Monthly Archives: August 2015

One I’ve not tried before. 

Tried this the other night and was pleasantly surprised by it. Little spiky on the finish but really rather pleasant.    Always nice to try something new. Thanks to dram buddy Mike for the suggestion. 

Visiting Ben Nevis Ditillery

I was lucky enough recently to get a private tour around Ben Nevis distillery.    Ive been past many times and never had the time to pop in and look around so when a family friend thoughtfully arranged for me to get a tour I jumped at the chance. The staff were knowledgable and very […]

Desert Island Drams – Jim Anderson, The Anderson Inn, Fortrose.

After hearing from John Hunter last week about who introduced him to his Desert Island Dram (Catch up with the article here) I thought I would catch up with that man Jim Anderson, of The Anderson Inn, Fortrose.    Yes, I remember that first Longrow I poured for John, over 10 years ago now. Seems […]

The Balvenie 12 y.o Doublewood

The Balvenie 12y.o Doublewood gets its name due to being finished in two different styles of cask.  According to the bottle it spends many years in traditional whisky oak casks and then a further few months in European sherry casks. They do not give any specific ageing lengths or name the variety of sherry casks […]

Guess the contents

Spending today celebrating the wedding of two good friends. Of course I shall be packing a hip flask, any one want to try and guess the contents?   

Ballantines 17 Blended Scotch Whisky

Until I started researching this dram I hadn’t realised that it was voted Jim Murrays ‘Scotch blend of the year’ in 2010. High praise indeed.  Originally blended in 1827 it is apparently a blend of up to 50 other whiskies, including Scapa and Miltonduff.    The nose is floral and intensly sweet with vanilla hints […]

Kingsbarns Distillery Visitor Offer.

Further to John Hunters Desert Island Dram choice last Wednesday  (follow this link) I just noticed that the Distillery he works at as a guide (Kingsbarns) are running a promotion where they are offering reduced admission on tours and tastings.    Find the voucher by following this link.  I can personally recommend the tour, a great day […]