Events


Travel Retail Exclusive Whisky

Laphroaig PX Cask whisky
With the vast array of bottles of whisky adorning the shelves of the travel retail outlets at airports, knowing which one(s) to buy has become an increasingly difficult decision to make. One of the questions I am often asked at tastings is whether the whiskies at the airport are any good. I usually explain that, on the plus side, it is possible to save a few pounds by picking up some core range expressions at the airport. For example, at Edinburgh airport there's usually a deal where you can purchase two bottles for £75. Such an offer isn't permitted in Scotland due to ...

Closed Distillery and Lost Malts Tasting

Glenlochy whisky
Just a little over a month ago, I went to my first ever Jolly Toper tasting held at the Kilderkin on the Canongate. It is indeed shameful that I have lived in Edinburgh for just under 11 years and this was my first Toper tasting.  For those who don’t know Mark Davidson aka the Jolly Toper, he is also the manager of Royal Mile Whiskies. I’ve been to his tastings there on many occasions so, hopefully, with this in mind, I can redeem myself amongst the five or so people who read this blog.This particular event was a tasting of five drams (all 25ml pours, thank the ...

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 ...

Supermarket Sweep

Tesco Highland 12 years single malt whsky
Supermarkets have started to up their game; there have been some great supermarket own brand bottlings recently, providing fantastic value for money. It should be noted, however, that there have also been some absolute stinkers. For our recent ‘Supermarket Sweep’ tasting, we focussed solely on single malts; some older blends such as Asda’s Tasgall 25 years and 30 years and Lidl’s Glen Alba range have received favourable reviews from the whisky blogging world. However, that’s a whole other tasting to look forward to. Part of the fun of this tasting was the ...

BenRiach 16 years

four miniatures of benriach whisky
During the Spirit of Speyside festival, at the end of April and the beginning of May last year, I visited BenRiach distillery for the first time. It was very shortly after the announcement that Brown-Forman had acquired the three distilleries in the BenRiach Disitllery Company – BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh – for £281 million. Widely agreed that £281 million was over the odds but, now, Brown –Forman have a stake in the scotch malt whisky industry once again.  Everyone at the distillery seemed very positive about the news and, I’m guessing, none more ...