Jim Murray’s whisky of the year 2018 …

Jim Murray’s whisky bible whisky / whiskey of the year 2018 has been announced and this year I can’t see the big out cry from his discussion.. There will still be a few talking points but there is nothing new there.. (Drum roll) 2018 World Whisky of the Year is.. Colonel E.H. Taylor 4 Grain…

Which side of the table ? ..

Another festival this weekend had me heading down south to London where the streets are paved with gold and dreams can come true.. Ok not exactly what I found but some dreams could possibly come true but that’s another story. This weekend was only the weekend for the whisky exchange show where us northern folk…

The Five Virtues of Route 501 Tomatin adds to the NC500 route

Press Release. The Five Virtues of Route 501 Tomatin adds to the NC500 route Tomatin Distillery have gone the extra mile giving the famous North Coast 500 route, Scotland’s No.1 coastal adventure, a unique whisky theme. They have created the Tomatin Route 501 to give whisky fans an opportunity to bring to life their limited…

Festival fever …

Another weekend and  another festival has come and gone.. Newcastle, Manchester, Stoke,  Birmingham and Liverpool have all been visited over the past weeks / months with London, York and possibly a return to Birmingham on the cards before the end of the year so I thought I would just have a brief sum up of…

The GreatDrams of Scotland.. By Greg Dillon

Press Release..   The GreatDrams of Scotland A conversational meander through the rich history of Scotch whisky By Greg Dillon Winner of the UK Food & Drink Blog of the Year 2017 Published in hardback on 12th October, £19.99 “Greg’s love of whisky drips through every chapter, and his writing is authentic, incisive and entertaining….

It’s time for your whisky calendar..

September is upon us and already it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas Advent calendar.. Yes that’s right it’s not just a time for the kids to open up a little door in order to get a little chocolate but now all us big kids who pretend to be adults can now join in…

THEATRE OF DRAMS A new Islay Whisky Festival

Press Release..         LEARN ENOUGH TO START YOUR OWN DISTILLERY! http://www.TheatreofDrams.scot Introducing a new Whisky Festival in Islay. 23-27 October 2017, Bowmore Hall, Islay. THEATRE OF DRAMS Whisky Symposium – Five days whisky making knowledge imparted by distillers, barley experts, chemists, coppersmiths, coopers, brand ambassadors and more. Theoretical lectures each morning follow…

In the moment.

As you pour the last drops from your dream bottle, the gentle splash as the nectar hits the glass,  those expectant moments when anything can happen,  these are the times we crave in our whisky journey,  the gentle aromas rising from the Glencairn as you slowly tilt and gaze at the wonderful colours that greet…

ENGLAND’S NEWEST WHISKY & GIN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES FOUNDERS’ CLUB

Press Release..   BECOME A FOUNDING MEMBER OF ENGLAND’S NEWEST WHISKY & GIN DISTILLERY   Cooper King Distillery’s Founders’ Club has launched and offers members of the public a rare chance to shape the future of England’s newest whisky distillery. The Founders’ Club calls on whisky and gin enthusiasts to become a founding member of…

Those summertime drams..

We just hit temperatures of over 20 degrees for a full week here in the uk so summertime might be over but I thought I would take a quick look at those drams that will be on offer here in the OCD office..   It’s time to reach for those lighter, more floral, fruity drams…

Glen Scotia adds 25-year-old to range..

Press Release..   Glen Scotia 25-year-old sets sail Independent Campbeltown distillery, Glen Scotia, has added a 25-year-old single malt to its award-winning range. The single malt, which is dominated by maritime influences, was launched at the Campbeltown Whisky Festival on Wednesday 24 May. Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia distillery is one of three surviving distilleries…

Isle of Arran Distillery toasts international drinks tourism award win

Press Release..     Isle of Arran Distillery toasts international drinks tourism award win Isle of Arran Distillers has been recognised at the prestigious Drinks Business Awards for their success and investment in wine and spirits tourism. An international award judged by the biggest drinks trade magazine in the world, the distillery beat off tough…

Distell’s Scotch portfolio receives international honours

Press Release..   International wine, spirit and cider producer, Distell, has received recognition from across the globe for its Scotch Whisky collection at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), as well as the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). The portfolio received 29 awards in total, including the Director’s Award of Excellence from SFWSC. The…

Gold for Gordon & MacPhail at the International Spirits Challenge 2017

Press Release..   Leading malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is celebrating gold medal success at the 2017 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) for its Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954. Now in its 22nd year, the ISC is billed as one of the premier events in the spirits calendar and receives more than 1,300 entries from…

TOMATIN WHISKY CELEBRATE HISTORIC WIN AT INDUSTRY ‘OSCARS’…

Press release..   Tomatin Distillery can proudly announce that our 36 Year Old Single Malt has scooped the top prize at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, having been awarded ‘Best Scotch’, beating off stiff competition from hundreds of brands and distillers around the world. A judging panel of high-calibre industry experts awarded the…

Thinking aloud

We often get asked to name our favourite whisky or what makes a perfect whisky but to me the more important question should be what is whisky to you.. For me it’s a way of escaping the day to day stresses, a way to just sit down and let the world go by without having…

Ocdwhisky meets This is my dram podcast.

A few weeks ago while working for Paul John whisky at the Whisky Lounge festival in Newcastle I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with the guys from “This is my dram” .. These guys do a podcast and whisky blog that also incorporates music ! Although fairly new I must say it…

JOHNNIE WALKER RELAUNCHES 18-YEAR-OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY

PRESS RELEASE..   JOHNNIE WALKER RELAUNCHES 18-YEAR-OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY 04 APRIL 2017: Johnnie Walker has relaunched its 18-year-old blended Platinum Scotch whisky with a new name – Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years – and a sophisticated new look. The super-premium blend of up to 18 different whiskies, each chosen for their depth of flavour…