Compass Box – Magic Cask

Compass Box I have looked upon Compass Box as innovative for such a long time that i often forget just how forward thinking they actually are.. We all know about the fantastic labels and weird names they come up with and the recopies that create such wonderful tasting whiskies but what we sometimes forget is…

Tomintoul Cigar Malt

Tomintoul – The Gentle Dram Founded in 1964 by Tomintoul Distillery LTD, the distillery is a large producer of whisky for both the single malt market and the Blended whisky industry. The whisky is produced in  quantity, without compromising quality. There is the capacity to produce 3.3 million litres of pure Alcohol each year for…

Speyside No4, 24 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Well what do we have here.. Tis another secret distillery from Speyside, the 4th in-fact.. What are those guys over at Boutiquey doing to us.. Ok so lets try to take a look at the label for clues, hmmm it looks like someone ( similar to Boutiquey Dave ) is being presented a Banjo.. Well…

Macduff 11 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Macduff You would be forgiven if this isn’t the first destination you think about when visiting Scotland as Macduff is not a name on the tip of your tongue, this distillery was founded quite recently in the terms of distillery history, founded in 1962 by Marty Dyke, George Crawford and Brodie Hepburn the distillery first…

Blended Malt #1 18 Year Old, That Boutique-y Whisky Company

To teaspoon or not to teaspoon, thats the question.. Teaspooning is the method of ensuring other bottlers can not name your distillery and call the release a single malt.. Why do this ? well it is a way of protecting your name and also ensuring the liquid is not sold in a way that could…

Craigellachie 10 Year Old,That Boutique-y Whisky Company

The Craigellachie distillery was founded in 1890 and built by the Craigellachie- Glenlivet Distillery Company with production starting in 1891.. Today most of the whisky produced still goes into the blends like Dewars, with only a handful of official bottles including the very impressive 31 year old which was classed as “ The worlds best”…

Dailuaine 20 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Dailuaine The Dailuaine distillery was built in 1851 by William Mackenzie and was to become the largest whisky producing distillery within the Speyside region by the end of the 19th Centuary. In 1884 the distillery underwent a complete rebuild which saw the installation of Scotland’s first pagoda on a kiln whose pitch was deliberately steep…

Glentauchers 21 Year Old -That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Glentauchers Located in the Speyside region, the Glentauchers distillery was founded in 1897, designed by John Alcock, with the building work overseen by Charles Doig & Son. It started to produce spirit when James Buchanan Co. Ltd. and three members of Glentauchers Distillery Co. joined hands with Glentachers a year after that. It was mothballed…

Speyside #3 6 Year Old – Batch 2, That Boutique-y Whisky Company

You wait for a bus, none arrive and then 2 turn up at once.. What am I talking about ? Well sometimes when independent bottlers get their hands on some certain distilleries they just cant name them for legal reasons and although this is only a handful of distilleries it is still pretty rare but…

Speyside #2 25 Year Old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Advent Calendar 2020 2020 has certainly been a year we all want to forget in a hurry, the worry of losing loved ones, the endless isolation that so many have found difficult to cope with, the lack of contact with our families or even just a quick hello to strangers is now taking it’s toll…

Longmorn 11 Year Old 2009 – Strictly Limited – Càrn Mòr

The Longmorn Distillery Company was founded in 1893 by John Duff, Charles Shirres and George Thomson. John Duff was the former manager of the Glendronach Distillery and the Bon Accord Distillery in Aberdeen, he was also the founder of the Glenlossie Distillery. Longmorn Distillery started its production in December of 1894. with its sister distillery…

A tale of two Ten’s – 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 of…

7-243 Twinning – Smws

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 other 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…

35-259 Rumtopf Birnenbrot and Stollen

Smws Every time the Smws is mentioned within a group of whisky people it splits the room, what starts as a simple discussion generally turns a little heated at times with strong opinions being thrown around.. But lets take a look at just what its about and try to take both sides whilst drinking a…

Tormore 23 Year Old 1995 – The Single Cask

Tormore The Tormore distillery was founded in 1958, making this distillery a relatively young one in the history of whisky making in Scotland. Founded by Schenley international the distillery is not just beautifully designed but is also surrounded with wonderfully kept lawns, lovely white washed walls that sit perfectly within this picturesque setting. The distillery…

The Good Ole Day’s and Macallan

A Macallan and a memory Do you remember not so long ago when we all had a normal life ? The world has changed over the last few months and “normal” just does not seem to be a word we can associate with anymore, given the total change in the way most of us are…

Glentauchers 10 Year Old – Great Drams

When you are told you have to stay home and not venture out, don’t go to work unless you really have to, it suddenly dawns on you how precious life and freedom actually is.. Over the last few weeks I have been able or maybe I have had to still work is a better description,…

Glen Grant 10 Year Old

Glen Grant Founded in 1840 by James and John Grant this distillery sits in Beautiful surroundings and is another picturesque distilleries hiding in the heart of Speyside. A very traditional distillery built from stone and without the white washed walls this distillery has produced whisky rated very highly by Jim Murray ( the Whisky Bible…

Tomintoul 21

Tomintoul Founded in 1965 by Tomintoul Distillery LTD, the distillery is a large producer of whisky for both the single malt whisky and Blended whisky industry. The whisky is produced in  quantity, but quality is still attainable, with a capacity to produce 3.3 million litres of pure Alcohol, most may go into blends and foreign…