Highland Park 18 YO (db), 43% ABV

Tasting Notes:

n: honey, smoke, sherry, vanilla, dark fruits

p: smooth mouth feel, sherry, sweet smoke, fruity

f: warm and lingering, medium length, smoke, sherry

My favorite all around distillery bottling. Usually you can find it in most well stocked liquor stores for around $99. Everyone I have suggested try this expression, from newbe to experienced whisky drinker, loves this expression.

Highly recommended


Say hello to the worst single malt I have every tasted.  Loch Dhu 10 Year Old. This is true shit whisky.  Loaded with E150a  caramel colorant and poorly casked.  I believe the Mannochmore distillery was hiding something i.e trying to make lemonade out of lemons.  This expression was only available in 1997/98, though there is a limited production now and again and sold through specialty retailers for a ransom.  It has now become a collectors item and is way overpriced on auction sites. There is another black whisky available only in the UK called Cu Dhub.  I have a bottle of that as well, but it remains unopened and untasted.  The question for these producers of black whisky is WHY?

I have a sealed 200ml bottle of Loch Dhu in my collection purely for conversation. If you are dying to have one too, I’ve seen it in specialy shops for about $75 200ml and $225 for 75cl.  On ebay I’ve seen them listed (but not sell) for around $300 75cl.

Pass on this dreadful dram.

Image  —  Posted: January 22, 2012 in Distillery Bottling (db), Hard To Find, Shit List, Whisky Reviews

Highland Park

Posted: January 22, 2012 in Distillery Profiles


Highland Park, the northern most distillery in Scotland produces magnificent products.  HP 18 YO is my desert island dram.


Master Class Whisky

Image  —  Posted: January 22, 2012 in Distillery Profiles

Scotch101 Charter

Posted: January 22, 2012 in Scotch101 Charter

Hello site visitor, welcome to my Scotch whisky blog.  I know you are asking yourself, does scotch whisky really need another BLOG?  No, it doesn’t.  But what the heck, here is another one anyway.


The charter of scotch101 is very simple: share thoughts, tasting notes, opinions, and other ramblings about my favorite libation. I have no interest in the whisky industry, so this will be a no holds barred blog. I will provide an open and honest update of tastings. My goal is to offer a weekly update, but I am a working still like most of you so there may be gaps.

Most reviews will be positive because most scotch whisky is pretty great stuff.  But, I have no problem slamming over rated, overpriced, and just plain shitty whisky.

Goals & Objectives of Scotch101

Now the 101 part of the blog refers to the basic notion of availability. I often read whisky reviews of bottlings that are no longer available.  What is the point if I can’t get it?  Primarily, I will stick mostly to distillery bottlings (db) of Scotch, but occasionally may dabble profile a particularly nice independent bottling (ib) that should be available.  Also I will occasionally profile an American, Japanese, Canadian, or Irish whiskey.

Every now and again, I will post thoughts on an extraordinary whisky that is no longer available through retail, but those you may choose  to look out for on ebay or some other auction site.


I will post a picture and pointed tasting notes for each entry. Additionally I will offer a recommendation on the following scale:

Pass – Low quality and/or way overpriced, under no circumstance drink this this stuff.

Decent – Nice, but probably overpriced, drink only if nothing else is available.

Good – Good stuff at a reasonable cost

Recommended – High quality at a good price

Highly recommended – Exception quality at an exceptional price


Why scotch whisky? Because I fell in love with the stuff after tasting it in my mid twenties.  I was a bourbon drinker, but  a friend introduced me to scotch whisky and I never went back.  That was 25 years ago.

Enjoy the site and leave comments or send me an email if you wish.