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Irish whiskey v Scottish whisky

Irish v Scots whisk(e)y. Paul is away with the Irish! Pot still Irish can only be made in a pot still from a single distillery, as is single malt. What makes it Irish whiskey? - the mix of malted & unmalted barley in the mash, which gives it a spicy end. This was the main Irish style [...]

September 12th, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

Blending whisky with music

Whisky tasting with a background noise Just for a change, blending a dram with music. I was bored one night … From the classic Mortlach, Glendronach, Glenmorangie brigade, try this out;  Break on through to the other side – Jameson Stout finish, a beautiful wee number, velvety, smooth, doesnee bite you all the way doon [...]

August 28th, 2018|Distilleries|

Michael John D’souza – Paul John Distillery, Goa, India

Paul chats to Michael John D'souza, Master Distiller/Blender John Distilleries Pvt Ltd, Goa-INDIA. Michael, many thanks for the “blether”.  We have known each other a good few years now and time for an online chat I thought, well overdue. https://whiskytours.scot/interview-michael-john-dsouza  You started in John Distilleries in 1993, in 2007 you were appointed to set up [...]

July 24th, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich family new range blends Grant’s blended Scotch whisky range is undergoing a major overhaul, including the renaming of its' flagship blend and the introduction of three new expressions. Like so many other established names/brands, is this a good idea or is it jumping on the bandwagon? From this month, the core expression Grant’s Family [...]

July 11th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Macallan Distillery

THE NEW MACALLAN DISTILLERY (CATHEDRAL) The visit; I have been before but only into the ground floor and that is vast, to me - this is a Cathedral of Whisky with many stained glass bottles.  Today is my first full visit, a whole new experience opened up. I must say it is sometimes [...]

July 10th, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

Which whisky distillery has the best food?

Which whisky distillery offers the best food? Having been to many, many whisky distilleries, which one has the best food on offer? Ardbeg for me takes top dog, a fabulous menu, with tempting starters, mains and puddins! Their menu includes great fish plates, seafood, burgers, surf & turf and deserts. It reads like a big [...]

July 4th, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

Jim Swan, The Whisky Man

Dr Jim Swan – everyone’s favourite whisky expert? Dr Jim Swan passed away February 2017, sadly missed by many.  “Jim was my mentor, he changed my life” Charlie Maclean. The man was a legend, am told he was an expert particularly in all aspects of wood. I never met him, he was maybe best known [...]

June 26th, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Distilleries|

Whisky tasting in Excel Wines, Perth

Friday 8 June, off again the half mile from the house doon to Exel Wines in Perth, for a whisky evening behind closed doors. Hosted by  Keron and Denise, talk, whisky, entertainment courtesy of Peter MacKay, Morrison & MacKay.  A group of whisky lovers gathered once again in the great whisky shop to test some drams. [...]

June 9th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Diageo Distilleries

A tour of Diageo distilleries with Ingvar Ronde So, once again I go touring distilleries with Ingvar Ronde, my Swedish whisky expert pal. April 2018 saw us first into Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry. Right away, awaiting our guide Derek Younie (SOM) we waited in the newly finished reception and bar area. The bar caught my [...]

May 31st, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

The Glenrothes and Bruachlassie

SECRET WHISKY SOCIETY   THURSDAY 10th MAY  Andrew Stewart from Berry Bros & Rudd helped explore an award winning selection of Glenrothes vintage single malts, paired with a 3 course dinner, at Bruach, Broughty Ferry – did I need dragging along, no, not for sure.  I arrived early at a wee bit before 6pm, [...]

May 14th, 2018|Distilleries, Whisky Tours|