whiskyreviews.net is a website dedicated to exploring the huge variety of options available to the modern whisky drinker and giving an opinion on what represents good quality for the price being asked.
While reviewing a dram, I try to offer some practical information about the whisky and share some of the incredible stories that surround the spirit and the places that make it.
You won’t find reviews of outrageously expensive, so-called collectable whisky here, just affordable and available drams that can be enjoyed by everyone. In fact, I won’t review anything that costs more than £100 a bottle in the UK (where I am based).
I’ll offer a score out of 50 for each whisky: marking them on smell, taste and value for money but it should be noted that this is just my opinion and a low score from me should not hold you back from trying out something new.
I give a few tasting notes for each dram, but this is something that I try not to get too involved in. After all, what I smell and taste could be totally different from what you experience. Nonetheless, I think a few short notes can help to give an idea of the character of a whisky.
Most of all, this site is about sharing a passion for whisky, not just for the spirit itself but for the incredibly rich history and mythology that surrounds it. Whisky is much more than just a drink and particularly in Scotland it’s story seems interwoven with that of the land and the people. It is that story that I am exploring and celebrating here – over a dram of course.
Perhaps like many, my early experiences of whisky was of cheap blends that in my opinion, could only just be tolerated when loaded with ice and drowned in a mixer. My epiphany came at a funeral a few years back when I was offered a dram and accepted, as much out of politeness as anything. That dram was a 12 year old Highland Park and it changed my life.
I have immersed myself in the subject over the last few years in an attempt to further my knowledge. I’ve devoured every book, magazine, documentary (and dram) I could get my hands on and have also taken part and completed the Scotch Whisky Trail Certificate Course run by whisky writer and Master of Malt, John Lamond, as well as completing the Whisky Ambassador course – an accredited whisky training program aimed at the licensed trade (see links below for more info).
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