This Sunday (Sept 24th) we received the sad news that the longtime barman and gentleman of the Fiddichside Inn, Speyside has passed away, aged 88. We were lucky enough to have met the man in March last year, and had received a tip-off from a friend that no trip to Speyside was complete without having … Continue reading RIP Joe Brandie
Speyside's Benromach have released some of my favourite whiskies of late. Their Organic release and their now flagship 10yo display a great balance of fruit, oak and smoke. When I had read that they were releasing a triple distilled edition, it left me wondering how the third distillation would affect the flavours and profile of … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Benromach – Triple Distilled
Back in 2012, the folks at Eden Mill resurrected a tradition of distilling within St Andrews on a site originally opened by Haig in 1810. Since the distillery's rebirth, the Eden Mill team have been handcrafting their own whisky, gin and beer at (according to their website) "Scotland's only single site combined brewery and distillery". … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Eden Mill – Art Of The Blend No. 4
Today sees Glen Moray distillery celebrate its 120th birthday, because on 13th September 1897 the little distillery based in Elgin made its first batch of new-make spirit. In order to join in on the celebrations, I've taken my two Dram Team miniatures and have done a side-by-side comparison of their cracking Elgin Heritage releases. 12 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Glen Moray!
In 2014, Diageo started to release a new subset of whiskies within its Classic Malt series, exclusively for the “Friends of the Classic Malts”. Each of the expressions were to be “Triple Matured” and WU got its hands on the Lagavulin FOCM expression. There is no-age-statement associated with the expressions, but the suspicions amongst writers … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Lagavulin – Friends of Classic Malts (Triple Matured)