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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The 1961 Dumbarton from The Last Drop

Last week, I joined The Last Drop Distillers in London for the launch of their newest bottling – The 1961 Dumbarton Singe Grain Scotch Whisky. This is only the seventh release from the independent bottler and only 32 bottles have been squeezed out of the cask, all of which were snapped up by the company’s
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The Glen Moray Range 2016

Last year, I took part in a Tweet Tasting of the full Glen Moray range, which was a great introduction to the distillery and its whiskies. Over the past 12 months, the distillery has released a series of new and interesting expressions, so I was delighted to break out my keyboard, nosing glasses and take
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Norn, Edinburgh

Living in Edinburgh, the number of new restaurants which open in the city can often be overwhelming –I’ve a list of restaurants the length of my arm to try.  But there was something special about Norn which meant that, just four weeks later, I was sitting in the new restaurant and ready to be impressed.
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Benromach Hermitage 2007

Over the past five to ten years, distilleries across Scotland have been more pen to experimental when it comes to the casks they use to finish their whisky.  Following in the footsteps of successful distilleries such as The Balvenie and Glenmorange, master blenders are looking past the traditional bourbon, port and sherry casks, and are
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September’s Whisky News

More new distilleries, mixed financial figures and loads of new releases – here’s all the latest whisky news. Industry Updates Hunter Laing & Co has been granted planning permission to build Islay’s ninth distillery, Ardnahoe Loch (BQ Live). A new £5.3 million visitor attraction is being created to mark Scotland’s intriguing illicit whisky history (The
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A Taste of The Lakes Distillery

My first encounter with The Lakes Distillery came last year, when I had the chance to taste the distillery’s gin and British blended whisky, The One.  Fast forward almost two years and here are three new releases from one of the country’s fastest growing distilleries. 15 Month Old Bourbon Matured Spirit – 40% ABV Here’s
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Greener Scotch Whisky?

Last Wednesday night, I delayed my usual appointment with The Great British Bake Off and headed along to the launch of the Scotch whisky industry’s updated environmental strategy. The key word here is “updated” as the industry has taken great strides over the last seven years – since the first strategy was introduced in 2009
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Abhainn Dearg Distillery

Over the past five years or so, to cash-on on the increasing popularity of the craft beer, whisky producers both big and small have gradually started used the term “craft distilling”.  Ask many of these people what the term actual means, and I bet they’ll struggle to tell you, with many simply throwing it round
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