Tradition. It's a strong word. It also has lots of implications. It can divide opinion too. "Why not move with the times?" vs "Why fix something that isn't broken?" Campaigning for the stance of sticking with tradition is Tamdhu distillery. Tucked away in Knockando, Speyside, the distillery has been producing whisky since 1898 and has … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Tamdhu – 10 Years Old
The story of the Glencadam distillery is an interesting one, with its origins going back to 1825. As with many Scotch distilleries, the site has been opened and closed several times, and has seen its ownership change hands several times, with groups and independent businesses along the way. The site was converted into army barracks … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Glencadam – 10 Years Old
Following hot on the heels [in whisky terms] of a successful rebrand and release of a new core range of whiskies last year, this summer sees the launch of a new trio of single malts by the GlenAllachie. The new range of age statement whiskies has each had a different cask finish in their final … Continue reading Tasting Notes: GlenAllachie – Port Wood Finish (10 Years Old)
The whisky world is one that has traditionally been shrouded in mystery, machismo and grandeur. All too often are people put off by some the snobby connotations or the fact that it has its own language. One of the most widely recognised and revered names in that whisky world, and particularly, the Scotch whisky world … Continue reading Aerstone: Sea Cask or Land Cask?
There are several outlets of The Whisky Shop in the UK, and each one that I've visited has offered a great environment to sample and peruse many a malt. The shelves are full of big brands and small heroes all of which are brightly packaged, shelved by theme and fighting for your attention. One whisky … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Whisky Shop – The Secret Highland 10yo
Within the Speyside region, its fair to say that the competition for whisky bragging rights is fairly tough. With all of the different experimentations we've seen hitting the shelves in recent years for brands to try and distinguish themselves, there are still some brands that cling to their heritage to sell their wares. Benromach have … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Benromach – 100 Proof
The opening gambit of the Benromach single malt whisky experience is their 10 Year Old expression. Truly, a milestone for any distillery. Since the distillery re-opened in 1998 under Gordon & MacPhail ownership, the team have worked on recreating "a classic Speyside". With this in mind, this flagship regular bottling sees Benromach combine their stock … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Benromach – 10 Years Old