Caol Ila 2004. Connoisseurs Choice.

Located in the North east of Islay overlooking the straight between Islay and Jura, Caol Ila is Gaelic for “ sound of Islay” and was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. Today the distillery is owned by Diageo and has the capacity to produce 6.5 million litres of alcohol from its 3 wash stills (…

Arran Amarone Wine Finish..

The Isle of Arran distillery recently announced another batch of this Amarone ” finish” was to be released so it only seemed right to get myself some to review.. Initially matured in ” traditional oak casks” this malt is then given a finishing period in Amarone wine casks sourced from an artisan producer from Tuescany,…

BENRIACH 22yo MOSCATEL.

Last year I was extremly lucky to have the opertunity to visit and look round the Benriach distillery. At the time the company had just been bought out by Brown – Foreman and speculation was rife with what might or might not happen..  Now over the last few days the company has just announced the…

BENROMACH 2005 Hermitage wood finish

Benromach distillery company  was founded back in 1898 by Duncan MacCallum and F.W.Brickmann who started construction on the distillery in the same year before starting to produce spirit in 1900, unfortunately due to lack of money the distillery also shut in the same year.  In 1911 Benromach was bought by Harvey McNair and company who…

Auchentoshan 1988 wine cask finish

Auchentoshan 1988 wine cask finish has spent 8 years in bourbon casks before ” finished ” in wine casks for 17, yes 17 years so hardly your normal finish, bottled at 47.6% … To start with this is a lovely ruby red colour, you look at it and wonder if it isn’t a red wine…..