May 2017

Great Value Drams: Knappogue Castle 12 years old


I recently had the great pleasure to receive the whole Knappogue Castle Whiskey range to sample, so without further ado, let’s start this “Knappogue” review series with the youngest of those Irish babies, a 12-year-old expression bottled at 40%. In 1966, Mark Edwin Andrews purchased Knappogue Castle, a 15th century castle in Ireland, which was then in ruins. He and his wife, a prominent architect, …

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In Pictures: a look inside The Speyside Cooperage


So you’ve probably visited many distilleries… You’re quite familiar with the stories of illegal whisky making, smugglers and angel’s share, the science behind malting, mashing, fermentation & distillation has not secret for you anymore, but once you finally make it to the warehouse stage, there’s always this desire to know more about those beautiful casks that actually have a LOT to do with the flavours …

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So what is “ji-whisky” exactly ?


Ji-whisky can really be whisky lottery: hidden gems, great nectars as well as awfully undrinkable liquids can hide behind this kawaï term  – but the good news is that there’ll always be a surprise when you crack open the bottle 😉 But do you actually know what ji-whisky is? So what’s the difference between ji-whisky and Japanese whisky I hear you say… All ji-whiskies are …

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Weekly Whisky News Round-up


Hunter Laing unveils six rare Islay whiskies Hunter Laing has unveiled ‘The Kinship’, a range of six bottlings of exceptionally rare Islay whiskies, which will only be sold at their new shop on Islay during and after the Feis Ile whisky festival. The six single cask Islay whiskies in the Kinship collection have a combined age of 181 years and were hand-picked by iconic whisky …

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Those whisky clichés I don’t want to hear anymore


I’ve been writing on this blog since a few years now, trying to share my views and bring a lighter, more approachable tone about whisky (English isn’t even my mother tongue, so it’s not like I could pretend to write like Dave Broom or Charles McLean… Oh, and I’m fine it.) but when I started this blog, I didn’t imagine for a second it would …

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Daffy’s Gin: the most cosmopolitan of Scottish gins (giveaway inside!)


You know there will always be a place of choice for other spirits on The Whisky Lady, especially when this spirit is none other than a fantastic Scottish gin ! Well… Scottish? Not exactly though.  Daffy’s Small Batch Premium Gin is made with grain spirit from northern France, which is then distilled using a copper pot still. The Scottish distillers use a selection of eight …

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10 whiskies to celebrate Feis Ile at home


If like me, once again, you cannot attend whisky heaven (I mean, Feis Ile, Islay whisky festival for those who may not be familiar with this annual malted celebration) this year, I thought it could be a good idea to offer you a little “Feis Ile” selection around here so that we can all drown our sorrows together 🙂 As usual, click on titles for …

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SMWS reveals perfect World Whisky Day flight


To celebrate this World Whisky Day 2017 in style, what best than asking the experts themselves? I then got in touch with some respected malt maniacs to ask them what their “perfect WWD flight” would be – here’s Kai Ivalo (Spirit director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society)’s contribution! “With up to 500 single casks hand selected and bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society every …

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Weekly Whisky News Round-up


Celebration at Dornoch Distillery Dornoch‘s two brothers are celebrating seeing the first spirit flow at their new micro distillery in the Highlands. The start of production in a former fire station beside a hotel owned by their family marks a major milestone for Phil and Simon Thompson, after they raised £250,000 to launch the Dornoch business. Aiming to produce nearly 11,000 gallons of alcohol annually, they …

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A closer look at Mackmyra Ten Years


Sweden most famous distillery Mackmyra has recently launched Ten Years, a Swedish 10-year old single malt whisky. It’s actually the first Mackmyra whisky with an age statement, and I had the chance to receive a sample for review… So let’s have a closer look at this new baby! Ten Years has been matured in ex-bourbon casks as well as new American oak casks that held …

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