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…

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…

Loch Lomond Single Cask 40

Loch Lomond Distillery Anyone visiting the actual Loch Lomond would be forgiven for not realising just a stones throw from the shores lies the very industrial Loch Lomond Distillery.. The distillery certainly isn’t the most picturesque or the oldest or most traditional but they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder!! Founded in 1965…

Redbreast Palace Bar Single Cask Whiskey

W & A Gilby and The Birth of Redbreast Irish Whiskey Some things are meant to be and Redbreast Single pot still Irish whiskey is one of them.. The Redbreast Whiskey brand is the largest selling single pot Irish whiskey in the world and can trace its origins back to  1857 when W & A…

Day in the life Interview – Keith Bonnington From Whisky Illuminati

Day in the life feature – Keith Bonnington  I recently had the pleasure of being involved with the new launch of a interesting concept from independent Bottler Whisky Illuminati, on the night a Keith talked us through the idea and 5 single casks due for release within this concept.. The idea sparked an interest and…

35.214 Without Pretence

SMWS A long running whisky club that has now been running since 1983 and was set up by a group of friends. Now recognised all around the world with thousands of enthusiastic members this once exclusive club is now probably well over subscribed.. Set up with the intention to be different the SMWS intentions was…

BenRiach 9 Year Old Virgin Oak Batch 16

BenRiach Founded in 1897,  the Benriach distillery is located within the Speyside region of Scotland’s whisky making production and is today a name on most whisky drinkers wish list.. The distillery produces a multitude of different whiskies including both Un – peated and Peated expressions from several different cask types… BenRiach has now followed in…

BENRIACH CASK BOTTLING BATCH 16 RELEASE

Press Release..   INTRODUCING BENRIACH CASK BOTTLING BATCH 16 Founded in 1898, BenRiach Distillery has long been the home of an ingenious approach to whisky distilling and cask maturation. The release of BenRiach Cask Bottling Batch 16 offers a rich insight into the eclectic cask collection from around the world residing in the warehouses of…

Longmorn 10 – 2008 from Claxton’s

Longmorn Founded In 1893 by John Duff, Charles Shirres and George Thompson the distillery began producing spirit in December of 1894.. John Duff buys out the partners in 1897 before building a sister distillery next door ( BenRiach) but soon after faces bankruptcy due to the Pattisons crash.. James R Grant takes control. 1970 the Longmorn…

Tobermory 24 year old – Claxton’s

Tobermory Founded In 1798 by John Sinclair after applying for the lease of a 57 acre site named Ledaig in 1797 with the intention  to build his distillery along with housing.. Initially a licence to distill was rejected with only a brewing licence granted but John Sinclair prevailed and opened the Ledaig distillery.. The distillery…

Miltonduff 9 year old – Claxton’s

Miltonduff Officially founded in 1824 by Andrew Peary and Robert Bain when they obtained a license to run what had been an illicit farm distillery named Milton Distillery which was then changed to miltonduff when the land was purchased by the Duff family.. In 1964 a pair of Lomond stills ( Lomond stills were invented…

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…

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…

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…

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…..

Bruichladdich 16 year old Single cask – Claxton’s

A few nights ago I was privileged to be involved with another live tasting on Twitter with Steve Rush and Claxton’s independent bottlers in order to showcase the winter releases.. Rather than write down the whole tasting I decided to do them individually as they all deserve the obligatory 15 minutes of fame as they…