Paul McLean is talking to Mr Ross Murray, whisky collector Connie and Ross are the owners of The Mansfield Hotel, Elgin.  Ross and I arranged a meeting for a whisky chat. The hotel has been, owner managed, for over 27 years (and it shows). So I am coming into the story a wee bit late. [...]

November 12th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

GlenAllachie Distillery

Message from Billy Walker. GlenAllachie Distillery Scotland “When we purchased GlenAllachie just over a year ago, we were lucky enough to acquire the MacNair's brand. We're continuing our first anniversary celebrations with the launch of MacNair's Lum Reek, a range of peated blended malt scotch whiskies that revive a traditional brand with a contemporary [...]

November 8th, 2018|Whisky Tours|


HOW MUCH WHISKY IS IN SCOTLAND AT ANY ONE TIME? Not including those in my hoose. Have you ever wondered how much whisky there is just lying about in Scotland? I have. Let me guess this bit, say there is an average of 400 litres per cask (I know some are smaller and some larger) [...]

November 7th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Dunvilles Old Irish Whiskey

Shall we blend tonight darling? Way back in 2008 (ten years folks!), Scotland exported approx 840 million blended whisky bottles; nine years later the number. almost the same. Single malt exports exploded in this same timespan, from 71.8 million bottles to 122 million bottles, stats from the Scotch Whisky Association. A “blended whisky” is a combination [...]

October 31st, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Glenffidich Distillery profit is up

William Grant & Sons, makers of Glenfiddich whisky, have bought a craft distillery in New York state. The Speyside family firm has bought Tuthilltown Spirits, maker of Hudson whiskey. The 36-acre site on the banks of the Hudson River includes a visitor centre and gourmet restaurant. Grant's bought the Hudson Whiskey brand in 2010, while [...]

October 9th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Paul John Distillery whisky tasting

Shilton, the man with the drams at St Andrews The time; 7 p.m (ish). The venue; St Andrews. The date; Thursday 27 September 2018. Who and what?; Paul John Whisky with Shilton Almeida. I was away to St Andrews, roughly 35 minutes from home in Perth, to a tasting night. I have known Paul John [...]

October 8th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Top selling single malts

TOP SELLING SCOTTISH SINGLE MALTS More people are drinking more single malt Scotch than ever before –over 100m bottles in 2017 alone. Nothing tells us better than the fact that there are two ‘millionaire’ single malts on the market: Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet both sell more than 1m nine-litre cases of whisky a year, soon [...]

September 27th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

The worlds’s favourite whiskies

The worlds favourite whiskies Bear in mind a case is usually 6 bottles, though not always the case! (confused? Read on) Blends are still number one in sales overall. My own favourites are not in here, I am normally a single malt man. Out of these listed below I have tried and liked; Chivas Regal 12 [...]

September 27th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

new whisky distilleries

Even more chances to discover a new whisky With more than 50 new whisky distilleries looming, here are a few to watch. The industry posted record-breaking exports in 2017, according to a report by the Scotch Whisky Association, growing in both volume and value (by 1.6 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively) to a total of [...]

September 26th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Fightin Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey

Fightin Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey by Matt Healy News broke this week that Conor McGregor is stepping out of the octagon and into the world of Irish whiskey. He has arrived, armed with his new brand of blended whiskey ‘Proper No.12’. McGregor’s entry into the world of whiskey shouldn’t come as too much of [...]

September 25th, 2018|Whisky Tours|