Deanston 2003 Bourbon cask.. (Byo)

With the ever growing demand for single malts and single cask offerings the latest trend to get you to the visitor centres is to offer you the chance to bottle your very own whisky direct from the cask, although I say the latest trend this is not entirely a new concept and some distilleries have…

Tomatin Virgin Oak, Cask 3428.

Tomatin.. Founded in around 1897 when the first official distillery on the site was registered, although it is believed that Whisky was produced well before this date and possibly as far back as the early 1700’s.. Found just 18 miles south of Inverness the distillery lies on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains at…

Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky, Cask Strength.

Canada or bust.. A trip into the wilderness for me, or maybe not.. I was recently sent another package from a friend over in Canada containing several Canadian whiskies, the one that really jumped out is this Lot 40 Rye whisky. Why did it jump out ? Well, firstly I have recently discovered Rye Whiskies…

Glenlossie 17 – That Boutiquey Whisky Company.

Founded in 1876 by John Duff  the distillery is today under ownership of Diageo and shares its grounds with sister distillery Mannochmore.. With a capacity of around 3.7 million litres of alcohol per year the distillery is equipped with one stainless steel full lauter mash tun, eight larch washbacks and 3 pairs of stills. Although…

Claxton’s Arran 21 yo 1996.

Arran distillery which is located on the Isle of Arran is a relatively new Distillery having only been established back in 1994 with the first spirit running in 1995.. Although a young distillery the whisky that is being produced is certainly gaining a lot of plaudits, good quality whisky is not always guaranteed but this…

Talisker Port Ruighe.

Talisker.. Is there anybody out there that has not heard of this distillery ? I doubt it..   The oldest working Distillery found on the Isle of Skye, founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill the distillery is today synonymous with for its chilli heat and peppery character. Talisker has a capacity to produce around…

Turning Japanese with Kamiki and the Kura..

I think I’m turning Japanese, turning Japanese…  O you know how it goes ( well you do if you are old enough ) Another tweet tasting from the whisky wire ( Steve Rush) who this time teamed up with the awesome Dekanta and the Artisan Spirits Company, this husband and wife team specialise in the…

Old Pulteney Huddart.

Founded in 1826 by James Henderson Old Pulteney is situated in the parish of Wick, with a capacity to produce around 1.8 million litres of alcohol per year from its single semi – latter mash tun, 6 wash backs and a pair of stills using stainless steel worm tubs to cool condense the spirit.. Old…

North British 27yo Single Grain.. That Boutiquey Whisky Company.

It’s raining grain.. Ok let me explain, at the time of writing this review here in the uk we are in the middle of the harvest season, it only seems right I review a single grain whisky ! That Boutique-y Whisky Company is at the moment bottling some stupendous single grains !! And this North…

Bowmore 26yo, 1989 from Murray McDavid..

Bowmore is one distillery I unfortunately have not really covered much on my blog ( among a few others for which I’m trying to rectify ) So thought I’d better dig out something that might be of interest.. Unfortunately this expression is long since sold out but from memory when I last tried it I…

Macduff 14yo Single Cask, Claxtons.

You would be forgiven if 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 produced spirit in 1963. Today the distillery is owned by John Dewar and…

Tennessee Whisky From That Boutiquey Whisky Company..

First things first, is this Whisky, whiskey or Bourbon …  Well the good folks from That Boutique-y whisky company assure me this Tennessee whisky is Whisky, so next I know you are thinking my blog is basically scotch but I am trying to broaden my spectrum so I will continue.. The next thing to try…

Glendronach Cask Strength, batch 7.

Glendronach, Glendronach, Glendronach.. Say it 3 times, add cask strength and it will appear.. Hopefully.. Glendronach cask strength batch 7 has just been released so I thought you might be interested in my thoughts on this latest release.. Drawn from both Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry butts this latest offering is bottled at 57.9% abv…

Highland Park – Wings of the Eagle.

Highland Park Wings of the Eagle is one of the new releases from Highland Park exclusively for the travel retail sector, as part of a four bottle release ( Spirit of the bear, Loyalty of the Wolf, Wings of the Eagle and Viking Pride). This expression should retail for around £79 and has been matured…

Caol Ila 2004. Connoisseurs Choice.

Located in the North east of Islay overlooking the straight between Islay and Jura, Caol Ila is Gaelic for “ sound of Islay” and was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. Today the distillery is owned by Diageo and has the capacity to produce 6.5 million litres of alcohol from its 3 wash stills (…

Claxton’s Orkney single cask.

As with a few single cask releases from independent bottlers these days the distilleries are asking them to withhold  the identities and / or “teaspooning “ the casks ( this involves adding literally a “teaspoon” or a small amount of  whisky from a different distillery to stop this being classed as a single malt )…

A tweet tasting with Glenallachie.

Built in 1967 by Mackinlay McPhearson & Co in the Speyside area of Scotland’s whisky production the distillery is today back into private ownership headed by Billy Walker after acquiring the distillery from  Chivas Brothers ( Pernod Ricard) in the middle of 2018.. Located at the foot of Ben Rinnes and taking water from the…

Deanston Virgin Oak V 18yo.

Deanston distillery is located on the banks of the river Teith just outside the town of Stirling and on the outskirts of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, owned by the Distell group the distillery was founded back in 1965 and is located within a re furnished weavers / cotton mill believed to have…

Islay #2, 25 yo.. That Boutiquey Whisky Company..

That Boutiquey Whisky Company just seems to have a sadistic side to it, expression after expression is being released from top distilleries who insist on withholding the name and us poor customers have to try and work out just which distillery it might be from.. Dave who is one of the Ambassadors ( I say…