The Kikou.. Single cask from Akashi Distillery

I have to admit I have not had many whiskies from Japan so tasting this one was always going to be special.. ( picture courtesy of Dekanta) The kikou single cask is is as they say history in a bottle, the idea being that this whisky is an acknowledgement for the education of Masataka Taketsuru…

BenRiach Single casks 1992 V 1997.. batch 15.

There are a few very iconic distilleries situated in the Speyside area of Scotland and the BenRiach distillery is certainly one of them in my mind, built back in 1898 the distillery has certainly had a chequered past with a lengthy closure in the early parts of the 1900’s until 1965 where only the floor…

The Singleton.. Malt Masters Selection .

I remember many years ago reaching for a bottle of Singleton from the shelf in my local supermarket and taking it home in order to share with a few friends.. A very easy going whisky with a fairly fruity core to it.. A fairly cheap whisky that was very easy to drink and certainly couldn’t…

Cambus 24yo.. That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

The Cambus Distillery dates back to around 1806 when John Mowbray converted a derelict mill situated next to the river Devron close to the Forth estuary. The business was registered in 1813 with land registration coming soon after, 1823 see’s  the distillery producing its first grain whisky.  In 1851 the Distillery was expanded and a…

BenRiach 10yo Tripple Distilled.

This expression is a little different from the usual Malts produced at BenRiach and most other Scotch producing distilleries as the majority of distilleries in Scotland practice double distillation with the odd one using either 2.something or the tripple distillation technique for which the Irish whiskies are more well known for.. Generally the use of…

Caol Ila Distillers Edition.. 2001-2013

Caol Ila distillery was founded back in 1846 by Hector Henderson who soon after  operations started was forced to sell to Norman Buchanan in 1852, just 11 years later the Distillery was sold again to Bulloch, Lade and company who were Blenders located in Glasgow. Re-built and expanded in 1879 the Distillery was soon producing…

Highland Park.. The Light.

Highland Park, “The Light”  is the follow up  release to “The Dark” ( obvious I know) and is another limited release ( ok 28,000 bottles is not exactly limited) With focuses more aimed at the lighter side of Highland Park with the use of re fill American oak casks.. Bottled at 52.9 % abv this…

Balvenie First fill (bottle your own)

One of the best things about visiting a distillery for me is the chance to try whisky direct from the cask, it gives you that feeling that your part of something special, then when you get the chance to bottle whisky from the cask it just makes it all that bit more special..  These days…

Dalbeallie Dram V Cask #7389 from Tamdhu.

During a recent live twitter tasting hosted by Steve Rush from the Whisky wire and paired up with a tasting at the Tamdhu distillery for the Spirit of Speyside festival I was extremely lucky to try both these stunning examples from this Speyside distillery. Founded back in 1896 with the first spirit flowing in 1897…

Smws release some special’s for the Feis Ile festival

Feis Ile festival has arrived! This year SMWS have three promotional memberships on offer, which you can use to ‘cast your vote’ on their regional preference. Please see below for details: Memberships Islay – Membership + Islay bottle – £110 (save £20) Speyside – Membership + Speyside bottle – £110 (save £10) ‘Split Decision’ – Membership + Mixed Festival Discovery…

Highland Park.. Dragon..

Founded way back in 1798 by David Robertson,  Highland Park sits on a site previously used by Magnus Eunson to distill illicit whisky.. The distillery is well known for the use of its Nordic history and the continuous use of Norse mythology to name its whisky. Starting way back in the early parts of the…

Bunnahabhain 35yo.. Boutique-y Whisky Company.

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) 1879 when William Robertson of…

English Whisky Company 6yo bottled by Claxton’s.

St George’s Distillery is a truly English whisky produced in the heart of Norfolk and is owned by the English Whisky Company, the Distillery started production relatively recently ( 2006 ) and started releasing whisky in chapters, with the even numbers representing unpeated whisky and the uneven ones generally representing peated expressions. This  review however…

Glen Moray Mastery.

2017 was a special year for Glen Moray as they celebrated the 120th anniversary, so it was only fitting that Master Distiller and Distillery manager Graham Coull sould come up with something a little special in order to celebrate in style.. Hence the birth of Mastery, created using Bourbon matured whisky from the 70’s, Port…

Claxton’s Glen Keith 94 V Glen Keith 95

What’s better than doing a whisky review I ask myself… Well doing two is the simple answer.. Claxtons, the independent bottlers based in Ripon, near the beautiful city of York are about to release a duo of single cask Glen Keith’s and they just happen to be from the years of 1994 and 1995 (…

Glen Moray 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish..

Another review and another Glen Moray single cask.. Don’t get much better than that let me tell you !! The 4th instalment sees me reviewing this  Glen Moray 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish, at just over 15 years old this whisky has spent the majority of time maturing in a Bourbon cask before spending the last 9…

Boutique-y full 8yo English Whisky..

That Boutique-y Whisky Company bring us another batch of the English whisky from The English Whisky Company.. Having just turned 5 years old in 2017 That Boutiquey Whisky Company continues to bring us more stunning batches of blends, single casks and “teaspooned” whiskies from around the world and this English whisky is just another interesting…

BenRiach Tripple Cask, Cask Strength, Batch 2..

A tripple cask explosion from BenRiach.. What’s not to like about that ? Throw in the fact it’s cask strength and “you had me at hello “ This latest batch 2 Release follows on from the award winning batch 1 which won the silver outstanding award at the international wine and spirit competition in 2016…..

Scientist + Architect = CooperKing Distillery..

It’s not exactly your obvious conclusion when you get a scientist and an Architect together but in the case of Abbie and Chris it’s the perfect result.. A dream made reality is the result of a couple looking to change their lives and forge a lifestyle that suits them both as well as keeping that…