Mortlach Rare Old

Whenever people ask me what my favourite whisky is, I usually giving the boring answer that it depends on a lot of factors.  However, when pushed I normally opt for one of Scotland’s best but little known malts – Mortlach. Known fondly as “The Beast of Dufftown”, Mortlach was the only distillery in the village
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Talisker Skye

When I reviewed the Talisker Port Righe a couple of months ago, I commented on the fact that the whisky seems to be on the road to becoming a no age statement brand, similar to Glenlivet, Bruichladdich and Glenmorangie.  The Port Righe now sits alongside Talisker Storm and Talisker Darkest Storm, and there isn’t a
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Rock Rose Gin

Husbands and wives can sometimes make the best partnerships.  Pierre and Marie Curie’s work on radiation resulted in a Nobel Prize in physics.  The fractious relationship between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor made for some memorable on-screen performances.   And hopefully, in future years, Martin and Claire of Rock Rose Distillery will be remembered as the
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Fettercairn Fasque

Whisky, politics and the monarchy have always been interesting bedfellows and Fettercairn Distillery is a prime example of this. Sitting amongst the forests and glens at the foot of the Cairngorms Mountains, Fettercairn was established in 1824 and became only the second distillery in Scotland to be made legal by the Excise Act of 1825. 
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Aberlour A’Bunadh

For a town with a population of just under 1000 people, Aberlour produces two delicious products which are famous the world over.  Walkers Shortbread is one, and as the world’s seventh most popular single malt, the whisky from Aberlour Distillery is the other. The distillery was established in 1826 by James Fleming – around 60
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Auchentoshan Virgin Oak

When Auchentoshan Distillery was first built in 1800, it would be have surrounded by rolling hills and lush green grass.  However, as the Industrial Revolution fuelled Glasgow’s growth, the distillery soon found itself surrounded by the city, and it currently occupies a less glamorous position between the Erskine Bridge and the A82.  This spot beside
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Bruichladdich Classic Laddie

Juxtaposing traditional values with the willingness to experiment, the approach to whisky making embraced by Bruichladdich Distillery is one which the entire Scotch Whisky industry could learn for. Under the stewardship of Whyte & Mackay, the distillery was neglected during the 1980s and 1990s, before being bought over by Murray McDavid in 2000.  With the
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The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra

Glenlivet is seen as the distillery which kick-started legal whisky distillation in the Speyside region.  It was the first distillery to be licenced in the parish of Glenlivet when George Smith established it in 1824, with the aim of creating a whisky by which all others could be measured.  Smith certainly succeeded in this area,
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Talisker Port Ruighe

Between Christmas and New Year, I was treated to a whisky tasting by my friend and distiller extraordinaire, Steven Kersley.  He was good enough to open a couple of bottles from his vast collection, some of which had been distilled as far back as the 1970s.  However, the whisky which surprised me most on the
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The Lakes Gin

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about The One – a new British blend from The Lakes Distillery, which is the first distillery to be built in Cumbria for more than a century.  As well as making whisky and vodka, the distillery has also turned its hand to the spirit of the moment –
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