January 2016

How English Whisky is Reconquering The World


Yes, English Whisky is very much a thing. In December 2006, the first spirit flowed at the St George’s Distillery in Norfolk (home of the now famous English Whisky Company) and thus marked the official rebirth of English whisky, leading the way to a new wave of English whisky distillers. Among them : The Cotswolds Distillery near Shipston-On-Stour, The Lakes Distillery up in Cumbria, Adnams …

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The Majestic Line to offer exclusive 10-night Whisky Cruise


A new 10-night cruise to the Southern Hebridean Islands will take in the whisky isles of Islay and Jura as they celebrate 200 years of malt whisky production. The best way to experience these unique distilleries is from the sea, reflecting the maritime flavour of the whiskies themselves. Mini-cruise operator The Majestic Line is offering two departures for 2016 on May 21st and August 27th …

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A Wintery Roadtrip in Scotland with Rockinvans


As you may have noticed, I had the chance to spend 10 beautiful days touring Scotland with some friends over the festive season. It was actually the first time I got to travel around the country during wintertime and I was more than excited to discover the colder visage of what I like to call my “home away from home”. This wintery break lead us …

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Whisky #Giveaway: Celebrate Burns Night with R&B Distillers


With roots in both the Scottish Borders and the Hebrides, R&B Distillers are seeking to build distilleries in both – uncommon provenance for whisky production. The Borders has not seen a whisky distillery since 1837, and R&B are building the first legal one on the Isle of Raasay, planned to open early 2017. Co-founder Alasdair Day’s great-grandfather was a Borders master blender in the early 19th Century, while …

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Forget Blue Monday with those 3 “Blue” Whiskies


Don’t let this nasty Blue Monday (and/or your DryJanuary resolutions) put you down this year and cheer the hell up with a dram (or two)!  And as I know this sounds like an appealing perspective (or at least, that’s how I hope it sounds…), I especially selected 3 tasty “blue” whiskies for you to discover or rediscover! See, I could have gone the mainstream and …

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Weekly Review : A look at Beinn Dubh (Black Whisky)


It was not so much the Angels’ Share, more the “Hell’s” Angels’ Share as Speyside Distillery crossed to the dark side to launch its new ruby-black whisky – Beinn Dubh – at Europe’s biggest Harley Davidson motorcycle rally a few months ago (30 August, 2015) The single malt was unveiled to over 3,000 motorbike enthusiasts who gathered in Aviemore in the Cairngorms – the home …

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Visiting the recently-built Kingsbarns Distillery


After a 15-minutes drive from the highly-picturesque and golf aficionados Mecca Saint Andrews (Fife), we finally reached our malted destination: the recently-built Kingsbarns Distillery, nestled within a unique historical renovated barn and providing whisky enthusiasts with a new taste of the Scottish Lowlands! I need to mention here that the distillery offers different tours to suit your whisky experience, time or budget (check their website …

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A chat with Þoran Icelandic Whisky’s founder


The Þoran project has been the dream of many, but the ambition of a select few. A self-confessed Scotch lover, Birgir, enlisted the help of two acquaintances with similar drive and vision, Bergþóra Aradóttir and Jóhannes Valberg, to officially set up the distillery in 2013, in the outskirts of Reykjavik (the Icelandic capital city). It was a move that had been years in the pipeline, …

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Your 5-Steps guide to starting a whisky blog


1 –> Make sure you have PLENTY of time to dedicate to your online activity. And here, I’m not talking 3/4 hours over the weekend between walking the dog, taking the children to their grand-parents, a replay of Storage Wars and your weekly “let’s try to make some homemade blueberry muffins” session. Running a blog (well, at least if you want to attract and retain …

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