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 14 year old Port cask batch 16

Benriach Founded in 1897 and built in 1898 the distillery sits within the Speyside region of Scotland’s whisky production. Built in a “ boom” period for whisky production the 1890s witnessed around 33 licensed distilleries built and with 21 of these located within Speyside it showed the region was the perfect setting for the production…

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…

Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Release

Macallan Founded in 1824 when a license was granted to Alexander Reid in order to produce whisky under the name of Elchies Distillery.. It isn’t until 1892 when Roderick Kemp buys the distillery and re names it Macallan – Glenlivet that we start to recognise the Macallan name.. The name Macallan ’ is most likely derived…

Miltonduff 10 year old – Claxton’s

Miltonduff Officially founded in 1824 when Andrew Peary and Robert Bain obtained a license for a property that had previously operated as an illicit distillery known as Milton distillery. Over the years the distillery changes hands several times and in 1936 the distillery is transferred to Hiram Walker Gooderham and Warts who later transferred administration…

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…

Speyside visit 2019

It was that time of the year again when I head up north to the promised land.. After months of planning the time was 4.30 am on Monday morning, the car is packed and fuelled up and it’s time to head to Glasgow.. First stop was Auchentoshan and for the first time I hadn’t actually…

Johnnie Walker Swing – 1970s Bottling

Johnnie Walker John Walker was born on the 25th of July 1805 into a farming family, his father died in 1819 and the farm was sold with the money getting invested into a grocery, wine and spirits shop on the high street of Kilmarnock. John ran the shop as a teenager and built up the…

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…

Benromach Heritage 1977 – 41 year old

Benromach Founded In 1898 by The Benromach Distillery Company this Speyside Distillery is today under the ownership of Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. The distillery has the capacity to make 700,000 litres of alcohol per year from its 1.5 ton semi lauter mash tun, 13 washbacks and one pair of stills. The majority of the…

Tormore 16 year old

Tormore Distillery Tormote distillery was founded in 1958 which makes this distillery a relatively young one in the history of whisky making in Scotland. Founded by Schenley international the distillery is certainly a very beautifully designed building and is surrounded  with some wonderfully kept lawns, the distillery itself is also now classed as a listed…

Blend #1 18 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutique-y Whisky Company “ Who are you, Who are you.. “  Well that’s easy to answer, That Boutiquey Whisky Company are an award winning independent bottler who belong under the umbrella of Atom brands.. The company are becoming one of the big boys within the whisky world’s independent bottlers, boasting a very impressive count…

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…

Glen Marnoch 1988 – Aldi..

1988 Glen Marnoch Ok so let’s get the first bit out of the way, Glen Marnoch is not a distillery nestled in the beautiful countryside of Scotland, it does not boast to be the oldest, smallest or most bottles sold of the distilleries, it is infact one of those fictional names given to a whisky…

Craigellachie 9 year old batch 2 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 23 and we have a little Craigellachie.. Who let the worms out ? Ok it don’t have the same ring as the song but hopefully you know where I’m going with that one.. The Craigellachie distillery was founded in 1890 and built by the Craigellachie- Glenlivet Distillery Company with production starting in 1891.. Today…

Mortlach 20 year old batch 5 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 22 and our journey is coming to its end but not before we visit Speyside once again.. Mortlach is another distillery owned by Diageo, founded back in 1823 by James Findlater this distillery is certainly one of the more iconic Speyside whiskies.. Mortlach is well known for the big sherried expressions and bold flavours…

Caperdonich 22 year old, batch 5 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 20… As we count down the last few days of this amazing journey through some of the finest offerings That Boutique-y Whisky Company has to offer we come across another sadly closed distillery.. Hailing from Speyside, Caperdonich Distillery was always referred to as the sister distillery to Glen Grant or as it was officially…