Author Archives: Liam Hiller

Why it’s Acceptable to Get Excited by Single Cask Whisky

There has been a lot said of late regarding single cask whisky – the expected quality of such products, the actual quality of them and whether or not you are in fact getting good value for money when you purchase one has all been up for discussion. Before we begin looking into this, it is […]

Distillery of the Month – Bunnahabhain

Our Distillery of the Month for July is Islay’s most northern – Bunnahabhain. The distillery was built on the quiet northeast coast of Scotland’s most famous whisky producing island, next to the River Margadale, from which it draw its water and its name – Bunnahabhain translates from Gaelic to mean “Mouth of the River”. The […]

Distillery of the Month – Bowmore

Distillery of the Month - Bowmore

Our Distillery of the Month for June is one of Scotland’s oldest, and the oldest of all Islay distilleries – Bowmore. It was officially founded in the town of Bowmore, Islay’s capital, in 1779 by a merchant called David Simpson. Simpson actually purchased the land on which the distillery was built in 1766, and many […]

Picking a Whisky for Father’s Day

Whisky for Father's Day

With the great number of celebrations that take place throughout the year, it gets tough picking new exciting presents every time. But not when it’s Father’s Day. At least, not if you know your dad loves whisky. If you are one of those fortunate people that is well aware of their old man’s love for […]

Whisky of the Month – Bowmore 30 Year Old (Rest & Be Thankful, 1985)

It’s time to have a look at our Whisky of the Month for May. This time we have decided to go for an expression from one of Islay’s most famous and cherished distilleries, a single cask expression of which only 159 bottles were released – The Bowmore 30 Year Old from Rest & Be Thankful […]

Distillery of the Month – Bruichladdich


Our Distillery of the Month for April is one that sits on Islay’s west coast, has a topsy-turvy history and has proven itself to be one of the top innovators in recent whisky history – Bruichladdich. Early Days The Bruichladdich distillery was built in 1881 on Loch Indaal in the furthest west part of Islay […]

Whisky of the Month: Highland Park 19 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail 1995)

Highland Park 19 Year Old

It’s time to take a look at our Whisky of the Month for March. We have decided to go with a bottle from one of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, a single cask whisky that was produced specifically for the Japanese market (making it rather rare) – The Highland Park 19 Year Old by Gordon & […]

Distillery of the Month – Glenlivet


Once again it is time to look at our Distillery of the Month. For March, we’ve selected one of our favourite Speyside distilleries, one that is steeped in history (having been around since the early 19th Century) and produces some of the finest single malt whisky anywhere in the world – Glenlivet. Early Days The […]

Nosing the News: Diageo’s proposed changes to Scotch regulations

Scotch regulations

So there has been a lot of news and discussion of late surrounding Diageo’s proposed changes to the current Scotch whisky regulations. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that the whisky giant is looking at “whether potential regulatory, technical, legal or other barriers are constraining” Scotch, and whether or not the current rules offer sufficient […]

Whisky of the Month: Laphroaig 16 Year Old (Kingsbury, 1999)

Laphroaig 16 Year Old

Once again it’s time to have to have a look at our Whisky of the Month. For February we are going with a dram that is close to our hearts (both because it is a Whisky Foundation exclusive and because we thoroughly enjoyed drinking it), a dram from one of Islay’s most famous distilleries – […]

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