The first outing for the Whisky Squad in February (after a late January tasting with me at the helm which I was too busy talking at people during to make notes – the drams are all listed on the ‘Stuff we’ve drunk‘ page on the Squad website) handed the reins of to Joel for a [...]
Posted: February 28th, 2013 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: balvenie, braes of glenlivet, braeval, dailuaine, glenlivet, glentauchers, gunmakers, imperial, macallan, the glenlivet, whisky squad
Since I’ve started helping out with Whisky Squad I’ve not had the chance to contribute a session’s title, but with #48 I dropped a bad pun and the chaps for some reason went along with it. An evening of grain whisky with occasional whisky photorgrapher and evil tempter Philip Storry - The Storry of Grain. I [...]
Posted: December 5th, 2012 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: cameron brig, compass box, dumbarton, greenore, gunmakers, hedonism, invergordon, phil storry, port dundas, smws, whisky squad
For the first Whisky Squad of October (two every month now, like clockwork. The website almost crumbled under the load when booking for November’s sessions went live…) we were joined again by ‘Squad veteran Mr Robert Whitehead, the most likely person at Berry Brothers & Rudd to use the word ‘delectable’ and get away with [...]
Posted: October 22nd, 2012 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: aultmore, berry brothers, berry brothers and rudd, bowmore, cragganmore, gunmakers, john milroy, longmorn, rob whitehead, tormore, whisky squad
Christmas and New Year are approaching. I know this because I’ve received the ‘prepare for the PAIN’ email at work, warning us of the propensity of people to purchase boozes towards the end of the year and the commensurate increase in the amount of work that us booze slinging retailers will see as it approaches. [...]
Posted: October 9th, 2012 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: aberlour, auchentoshan, bowmore, four roses, gunmakers, hibiki, old bothwell, port ellen, tim forbes, tomatin, whisky squad
I am yet again behind on writing up Whisky Squad sessions. I blame the fact that #43 happened the day before I went to Maltstock, and that it’s taken me several weeks to recover from that weekend of drinking in Nijmegen and it’s follow up day of working at Whisky Live Paris. You know you [...]
Posted: October 1st, 2012 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: gunmakers, karen stewart, wemyss, whisky squad
It’s taken a while but unfortunately Whisky Squad has now run out of whisky to taste. Over 35 sessions (plus a few unnumbered ones) we’ve tasted our way through everything Scotland has to offer. Rather than curl up and die, like any self respecting society dedicated to the exploration of a specific spirit, the Squad [...]
Posted: June 5th, 2012 under Mezcal, Tastings, Tequila.
Tags: don julio, el tesoro, gunmakers, ilegal, matthias lataille, olmeca, stephen myers, tahona society, tequila, tezon, whisky squad
Today is St Patrick’s day, a fact I know due to a) it being the day after my mate Adam‘s birthday (happy birthday Mr A) and b) Diageo having died their lake green. Again. In celebration of this holiday that I have no particular personal attachment to I have decided to live the stereotype to [...]
Posted: March 17th, 2012 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: black bush, bushmills, cooley, gunmakers, inishowen, jameson, locke's, midleton, powers, redbreast, tim forbes, whisky squad
Hello. I’m in Scotland, surrounded by snow and equipped with inadequate footwear, a combination of facts that should make post(s) later this week a beacon for schadenfreude tinged enjoyment. Anyways, as whisky distilleries treat weekends in February with appropriate level of contempt (they’re working but don’t open for tourists, as there are only four of [...]
Posted: February 20th, 2012 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: arran, clynelish, compass box, glendronach, glenfarclas, gunmakers, lagavulin, peat monster, whisky squad
It’s the end of the year and it seems that buying booze is towards the top of people’s minds. As such I’ve been hidden away at TWE Towers, poking the website, processing orders, picking bottles and generally running around like the famed blue arse fly of proverb. So, now that I’m sat on the sofa [...]
Posted: December 26th, 2011 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: balvenie, glendronach, glenisla, gunmakers, hibiki, kings ginger, whisky squad
I am heartbroken – I missed a Whisky Squad, my first since number 4. Through the inconvenient scheduling of The Whisky Show I ended up late at work preparing for a weekend of backbreaking toil rather than sitting around above The Gunmakers surrounded by whisky. Luckily Alan stepped up to the plate and wrote it [...]
Posted: October 25th, 2011 under Tastings, Whisky.
Tags: aultmore, ben nevis, cadenheads, craigellachie, fettercairn, glenburgie, gunmakers, jonny mcmillan, whisky squad