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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Rest in peace Dave Kilner

 You don’t expect to hear about the death of an old friend while reading a national magazine but that’s how this weekend I heard of the death of Dave Kilner.  Somewhat ironically I had been reading the tributes feature to legendary rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio in Classic Rock magazine when an interview with […]

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Whisky Tour, Spring 2010 Part 3 -Glen Grant

Thankfully I’ve been given the chance to wash away the Glenlivet experience of last week by returning to Speyside to visit one of Chivas’ former distilleries. Glen Grant was in a pretty shoddy state when I was last here some five years ago. It’s now owned by Campari and sitting here in Aberdeen airport after […]

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Whisky Tour, Spring 2010 Part 2- Edinburgh and Speyside

This has become something of a family tradition. Around my eldest son’s birthday and during school half-term we come up to Scotland for a working holiday – which means I do some work and pay for them to have a holiday. This year we travelled up on Bank Holiday Monday so Julian could have his […]

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Arran Single Sherry Cask

 Tasting Cask 96/1754. ABV  59.4% By rights I’m not sure a brutish cask such as this should work with a malt like Arran. It does though – brilliantly, a Little & Large combination with lots of kitchen pantry odours, Christmas cake mix and mouth-coating grain, red berry and orange fruits on the palate. It’s surprisingly […]

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Whisky Tour, Spring 2010: Part 1 – Islay and Arran

You don’t expect to get a suntan on Islay but we arrive at the festival to glorious sun and stunning sunsets. I once had a great debate with a bunch of Scots about which country was really God-zone – New Zealand or Scotland. Scotland won because it has so much great whisky but it was […]

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Glen Grant 170th Anniversary Limited Edition

Intense, with razor sharp grain cutting through green apples, some lemon, blood orange and banana skin.

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