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Maclean brothers on a whisky challenge over the Atlantic

Three brothers plan to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic later this year. They launched their boat on Loch Lomond as a trial. Lachlan, 21, Ewan, 27, and Jamie MacLean, 25, from Edinburgh, will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December, rowing from the Canary Islands to the West Indies. First they [...]

June 17th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Memories of George & the hero’s in Dublin

George Roe & Co helped build the golden era of Irish whiskey in the 19th century. Their distillery at Thomas Street in Dublin extended over 17 acres, Ireland's largest exporter of whiskey.  George Roe & Co and Guinness were the two biggest names in Dublin’s historic brewing and distilling quarter. Today there is a resurgence [...]

June 14th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Wally Scott and the Talisman

QUALITY MALT AND GRAIN WHISKIES from Scotland, a high ratio of malt whiskies in the blend gives a smooth and rich whisky. The majority of the malt whiskies used in The Talisman come from Speyside, which adds to the soft character of the whisky. A complex bouquet of malt and fruits. Honey and vanilla flavours [...]

June 10th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Distell launch a blended malt

Scottish Leader Blended Malt is a limited edition, no-age-statement whisky bottled at 40% abv, which is said to offer ‘complex layers of rich sweet fruit, honey and vanilla’ with ‘peppery smokiness’ on the palate. Liezl Dippenaar, Scottish Leader’s global marketing manager, said: ‘The blending team, with nearly 400 years’ combined experience, contributed their specialist skills [...]

June 8th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Brewdog Breweries

The shape of things to come? BrewDog, Compass Box, Duncan Taylor and Zuidam have huddled together to release a new range of ‘boilermaker’ whiskies. The launch has been timed to coincide with the renaming of the brewery’s LoneWolf distillery as BrewDog distillery. The three whiskies in the new series have been created to bespoke recipes [...]

June 4th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

To Russia with Love – with 35 Scots

I had two great guests on a whisky tour from Russia, they went home with 35 whisky bottles. We made a few distillery visits, with full tours at; Laphroaig, Bowmore, Ardnahoe, Kichoman, Jura, Glenmorangie, Tobermory, Macallan, Edradour*.  Photo stops, tastings and shopping at; Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bunnyheaven, Bruichladdie, Caol Ila, Springbank, Flatnose whisky, Carnegie whisky cellars, [...]

May 21st, 2019|Whisky Tours|

The Patterson/Murray/Maclean effect

“After all that time spent gently maturing in cask, whisky deserves more consideration and respect than being swiftly shot back”, says Richard Paterson, blender for Whyte & Mackay, Dalmore and Jura. He goes on by saying “my biggest pet hate is seeing people drinking whisky like a bunch of cowboys in a saloon, just swallowing it back”. His rule [...]

May 14th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Macallan V Macallan

Macallan V Macallan A question we have been asked over and over; why do Macallan Indy bottler bottles sell less than Macallan Distillery bottles? After all, it is the same liquid. “Rare Macallan sells for £1.2 million at auction”  A bottle of the Macallan 1926 60-Year-Old presented in a unique bottle painted by the [...]

April 23rd, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Hendrick’s Gin Palace, oh all right then

Hendrick’s Gin Palace, oh all right then Located at (and owned by) William Grant & Sons’, the Girvan grain plant in Scotland, the palace has been designed to be a “playground for experimentation, invention & curiosity", so I am told. The facility includes two still houses - home to six stills, four Bennett stills [...]

April 19th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Why is our whisky blog called the ANGEL’S BLOG

Why is our whisky blog called the ANGEL’S BLOG? Named after a few things really, the angel’s share; the amount of alcohol (whisky) that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in oak barrels. Up to 2% (in Scotland) of the volume of the cask can be lost each year through [...]

April 15th, 2019|Whisky Tours|