Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask

After seeing Billy Connolly at the Glasgow Armadillo in October, me and the boys ambled along to the Ben Nevis on Argyle St for a few drams.  Despite being a pretty tight space, the Ben Nevis has one of the best whisky selections in the city, with a good balance between regular malts, limited edition
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Summerhall Festivale

If you live in Edinburgh, you’ll be well versed in the ‘pop-up’ event, and Summerhall is the Mecca of the Pop-up.  The old vet’s school, located just on the fringes of the Meadows, has fast become one of the city’s most popular arts venues, hosting everything from theatre productions and arts exhibitions, to film showings
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The Balvenie Tun 1509

Despite being part of William Grant & Sons, I’ve always admired The Balvenie’s willingness to take creative risks with its products.  This now includes tampering (for lack of a better word) with the successful Tun 1401 bottling, which the distillery announced over the summer would be discontinued and replaced with a new batch of releases
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Edinburgh Whisky Blog’s Movember Tasting

Last Thursday evening, I made my way to Ruffians barbers for Edinburgh Whisky Blog’s (EWB) second annual Movember fundraiser.  Last year, the boys from EWB took over Ruffians to raise funds for this great cause, and it was such as success that they decided to repeat it again this year.  And although I’m not donning
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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

There’s always a presumption amongst people with a passing knowledge of whisky that, if it comes from Islay, you’d best prepare yourself for a massive smoky hit. However, Bunnahabhain has bucked this trend, by using very little peat in the malting of its barley. This wouldn’t always have been the case though, and in its
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Drinkmonger Christmas Fair @ Edinburgh City Chambers

On Sunday afternoon, as Edinburgh’s Christmas markets started to sparkle below, I found myself perched on top of the city attending the very first Drinkmonger Christmas Fair. Held in the historic surroundings of the Capital’s City Chambers, the event is effectively a wine and spirits version of Royal Mile Whiskies annual Whisky Fringe.  A sister
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Tomatin 14 Year Old – Port Wood Finish

For years, whisky from Tomatin distillery had completely passed me by.  This wasn’t due to any sort of aversion towards the distillery’s output – it was just one of those whiskies that made little noise about itself, so had never really appeared on my radar. That was until 2012’s Whisky Fringe when my whisky loving
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The Balvenie Fifty

At the start of September, I was invited to the Stirlingshire countryside to witness the unveiling of not one, but two new releases of The Balvenie.  Cromlix  – better known as Andy’s Murray’s hotel – provided the perfect backdrop for the launch, with Dr Sam Simmons, global brand ambassador at The Balvenie, our host for
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Welcome to The Finest Cut

Hi, and welcome to The Finest Cut Over time, I hope that this blog becomes the place you come to find out about all things boozy, from whisky and gin, to wine and beer.  Having started in November 2014 as a blog mainly focussed on whisky, it evolved in September 2015 to reflect the exciting
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