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…

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…

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…

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…

2017.. A year of great WHISKY and memories.

There’s whisky then there is WHISKY It is that time of year when everyone is talking about what Whisky has impressed the most this year,  as well as the highs and lows of 2017 I would like to offer out some thanks and possibly some apologies.. Firstly I guess I should get straight to the…

Around the table with This is my dram..

I once again had the privilege of chatting with the guys ( Andy and Stuart) from the “This is my dram” podcast, only this time we actually managed to share a dram while chatting about it in person.. We were also joined by a couple of friends Ed and Tom from Sheffield.. The Dram we…

A festival to remember.

Festivals come and go but the memories stay with us for a long time,  comments made, banter exchanged and new friends found are all part of the festival scene.. Saturday October 21st found me traveling to York on behalf of Paul John Whisky and to a festival organised by the Whisky Lounge who are an…

Which side of the table ? ..

Another festival this weekend had me heading down south to London where the streets are paved with gold and dreams can come true.. Ok not exactly what I found but some dreams could possibly come true but that’s another story. This weekend was only the weekend for the whisky exchange show where us northern folk…

Festival fever …

Another weekend and  another festival has come and gone.. Newcastle, Manchester, Stoke,  Birmingham and Liverpool have all been visited over the past weeks / months with London, York and possibly a return to Birmingham on the cards before the end of the year so I thought I would just have a brief sum up of…