City of London Distillery – capital venture

It’s been satisfying to watch the resurgence of gin as a classy, sophisticated spirit, and more so given that this resurgence hasn’t been limited to one particular style or brand – it’s been across the board. At one end, we … Continue reading >>

Dutch whisky and gin? Tasting the Zuidam range

I’m a big fan of gin.  Some may regard pasta and milk as essential household items, but my house feels empty without a bottle or two of gin in it.  Recently I’ve been playing around with different styles and dipped … Continue reading >>

Whisky: The Manual, by Dave Broom

This time last year I was busy sorting out classes for the 2013 Whisky Show, and in my search for interesting ideas, a slightly fuzzy-haired, glazed-eyed version of Tim Forbes (formerly of this parish) told me about a weekend of … Continue reading >>

Dole out the Barrel – Scotch Whisky Industry in Crisis

Despite the specific nature of the word ‘Scotch’, the Scotch whisky industry is one with international tendrils. In order to be called Scotch whisky, the distilled spirit has to mature in oak casks for at least three years, with the … Continue reading >>

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach

There’s a lot of talk in the whisky world at the moment about Mortlach. They’re not the most mainstream of distilleries, but they are much loved by whisky connoisseurs (or geeks, as I like to call us). However, Diageo have … Continue reading >>

Irish Coffee Done Properly with Teeling Irish Whiskey

Other than whisky (And beer. And vermouth. And noodles. And Lego) one of the biggest loves of my life is coffee. I have a hand grinder that I imported from Japan (well, bought from a Japanese store on Amazon) in … Continue reading >>

Hakushu and Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve – A Tasting

Japanese whisky is proving to be rather popular at the moment and not being one to shy away from providing you with some lovely new whiskies, we were very pleased to have Shinji Fukuyo visit our shop for a very … Continue reading >>

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal

While some drinks categories fire out new releases every few days (I’m looking at you here Gin), some are more steeped in history and produce fewer new entries. One that sees little in the way innovation is vermouth, with the … Continue reading >>

Bruichladdich: A Visit

We all have our favourite styles of whisky, each personal to us. For me, there’s nothing better than a whisky that’s a little bit different, or one I can sit and think about for hours of an evening. For that … Continue reading >>

Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2014 – Tickets on Sale!

A quick but informative post today – tickets to The Whisky Show are now on sale. Click on the alarmingly large picture below to head over to the show website, or read on below for a few details: As the … Continue reading >>

Highland Park Freya

Continuing the yearly releases as part of the Valhalla Collection, the latest edition has now arrived – Highland Park Freya. Investing in a series of whiskies that only has one release a year is a bit of a gamble for … Continue reading >>

Whisky Live London, Dramboree and another show…

The year of whisky events is getting up to speed, with the first UK events just a few weeks away. Here’s what we’ve got coming up soon: Firstly, there’s Whisky Live London. The Whisky Live collective continues to grow across the … Continue reading >>