Category Ramblings

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, […]

Tasmania: Island of the Drammed

The first in a series of guest articles comes from Nick in Tasmania who writes for

Ben Bracken 28y.o Speyside and 22y.o Islay

A look at Lidl’s 28 year old Speyside and 22 year old Islay.

A little bit of sample slaying…

Clearing out the sample cabinet, looking at some blended whiskies. Also, why is there a picture of a monkey drinking wine?

Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas from The Amateur Drammer!

Bottle killing session

Met up with one of my oldest and best friends last night and we managed to successfully kill off a few bottles that have been hanging around for a while as well as a few sample bottles… and some home brewed ale… and a selection of bottles from Fyne Ales… and the contents of a […]