Richard Paterson, Master Blender for Whyte & Mackay to join Twhisky tasting

In some circles, known as simply ‘The Nose’. Richard Paterson will bring a wealth of experience to tomorrow night’s proceedings. Richard’s worked with Bruichladdich, Tamnavulin, Tullibardine and Tomintoul, and now heads up the selection process for what goes into the finest blends in the Whyte & Mackay portfolio, and also cask selection for the single… Continue reading Richard Paterson, Master Blender for Whyte & Mackay to join Twhisky tasting

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Paps tasting

The real reason we were on Jura a couple of weeks back was to be the first bloggers (and among the very first people in general) to taste the limited edition Paps of Jura bottlings. The bottles are all signed by Master Distiller Willie Cochrane (he told us it took him three days to sign… Continue reading Paps tasting

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Impromptu Compass tasting

I was in Manchester for the past couple of days, I took a stroll around, and I was intrigued to find a pretty cool-looking specialist wine shop. Thought I’d pop in to see if there’s much in the way of whisky on offer. Ben Stephenson from Hanging Ditch was kind enough to introduce me to… Continue reading Impromptu Compass tasting

Sneak preview: SSS

One of the real pleasures of this job (it’s a job?!) is that occasionally you get to try things that just aren’t out on the market yet. Jura distiller Willie Cochrane brought out a bottle cryptically labelled ‘SSS’ and Clutch and I were offered an impromptu tasting in the still room. It’s really quite a… Continue reading Sneak preview: SSS

Jura adventure begins

We’re off to Jura this weekend to sample the three new ‘Paps of Jura’ expressions being launched by the Isle of Jura distillery. We get to meet some amazing people, sample some great whisky and generally have a fabulous weekend on the Hebridean island of Jura. It’s a train up to Glasgow from Birmingham, a… Continue reading Jura adventure begins

The Things You Do For Love…

My wife and I are expecting a baby boy VERY soon. I have a desire to be debt free by the time he arrives (he’s scheduled to land on the 19th April…) as I feel that it’s one of the more responsible actions I’m likely to take in my adult life, and seeing as I’m… Continue reading The Things You Do For Love…

Dubai booty

I went to New Zealand a couple of weeks back, and of course I took the opportunity to scour the duty free shelves on my return journey. I wasn’t going to make the mistake of picking anything up before hitting Australia, as they tend to see you coming and make up rules that include confiscating… Continue reading Dubai booty

Launching Twhisky

A couple of days ago, Clutch and I came up with the idea of an online whisky tasting event using the increasingly popular Twitter platform. In fact, what really happened was we just happened to think of the name Twhisky as a mash of Twitter and Whisky – and then frantically scrabbled for a half-decent… Continue reading Launching Twhisky

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