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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Boozy Shows @ The Edinburgh Festivals

You’ll not struggle to find a drink during the Edinburgh festivals, with pop-ups located right across the city. But why buy your own booze, when there are plenty of alcohol-themed shows running across the city this August, which come with a free drink…or five. The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol With FIVE free drinks during
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Edinburgh Festival Pop-ups

The Edinburgh festivals (International, Fringe, Book, et al.) are now in full flow. There’s so many reasons to love the Edinburgh festivals, with the world descending on a place I’m lucky enough to call home and over 3,000 shows to pick from. And here’s a round-up of the best Edinburgh festival pop-ups that’ll be appearing
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July’s Whisky News

My summer break was great – thanks for asking. But there’s been a whole load of whisky news since I’ve been away. So, let’s dive right in! Industry Updates Douglas Laing & Co has announced plans to build a £10 million distillery, visitor centre and restaurant on the banks of the River Clyde (The Scotsman).
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June’s Whisky News

I’m off on my summer break, but before I go, here’s all the latest whisky news. Industry Updates The Ncn’ean distillery, which claims to be Scotland’s first fully organic distillery, has opened on the Morvern peninsular (The Drinks Business). Holyrood Distillery, which will return distilling to Edinburgh after a 90-year absence, is looking to raise
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Dark Matter Spiced Rum

Think Scotland’s national drink and you think whisky, right? Right…although gin is fast becoming one of the country’s top food and drink exports. BrewDog is one of the brewers currently leading the craft beer revolution. But could rum be Scotland’s next great export? Yes, rum. Aberdeenshire might not resemble the hot climbs of the Caribbean,
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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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