Invergordon 1991- A D Rattray

A D Rattray Founded in 1868 by Andrew Dewar Rattray, the company began by trading as an importer of French wines, Italian spirits and olive oil. It was not long before the company also established itself as a specialist in the art of blending whiskies. It was not uncommon to see the companies horse drawn…

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 Cask 307362 – The Single Cask

Caol Ila Founded In 1846 by Hector Henderson, the Caol Ila distillery is certainly one of the big boys when it comes to production although it might not be the first name on the lips of those Islay fans.. Caol Ila is definitely known for the peated whisky it produces, but for many it is…

Heaven Hill 10 Year Old 2009 (cask #152724) – The Single Cask

Heaven Hill Founded in 1935 and originally known as the “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery, it was 5 brothers from the Shapiro family and a group of investors that were behind the founding of this new distillery, founded shortly after Prohibition ended in Bardstown, Kentucky and in a time of depression and great hardship in the…

Glengoyne 19 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

  The distillery first received it’s distilling license in 1833 while under the name of Glenguin of Burnfoot, Changing its name to Glengoyne in 1907.  The distillery went from strength to strength and in 1966 the production tripled to 1.2million litres due to the demands for the malt produced, then in 2014 the old barley…

Auchentoshan 9 Year Old – Highland Laird

Bartels Another independent bottler that has suddenly commanded my attention, they offer quality liquid at very good prices and are not afraid to offer up younger whiskies, so this can only be a good thing right ? Right.. Of course its a good thing, age is relatively un important when it comes to whisky, the…

The Good Ole Day’s and Macallan

A Macallan and a memory Do you remember not so long ago when we all had a normal life ? The world has changed over the last few months and “normal” just does not seem to be a word we can associate with anymore, given the total change in the way most of us are…

World Whisky Blend – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

We all know Blends are so inferior to Single malts, obviously, no one drinks them, they are poor quality, and just chucked together in some mysterious way.. Well that’s actually far from the reality, blends are the biggest selling commodity in the whisky sector, far outstripping the single malt market. It is also a myth…

Cameronbridge 27 Year Old 1991 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Cameronbridge Distillery Cameronbridge is not only the oldest grain distillery in Europe, its also the largest producer of grain whisky in Europe. Founded in 1824 by John Haig, who installed a Patent still which had been invented by his cousin Robert Stein in 1829, this was to enable him to produce grain whisky on a…

Auchentoshan 24 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Auchentoshan Officially founded in 1823 by John Bullock, although the distillery is believed to have gone under a slightly different name, Duntocher, since 1817. John Bullock opened the Duntocher distillery in 1817 and although it is uncertain if this distillery was on the same site as Auchentoshan now sits what is certain is that both…

The Gael Batch 2 – J J Corry

J J Corry Its time for a little more Irish whiskey, and to say I am excited about this release is rather an understatement !! Now we all love a story and there are no better story tellers than the Irish. little green men guarding treasure and magical fairies at the bottom of the garden,…

Girvan 40 Year Old – Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing If you have listened to me in the past you will know I have a respect for the independent bottler Douglas Laing ! The quality they keep offering the customer is second to none ! As an indie bottler they have set the standard for a long time in my eyes and with…

Dufftown 40 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Dufftown Dufftown is generally known as the capital of Speyside, boasting very easy access to many of the distilleries,  but not many ” General ” whisky drinkers will have heard of the Dufftown distillery, founded in 1895 by Peter Mackenzie, Richard Stockpole, John Symon and Charles MacPherson, the distillery was originally named the Dufftown-Glenlivet Distillery….

The Gael – J J Corry

J J Corry There is another name starting to be whispered for those who care to listen, with a little Irish accent its saying the Irish whiskey scene is gathering pace and does not look like its going to slow down any time soon ! The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company are a new breed…

13 Year Old Tennessee whisky – North Star

North Star North Star Spirits is yet another independent bottler and was founded by Iain Croucher, but it seems the actual name for the company came as most good ideas do, from his wife ! As with a lot of things in life the birth of this company came about on the back of an…

Glen Elgin 8 year old – Bartels

Glen Elgin Founded in 1898 by William Simpson and James Carle this distillery is today one of Diageo’s sleeping gems, well known for producing whisky for the blended market Glen Elgin is one of the distilleries that is loved by the indie bottlers and whisky lovers who know its reputation.. The capacity of this distillery…

Speyside 23 Year Old – 1995

Bartels Have I mentioned I like heavily sherried whisky ? Well I do and when I heard about this single cask offering from the independent bottlers Bartels, then I just had to get some to try. Bartels are an independent bottler who release single cask offerings at cask strength and natural colour, they also have…

Glen Moray 10 Year Old – Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing Douglas Laing for those of you who don’t know are a Glasgow based independent bottler who pride themselves in bottling some of Scotland’s finest single malts, not to mention some Remarkable blended malts, blended whisky and single grains.. Initially founded in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing after serving his time in the Royal…

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…