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Friends of the Quaich Whisky Tasting

Our friends over in Vancouver Island, Canada, had another great whisky tasting! Our hosts Friends of the Quaich and The Gentle Glens attended the Summer Annual BBQ on August 23rd 2016 Much thanks to Kathleen and Bob Drinkwater for choosing great whiskies and  for an excellent evening and to all those who helped to [...]

August 25th, 2016|Distilleries|

Distillery Tour for the Malt Whisky Association of Finland

We are on the road with the Malt Whisky Association of Finland, and this time back to Scotland’s west coast. With three waves of tour guests arriving into Glasgow Airport, the locals were ducking for cover – hiding their whisky stocks. We named the trip The Celtic Rampage, after a highly successful Viking [...]

August 22nd, 2016|2016 Tours, Distilleries, Whisky Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

Ando’s Epic Whisky tour

Andos Epic Whisky Tour 2016 Day 1 - mostly traveling As usual, when flying to Scotland I need to get up at an ungodly hour to get to the airport for the customary fondle session at the security checkpoint. I was positively surprised at Helsinki airport as the check-in and security control [...]

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Raasay's first legal distillery In June 2016, award-winning Scotch whisky brand, R&B Distillers, commenced their momentous endeavour – to build the first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay. R&B plan to open, and begin production, in April 2017. R&B stands for Raasay and Borders, two unique landscapes brought together through one unique whisky [...]

July 20th, 2016|2016 Tours, Distilleries|

Scottish whisky distilleries – pagodas

Have you ever wondered why many Scottish whisky distilleries have a pagoda?  Well, wonder no more.  How many of you have taken photographs of pagodas?  I have, I do like the two copper ones at Dalwhinnie Distillery.  Now then, these pagodas are not just for show, to look pretty, no – they actually [...]

July 1st, 2016|Distilleries|

A single malt… blended at Tomatin Whisky Distillery

Our tour starts in Perthshire... Evan and Ally MacRae, of Tomatin Whisky Distillery, are the force behind this blend of whisky. If ever there were kindred spirits, it’s these two.  Between them they have an incredible 63 years’ service at Tomatin, keeping it in the family, the MacRae brothers.  They come from a long [...]

June 24th, 2016|Whisky Distilleries, Whisky Tours|

Whisky and Golfing in Scotland, a week’s guided tour of distilleries and Scottish golf courses

We enjoyed a whisky and golf tour with two really fun Californians here in sunny Scotland. Matt and his dad Tom, worked with us to design this whisky and golf tour, boy where they lucky with the Scottish weather! They didnee see any rain in 7 days! They played golf and drammed great Scottish whisky in [...]

June 13th, 2016|Distilleries, Golf, Whisky Tours|

Whisky Interview – most unusual, Paul Mclean interviews a bottle of Laphroig Select!

Getting it straight from the bottle's mouth Where do I start? … well hello Mr Select, it is good to meet you.  Please – tell me, where were you born? Select: I am an Islay production, born and bred Islay, off Scotland’s west coast. My ancestors are also from Islay, I can trace them [...]

June 7th, 2016|Interviews|

Our fantastic Irish whiskey tour by The Friends of the Quaich whisky club, Vancouver Island, Canada,

The Friends of the Quaich whisky club, Vancouver Island, Canada, What an incredible whiskey adventure. Great hotels, great whiskey venues, great food and fabulous company, as well as terrific tour guides Paul and Liz and a big mention to our wonderful bus driver Mark, who showed us more of Belfast than even the locals [...]

May 30th, 2016|Whiskey tour Ireland, Whisky Tours|

In search of a patron

When I approached Charlie to ask about being an angel, he replied, "Yes, but I will be your Patron!" ... what could I say? Another Maclean signed up" Paul McLean, Angels. Charlie has been researching and writing books & articles about whisky since 1981, he insisted on being Patron, who are we to say no? [...]

May 25th, 2016|Interviews|