Tag Archives: Scotland

A Winey Whiskey For The Rest Of Us: Glenmorangie Nectar dOr Highland Single Malt Whiskey Scotland

Hi wine nerds! Don’t like Whiskey? Or want something more than your piddly 20% ABV Port? Well, you’re in luck. Scotland’s Glenmorangie, having perfected the 12 Year Single Malt, happens to work within Moët Hennesey’s empire.  With that extra bank, Glen could get bored and buy wine barrels to finish their spirits.  This ruffled Scottish feathers a few decades ago. But today, distilleries have another spice in their cupboard. Continue reading

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The Most Peated Whisky in the World Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1 Islay Scotch

Last week we took a Whisky baby step with the approachable and interesting Oban 14 Year Single Malt (read here). Today, dive deep into the depths of what once defined Whisky for all of Scotland, peat: Continue reading

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Whisky for Whisky Haters: Oban 14 Years Single Malt West Highland Scotland

Wine has tasted fabulous as far back as my memory (legally) allows me. But I once hated Whisky. It became firmly aligned with regret and college. Coke, Sprite, or whatever fizzy high-fructose corn syrup to hand would mollify it. But Whisky just tasted hot and gross. That is, until I went to Scotland. Continue reading

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PIG’S NOSE, BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY, AGED 5 YEARS, SCOTLAND

We hit Scotland last August. It nearly halted our seven month, thirteen country, EU Austerity Drinking Tour. We so fell in love with its people, countryside, and Whisky that we nearly stayed. We imagined ourselves William Wallace, Robbie Burns, Mary Queen of Scots, or that princess from Brave, with every castle tour, every distillery visit, and every haggis eaten.

But back in the United States, nostalgia ate us. Local distilleries proffered harsh, young spirit: too hot and tight to be enjoyed alone.

But then we found a bottle of Pig’s Nose, Blended Scotch Whisky, Aged 5 Years, from Scotland for under $30. Continue reading

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BUSHMILLS: Distillery Visit and Review, 10 Year 12 Year Whiskeys: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #26

Our trip brings us to the Giant’s Causeway: a collection of basalt columns cutting into the sea. Volcanic activity forced them up 50 million years ago.  Then rapid cooling cracked them like dry mud into over 40,000 hexagonal pillars. But … Continue reading

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