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
It is no secret that Irish whiskey has seen a renaissance in the 21st century and in the last couple of years, multiple new brands appearing on our social media feeds and new distilleries are popping up all over the place. The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company have been front and centre of those new … Continue reading Tasting Notes: JJ Corry – The Flintlock (Batch 2)
I don’t think that much more can be said about what a weird year 2020 was. I am forever an optimist though, and whilst I can’t deny the horrible times that we’ve had, I still think it important to look back and take stock: as I write this, I can say that I’ve made it … Continue reading 2020 Unplugged: Our Top Ten Whiskies Of The Year
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!
We love the idea of a speakeasy. So imagine how much we liked the idea of a whiskey named after a series of crypts underneath the Christ Church cathedral in Dublin, which were reputed as subterranean drinking dens. Quintessential Brands tells us that this 16 year old single malt Irish whiskey being sold under the … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Dublin Liberties – Keeper’s Coin
This ominous sounding whiskey has been named after an unmarked alley between Bow Street & James Street in Dublin. As the supporting marketing explains, during the early 1600's many men, women and children met an unpleasant fate on that lane in the Liberties area. This 13 year old single malt has been procured from an … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Dublin Liberties – Murder Lane
We’ve written about Mackmyra several times on this site and, for us, it is the spiritual home (as it were) of Swedish whisky. The distillery sells a steadily increasing number of core range whiskies, which are all excellent (see here). However, it is the distillery's nature of innovation and experimentation that leads to their more … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Mackmyra – Vintersol