Category Archives: Tasting

Bruichladdich Tasting [Nickolls and Perks]

Bruichladdich Tasting [Nickolls and Perks]

A couple of weeks ago we spent a very enjoyable evening in Stourbridge at Nickolls and Perks in the company of Craig Johnstone from Bruichladdich. For me, this was like going home – I’ve been to the Feis Ile twice and both times enjoyed Bruichladdich masterclasses from the the legend that is Jim McEwan. For Mike, this was to be a great first experience experience of a Bruichladdich tasting and a great appetiser for what awaits in May 2013.

Berry Bros & Rudd Tweet Tasting

Berry Bros & Rudd Tweet Tasting

Another fabulous tweet tasting with some lovely whisky bottled by Berry Bros & Rudd and ran in conjunction with Steve from The Whisky Wire. We thought though, that we’d take a different slant with our notes this time. Rather than add our musings on the whisky, we thought we’d collect everyones tweets (thanks to Billy for the link) and create a Wordle for each whisky so that you can see all the tweets about a particular expression of whisky. Let us know what you think about this concept! (Each of the images are clickable so that you can read all of the text!)

Balblair 1969 Vintage [and a vertical tasting]

Balblair 1969 Vintage [and a vertical tasting]

A Balblair vertical tasting ending with the brand new 1969 vintage? Go on then. I am easily convinced and it is well worth the Tuesday evening trip down to London to join a handful of journalists and bloggers to celebrate the occasion. To top it off I end up sitting with Billy (aka Cowfish) and Ian (of 101 whiskies fame). And then Balblair threw in some great whisky.

Wemyss Twitter Tasting

Wemyss Twitter Tasting

Japanese Three Way – A Masterclass in Whisky

Japanese Three Way – A Masterclass in Whisky

This was a masterclass that I was very much looking forward too! The prospect of six Japanese whiskies from three of the biggest players in the game had been too much to resist and I willingly signed up to this event at the earliest opportunity.

Old Ballantruan Tweet Tasting

Old Ballantruan Tweet Tasting

Another whisky tasting with The Whisky Wire – go on then! After the thrills and spills of the SMWS tasting we were delighted to be involved with the next in a cracking Autumnal series of Tweet Tastings – a side by side comparison of two Old Ballantruans; the original and the literally just launched 10 year old.

Blending with Diageo’s Special Releases 2011

Blending with Diageo’s Special Releases 2011

So we thought we’d have a bit of fun and blend our own whisky at the end of Colin’s class at the Midlands Whisky Festival. In truth we copied the guy sitting next to us and agreed with him that finishing our drams so early in the day might not be the most sensible idea. We did however consume all of our Port Ellen, leaving our 30ml blend to be a roughy equal part concoction of: Rosebank 21, Port Dundas 25, Caol Ila 12 (unpeated), Johnnie Walker Platinum, Knockando 25 and Lagavulin 12. This would be special!

Ardbeg Galileo Launch

Ardbeg Galileo Launch

Let’s get the puns over with – today was out of this world. It’s not every day that you’re invited to an Ardbeg launch(!) and it’s not every day that the whisky is so hotly anticipated that it’s almost sold out before release. It shows that Ardbeg are doing something right and they are doing it well.