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…

It’s time for your whisky calendar..

September is upon us and already it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas Advent calendar.. Yes that’s right it’s not just a time for the kids to open up a little door in order to get a little chocolate but now all us big kids who pretend to be adults can now join in…

In the moment.

As you pour the last drops from your dream bottle, the gentle splash as the nectar hits the glass,  those expectant moments when anything can happen,  these are the times we crave in our whisky journey,  the gentle aromas rising from the Glencairn as you slowly tilt and gaze at the wonderful colours that greet…

Those summertime drams..

We just hit temperatures of over 20 degrees for a full week here in the uk so summertime might be over but I thought I would take a quick look at those drams that will be on offer here in the OCD office..   It’s time to reach for those lighter, more floral, fruity drams…

Glen Scotia adds 25-year-old to range..

Press Release..   Glen Scotia 25-year-old sets sail Independent Campbeltown distillery, Glen Scotia, has added a 25-year-old single malt to its award-winning range. The single malt, which is dominated by maritime influences, was launched at the Campbeltown Whisky Festival on Wednesday 24 May. Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia distillery is one of three surviving distilleries…

Distell’s Scotch portfolio receives international honours

Press Release..   International wine, spirit and cider producer, Distell, has received recognition from across the globe for its Scotch Whisky collection at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), as well as the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). The portfolio received 29 awards in total, including the Director’s Award of Excellence from SFWSC. The…