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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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 Jolly Botanist

Last April, Morrison Street’s Spider’s Web pub wrapped itself in a cocoon and closed its doors for the last time.  Now, after ten months and almost three-quarters of a million pounds, the once old man pub has been reborn as Edinburgh’s newest gin bar – The Jolly Botanist. I say newest gin bar but it
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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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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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