Teerenpeli Palo

David's Drink Diaries - Issue 8

My tasting desk is rather full at the moment due to a break over the festive period, resulting in a longer-than-usual diary entry. As you might have noticed, I have started to incorporate wine into my musings, a trade I was in for many years. This diversification into wine feels like a homecoming of sorts, blending my past with the present. In this edition, I'm excited to share my thoughts on a few wines that have caught my eye—and taste buds.

Wed, 02/14/2024 - 12:55
Along Came Jones

David's Drink Diaries - Issue 7

This edition marks an evolution in my drink diaries, as I introduce wine alongside my whisky musings. As a former Sommelier in a Michelin-starred restaurant, it feels both natural and exciting to start sharing this passion with you. Just as I have written about whisky and all of its pleasures, I will write in a similar way about wine. Expect insights and stories behind some of the world’s most esteemed vineyards and hidden gems, with of course lots of tasting notes. 

Thu, 02/01/2024 - 17:09
The Almanac Presentation

The Macallan Celebrates Its Bicentennial with "Tales of The Macallan Volume II

The Macallan is synonymous with unparalleled quality, craftsmanship, and a steadfast commitment to whisky making. This year, as The Macallan commemorates two centuries of excellence, enthusiasts like myself are buzzing with excitement to hear of the new releases that promise to mark this bicentennial celebration. Their 200th birthday is also an opportunity to reflect on the brand's contributions to the whisky world, and to toast all that they have achieved so far. 

Wed, 01/31/2024 - 16:42
Martingale Cognac

David's Drink Diaries - Issue 6

The Whisky Exchange 

Irish whiskey, alongside rum, are two categories I want to delve deeper into during 2024. They both excite me in different ways. Irish whiskey is gaining momentum and there is a real keenness to explore flavours and different finishes. This may not be for the purist, but I actively seek out the different. Single Irish Post Still Whiskey is made from both malted and unmalted barley, making it quite different from Scotch in its flavour profile. 

Wed, 01/24/2024 - 18:53
Graham McTavish with a bottle of The Warchief

McTavish Spirits - From The Hobbit To Bourbon

McTavish Spirits - The Warchief

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation for a one-on-one interview with Hollywood star Graham McTavish, to taste his new 7-year-old Bottled in Bond Bourbon, aptly named "McTavish - The Warchief" I approached the interview with a degree of scepticism, my past encounters with celebrity-endorsed spirits have left me under-impressed, given their tendency to prioritise branding over the quality of the whisky itself, often resulting in disappointment.

Mon, 12/18/2023 - 18:24
Da Mhile 20-Year-Old Grain

David's Drink Diaries - Issue 5

As you might expect, this time of year is pretty busy for all drink writers, and I for one have a desk of samples to taste through. This seems to pale into insignicance though compared to the sheer amount of Whisky Cask investment firms adverts I am being fed on social media. I urge you to avoid these and the promises of great returns unless you have specialist expertise. It is not regulated, casks are often vastly overpriced and you may not even own the cask you think you have bought. Buyer beware. 

On to this editions tastings:-

Mon, 12/11/2023 - 17:19
Bladnoch Alinta

David's Drink Diaries - Issue 4

Mossburn Distillery Collaborates With FourSquare

At the heart of Mossburn's whisky production is the art of blending. They are passionate about the craft of combining different whisky stocks to create harmonious and complex final expressions. They meticulously select casks from various distilleries, each contributing its own distinct flavour profile, and blend them to achieve a balanced and memorable whisky.

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 09:46
The White Peak Distillery

White Peak - Derbyshire's Whisky Distillery

As I made a left turn from the A6 in Derbyshire to visit White Peak Distillery located in the stunning Derwent Valley, I was transported to a bygone era, steeped in decades of industrial history. This locale evoked the ambience of an environment where workers might have toiled for 12-hour shifts, clocking out at the end of the day, covered in the grime of their labour, fatigued, and longing for a full plate of homecooked food. It held a certain charm, which resonated with me, as it must have with Max and Claire Vaughan.

Tue, 11/14/2023 - 17:50