Category Archives: Scotch Whisky

 

Tasting Balblair at TWE Vinopolis with John MacDonald

We don’t often do ‘repeats’ at our monthly masterclasses. With over 100 distilleries in Scotland, and even more outside of the fabled north we try to mix things up a bit. However, sometimes we give in to temptation and ask … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Glendronach 1995 PX Cask Exclusive to TWE

Never say we’re not good to you.  TWE have teamed up with Glendronach to bring you a very special heavily sherried single cask.  Bottled in March 2013, Cask #4682 was distilled on 8th November 1995 and was a Pedro Ximenez sherry … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: An Cnoc 22 Year Old

An Cnoc is the single malt from Knockdhu distillery, and although it’s relatively low profile compared to some other Speyside malts, they’ve been quietly producing very good whiskies for some time now. Certainly the 16 year old is a perennial favourite – … Continue reading >>

Lost Distilleries at TWE Vinopolis

The new year is definitely under way and our tastings at TWE Vinopolis have entered a new phase. Over the last few years we’ve been focused heavily on branded tastings, with companies showing off their wares to an appreciative audience, … Continue reading >>

Glenmorangie Ealanta

January is normally a bit boring for whisky releases. Christmas has been and gone, people are counting pennies and the whisky industry is plotting quietly as the end of the tax year heaves itself over the horizon. However, a few … Continue reading >>

Tasting the 2012 Diageo Special Releases at TWE Vinopolis

Since 2001 Diageo have announced, in October of each year, their Special Release Range. Each series of bottles is picked to highlight the best of their distilleries and are acknowledged to be landmark bottlings, representing the very best liquid Scotland … Continue reading >>

TWE Blog’s Festive Whiskies

It’s the time of year when one’s thoughts turn to what to treat oneself to over the festive period.  Let’s make no bones about it – although it’s an absurdly over-privileged, first world thing to say and we should all be thankful … Continue reading >>

Bruichladdich Tasting with Craig Johnstone

Ever since Bruichladdich’s acquisition by Rémy Martin earlier this year they’ve been very much at the forefront of the whisky news. Throw into the mix the culmination of some of their pre-buyout plans and you’ve got a distillery whose brand … Continue reading >>

Whisky Tasting: The Glenlivet at TWE Vinopolis

We had a superb tasting at Vinopolis a couple of Mondays back.  We were delighted to welcome the affable and gregarious Ian Logan, ‘The’ Glenlivet’s global brand ambassador to introduce no less than eight outstanding drams to a packed crowd in Vinopolis’s newly-revamped … Continue reading >>

Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

Balvenie‘s 12 year old DoubleWood is one of Speyside’s most-loved drams amongst the whisky fraternity, with many whisky nuts (yours truly included) citing it as a key ‘gateway’ malt.  I certainly have vivid memories of it being poured liberally in my … Continue reading >>

TWE Whisky Show 2012 – Rare & Unusual Islay Classics

After a hectic first day of this year’s TWE Whisky Show had ended with a well-behaved single pint at the egregiously smelly (but comprehensively beer-endowed) Rake Bar before an early retirement on account of toothache, I arrived at Vinopolis on Sunday … Continue reading >>

TWE Whisky Show 2012 – From Scotland to Japan

One of the things that we’ve become known for at TWE Whisky Show is our masterclasses. From the legendary Port Ellen vertical in our first year, to Serge Valentin’s Brora masterclass in year two and last year’s Gordon & Macphail … Continue reading >>