Ardbeg Perpetuum

Following on from last week’s Bruichladdich High Noon, today’s Whisky of the Week is another from at the Islay Whisky Festival – Ardbeg Perpetuum. 2015 marks 200 years since Ardbeg was first distilled, and when we popped by during the Festival, there was a distinct buzz around the site as everyone prepared for the birthday celebrations. 
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Bruichladdich High Noon

I might have said in Tuesday’s post that the Islay Whisky Festival wasn’t all about the whisky but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t taste some cracking drams.  Each year, the eight distilleries on Islay release a special edition whisky which can only be bought on the island…well, most of them (I’m looking at you
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Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Whisky

So, it’s finally happened – someone has managed to bottle the Angels’ Share!  Well, not quite.  This new-ish bottling is the brainchild of Glenfarclas’ former director of sales and marketing, Robert Ransom, who set up his own company after almost ten years with the Speyside distiller.  Highfern Ltd was established in April 2014 and has
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The Glen Moray Range

Glen Moray is another of those whiskies I’ve not had much contact with in the past.   When it was owned by Glenmorangie, it felt like the luxury brand kept its slightly unglamorous cousin hidden from sight.  In recent years though, it’s been coming out to play more, with numerous special releases and prominent placing at
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Girvan Patent Still – The Full Range

For those of you that stopped by the blog on Wednesday, you’ll have had some insight into my visit to Girvan Distillery.  And for those of you that didn’t, get over there and have a read. After over 50 years producing grain whisky for a variety of blends, in 2014, Girvan unveiled its first ever
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Five World Whiskies for World Whisky Day

World Whisky Day takes place this Saturday, when whisky fans across the world are encouraged to unite and raise a glass in honour of Scotland’s national drink.  Although Scotland might currently make the best whisky in the world, whisky producers from as far afield Japan, Australia and even England are fast catching up with us. 
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Hudson Baby Bourbon

I’ll be honest – I don’t know that much about bourbon.  Whisky has always been my drink.  The basic differences are a given – corn rather than barley, single distillation and new wood casks.  Bar that, most of my experience with bourbon has been Jack Daniel’s and Coke on nights out at uni.  But the
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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

Bruichladdich is fast becoming one of my favourite Scottish distilleries.  Labelling themselves as “Progressive Hebridean Distillers”, the distillery successfully combines traditional values, with a willingness to experiment.  This ethos has been forged by former Bowmore manager and master distiller Jim Ewan, who has managed to completely revitalise the brand.  Jim announced his retirement this week,
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The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

Writing this blog, I’m lucky enough to taste a wide variety of whiskies – special editions, limited, releases, unusual finishes, etc.  As I result, it’s easy to lose sight of the great whiskies which don’t get much press.  These are the malts which sit in drinks cupboards or on bar shelves, and are consumed by
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Oban Little Bay

Over the last couple of months, I’ve written (moaned?) a lot on these pages about non-age statement whiskies, especially with regards to Talisker.  The new bottlings from Talisker over the past 18 months or so have given the brand a chance to refresh itself, as well as proving that non-age statement whiskies aren’t the bogeyman
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