The Balvenie Craftsman’s Dinner.. Tweet Tasting..

Balvenie whisky and Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) just held an amazing live tasting on twitter and I once again had the extreme privilege to be included on the night.. The tasting was to be held in support of The Craftsman Dinner which is held each year by Michelin starred chef Michel Roux and the Balvenie to…

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…

Lossit-Small batch (The Lost Distillery Company)

Turning back the clock in whisky isn’t always possible but ” The Lost Distillery Company” are trying to do just that, well ok not quite turn back the clock but rather to give us an indication of what these lost distilleries might be producing today if they were still operating..   Lossit ” Farm ” distillery…

Tweet tasting with Loch Lomond..

Wednesday 31st May.. Time, 7pm.. Event,  Loch Lomond Tweet tasting.. Organiser, Steve Rush ( @whiskywire ) Loch Lomond Group.. The ever growing phenomenon of live tastings on twitter just notched another epic tasting thanks to organiser Steve Rush from the Whiskywire and tweet tasting brand on twitter.. This time he linked up with the LochLomond…

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…

Ben Lomond World Whisky Day take over

Press Release..     Ben Lomond World Whisky Day take over Get ready to dust off your hiking boots and enjoy a wonderful walk with a unique whisky-themed twist. Award winning Loch Lomond Single Malt Whisky is planning to ‘take-over’ one of Scotland’s most iconic summits, Ben Lomond, on Saturday 20 May to celebrate World…

Worldwide whiskies with the Dram Team

Forget Philes Fogg and his amazing journey around the world in 80 days, there is a new way to travel round the world and it only takes 6 easy steps.. You don’t need a private jet or some fancy yacht, you don’t even need to be a millionaire!! All you need to do is get in…

Glenburgie 9 yo (Claxton’s)

Claxtons, the Yorkshire based independent bottlers continue into 2017 with another single cask release.. This Glenburgie 9 yo from a single hogsheads cask is of course natural colour and NCF, bottled at a cask strength of 57.8% abv you can’t really ask for much more.. Glenburgie is not a whisky that we come across everyday…

Craigellachie 31 …. (Worlds Best ? )

Any one remotely interested in whisky other than drinking the stuff will know about the many awards and acknowledgements handed out to various expressions each and every year, many of you out there will also know that when something is acknowledged as the best in the world there is a lot of scepticism surrounding that…

Mixing it up with Douglas Laing..

Last night Myself and good friend Craig, a fellow blogger ( craigleewatson.wordpress.com )  had the privilege of joining in with Douglas Laing and a live tasting on Facebook involving The Epicurean and a couple of cocktails. The Epicurean is a release from Douglas Laing to showcase 2 of the best Lowland distilleries Scotland has to offer…..

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…

Glendronach 12.

Glendronach…  Sherry… and big bold flavours and aromas just seem to go so well in the same sentence, but is it the same when we get down to the entry level expressions. This 12 yo whisky is matured in the same styles as some of the older expressions using the finest European oak that has…

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…

Bruichladdich Islay Barley

What do we have here then ? Another expression from those guys at Bruichladdich distillery,  this time the Islay based distillery is offering us a 100% Islay Barley made whisky.  Made with barley harvested back in 2006  from Rockside Farm ( located on Islay ) and distilled in 2007, this expression really is all Islay…

Douglas Laing announce “SCALLYWAG 13 YEARS OLD Limited Edition”

Press Release..   Announcing The Launch Of SCALLYWAG 13 YEARS OLD Limited Edition SPEYSIDE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY From Douglas Laing Douglas Laing & Co., leading independent Scotch Whisky firm, today unleash Scallywag 13 Years Old, a limited edition “big brother” to the original Scallywag Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky. The new release is matured exclusively in…