Category: scotch

Far from the madding crowd

Edinburgh during the festival is a seething mass of humanity of all shapes and sizes from all over globe. When the sun’s beating down and you have to fight your way through the crowds… It’s time to head for the cool haven of Scotch, in the Balmoral Hotel for some soul revival.

Smokehead Islay Single Malt

Whisky of the week – Smokehead Islay Single Malt from Ian Macleod distillers. It may not be as explosive as its high octane cousins but this is no shrinking violet of a dram. Bottled at 43%, this amber Islay single malt scotch whisky is a bold expression of the modern distillers craft. It does what […]

In the Doghouse

In the Doghouse. Again. Still? Well, I guess that’s what happens when the mixer for your whisky is a pint of beer. So kids, please don’t try this at home. Now, beer may not be my usual mixer of choice, but Brewdog’s new Boilermaker Series of Whiskies certainly warrants my attention. Now Tuesday has often […]

There can be only one!

Just who will be malt of the month for October? With a range of new malts from John Crabbie & Son to celebrate its relaunch back into the Scotch whisky industry, it seems appropriate to recognise this old newcomer to the shelves. Now part of the Halewood stable, John Crabbie & Son is a name […]

Piping Live, Glasgow

Why, you may ask, is a whisky magazine, featuring a festival of piping?Well, beyond the fact that the skirl of the pipes still gets my blood up, it features whisky tasting sessions hosted by Willie MacDougall, who knows a thing or two about the golden liquid. In the cosy surrounds of the National Piping Centre […]

Scots wha hae…

These pipers know how to live right. Dropped into the Piping Centre in Glasgow for a weed dram and some gnarly pibroch.

In the wild – Glenlivet Founders Reserve

August’s malt of the month – The Glenlivet Founders Reserve – photographed in the wild at the Scotia Bar, Glasgow. What a great price for a good dram!What are you watiing for?? Widgets

Taps aff – Finsbay, Milngavie, Scotland

‘Rainy days and Mondays always get me down’ sang the Carpenters, but I never fancied that, so I resolved long ago to make sure I met them head on and hands free. This can lead to some peculiar decisions, so this particular rainy Monday I wasn’t surprised when I found myself confronting the voluminous orange […]

Brewdog in the house

The Brewdog Boilermaker Series of whiskies?Resurrecting the hauf’n’hauf with a Brewdog chaser??Now THAT sounds like a match made in heaven. I’ve been blown away over the years by the success the Brewdog guys have had with their craft beers from a remote base in the far north east of Scotland.These days you accept amazing stuff […]

Cutty Sark

Whisky of the week – Cutty Sark. A large Cutty Sark  by the Cutty Sark on a sunny summer’s evening at the Trafalgar Tavern, an inn that has stood guard by the old Naval College in Greenwich, London for 180 years. What could be finer? Cutty Sark is a range of blended Scotch Whisky from […]

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