The Gael – J J Corry

J J Corry There is another name starting to be whispered for those who care to listen, with a little Irish accent its saying the Irish whiskey scene is gathering pace and does not look like its going to slow down any time soon ! The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company are a new breed…

13 Year Old Tennessee whisky – North Star

North Star North Star Spirits is yet another independent bottler and was founded by Iain Croucher, but it seems the actual name for the company came as most good ideas do, from his wife ! As with a lot of things in life the birth of this company came about on the back of an…

Auchentoshan 21

Auchentoshan Located on the outskirts of Clydebank, Glasgow just beside the Kilpatrick hills, the Auchentoshan distillery sits nestled on the edge of a housing estate and besides a busy main road. Take a look about and you see the rolling hills, headstones in a nearby cemetery and the mighty Erskine Bridge, so just a typical…

Clonakilty Single Grain Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey The history behind Irish whiskey is rather interesting, add to it the argument that the Irish introduced whiskey to the scots and it takes another turn.. Tracing its heritage way back Irish whiskey was once a major contributor to the infrastructure and backbone of the Irish economy. Dating back to somewhere in the…

Mackmyra Svensk Rok

Mackmyra As I sit down with this dram we are in the middle of a storm,  so a little Svensk Rok or Swedish smoke seems rather fitting, (Just set the scene )a warm log fire, big woollen jumpers and warm socks, dram in hand.. The Mackmyra smokey editions take on the aromas of peat cut…

Auchentoshan -Because I Can

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.. Auchentoshan which is Gaelic for “ the corner of the…

Svensk Ek

Mackmyra 1999… Is the year many thought the world might lose the internet, or the very way we see the world with a new millennium fast approaching, Sweden however was in the process of launching a new era in whisky production and looking at challenging the very belief whisky was a Scottish heritage. Sweden is…

Glenfiddich Select Cask

Glenfiddich What can I say about Glenfiddich that has not been said a thousand times ? Founded by William Grant in 1886, building of the distillery was completed in 1887 and the first spirit flowed Christmas day 1887.. The output from this distillery has a maximum of 13.7 million litres of alcohol per year but…

Oloroso Select Cask – Paul John

Paul John Distillery There is a special affinity to the great Indian malt here at the ocdwhisky offices, from the very first moment I tried it I knew it was quality and I am still impressed every time I sit down with a dram.. Located on the southwest coast of India, in the region of…

Pedro Ximenez Select Cask – Paul John

Paul John Its no secret that this Indian whisky is a particular favourite of mine and whenever I hear of something new coming out I get a little excited.. To my surprise I heard a few rumours a while back that there might be some additions to the core range and the word sherry was…

Douglas Laing Concludes Old Particular Elements Single Cask Collection

Press Release.. Douglas Laing Concludes Old Particular “Elements” Single Cask Scotch WhiskyCollection Leading Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co, today unveils the concluding chapter in the Old Particular “Elements” Series: Jura 12 Years Old “Water” Edition. The limited edition Single Cask series, unveiled in 2019, celebrates the natural elements of earth, air, fire and water, and the invaluable contribution each makes…

Satire Or just a young Malt – A basic Review

As you know I really enjoy my malt these days and to my surprise I was sent a rather unexpected sample of Malt recently, there was sadly very little information within the package but a very generous sample was provided.. I have to consider myself very lucky as I know the team at Malt don’t…

Glen Elgin 8 year old – Bartels

Glen Elgin Founded in 1898 by William Simpson and James Carle this distillery is today one of Diageo’s sleeping gems, well known for producing whisky for the blended market Glen Elgin is one of the distilleries that is loved by the indie bottlers and whisky lovers who know its reputation.. The capacity of this distillery…

Speyside 23 Year Old – 1995

Bartels Have I mentioned I like heavily sherried whisky ? Well I do and when I heard about this single cask offering from the independent bottlers Bartels, then I just had to get some to try. Bartels are an independent bottler who release single cask offerings at cask strength and natural colour, they also have…

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…