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…

Rock Island Sherry Edition Launched

Press Release.. Rock Island Sherry Edition Launched Ahead of National Oyster Day Whisky Distiller Douglas Laing & Co, today unveils Rock Island Sherry, a limited edition partner to their coreaward-winning Rock Island Malt Scotch Whisky. This exciting new release from Rock Island is a marriage of Single Cask Single Malts from Scotland’s Whisky Islands including Islay, Arran, Jura and…

Bimber V Cooper King

I have always found it interesting when comparing New make spirit from different distilleries, there in theory should be a vast difference and usually there is, the big question now though is, is this production or is it the barley ? Maybe its the water or the yeast !! damn this could get complicated, I…

Auchentoshan Red Wine Cask

Auchentoshan 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, although it is believed 1817 is actually the official beginning of the distillery albeit under the name of Duntocher.. Auchentoshan which is Gaelic…

Tomatin 18

Tomatin Tomatin was founded 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…

Glen Moray 8yo – A D Rattray

A D Rattray Founded by Andrew Dewar Rattray in 1868, the company initially began by trading as an importer of fine French wines, Italian spirits and olive oil, It was however not long before the company also established itself as a specialist in the art of blending whiskies. It was not uncommon to see the…

Waterford – Ballykilcavan

You wait patiently for 3 years, soaking up all the marvellous info thrown at us and then the whisky releases come like busses, all at once.. The latest opportunity to taste the delights of Irish whiskey that Waterford have to throw at me ( I say throw, obviously they have not sent me these samples,…

An Indepth Chat with Shilton Almeida from Paul John..

In the latest instalment from The Whisky Circus, Shilton Almeida and Craig Watson both off Paul John sit down and talk all things Indian whisky related.. The guys represent Paul John distillery, hailing from the sun swept area of Goa, India..   We not only discuss the superb liquid and the even better value for…

Dominic Roskrow – Part two

Part two of the chat to Dominic Roskrow concentrated a little more on the rest of the world whisky, with just a little heavy metal, football and general chit chat thrown in for good measure.. I would like to thank Dominic for giving up his free time to come chat to the Circus and for…

An in-depth talk with – Dominic Roskrow

Part 1.. I had the immense pleasure of sitting down once again with The Whisky Circus to chat with Dominic Roskrow.. The founder of The Wizards of Whisky awards, Author of a long list of whisky books, Critic, Whisky judge and avid heavy metal fan, O and football of course.. Dominic is a long standing…

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No3

Nestled away in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District hide’s the Lakes Distillery, sitting besides the the rolling mountains and the peaceful Derwent waters this distillery quietly gets on with doing things the right way.. Starting with the signature blended whisky that helped bridge the wait that inevitably comes with a new distillery, mature…

Invergordon 1991- A D Rattray

A D Rattray Founded in 1868 by Andrew Dewar Rattray, the company began by trading as an importer of French wines, Italian spirits and olive oil. It was not long before the company also established itself as a specialist in the art of blending whiskies. It was not uncommon to see the companies horse drawn…

Waterford.. New Make

I have been accused of many things in my life and had many names thrown my way but I certainly was not expecting the fall out from giving my opinion on whisky.  I have received over the years plenty of backlash, but you become accustomed to that although  doing whisky reviews when it comes to…

Bimber partners with Selfridges to launch González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish

Press Release.. London’s Bimber Distillery today announced the upcoming release of an exclusive single malt whisky created in partnership with high-end department store Selfridges. The Bimber González Byass Oloroso Sherry Finish was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in an outstanding 2010 vintage oloroso sherry butt from renowned Spanish sherry producer González Byass. 936…

Waterford – Ratheadon

The review no one wanted or even cares about !! Have you ever found yourself in a situation that commands you to really sit down and think very carefully how you need to approach something ? Well as a blogger who tries to be as honest as is possible about what i do, i have…

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 Cask 307362 – The Single Cask

Caol Ila Founded In 1846 by Hector Henderson, the Caol Ila distillery is certainly one of the big boys when it comes to production although it might not be the first name on the lips of those Islay fans.. Caol Ila is definitely known for the peated whisky it produces, but for many it is…

Heaven Hill 10 Year Old 2009 (cask #152724) – The Single Cask

Heaven Hill Founded in 1935 and originally known as the “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery, it was 5 brothers from the Shapiro family and a group of investors that were behind the founding of this new distillery, founded shortly after Prohibition ended in Bardstown, Kentucky and in a time of depression and great hardship in the…