Welcome to The Finest Cut

Hi, and welcome to The Finest Cut Over time, I hope that this blog becomes the place you come to find out about all things boozy, from whisky and gin, to wine and beer.  Having started in November 2014 as a blog mainly focussed on whisky, it evolved in September 2015 to reflect the exciting
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Lagavulin 8 Year Old

This year, one Scotland’s most famous distilleries – Lagavulin – celebrates its 200th birthday.  And many happy returns to it! Usually, distillers see such a landmark as an opportunity to release an overly expensive whisky , which excludes the casual fans from joining in the celebrations.  Lagavullin has taken a different approach though, with their
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HopScotch Whisky Bar

Last week, I nipped into HopScotch Bar on George Street, which has popped up as part of the Edinburgh festivals.  Located towards the west end of bustling street, the bar is Diageo’s first foray into the festival celebrations, designed to take visitors on their own journey of whisky discovery. On arrival, I was immediately greeted
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July’s Whisky News

It’s summer (don’t let the weather fool you!), so there’s less news around than normal.  However, you’ll still find all the latest whisky news below. Industry Updates Another month and another whisky distillery receives approval, with plans for a new facility in Hawick given the thumbs up (STV News).  Work has also started on the
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Dram & Smoke @ The Biscuit Factory

Pop-up bars are ten a penny during the Edinburgh festivals, as both parts of my round-up will attest.  However, pop-up restaurants are a slightly rarer creature, obviously due to the set-up and equipment required.  This hasn’t deterred London-based Dram & Smoke though, who have set themselves up in The Biscuit Factory, just off Bonnington Road,
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Top Edinburgh Festival Pop-up Bars

The Edinburgh festivals are almost upon us, when world’s biggest arts festival sets up shop in the city I’m lucky enough to call home.  As well as having over 3,000 shows to pick from, the festivals also mean the city is awash with a whole range of pop-up bars and drinking holes.  And here’s your
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June’s Whisky News

Sick of hearing about the Brexit? Well here’s a round-up of all the whisky news you might have missed from the last month. Industry News Mossburn Distillers has lodged plans to build a whisky distillery in Jedburgh (BBC News).  Also, Welsh whisky pioneer Penderyn could soon be stretching its reach to Swansea, with plans to
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Scottish Cider Brandy

A couple of weeks ago, an e-mail popped into my inbox inviting me to the launch of a Scottish Cider Brandy. Now, I might like a drink, but I’ve never thought to myself “You know what is missing from my life – a brandy made from cider”.  However, I decided to put my doubts to
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Scottish Juniper Festival 2016

A couple of weeks ago, one of my favourite boozy events of the year rolled round – the Scottish Juniper Festival.  Back for the third year in its spiritual home (pun very much intended!) of Edinburgh’s Summerhall arts venue, the event was bigger and better than ever. I counted 37 gin distillers present on the
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