Octomore 13.1 Super Heavily Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

A profoundly peated single malt scotch whisky (at 137.3 PPM), Bruichladdich’s Octomore 13.1 has been distilled from the beloved brand’s 2015 harvest of 100% Scottish Mainland barley. The smokey Islay spirit has been aged in ex-bourbon and ex-Tennessee whiskey American oak casks and further matured in first fill American oak. This process lends flavorful notes of toffee, almond and vanilla to the otherwise earthy, leathery and …

The Balvenie Sixty Honors The Six-Decade-Long Career of Malt Master David Stewart MBE

The longest-serving Malt Master's career parallels his rarest release

An age statement on a single malt scotch whisky bottle symbolizes more than the liquid’s years spent maturing in the quiet recesses of a remote Scottish warehouse. That number is a herald of flavor, an easy orientation toward value in a complex market, and a demonstration of a brand’s patience and capacity for risk. As such, the golden numerals found engraved on The Balvenie Sixty do more than announce …

September Scotch: Benriach Distillery’s Malting Season and Smoke Season

Exploring flavorsome limited edition expressions from the Speyside single malt scotch brand

Not all headline-worthy limited edition single malt scotch whiskies cost tens of thousands of dollars. Two recent releases from acclaimed Speyside whisky-maker Benriach—Malting Season, which first debuted in October 2021 and is now in its second annual edition, and the magnificently unexpected Smoke Season—retail for $150 and $60 respectively. Both of these expressions impress by way of the noticeable attention to craft that defines the liquid, and …