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…

Highland Park Valfather

Valfather – Highland Park Its that time again when we get to try something new from Highland Park.. Valfather is the final chapter in the Viking Legend series and from the rumblings this is said to be the most peatiest !! Matured in re fill sherry butts in order to calm down and balance out…

Bruichladdich 2016 Sherry Cask

Bruichladdich There is an uprising within the whisky industry, a new world, a whole new way of looking at whisky is upon us.. Or so some want to have us believe ! Bruichladdich is a progressive distillery with a whole new look on how whisky should be and is made, words like Provenance and traceability…

Tomatin Announce Warehouse 6 -1977 Release.

Press Release.. TROPICAL TRIUMPH   Tomatin Distillery capture the flavours of south western France with the latest Warehouse 6 release: The 1977 In a bold move, the award-winning distillery has used a wine cask from Sauternes, France to mature its latest luxury expression. After a journey of over 1,100 miles and 42 years in waiting,…

12 Year Old Single Irish Malt – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Irish Whiskey The simple fact is that whisky has a deep origin and chequered history within Ireland and that alone makes Irish single malt whisky / Irish pot still whisky a very underrated product, or should I be saying whiskey ? well whichever spelling we go with it still boils down to the fact Ireland…

Talisker Distillers Edition – 1999

Talisker I spent a bit of time deciding what to take a look at today and as I browsed my shelves for inspiration there was one bottle that just kept catching my eye, Talisker…. It surprised me too !! I had a real hatred for this whisky in the past,well certainly in my early years…

2020 communicator of the year nominations

2020 communicator of the year Sometimes something comes out of the darkness and slaps you so hard you are not sure what day it is, stars circle and you see little birds flying around.. Well that’s how it goes in the cartoons ! Well today I have been informed that this little blog has been…

What have you done for me lately..

Its funny how as a blogger you can sit in front of a computer screen with a head full of ideas and the minute you go to put it to text your head goes completely blank !! (I know my head is permanently blank)  but its a fact, id call it writers block but I…

Deanston 18

I recently spoke about whisky being a simple drink and how it was made to be drunk by as I said back then ” simple people” and by that I mean people who are normal, people who want to just sip a drink for its simplicity and not for the bullshit elitism that surrounds whisky…

Think before you drink

Whisky is a simple drink made for simple people ( I mean no offence by that statement!!) it consists of 3 simple ingredients and a tree.. A liquid is produced which is then thrown into a wooden cask to gather some colour and flavour.. Its that simple and yet we continue to scrutinise it to…

Hello 2020

Well we are in 2020 now and its already time to start thinking about reviews, trips and festivals.. Although its been a rather dry festive season I did enjoy reviewing and sampling ( yes in that order ) the 2019 version of the Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar and sharing my thoughts for what has…

2019 – Festivals, Fun and ….

2019 Is almost over and I usually have my favourite drams, moments and memories already written down but this year has been a lot harder and that’s not because the standard is so high but more a case of my expectations have risen so much that the standards of the whisky to top previous years…

Jack Daniel’s Rye – Single Barrel

Jack Daniel’s Officially founded in 1866 making the distillery the first officially licensed distillery within the united states..  Jack Daniels learnt his trade a few years earlier from Nathan “Nearest” Green who was a preacher and slave who later became Jacks master distiller.. Jack Daniels is today one of the best known names within the…

Cambus 28 year old – batch 11 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Cambus Distillery The Cambus Distillery dates back to 1806 when John Mowbray converted a derelict mill situated next to the river Devron close to the Forth estuary. The business was not registered until 1813, land registration was filed soon after. 1823 see’s the distillery producing its first grain whisky. In 1851 the Distillery was expanded…

Heaven Hill 9 Year Old Batch 1 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Founded in 1935 just as prohibition ended and known as “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery by a group of investors from the Bardstown-area as well as the five Shapira brothers, David, Ed, Gary, George and Mose. December 13, 1935 was the date the first barrel was filled and in 1942 the distillery was shut down by the…

Clynelish 21 year old That Boutique-y Whisky Company

It seems yet again the effects of scamming is hitting the whisky community, fake bottles and people offering high end or hard to find bottles that just do not exist is becoming more and more common these days and the only advice I can really offer is to make sure you buy from a reputable…

Battle of the Laphroaig’s

Its always great fun when you get the opportunity to look at whisky from a distillery distilled in different decades.. Will they be worlds apart or similar, will they be better quality or has the distillery managed to be consistent over the period, these are all questions that need to be answered in due course…..

Linkwood 10 Batch 7 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

As we go through this years Advent Calendar and Christmas day gets ever closer we should spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves, if you are reading this then I assume you have electricity and a way to stay warm, plenty to eat and possibly even more to drink.. Unfortunately there are many…

Tomatin 11 year old batch 4 That Boutique-y whisky Company

Tomatin Founded in around 1897 when the first official distillery on this site was registered it is widely believed that whisky was produced on the site 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…