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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Tomatin Five Virtues – Wood & Fire

I’ve said it before and I’ll happily say it again – Tomatin Distillery is one of my favourite whisky producers at the moment. I first stumbled across the distillery at 2012’s Whisky Fringe and I’ve been a big fan ever since. The team at Tomatin has created some smashing whiskies over the years, which crucially,
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King’s County Whiskies

Last week, I filled you in on my visit to Kings County distillery in Brooklyn. But how do their whiskies taste? Well, here’s a rundown of the whiskies I sampled at the end of my tour, and we kick things off with something intensely American – Moonshine. Moonshine Corn Whiskey Now, this a novelty. Kings
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Gordon & MacPhail – Latest Releases

A few weeks ago, some samples from Gordon & MacPhail’s the Wood Makes the Whisky campaign dropped through my letterbox. The aim of these releases and the wider campaign is to highlight the influence which wood has over the final character of Scotch whisky Just a quick reminder from the outset that Gordon & MacPhail
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The Macallan 12 Year Old…s

At the start of the year (yes, I’m running very late with this one) I took part in a Tweeting Tasting – courtesy of Steve Rush at The Whisky Wire – of some of The Macallan’s core expressions. On the night, the line-up comprised three 12 year old malts from the Speyside distillery. I tasted
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Benromach Sassicaia 2009

Since Gordon & MacPhail breathed live back into Benromach back in the late 1990s, the distillery has gradually been building up a sterling back catalogue of single malts. Some come and go without making much of a scene; whilst others return again and again, increasingly with popularity each time. So how does the Benromach Sassicaia
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