Kelpie, Ardbeg Day 2017

Kelpie, Ardbeg Day 2017

Earlier this year, I was having lunch with Dr. Bill Lumsden, master distiller and my favourite whisky chemist. We were celebrating the release of the long-awaited Glenmorangie Bacalta, a baked madeira finished whisky and their 8th Private Edition release but I...
Douglas Laing .. Aberlour 20

Douglas Laing .. Aberlour 20

I’ve had a few of the Old Particular independent bottlings from Douglas Laing & Co. Their single cask bottlings are sourced from some of my favourite distilleries – Aberlour, Auchentoshan, Ben Nevis, Bowmore and Speyburn just to name a few. They are a...
Exploring New Frontiers (Ballechin #6).

Exploring New Frontiers (Ballechin #6).

About a month ago, I tried my first Ballechin. It’s a peated whisky release from Edradour. This weekend, I tried my second. I jumped to the 6th release of the Ballechin, bourbon-cask finished. It’s a NAS (non-age statement) whisky, peated to a minimum of...
A Taste Of The Dark Cove (Ardbeg Day 2016)

A Taste Of The Dark Cove (Ardbeg Day 2016)

There’s a special kind of time they talk about at the end of the long road to Ardbeg. They call it Islay Time. The kind of present that is so closely linked to the past, everything slows down. It’s not hard to imagine the life of Celtic monks who found...