[The sale has now gone through - there's an update at the bottom if you're interested] So, the buzz on the whisky interwubs over the last few days has been all about Bruichladdich (other than the potential for a Twitter organised cask-share, that is), ‘in negotiations’ to be bought by Rémy Cointreau. No numbers have [...]
I’m so very tired. It’s over a week since I got back from The Netherlands and still I am a broken wreck who looks on the concept of being a ‘shell of a man’ as being a step up. And what is to blame for this? Maltstock 2011 – the best whisky festival I’ve been [...]
Posted: September 21st, 2011 under Quick Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: aberlour, balvenie, blaue maus, bruichladdich, glen grant, glen scotia, gold cock, laphroaig, maltstock, schwarzer pirat, tamdhu, wasmunds
Another month and another chance to show my dedication to the cause that is Whisky Squad. We were in The Gunmakers as usual but my head was partly elsewhere – it was IPA day. I’m a big fan of beer and IPA day sprang up quite quickly and quietly, thus clashing with Whisky Squad – [...]
Impressively it seems that a year has passed since the first Whisky Squad meetup. I wasn’t present back in that dim and distant time (having only met co-founder Andy a few days earlier and already been booked up for three months of first Thursdays) but I have heard tales of whisky excellent and vile, and [...]
A couple of weekends back I found myself on the 6am train out of London Euston bound for Glasgow and this year’s Whisky Live Live Glasgow. It was rather a last minute thing, as I’d answered a request for help on Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson’s blog the week beforehand offering my services [...]
Posted: September 22nd, 2010 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: bruichladdich, clearac, fettercairn, fledgling, glasgow, glenglassaugh, jura, octomore, octomore 3.0, richard paterson, tweeddale blend, whsky live, whyte & mackay
Bruichladdich are one of the most prolific producers of single malt whisky in Scotland at the moment. Based on Islay they opened in 1881, closed (as many did) in the mid-90s and then re-opened in 2001 under the eye of Mark Reynier, who led a group of private investors in buying and restarting the distillery. [...]
It’s incredible how important one’s sense of smell is when tasting things. I have, of course, heard from numerous people (including my anosmic mate John) about how taste is predominantly smell, with the tongue painting in wide strokes while the nose adds the detail, so it was rather annoying to discover the actual extent to [...]
Posted: July 4th, 2010 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: bowmore, bruichladdich, bunnahabhain, caol ila, darren rook, gunmakers, islay, kilchoman, lagavulin, master of malt, peat, whisky guy, whisky squad
Well overdue with this, so here is a not so quick list of quickish descriptions: The MacPhail Collection 1969 Glenrothes. I grabbed a tiny taste of this at Hawksmoor while I was visiting to try out the ice ball machine. 39 years old and a recent acquisition, it’s much loved by the bar staff and [...]
Posted: April 10th, 2010 under Beer, Gin, Other Boozes, Quick Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: 1800, blantons, bruichladdich, chocolate marble, glenrothes, hop back, marble, port charlotte, taiphoon