The Glenrothes Adventure part 4: The Inner Sanctum

After all our hard work making the barrels, and touring the distillery, it was finally time to sample some of the fruits of our labour (or rather, the labour of others over the past decades). This is what we whisky writers like to call ‘the whole point of the exercise’. And what a fantastic tasting… Continue reading The Glenrothes Adventure part 4: The Inner Sanctum

A tasting in a big empty room – part 1: Douglas Laing

On the bright side of our St Andrews whisky tasting debacle, we did get to sample some very fine drams. Here’s what we made of the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd selection on Thursday night: Auchentoshan 10 year-old (Provenance bottling) A good way to start the evening, and a great way to open up the… Continue reading A tasting in a big empty room – part 1: Douglas Laing

Penderyn on St David’s Day

Single malt from Wales Partly to celebrate St David’s Day today – but mostly because it was long overdue, Clutch and I decided to try the samples of Penderyn that the Welsh Whisky company had kindly sent us. Nose: Custard, vanilla, tangerine, honey-roasted peanuts, tiny touch of smoke. Palate: Flumps. Seriously: Flumps. Also, condensed milk,… Continue reading Penderyn on St David’s Day


Don’t call it a whisky My housemate came back from the Isle of Man, and brought back a bottle of Manx. At first glance, we thought it was new make spirit – whisky that’s not old enough to be called whisky (3 years), but then we looked into it properly and were surprised to learn… Continue reading Manx

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Back To The Future

SlĂ inte mhath! A very Happy New Year to you all. Although we’ve only just said farewell to last year, I’m going to ask you all to come on a journey with me back through time…. Cast your minds back to seven months ago, and some of you may recall that on the 12th June we… Continue reading Back To The Future

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Merry New Year

Photo by practicalowl Hi – Compliments of the season and all that. We’ve been having a bit of a hiatus from the online whisky tastings for a little while. I’ve been travelling rather a lot these last six months, and Clutch has been altogether too wrapped up in the whole new dadhood thing. Plus, when… Continue reading Merry New Year

Frysk Hynder

I’ve been doing a little travel lately, and have found myself in some interesting places. And while the travel itself wasn’t whisky-related specifically, I did take it upon myself to at least inject a bit of a whisky theme into the proceedings. I was in the North of Holland doing some (un)consultancy and was taken… Continue reading Frysk Hynder