35.214 Without Pretence

SMWS A long running whisky club that has now been running since 1983 and was set up by a group of friends. Now recognised all around the world with thousands of enthusiastic members this once exclusive club is now probably well over subscribed.. Set up with the intention to be different the SMWS intentions was…

Benriach 14 year old Port cask batch 16

Benriach Founded in 1897 and built in 1898 the distillery sits within the Speyside region of Scotland’s whisky production. Built in a “ boom” period for whisky production the 1890s witnessed around 33 licensed distilleries built and with 21 of these located within Speyside it showed the region was the perfect setting for the production…

Teaninich 19 Year old Batch 1 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Teaninich The distillery was founded back in 1817 by Captain Hugh Monro who owned the estate where the distillery was to be built. In 1831 John Munro who is the younger brother to Captain Hugh Monro buys the distillery. John Munro leases the distillery to Robert Patterson in 1850, Patterson is certainly a name you…

Loch Lomond 19 year old Royal Portrush

Loch Lomond Founded quite recently in terms of the whisky industry in 1965 and built by the Littlemill distillery company the distillery as the name suggests is located by the banks of the beautiful Loch Lomond. Although the distillery is now found at the  southern end of Loch Lomond the distillery can actually trace its…

BenRiach 9 Year Old Virgin Oak Batch 16

BenRiach Founded in 1897,  the Benriach distillery is located within the Speyside region of Scotland’s whisky making production and is today a name on most whisky drinkers wish list.. The distillery produces a multitude of different whiskies including both Un – peated and Peated expressions from several different cask types… BenRiach has now followed in…

Heaven Hill 9 Year old That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Heaven Hill Founded in 1935 and known as the “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery by 5 brothers from the Shapiro family and a group of investors shortly after Prohibition ended in Bardstown, Kentucky and in a time of depression and great hardship in the country it was seen by many as a bold move.. Barrel number…

10 Year Old King of Trees

Whisky Works The second release under scrutiny is this 10 year old blend aptly named King of trees.. The official line is that this has seen a finishing period in Scottish oak.. “This whisky employs a rare maturation process – using wood from two centuries-old Scottish Oak trees wind-felled on a Highland estate. Scottish Oak…

Three Ships 6 Year Old That Boutique-y Whisky Company

James Sedgwick Distillery Founded In 1886 the distillery today produces single malt, Grain and blended whiskies and is located in South Africa. Production is done with the help of two pot stills and two column stills as well as a 6 column still for producing neutral spirit.. On site there are two mash tubs, sixteen…

29 Year old Glaswegian Single Grain

Whisky Works A few weeks ago I was contacted and asked if I would like to take part in a live tasting of two releases from The Whisky Works.. Well of course I would..  Wait.. Who ? Is it ignorance on my behalf that I don’t know who or what this company is about? Well…

Fettercairn 12 year old

Fettercairn Founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsey  who was one of the people who had campaigned for the licensing of whisky making.. As with a few other distilleries Sir Alexander Ramsey employed staff who had previously being involved with making illegal whisky. The distillery was sold along with the land to the Gladstone family…

Glenfarclas 2003 – Distillery Exclusive

Glenfarclas Founded in 1836 by Robert Hay this distillery is today one of the oldest family owned distilleries still in operation. Owned by the Grant family it is now in its 6th generation and still holds fast with the history of producing whisky predominantly matured in Oloroso Sherry butts.. The Sherry casks are obtained through…

Tobermory 12 year old

Tobermory Founded by John Sinclair in 1798 after he had applied to lease the 57 acre site named Ledaig in 1797 with the intention  to build a distillery along with housing for the workers.. Initially he was turned down for the licence to distill but was granted a brewing licence, however John Sinclair prevailed and…

Invergordon 44 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Invergordon Founded In 1959 this grain distillery did not start to produce spirit until 1961, the distillery can be found nestled in the Highlands of Scotland. Located in the town of Invergordon which was once known by An Rudha which translates to “ the point “ , it was William Gordon who re named it…

Nirvana – Paul John

Paul John Most of you will know the name of Paul John whisky, but for those of you who don’t let me tell you a secret… It’s bloody good single malt whisky from India !! We know India is full of sunshine and glorious sandy beaches as well as it’s fair share of poverty.. It’s…

Big Peat 26 year old

Douglas Laing Independent bottlers don’t come any bigger than Douglas Laing.. Established in 1948 and now into the third generation of the family this independent bottler prides itself upon releasing some of the finest single casks of single malt whisky, single grain whisky as well as some exceptional blended malt whiskies and blends.. The company…

Littlemill 25 year old

Littlemill Littlemill was the first proven licensed distillery believed to date back to 1772, classed as a lowland malt this distillery is now long gone.. The original license is believed to have been granted by the justice of the peace on the 2nd November 1773 to Robert Muir of Littlemiln in order to produce and…

Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Release

Macallan Founded in 1824 when a license was granted to Alexander Reid in order to produce whisky under the name of Elchies Distillery.. It isn’t until 1892 when Roderick Kemp buys the distillery and re names it Macallan – Glenlivet that we start to recognise the Macallan name.. The name Macallan ’ is most likely derived…

Miltonduff 10 year old – Claxton’s

Miltonduff Officially founded in 1824 when Andrew Peary and Robert Bain obtained a license for a property that had previously operated as an illicit distillery known as Milton distillery. Over the years the distillery changes hands several times and in 1936 the distillery is transferred to Hiram Walker Gooderham and Warts who later transferred administration…

Balblair – A look at the new range

Balblair Founded back in 1790 by James McKeddy this highland distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries and with a possible history tracing back to an earlier date of 1749 it certainly has the right to boast about its age.. The distillery today actually sits in a different location to the original site, in…