Category Archives: Whisky Tasting Notes

 

Secrets from Sukhinder’s Stash: Pride of Strathspey 1938

People assume that those of us privileged to work in the drinks trade spend our working hours constantly swigging free cocktails at trendy nitespots, before going home with supermodels, and only emerging from our dens of iniquity at two in … Continue reading >>

Octomore 2.2 – Pictures and (Official) Tasting Notes

First things first.  Open a new window and listen to this while you’re reading the blog.  It’ll put you in a good mood, and this might be the last you see of me before Christmas, so I want you to be … Continue reading >>

Diageo Special Releases 2009 – The Verdict

Okay, so last night I was lucky enough to attend the press tasting of this year’s special Release from Diageo, the details of all of which are in my last post.  It was a fairly merry affair, although I wasn’t socialising … Continue reading >>

Ardbeg Corryvreckan: Exclusive Tasting Notes!!

I’m delighted to have a preview bottle of the general release of Ardbeg Corryvreckan sitting on my desk, so I thought I’d dip in and share my thoughts in what has turned out to be the first blog post for a few weeks (due to … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Dalmore 1980

In the interests of full disclosure, and to give any conspiracy theorists out there more grist for their mills, I will begin this blog by revealing that I and several other lucky whisky-lovers will be going to watch a cricket match on Monday … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Kilchoman 3yo Sneak Preview!!

Well well, what’s this? Yes, it’s a pre-release sample of Kilchoman 3yo, as dropped in by none other than Anthony Wills himself at a meeting with Sukhinder earlier this week. For those who can’t read the details on the photo, … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Ten: Aftermath

Day 10:  A Kick In The Ballochs… Bang on 7am and our alarm clock blasts into action, as welcoming a sound as a prize festival bottling smashing on a stone floor and the accompanying ‘yelp’ of despair.   Last night was … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Nine: Ardbeg

The Malty-Millionaires…. Holiday: n: ‘A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event’ 7.30am: Joel’s … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Eight: Kilchoman and Bunnahabhain

A bunch of prize tossers It was another early start on Friday as we had a lot of ground to cover.  First up was a 9.30am tasting at Islay’s newest distillery, Kilchoman, where we were shown around by deputy manager … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Seven: Laphroaig

Day Seven “Can I throw my apple-core in the sea?” Ahhh! A rare lie-in for the bloggers with just an 11am start to our day. Bliss! Today was another day of tastings and we were very much focused on Laphroaig, … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Six: Bowmore & Port Ellen

Jeepers, these tastings just keep getting earlier and earlier!  The alarm goes off at 7.30 and we’re blearily making tea and filling bowls of sugar puffs before leaving at 8.45 to our first tasting at Bowmore. Last year’s festival bottling … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Five: Ardbeg and Laphroaig

Day 5 –there’s no way a Chinchilla can play drums like that…. After shaking the bed out to check for any errant sand fleas that might have escaped the heel of a brogue the night before, our team assembled around the … Continue reading >>