Tipple Box Cocktails

Cocktails have experienced a resurgence over the past few years, but they are difficult to recreate at home, as most recipes involve a whole host of strange and obscure ingredients, which can be both difficult and expensive to lay your hands on.  Tipple Box, the brainchild of Edinburgh-based entrepreneur Sonny Charles, takes the hassle out
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Celebrating Burns Night in Edinburgh

It’s Burns Night this Sunday, which gives us Scots the chance to eat, drink and be merry in the depths of January.  Held on the anniversary of Burns’ birth, the celebration was originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his death and continues to endure today the world over.  Some
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Whisky Events in 2015

It’s the start of the year and you’ve probably got a lovely new holiday allowance to play with over the next 12 months.  Just be sure to keep some time for one of these cracking whisky events which are taking place across Scotland in 2015.   The Nip (formerly the Inverness Whisky Festival) 7-11 April
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Calibre Quarterly – Issue 3

Currently on my sick bed, so I’ve been unable to write the first post of 2015.  In the meantime though, you can check out my most recent article in Calibre Quarterly about ‘Whiskies of the Empire‘, featuring Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask, Armut Kadhambam and The English Whisky Co. Chapter 6. Enjoy and hopefully I’ll
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Top Tips for buying whisky this Christmas

So, with only eight shopping days left until The Big Day (which always ends up being an anti-climax), here’s my tops tips for buying a bottle of whisky for someone this Christmas. 1. Do your research Loads of people regularly ask me what sort of whisky to buy their dad/brother/uncle for Christmas, but when I ask
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Summerhall Festivale

If you live in Edinburgh, you’ll be well versed in the ‘pop-up’ event, and Summerhall is the Mecca of the Pop-up.  The old vet’s school, located just on the fringes of the Meadows, has fast become one of the city’s most popular arts venues, hosting everything from theatre productions and arts exhibitions, to film showings
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Edinburgh Whisky Blog’s Movember Tasting

Last Thursday evening, I made my way to Ruffians barbers for Edinburgh Whisky Blog’s (EWB) second annual Movember fundraiser.  Last year, the boys from EWB took over Ruffians to raise funds for this great cause, and it was such as success that they decided to repeat it again this year.  And although I’m not donning
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Drinkmonger Christmas Fair @ Edinburgh City Chambers

On Sunday afternoon, as Edinburgh’s Christmas markets started to sparkle below, I found myself perched on top of the city attending the very first Drinkmonger Christmas Fair. Held in the historic surroundings of the Capital’s City Chambers, the event is effectively a wine and spirits version of Royal Mile Whiskies annual Whisky Fringe.  A sister
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The Balvenie Fifty

At the start of September, I was invited to the Stirlingshire countryside to witness the unveiling of not one, but two new releases of The Balvenie.  Cromlix  – better known as Andy’s Murray’s hotel – provided the perfect backdrop for the launch, with Dr Sam Simmons, global brand ambassador at The Balvenie, our host for
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