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New old stuff from Bunnahabhain

Posted 16 March 2018

Earlier this week, Bunnahabhain announced the release of two new exciting limited edition expressions in the form of Bunnahabhain 2003 Pedro Ximenez Finish and 2004 Moine Brandy Finish. Well kind of. Both these releases were already announced and available directly via the distillery’s web shop last year. They sold out pretty quickly. Turns out that Bunnahabhain have been sitting on a fair few more of these limited edition bottles and are now looking to disperse them beyond the boundaries of their website  – which incidentally is looking much improved since the distillery’s recent trivial logo update. So, as I’ve had both these ‘new’ bottles sitting in the bar for some time now, seems like an ideal moment to crack them open for a proper look-see.

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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.

The Dramble interviews Dominik M. Falger owner of Embury Bar Frankfurt

Falger’s Fine Art

Posted 14 November 2017

The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David A. Embury was first published in 1948. Offering a conversational and oft-times witty take on the fundamentals of mixology, it is one of the most referenced and cited cocktail books, and responsible for influencing a generation of cocktail enthusiasts including Frankfurt-based Dominik M.Falger. Inspired by his background in, and love for, mixing drinks, Falger has recently opened Embury Bar, Drawing from his own private collection, Falger has created a venue that encapsulates both the growing zeitgeist in Frankfurt for high quality well-constructed cocktails, as well as a veritable mecca for whisky lovers, with a selection as deep as it is broad.

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