Category Archives: Tasting

In The Lair Of The Nose 2

The other week, we had the good fortune to be heading to Glasgow for a rare chance to pick the brains and be entertained by Whyte & Mackay’s Master Blender and raconteur extraordinaire, Richard Paterson. Dubber was travelling up from Birmingham, and I came a short hop on the train to rendez-vous with him, and […]

Shackleton, Benjamin and Baudrillard walk into a bar 0

A lot has already been written about the discovery, recovery and restoration of the cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt that Ernest Shackleton took with him on an expedition to the South Pole over 100 years ago. It was buried under the ice for over a century, before being dug out and returned to […]

Glenmorangie Finealta 0

Recreating old whisky must be a tricky business. I can taste and smell things in a dram that seem to me to be the flavours and aromas it contains (or suggests). But to work the other way and engineer a whisky to capture subtle notes and undercurrents once contained by a whisky gone by takes […]

Dalmore Castle Leod 2

The view from here So, if you’ve been wondering why the silence from this end of the whisky tasting operation, it’s because I’ve been busy renovating, selling and moving house. Something which automatically calls for a dram. The family and I have relocated to Fife. Rural enough without being remote, and fine for transport in […]

Dalmore Rivers Collection: The Spey Dram 0

Photo by Junnn It’s worth noting that the collection has been created by Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson, who is Whyte & Mackay’s talented (and world-renowned) master blender – and according to the blurb here, each expression is different and reflects the character of Scotland’s four greatest salmon rivers. I have to be honest here: I […]