Whisky Wednesday: The Balvenie DoubleWood

This week’s whisky is from The Balvenie Distillery, in Speyside. They are very proud of their crafted nature – growing their own barley, malting it on site and even having a team of coopers to care for their barrels. Here we have their entry level whisky, the DoubleWood. Aged 12 years, part of that time… Read more »

Whisky Wednesday: Miyagikyo 12 Year Old

This week continues the Japanese theme, sticking with Nikka Whisky. Here, we go back to the Miyagikyo distillery. This is the Miyagikyo 12 Year Old, the middle of the three vintages normally available (between the 10 and the 15). As you can see above, it’s a glorious golden colour in the glass. The initial impression… Read more »

Whisky Wednesday: Yoichi 20 Year Old

Yoichi is one of two distilleries owned by Nikka. I’ve previously tried their Pure Malt Red, which is primarily taken from the other distillery, Miyagikyo. Here we have their 20 Year Old, the oldest single malt expression regularly produced. It’s a deep rich amber in colour, looking almost like a dessert wine. The nose is… Read more »

Whisky Wednesday: Tomintoul 10 Year Old

I have to confess that I don’t think I’d heard of Tomintoul before now; if I’d seen it in a shop, I’d have wondered if it was one of those ‘invented’ distilleries that certain shops use to disguise their own brands. But it’s a real distillery, in Speyside. It’s nice to find that it’s owned… Read more »