Author Archives: H.W. MacNaughton

About H.W. MacNaughton

Technologist and communicator. Into technology, jazz, Formula One, sci-fi and any good writing about real stuff.

Whisky and Words Number 48: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

This is the second of three reviews of Glenmorangie special expressions, each of which has been finished in specialty casks to elicit different flavors. The Quinta Ruban builds on the standard Glenmorangie 10 with two additional years in Port pipes … Continue reading

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Whisky and Words Number 47: Glenmorangie Lasanta

As promised, here is the first of three reviews of Glenmorangie special expressions, each of which has been finished for two years in a specialty cask. In this case, the Lasanta (Gaelic for ‘warmth and passion’)  takes the basic Glenmorangie … Continue reading

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Whisky and Words Preview: Glenmorangie Finished Expressions

What’s coming up – reviews of three Glenmorangie specialty-cask ‘finishes’ of their single malt. How distillers switch up the casks and hence flavor profiles There are a few ways a distiller can introduce flavors outside of those provided by the … Continue reading

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Book review: Dhalgren

Note: This review covers adult subjects and I use some frank words. Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delaney. A million copies have been sold, accounting for many more than a million reads as I assume many get this book from the … Continue reading

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Whisky and Words Number 46: The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3

In this blog, I’ve focused mainly on whiskies the average Joe can afford, and can get without having to pay international shipping fees. But now and then I’ve acquired rarer whiskies with a tale attached to them. This is one … Continue reading

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Whisky and Words Number 45: Tomatin 12-year

This is another review I have to credit to my local scotch-loving spirits retailer, Kelly. His recommendation for Oban was spot on, so I gave him heed when he told me the Tomatin 12 was akin to the Balvenie Doublewood … Continue reading

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Whisky and Words Number 44: Stein Distillery Straight Bourbon, 5 yrs

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a frequent bourbon drinker, and I have to look up the code words that go along with bourbons—in this case, “straight.” According to Angel’s Envy, to be sold as “whiskey” in America, … Continue reading

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