2019 and beyond

Hello again and welcome to 2019.. It has taken a little longer than I expected for me to sit down again and want to write something more on whisky in 2019 and let’s face it we are well into January already.. The year actually started in the same way as 2018 ended and that was…

2018 – Memories, Friendship and disappointment..

As 2018 draws to an end most bloggers decide what the highlights have been, write it down and publish.. Well it’s my turn to write a few thank you messages, maybe some apologies and of course the obligatory highlight that made 2018 the year it has been.. 2018 kind of set off with a lot…

The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk

Press Release..   J. & G. Grant are proud to unveil The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk, which is believed to be the most expansive single collection ever released by one distillery. Following on from the hugely successful Family Cask collection, the distiller has gone one step further by releasing The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk – which…

12 Bottles for Christmas…

It’s that time of year again when we all start to think about presents for friends, family and of course a little something for ourselves!! So here is a small list of bottles I would recommend, these will of course only be bottled readily available and in what I think of as reasonable price bracket…

Deanston debuts alongside The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime

Press Release..   Deanston debuts alongside The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime   Deanston distillery is set to hit small screens in a brand new series on Amazon Prime called ‘The Three Drinkers’, with the highland single malt launching the first episode of the series, which will premiere on Monday 26th November. This four-part series…

Whisky Snobbery

Have you noticed the shift in the whisky world recently?  How some distilleries think the product they are selling is no longer a drink for the masses but a real luxury that the average man or woman should feel privileged to be in the presence off .. A product that the average person should no…

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…

SLANE DISTILLERY ROLLS OUT FIRST BARREL AT STATE-OF-THE ART DISTILLERY

Press Release..     SLANE DISTILLERY ROLLS OUT FIRST BARREL AT STATE-OF-THE ART DISTILLERY Slane Distillery, the recently-opened whiskey distillery located on the historic grounds of Slane Castle in the Boyne Valley, celebrated a major milestone last week (Wednesday 29th August) when it filled its first barrel. The inaugural cask contains new make malt whiskey…

Rare whisky marks 20th anniversary at Benromach Distillery

Press Release..     Rare whisky marks 20th anniversary at Benromach Distillery   All profits from the sale of Benromach Cask No 1 single malt whisky will be donated to charitable causes   Twenty years after family owned Benromach Distillery was reopened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay, a rare single malt whisky has been released…

Flippers, dippers and greedy b******s

Well it has been an eventful few weeks in the whisky world, hoards of flippers flocking to Macallan in order to fleece some poor person who couldn’t make it there, roads shut and chaos descending in order to let a small number of actual fans who actually camped out and managed to get themselves a…

Isle of Arran Distillers claim four top prizes at international competition

Isle of Arran Distillers claim four topprizes at international competition The team at the Isle of Arran Distillers is celebrating four coveted awards at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition. The independent whisky maker picked up two gold medals for its Arran 10 and 18-year-old Single Malts. The Bothy Quarter Cask and Lochranza Reserve…

SMWS 35TH ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL TASTING DISCOVERY PACK

35TH ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL TASTING DISCOVERY PACK Join us in celebration of our 35th anniversary as we take you on a colourful journey of flavour discovery. We’ve created a limited-edition Discovery Pack containing five hand-selected whiskies which Master Brand Ambassador John McCheyne will be introducing in a special tasting at The Vaults on 24 September. And…

Give us ya money and we will tell you a story…

I do sometimes wonder what is important in life, should we work our guts out in order to retire and kick the bucket the minute we do or should we say sod old age and enjoy what you have right now ? Should we worry about this and that, just how important are some things…

A bottle of Port Ellen being auctioned for charity..

Press Release A bottle of Port Ellen being auctioned for charity after two whisky personalities battle it out for two great causes on the squash court Fred Laing, Chairman of leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler Douglas Laing and Greg Dillon, Founder of GreatDrams.com joined forces on Tuesday to battle on the squash court…

Rachel Barrie Honoured at university of Edinburgh..

Press Release.. FIRST FEMALE WHISKY MASTER BLENDER HONOURED AT UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH Rachel Barrie, raised in Aberdeenshire and one of only a handful of women in the ‘top job’ in the whisky industry is the first female Master Blender to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh. As a Master Blender, Rachel…

BENRIACH DISTILLERY AND KESTIN HARE ANNOUNCE EXPERIMENTAL COLLABORATION.

Press Release..   BENRIACH DISTILLERY AND KESTIN HARE ANNOUNCE EXPERIMENTAL COLLABORATION A Speyside distillery renowned for its experimental approach has teamed up with Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare in a partnership which will celebrate the creative approaches to whisky distilling and clothing design. To mark the collaboration, Kestin Hare’s 2019 Spring Collection will feature five…