With the closing credits on summer 2017 its time to consider what were the winners and losers in the drams we tried. I am not sure we actually had much of a summer up here in Scotland (ed: yawn always a weather comment) but apparently, it’s over now anyway.

The Highlights

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish – Distillers Edition


The 2015 release is a great rich mix of thick billowing smoke and fat juicy raisins. One to have on a summer’s day that has more in common with the north pole than Barbados.

Read the Lagavulin Distiller Edition review here

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01


A nine-year-old Port Charlotte left full term in a rum cask takes up the next highlight of the last 3 months. Again, this is another peated whisky which is starting to sound like a bit of a theme which is developing. This isn’t the intention really but it does show the sun wasn’t exactly beating it down in Glasgow.

Here the full Port Charlotte review here

Glenlivet 18 Year Old


The Glenlivet 18 is a delicious mix of tropical fruits and wood oak spices. Also, it’s not peated so never let it be said I am a one trick pony. The price point here is also a welcome surprise on this slightly hard to find whisky from a real industrial producer.

Read the full Glenlivet 18 review here

The Disappointments

Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish – Distillers Edition


Take a meaty whisky from Cragganmore and add in some time with a robust fortified wine like Port and what do you get? Not much really, no doubt harmed by the low ABV but there is little of interest in this glass.

Read the full Cragganmore Distillers Edition review here



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