Tasting Notes


Bimber Distillery

Bimber Distillery
Bimber means moonshine in Polish so I'm reliably informed by the company's website. If you'd like to find out more about this new London distillery, head over to their site: https://www.bimberdistillery.co.uk  Not only is there very little point in simply paraphrasing the details here, but outbound links also help with SEO ;-) So far, I've only heard good things about the quality of the spirit being produced at Bimber Distillery. On the basis of these samples, I'm not one to disagree. This is truly tasty stuff and, had I tasted them blind, there's no way I would have ...

Port Ellen

Port Ellen
Reviews of Port Ellen are a bit like buses; you wait ages for one and then two arrive at once. My experience of tasting Port Ellen is somewhat limited. I'll put this down to the fact that my bank account is also somewhat limited. And these days, of course, anything heralding from a closed distillery isn't cheap.* About 18 months ago, Diageo announced that it would be resurrecting the Islay distillery and much speculation has taken place as to how this will affect the prices of those Port Ellen bottles currently available on the secondary market. Whether the prices ...

GlenAllachie 12 years

GlenAllachie 12 years
The first thing that came to mind on seeing the new GlenAllachie logo was Pocahontas.Or maybe that should be PocaHontas.  As, since Billy Walker bought the distillery just over a year ago, the distillery name has undergone the same capitalisation treatment à la GlenDronach and BenRiach. The rebranding and hence redesign of the logo is, according to the website, in keeping with the Celtic runes and Pictish stones which surround the distillery. So nothing to do with Disney then. Thankfully, I’m not overly influenced by packaging these days. As Billy Walker only ...

Ardgowan Expedition

Ardgowan Expedition
Expedition is the recently released expression from Ardgowan distillery. As the distillery is yet to be built, this is obviously sourced whisky from elsewhere.As soon as I poured this into the glass, the aromas were suggesting something quite promising. The first few sniffs delivered a really pleasant nose; clearly some sherry cask influence but by no means a sherry bomb. On the palate, this was really well balanced and very drinkable. For me, this is perhaps where the problem lies; a bottle of Expedition will set you back £500 so I imagine that the chances of many of ...

Steel Bonnets

Steel Bonnets
Let’s just get straight to the point here; Steel Bonnets is way overpriced. With a RRP of around £65, my personal opinion is that it’s about forty quid over what I’d expect to pay even if I liked it. Which, I’m afraid, I don’t. In an effort to be diplomatic, I’ll just say that this whisky really doesn’t suit my palate at all. I’ve had conversations with others who’ve said that they thought it was an OK dram, despite the price, but this isn’t the whisky for me. And whisky is subjective, right? We all know that.Steel Bonnets – NAS – 46.6% ...