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Four Award-Winning Whiskies

Tasting Notes: Aberlour Full Line

On a recent visit to Aberlour distillery smack dab in the middle of the famed Speyside region, our task at hand was to gain an appreciation for the distiller’s unique malting, mashing, blending and maturation processes, and of course, the tasting.

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A Prime Spot in Scotland's Scotch Valley

Photo Essay: Walking the Grounds at Aberlour Distillery

Among the big names of the central Speyside region — Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Ardmore — Aberlour garners less recognition than most. And yet it’s consistently produced one of the most decorated single malt whiskies, with more than 185 awards since the mid-1980s. We walked the grounds of their distillery, which has continuously produced since 1879.

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Go on Walkerabout

Johnnie Walker The Spice Road

How did one make his whisky known around the world in a time before big branding and Super Bowl commercials? Johnnie Walker and his associates walked. The Spice Road ($43) is the first release in JW’s Explorers’ Club Collection (followed soon by The Gold Route and The Royal Route), a series made with the traveler…

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12 gifts for the booze lover

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

The Mixologist’s gotten you into plenty of blissful adventures, most of which ended without real long term damage to your record or your marriage. He’s a passionate guy, and he knows his craft: beer, that is. Malts, mash, wheat, barley, rye, and oh yes, sweet sweet delicious hops — he sucks them all down, grinning…

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The best kind of warmth

Crown Royal Maple Finished

As thoughts of crackling fires, the laughter (and possibly screaming) of little children and more than your fair share of gingerbread descend upon you in the coming weeks, you might need some holiday cheer to get yourself through it all. What better time to start planning for the requisite imbibing by picking up some Crown…

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Guess that whisky

Whisky Explorers Club Whisky Flights

What’s better than whisky? A flight of whisky. The liberally imbibing folks over at Whisky Explorers Club have the better side of vice figured out, and their Explorer Scout member Whisky Flights ($180) are the perfect example of their libationary genius. As an member of the Club, you’re eligible for a crystal Glencairn nosing &…

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Occasion enough

The Glenfiddich Rare Collection: 1974 Vintage Reserve

We like a wee dram (or two) of quality Scotch during special occasions with good friends or our better halves. While plenty of quality bottles in the $100-$200 range will do the trick for most, getting a chance to sip the Glenfiddich Rare Collection: 1974 Vintage Reserve (~$800) is a reason for celebration all on…

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Don't spill it

Crown Royal XR Extra Rare – 2012 LaSalle Distillery Release

Crown Royal’s XR (Extra Rare) offerings are worthy of their elitist namesake. The first 2006 iteration was composed only of the scant remaining whiskeys saved from their Waterloo distillery, which burned down in 1993. Don’t hold out for a bottle of the 2006 XR, though. The limited run bottles have all either been safely stored…

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The closest you'll get to drinking with Shackleton

Alfred Dunhill Antarctic Whisky Cabinet

The Alfred Dunhill antarctic whisky cabinet is a soon-to-be heirloom that any fan of fine booze and craftsmanship can appreciate — even if few on this earth could ever afford such an extravagance. The three bottles included in this set are faithful replications of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky from the 1907. In case…

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A whisky-soaked punch in the mouth

Tasting Notes: Compass Box Peat Monster

Compass Box Whisky Company is a specialty Scotch whisky maker that, since forming in 2000, has made a big splash in the boutique whisky market. American John Glaser is the man behind the label, and his experimentation with unconventional malt combinations and oak maturation have resulted in some very interesting drams. From its core range,…

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That’s right, Tasmania

Tasting Notes: Lark Tasmanian Whisky

Though most malt whiskeys emanate from Scotland, other countries including the U.S.A., Japan and even India produce some terrific drams. Established in 1992, Tasmania’s Lark Distillery makes one of those worldly whiskeys that’s impressed us with both its heritage and its single cask offerings. Lark Tasmanian Whisky ($100-$150) is available in three expressions: 86 proof…

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Double or Nothing

The Highland & Island Malt Whisky Stack

We love our single malt whisky. So when we came across the Highland & Island Malt Stack ($115) from the Scottish “liquid deli” Demijohn, pinching — nay punching — was required to ensure we were still among the living. The top bottle contains a relatively unknown 12 year old Linkwood Single Malt from Elgin, that’s…

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Tapered for your pleasure

Glencairn Crystal Whisky Glasses

Graduating from Jack and Coke to single malt Scotch whisky is a positive step on the path towards booze enlightenment. But drinking it out of plastic tumblers and commemorative Superbowl glasses equates to painting a Ferrari hot pink. Put bluntly, if you’re going to shell out for the good stuff, acquire appropriate glassware like Glencairn…

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Double Or Nothing

Johnnie Walker Double Black Label

Double secret probation and double rainbows may be old news, but Johnnie Walker Double Black is different. Created around a similar premise to Belvedere’s Intense Vodka, this blended scotch whiskey is designed to provide a bolder, smokier flavor compared to its ubiquitous predecessor. The added flavor comes from taking the original spirit and aging it…

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Celebrate 150 Years Of Delicious Whisky

Canadian Club 30 Year Reserve

One of the perks of working at Gear Patrol is the steady stream of great spirits we either receive or purchase for testing imbibing. What man doesn’t want to “have to try” another great drink? Recently we got our hands on a bottle of Canadian Club 30 Year Reserve in celebration of Canadian Club’s 150th…

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition Whisky

Here at Gear Patrol we enjoy a good scotch/whisky and among those one of our favorites is the acclaimed Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Well the ante on scotch has risen as Johnnie Walker has introduced the Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition. From the Press Release: Renowned distillers John Walker & Sons have…