Measured Drinking

In front of my whisky shelf lies a line of measures.  Why you ask?  I admit on occasions I have seen my friends look slightly askance as I carefully measure out our drams.   To be clear although by birth I am an Aberdonian a breed famed for caution and thrift, neither of these qualities…

Establishing a Whisky Collection

There was a time when if you had six bottles of whisky in your cupboard that constituted a collection. Now with so many more whiskies world wide and so much information on what is available, many more people are looking to build a collection.  How to achieve that was something I had to think about…

My Ascent from the fires of Peaty Hell to Smoky Nirvana

I now realise that my early whisky drinking was clouded in a mist of ignorance. A personal reflections on my ignorance which perhaps suggests a route map which many have travelled before to an appreciation of the finer points of whisky tasting.    The mist was especially thick around my enjoyment of peated smoky malts….

Glenfarclas 10-15-21 year old Tasting

We tasted a vertical of Glenfarclas this Friday, me and my buddies, which include a couple of industry experts.  The purpose was to extend our whisky experience and have a great time with good friends. I chose Glenfarclas as it is a traditional family owned Speyside Distillery with highly comparable different ages of whisky.  I…

My Whisky Story

  Pretty much every Scot and many more of us beyond, has a whisky story.  Whether professional, fan or drinker.  Stories of likes, dislikes, theories or rules, stories of excess or friendship.   My podcast, which this blog precedes for now,  will seek out everyone’s story – honest , informative or amusing.  Whisky confessions, observations…

The Great Water Debate

  How should I drink my whisky?  You should drink it however you like to.  This ought to end the debate.  I said ‘END IT’. Below I am talking mainly about single malts, unless otherwise noted.  Legalese just rolls off my keypad – I just cant help it. There is  huge amount of online opinion…

A New Direction

I have been thinking further and deeply (my brain hurts now) on the vexed topic of Non Aged Statement whisky.  Half of my current collection and many of my favourite drams and two of my daily drams are NAS -Non Age Statement[ i.e. no year on the label] whisky.  NAS is a reality of our…