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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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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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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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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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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Taisteal, Edinburgh

Have you ever been on holiday, tasted some fantastic food, and then attempted to re-create it at home? I have, with very little success (just like most of my culinary creations). Thankfully, there’s experts for this sort of thing, with the team at Taisteal bringing the best foods and flavours from across the world to
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