Christmas Belle’s are ringing!

It was autumn when I was last in touch and now it is very much winter with big wet flakes of snow swirling around my windows. The temperature inside my house is virtually the same as the garden as I have an intermittent fault with my boiler and have no heat or hot...

Peaty Partners

I’ve observed that of the distilleries I have visited recently they have something in common. I’m not sure if it’s my fanciful imagination but the spirit that flows from the stills seems to reflect the personality of the distillery, and its surroundings. It fascinates...

3000 drams and counting…

Summer rolls out and Autumn in, this is one of my favourite times of the year. September has been a busy month with tastings taking me all over country and discovering some beautiful houses and castles. Innes House, near Elgin, was one of the locations for whisky,...

Tilleadh Dhachaigh – Returning home

I know that I’m not alone when I feel a sense of coming home when I visit the squally shores of Islay. However many times I make the ferry crossing I still have a teasing sense of excitement as I drive off the ramp and wind down the road, passing the iconic pagoda...

(Hopefully not) Last Great Malts

At the tail end of June a group of whisky writers were taken on a whirlwind tour of five distilleries in a couple of days. If you consider that this included a return trip to Edinburgh one could conclude that we really visited five distilleries in one day. Even by my...

Chasing the Aurora Borealis

I imagine Tromso seemed a fairly straightforward destination to get to when the team at Highland Park were plotting the trip to launch their anticipated new character from the Valhalla Collection. I liked their train of thought – to follow in the snowy footsteps...

So many events, so little time…

Let the games commence! July isn’t over and yet I feel I’m already into the next month. As Glasgow is buzzing with the excitement of the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh is cranking up its reputation  as festival central. This year I am part of the Fringe activity...

An Open Welcome at Glenmorangie House

If you go down to the Wirral today you are in for a big surprise. Well, you might not be because if you are making your way to the Royal Liverpool course at Hoylake on the Wirral, you are most likely to be a golf fan. Thousands of enthusiasts were flocking to the...

Glenrothes Distillery

The 13th may be an ominous date for some but I didn’t feel particularly unlucky as I boarded the East Coast train to head North. The sun was already hot by the time we steamed over the Rail bridge, the Firth of Forth was glassy, and as a cruiser glided through the...

Seafood and whisky – perfect match!

Pairing seafood with whisky may have some sceptics raising an eyebrow or two. The rumour is that oysters can turn to stone or become pickled in your stomach if consumed with whisky. I can attest this doesn’t happen. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society were so confident...

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