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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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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Talisker Distillery – My Tour Drams

After our tour of Talisker distillery with manager Stuart Harrington, he couldn’t possibly leave without letting us taste a few drams.  Stuart was kind enough to crack open the good stuff and here’s my thoughts on the three drams: Talisker 57° North – 57% ABV A solid performer for the distillery in recent years, 57°
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Talisker Distillery

I’ve spent almost a decade talking and tasting Skye’s only whisky, but have never had the chance to visit the distillery itself.  But once my partner and I agreed to spend a couple of nights on Skye as part of our honeymoon, a visit to Talisker distillery was right at the top of my to do
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Loch Lomond Single Grain

Sat on the shores of Scotland’s second most famous body of water, Loch Lomond distillery one of the country’s most versatile distilleries.  It is the only Scottish distillery to produce both grain and single malt whiskies on the same site, making a huge 10 million litres of the former and 2.5 million litres of the
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August’s Whisky News

There was a surprising amount of whisky news about this summer, so if you were away, then you can catch-up below. Industry Updates Holyrood Park Distillery, the first single malt distillery in Edinburgh for over 90 years, has been given the green light by planner (BBC News). And work has started in Glasgow on the
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Benromach Organic & Benromach Peat Smoke

Benromach is a distillery which continues to impress me over and over again, with its willingness to experiment, innovate and push the boundaries of Scotch whisky.  I’ve previously written about the Benromach 10 & 15 year olds, along with last year’s limited edition 35 year old, so here’s my thoughts on two of the distillery’s
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Foundry 39

Just prior to the start of the Edinburgh festivals (which feels like a LONG time ago now!) Queensferry Street welcomed a new restaurant in the form of Foundry 39.  The bar is located in the building which was home to the much loved Bar Roma for more than thirty years (along with a less loved
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SMWS Flavour Behaviour – My Drams

Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s foray into the world of science – Flavour Behaviour.   It was a fun event, but more importantly, how did the whiskies taste?  Well, scroll down to find out more: Juicy, oak & vanilla 48.69: Folly from France (62.1% ABV) According to my
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