Islay Whisky Festival: Day Three – Bruichladdich

The weather had improved incredibly after Saturday’s wash out, so onwards to the Bruichladdich open day. Speaking to Jim McEwan the night before, the last 8 years of festivals have remained sunny for the distillery’s open day, so all fingers … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival Day Two: Lagavulin & Ardbeg

The 6.30 wake up call resonated through our ears like plates being dropped in a restaurant; initial shock followed by reluctant applause.  But you get on with enjoying your lot and pay your bill at the end.  And a reasonable … Continue reading >>

Islay Festival 2009: Day One

Islay Day One Day 1- Well, this is it. Over 6 months of planning and many excited emails, the 22nd of May has arrived – our first day on the trek towards Islay and 2009′s Feis Ile.  This year’s reports … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Suntory Hibiki 12 Years Old

Right, time is cracking on on Friday afternoon, so I’ll make this brief.  After a splendid tasting by Suntory at TWE Vinopolis on Wednesday night I was rather disappointed that the 12 year-old Hibiki (which I’d tasted at Whisky Live … Continue reading >>

Colour Me Goodd, I’m Chlorochrous With Envy

I received an email from Angus Winchester’s mailing list today that has revolutionised my future tasting notes for this blog in a small but brilliant way. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, Angus is a bona fide … Continue reading >>

Diageo Announces Islay Festival Bottlings 2009

This just into my inbox: “To celebrate this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music on 23-30 May, Diageo is once again making available two special Festival editions of its Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. These very limited editions will … Continue reading >>

Tasting: Old Bothwell Port Ellen 1982 Cask 2729

You never know what you’re going to get with Port Ellen - it’s remarkable how many different styles of malt the distillery was capable of.  I’ve tried long-aged austere, lemony beauties; young bourbon casks with enough delicate complexity to make you weep for … Continue reading >>

Port Askaig: New Single Islay Malt Range

Very exciting developments here at TWE Towers, as our sister company Speciality Drinks Ltd has launched a new range of Single Islay Malts! Here’s the press release: “The single malts of Islay are arguably Scotland’s most talked about whiskies and … Continue reading >>

Tasting: New Laphroaig 25 yo Cask Strength

I only got a small olfactory glimpse of this one as I had to share a sample with two fellow attendees at the Laphroaig tasting in Albannach I told you about on Monday.  Unfortunately, over-attendance at a previous tasting meant there wasn’t enough … Continue reading >>

Tasting: New Laphroaig 18 Year Old

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a Laphroaig tasting held at Albannach (a posh whisky bar in Trafalgar Square in London).  I’m not often invited to this sort of event as I’m not very important in … Continue reading >>

Bruichladdich Octomore / Ardbeg Supernova Tasting

To be honest, peating levels shouldn’t be a competition.  “My ppm is bigger than yours” sounds pretty ridiculous however you dress it up.  This sort of thing might be construed as macho willy-waving and not very big or clever – … Continue reading >>

Tasting: Hanyu Ten of Clubs Japanese Malt

Okay, cutting it fine to get this out on time, but I’m determined – so here we go (this might look familiar to readers of the last post): Introducing (drum roll, please) Hanyu Distillery – Ichiro’s Card Series: Ten of … Continue reading >>