Back in 2009, the indie bottlers Douglas Laing launched their first instalment in what has become the revered "Remarkable Regional Malts" series. That release was none other than Big Peat - a blended malt scotch whisky, featuring purely Islay single malts - namely Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila, and the long-departed Port Ellen distillery. Off the … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Douglas Laing – The Gauldrons
On WhiskyUnplugged we have posted a handful of times about the whisky sourcing and branding skills of Keith Bonnington. From the Scalasaig to the Whisky Cellar series, he has put out new whiskies from great sources and he’s only gone and done it again... Last year saw the Brig O’ Perth whisky brand resurrected after … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Brig O’ Perth – 14 Years Old
As I'm pretty sure everyone can agree 2021 has been an odd, difficult, and different year in many many ways. Whilst I have kept my whisky fascination going throughout the year, I have taken my foot off the gas on the blogging front so as to focus on family life and a life-changing and (gasp) … Continue reading 2021 Unplugged: Our Top Ten Whiskies Of The Year!
A TASTE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY FROM EDINBURGH AS J.G. THOMSON & CO UNVEILS AWARD-WINNING FIRST COLLECTION OF SMALL BATCH SPIRITS Small batch spirits with simple ingredients and complex flavours are the order of the day for new J.G. Thomson & Co brand A first and already award-winning collection of small batch spirits with simple ingredients … Continue reading Press Release: New Spirits Brand J.G. Thomson & Co. Launches
Back in November 2020, after some minor delays owing to the pandemic, the recently finished Hinch distillery was able to finally get their stills fired up and set their spirit a-flowing. That new make spirit is now being produced in earnest and laid down to rest for those all important 3+ years in a selection … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Hinch – Craft & Casks Series
A couple of weeks ago, Nikka Whisky From The Barrel - one of the world’s best selling Japanese whiskies - lost its ability to actually call itself a “Japanese Whisky”. Yep, you read that right: the world-renowned whisky from Japan will no longer be called Japanese Whisky. Why is that? Well, in February 2021, a … Continue reading Nikka Whisky From The Barrel – No Longer “Japanese Whisky”
When The Lakes Distillery first came to market, their blend The One acted as both a stop gap for the consumer between the distillery opening and being able to release their own product and it was also a first for the market: the first British blend of whiskies, i.e. the first bottled blend featuring a … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Lakes Distillery – The One (Moscatel Wine Cask Finished)