VDeep Leith

This review first appeared in April 2015 At the start of the year, I was disappointed to see that The Vintage, which used to be located at the end of my road, was to close. It did one of the best brunches in Leith and, as the baby of the Williams Bros, had a great
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Beer and Food Pairing @ ENTCS

For years, the only food that most people would associate with beer was either a curry or a packet of crisps in the pub.   Unfortunately, both of these were merely a sales ploy to dehydrate customers and get them to drink more (awful) beer.  However, as the focus on beer has moved from quantity to
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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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The Resurgence of Whisky Cocktails

In recent years, think cocktails and the majority of people will think vodka. Or gin. But whisky? Surely that old man’s drink shouldn’t even go near a cocktail shaker? This attitude has prevailed for many years but finally, the spirit which gave birth to the Whiskey Sour, the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, seems to
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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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The Rise and Rise of Scottish Gin

Think gin and you immediately think England, or be more specific, London.  It was first brought to the UK from Holland by William of Orange when he took the British throne in 1689.  The tipple remained popular right through to the early 20th century, hitting its peak in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was
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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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Calibre Quarterly – Issue 4

Things have been super busy in the non-whisky world, so for this week, you’ll have to make do with my most recent article for Calibre Quarterly.  Published last week, it focuses on Quality vs. Quantity, with a look at Glengoyne, Kilchoman and The Balvenie. Normal service should return next week. Happy reading!!
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