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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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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Tomatin Distillery – My Top Drams

As I said earlier in the week, the Tomatin Distillery Taste of Tomatin Tour culminates in a vertical tasting of six expressions, comprising: Legacy 12 year old Cask Strength 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish 18 Year Old Cù Bòcan (Tomatin’s peated whisky) Unfortunately, I was the driver for our visit. However, many distilleries are
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Visiting Tomatin Distillery

In recent years, I’ve gradually become a massive fan of Tomatin Distillery. And in this time, I feel like the distillery has grown with me; becoming a major player in the single malt market, with a new look and ambitions to push into new markets. So, finding myself in Inverness a few weekends ago, it
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Ardbeg An Oa

I’ll let you in on a secret – I think that Ardbeg is my favourite distillery on Islay. For someone who isn’t a massive fan of peaty whiskies, it offers the perfect level for smoke, alongside fresh, citrusy flavours. It’s also got one of the strongest core ranges in the Scotch whisky industry, formed of
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September’s Whisky News

Lots of new whiskies AND new distilleries in this month’s whisky news round-up, so let’s get stuck in… Industry Updates R&B Distillers’ Raasay Distillery has officially opened (BBC News). Community owned distillery, Glenwyvis, is running a second share offer in the hope of raising £750,000, with the first of its new make spirit due in
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Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend Preview

Edinburgh’s cocktail scene is positively booming right now. The city’s cocktail bars and their bartenders are regularly competing at the world’s top competitions; the city recently welcomed Tales of the Cocktails on tour; and August saw the first ever Edinburgh Cocktail Festival take place. And joining this roster of highlights is the Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend,
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Diageo Special Releases 2017 – Part 2

A week later than expected, here’s my top five drams from the Diageo Special Releases launch. Blair Athol 23 Year Old – 58.4% 5,514 bottles available £400 More famous as the spiritual home of Bells, this is the first new release of Blair Athol since 2003.Originally founded as Aldour in 1798, it was one of
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Diageo Special Releases 2017 – Part 1

The Diageo Special Releases are a bit like Christmas Day…although much better! The annual release whips up an unprecedented level of excitement within whisky circles, as Diageo groups together its limited-edition whiskies and launches then all at the same time. In fact, launching them in the autumn my just be a ploy to get them
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Glenmorangie Astar

Comebacks. They can often be fraught with danger; danger that’ll ruin happy memories of the past. For every Doctor Who, there’s Richard Ayoade’s Crystal Maze. So there’s a need to tread carefully, for fear of ruining fond memories. But how will the return to Glenmoragnie Astar fair? Back in 2008, the Glenmorangie Astar hit the
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