Robert Burns Single Malt

Robert Burns and Scotch Whisky have a long and somewhat twisted history.  The Ayrshire born poet was known to love a dram or two (or three) but he also believed that whisky had a symbolic and fiscal significance for Scotland. Realising that there wasn’t much money to be made in either farming or writing, Burns
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The One Whisky

My first Whisky of the Week for 2015 takes us south of the border to Cumbria and The Lakes Distillery.  The distillery is the first to be built in the Lake District for more than a century and is part of the current whisky resurgence in England, which has seen a number of distilleries pop-up
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Scapa 16 Year Old

After an utterly mad week at work last week, I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Scotch at The Balmoral for a couple of drams last Friday evening.  Scotch has a fantastic selection of whiskies – over 400 different bottlings, to be semi-precise – and even a whisky geek like me can get
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Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask

After seeing Billy Connolly at the Glasgow Armadillo in October, me and the boys ambled along to the Ben Nevis on Argyle St for a few drams.  Despite being a pretty tight space, the Ben Nevis has one of the best whisky selections in the city, with a good balance between regular malts, limited edition
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The Balvenie Tun 1509

Despite being part of William Grant & Sons, I’ve always admired The Balvenie’s willingness to take creative risks with its products.  This now includes tampering (for lack of a better word) with the successful Tun 1401 bottling, which the distillery announced over the summer would be discontinued and replaced with a new batch of releases
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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

There’s always a presumption amongst people with a passing knowledge of whisky that, if it comes from Islay, you’d best prepare yourself for a massive smoky hit. However, Bunnahabhain has bucked this trend, by using very little peat in the malting of its barley. This wouldn’t always have been the case though, and in its
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Tomatin 14 Year Old – Port Wood Finish

For years, whisky from Tomatin distillery had completely passed me by.  This wasn’t due to any sort of aversion towards the distillery’s output – it was just one of those whiskies that made little noise about itself, so had never really appeared on my radar. That was until 2012’s Whisky Fringe when my whisky loving
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