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December 2, 2018

The Macallan is a wonderful whisky. No one can dispute this fact!

With a rich history and heritage and fabulous new distilling facilities the Macallan quite rightly takes its place in the upper echelons of whisky society. The Macallan is James Bonds f...

November 28, 2018

Some say that we have passed the Tipping Point and that runaway global warming is now the inevitable consequence of the man-made climate change we have been witnessing in recent decades.

If we are to avoid the unthinkable consequences of this, we must...

November 11, 2018

The small Island of Stroma, a few miles off the Caithness coast to the North of John O’ Groats had a few natural advantages when it came to unofficial whisky distillation back in the 19th century. From Norse times, a few hundred hardy souls populated...

November 6, 2018

A hip-flask is clearly a very useful device and its purpose requires little explanation. It is especially useful at weddings and other social events. Mine, however, sees most action during rugby internationals at Murrayfield or wherever else Scotland...

October 20, 2018

Anyone who has shown an interest in malt whisky has come across Laphroaig. The beautiful location of the distillery and colourful history of the whisky gives it as much character in its physical manifestation as it has in the glass.

Many people love L...

October 20, 2018

As regular visitors to Islay over the last 10 or so years my friends and I have been very impressed by and grateful for the development of the footpath from Port Ellen along the Southern coast of the island. This usefully links Port Ellen and its dis...

June 5, 2018

Smokehead is a word you will come across quite often in the Scottish Malt Whisky world. This is particularly true if your interest includes the Islay malts. Smokehead is used in a number of contexts  including:

A book – by Doug Johnston.

Four friends,...

May 30, 2018

There are a number of reason why some people do not feel able to enjoy whisky in the same way as many of us do. Reasons why people don’t like whisky may include:

  • Don’t like the taste

  • Don’t like the smell

  • Too strong

  • Too harsh

  • Ba...

March 24, 2018

There is no doubt that my preferred ‘tipple’ is a good malt whisky. I would, however, not wish anyone to think that I could not be open to accepting that other spirits are available and that other people may enjoy them.

As a result, when I was asked t...

February 28, 2018

People often ask me what my favourite whisky is. The answer to this seemingly straightforward question is, to say the least, variable. In general I am drawn to the peated style of Islay whisky and particularly enjoy some expressions of Bruichladdich...

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