2022 has been a landmark year for Ayrshire’s Lochlea distillery. In January, they saw their first single malt scotch whisky hit the shelves (whether virtually or otherwise) and then very swiftly disappear as they all got snapped up! The reviews were great, the press well received, and the whisky enjoyed by those quick/lucky enough to … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Lochlea – Our Barley
The Bladnoch distillery was founded in 1817 and, has been producing single malt whisky on and off - thankfully mostly on - from the farm site since, on the banks of the River Bladnoch. Following nearly a century of initial family ownership, the site has then changed hands numerous times in its second hundred - … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Bladnoch – 10 Years Old
Here we have one of Diageo’s flagship releases within their ‘Classic Malts’ series - the Glenkinchie 12 year old. Pronounced “glen-kin-chee” rather than “glen-kinky”, this single malt represents Diageo’s more readily-available ‘Lowlands’ scotch offering, originating from the Glenkinchie distillery in East Lothian. Though it is based some 15 miles or so from the Scottish capital, … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Glenkinchie – 12 Years Old
This is our chance to look back at an eventful year and post our top ten whiskies of the year! Well, make that the top ten of whiskies that we have drank this year, not of all whiskies actually released this year, obviously - making this list even more subjective! Well, without further ado... let … Continue reading 2019 Unplugged: Our Top Ten Whiskies Of The Year!
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)
When I first started to get into whisk(e)y, there were several names that I began to start seeing regularly on the shelves of pubs and bars all around the UK, and they all began with "J": Jack Daniel, John Jameson and Johnnie Walker. Since developing a taste for them, I have started to make my … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Johnnie Walker – Platinum Label
Fettercairn distillery is owned by whisky giants Whyte & Mackay and is based at the foot of the Grampian Hills in the Highlands. Whilst the majority of their whisky goes off for blending, the distillery does offer a handful of single malt whiskies. The spirit itself comes from a fairly unique still which is cooled … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Fettercairn – Fasque