Category Ramblings

Distillery Visit – The Glenrothes

A look around the Glenrothes Distillery during a fun few days in Speyside.

Review – A Highland Park Vertical Tasting

Looking at an ascending age range of Highland Park expressions.

Review – The Glenfiddich IPA experiment, or, how the stag learnt to hop (pun intended) 

I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m all for NAS whiskies. However this only on the proviso that they are perhaps a different to a distilleries core range or house style. To use marketing speak I like them to be character-led. Swapping your base level age stated expression for, or introducing, a […]

The Amateur Drammer Introduces… Nic Branson a.k.a Aesc

Welcome to a new series of occasional articles in which I invite first time writers to take over This first article will introduce someone I have had the pleasure of chatting whisky with over on Twitter. I’ll let Nic introduce himself, give you his thoughts on his whisky journey and then his review of […]

When is a brand not a brand? (An essay in which I become an honorary pilgrim)

Meeting The Whisky Pilgrim and my thoughts on Fettercairns branding.

If you only ever read one of my articles then please make it this one.

Every year, just before my Fathers birthday I love to go whisky shopping. It’s nice to try and choose a bottle that, not only might we both like, but we can taste, discuss, appreciate and enjoy together.   It’s a nice feeling to know that I seem to have inherited my fathers passion for whisky, […]

Happy 1st Birthday! 

How time flies.   I simply cannot believe that a whole year has passed since I decided to start the Amateur Drammer project.  The blog itself was inspired after a drunken conversation with Chris Hoban (of Edinburgh Whisky Blog fame) whilst mulling over a rather nice Craigellachie at The Whisky Stramash. After a few days […]