Opinion


Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards
Getting to The Station Hotel in Rothes this time around should have been a lot easier. Last year, when I was first invited to be a judge for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards, I was still on crutches. Admittedly the cast had been replaced with a rather fetching moonboot but getting to Rothes was still going to be tricky. Luckily the kind Spirit of Speyside folk organised lifts there and back for me and it all went without a hitch.Which unfortunately wasn't the case this year. You see, working from home, I don't get out much and don't see too many people during the ...

That Boutique-y Dram Good Club 2: The Revenge

Dram Good Club
This is the second Dram Good Club box from That Boutique-y Whisky Company which again includes a little something from That Boutique-y Rum Company added for good measure.Once again, this Dram Good Club selection offers something new. I mentioned in a previous post that one of the things which puts me off whisky subscription boxes is that there's a fair chance I've already tried, and possibly even bought, the whisky it includes. So, with the exception of one of these samples, they were all new to me. The exception was the Cotswolds 3 years which I'd tried at the ...

That Boutiquey Dram Good Club

Boutiquey Dram Good Club
Being fortunate enough to live in Edinburgh (well, Leith to be precise), I'm only a stone's throw away from a pub with a decent whisky selection, a short walk to a Tesco with plenty of core range bottles to choose from, a short bus ride away from some fantastic whisky shops and an easy drive to plenty of nearby distilleries. It's on this basis that whisky subscription boxes have never really appealed to me. However, I appreciate that's not the case for everyone. I imagine that if I were living somewhere with fewer whisky options, I would look at them differently. For ...

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 ...

James Eadie Blair Athol 14

james eadie blair athol whisky
It’s no secret that I have a lot of time for the independent bottler, James Eadie. The first time I tried their whiskies was at the Whisky Fringe last year. A bottling of Auchroisk 9 years as the Half Time Orange proved to be the dram of the day for me. This year, their HTO was a 10 year old Caol Ila finished in a Palo Cortado cask. It was simply stunning and I can’t wait for this to be released. A few months ago, one guest in a group of American tourists who had booked on my Leith Whisky Trail tour, asked me to recommend a bottle of whisky to her. She was looking for ...