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The Distillery That Dares

I travel to Fife to visit Inchdairnie and try two new makes – the first of their kind…

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Tapping into a new mixer

My latest unfortunate Highball incident (see here) hasn’t dampened any of my enthusiasm for finding new ways to…

Brora: The Outsider Returns

And so, it happened. A turn the handle, the susurration of new make into the cask. The fact…

The Fife Arms

In December last year, the team behind the remarkable Fife Arms in Braemar asked me to consult on…

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2021. Batch 1 Beauty Comes in Threes

Sorry for the hiatus…anyway, here we go again, and what a start with three venerable drams, two grains…

Dr Nicholas Morgan, author, historian (and rather fine guitarist)

A stride through time: Nick Morgan on Johnnie Walker

In case you hadn’t noticed it, this year is the 200th anniversary of John Walker & Sons. As…

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Peninsular whiskies Part 1: Nc’nean

A summer trip to Scotland’s west coast peninsulas to see its two newest distilleries: Ardnamurchan and Nc’nean.  We…

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Peninsular whiskies Part 2: Ardnamurchan

In the first part of this duo, I visited Morvern’s Nc’nean distillery. Now it’s time to head to…

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Black (Bowmore) thoughts

The other afternoon, I sat in on an on-line tasting of the new Black Bowmore DB5 1964. Or…

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Master Mujician (I.M. Keith Tippett)

The musician Keith Tippett died on June 14. He was not only someone whose music I have listened…