Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Analysing a Pair of Wine Cask Finished Arrans – With The Malt Mentalist.

This week The Malt Mentalist and I will be dissecting and ruminating upon a couple of rather curious wine cask finished expressions from Arran distillery.  Stew has done most of the legwork on this and they are his bottles after all so it’s only fair I let him go first… The Malt Mentalist I’d just like […]

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Andy Simpson and David Robertson of Rare Whisky 101 pictured in the Whisky Snug at Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh

Record Year for Rare Whisky as Profitable Passions Gain Favour

The booming UK rare whisky auction market has become ‘increasingly liquid’ in an exceptional year for rare Scotch, according to a new report published today by whisky analyst, broker and investment experts Rare Whisky 101.   According to the full year results for 2016 published today, both the volume and value of rare Scotch whisky […]

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New single cask collection from Wemyss Malts

Wemyss Malts have started 2017 by releasing a selection of new single cask whiskies ranging from 14 to 28 years old. Nosed, tasted and selected by whisky writer Charlie Maclean, each bottling has a descriptive name illustrating the whisky’s character and has been bottled without chill filtration and at their natural colour. The full single […]

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Desert Island Drams – Brian Kinsman

This week Brian Kinsman, Master Blender at William Grant and Sons, nominates his Desert Island Dram

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Glenmorangie Private Edition Range – Bacalta

A look at the eighth annual release in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition range, The Bacalta

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Raasay While We Wait – Batch No2

R&B Distillers have just announced the release of the second batch of their lightly peated single malt whisky – Raasay While We Wait.  I was pleasantly surprised by the 1st Batch, in a blind tasting of over 50 whiskies I placed it 4th, ahead of many other big names.  Hopefully the second Batch lives up […]

Coco Rocha, global ambassador for #LoveScotch, raising a glass against a backdrop of casks in Scotland to celebrate International Scotch Day, February 10th.

International Scotch Day – Friday 10th February – #LoveScotch

In honour of Scotland’s gift to the world, to the spirit that has long drawn people in through its status and style, this Friday February 10th 2017 the inaugural International Scotch Day will be celebrated worldwide. The day invites people everywhere to raise a glass of Scotch to celebrate a drink that’s made to be […]