Sunday, 10 January 2021

Side by side : Independent Linkwood

On today's Side by side we're looking at two independently bottled Linkwoods. It's not a whisky you see very much, I can only think of one distillery bottling I've tried, all the rest I've tried or seen have been indies.

Let see how they compare side by side!

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Side by side : Three interesing Irish drams

Irish whiskey has really come of age in 2020, more and more distilleries and independent bottlers releasing their own and sourced whiskies. 

I've picked three sample swaps from my collection to compare side by side

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Side by side : A Glenturret flight

Glenturret has always been part of the Famous Grouse blend, and since 2002 it's spiritual home, but this changed with the distillery's sale in 2019. 

Now owned by Glenturret Holding, a joint venture between luxury goods company Lalique Group and Swiss entrepreneur Hansjörg Wyss, the distillery is going it alone with The Macallan’s Bob Dalgarno as their new whisky maker.

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Review of my whisky year - 2020

First of all thank you to all the people who have read my blog (c79,000 up from 48,000 last year) and followed me on Twitter (c3,570 up from 2,600 last year).

I think all of us would agree it's been a very tough year.....

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Side by side : A Famous Grouse flight

The Famous Grouse is one of the biggest selling whiskies in the world - around 43m bottles annually.

It features whisky from Edrington's Glenrothes, Highland Park, Macallan, North British, swaps with other Scottish distilleries and until recently Glenturret.

Monday, 28 December 2020

Whiskybroker's 21yo Springbank

You don't see that many independent bottlings of Springbank but somehow @whiskybroker managed to get their hands on a cask.

This one is a 21yo distilled in 1999 and matured in Sherry Hogshead 412.

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Whisky from...? Germany 2

As you may know there are more distilleries in Germany than in Scotland so it's about time I did a second in the Whisky from...? series.

Whilst in Berlin last year I picked up a couple of bottles from Pinkernells Whisky Market, the third I'm trying in this blog came from a sample swap with @bhoy_whisky The three drams come from three different distilleries.

Friday, 18 December 2020

Longrow Red

Longrow Red is an annual release of around 9,000 bottles from Springbank Distillery using heavily peated spirit which has been matured in red wine casks.

They choose a different kind of wine cask each year and to be honest I've never really got on with it, the 2015 I tried ended up being thrown down the sink. Lets see how the 2019 compares....

Monday, 14 December 2020

Side by side : Springbank from Cadenhead's Cage

If you've ever been to Cadenhead's shop in Campbeltown you will have had a look in The Cage, a simple wooden cupboard with chicken wire doors and a padlock - you can look but you can't touch!

You can ask them to open the doors if you have chosen a bottle to buy.

Friday, 11 December 2020

Peated Port Blind Tasting with @TheWhiskeyChaps

A message from @TheWhiskyChaps arrived asking if I'd like to run a #BlindTasting session for them - how could I say no?

I picked my favourite style of whisky - Peated Port Cask Finish and invited them to guess what they were!