Scotch Malt Whisky Society Outturn July 2010

The new list arrived today in time for this Friday’s release, which for the guys in the Marketing team I have to say this is one of first times it’s came before the list is out.

For those not familiar with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society its a member club specialising in single cask single malt whisky from around the world. They have a panel of eight people

Does age really matter?

By 1910 the Pattison crash had helped to bankrupt many Scottish & English distilleries. Four years late World War was declared and in 1916 was in full swing. Troops on the front line and in Blighty where drinking heavily. Whisky at this point didn’t have to be aged at all and could be taken…

SMWS 119.12 (Yamazaki 16yo – Mizunara)

A fantastic whisky, but although the label describes it as Chewy and cheek-sucking I disagree. I’ll be sending a sample to the first five people to email me

Whisky, from divine beginnings.

As a ritual to imbibe some of the “spirit” of Dionysus (the wine and fire god) the method of heating basic wines in ceramic cups was discovered. In the 800BC period the ancient Greeks & Egyptians found that they could capture the evaporating ether (or the God Dionysus) with a basic lid.

Mizuwari – Japanese whisky, the perfect summer drink.

For a lot of people whisky isn’t a summer drink. Generally being relegated to the back of the booze cupboard like a football team that gets a second chance every winter. Well in Japan they’ve got it right. For many Japanese people whisky is a refreshing summers drink, it just requires a small tweak. Now [...]

Bagging Whisky in Scotland

When on Islay last month I did an interview at Bruichladdich with the Bagging Scotland team re:Drinks by the Dram from Master of Malt. Was a couple of drams in to the day by this point! They also did a great interview with Neil and Joel from (which should come soon), If you haven’t [...]

Whisky Squad – Follow up notes

That was a great night and some fantastic and interesting whiskies, plus a great group of guys! Willie Philips once said:

“When presenting a tasting to a group you should aim to have them treat and approach each whisky as a small child does the world around them!”

Whisky squad – The 3rd meeting

Sat in the Gunmakers in Farringdon (a great real ale pub) for our monthly get together. Just had a great meeting with the Movember guys and setting up for tonights Scottish Island tasting (excludes Islay). When buying our budget is £15 each, between 12 – 13 people and we’ve done well this week. Our line [...]

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