September 2017

Whisky Live Paris 2017: my favourites

2017-09-28

As promised, let’s have a look back at the delicious drams I had the chance to taste at Whisky Live Paris last weekend – here’s a shortlist of my personal favourites – As usual, I selected whiskies for all types of taste and budget 😀 Compass Box – No Name A new peated Compass Box bottling! “For this, our peatiest Whisky yet, We have decided …

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In Pictures: Whisky Live Paris 2017

2017-09-25

The end of September always means Whisky Live Paris, probably one of the best whisky shows in Europe from what I’ve experienced so far (and I’m not saying this by pure chauvinism… Or am I? ;)). This year, Amongst other yummy discoveries, I felt more than privileged to embark on the Dalmore boat for a 40-minute cruise along the Seine to taste some rather exclusive …

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Benromach unveils ChĂąteau Cissac Wood Finish 2009

2017-09-19

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has added to its Wood Finish portfolio with the Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009. This single malt whisky offers a unique flavour profile as a result of a final finishing period in hand-selected wine casks from the distinguished French wine region of Haut-MĂ©doc near Bordeaux. The Benromach Chateau Cissac (ABV 45%) was finished in first fill Chateau Cissac casks …

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7 Rye whisk(e)ys you need to try

2017-09-18

I recently developed a huge interest for rye whisk(e)ys. Well, I did like a good rye before but never really had time to dig deeper into this specific category, now that I’ve been growing a passion for this delicious spicy beverage (which is also quite versatile – as yummy neat, in a long drink or a more sophisticated cocktail); here’s my personal list of must-try …

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Story time: opening my whisky bar from scratch

2017-09-13

As you may have seen if you’ve been following my recent adventures on social media, we (we as me and my partner) recently open our very own Scottish Pub & Microbrewery in Toulouse (FR) called the Hopscotch. It’s been a very long process from the initial idea to the actual opening and I wanted to share it with you with some tips along the way, …

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Reviewing the reborn Glenmorangie Astar

2017-09-11

Back in 2008, Glenmorangie created Astar (Scots Gaelic for “journey”), a single malt whisky entirely matured in bespoke oak casks from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, designed to impart the wood’s maximum flavour to the spirit.  Today, Glenmorangie Astar returns with a limited-edition release and I had the chance to receive a sample 😀 Glenmorangie has always regarded the oak casks in which whisky matures as vital to the quality of the …

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10 rules to make the most out of a whisky festival

2017-09-07

While I’m preparing myself for the whisky festival season (Whisky Live Paris, The Whisky Show…), I thought I could share a few tips for you if you’ve never attended any of those great malted reunions! [GIVEAWAY INCLUDED – SCROLL DOWN!] 1 –> Choose the right day to come: Saturday will be packed but sometimes it’s what it takes to have access to some specific bottlings …

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Arran celebrates Master Distiller 10th anniversary with limited edition

2017-09-05

This year, Master Distiller James MacTaggart celebrates his 10th anniversary at the Isle of Arran Distillery and an incredible 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry. To celebrate, he has created a unique limited edition bottling that marks his first full decade of creating whisky on the Isle of Arran. This fresh and vibrant expression of The Arran Malt has been carefully blended by James …

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Gordon & Macphail launches exclusive Glen Grant Collection

2017-09-04

Famous independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive collection which focuses on six consecutive years from the Glen Grant Distillery and it sounds particularly yummy if you want my opinion (which you probably want if you read this blog…)! The limited-edition Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant Collection offers consumers the opportunity to explore six rare and exquisite expressions from the historic Speyside distillery with …

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My September Whisky Wishlist

2017-09-01

September already… It’s too painful I don’t want to say more. But let’s deal with September pain with my monthly whisky selection! Littlemill 1990 – 27yo Private Cellar Edition The Littlemill distillery was sadly shut in 1994 – and even more sadly demolished almost completely by a fire in 2004. However, the whisky produced at the Lowland-based distillery still sometimes appears, much to the delight …

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