To keep the nose and palate in. You might notice that there are no scores. There’s a good reason for this. I hate scoring. I’ve always had to, but as this is my website and I’m not beholden to others’ whims, I can do what I’ve always wanted to – grade by a star system.

This gives bands of excellence, rather than the frankly absurd idea that you can define quality by a number. Stars give a degree of flex, they operate in bands of excellence. Maybe it will also guide eyes away from ratings and towards the words.

Oh, and what is tasted will be rated according to its competitive set.

Rating system

* Only useful if you need a solvent
** Somewhat disappointing.
*** This is good! I’ll happily have a dram thank you.
**** Hits the spot. I’ll have another.
***** Exceptional. Hold me back!


A plethora of peat

Time to take a dip into a peaty pool and compare and contrast a selection of  some new…

To go with story by Julia  Bryce. Torabhaig has released its first whisky expression from the first whisky distillery to be launched on the Isle of Skye Picture shows; Torabhaig first release whisky and distillery. Torabhaig Distillery, Isle of Skye. Supplied by Torabhaig  Date; Unknown


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Rye Roundup

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Clynelish ’21 years of Friendship’

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2021. Batch 1 Beauty Comes in Threes

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A quartet of drams which won’t break the budget. All hover around the £40 mark. You know it…

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An Irish Trio: Bushmills ahoy!

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A December Roundup

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Watt Highland

Watt whisky?

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Spot The Whiskey

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