington state visiting my good friend Sara and the Westland Distillery. Now, if you are wondering what the difference between their Peated American Single Malt Whiskey and their Peat Week is, well I got you covered. I…

Ardbeg Grooves

Ardbeg Grooves is Ardbeg’s 2018 Ardbeg Day limited edition bottling released during the Islay Festival. For this bottling the whisky was matured in ex-wine casks that were charred to the point where there were grooves in the surface of the wood. Not sure if that is what initially inspired the name, but it could also…

Bowmore 17-Year Warehousemen’s Selection

Yes, it is still too warm outside for whisky but after we stuffed ourselves silly yesterday, we cranked the AC up and drank a dram of our Bowmore Warehousemen’s Selection to help ease our stomach. This is a distillery exclusive bottle we acquired during our visit to the Bowmore Distillery. Only 3000 of these were…

Scapa Distillery Tour and Glansa review

  As we boarded the plane to Kirkwall, a few things came to mind. One, there weren’t that many people making this trip with us. Two, the plane was a very small propeller plane, aside from my flying anxiety kicking in, I knew we were going to struggle to get our carry-on to fit under…

Laphroaig – Distillery Tour

It’s a cold and dreary Martin Luther King Day. If you are one of those people (like me) who has a work holiday then the warmth of a whisky dram is perfect on a day like today.  As I sit here enjoying my day off and a wee dram, let me take you on a…

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…

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…