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Dewar’s to launch Caribbean Smooth

an eight year old whisky blend finished in rum casks – as the first in a new series of ‘innovative’ blends set for release over the next few years.  The whisky has been finished in rum casks for ‘around six months’ before being bottled at 40% abv. Priced at US$21.99, Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth is available [...]

September 12th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

The Irish are going mad

Two experimental single pot still Irish whiskeys have been added to Irish Distillers’ Method & Madness range, both of which have been finished in non-oak casks. ‘Mad’ ideas: Method & Madness’ Cherry Wood and Acacia Wood-finished single pot still whiskey experiments conducted by Midleton Distillery and its' micro distillery in County Cork. The Cherry Wood Finish [...]

September 9th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Potential to increase the tonnage of malting barley

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have found a gene that helps barley cope with climate change. They said it enabled barley to resist drought and thereby "future proof" the whisky industry - and could be extended to other crops.  Global heating is hitting barley crops, with 2018's hot summer having a catastrophic effect on [...]

September 3rd, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish

This beauty; Matured in American oak ex-Bourbon casks before a secondary maturation in Port casks, is the 21 year old single malt, full of ‘blackcurrant and liquorice’ notes with ‘chewy caramel toffee and chilli infused chocolate’ on the finish. I didnee get all that, but I did get a superb dram! Graham Coull, master distiller [...]

August 15th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Monster Mash

Every time I am on a distillery tour and enter the mash room, I cannee stop humming the famous old tune;  The zombies were having fun. The party had just begun. The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula and his son. The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds, Igor on chains, backed by his [...]

August 13th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Vikings, Kilts, Helmets & Whisky

Vikings, Kilts, Helmets & Whisky Who exactly are the Boys?   I met them last year and again this year with my whisky tours on Islay. I love the whisky names and the drams are no bad either. They are Mackay Smith from Portnahaven (a grand wee harbour community) and Donald MacKenzie from Port Charlotte [...]

August 2nd, 2019|Whisky Tours|

It’s the yeast we can do …

It’s the yeast we can do … You need yeast to make whisky, it is one of the three elements by law to make scotch. BUT - does the yeast have an effect on flavours in new make spirit?  Erm, what exactly is yeast?  Yeast is a single-celled fungus which comes in different species. [...]

July 22nd, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Our best ever VIP whisky cruise

Just in case you think this the Caribbean, be assured that the picture above is in the Sound Iona, Scotland. The Spirit of Fortitude only carries 10 passengers plus  host staff.  It is a luxury 130 feet, tri deck super yacht with a gross tonnage of 199 tonnes brimming with character. The whisky lounge has been [...]

July 8th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Will there be a Russian whisky tidal wave?

Is Russia silently producing vast amounts of whisky? If so, will it ever be seen in the west? These are thoughts from Paul McLean with input from his pal in Moscow; Tim. Paul and Tim have toured Scotland many, many times together, Paul as driver, they are good friends and Tim is much more of [...]

July 2nd, 2019|Whisky Tours|

What’s going on with Johnnie Walker?

Johnnie Walker has launched yet a new dram, this time a variation of Green Label blended malt, this one with a greater influence of smoky whisky from Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, this unaged blend includes Clynelish, Glenkinchie and Cardhu (it sounds very Game of Thrones!). JW Island Green will be available in one-litre bottles [...]

July 1st, 2019|Whisky Tours|