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News and Views from the Road

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A New Addition to the Family

December 11, 2016

There is something we like just as much as our Single Malt.  Our transport. We spend most of our lives travelling around the Speyside area and beyond, so transport to us is like office space to you.  The views, the nature, the craic at the distilleries; it’s a hard life. ...

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Five Reasons for us to be Proud of Strathisla Distillery (Final Part)

November 1, 2016

Strathisla Distillery is one of those beautiful, iconic buildings in Moray that most of us have never been into. On a quick drive past, you’ll notice the beauty of its twin pagodas and well-kept grounds but with current ownership under Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) and over 14,000 international visitors every...

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Sherry or Bourbon? No, give me a whisky!

August 28, 2016

What on earth does Sherry or Bourbon have to do with drinking Single Malt Whisky? Answer: the type of casks that the new-make spirit (future whisky) is often matured in. It’s all about the flavour. The taste of your whisky comes from the amalgamation of the barley, the water, the...

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A SUMMER DRAM

A summer dram: Glenglassaugh Revival (even when it’s dreich)

July 17, 2016

A Scottish Summer Well, in case you didn’t know, it’s the summer holidays. We – in Scotland – do have to remind ourselves of that from time-to-time. You know, when the weather’s not at its summer best. But for all that we complain about it; the weather really isn’t a...

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“I’m looking for a distillery called Glen… something?”

July 3, 2016

Aaah, the wonderful summer months – peak holiday season – when we welcome visitors from all over the world to our beautiful area.  My all-time favourite question from visitors to Speyside has to be… “I’m looking for a distillery that starts with Glen… something?” OK… would that be Glenburgie? Glen...

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Single malts versus blends. That old chestnut.

May 16, 2016

If you’re into sitting at home with a dram putting the world to rights, you’ll almost certainly have had the blended whisky versus single malt whisky debate. It’s a fantastic time waster. It puzzles me why we compare them at all. To me, it’s the soft drink equivalent of the...

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Ballindalloch Estate: Scotland in a nutshell?

April 17, 2016

There are not many visitors who come to Scotland WITHOUT at least a castle, a distillery or a round of golf on their bucket list. Ballindalloch Estate has all three – could it be Scotland in a nutshell? They even have a grass maze for those of you with a...

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Wayhey! It’s the Speyside Way!

March 7, 2016

You lucky, care-free, walking holiday-makers, that’s all I can say. I have yet to walk the full 65 miles of the Speyside Way in one go, but if the start is anything to go by, the full stretch is going to be truly magical. The Speyside Way is one of...

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Cask Strength Whisky, the perfect gift

February 12, 2016

The world of Cask Strength Whisky. You arrive in Scotland, meander round a few distilleries and start to notice these dangerous-looking CASK STRENGTH WHISKY bottles, displaying an alcohol volume that you would be afraid to put on your paint-brushes, never mind down your throat. And then, if you’re like me,...

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Five reasons for us to be proud of Strathisla Distillery (Parts 3 and 4)

January 16, 2016

Strathisla Distillery is one of those beautiful, iconic buildings in Moray that most of us have never been into. On a quick drive past, you’ll notice the beauty of its twin pagodas and well-kept grounds but with current ownership under Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) and over 14,000 international visitors every...

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