Whisky Tours

The Lakes Distillery – very reserved

Dhavall Gandhi is their whisky maker, “The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1” by the way is an artistic exploration of maturation and blending; of flavour evolution and defining a sherry-led house style. We were lucky, we had samples for our delicate taste buds sent to us from the kind folks at the distillery. I was just [...]

2019-11-15T16:09:49+00:00November 15th, 2019|Whisky Tours|

Art for arts sake, whisky for my sake

Christmas is just around the corner. After tramping round the shops for pressies, it becomes time for the whisky selections to your favourite people. How many times have you read the headline “the top ten whiskies to buy”?  Forget that list, any list. Art lies in the eye of the beholder. The best whisky [...]

2019-10-10T11:50:46+00:00October 10th, 2019|Whisky Tours|
  • Ardgowan

A dram too far?

Planning permission has been granted for Ardgowan’s proposed site in Inverkip, on the banks of the River Clyde about 30 miles west of Glasgow, with construction set to begin in 2020. So in all honesty how can this be called a distillery release when said distillery HAS NOT BEEN BUILT! Nor even started! Max McFarlane, [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:05+00:00October 3rd, 2019|Whisky Tours|
  • Vic Cameron, preacher and whisky expert


This (interview) chat was with a pal I’ve know some years now, a hard one to be honest, as he is a part of the church and, me being Catholic, be careful what I ask!  Even so, it was fun. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Vic Cameron, and I [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:06+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Whisky Tours|
  • Caribbean Smooth

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 [...]

2019-09-12T13:25:52+00:00September 12th, 2019|Whisky Tours|
  • Madness

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 [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:07+00:00September 9th, 2019|Whisky Tours|
  • Barley

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 [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:07+00:00September 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 [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:08+00:00August 15th, 2019|Whisky Tours|
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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 [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:08+00:00August 13th, 2019|Whisky Tours|
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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 [...]

2019-10-04T12:19:09+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Whisky Tours|