Taisteal, Edinburgh

Have you ever been on holiday, tasted some fantastic food, and then attempted to re-create it at home? I have, with very little success (just like most of my culinary creations). Thankfully, there’s experts for this sort of thing, with the team at Taisteal bringing the best foods and flavours from across the world to
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August’s Whisky News

As the summer fades into the distance, there’s still plenty of time to catch-up on all the latest whisky news. Industry Updates The market for rare whisky has surged in the first six months of 2017, according to Rare Whisky 101 (BQ Magazine). Scotch Whisky is one of the first applicants for New Zealand’s ‘authentic
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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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The Dining Room @ The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Last summer, The Dining Room at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street underwent a substantial refurb, in advance of throwing its doors open to non-members. I’d dined in the bar area previously but the restaurant had always come across as slightly stuffy. But I’d been hearing good things about The Dining Room post-refurb,
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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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Boozy Shows @ The Edinburgh Festivals

You’ll not struggle to find a drink during the Edinburgh festivals, with pop-ups located right across the city. But why buy your own booze, when there are plenty of alcohol-themed shows running across the city this August, which come with a free drink…or five. The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol With FIVE free drinks during
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Edinburgh Festival Pop-ups

The Edinburgh festivals (International, Fringe, Book, et al.) are now in full flow. There’s so many reasons to love the Edinburgh festivals, with the world descending on a place I’m lucky enough to call home and over 3,000 shows to pick from. And here’s a round-up of the best Edinburgh festival pop-ups that’ll be appearing
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July’s Whisky News

My summer break was great – thanks for asking. But there’s been a whole load of whisky news since I’ve been away. So, let’s dive right in! Industry Updates Douglas Laing & Co has announced plans to build a £10 million distillery, visitor centre and restaurant on the banks of the River Clyde (The Scotsman).
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