Bain’s 15 year old Single Grain Whisky

Bain’s Single Grain Whisky   South African single Grain whisky is once again under the microscope at the ocdwhisky headquarters but this time I am delighted to have the 15 year old version at hand. This is the new edition recently released into the travel retail market..Initially there was 2000 bottles released around June 2018…

Royal Brackla 11 year old – The Single Cask

Royal Brackla Royal Brackla was founded in 1812 by William Fraser and in 1833 the distillery was the first of only three distilleries allowed to use the “Royal” in the official name. In 1852, William hands the distillery over to Robert Fraser and co who run the distillery until 1897 when the distillery then runs…

Glen Moray Single Cask #1164

Glen Moray In an age where bottles of whisky are fetching astonishing figures, selling as investments rather than something to be drunk and arriving in the finest Lalique glass decanters, distilleries boasting long lost or rediscovered casks that have suddenly been located in dark dusty corners, there is a distillery quietly getting on with what…

The Bartenders Malt – Auchentoshan

The New Malt Order You would be forgiven if you thought you were about to read something from the WWE wrestling as “ The new malt order “ as Auchentoshan have aptly named the new concept they have, well I say new, this is now a few years old but to be honest I’ve stayed…

Glentauchers 20 year old – The Single Cask

Todays review is for a single cask  from independent bottlers “The Single Cask “ .. These guys are not just bottlers of whisky but also offer full casks for sale of both fully matured whisky and new make, they also have a whisky bar aptly named “The Single Cask” although it is a little trip…

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

The James Sedgwick Distillery Officially founded in 1886 the James Sedgwick Distillery ( which is the only commercial whisky distillery on the continent of Africa ) has only been producing whisky since 1990 and is well known for the Three Ships brands that are also produced at this versatile distillery. This Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky…

White Peaks and Stocking Tops

Another English distillery and another whisky trying to muscle itself into the ever growing array of liquids to hit the shelfs which then scream out for us unsuspecting souls to part with our hard earned cash.. I am of course referring to White Peak distillery which is nestled on the banks of the river Derwent…

Auchentoshan 10 year old Batch 6 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

It’s Toshan time again at the ocdwhisky offices and yet another offering from the award winning Independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company .. Auchentoshan The distillery itself was founded in 1823 although there is evidence that the distillery actually existed before 1823 under the name of Duntocher which was first mentioned in 1817.. Officially founded…

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 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 of the offerings they…

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…..