Category Archives: Whisky Tasting Notes

 

Last Vatted Malt: Compass Box Get Reactionary

Dateline: 22nd November 2011.  Time: 11.59pm. Venue: A secret location in London.  There’s going to be a raucous party this evening – a sort of ‘pre-wake’, if you will (don’t worry, all will become clear).  A fancy Soho joint will be flashmobbed by a … Continue reading >>

Balvenie’s Batch 2s – Tun 1401 and 40 year old

The folks at Balvenie like keeping busy. After a summer of random events they’ve hunkered down as we approach the end of the year and have done that which we know them for most – made some excellent whisky. Not … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Redbreast 12yo Cask Strength

A ripple of excitement went through the whiskey world last week when it was revealed that Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers Ltd, owners of the Midleton complex, were launching a cask strength version of arguably the distillery’s greatest brand: Redbreast 12 … Continue reading >>

Tasting the Tomatin range with Douglas Campbell

This week we welcome back TWE Vinopolis’s Duncan Ross to tell us about one of our recent tasting events. Take it away Duncan… As you travel north from Perth on the winding A9 you will pass through some of the … Continue reading >>

Port Askaig Harbour 19 Year Old

It’s with great regret that we must announce that the Port Askaig 17 year-old – Speciality Drinks’ superb mystery single Islay malt which became the whisky version of a soundtrack [a tastetrack? - Ed.] to TWEBlog & Caskstrength/ManDate’s momentous 2009 trip to Feis … Continue reading >>

A trip to Knockdhu

[This is Part 4 of Billy's trip around the Inver House distilleries.  If you haven't already, you should check out his scribblings from Balblair, Pulteney and Speyburn] After leaving Speyburn we hacked back over to Elgin to find our hotel, … Continue reading >>

A trip to Speyburn

[This is the third instalment of Billy's trip around the Inver House distilleries.  If you haven't already, check out his visits to Balblair and Pulteney] The next stop on our tour of the Inver House distilleries was Speyburn, which someone had … Continue reading >>

Penderyn

Please welcome mouthy young upstart Toby Quirk to the blog. Toby is a Spiritual Advisor to our Vinopolis shop and most recent member of staff to discover that going on a trip to a distillery comes with certain blog related requirements… About … Continue reading >>

A trip to Pulteney

Leg 2 of my Inver House distilleries tour started off with a bit of a drive. Our departure point was Edderton, home of Balblair, and our destination was Wick, site of the Pulteney distillery. Scotland is a lot longer than … Continue reading >>

TWE Whisky Show Masterclass: Exotic Fruit with Dave Broom

Another week and another masterclass has been announced for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in October. It’s a slightly different look at a whisky tasting to normal, instead matching up flavours between the different bottlings, looking for the taste of … Continue reading >>

A trip to Balblair

The lovely folk of Inver House Distillers (the Scottish production wing of International Beverages) recently invited me along to a trip around four of their distilleries with a bunch of international bloggers. Not being one to turn down distillery tours, … Continue reading >>

Single Malts of Scotland Springbank 1999

A quick post today about a new bottling that we’ve just got in from our sister company, Speciality Drinks Ltd, as part of the Single Malts of Scotland range – an 11 year old Springbank. It was matured in a … Continue reading >>