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…

Tomatin Announce Warehouse 6 -1977 Release.

Press Release.. TROPICAL TRIUMPH   Tomatin Distillery capture the flavours of south western France with the latest Warehouse 6 release: The 1977 In a bold move, the award-winning distillery has used a wine cask from Sauternes, France to mature its latest luxury expression. After a journey of over 1,100 miles and 42 years in waiting,…

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…

What have you done for me lately..

Its funny how as a blogger you can sit in front of a computer screen with a head full of ideas and the minute you go to put it to text your head goes completely blank !! (I know my head is permanently blank)  but its a fact, id call it writers block but I…

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…

Hello 2020

Well we are in 2020 now and its already time to start thinking about reviews, trips and festivals.. Although its been a rather dry festive season I did enjoy reviewing and sampling ( yes in that order ) the 2019 version of the Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar and sharing my thoughts for what has…

2019 – Festivals, Fun and ….

2019 Is almost over and I usually have my favourite drams, moments and memories already written down but this year has been a lot harder and that’s not because the standard is so high but more a case of my expectations have risen so much that the standards of the whisky to top previous years…

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…