It’s Glengoyne’s Fault

Most whisky fans encounter little steps of enlightenment on their whisky journey. The experience of tasting a new whisky or the discovery of a new fact or sage advice on whisky purchases. Some of these are so memorable, that I like to refer to them as whisky epiphanies. That might seem a bit far-fetched, but … [Read more…]

How to Pronounce Scotch Whisky Terms

The Hazards of Pronouncing Brands and Terms in Scotch Whisky There’s a street in the East of Glasgow called Ledaig Street. Once the site of typical Glasgow tenement-style buildings, it now provides more modern community housing as part of the area’s regeneration efforts. Deriving from Scots Gaelic, it’s an idyllic name for such a street … [Read more…]

Recycled Reviews

Reviewing empty whisky bottles as I drop them in the recycling. Why? The enjoyment of whisky is just about as subjective as anything else in life, yet we are reassured by general consensus and feedback from trusted sources about their perception of a whisky’s quality and its prospect as a value. I’m happy to take in … [Read more…]

Preconceptions in Tasting Whisky

Using a blind guessing game mechanic to examine preconceptions and subjectivity in tasting whisky, I hereby reveal how utterly rubbish I am at defining my favourite drink.   I often speak of how whisky is a multi-sensory experience. I enthuse about how it’s designed to stimulate our senses and make us feel pleasure at the … [Read more…]

A Look at Grain Whisky (vs. Single Malts)

The most overlooked thing in Scotch? Or just filler for blends? One of my first ever nuggets of advice to anyone who will pay me any attention when it comes to whisky is – never say you ‘don’t like’ something. It’ll probably come back and bite you and you’ll end up loving something you once … [Read more…]

The Whisky Buyer’s ABCD

The Four Cornerstones of Presentation Back when I was just beginning my whisky journey, I would have loved a simple guide to help decipher the descriptors of a whisky label. When browsing for a new bottle, it’s good to be able to look past the distillery or brand, the type of cask or the style. Certainly, it’s good to … [Read more…]

Whisky – The Water of Afterlife

The Reincarnation of Whisky. To my simple mind, whisky proves the concept of reincarnation – yet not at the hand of any deity. The process of how whisky comes to be is a perfect, almost supernatural, coming together of nature and human ingenuity; creating a product not entirely of this world. At the hands of … [Read more…]

Whisky – Open Bottle Syndrome

I don’t have the whisky discipline. On a recent count, I had 116 bottles of whisky. That may sound like a wonderful and envious whisky collection but, I assure you, it’s not all it seems. For those not fully seduced by the power and magic of malt whisky, this amount of bottles will seem obscene. … [Read more…]

Tomatin and Cù Bòcan – The Devil Dug

Two hundred pounds is a lot for a bottle of anything. I can think of lots of precious liquids – perfume, champagne, fine wine – of which none would receive two-hundred of my pounds for a single bottle. Of course, with whisky it’s a little different. As an example, I consider my recent Glengoyne 25 year-old purchase … [Read more…]

Best Value Single Malt Whisky 2017

Top Performers for Maximum Return on Minimum Investment. Occasionally, as you’re enjoying a particular dram, there can be a stab of anxiety. This is perhaps due to the fact that your favourite bottles will always disappear magically fast, the special ones in particular. Perhaps to the point you’re convinced the whisky pixies come help themselves … [Read more…]