Out and About

Dramming in Scotland 2011 #4 – Mortlach and the Grouse Inn

May 12, 2011
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Some distilleries are not normally open for visitors. Only for the Spirit of Speyside Festival Diageo opens the doors to Mortlach.

Dramming in Scotland 2011 #3 – Speyside Cooperage

May 11, 2011
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The first event I booked for the Spirit of Speyside Festival was a tour of Speyside Cooperage. It is located right outside Craigellachie, just a stone’s throw away from the distillery.

Dramming in Scotland 2011 #2 – Glengoyne

May 10, 2011
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In the immediate surroundings of Glasgow there are two distilleries, Auchentoshan and Glengoyne. I already visited Auchentoshan last year, so it was more or less obvious that I would see Glengoyne now.

Dramming in Scotland 2011 #1 – Glasgow

May 9, 2011
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The first stage of my dramming adventures in Scotland led me to Glasgow

Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn!

March 27, 2011
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This was was the title of a masterclass held by distillery manager Graham Eunson at the Finest Spirits 2011 Festival in Munich.

Talisker – The Ageless Distillery

February 21, 2011
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Distillery manager Charlie Smith in person hosted a masterclass at the Munich festival. I was delighted to see that their two top bottlings (25yo and 30yo) were poured, along with the 12yo FOCM bottling and the 18yo.

Finest Spirits Munich 2011

February 20, 2011
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Having a major whisky festival more or less around the corner is a rare privilege, so it’s virtually mandatory for a whisky blogger to attend it.

Dramming at the Spirit of Speyside Festival

January 15, 2011
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After my journey to Islay in May 2010 I thought it would be only consequent to also visit the other whisky focal point in Scotland, Speyside. The Spring Festival 2010 is taking place from 28th April to 2nd May.

Dramming at WhiskyFest New York 2011

December 14, 2010
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It’s official: I will travel to New York to attend the 2011 WhiskyFest on the First of November.

Auchentoshan Distillery Visit

June 3, 2010

After my week on Islay I spent three days in Glasgow. Glasgow? Wasn’t there a whisky distillery somewhere nearby? Actually I had passed it when the coach from Kennacraig came into Glasgow on the Great Western Road, not far from Erskine Bridge.

Islay for Beginners

May 23, 2010

No, this is not really supposed to be a tourist guide. In this article I would like to share my experiences of Islay that are not related to specific whisky distilleries. I had never been on Islay before, so I think the title is appropriate.

Islay Distilleries #9 of 8: Port Ellen – The Zombie

May 23, 2010

Port Ellen – when lovers of Islay whisky hear this name, tears of joy and sadness alike are likely to wet their eyes. This single malt has a reputation of being among the finest that Islay has to offer. But the distillery was closed in 1983 because United Distillers.

Islay Distilleries #8 of 8: Ardbeg – The Phenomenon

May 22, 2010

Finally we have come to the last of the eight working distilleries on Islay, Ardbeg. What might surprise some of you is that Ardbeg actually is the smallest of the seven “old” Islay distilleries in terms of capacity and bottles sold per year.

Islay Distilleries #7 of 8: Laphroaig – The Uncompromising

May 21, 2010

Laphroaig is the most southerly of the Islay distilleries, and it is just about 1.5 miles away from Port Ellen, so it can easily be reached on foot by a nice walk along the coastal road to Ardbeg.

Islay Distilleries #6 of 8: Lagavulin – The Classic

May 20, 2010

Many whisky lovers have stated that Lagavulin was their gateway drug into the single malt universe. This also is true for me. Probably the reason is that it is very different from standard blends or Glensomething supermarket malts but still has a certain roundness that is not as potentially off-putting to novices as other peated malts.

Islay Distilleries #5 of 8: Caol Ila – The Shy Giant

May 19, 2010

Caol Ila is a strange distillery. Although it is the largest on Islay it is overshadowed by most other distilleries in public perception, perhaps only with the exception of Bunnahabhain. Only since rather recently, Caol Ila single malt has come somewhat out of the closet and seems to be picking up momentum.

Islay Distilleries #4 of 8: Bowmore – The Noble

May 18, 2010

The central town of Islay is home to the oldest distillery of the island. Many people call Laphroaig the love it or hate it distillery, but for me this label fits even better to Bowmore.

Islay Distilleries #3 of 8: Kilchoman – The Newcomer

May 17, 2010

The installment of Kilchoman in 2005 was highly acclaimed for two reasons. Firstly because it was the first new distillery to be built on Islay for 124 years. And then the concept of a small farmhouse distillery makes Kilchoman something unique.

Islay Distilleries #2 of 8: Bruichladdich – The Maverick

May 16, 2010

Bruichladdich is something special. To understand this distillery you have to know that they have a vision: Turning whisky from an industrial, mass produced commodity back to where it came from – a regional craft product rooted on the talent of local people.

Islay Distilleries #1 of 8: Bunnahabhain – The Grey Mouse

May 15, 2010

Often overlooked or regarded as the least interesting of all Islay distilleries, Bunnahabhain is something like the ugly duckling or grey mouse of the bunch. So I was very eager to learn a bit more about it when I set off to Bunnahabhain on my first morning on the island.