May 2016

Yes, whisky & tea pairing is very much a thing


First of all, could you please tell us a bit more about you: where do you come from, what’s your career background and how did you end up creating Benjamin & Blum luxury tea company? I was born in the UK, but have lived and travelled around the world, recently leaving an international career in law to set up Benjamin & Blum. I have always …

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Weekly Review: Bruichladdich’s Laddie Eight & Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01


A few weeks ago already (I know, I’m running late on my review schedule… Shhhh, you’re not without knowing GoT started again right a few weeks ago… Coincidence? I don’t think so!), Bruichladdich released two new travel retail expressions and I had the chance to receive a sample of both *insert sunglasses emoji here* – Let’s then review them!   First new release I’m reviewing today …

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Is the “Scotch Whisky Regions” classification still relevant?


Most of the times, when you get introduced to Scotch, the well-known “5 regions – 5 different profiles” explanation is given to you and your fellow Scotch newbies. It’s an old and common classification you can’t really miss, whether you’re taking a tour of The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh or simply doing some shopping at the airport duty free (actually even found out recently …

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Father’s Day Special: A Whisky Gift Guide for spirited daddies


For the gourmet: Craft Whisky Club’s yummy boxes A recently-launched Scottish start-up has decided to bring the best of craft whisky and Scottish artisan delicacies straight to your doorstep (and with an entry package at 26.95£ comprising a full size bottle, this sounds like Heaven right? – wait a few months and I’m sure a complimentary basket of kittens will complete the offer)! The company has already …

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Weekly Review: Black Bull 21 years old


George Willsher was a man who didn’t conform to the norm. He did things differently. He took risks and wasn’t afraid to go against those who told him things wouldn’t work. When he conjured the idea for Black Bull in his blending room at his grocery and spirits shop in Dundee in 1864, he came up with a concept. That concept was for a high …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Spirit of Speyside Next Year


1 –> Indulge in some great drams: Of course, that comes with no surprise, the number one reason why you ABSOLUTELY need to attend next year’ edition of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is the liquid offer – and I’m not talking about the Scottish rain here… Speyside is home to more than half of all Scottish distilleries: from recent ones like Ballindaloch to old gems …

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Weekly Review: Wemyss Malts’ Spring Single Cask Releases


This Spring, Independent bottler Wemyss Malts releases a flourish of six new single cask whiskies ranging from 18 to 35 years old. This parcel comprises of a selection of stock from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay whilst also including a single cask, single grain release named ‘Rosy Apple Brûlée’! The full single cask list of this release comprises of: “Shellfish Platter” 1997 (18 yo) single …

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Spirit of Speyside: 5 senses – 5 Highlights


As you may have noticed reading my social media updates lately, I had the chance to attend the 2016 edition of the famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which was a very first time for me ! And this year’ SOSWF surely didn’t disappoint… AT ALL ! I first wanted to provide you with a proper « day by day » diary of my festival experience but I finally …

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