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Posted 22 June 2021

With all the focus on limited editions, chasey-exclusives, near-constant, locked-down digital dramming and bizarre Insta photos of sealed bottles artfully posed in places where they most certainly don’t belong (I can make a few additional suggestions of where you can put them) – it’s all too easy for folk to quickly lose sight of the fact that whisky and socialisation are deeply entwined. Whether father, mother, sister or brother. Whether best friend or newest friend. Whether new arrival or dearly departed. The sharing of a dram has been a point of social bonding for generations.

Posted 25 January 2021

My inbox is currently burgeoning with suggestions of the finest bottles to toast the bard with. A veritable flood of recommendations for whiskies that are judged the most suitable for an occasion such as this evening. And looking through the myriad pitches for appropriateness it seems that pretty much any whisky is fair game as being Burns approved. And that’s usually the rub with whisky daubed as ‘special occasion’ – as opposed to possessing any degree of relevance to the event, most occasionally-themed whisky is nothing more than an opportunity to sell bottles – popular bottles, unpopular bottles, special offer bottles – it honestly doesn’t matter. But it’s Burn’s night – so you really should buy something right?

Posted 17 May 2021

Whilst my appreciation for certain styles of cinema remains constant, my favourite film could change every day. Mood plays a significant role in shaping our tastes – and depending on my disposition I could find myself yearning to spend a couple of hours exploring something new and unfamiliar – or equally I could find myself curing up on the sofa with an old favourite that’s been watched countless times already. But regardless of which flavour of flick I’m looking for, there are times when I find myself seeking out the same things in films as I often do in whiskies – richness, depth, focus, intensity, balance, harmony and finesse. But what those things actually mean and how they manifest themselves within a glass is far from easy to truly understand.

Independent Bottlings


Posted 23 July 2021

First up from the June 2021 batch from Watt Whisky we’re over to Goa in India for a 4 year old Paul John that has been fully matured in the distillery’s underground warehouse. The site currently consists of three warehousing areas – the underground area stores up to 4,000 barrels and has a lower temperature and less humidity than the two ‘upper’ warehouses, which together store 12,000 barrels and see evaporation levels hitting 8-10% annually. Available for £84.95 from The Whisky Exchange.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Posted 10 December 2018

Door number 9 of the 2018 Boutique-y Advent calendar reveals a whisky I’ve seen and tasted a fair number of times whilst on my travels – Paul John 6 year old Batch 3. Boutique-y bottled this Indian whisky back in 2016, and with just 822 bottles, it’s a little surprising to see that not only is there still enough liquid left to dram up and pack this year’s calendar with, but there’s still whole bottles available for sale. Perhaps that might be something to do with the price, or indeed fickle consumer trends…



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