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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Arran Distillery – My Top Drams

When visiting Arran Distillery, we upgraded our standard tour (£8) to include a tasting (£20), although the latter can be bought separately for £15. We were promised a tasting of four Arran malts on our tasting, but thankfully our tour guide was in a sharing mood, and we ended up tasting a lot more. So
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Visiting Arran Distillery

With so many new distilleries currently popping up across Scotland, I often think how they’ll establish a reputation for themselves against the big brands, many of which have over two centuries of history and heritage to tap into. But my recent visit to Arran Distillery proves that there’s plenty of interest in new, start-up whisky
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Shackleton Whisky

Shackleton Whisky is the latest creation from Whyte & Mackay master blender, and all round whisky celebrity, Richard Paterson. Paterson is currently celebrating 50 years in the whisky industry, but his latest creation has been almost a century in the making and is inspired by one of history’s greatest explorers – Sir Ernest Shackleton. When
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Whisky Gifts for Father’s Day

For the past few weeks, I’ve been bombarded with emails about the perfect whisky to give your dad this Father’s Day. To be honest, there’s hardly anything unique about most of these whiskies, with the basic presumption that dads like whisky, so you can give them any old bottle on Father’s Day. So instead, here’s
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Ginvent – The Best Bits

I kicked the week off with gin, so why not continue in the same vein. Today’s blog is another that has been a long time coming – a look back at the highlights of my Ginvent calendar. The Ginvent concept is deliciously simple. The guys at the Gin Foundry teamed up with the team from
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Edinburgh Juniper Festival

I love June, as June means the Edinburgh Juniper Festival. Returning to its home of Summerhall for the fourth time, the event is up there with the Whisky Fringe as one of my favourite boozy events of the year. From small origins, the festival has grown each year, with 42 gin brands exhibiting this year.
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Battle of the Blends – Round 2

Ding ding! Round two. Back in September 2015, I had the pleasure of judging the inaugural Battle of the Blends. The battle saw Whisky Magazine and Master of the Malt pit whisky aficionados Dave Broom and Neil Ridley against each other, to see who could come up with the best blends. Neil came out on
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May’s Whisky News

In Scotland, May is whisky month. And in case you were too busy drinking whisky than to read about it, here’s a round-up of all the latest whisky news. Industry Updates Glenrothes Distillery has been bought back by previous owners, Edrington, from wine and spirits merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd (Scotch Whisky). Aldi’s Highland Black
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