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The Dramble reviews Loch Lomond 2010 10 year old TWE Exclusive

The number of the yeast

Posted 13 January 2021

It takes somewhere in the region of 30 billion yeast cells to create a single ounce of whisky. A distiller’s yeast strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae propagates mainly through asexual ‘budding’ where an offspring cell or ‘bleb’ is formed from the mother cell, which in turn splits its nucleus into the child cell forming an entirely new spore. This can happen with furious momentum – so much so that within a few days, a test tube full of yeast culture will prove enough to populate 100,000 gallons of wash with over 150 million cells per ml. Yeast is often about numbers – and these are often very big numbers.

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Green piece

Posted 11 January 2021

The sustainability of the whisky industry is a topic rarely given as much attention as it deserves on the pages of whisky blogs. Despite the core ingredients of whisky being seemingly limitless, the impacts of their convergence within distillation are often far from neutral. Whilst not listed on environmental shit list alongside fuel producers, transportation companies and fashion production – virtually all aspects of the production of spirit require inputs that result in by-products – some of which are not easy or cheap to deal with in an ecologically-minded manner.

Swissky business

Posted 07 January 2021

Ask a whisky enthusiast to name a dozen distilleries in Scotland and they’ll reel off a list in no time at all. But ask the same enthusiast about Swiss distilleries they’ll likely stumble from the off, only being able to name one (Langatun) or possible two (Santis). But nevertheless, as of writing there are upwards of 60 whisky-producing distilleries across Switzerland. Far from a shabby achievement considering that the distilling of grain-based spirits was outlawed from 1932 all the way until 1999.

The Dramble reviews Redbreast 1989 30 year old Port Finish TWE Exclusive

Back to it

Posted 04 January 2021

Everyone needs a break. Without dwelling on the year that was (there’s more then enough ‘year in review posts’ already written to depress yourself with) – 2020 was as close as I’ve ever come to feeling burnt out. A combination of taking on too many things at once, whilst simultaneously being unable to escape – often from my computer, let alone my house – makes for a situation where some ‘me time’ is certainly required. After 10 days of ‘cerebral maintenance’ (read: eating and drinking too much whilst largely off the grid) it’s time to get back to it. And in a similar vein, today is likely the day that most distilleries and bottlers put down the chocolate boxes and TV remotes and make vain attempts to get back into their now ill-fitting clothes.

The Dramble reviews Boutique-y Whisky Islay #4 11 year old Batch 1

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.24

Posted 25 December 2020

Welcome to the end. The conclusion of our 24-day journey into the annals of Boutique-y Whisky and the start of the much needed break to recharge the whisky writing batteries. Today is a special day for many - so no (d)rambling introductions, nor long-winded sermons - just a hearty, heartfelt festive thank you for your support throughout 2020 and the best of wishes for the holidays.

The Dramble reviews Boutique-y Whisky Japanese Blended Whisky #1 21 year old Batch 5

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.23

Posted 24 December 2020

At the start of the Japanese whisky famine, the country’s largest producers signalled that they were aiming to have rebuilt their stocks of aged whisky in time for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The milestone event would provide both an influx of eager thirsty tourists as well as a global spotlight on the country’s culture – of which distilling has increasingly become a celebrated part of – perhaps even more so outside of Japan than within in. Events in 2020 have necessitated that all these things have been put on ice – until July 2021. And in whisky terms, I guess we’ll have to wait to see whether the publicised stockpiling of whisky reserves took place as planned.

The Dramble reviews Boutique-y Blended Malt #4 6 year old Batch 1

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.22

Posted 23 December 2020

Seeing Blended Malt #4 6 year old Batch 1 yet again in the Boutique-y Advent calendar felt like a great disturbance in the Force - as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Of all the drams to be recycling into Christmas, it pains me that it’s *still* this one - a whisky that is not only my lowest scoring Boutique-y whisky, but something I have become oddly and most annoyingly inseparable from over the past three years. As if 2020 couldn't get any worse. 

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