Whisky Mash 2015

Despite being located just on the edge of Speyside, Aberdeen has never really been a ‘whisky city’, like Edinburgh or Glasgow.  Last weekend though, two of the city’s bars came together to put this right with the city’s very first whisky festival – Whisky Mash. The event was hosted by two of Aberdeen’s leading venues
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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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Firkin Gin by Gleann Mor Spirit Company

As I noted in a blog post a few months ago, the Scottish gin industry is currently experiencing a resurgence, with new brands appearing on shelves faster than you can say “How many botanicals?”.   And the latest to join this burgeoning group is FIRKIN Gin. FIRKIN is the brainchild of the Gleann Mor Spirit Company,
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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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Whisky Month 2015

May sees the third annual Whisky month kick-off – a month-long celebration of Scotland’s national drink, as well as the people and landscapes behind it. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 30 April – 4 May Taking place in the heart of whisky country, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is one of the country’s biggest
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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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The Nip Inverness

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to attend The Nip – the reincarnation of the Inverness Whisky Festival.  The festival first took place in 2011 but has been rebranded and expanded this year to recognise the burgeoning Scottish gin scene.  Running across five days, the Festival took in a whole host of events, including city
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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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