Whisky Roundtable

Early in November, I spent a Saturday afternoon in the company of Jason (https://whiskyrover.blogspot.co.uk/), Tom (http://www.tomswhiskyreviews.com/) and Barry (https://thewhiskyphiles.com/blog/), putting the whisky world to rights. Taking place at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Queen Street, the discussion was recorded; you can listen to our debut Whisky Roundtable here: https://soundcloud.com/whiskyrover/whisky-roundtable-001

Whisky and Chocolate

Well, when I said this tasting would be 'lively', the good people of Dunfermline did not disappoint!For my first tasting in the Kingdom of Fife, at the Fire Station Creative, the room, previously used as the fire officers' mess, was filled with the aromas of whisky and chocolate.The amazing chocolates from Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier were paired as follows:-Balblair 03 with a milk velvet truffle: the chocolate really emphasised the spicy finish in the whisky and the whisky pulled out the creamy / buttery notes from the chocolate. The Glenlivet 12 ...

Aberfeldy Distillery

Staying with friends at the Moness resort, barely a mile away from Aberfeldy Distillery, it would have been almost criminal not to head there for a visit. The three of us embarked on the Cask Tasting Tour (essentially the main tour with the added opportunity to taste a whisky straight from the cask in the warehouse). Despite being a relatively small distillery, it's obvious that a huge amount of thought and effort has gone in to creating a full visitor experience. Starting off with a short film of the history of Dewar's, we then took a look around the museum before ...

Dartmoor Distillery

As a Devonshire lass, I've been following the progress of Dartmoor distillery with much interest. Recently, I was lucky enough to pay the distillery a visit. I was also lucky enough to have the company of Jo Lawson (@alpacajo on twitter) and we were kindly shown around by Greg Miller, one of the distillery's founders.Located in the converted town hall in Bovey Tracey, with its water supply coming from nearby Princetown, this isn't a conventional looking distillery! Although still very much at the construction stage, everything is beginning to fall into place now that ...

Tomintoul Five Decades

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Tomintoul created Five Decades - a special release composed of whisky from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and (yep, you guessed it!) 2005. Tomintoul Five Decades - NAS - 50%abvNose: instant hit of peardrops; vanilla; cream; pineapple cubes; unripe bananas; damp cardboard initially in the background, becoming more prominent after a short while. Palate: a thinner texture than I was expecting - creamy rather than syrupy; malty; oak spice; hazelnuts; honey; slightly bitter towards the finish.With a few drops of water, the fruitiness on ...

Priestfield Maltings

Driving back from Eden Mill, along the A914, I spotted 3 pagoda roofs in the distance. A wee nosey about revealed that the building, long since converted into housing, was once the site of Priestfield Maltings.Not knowing anything about Priestfield Maltings, I made a pot of tea and got myself on to the interweb to find out...  The maltings was owned by the Bonthrone family, who also owned Auchtermuchty (also known as Stratheden) distillery nearby (from 1829 to 1926). Priestfield Maltings was owned later on by Scottish Malt Distillers and operated until ...

A visit to Daftmill

Daftmill is one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, situated near Bow of Fife near Cupar. In 2003, two brothers, Francis and Ian Cuthbert, applied for planning permission to convert the old mill into a distillery and the first spirit came off the stills in December 2005.Eleven years later and the whisky produced at Daftmill is still to be bottled. Meanwhile, the whisky community waits with bated breath for the first release… I was lucky enough to have a look around Daftmill, courtesy of Francis Cuthbert. Although I disagree, I have often heard the argument that ...