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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Glen Moray Elgin Heritage Collection

Throughout 2017, Glen Moray Distillery has been celebrating 120 years of continuous production at its site in Elgin. The site of the current Glen Moray Distillery was originally the Elgin West Brewery, which opened in 1830, and produced several local ales up until almost the turn of the 19th century. On January 27 1897, the Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery
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Ginvent 2017

Another year – another Ginvent calendar. Last year, I counted down the days until Christmas in the company of the country’s best drinks bloggers and Tweeters. So, when I was offered the chance to take part again by the team at the Gin Foundry, I jumped at the chance. The Idea Created by brothers Olivier
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Dewar’s Aberfeldy Whiskies

Another week – another Tweet Tasting. This week, the drams came courtesy of Dewar’s Aberfeldy in Perthshire. Founded in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons Ltd, the distillery is one I’ve driven by plenty of times and marvelled at its stills, which can be seen from the road when its windows are thrown open. Aberfeldy itself
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Brewhemia, Edinburgh

Across Edinburgh city centre, the pub scene these days is absolutely dominated by Wetherspoons. I totally get the model of offering up well-priced food and drink in comfortable – and, should we say, often lively – surroundings. But the five which are currently within striking distance of each other has really squeezed out any individuality
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Diablo Loco, Edinburgh

The Mexican food scene in Edinburgh is the strongest it has ever been right now. From the trendy El Cartel and chain staples such as Wahaca, to burrito kings Los Cardos and Barburrito, the whole spectrum of Mexican cuisine is covered. And covered well! But these boys better watch their back, as the new Diablo
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October’s Whisky News

There was some MASSIVE news in the whisky industry in October, along with plenty of new releases. So here’s all the latest whisky news rounded-up for your reading pleasure. Industry News Diageo has announced plans to revive two ‘lost’ whisky distilleries – Port Ellen on Islay and Brora in Sutherland – with a total investment
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Ardnamurchan Distillery

When I was visiting family in the Outer Hebrides at the end of September, I was grumbling to anyone that would listen that the boat which would get me there now departed from Mallaig, rather than my parent’s hometown of Oban. However, I should stop my grumbling, as our return journey along the Ardnamurchan peninsula
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Oban Gin: An Update – Part 2

Right oh – part one done.  Here’s the second part of my update on the latest Oban Gin developments (or lack thereof) in recent months. Gin, Gin, Gin, Gin, Gin Oban Gin has never seen the light of day – we’re all agreed on that. But rather than focussing his efforts on getting it to
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Oban Gin: An Update – Part 1

Oban Gin: The Last Six Months – Part 1 Earlier this year, I carried out an in-depth dissection of the debacle behind Oban Gin. People in my home town had been asking questions about it for months – if not years – due to the lack of progress with the product and the general confusion
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