I’m not afraid to say it, but as my bio suggests, I really got into whiskey around seven years ago,… Read more Redbreast 12: My First Love
Glencadam Distillery, part of the Angus Dundee Distillers family, is quickly becoming a favourite at the Water of Life. We first encountered the distillery during a vertical tasting in October. Given that I usually get most excited by innovative distillers, I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed these offerings from Glencadam, which is about as traditional a distillery as you will find. Since then, the Angus Dundee team offered us a chance to try two more of their products, so naturally, we jumped at the opportunity. This time, we would be trying their Aged 13 Years, also dubbed “the re-awakening”, and their Reserva Andalucia, described as “Glencadam with a sherry influence”.
Imagine a drink that 300-400 years ago was utterly outlawed, and, although it was also be prescribed for rheumatism, could… Read more Micil Heritage Poitín
I can only imagine how nervous Shane Braniff would have been when he revived the legnedary Dunville’s brand in 2012 at his new Echlinville distillery. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, winning a host of awards. Among these have been several for the 12-year-old PX finished single cask Dunville’s released for Belfast Whiskey Week 2021, which we will take a look at today.
Autumn is officially over, snow has started falling, the wind is bitter and as a parent, I officially function more… Read more Ardbeg Uigeadail
If you want to be a blender, the key to the castle isn’t to be found in a school with curious rituals. Nor do you need a specific food science or distilling degree to blend well, although this formal training certainly won’t hold you back. Guest contributor James S shares with us some thoughts on blending from a career working at Chivas Brothers and Compass Box.
Tomintoul bills itself as “the Gentle Dram”, and while we enjoyed the 10-Year-Old, we were a little underwhelmed by some of the older offerings, which were a bit too gentle for our taste. Recently, Iain Forteath and the Angus Dundee team were gracious enough to host us for another virtual tasting, which included two Tomintouls that were far from the distillery’s usual offerings. These were their Cigar Malt, a heavily sherried expression designed as the perfect accompaniment for a cigar, and the 15-Year-Old, which has spent three years in a port barrel. Not being matured solely in ex-bourbon casks, these both seemed like promising deviations from Tomintoul’s usual whiskies.
“Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.” Money has… Read more Drinking a €5,500 whiskey
There is almost no overlap on the Venn diagram of “people who think all blends are terrible” and “people who… Read more Compass Box Malt Whisky Collection Horizontal Tasting
Picture the situation: you walk into any high-street supermarket and any item you come across has no indication of nutritional… Read more Honesty Is The First Chapter In The Book Of Wisdom…