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…

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 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…