Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead?

By Martin Isark Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead? It’s a common mistake by barman: JD is actually a Tennessee whiskey, while bourbon is synonymous with Kentucky – all but a couple of brands of bourbon are made there, and Kentucky is the only state allowed to put itsContinue reading “Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead?”

Tasted: Speyside & Highland Malt Whiskies

By Martin Isark With good reason, most Scottish distilleries lie in the Speyside area or in the surrounding Highlands. The cleanly flowing rivers, peat and easy access to high-quality barley mean that the distilleries there always have an economical edge over those on the islands, where higher production and transport costs have led to theContinue reading “Tasted: Speyside & Highland Malt Whiskies”

Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy

By Martin Isark Tasted Modern Style Boroli Barolo? Barolo is made from the thick-skinned nebbiolo grape that’s grown in Italy’s Piedmont region. There are two styles of Barolo, the Old Traditional and the Modern. There is much debate, over the last twenty years or so, which is the better, but whichever style, a Barolo wineContinue reading “Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy”

Tasted: 30 & 25 Year Old Tasgall Blended Whisky

By Martin Isark What’s this 30 & 25 year old Tasgall whisky at sixty and fifty quid a bottle? Tasgall is not a Scottish distillery or a blue chip brand, but a super-premium blended ‘private label’ whisky that has been created by Asda’s Spirit Buyers. Should you grab it or leave it?