Distilleries


Fife Whisky Trail April 2019

Lindores Abbey Distillery
Despite being a cold, dreich day last Saturday, we were in good spirits as we headed along the Fife Whisky Trail. The first stop for my group of lovely whisky enthusiasts from the Czech Republic was Lindores Abbey Distillery. Here we enjoyed a great in-depth tour with Gary Haggart, Lindores' distiller. We were able to taste a few drams. The new make spirit, with those lovely butterscotch notes, followed by a quick group hug of one the mash tuns warmed us up before heading to the warehouse.Lindores started distilling towards the end of 2017 and it's remarkable how the ...

Ardgowan Expedition

Ardgowan Expedition
Expedition is the recently released expression from Ardgowan distillery. As the distillery is yet to be built, this is obviously sourced whisky from elsewhere.As soon as I poured this into the glass, the aromas were suggesting something quite promising. The first few sniffs delivered a really pleasant nose; clearly some sherry cask influence but by no means a sherry bomb. On the palate, this was really well balanced and very drinkable. For me, this is perhaps where the problem lies; a bottle of Expedition will set you back £500 so I imagine that the chances of many of ...

Campbeltown Chronicles – Part 3: Scorchio!

whisky tasting
On the third day of the festival, the Wee Toon decided to change its name to… the Costa del Campbeltown. As it was absolutely scorchio, we decided to make the most of the sunshine and walk to Springbank from our cottage. Our tasting wasn’t until 3:30pm so we had plenty of time to head in at a leisurely pace.  Or so we thought… Either Google lied to us or we were walking much slower than we thought. Quite possibly the latter bearing in mind that both Florian and Stefan were wearing lederhosen. Yes… actual lederhosen. Their gait suggested that this attire was not ...

Campbeltown Chronicles: Part 2

Glen Scotia whisky tasting
My previous (and first) visit to Campbeltown was in March 2015. On this occasion, I had booked a place at the Campbeltown Backpackers Bunkhouse; a refurbished old schoolhouse which now functions as an unstaffed hostel. The place looked great but, upon my arrival, I realised that the only other guest was a guy who, at best, could be described as resembling the villain from Scooby Doo. As images of me scrambling around on the floor shouting “My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses” came into my head, I decided to check into a cosy B&B just up the road instead. ...

Campbeltown Chronicles: Part 1

malt hopper
The Campbeltown Malts Festival takes place in May each year and the drive there was both entertaining and enlightening due, in no uncertain terms, to the inimitable and refreshingly un-British Viva Lenoir. After picking Viva up at 8:30am, before we had even hit the Maybury junction, I concluded that the wonderful Scottish expression ‘aff yer heid’ could well have been invented just for her. Our first stop en route to the wee Toon was Auchentoshan.The tour ended with a tasting of three of the core range: American Oak, 12 years and Three Wood. There was also an ...