Just another rant….

Firstly make a coffee, pour a dram, maybe even make a sandwich and then be prepared to wonder why the hell you read till the very end…. The whisky industry is a demanding culture that manages to split opinion quicker than a rabbit can breed.. Over the last few years we have argued about Nas…

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…

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…

Harrow Whisky Festival 2020

If you fancy a nice relaxed whisky festival set in idyllic surroundings, a gentle pace and very friendly people then look no further than the Harrow whisky festival 2020.. The festival is Very relaxed and set over 2 days with the added bonus of a evening Banquet after the Friday evening session where you can…

Douglas Laing Announces Acquisition of Strathearn Distillery

Press Release.. Douglas Laing Announces Acquisition of Strathearn Distillery   Douglas Laing & Co, independent Scotch Whisky firm, today announces 100% ownership of Strathearn Distillery. Established in 1948, the award-winning family business has been celebrated to date as a leading blender and bottler of small batch, hand-crafted Single Cask and Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies. The Strathearn acquisition marks the first Distillery in the Douglas Laing…

MASTER BLENDER DR. RACHEL BARRIE INDUCTED AS A ‘KEEPER OF THE QUAICH’

Press Release.. MASTER BLENDER DR. RACHEL BARRIE INDUCTED AS A ‘KEEPER OF THE QUAICH’ AT PRESTIGIOUS CEREMONY One of the world’s top whisky Master Blenders, also known as the ‘First Lady of Scotch’, has been recognised with one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades by being inducted as a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’ at a…

It’s time to think about Those Whisky Advent Calendars

Christmas Whisky Advent Calendar O come on it’s only September I hear you shout but as they say the early bird catches the worm !! For anyone who loves getting their hands on a whisky advent calendar might just want to start looking as one or two of them are at a bargain price right…

Here’s the rope..

It always tickles me when I hear people moaning about the small things in life, so many of us have very little to really moan about in life but as a species we have to make something so trivial into something that makes us feel like life itself is about to end.. Why is it…

Cooper king Distillery starts Whisky Production

Press Release..   Yorkshire’s self-built distillery begins whisky production   A Yorkshire-based start-up distillery announced that distillation of its inaugural single malt whisky has begun. Based in Sutton-on-the-Forest, Cooper King Distillery has made the announcement following news that it sold out of its pre-order whisky casks after just 10 days of sales.   The highly…

Douglas Laing Unveils Super-Premium XOP “The Black Series”

Press Release…   Douglas Laing Reveals Super-Premium XOP “The Black Series” Single Cask Scotch Whisky Award-winning Scotch Whisky creators, Douglas Laing & Co, today announce a brand extension to the Xtra Old Particular Single Cask Scotch Whisky range: XOP The Black Series. The new, luxury packaging employs monochromatic colourways complemented by gold foil detail, said to…

Glen Moray has Father’s Day covered for you..

Press Release..   Glen Moray Distillery has an excellent range of affordable whiskies for every budget, which makes their whisky the perfect Father’s Day Gift:   Glen Moray Elgin Classic Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky – £22 for 70cl ABV: 40%   In celebration of the age old tradition of maturing whisky in the…

Not backing down..

It always brings a little smile when I receive some of the snotty comments that have been hitting my spam inbox recently, well I say recently it has been going on for a while.. Id just like to make it clear though that if you can’t be bothered to add a name or email address…

Press Release..   BULLEIT FRONTIER WHISKEY UNVEILS WHISKEY & WINGS SERIES   Diageo Reserve’s award-winning Kentucky whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, has announced a Whiskey & Wings partnership series in collaboration with leading restaurants in London, in May. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has worked with the five venues to develop bespoke chicken wing recipes to perfectly match a…

Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky wins World Whiskies Award

Press Release..   Glen Moray Distillery is delighted to announce that Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, launched in the UK at the end of 2018, has won the Speyside 12 Year Old and Under category at this year’s World Whiskies Awards.   “The Speyside 12 Year Old and Under is a very prestigious category containing some exceptional…

Cooper King marks International Day of Forests by planting hundreds of local trees

Cooper King distillery marks International Day of Forests by planting hundreds of local trees   Award-winning Yorkshire gin and whisky distillery Cooper king has donated over £1,000 to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) to plant 115 new trees to mark International Day of Forests. North Yorkshire-based Cooper King Distillery is a self-built venture run…

Burns Night.. A celebration of Robert Burns..

Anyone who is interested in the Scottish history will have heard the name of Robert Burns.. Born 25th January 1759 in Alloway Scotland, Rabbie as more commonly known is probably the most famous poet to come from Scotland, and is also known by the names of “the bard of Ayrshire” or “ploughman poet” but whatever…

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…