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. http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/kilner/3162942 Somewhat ironically I had been reading the tributes feature to legendary rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio in Classic Rock magazine when an interview with [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Intense, with razor sharp grain cutting through green apples, some lemon, blood orange and banana skin.