Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Whisky from...? Sweden 2

If you start thinking about Swedish whisky it's usually Mackmyra that comes to mind first but there are a number of other distilleries - the most well known are High Coast (formerly known as Box before Compass Box got their lawyers involved) and the subject of this blog Smögen.



Saturday, 30 May 2020

Blind Tasting Consortium

You may have followed one of my #BlindTasting or #MiniTasting sessions over the last few years - a group of friends who swap samples and try to discover what they are - sharing their thoughts on Twitter. 


I've often thought about how this could be expanded to include more people and that's how the Blind Tasting Consortium came about! 

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Flash Blog : Puffing Billy

A message on Twitter asking if I'd like to take part in a Flash Mob? What's not to like - let's all meet up somewhere at a prearranged time and do something stupid in front of lots of people!


Then I read it a bit closer - it was from Steve Rush...

Now I know Steve enjoys his whisky but I never took him for a dancer...

I read a little closer...

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Duncan Taylor tasting - All Hail The Grain

"Do you fancy another tasting?" seems to be a constant question during this period of lockdown and there seems to be a whole lot more around.


This time around I think it was @TheWhiskyNovice who asked the question, "What are we drinking?" was my reply....

Powers @TalkDram Tasting

@TalkDram have been holding a series of Irish Whisky twitter tastings extolling the virtues of Irish distilleries, unfortunately most of these have been limited to Irish residents.


But thanks to a very generous sample swap from @thatsdramgood I was able to join in!

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Hinch @TweetTastings


There seems to be a lot or Irish @TweetTastings this year - I guess that's because there are a lot of new Irish distilleries and Independent Bottlers coming online.



Hinch Distillery are just finishing their Distillery with the first spirit expected to flow during the summer. As with a lot of Irish distillers they've bought in casks of Irish whiskey to mature and blend themselves.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Inverurie Whisky Shop A.D. Rattray Tasting

Due to the Corona virus a lot of companies have moved their tastings online - using Zoom or similar video conferencing systems. This has actually opened their market as they can attract customers from all over the world.


One such company is the Inverurie Whisky Shop, a small shop in the town of Inverurie - great if you live near Aberdeen, but not too much use to those of us living in England or elsewhere.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Dunville's @TalkDram Tasting

Following on from a tasting last year of Northern Ireland's @Echlinville distillery's @DunvilleWhiskey here, I was really please to get selected to join in a @TalkDram tasting of two upcoming releases and a couple of cask samples.


A beautifully packaged set of 4 single malt single cask dram's arrived for the tasting!

Friday, 15 May 2020

Inchmurrin Single Cask 2004

Inchmurrin - not a distillery you've heard of? But like most of us when offered £20 off the price of a single cask bottle you'd jump at it?


Inchmurrin is of course a brand from Loch Lomond, a Highland distillery that uses it's combination of pot still, straight neck post still and continuous stills to produce a wide range of whiskies.

Lambay @TweetTasting

There seems to be a lot or Irish @TweetTastings this year - I guess that's because there are a lot of new Irish distilleries and Independent Bottlers coming online.


Lambay Whiskey is one such bottler and we're getting to try 2 of their releases.