ABOUT ME.

Hi and welcome to my whisky blog. Firstly let me introduce myself.   I am a whisky collector, drinker and blogger who has  an incredible passion for whisky..  Over the last year or so I have become more involved within the Whisky world, helping out at festivals, tastings and any social meetings of like minded…

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Caol Ila unpeated.. Blasphemy I hear the diehard fans shouting.. There should always be a little surprise in every package and this Caol Ila unpeated 15 year old might just be the biggest surprise in this 2018 Special Release from Diageo. Founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson the Caol Ila distillery is certainly more known…

Benriach 12 yo Sherry wood.

There are a few iconic distilleries situated in the Speyside area of Scotland and the BenRiach distillery is right up there at the top of the pile in my mind, built back in 1898, the distillery has certainly had a chequered past with a lengthy closure in the early parts of the 1900’s until 1965…

The Singleton Glen Ord 14 year old (2018 Special Release)

The Singleton Glen Ord.. This 14 year old special release is rather interesting, initially matured in Refill American oak hogsheads and ex bodega European Sherry butts before moving into Charred ex Pedro Ximenez and Mosatel casks for an extra development period before finally marrying together in European Oak puncheons ( yes that’s 5 different casks…

Lagavulin 12 Years Old (Special Release 2018)

Lagavulin, founded back in 1816 by John Johnson is the second whisky to be reviewed in this 2018 special release series from the  Diageo stable.. No Special Release would be the same without the Lagavulin 12 year old, it has after all featured in all but the very first release back in 2002 !! Lagavulin…

Let’s talk Barley..

Firstly get yourself a coffee or a large dram of whisky ( the liquid type) you might need it ….. Barley / terroir and a comparison to the wine industry seems to be stirring within the whisky industry and with some it is a hot topic at the moment ! For those of you who…

Gordon & MacPhail celebrates its ‘Private Collection’ range with a new look

Gordon & MacPhail celebrates its ‘Private Collection’ range with a new look Single malt Scotch whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a new look for its ‘Private Collection’ range: rare and exclusive single malts personally selected by members of the Urquhart family, owners of the company for four generations. The first releases comprise an…

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Talisker at 8 years old and cask strength can only mean one thing, it’s the special release 2018 time.. Ok so I am a little late but as they say it’s better late than never.. Each year Diageo release a series of  highly anticipated limited cask strength bottles that are said to highlight the individual…

BENROMACH DISTILLERY ADDS CHATEAU CISSAC WOOD FINISH TO CONTRAST RANGE

    BENROMACH DISTILLERY ADDS WOOD FINISH TO CONTRAST RANGE Single malt finished in Château Cissac casks The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd. has unveiled the latest addition to its Wood Finish portfolio with the launch of the limited-editionBenromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010.   The single malt Scotch whisky balances Benromach’s signature Speyside smokiness…

A day in the life.. An interview with the Scotch Test Dummies..

I’m not sure my guests today actually need any introductions but for those of you who live on Pluto these two guys are probably considered as God’s in the whisky Vlogging world !! Now although this series is aimed at those working within the industry I offer no apologies in including “ The Scotch Test…

A Day in the life.. An interview with Hugo Caprichoso – Claxtons

I would like to introduce you all to Hugo who is the new Brand Development manager for one of my favourite independent bottlers and not to mention the closest to my headquarters.. As anyone who reads my blog will already know I have been privileged to review many of the releases from Claxtons so I…

Spirit Cartel Celebrates Four Roses’ 130th Anniversary

Press Release..     Spirit Cartel Celebrates Four Roses’ 130th Anniversary New Limited Edition Small Batch Released Four Roses is raising a glass to 130 years of distilling with a very special limited edition small batch bourbon. Available through Spirit Cartel, Four Roses’ 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch features four of its unique bourbon recipes – a 10,…

CRAIGELLACHIE LAUNCHES WORLD’S MOST UNCOLLECTABLE WHISKY

Press Release..   CRAIGELLACHIE LAUNCHES WORLD’S MOST UNCOLLECTABLE WHISKY   Hamilton, Bermuda, 26th October 2018 – CRAIGELLACHIE’s latest whisky has waited 51 years to be enjoyed by people all over the world. But, CRAIGELLACHIE 51 is not bottled in a fancy crystal decanter and it doesn’t have a silly price tag.   This whisky has…

White Walker – Johnnie Walker (Winter is coming)

Winter is coming or so they say.. Game of Thrones is one of the biggest series to hit the Tv screens in a long time, based on a series of fantasy novels named A song of ice and fire.. Set in a fictional seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Essos and based on the constant battle…

Rock Oyster Cask Strength, batch 2 – Douglas Laing.

Douglas Laing was established in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, specialising  in the selection and release of specialist, craft Scotch Whiskies. Douglas Laing hand select the finest, and often rarest, Scotch Whisky stocks from across all of Scotland’s Whisky regions and bottle them under a handful of different categories ( XOP, Old Particular, Clan Deny…

Cu Bocan 1990 – Tomatin.

Tomatin.. Founded in around 1897 when the first official distillery on the site was registered, although it is believed that Whisky was produced well before this date and possibly as far back as the early 1700’s.. Found just 18 miles south of Inverness the distillery lies on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains at…

THE ‘THREE WISE MEN’ FROM LOCH LOMOND DISTILLERY

Press Release..     THE ‘THREE WISE MEN’ FROM LOCH LOMOND DISTILLERY   A STAR CHRISTMAS GIFT SELECTION  Three Wise Men Cocktails – Loch Lomond Group This year, The Loch Lomond Distillery has the perfect Christmas gift selection for whisky lovers with its very own Three Wise Men; a specially crafted trio of 12 Year…

Auchentoshan single cask #4447 – Bottle your own.

The Auchentoshan distillery can be found nestled on the outskirts of Glasgow, at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills and in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge. Officially founded in 1823, Auchentoshan which  is Gaelic for “ the corner of the field “ is one of the only distilleries in Scotland to practice tripple distillation….

Douglas Laing Unveils Remarkable Regional Malts…With a Twist

DOUGLAS LAING MARK THEIR  70TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A TWIST Family owned Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing, continue to mark their Platinum Anniversary with the release of a commemorative Remarkable Regional Malts bottling. The Company was established by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948. 70 years later, Douglas Laing is regarded as one of the most innovative…