Rock Island Sherry Edition Launched

Press Release.. Rock Island Sherry Edition Launched Ahead of National Oyster Day Whisky Distiller Douglas Laing & Co, today unveils Rock Island Sherry, a limited edition partner to their coreaward-winning Rock Island Malt Scotch Whisky. This exciting new release from Rock Island is a marriage of Single Cask Single Malts from Scotland’s Whisky Islands including Islay, Arran, Jura and…

Bimber V Cooper King

I have always found it interesting when comparing New make spirit from different distilleries, there in theory should be a vast difference and usually there is, the big question now though is, is this production or is it the barley ? Maybe its the water or the yeast !! damn this could get complicated, I…

Auchentoshan Red Wine Cask

Auchentoshan The Auchentoshan distillery can be found nestled on the outskirts of Glasgow, at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills and in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge. Officially founded in 1823, although it is believed 1817 is actually the official beginning of the distillery albeit under the name of Duntocher.. Auchentoshan which is Gaelic…

Tomatin 18

Tomatin Tomatin was founded 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…

Glen Moray 8yo – A D Rattray

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

Waterford – Ballykilcavan

You wait patiently for 3 years, soaking up all the marvellous info thrown at us and then the whisky releases come like busses, all at once.. The latest opportunity to taste the delights of Irish whiskey that Waterford have to throw at me ( I say throw, obviously they have not sent me these samples,…

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No3

Nestled away in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District hide’s the Lakes Distillery, sitting besides the the rolling mountains and the peaceful Derwent waters this distillery quietly gets on with doing things the right way.. Starting with the signature blended whisky that helped bridge the wait that inevitably comes with a new distillery, mature…

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…

Waterford.. New Make

I have been accused of many things in my life and had many names thrown my way but I certainly was not expecting the fall out from giving my opinion on whisky.  I have received over the years plenty of backlash, but you become accustomed to that although  doing whisky reviews when it comes to…

Waterford – Ratheadon

The review no one wanted or even cares about !! Have you ever found yourself in a situation that commands you to really sit down and think very carefully how you need to approach something ? Well as a blogger who tries to be as honest as is possible about what i do, i have…

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…

Glen Scotia 14 Year Old Tawny Port Finish

Glen Scotia Located in Campbeltown, once regarded as the whisky capital of Scotland, the distillery  was founded in 1832 by two families ( the Stewart’s and Galbraith families ) who ran the distillery until 1895 when Glen Scotia was sold to Duncan MacCallum who in turn sold out to the West Highland Malt Distillers in…

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…

Terroir.. Waterford.. Single Farm..

Recently i and the Whisky Circus had the pleasure in sitting down with Head Distiller, Ned Gahan from The Waterford distillery over in Ireland.. This second part of the chat evolved into the hot topic of Terroir and does it exist and more importantly, can you actually taste the difference in the spirit they are…

Press Release.. Loch Lomond Whiskies agrees an exciting new partnership with the European Tour Award-winning, independent Scotch whisky distiller Loch Lomond Whiskies has agreed an exciting new partnership with The European Tour, becoming the first Official Partner of the innovative new UK Swing. The partnership with the European Tour means that the distiller’s innovative and exciting range of Single…

A chat with Ned Gahan from Waterford Distillery

This weekend the Whisky Circus had a rather special guest in the form of Ned Gahan from the Waterford Distillery, this is one of the most exciting and controversial start ups in modern times of whisky production and i think its fair to say this distillery is splitting opinions right down the middle… This Irish…

Deanston 16 Year Old 2002 Organic Oloroso Cask Finish

Deanston 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 refurnished weavers / cotton mill believed to have…