Reviews, Tasting
Special Releases 2015

Diageo Special Releases 2015

The Diageo Special Releases launch is always the best event in the calendar. It presents a fabulous opportunity to try some unique, and frankly, very special whiskies from the Diageo stocks. The class of 2015 is superb. It contains all of the usual suspects and mixes in some of the lesser know distilleries in the portfolio. Read on and enjoy some of the finest whiskies of 2015.

Hogan’s Oak Aged Apple Spirit

It may not be whisky, but it is local and it tastes great so we don’t need any other excuse to post about this spirit! It is created from apples pressed in the Malvern Hills which make Hogan’s cider (delicious by the way!) and following maturation and fermentation the cider is distilled by Adnams in their small batch copper still. The magic doesn’t end there though as the resultant spirit is matured for three years…
Festival, Reviews, Tasting
Caol Ila from the sea

Feis Ile 2015 Day Three

Day three of the Feis is always a highlight. Caol Ila is the destination of choice and this year they put on a fabulous show – and even managed to steal the sun from Bruichladdich. We arrived at the sea front mid-morning and reacquainted ourselves with old friends; David, the manager and some of the tour guides at the distillery. We also bumped into the legendary Colin Dunn who was on fine form and looked…
Festival, Reviews, Tasting
The Line Up

Feis Ile 2015 Day Two

The second day of Islay is all about Bruichladdich. This year was Jim’s final tasting and what a selection of whiskies we sampled. When you start the morning with a 30 year old single cask you know you’re in for a cracking session. Many thanks to Bruichladdich and Jim et al for the event, it was simply wonderful. Here are some brief notes on a fabulous morning of superb whisky.
Festival, Tasting
Lagavulin Distillery

Feis Ile 2015 Day One

A long day to begin the annual celebrations at the Feis Ile. We left Birmingham at 01:30 and via Derby made good time to Kennacraig and Islay. By the time we arrived the weather was turning and most of the day’s events were done, but we found time to pop into Laphroiag and Lagavulin to make a few purchases and enjoyed some brief chats with Colin and Andrew before finding out accommodation just outside Bowmore.
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve [40%]

It seems very remiss that we’ve been writing this blog for just over three years and we’ve only just got around to reviewing a Glenlivet! Well, with this tasting note we’re putting that right and we’re sure that it will be the first of many as it is a malt that we’ve long admired. The object of our affections today is the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve – a whisky that was announced in October 2014 and…