Ask yourself this: what would I need to take with me when heading out on an incredibly perilous, unpredictable and life-threatening expedition to unchartered territories in Antarctica? Bear in mind that the year that you are asking yourself this question is 1907 too, so iPhones, laptops and complex geo-positioning devices are not even the stuff … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Mackinlay’s – Shackleton
The brand Sheep Dip has a great little story behind its origins, which, despite being a blend of malt scotch whiskies, originally started in Gloucestershire in 1974. In the beginning, the whisky was packaged as 'The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip', named after the pub that it was crafted in, in Oldbury-on-Severn, as an 8-year old … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Sheep Dip – Original
Following the 2017 rebrand of The English Whisky Co. it seems that the 'Chapter' naming and numbering convention of the distillery releases has fallen by the wayside for a stronger emphasis on their newly found identity as "The English". Since the initial release of their two staples releases under this brand ("Original" and "Smokey"), the … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The English Whisky Co – Cabernet Sauvignon Cask
One of the benefits of tasting whisky from an independent bottler is that you are sometimes able to access some of the more rare whisky distilleries' products, and occasionally, if you're lucky enough, that can be some of the final stock from a distillery that is no longer around today. Claxton's Spirits have done just that … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Dumbarton – 32 Years Old (Claxton’s)
With the new distillery boom of recent years, Yorkshire has been waiting for its new whiskymakers to reach the appropriate age and quality to be sold: The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery have been the first to make a single malt whisky within 'God's Own Country', and our eyes are also firmly fixed on the self-built … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Bruichladdich – 16 Years Old (Claxton’s)
Over the last couple of years, Irish whiskey has seen something of a renaissance but, all in all, with the same major players still dominating the scene. Method and Madness is a new name in that scene but from an old face. The new micro-distillery has been set up by the team at County Cork’s … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Method & Madness – Virgin Hungarian Oak
From all of us at Whisky Unplugged, we wish you all a very happy new year and all the very best for 2019. As we head forward into the new year, we look to build on our contributions to date, with some exciting projects coming up, and so here is our reflection on the whisk(e)y … Continue reading 2018 Unplugged: Our Top Ten Whiskies Of The Year!