Riddle me this: I have a Viking soul and Victorian history. I am old, new and 12 years old all at once. What am I? You could forgive Highland Park for resting on its laurels. They are one of the most successful whisky brands around--their bottles have always stood out on bar and store … Continue reading Highland Park 12: New Outside, Same Inside?
Like most whisky enthusiasts, my inbox gets hammered by the numerous mailing lists and newsletters that I’ve signed up to on my quest for my new favourite dram, but one thing that I keep asking myself about some of these ‘hot new releases’ is: what is the deal with “travel retail” bottlings? I mean, really? … Continue reading Travel Retail – What Is It All About?
Two weeks ago (June 2017) I saw a tweet recommending that people (with deep enough pockets) should snap up bottles of Old Pulteney's 21 years old expression as it was due to be discontinued. Whilst distilleries are often changing up their releases, the 21yo has been a staple Old Pulteney release for some time and, … Continue reading Farewell to Old Pulteney 17yo and 21yo
I don't usually blog about food, but tonight seems like an appropriate time to break that rule. It's 25th Jan and I've had an entire English city to play with and a haggis to hunt down... and it proved to be harder than you'd think. After having enquired in multiple establishments, I was faced with … Continue reading Burns Night 2017
It's around this time of the year that, without fail, there are a few more people heading down the spirits aisle in your local supermarket. Whether it is a purchase for themselves or someone else, whisky sales sky rocket at this time of the year, and rightly so. One of the (great) results is that … Continue reading 10 Supermarket Scotch Gift Ideas for Christmas
At the start of this year, much like last year, there have been a fair few twitter and blog references to people committing the act of “heelslaying”, and you might find yourself wondering what it is all about – as did I. In 2015 I thought that it was just a fad, but this year … Continue reading Heelslaying – Dragons No Longer Primary Target!
Only a few months ago, I posted on here about one of my heroes, Mr Ian Fraser Kilmister. If you have read that post (and click here if not), then you will note the effect that he and Motorhead have had on me, along with the lives of many, many others. I therefore felt it … Continue reading Lemmy – Rest In Peace