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…

Dufftown 40 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Dufftown Dufftown is generally known as the capital of Speyside, boasting very easy access to many of the distilleries,  but not many ” General ” whisky drinkers will have heard of the Dufftown distillery, founded in 1895 by Peter Mackenzie, Richard Stockpole, John Symon and Charles MacPherson, the distillery was originally named the Dufftown-Glenlivet Distillery….

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…

Glenrothes 18

Glenrothes Founded in 1878 the Glenrothes distillery sits hidden away in the town of Rothes, tucked behind very typically stone built houses, trees and split by the meandering burn of Rothes.. The distillery is one of the few distilleries today that is basically closed to the general public although a little unknown fact is that…

Longmorn 10 year old batch 3 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

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…

Auchroisk 12 Year Old Batch 7 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Auchroisk Founded in 1974 Auchroisk was built with the purpose of supplying whisky for the blend sector and still to this day that is the main intention, with a capacity to produce 5.9 million litres with its 8 stills, 8 stainless steel washbacks and a shortish fermentation time of around 53 hours,  this distillery is…

Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish

Glen Moray When you talk to most people about Glen Moray they instantly think about the “cheap supermarket” bottles that they imagine are crap because 1, they haven’t bought them because they are cheap and must be crap and 2, they haven’t tried them because they are cheap !! And cheap must mean they are…

Artis Secretum 2011

Whisky Illuminati Secrets are abound when societies are involved and one of the most secretive societies around are the Illuminati, no matter what you think of these types of societies there is now one involved within the whisky industry.. Whisky Illuminati are an Independent Bottler that are surrounded by mystery and intrigue, I want to…

Craigellachie 2011 Whisky Illuminati

Whisky Illuminati I touched more on the society in my previous post so rather than go over the same I thought I’d explain a little more about the concept behind this series of releases and look at the ethics behind the idea.. This Solaria series might not be a first but it is fairly unusual…

Glentauchers – Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series

Whisky Illuminati Most of us have heard the stories of secret groups and organisations that are filled with mystery and intrigue but in a world of whisky where transparency is being hailed then do we really need a secret club or organisation? Lets start by setting the scene.. Whisky Illuminati introduces itself as an exclusive…

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…