Scotch Whisky

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
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 Accelerator and The Brake being poured

The Accelerator And The Brake: An Exceptional 33-Year-Old Scotch From The House Of Hazelwood

Nestled behind the worn black doors of Duty Free Warehouse “No 3” lies a treasure trove of whisky barrels, meticulously stored over decades by the Gordon family. As proprietors of William Grant, the parent company behind brands such as The Balvenie and Glenfiddich, their 80-year legacy of astute laying down of casks has yielded an extraordinary collection of malt, grain and blended whiskies, notable for their high age statements.

Tue, 10/03/2023 - 16:35
The 1983 Port Ellen photographed in the companies Huntly whisky store.

An Outstanding 40-Year-Old Port Ellen Whisky from Duncan Taylor 

Islay, the picturesque island nestled in the southernmost part of the Inner Hebrides, is renowned for its rugged beauty, rich history, and, most importantly, its whisky. Among the many distilleries that dot the island, the one name that has achieved mythical status is Port Ellen. I have yet to meet any lover of peated whisky who does not jump at every opportunity to taste the spirit from this closed distillery.

Tue, 09/26/2023 - 09:55
A portrait of Ardray whisky in David Pearce's signature style

Ardray Whisky - A Truly Delicious Blended Whisky

I typically abstain from writing about blended whisky, but it is necessary to change that stance given the resurgence the category is experiencing. Blended whisky, when crafted with care, can offer a delightful drinking experience, deserving far more recognition than it currently receives. Gone are the days of dismissive notions about inexpensive, characterless bottles; instead, we must shift our focus to the profusion of new premium releases that have emerged.

Tue, 08/08/2023 - 10:36
The Glenturret Prowess

Glenturret Prowess - Another Exceptional Whisky

Readers may recall my enthusiasm for Glenturret, which I previously extolled in a prior article (accessible here). Thus, when an invitation arrived to return to this historic distillery and sample the newest entry in their Trinity series, Prowess, I eagerly cleared my schedule. As an added treat, I was also afforded the opportunity to dine at Lalique, the distillery's Michelin-starred restaurant - a long-standing aspiration of mine since my initial visit to Glenturret in 2021.

Fri, 04/21/2023 - 10:59
The Highland Park 54 year old

Highland Park 54 Year Old Whisky - Truly Outstanding

Sometimes an invitation arrives that I clear my diary for, such is my intrigue and thirst for whisky exploration. One such invitation was to attend an event at Canary Wharf where I would be afforded the opportunity to sample the rarest and oldest bottle of Highland Park whisky ever released. A 54 Year Old with a retail price of £39k. 

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 16:28