Benriach 12 yo Sherry wood.

There are a few iconic distilleries situated in the Speyside area of Scotland and the BenRiach distillery is right up there at the top of the pile in my mind, built back in 1898, the distillery has certainly had a chequered past with a lengthy closure in the early parts of the 1900’s until 1965…

Auchentoshan single cask #4447 – Bottle your own.

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, Auchentoshan which  is Gaelic for “ the corner of the field “ is one of the only distilleries in Scotland to practice tripple distillation….

Glendronach 15 – Revival.

It’s back !!! The beloved Glendronach 15 revival is back at last, discontinued a few years back when the distillery was struggling to find enough stocks to continue the production of this well loved expression and were having to use older stocks in order to meet demands. The Glendronach 15 sherry cask was first introduced…

BenRiach Temporis.

Temporis, a time honoured tradition or an insight into the future.. BenRiach to me always conjures up thoughts of “typical” speyside flavours, fresh, fruity, and rich flavours that feels like a perfect fit for my palate.. But if we look back over the years it shows us that BenRiach was possibly the first Speyside distillery…

Glengoyne 25 yo.

Tracing the history of Glengoyne gives us a typical story of illegal distilling turning into a legal operation and the story begins  way way back to the early years of the 1800’s when George Connell begins distilling illegally on the same location as the present Distillery is located but he was not the first to…

Redbreast 25. La Maison du Whisky.

Sometimes a whisky jumps out at you and you have that feeling somewhere deep down that this could be rather special, it might be that the particular whisky is from a favourite distillery or just one of those dream Drams. A while back I was sent through a small bottle of Redbreast 25yo that had…

BenRiach 2007 batch 14 head to head..

Battle of the casks… #101 V #105. 2007 sherry casks.. The next instalment in the BenRiach batch 14 release has me doing a head to head battle with these two Oloroso Sherry matured expressions, both are peated and both laid down in 2007.. First up is cask #105.. Distilled 2007 and bottled 2017 at 10…

Glengoyne 21.

Glengoyne distillery was the first actual distillery I ever visited so as you can imagine I do have a little soft spot for the whisky produced there, and as it happens most of it is sherry matured whisky.. And just incase you had not picked up on the matter I am quite partial to a…

Glendronach 12.

Glendronach…  Sherry… and big bold flavours and aromas just seem to go so well in the same sentence, but is it the same when we get down to the entry level expressions. This 12 yo whisky is matured in the same styles as some of the older expressions using the finest European oak that has…

GLENDRONACH 1989 Single cask, Batch 14.

Its Glendronach time again and on offer is the single cask offering from 1989, this latest batch release ( batch 14 ) for which I have already reviewed the majority has been exceptional and has offered up some real gems and a great diversity of flavours and aromas and I hope this one won’t be…

TOMATIN 1981. 32yo Oloroso Cask.

Tomatin… A distillery I overlooked for far too long and is now one that I take a lot of notice off .. Why ?  Well because the whisky is damn good that’s why !  I was extremly lucky to review some of the single casks on offer last year for bottling yourself when visiting the…

GLENDRONACH 1992 Batch 14.

It is time to get back to one off those big sherry bombs in the form of this Glendronach 1992 single Oloroso sherry Butt.. Cask #226 gave up only 554 bottles and was distilled  5th June 1992 and bottled September 2016 at a cask strength of 58.4% abv, this has no added colour. Nose.. ( smiles…

Paul John Oloroso Finished single cask.

You have heard the rumours have you not ?  Paul John are going to release an Oloroso cask.. its all been pretty hush hush with not too much information.. But guess what, the rumours are over and I now have the privilege of reviewing the first ever release from Paul John which has had a…

A DAY IN THE LIFE.. Callum Fraser

There are many iconic distilleries in Scotland, but not many come bigger than Glenfarclas.. This distillery is probably the biggest name out there when it comes down to sherry matured whisky,  so when I got the chance to get the distillery manager Callum Fraser on board  how could I refuse.. Glenfarclas distillery can be found…

TOMATIN CASK STRENGTH

Back in June ( 2016) I had the pleasure of visiting the Tomatin distillery where I was introduced to some of the staff and given a tour which was the cask tasting tour..  While on the tour my guide ( Scott ) chatted about the core range and single cask selection and the different make…

BALVENIE 1982 sherry butt.

Balvenie is one of those distilleries that just manages to keep giving us fantastic quality, alright it isn’t the cheapest but these days you have to pay for quality !  So when I recently visited the distillery for a tour I was as usual quite excited, not only do I love looking round this distillery…

ABERFELDY 21yo

This 21yo offering from Aberfeldy distillery is the flagship bottle from the core range, launched back in 2005 it has long been the benchmark for quality from the distillery.. The distillery is found in beautiful Scottish countryside on the edges of Loch Tay in Perthshire, and here is where the magic begins, 21 years ago…

“THE ONE ” sherry 12 month finish.

The Lake District is a beautiful part of England, stunning mountain ranges, with scenery that draws people from all over the world, but nestled in between those stunning peaks just happens to be our very own English distillery.  The lakes Distillery is just about to release its very own spirit to the lucky few who…

AUCHENTOSHAN ( oloroso cask #935 )

Today’s review is taking a trip back to my beloved Auchentoshan distillery in order to review the latest offering from the bottle your own.  Over the last few years I have purchased quite a few of these bottles and so far I have had some stunning bottles, this is my first Auchentoshan oloroso single cask…