5.72 Scaramango – Smws

There are those who say Auchentoshan is a soft, floral dram and perfect for those with a delicate palate. I cant exactly argue with that notion but i will say that when you get to try some of their single casks you begin to understand that this distillery can compete on so many levels. The…

A tale of two blends

Blended whisky astonishingly is still liked upon with distant by many for no apparent reason other than they once tried a blend and didn’t like it. The mere fact they are happy to dislike a single malt and still announce to the world that’s the category is superiors baffling. We all know the blends that…

Garnheath 47 Year Old 1974 (cask 14618) – Xtra Old Particular

Some distilleries get shouted about from the highest mountains whilst others just silently plod along doing things at their own pace, the whisky speaks for itself and with each release that comes along still manages to sell well without all the fuss that surrounds the others. Then we have those silent distilleries that suddenly become…

Glentauchers 9 Year Old 2010 – Hepburn’s Choice

Glentauchers distillery is located in the Speyside region of Scotland’s whisky producing areas, the distillery was founded in 1897. The distillery was designed by John Alcock with the building work overseen by Charles Doig & Son. Glentauchers distillery started to produce spirit when James Buchanan Co. Ltd and three members of Glentauchers Distillery Co. joined…

12 Year Old English Whisky – The Single Cask

There is an interesting conception that only Scotland can produce good whisky! Whisky is being produced all around the world by countries including Sweden, Germany, India, Taiwan and even England! But ask most whisky drinkers to name those countries and England will probably be one of the last to be named, why ?  Lets look…

House Malt 2011 – The Whisky Cellar

It seems these days there is an abundance of independent bottlers who are releasing a wide array of whiskies and of course other spirits but since this is basically a whisky blog then lets stick to whisky.. As i mentioned there is indie bottlers popping up every other day or so it seems.. So what…

Darkness 8 Year Old

After the year we have all just had the title of this whisky seems pretty appropriate Don’t ya think ?.. Darkness is of course, in this instance a creation of whiskies that have been finished in custom made Oloroso sherry octave casks. Initially matured in Bourbon casks obtained from a distillery nestled within the Speyside…

Glen Keith 23 Year Old 1997 – Cask Strength Collection

Glen Keith Founded in 1957, the Glen Keith distillery was the first to be opened within the speyside area since the whisky crash of 1898 and ironically sits within sight of Strathisla distillery which just happens to be ( reputedly) the oldest in Scotland. Initially set up with 3 stills in order to do triple…

Clynelish 24 Year Old 1995 – Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish The Clynelish Distillery was officially founded in 1819 but the Clynelish distillery later became known as Brora and a more modern distillery which was built in 1967 adjacent to the old one is the distillery that we know today as Clynelish!! The original version of Clynelish was mothballed in 1931 and remained closed until…

Talisker 9 Year Old 2010 – Old Malt Cask

Talisker The Talisker distillery can be found on the Isle of Skye and was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, the distillery was built in 1831 at Carbost after a number of other sites had initially fallen through.  The Distillery was then rebuilt in 1880-1887 and extended again in 190 before the distillery…

Ledaig 12 Year Old -That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Tobermory The distillery was founded by John Sinclair in 1798 after he had applied to lease the 57 acre site named Ledaig in 1797 with the intention  to build a distillery along with housing for the workers.. Initially he was turned down for the licence to distill but was granted a brewing licence, however John…

Glentauchers 44 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Glentauchers The Glentauchers distillery is located in the Speyside region of Scotland and was founded in 1897. Designed by John Alcock, with the building work overseen by Charles Doig & Son, the distillery started to produce spirit when James Buchanan Co. Ltd. and three members of Glentauchers Distillery Co. joined hands with Glentachers the year…

Speyside No4, 24 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Well what do we have here.. Tis another secret distillery from Speyside, the 4th in-fact.. What are those guys over at Boutiquey doing to us.. Ok so lets try to take a look at the label for clues, hmmm it looks like someone ( similar to Boutiquey Dave ) is being presented a Banjo.. Well…

Macduff 11 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Macduff You would be forgiven if this isn’t the first destination you think about when visiting Scotland as Macduff is not a name on the tip of your tongue, this distillery was founded quite recently in the terms of distillery history, founded in 1962 by Marty Dyke, George Crawford and Brodie Hepburn the distillery first…

Caol Ila 11 Year Old,That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Caol ila is owned by Diageo and is one of the distilleries found on Islay, we already know what to expect from this distillery and that should be a little peaty beast, but as we know the distillery has produced some non peated whisky in the past so you never know !! The Distillery was…

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old, That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Bunnahabhain The island of Islay is iconic with whisky drinkers all over the word, mostly for the big bold peaty whisky that splits the whisky community  faster than marmite ever could.. Luckily there are a couple of distilleries that produce whisky the Non peated way. Founded back in ( in theory) 1779 when William Robertson…