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“This is a concise and WONDERFUL primer on malt whisky! Very valuable and complete and well-written and entertaining. And shockingly error-free.”
– Darren Stephens, Chicago, IL

Actor, Voice Over Coach, Malt Whisky LoverPraise for our article About Scotch Malt Whisky

On the Shelf

Finally had time to update the list of whisky on our shelf. Let us know if there is something particular you would like to see reviewed!

Mortlach 18 - World Whisky Day

Ardbeg Kelpie – 2017 Committee Release!!!

Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Chart improved JULY 2017

Read Our Exclusive Review

More flavor maps HERE

NEWS

Ardbeg Day Celebrations!

A rare Hudson River Kelpie water spirit made a special appears at the Ardbeg Day river cruise.

Ardbeg Day Kelpie Sighting

And a briny-peaty time was had by all, as NYC provided the atmosphere and Ardbeg provided the memories. And the whisky, lots, and lots of whisky.

Read More Here

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World Whisky Day! Hooray!!

So many choices!!

World Whisky Day 2

But which whisky SHALL I be having to celebrate World Whisky Day??

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Highland Park gets a new image, new bottles, a new Series, and new expressions while losing some others, sad to say

Read More Here

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READERS Q & A

Where does “pure malt” fall in with “single malt,” blended malt, and so forth?

Find out in our new feature, Readers Q & A

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ORIGINAL ARTICLES

Diageo in the No-Age Statement Era

The Promise and Pitfalls of No-Age-Statement Mentality

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What the New Mortlach Says About Diageo’s Direction

“Now that Diageo is expanding their no-age-statement editions, they need to think long and hard about which direction they will go…Their prowess, capital, and stores of aging spirit put Diageo in a unique and influential position…Here is an opportunity for them to find inspiration in the stellar no-age-statement whiskies coming out of Ardbeg and Highland Park, and to do even better…”

But will they?

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FROM THE BLOG

Evan Cattanach, Legendary Malt Man, is Dead, R.I.P.

Evan-Cattanach R.I.P.

When I met Evan Cattanach he taught me a gentle lesson in looking on the bright side…

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What else is new?

Find out HERE

We hope you will enjoy our reviews and articles on malt whisky. Please let us know what you think, as your input helps make One Man’s Malt better.

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REVIEWS

Ardbeg Kelpie – 2017 Committee Release

With a portion matured in virgin European oak from near the Black Sea, Kelpie is aptly named for a mythic shapeshifting aquatic nature spirit, as its unbridled flavors gallop along, ever changing around a golden heart swathed in seaweed.

Ardbeg Kelpie Booklet

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Highland Park Dark Origins

Out of the shadows and first fill sherry casks of European oak comes a mysterious no-age-statement expression, the first deemed worthy of Highland Park’s core range of classic single malt.

“…Dark Origins, which is denser, smokier and heavily sherried (than other Highland Park) with a more traditional European profile of stone fruit, both dried and stewed, wood spices, vanilla beans, and earthy peat…”

NOW in America!

Read the Exclusive Review

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Mortlach Old Rare

“Would the Rare Old prove to be the latest greatest no-age-statement single malt? Or would it fall short of expectations? After all, this is not just any whisky being reimagined as a premium no-age-statement expression.

This is Mortlach.”

And here is my review of Mortlach Old Rare

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Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom

is an entertaining, enlightening, and instructive book on how to achieve maximum enjoyment from the world’s most famous drink.

Small in size yet full of useful stuff, this is a portable companion of potable spirits that examines whisky from a fresh perspective, revealing how it was imbibed in the past, while focusing on the various and often inspiring ways it is enjoyed around the world today. This is a must-have book for whisky fans, but may also convert non-whisky drinkers on the spot.

Whisky: The Manual will make you see whisky in a whole new way, whether it is your favorite spirit or one you thought you could never like.

Read the Full Review of Whisky: The Manual

Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom review at One Man's Malt 1mansmalt.com

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Talisker 25 – Hurricane Sandy Survivor

The bottle of 25 year old Talisker I am reviewing holds great sentimental value for me. It had survived Hurricane Sandy, without its packaging and with a torn up label. But luckily it remained sealed.

I received it as a gift because I was storing some valuables while a friend’s home was renovated, so they were not destroyed with the rest of his belongings, during the devastation that ravaged the east coast of the United States, one year ago today.

And like the ever changing weather of the northern seas at its home shores, this whisky is in constant flux upon the surface, with a deep serenity beneath.

“As the finest spirits are thought of as very precious, as they dwindle in the bottle, it is a finer thing to pour some out on occasions such as these, and raise them in remembrance of that which is gone, and in appreciation for what we are so lucky to have.”

Read the Full Review

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BenRiach 16 year old

We chose the 16 to see how today’s BenRiach is fairing.

“The center is malty and toffee-like, but it is infused with a hoard of mixed fruit, led by autumn cooking apples, a few pears, and fragrant oranges resting in an old wooden bowl. And winding throughout are subtle chocolate notes that increase over time.

This is a rich and savory whisky, ideal for a blustery Halloween night.”

Read the Full Review of BenRiach 16

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Talisker 18 year old

Our review gets to the heart of a stand-out among the great malt whiskies.

“It does not bring the sucker punch Wow! of the hotter, rawer 10 year old Talisker. Talisker 18 makes a suave entrance and starts to reveal an elegant form with a smoldering heart. This is a very sexy whisky …
smoky, full bodied … Starts off subtle and mellow,
finishes greatly complex and effortlessly penetrating …“

Read the Full Review Talisker 18

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Event Review

Whisky Live 2013 New York

Malt whisky and its cousins in celebration

Whisky Live took place Wednesday night, April 3, on Pier Sixty in New York City, one of 16 cities around the globe that host the “World’s Premiere Whisky Tasting Show.” And it was a rousing, educational and entertaining success. Those attending were greeted and treated to countless varieties of malt whisky by more than sixty exhibitors, representing ten nations. There were also several incarnations of America bourbon, Canadian ryes, along with brandies, rum, gin, beer, and even cigars.

Many of the foremost experts in the craft of distilling were on hand to share their wisdom and humor, along with priceless insights, and some of the finest drams available anywhere, many of which cost hundreds of dollars per bottle at a liquor shop, if one can find them at all.

Read Full Review

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12 Year Old Highland Park

Although we have many reviews to publish in the coming days and weeks, we are happy to kick-off our whisky reviews with a member of the Common Man’s Malt Whisky Hall of Fame, 12 year old Highland Park.

“It is such an ensemble cast that the entire production becomes the star.

This is different than I remember, not as fruity-sweet or lush, with more citrus, and greater dryness and woody qualities to the main profile. Perhaps my taste buds have aged, but this seems a more grown-up dram than the 12 year old Highland Park of my youth.”

Read Full Review

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2 Responses to Whisky Through the Words of One Man

  1. Audrius May 4, 2015 at 2:18 am #

    Hi. I love your texts about whisky, the knowledge and the spectrum on the matter is just amazing – is there any way to subscribe to your blog – is there any Facebook or Twitter accounts of One Man’s Malt?

    • One Man May 22, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you!

      As mentioned elsewhere, the site has been idle, but I am now returning to it. The twitter account is 1mansmalt@1mansmalt.

      The account for the arts and cultural site is onemanz.com@1mansworld

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