Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Whisky from...? Switzerland

OK hands up how many distilleries can you name in Switzerland? No looking in the Malt Whisky Yearbook..... Well if, like me, you'd be hard pressed to name one never mind the twenty or so that are actually there here's a clue - it's also the name of a brewery! Still no idea?

In my book Switzerland is known for four things:
  • High mountains
  • Complicated, highly accurate watches
  • Private banking
  • Toblerone

Monday, 15 July 2019

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Side by side: Three Speyside Single Cask 60's

Unfortunately not 60yo (but if you have any I'm more than happy to do a side by side) instead these are all 60%+ ABV.

They are all Speyside Single Casks, two distillery bottlings and one from the now sadly defunct Creative Whisky Company.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Cloudy in Campbeltown?

You don't often see the sun in Campbeltown, it's usually very cloudy and it does rain a lot, maybe that's because my Mother-in-law lives there? But that rain does make bloomin good whisky!

One of the few remaining distilleries in Campbeltown, there were upwards of 30 in its heyday, is Glen Scotia; one of my favourites and a must visit if you're ever in the area.

Side by side : Wemyss Malts Blends

For this side by side I'm trying three of Wemyss Malts blended range.

Wemyss Malts are family Scotch whisky makers who produce quality, small batch releases made from a meticulous selection of the finest whiskies produced in Scotland.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

JJ Corry 2nd Chance @TweetTasting

I was really excited to be invited to take part in a JJ Corry @WhiskeyGate @TweetTastings but unfortunately the parcel office at Shannon Airport decided they wanted to take part in my place so my parcel didn't arrive. I later found out that a few others had suffered the same fate or had received damaged parcels. The great people at JJ Corry sent replacements and I arranged a 2nd chance tasting for us all.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Side by side : Three Bunnas

For this 'side by side' blog I've picked 2 NAS drams from the @Bunnahabhain current range and one that's recently been discomtinued. I'm sure we all know (and love) the entry level 12yo, the 18yo and the 25yo but these drams fit somewhere in between.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Cadenhead's Tasmanian Investment

A chance chat with @Pop_Noir and a sample swap delivered me a little piece of Australian history courtesy of Cadenheads. At first I thought "Nice - this will be from one of those new Australian distilleries that are popping up, I've tried a few Starwards, I wonder what this is like?"

When I started to look into the history of Cradle Mountain the story got a little interesting!

Mini-review : Caribbean delights?

A recent sample swap from @isnaeWinston delivered a @Balvenie Caribbean Cask to try.

So this is a 14yo Rum Cask finish whisky - let's see what it's like...

Friday, 14 June 2019

Loch Lomond @TweetTasting

OK I admit it I'm a bit of a @LochLomondMalts fanboy, in fact I've tried more whiskies from this distillery than any other! Imagine the level of excitement in our house when Steve @TheWhiskyWire announced they were going to be the next @TweetTastings and then when I received a little note saying I had a place!

A lovely parcel arrived in plenty of time for the tasting allowing us grateful recipients to take loads of photos and ramp up the publicity. Last year Loch Lomond agreed a five year deal to sponsor golf's Open Championship in the UK, and released a number of new bottles under their #SpiritOfTheOpen campaign. This year they've added a few more which we were going to try for the tasting.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Side by side: Cadenhead's 10yo Hogsheads

For this 'side by side' blog I've picked 3 Ten year old cask strength drams from Cadenhead's Small Batch range. Each of these has come from the marriage of two or more bourbon hogsheads.

WM Cadenhead's is Scotland's oldest independent bottler, founded in Aberdeen in 1842 was bought by J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd, the proprietors of Springbank Distillery in 1972.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Side by side : Glen Scotia Single Casks

A couple of lovely drams for this side by side, a pair of @GlenScotiaMalts single casks.

Glen Scotia is one of the smallest Scotch whisky distilleries in Scotland and still maintains much of its original design, including the fermenters, the stillroom and the dunnage warehouse dating from the 1830s.

Monday, 27 May 2019

#MiniTasting - Laphroaig CS 10yo's

Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 year olds - the #MiniTasting gang take on the most recent 3 batches. For this #MiniTasting @ScotchB78 supplied 3 drams for  @jwbassman_@WhiskynStuff  and myself to try!

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Aerstone @TweetTasting

When @TheWhiskyWire announced an @AerstoneWhisky @TweetTastings I didn't bother applying - not because I didn't fancy trying the whiskies but because I had full size bottles of each already! I'll start this review by saying if you haven't - go and get a pair - they are currently Tesco exclusive and normally retail at £30 each but you can regularly get them on offer for £20.

There are two 10yo drams from Aerstone named simply Sea Cask and Land Cask. The packaging is really nice with wrap-around pictures joining across the boxes showing the sea and land.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

#MiniTasting - Bourbon Night

Bourbon night - the #MiniTasting gang take on 3 bourbons and suggest a playlist ala @thisismydram
For this #MiniTasting @jwbassman_ @ScotchB78 supplied 3 drams for @WhiskynStuff  and myself to try!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Side by side: Kingsbarns and Cotswolds Initial Releases

A number of new distilleries have come on stream over the last few years - some with lots of publicity and some with hardly any. I've talked about some of them in my Newer Distilleries series, the latest of which talked about Kingsbarns. Well today I'm going to compare the standard 3 year old releases of two of them Kingsbarns and Cotswolds.

Thursday, 9 May 2019


A recent sample swap with my ex-mate Paul @WhiskynStuff (now definitely removed from the Christmas Card list) came with a dram labelled "Don't worry about what it is - 40%"

Always up for a challenge - and for trying new whiskies - I thought I'd give it a go. Some initial enquiries assured me it was a real whisky, available to buy and only 40% ABV.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Side by side: Tullamore Single Malts

Continuing my exploration of Irish Whiskey here's another interesting side-by-side, two single malts from @TullamoreDEW - the 14yo and 18yo - let's see how they compare?

Saturday, 4 May 2019

#MiniTasting - SSMCD

So this time the #MiniTasting gang received an interesting surprise in the post from @WhiskynStuff: a pair of unnamed drams and a blue Glencairn tasting glass! @ScotchB78 & @jwbassman_ and myself were in for a true blind tasting!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

#MiniTasting - SMWS

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a members club offering a wide selection of single cask whiskies from distilleries across the world.

For this #MiniTasting @WhiskynStuff supplied 3 drams for @jwbassman_ @ScotchB78 and myself to try!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

#BlindTasting Series 5 - Review

Series 5 of #BlindTasting has recently finished and as usual I'll post a summary. This ended up being our longest series due to Christmas and pressures of work - it extended over 4 months!
This one, like all the rest, has brought up a few surprised with the five of us trying to identify 15 mystery drams through smell and taste, having #NoPreconceivedIdeas to sway our opinions.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

#MiniTasting - Loch North

An interesting combination in our latest #MiniTasting, a pair of drams which may owe a lot of their heritage to Loch Lomond Group! Drams from @ScotchB78 & @WhiskynStuff for @jwbassman_ and myself to try!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

#MiniTasting - Chapter 7 Blends

@Chapter7whisky is an independent bottler originally based in Switzerland, I've tried a number of their single cask bottlings and generally been very impressed!

They have bottled nearly 40 casks, at the time of writing, but this time @jwbassman_ supplied three of their blends for @WhiskynStuff, @ScotchB78 and myself to try!

Thursday, 11 April 2019

South African Twitter Tasting

I'm sure you've read my recent #FanBoy post about Bain's launching a 15yo Single Grain, the 'standard' NAS dram bring one of my favourites. Well a recent visit from the postman delivered an unexpected surprise!

Three large samples of @BainsWhisky 15yo Single Grain, @ThreeShipsSA 8yo and 10yo. A few tweets and I found out a few lucky whisky tweeters had received a similar parcel from @TheWhiskyMaker, so there was nothing else for it but to share out the samples and arrange a tasting!

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Saturday, 30 March 2019

#MiniTasting - Chorlton single casks

@ChorltonWhisky is an independent bottler based in Manchester with some really nice bottle labels on each of their drams.

They have bottled over 25 casks, at the time of writing, @ScotchB78 supplied 3 drams for @jwbassman_ @WhiskynStuff, and myself to try!

Friday, 29 March 2019

#BlindTasting Series 5 - Part 3

Series 5 Part 3

We finally got around to completing Series 5, the team have swapped more drams and tonight we need to try and work out what they are, but more importantly tell us what we think of them without knowing where they are from. #NoPreconceivedIdeas! If you haven't followed us before you can catch up with all the previous series here.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Mackmyra @TweetTasting

I was really excited to be invited to take part in @Mackmyra @TweetTastings sampling a number of the Swedish distillery's standard range alongside the latest release in their 'Season's' range.

A lovely parcel arrived although I still can't understand how they kept the snow from melting!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Starward 10th Anniversary Bottling

I first came across the Australian Starward whisky a couple of years ago through a drample swap with Adam the @WhiskyPilgrim, I think he'd picked up a bottle from a trip to Australia. Since then I've tried a couple of their drams including the Solera which is matured in 40+ year old Apera casks -  an Australian take on Spanish sherry.

In 2017 the distillery celebrated its 10th anniversary and released a commemorative whisky the 10th Anniversary Bottling a 52% NAS release. This was a vatting of 28 barrels of 8 different types of Australian wine and fortified wine casks from across their 10 year history.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Mini-review: Walsh's The Irishman Single Malt

An Single Malt matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks from Walsh Whiskey called The Irishman!

In the glass: Yellow gold, 40%, swirls bead up and lead to thin slow legs.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Side by side: Irish Rum?

In the build up to St. Patrick's Day I'm reviewing Irish drams, this time it's two finished in Rum casks, the @TullamoreDEW XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish and @WalshWhiskey The Irishman Founder’s Reserve - Caribbean Cask Finish.

Saturday, 2 March 2019