Tipple Box Cocktails

Cocktails have experienced a resurgence over the past few years, but they are difficult to recreate at home, as most recipes involve a whole host of strange and obscure ingredients, which can be both difficult and expensive to lay your hands on.  Tipple Box, the brainchild of Edinburgh-based entrepreneur Sonny Charles, takes the hassle out
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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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Robert Burns Single Malt

Robert Burns and Scotch Whisky have a long and somewhat twisted history.  The Ayrshire born poet was known to love a dram or two (or three) but he also believed that whisky had a symbolic and fiscal significance for Scotland. Realising that there wasn’t much money to be made in either farming or writing, Burns
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Celebrating Burns Night in Edinburgh

It’s Burns Night this Sunday, which gives us Scots the chance to eat, drink and be merry in the depths of January.  Held on the anniversary of Burns’ birth, the celebration was originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his death and continues to endure today the world over.  Some
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The One Whisky

My first Whisky of the Week for 2015 takes us south of the border to Cumbria and The Lakes Distillery.  The distillery is the first to be built in the Lake District for more than a century and is part of the current whisky resurgence in England, which has seen a number of distilleries pop-up
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Whisky Events in 2015

It’s the start of the year and you’ve probably got a lovely new holiday allowance to play with over the next 12 months.  Just be sure to keep some time for one of these cracking whisky events which are taking place across Scotland in 2015.   The Nip (formerly the Inverness Whisky Festival) 7-11 April
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Calibre Quarterly – Issue 3

Currently on my sick bed, so I’ve been unable to write the first post of 2015.  In the meantime though, you can check out my most recent article in Calibre Quarterly about ‘Whiskies of the Empire‘, featuring Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask, Armut Kadhambam and The English Whisky Co. Chapter 6. Enjoy and hopefully I’ll
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Scapa 16 Year Old

After an utterly mad week at work last week, I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Scotch at The Balmoral for a couple of drams last Friday evening.  Scotch has a fantastic selection of whiskies – over 400 different bottlings, to be semi-precise – and even a whisky geek like me can get
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Top Tips for buying whisky this Christmas

So, with only eight shopping days left until The Big Day (which always ends up being an anti-climax), here’s my tops tips for buying a bottle of whisky for someone this Christmas. 1. Do your research Loads of people regularly ask me what sort of whisky to buy their dad/brother/uncle for Christmas, but when I ask
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