Tomatin Distillery – My Top Drams

As I said earlier in the week, the Tomatin Distillery Taste of Tomatin Tour culminates in a vertical tasting of six expressions, comprising: Legacy 12 year old Cask Strength 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish 18 Year Old Cù Bòcan (Tomatin’s peated whisky) Unfortunately, I was the driver for our visit. However, many distilleries are
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Ardbeg An Oa

I’ll let you in on a secret – I think that Ardbeg is my favourite distillery on Islay. For someone who isn’t a massive fan of peaty whiskies, it offers the perfect level for smoke, alongside fresh, citrusy flavours. It’s also got one of the strongest core ranges in the Scotch whisky industry, formed of
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Glenmorangie Astar

Comebacks. They can often be fraught with danger; danger that’ll ruin happy memories of the past. For every Doctor Who, there’s Richard Ayoade’s Crystal Maze. So there’s a need to tread carefully, for fear of ruining fond memories. But how will the return to Glenmoragnie Astar fair? Back in 2008, the Glenmorangie Astar hit the
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Kokoro Gin

The latest sample to drop through my letterbox is Kokoro Gin, which promises an “exceptional London dry gin with a distinctive Japanese heart”. Kokoro is the brainchild of brothers-in-law James Nicol and Barry Darnell. A financial consultant and design agency head by day, the pair were inspired by a family connection to the Afan woodland
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Glen Moray Mastery

Many happy returns to Glen Moray Distillery, which marked its 120th anniversary earlier this summer with the release of the new Glen Moray Mastery. Only five men have held the title of Glen Moray Master Distiller over the past twelve decades and it has fallen to the current incumbent, Graham Coull, to bring together a
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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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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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Ginvent – The Best Bits

I kicked the week off with gin, so why not continue in the same vein. Today’s blog is another that has been a long time coming – a look back at the highlights of my Ginvent calendar. The Ginvent concept is deliciously simple. The guys at the Gin Foundry teamed up with the team from
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Battle of the Blends – Round 2

Ding ding! Round two. Back in September 2015, I had the pleasure of judging the inaugural Battle of the Blends. The battle saw Whisky Magazine and Master of the Malt pit whisky aficionados Dave Broom and Neil Ridley against each other, to see who could come up with the best blends. Neil came out on
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Top Dalmore Whiskies

When you’re invited on fancy press trips, like my visit to Dalmore that I filled you in on earlier in the week, there’s a lot of whisky on show. But let’s be honest, you don’t need to hear me drone on about absolutely everything I tasted. So instead, here are my top picks from the
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