Balvenie – Bottle Your Own

Balvenie Mention Balvenie to me and I get all giddy, I am not sure why but I really love the whisky produced within the walls of this beautiful distillery.. Founded in 1892 by William Grant who re built Balvenie new house and re named it as the Balvenie Distillery although it was originally intended to…

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…

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…

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…

Casg Annamh

Aberlour This distillery sits on the outskirts of the town of Aberlour in Banffshire, originally founded by banker James Fleming in 1879 who’s motto was “ Let the Deed show” which basically means our whisky will do our talking.. And it certainly does.. Aberlour Distillery is like so many others but with the added extra…

Bimber Distillery -An Evening to Savour

Bimber Distillery Take a trip back in time to Poland and picture a man perfecting his art of distilling “ moonshine “, jump forward a few generations to the grandson who had a dream of walking in his grandfathers footsteps, only not in his native homeland but here in the UK, well London to be…

Glendronach 1993 Cask 416 Batch 17

Glendronach From the very first sip of a Glendronach 15 I had I was hooked, the sheer delight it gave me just made my senses dance and gave me a determination to get as much of this liquid as I could.. I know in theory I was spoiled as the 15 was closer to being…

Glendronach 16 year old – Boynsmill

Glendronach The original house named Boynsmill was renamed when James Allardice founded the distillery along with a consortium and renamed it Glendronach in 1826.. In 1837 part of the distillery was ravaged by fire and a re build was in order, by the 1860’s Glendronach  was the largest duty paying distillery located in the highlands….

Glen Scotia 18

Glen Scotia Founded in 1832 the Glen Scotia distillery is now 1 of only 3 distilleries to be found in the once “ whisky capital of the world “ The once thriving region is now a shadow of its former self.  The whisky being produced in the area though is exceedingly good and along with…

Glendronach Master Vintage 1993

Glendronach Founded in 1826 the Glendronach distillery sits in the Highland region of Scotland, founded by James Allardes this distillery, like so many others used to have all the workers living on site, including the distillery manager, staff, excise man, brewer and all of their families… Unfortunately today this again like most others is no…

Grandeur in its finest form.. Glendronach of course.

I always look forward to pouring a dram of Glendronach and when it’s called Grandeur then my expectations are even higher, luckily they are rarely shattered when it comes down to Glendronach.. In Rachel we trust should actually be printed on the bottles these days as everything this Master blender is offering is quality, of…

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 Distillery Cask #4447

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.

Glendronach 15 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…

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…