Desert Island Drams – Joel Harrison

Joel Harrison is a distilled drinks writer who regularly pens articles and opinion pieces for Whisky Magazine (scoring the new releases), Whisky Quarterly (Deputy Editor in fact), Class Magazine and number of others.

He also has a book out called Distilled, which won the Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Award Drinks Book of the Year last year.

Recently, alongside business partner and fellow writer and presenter Neil Ridley, he has formed the independant bottling company Exile Casks which has already seen two releases from some rather interesting and unique casks fly off the shelves.


‘My Desert Island Dram would be a bottle of White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky from around the 1960/70s.

I know it is something of a cliche to choose a long lost bottle, or one which isn’t commercially available. However, old bottles of White Horse are easily found at auction and don’t go for much money (unless they’re really very old).

Why have I gone for this bottling?

Well, you’ve only let me take one bottle, which means I’d have to narrow down to two basic flavour profiles: peated or unpeated.

If you’d have asked me to take two bottles, I would have chosen one of each style. However, the old White Horse bottles tend to (it does change between eras) have a slice of peat hidden between the lighter elements of the blended style, as well as the lovely sandalwood notes one tends to find in old bottles of blended Scotch.’


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