September Scotch: 200 Years of Lagavulin

New smoky single malt expressions unfold from the Islay distillery

In our two previous September Scotch explorations, we stuck to the Highlands of Scotland for one profile they’re commonly associated with and one that’s a true variation on it all. Now, however, we’re shifting to Islay—the famed, scenic island off the western coast. There, Lagavulin (another Anglicized Gaelic name, this time meaning “hollow by the mill”)—known for its peated, smoke-rich flavors—has just turned 200 years …

September Scotch: What Old-Rare Means to Usquaebach

The second installment in our month-long exploration of Scotland's whisky wonders

Before we even touch upon what Usquaebach is, we must address its rather tricky-to-pronounce name—which should be read as “OOS-KE-BAH.” Stepping back to the 1500s, the Gaelic words “uisge beatha” translated to “water of life,” which meant whisky. Poet Robert Burns declared what would become a new canonical spelling as usquaebach in 1791. So, usquaebach means whisky. It’s that simple, and appropriately so because that’s …

September Scotch: The Dalmore Single Malts

Drink along with us as we explore five whisky brands from Scotland in one month

There are at least 115 single malt Scotch distilleries in Scotland. Some of them produce multiple brands within. This accounts for, by the way, only 8% of the market. The other 92% goes toward blended Scotch. But how does one navigate the elusive, delightful world of single malts? The answer is flavor—and a lot of times flavor pertains to region (though, with tremendous variation). For …