I love a good blind tasting…

cadenheads-whisky-shop-on-the-royal-mile-edinburgh-dyphp2My first proper tasting in Edinburgh at the Tolbooth Tavern on the Royal Mile, courtesy of Cadenhead.
“It’s not for whisky nazis” I’m reminded; it’s for open minded lovers of a good dram, where all are equal and (apart from maybe wrongly identifying a blind sample) there is no wrong answer. My kind of people.

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Scotch Whisky Experience morning master class

scotchwhiskyexperienceWhisky aficionados and amateurs alike, everybody loves a good master class. Even the most experienced and geeky of us sometimes find the geographical journey through Scotch a bit like the drive to work – it’s all a bit hazy, with no specific memory.
However, the master class at the Scotch Whisky Experience does it a bit differently.
They’re in the process of a refurbishing the shop with flavour and style rather than geography taking precedence as the main drive for the customer experience.

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Bruichladdich "The Sixteens" Cuvee A – Pauillac, Chateau Lafite

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There’s some exciting stuff coming out of Bruichladdich at the moment, including “The Sixteens”, a range of 16 year old whiskies finished in first growth Bordeaux wine cask finishes.
Now, I know there are some naysayers out there who are critical of the fact thatin 2009 the distillery released 27 different expressions – some better than others, but what I’ve got here is a new one, and it’s a goodie.

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Review: Bruichladdich 16yo Full Strength, 56.1%

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Briuchladdich is probably the most prolific whisky distillery in the northern hemisphere – last year 22 expressions of the malt were released, thanks to the experimental (some might say just mental) efforts of Production Director Jim McEwan. This is one of those, distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2005.

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