Ballechin, 10 year old (from Edradour)

Ballechin, 10 year old (from Edradour)

Edradour is a typically unpeated malt, so interesting things always happen when you take something standard and mess around with it. The name ‘Ballechin’ is from another distillery from the same area as Edradour, Pitlochry in Perthshire. It’s nice to not lose these names entirely to history.

The GlenDronach, Cask Strength & Sherried

The GlenDronach, Cask Strength & Sherried

I remember, 5 o’clock sherry, the awful, cheap, puckering kind. In the lounge room of his house with half-completed wallpaper and an old boxset television, he would pour a glass of sherry from the sideboard . And then he’d look sideways at me, at all of twelve years old and say, ‘Want a little?’

Tomatin 15, Tempranillo

Tomatin 15, Tempranillo

For me, this whisky starts with a long, slow dinner in the middle of winter a few years ago, when I was first introduced to Tempranillo wine. The conversation was sweet and easy in the manner of old friends gathered around a table.

The Glenturret, 17 years

The Glenturret, 17 years

There are two real benefits to drinking out, instead of drinking in – no matter how great your home selection is. The first, is and will always be, the company you keep when you go out. Fellow lovers of whisky and good people congregate in good places. Second,...