A touch of elegance meets Sophistication

As my journey into whisky continues I find myself falling in love with more and more distilleries and Glen Scotia is just the latest in a long line.. Glen Scotia Distillery Located in the Campbeltown the distillery  was founded in 1832 by two families ( the Stewart’s and Galbraith families ) who ran the distillery…

Deanston 20 year old 1997 – The single cask

The Single Cask – Deanston 20 yo. As many of you know Independent bottlers can and often release some real gems and recently I have had the pleasure of trying quite a few through the blog and working the festivals, this is where I first came across “The Single Cask” guys and sampled a couple…

Glen Scotia 15 year old..

It’s funny how you have a certain bottle always open in the cupboard, drink it regularly and never realise that you haven’t actually reviewed anything from that distillery Independently ..  Well I think it’s about time I got that sorted !! Glen Scotia distillery is located in Campbeltown which was once described as the whisky…

Glen Marnoch 1988 – Aldi..

1988 Glen Marnoch Ok so let’s get the first bit out of the way, Glen Marnoch is not a distillery nestled in the beautiful countryside of Scotland, it does not boast to be the oldest, smallest or most bottles sold of the distilleries, it is infact one of those fictional names given to a whisky…

Springbank 21 year old batch 8 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

  Day 24 in the epic Boutique-y Advent Calendar takes us to Campbeltown and Springbank in particular.. We all know that Springbank is a particularly  unique whisky and is loved by many but it is also one of those whiskies that some just don’t get.. The distillery itself was founded back in 1828 and became…

The Blended Whisky Company – The Xl Blend Batch 1

The XL Blend   This sample is from The blended whisky Company ( Tbwc … Now that’s familiar!! ) and is quite simply named The XL Blend and when you do any searches you get a limited amount of information, it seems the company is about releasing high quality, old fashioned blended whisky that reminds…

Craigellachie 9 year old batch 2 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 23 and we have a little Craigellachie.. Who let the worms out ? Ok it don’t have the same ring as the song but hopefully you know where I’m going with that one.. The Craigellachie distillery was founded in 1890 and built by the Craigellachie- Glenlivet Distillery Company with production starting in 1891.. Today…

Mortlach 20 year old batch 5 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 22 and out journey is coming to its end but not before we visit Speyside once again.. Mortlach is another distillery owned by Diageo, founded back in 1823 by James Findlater this distillery is certainly one of the more iconic Speyside whiskies.. Mortlach is well known for the big sherried expressions and bold flavours…

Caperdonich 22 year old, batch 5 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 20… As we count down the last few days of this amazing journey through some of the finest offerings That Boutique-y Whisky Company has to offer we come across another sadly closed distillery.. Hailing from Speyside, Caperdonich Distillery was always referred to as the sister distillery to Glen Grant or as it was officially…

BenRiach 9 year old, batch 4 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 19 and it’s BenRiach time baby.. Caught the ferry back to the mainland and headed to Speyside once again for a little Speyside single malt.. I have had the pleasure of trying a good few single malt expressions from this Speyside distillery and I have to admit this is again a firm favourite with…

Dumbarton 32 year old, 1986 – Claxton’s

Dumbarton Distillery started to distill back in 1938 and was at one point the largest continuous producing grain distillery in Scotland, using the continuous column  still rather than the traditional Coffey still.. Unfortunately in 2002 the distillery fell silent before eventually being fully demolished and again stocks today are starting to dwindle.. Dumbarton 32 Distillery…..

Bowmore 27 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 18 in the Boutiquey Advent Calendar and it’s a long old journey back to Islay.. Jet lag might set in, hopefully I won’t miss the ferry.. ( fingers crossed ) Bowmore, Which is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and the oldest on Islay having been founded way back in 1779 by David…

Strathmill 11 year old batch 5 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

It is Day 16 and Speyside is once again our destination.. Strathmill is another distillery owned by Diageo and with most of the whisky produced going into blends like J & B . The distillery itself is one that is mostly closed to the public and with bottlings of single malt very rarely available it’s…

Inchgower 14 year old batch 3 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 15 and we are heading to Speyside.. Inchgower Distillery comes under the ownership of Diageo and was founded back in 1871 by Alexander Wilson, the equipment was brought in from the Tochineal distillery which was also owned by Alexander but was no longer in use..   Today the distillery is primarily producing whisky for…

Grandeur in its finest form.. Glendronach of course.

I always look forward to pouring a dram of Glendronach and when it’s called Grandeur then my expectations are even higher, luckily they are rarely shattered when it comes down to Glendronach.. In Rachel we trust should actually be printed on the bottles these days as everything this Master blender is offering is quality, of…

Langatun 5 year old batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 14 and it’s time to pack the bags again, catch a plane and enjoy the Swiss Alps !! The story of Langatun is rather interesting and can be traced back to 1857 when Jakob Baumberger returned home from studying in Munich, when he founded a distillery in the grounds of his fathers farm..  later…

Blended Malt # 4 6 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 13 from the Boutiquey Whisky Company Advent Calendar and we have a blended malt ( or should we be saying a teaspooned malt ? ) For those not so familiar with the term “teaspoon” within the whisky world it refers to the act of adding a rather small amount of whisky to another distilleries…

Harrow Whisky Festival- 11th -12th January 2019..

11th – 12th January 2019 PRODUCT FROM MORE THAN 30 DISTILLERIES   Our 2018 festival was a stunning success and we have a 2019 festival line up at least as good. New high quality exhibitors and return of many favourites from 2018. SELL OUT AGAIN EXPECTED of main sessions, so do not delay in securing…

Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Get on the ferry we are a heading back to Islay !! Day 12 from the – That Boutiquey Whisky Company Advent Calendar offers up this Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11.. Bruichladdich has a philosophy that “Terroir matters” and that the process of making whisky is far greater than just the distillery itself …..