Home is where the heart is…

Well we didn’t see this coming 6 months ago did we.. Reports are saying we are in for a long lock down, that means a lot of hardship is ahead, its going to get worse before it gets better !! In these unprecedented times we need to sit down and realise what is important in…

Girvan 40 Year Old – Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing If you have listened to me in the past you will know I have a respect for the independent bottler Douglas Laing ! The quality they keep offering the customer is second to none ! As an indie bottler they have set the standard for a long time in my eyes and with…

Mackmyra – Grönt Te

Grönt Te – Mackmyra When we start to think about single malt whisky or any whisky for that matter, its all about the flavours and aromas and where they originate from, we then have to appreciate these two things are highly indicative of the wood’s influence, how the liquid has interacted with the wood, the period the…

Bimber Virgin Oak – Distillery Exclusive

Bimber The upsurge in whisky being produced in the Uk is certainly gathering pace and one of those distilleries that is creating a buzz is the Bimber Distillery, located in the London, England this small distillery is delivering BIG things.. Established in 2015 the Bimber Distillery laid down the first casks in May 2016.. Designed…

Auchentoshan 21

Auchentoshan Located on the outskirts of Clydebank, Glasgow just beside the Kilpatrick hills, the Auchentoshan distillery sits nestled on the edge of a housing estate and besides a busy main road. Take a look about and you see the rolling hills, headstones in a nearby cemetery and the mighty Erskine Bridge, so just a typical…

Glenfiddich Select Cask

Glenfiddich What can I say about Glenfiddich that has not been said a thousand times ? Founded by William Grant in 1886, building of the distillery was completed in 1887 and the first spirit flowed Christmas day 1887.. The output from this distillery has a maximum of 13.7 million litres of alcohol per year but…

Just another rant….

Firstly make a coffee, pour a dram, maybe even make a sandwich and then be prepared to wonder why the hell you read till the very end…. The whisky industry is a demanding culture that manages to split opinion quicker than a rabbit can breed.. Over the last few years we have argued about Nas…

Bimber The first Release

There is a distillery with a real freshness located within Englands capital city.. Bimber.. A british distillery with Polish heritage and traditions, a real life story of a man, his grandfather and a passion to carry on the tradition and craft he learned as a boy.. Darius came to the Uk in 2003 with his…

Cooper king Distillery starts Whisky Production

Press Release..   Yorkshire’s self-built distillery begins whisky production   A Yorkshire-based start-up distillery announced that distillation of its inaugural single malt whisky has begun. Based in Sutton-on-the-Forest, Cooper King Distillery has made the announcement following news that it sold out of its pre-order whisky casks after just 10 days of sales.   The highly…

Inchgower 14 year old batch 3 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 15 and we are heading to Speyside.. Inchgower Distillery comes under the ownership of Diageo and was founded back in 1871 by Alexander Wilson, the equipment was brought in from the Tochineal distillery which was also owned by Alexander but was no longer in use..   Today the distillery is primarily producing whisky for…

Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Get on the ferry we are a heading back to Islay !! Day 12 from the – That Boutiquey Whisky Company Advent Calendar offers up this Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11.. Bruichladdich has a philosophy that “Terroir matters” and that the process of making whisky is far greater than just the distillery itself …..

Aberfeldy 21 year old That Boutique-y whisky Company

Day 7 from the Boutiquey Advent Calendar offers up this Aberfeldy 21 year old.. Now who does not like an Aberfeldy single malt, nestled in the picturesque Village of Aberfeldy on the Southern bank of the upper Tay the distillery is owned  by Dewars ( Bacardi ) the Distillery was founded back in 1896 and has…

Blended whisky 21 year old batch 1..

Day 5 from the Boutiquey Whisky Company Advent Calendar offers up this unique 21 year old blended whisky comprising both single malt and grain whisky from Scotland and Japan !! Now it’s not everyday you get 21 year old Japanese whisky never mind 21 year old single malt and grain whisky blended together with some…

Irish Single malt 13 year old batch 2 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Irish Single Malt Another superb Irish single malt from That Boutiquey Whisky Company is on offer in today’s review..  Hailing from an undisclosed distillery in Ireland and once again proudly supporting the psychedelic horse reference from father Ted this 13 year old can only be from a small number of distilleries so let’s take a…

Ledaig 10 years old 2008 – Claxton’s

Tobermory distillery  ( this distillery produces both Tobermory and the peated Ledaig )  was established back in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society in a small farming settlement, built around the medieval church at the top of the hill. Then in the 1790’s an inspired a bold new vision by John Sinclair, a local kelp…

A day in the life.. An interview with Tom from The Single Cask

With more and more independent bottlers appearing and more single cask bottlings available it’s hard to know in which direction to turn ! Just recently I have been introduced to a new kid on the block as they say and I  have been  rather impressed with what I have tasted and seen from these guys,…

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…

Oban 21 (2018 Special Release)

In what was once upon a time a small fishing hamlet Oban distillery which was founded by John and Hugh Stevenson in 1793 now sits within a thriving town which the two brothers helped to transform. In 1820 Hugh Stevenson dies and passes the business to his son Thomas, unfortunately in 1829 bad investments sees…