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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|

Tobermory Distillery celebrates relaunch with new SIGNATURE EXPRESSION

One of Scotland’s oldest, Tobermory Distillery, is celebrating its' return to production following a 24 month closure during which time the team have been perfecting a new expression - Tobermory 12 Year Old. Paul was invited along to the Glasgow launch. They revealed the new packaging, as well as the first tastings of Tobermory 12 [...]

April 5th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Whisky exports up again Whisky is still performing well around the world, when I say whisky, of course I mean whisky from Scotland. It is still the best dram in the world, looking at the details below, like me, you may find some surprises. According to figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), export [...]

April 4th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Kingsbarns Distillery launch a young dram

Kingsbarns Distillery launch a young dram In 2009 golf caddie Douglas Clement raised £100,000 funding to begin project to build distillery near St Andrews, followed in 2012 by a £670,000 Scottish Government grant. By 2013 the project still in need of funding, Clement sells the company to the Wemyss family in January, remaining as a [...]

April 2nd, 2019|Whisky Tours|

It’s the little things in life …

It’s the little things in life … I’ve lost count of the times I have heard this phrase, cannee think what most of the conversations were about but – none where about that little thing Littlemill whisky. I had a sample only the once and I liked it. My pal works for LL group [...]

March 25th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Barley enough space to tell you the full story

Barley enough space to tell you the full story Demand for single malt whisky has put intense pressure on distillers to get the highest yield possible from their barley. As we all know, it only takes 3 ingredients to produce a single malt whisky, barley is one but there is more to it than [...]

March 19th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

St Patrick’s Day 17 March

St Patrick’s Day 17 March It has to be done, Irish whiskey on the Holy Day. St. Patrick’s Day consists of the day/night of the seventeenth of March flavoured strongly with whiskey on the morning of the eighteenth.  To be sure I will be celebrating with the Irish Saint. Well then, time needs be taken [...]

March 14th, 2019|Whisky Tours|