Glen Moray 10 Year Old – Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing Douglas Laing for those of you who don’t know are a Glasgow based independent bottler who pride themselves in bottling some of Scotland’s finest single malts, not to mention some Remarkable blended malts, blended whisky and single grains.. Initially founded in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing after serving his time in the Royal…

Just another rant….

Firstly make a coffee, pour a dram, maybe even make a sandwich and then be prepared to wonder why the hell you read till the very end…. The whisky industry is a demanding culture that manages to split opinion quicker than a rabbit can breed.. Over the last few years we have argued about Nas…

Glenrothes 18

Glenrothes Founded in 1878 the Glenrothes distillery sits hidden away in the town of Rothes, tucked behind very typically stone built houses, trees and split by the meandering burn of Rothes.. The distillery is one of the few distilleries today that is basically closed to the general public although a little unknown fact is that…

Highland Park Valfather

Valfather – Highland Park Its that time again when we get to try something new from Highland Park.. Valfather is the final chapter in the Viking Legend series and from the rumblings this is said to be the most peatiest !! Matured in re fill sherry butts in order to calm down and balance out…

Bruichladdich 2016 Sherry Cask

Bruichladdich There is an uprising within the whisky industry, a new world, a whole new way of looking at whisky is upon us.. Or so some want to have us believe ! Bruichladdich is a progressive distillery with a whole new look on how whisky should be and is made, words like Provenance and traceability…

12 Year Old Single Irish Malt – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Irish Whiskey The simple fact is that whisky has a deep origin and chequered history within Ireland and that alone makes Irish single malt whisky / Irish pot still whisky a very underrated product, or should I be saying whiskey ? well whichever spelling we go with it still boils down to the fact Ireland…

Talisker Distillers Edition – 1999

Talisker I spent a bit of time deciding what to take a look at today and as I browsed my shelves for inspiration there was one bottle that just kept catching my eye, Talisker…. It surprised me too !! I had a real hatred for this whisky in the past,well certainly in my early years…

2020 communicator of the year nominations

2020 communicator of the year Sometimes something comes out of the darkness and slaps you so hard you are not sure what day it is, stars circle and you see little birds flying around.. Well that’s how it goes in the cartoons ! Well today I have been informed that this little blog has been…

Deanston 18

I recently spoke about whisky being a simple drink and how it was made to be drunk by as I said back then ” simple people” and by that I mean people who are normal, people who want to just sip a drink for its simplicity and not for the bullshit elitism that surrounds whisky…

Think before you drink

Whisky is a simple drink made for simple people ( I mean no offence by that statement!!) it consists of 3 simple ingredients and a tree.. A liquid is produced which is then thrown into a wooden cask to gather some colour and flavour.. Its that simple and yet we continue to scrutinise it to…

Jack Daniel’s Rye – Single Barrel

Jack Daniel’s Officially founded in 1866 making the distillery the first officially licensed distillery within the united states..  Jack Daniels learnt his trade a few years earlier from Nathan “Nearest” Green who was a preacher and slave who later became Jacks master distiller.. Jack Daniels is today one of the best known names within the…

Cambus 28 year old – batch 11 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Cambus Distillery The Cambus Distillery dates back to 1806 when John Mowbray converted a derelict mill situated next to the river Devron close to the Forth estuary. The business was not registered until 1813, land registration was filed soon after. 1823 see’s the distillery producing its first grain whisky. In 1851 the Distillery was expanded…

Heaven Hill 9 Year Old Batch 1 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Founded in 1935 just as prohibition ended and known as “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery by a group of investors from the Bardstown-area as well as the five Shapira brothers, David, Ed, Gary, George and Mose. December 13, 1935 was the date the first barrel was filled and in 1942 the distillery was shut down by the…

Clynelish 21 year old That Boutique-y Whisky Company

It seems yet again the effects of scamming is hitting the whisky community, fake bottles and people offering high end or hard to find bottles that just do not exist is becoming more and more common these days and the only advice I can really offer is to make sure you buy from a reputable…

Battle of the Laphroaig’s

Its always great fun when you get the opportunity to look at whisky from a distillery distilled in different decades.. Will they be worlds apart or similar, will they be better quality or has the distillery managed to be consistent over the period, these are all questions that need to be answered in due course…..

Linkwood 10 Batch 7 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

As we go through this years Advent Calendar and Christmas day gets ever closer we should spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves, if you are reading this then I assume you have electricity and a way to stay warm, plenty to eat and possibly even more to drink.. Unfortunately there are many…

Tomatin 11 year old batch 4 That Boutique-y whisky Company

Tomatin Founded in around 1897 when the first official distillery on this site was registered it is widely believed that whisky was produced on the site 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…

Macduff 10 year old Batch 8 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Macduff Founded by the Macduff Distillers Company in 1960 the distillery has the capacity to produce 3.4million litres of alcohol per year which like so many of the other brands it will go into blends like William Lawson which sold a staggering 37 million bottles in 2017 and was established in 1889, way before Macduff…