Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11 – That Boutiquey 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 Boutiquey 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 Boutiquey Whisky Company

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 look.. As mentioned…

Ledaig 10 years old 2008 -Claxtons

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 – Claxtons.

A few nights ago I was privileged to be involved with another live tasting on Twitter with Steve Rush and Claxtons 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…

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Caol Ila unpeated.. Blasphemy I hear the diehard fans shouting.. There should always be a little surprise in every package and this Caol Ila unpeated 15 year old might just be the biggest surprise in this 2018 Special Release from Diageo. Founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson the Caol Ila distillery is certainly more known…

Benriach 12 yo Sherry wood.

There are a few iconic distilleries situated in the Speyside area of Scotland and the BenRiach distillery is right up there at the top of the pile in my mind, built back in 1898, the distillery has certainly had a chequered past with a lengthy closure in the early parts of the 1900’s until 1965…

Lagavulin 12 Years Old (Special Release 2018)

Lagavulin, founded back in 1816 by John Johnson is the second whisky to be reviewed in this 2018 special release series from the  Diageo stable.. No Special Release would be the same without the Lagavulin 12 year old, it has after all featured in all but the very first release back in 2002 !! Lagavulin…

Let’s talk Barley..

Firstly get yourself a coffee or a large dram of whisky ( the liquid type) you might need it ….. Barley / terroir and a comparison to the wine industry seems to be stirring within the whisky industry and with some it is a hot topic at the moment ! For those of you who…

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Talisker at 8 years old and cask strength can only mean one thing, it’s the special release 2018 time.. Ok so I am a little late but as they say it’s better late than never.. Each year Diageo release a series of  highly anticipated limited cask strength bottles that are said to highlight the individual…

A day in the life.. An interview with the Scotch Test Dummies..

I’m not sure my guests today actually need any introductions but for those of you who live on Pluto these two guys are probably considered as God’s in the whisky Vlogging world !! Now although this series is aimed at those working within the industry I offer no apologies in including “ The Scotch Test…

A Day in the life.. An interview with Hugo Caprichoso – Claxtons

I would like to introduce you all to Hugo who is the new Brand Development manager for one of my favourite independent bottlers and not to mention the closest to my headquarters.. As anyone who reads my blog will already know I have been privileged to review many of the releases from Claxtons so I…

CRAIGELLACHIE LAUNCHES WORLD’S MOST UNCOLLECTABLE WHISKY

Press Release..   CRAIGELLACHIE LAUNCHES WORLD’S MOST UNCOLLECTABLE WHISKY   Hamilton, Bermuda, 26th October 2018 – CRAIGELLACHIE’s latest whisky has waited 51 years to be enjoyed by people all over the world. But, CRAIGELLACHIE 51 is not bottled in a fancy crystal decanter and it doesn’t have a silly price tag.   This whisky has…

White Walker – Johnnie Walker (Winter is coming)

Winter is coming or so they say.. Game of Thrones is one of the biggest series to hit the Tv screens in a long time, based on a series of fantasy novels named A song of ice and fire.. Set in a fictional seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Essos and based on the constant battle…

Rock Oyster Cask Strength, batch 2 – Douglas Laing.

Douglas Laing was established in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, specialising  in the selection and release of specialist, craft Scotch Whiskies. Douglas Laing hand select the finest, and often rarest, Scotch Whisky stocks from across all of Scotland’s Whisky regions and bottle them under a handful of different categories ( XOP, Old Particular, Clan Deny…