The Three Distillery Cycle on Islay

Cycling to Ardbeg

Ever dreamed of cycling along remote roads and beautiful landscapes with diverse wildlife? Islay is a wonderful island to discover by bike. The roads are reasonably flat and single-track, the places aren’t far apart and there are many beautiful locations to stop. And there’s whisky. Earlier this month we did a quick trip to the […]

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Visiting the Isle of Raasay Distillery

Isle of Raasay whisky

What if you could stay on an island right next to a distillery overlooking the magical Isle of Skye? Now you can literally do just that, but is the reality as good as the idea? I had to go and investigate. The wonderful Isle of Raasay lies off the west coast of Scotland in the […]

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Pour & Sip Whisky Subscription

whisky subscription box

As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of whisky and whisky tastings in general. By sampling a range of whiskies, you will gain so much more insight into the category and the wide variety of flavours available. You might think you know what you like, but these tastings allow you to dive […]

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The History of Women in Spirits

Whisky woman

The spirits industry has been male-dominant for quite some time, yet it was women who used to do the hard yards of distilling and distribution in the pre-industrial era. Back in the day, it was common practice to make spirits from the comfort of your home using the ingredients at hand, and the work was […]

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Whisky Recommendations for Beginners

iittala whisky glass

When you are new to whisky, it can be a minefield to choose ones suitable for a beginner’s palate. There’s always the fear of not liking something and ruining the whole experience at the first few yards. You want something easy sipping, nothing overly complex, but with still enough oomph to make you want to […]

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Ardbeg 2005 by The Whisky Cellar

Ardbeg 2005

I have teamed up with The Whisky Cellar to give away a bottle of their latest (very) limited edition single malt. The Whisky Cellar is a new Edinburgh-based independent bottler and their Private Cellars Selection is fully based on quality scoring rather than price point, age, colour or distillery name. They source unique casks from […]

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How to Taste Whisky

I truly enjoy a good whisky tasting. Whether it is at a distillery after a tour or at a bar, the experience is always both fun and educational. I tend to discover new flavours and brands to broaden my whisky knowledge. Unfortunately, this year we are all struggling to even get to a bar, never […]

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Sipping Whisky in Glasgow – Visit to the SMWS’s Latest Member’s Lounge

Cleopatra’s bath time, Cerealism, Delicate masculinity, Drink me you swine!, Thatcher’s tea break, Umami heaven, Sassy lassie in a leather skirt… Like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s many bottles, we are all unique and different, but united by our interest in whisky. I paid a visit to the SMWS’s latest members-only venue in Glasgow to […]

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Exploring the World of Whisky with The Dram Team

The Dram Team Tasting set

When I decided to broaden my whisky horizon, one of the issues with my new hobby was trying to understand where to begin. There is an endless number of bottles and brands worldwide, blends, single malts, various casks, grains, and age statements. And prices! This new interest of mine was about to get expensive. How […]

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