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The Collector

Posted 24 May 2018

In 2016 the value of exported single malt Scotch whisky was reported by the SWA to have exceeded £1bn for the first time. However, when taking the entire category in to consideration, that figure is over £4bn. Blended whisky is still the economic powerhouse that keeps the wheels of the industry turning. Whilst many blended whiskies are frankly better with a mixer (and indeed designed as such), there’s still an array of fabulous expressions that stand on their own merits with outstanding flavour, composition and complexity. Whilst these are oft-times the older bottlings, the price differential between similarly aged single malts is massive – and growing. Today we’re taking a look at two well-regarded Antiquary blends – the workman-like 21 year old and the superlative 35 year old.

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The Dramble interviews Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson

Paterson's passion project

Posted 25 April 2018

In March, Gemma Paterson was named as the new Balvenie Global Brand Ambassador. Originally from the Scottish Highlands, Gemma might not have been born into whisky, but over the past four years she has completely embraced it, obtaining her General Certificate in Distilling, and studying for the three year Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma – all the while representing the Balvenie brand and its range of single malt whiskies. Dedication, commitment and passion all come naturally to Gemma.

The Dramble looks forward to new releases from Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain and Speyburn

New and shiny - March 2018

Posted 09 March 2018

I’m probably far from alone when I say that I spend too much of my personal time trawling the Internet for news of new and shiny releases that are going to be winging their way into the marketplace. Indeed, in the current whisky world, if a release is from one of more widely known distilleries, or is in anyway limited, you’re probably going to need to move fast to even have a chance of obtaining it. Sometimes you need to employ a bit of personal detective work - keeping an eye on news sites, talking to colleagues who may have overheard a morsel of information, or indeed catching up with brand reps who accidentally on purpose give you a bit of a head start. With each year there are more and more releases - too many to possibly keep track of, but here are a few upcoming bottles that I'm planning on keeping a close eye on.

The Dramble explores English whisky at Wharf Distillery in Northamptonshire

This is England 2018

Posted 30 January 2018

A little over 10 years ago distilling south of the border was all but unheard of. It used to be easy to keep abreast of distilling trends in England – there were few. Fast-forward to 2018 and there’s a veritable resurgence in English distilling – the number of English distilleries has risen by 413% in the last 6 years alone. Driven by increased interest in spirits, craft beverages and, of course, cocktails, there are now over 14 distilleries in England producing single malt whisky and countless more producing gin, brandy and other spirits. You’ve probably heard of some of them – but The Dramble had the opportunity to visit one of, if not England’s smallest distillery operation – Northamptonshire's Wharf Distillery.

The Dramble interviews Graham Eunson from Tomatin Distillery

The Softer Side of Graham Eunson

Posted 29 November 2017

Orkney-born Graham Eunson has been the General Manager of Tomatin Distillery since 2011, but whisky has been a big part of his life for many years prior to this. He’s worked at Scapa, Glendronach, Glenmorangie and Glenglassaugh clocking up over 25 years of experience within the industry and overseeing all aspects of production and warehousing along the way. For the last 6 years Eunson has been leading the distillery team at Highland distillery Tomatin, as it looks to solidify its reputation not just as a blending whisky, but as a high quality single malt in its own right.


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