Friday, 23 September 2011

Foggy train ride to London Euston and have a bag of whiskies for PureFestival. Got @teganandsara "walking with a ghost" stuck in my head.
Time for a cup of tea & hearty breakfast before heading into London to set up @Purefestival.
Received a whole pile of blend samples this week. Feel a post on the differences brewing TullamoreD.E.W Grants25 WemyssMalts & cuttysark
RT @grimnorth: ... WTF?
Ruling for UK market in Budvar beer battle.
USA: News From TTB - Personalized Labels. @MasterOfMalt might be of interest.
The Whisky Advocate Magazine is Launched (rebranded of Malt Advocate).

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Down @PureFestival this weekend to promote @whisky4movember team/@Movember. Excited to see the @MasterOfMalt label mock up!
Inchgower manager's choice. Dantastic dram from Colin Dunn's stash. Big orange marmalade and Christmas cake.
Beirut: Tiny Desk Concert : NPR
Facebook deal with Diageo fuels under-age drinking fears

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Ok early start for a Sunday. Heading to St George Distillery with the SMWSLondon team. Should be good fun but badly in need of a coffee!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

whisky distilling is to be revived in Cumbria – but this time it will be legal...
Calling London Whisky fans: Running the Mo 5km Sunday, 27th November Movember. @whisky4movember
Lansley: minimum pricing could have wrong impact
Health Secretary calls on all drinks firms to sign Responsibility Deal
20 White Dog Whiskeys Reviewed including Makers Mark, Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace
USA: Ken Burns' 'Prohibition' tells story of rise and fall of Eighteenth Amendment
USA: College Newspaper Booze Ad Ban Goes to Court
Project to chart the history of Deanston Distillery has been launched.
FT blog post on Taiwan Scotch consumption
The laddie 10 launch...

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

8 beers Americans no longer drink

Monday, 12 September 2011

Supermarket beer sales overtake pub beer sales for first time
Danger! Exploding Stella Artois Cidre in recall
Emerging markets help boost Scotch exports
USA Study: Children more likely to drink and drive if parents drink
From last weeks washington post: Beer's black market:
Brazilians get a taste for Scotch Whisky

Saturday, 10 September 2011

"And You and I" by Yes is a monster of a tune. Good foundation to a Saturday morning before working at Selfridge's Birmingham later today!
After hearing "owner of a lonely heart" on the radio yesterday I've had to pull Close to the Edge album by Yes. Forgot how great it is!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Heading to Birmingham tomorrow morning. Will be at Selfridge's doing sampling of bottle aged cocktails if anyone is around.
Earthquake update: 6.7 and Was 135km from Port Hardy, no tsunami warning, epicentre was 16 miles underwater.
On the tube & heading to host a tasting. Listening to HotSnakes as a warm up (damn they kick ass) What would be your go to for motivation?
You got a gimp mask with you? RT @maltwhiskybar: More importantly, which @MasterOfMalt guy is going to be my fag!
Whisky FF! @whiskys_co_uk @MasterOfMalt @Grantswhisky @WhiskyNotes @WhiskyWall @whisky2dot0 @WorldWhiskyDay @TheTracerBullet
A friend is doing the Scottish coast to coast for Alzheimer Scotland. If you're feeling generous donate here:
The Penny Magazine 1842. Looking at a London based grain, rum, gin and brandy distiller near Chelsea bridge.
Google buys Zagat to vie with OpenTable, Yelp.
Glenmorangie malt fit for a Prince:

Thursday, 8 September 2011

MoM 14yo Dalmore tastes like a wham bar, tingling with lots of big fruit and chewiness. Big apple and slight cardamon to the finish.
Dalmore 14yo from @MasterOfMalt. The nose is slightly like plasticine, cherry lips and tobacco smoke.
Wine: Screw caps make more inroads.
Spirits journal launches rum site:

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Enrique Iglesias Announces Partnership with ATLANTICO Rum

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Check out Glenfiddich pioneers ( Three day summit featuring polar explorer Pen Hadow OneDayYouWill...

Monday, 5 September 2011

Potentially an awesome match for a dram of Springbank CV RT @esquireuk: If you don't know what to cook for dinner...

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Would be a winner combo! RT @missdaisyfrost: Who would you choose to HostTheOscars ? I would go for Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Bike chain broke and just missed an on coming car as I was thrown from my bike! Very close call. Sore, but OK. Time for Ardbeg_Alligator!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

OK, listen no. six of WatchtheThrone. Production value is great & would say it's like a highland park 18yo! @weheartwhisky what you think?
Listening to WatchtheThrone by Jay-z and Kanye West. Brilliant album! Huge social commentary on the negative side of American culture.
Important question: What makes a good whisky Bar? @maltwhiskybar

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Trying R5.1 - 9yo Longpond from SMWS. Mint Chocolate chip ice cream with coconut and carrot cake. Amazing!
Punters could pay tax to cover cost of clearing up mess caused by binge drinking

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Pre-nosing the 30.66. Cinder toffee, macadamia, blood orange and fresh cut cedar!
Down at St Paul's Grange hotel to host a SMWS tasting. It's been a while, but excited to try some awesome drams!
Alcohol related hospital admissions up by almost 900 a day
Scotch soars in the Americas

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Good ale pubs London? Heading to the V&A, etc... then back eastward anywhere worth the time? @jasonbstanding @cowfish

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

At The Cow in Nottinghill, fantastic seafood and Guinness!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Glenflarclas 1974 family cask at 60.8%. Great balance on the nose. big vanilla, clove, cinnamon, orange peel with ash & smoke.

Friday, 19 August 2011

The best baby grow ever! Sadly sold out. RT @NekoCase "@Slayer: Something for the Slatanic Infant! Slayer Onesie..."

Thursday, 18 August 2011

On the train home after working a BombaySapphire pop-up event. Was an interesting concept, plus the latest I've work in a while!
Champagne sets dates for 'extremely early' harvest
Bizarre forklift chase: Driver allegedly chugs beer along way

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Rapid production expansion prepares for 'booming' Scotch Whisky future, Euromonitor.

Friday, 12 August 2011

FF @NumberOneDrinks @S_Rob @sjoerd972 @DrammedVillage @dr_whisky @davebroomwhisky @whiskycast
Whisky bloggers FF @cowfish @JewMalt @TheWhiskyWire @weheartwhisky @EdinburghWhisky @WhiskyNotes @whisky4everyone @themaltedmuse
When did it become Friday?! Seem to have lost a week.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wow, St Austell brewery are charging £150 for an 7yo Cornish whisky, That's insane! Collectable or not.
Korean importer smuggled spirit into USA

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The cooper and his trade. 1971
The copper and his trade 1971.
Been in London for the day doing some Whisky bits. Heading home bore the criminality and Londonlooting potentially starts! Tubes super busy
Amazing! RT @DiplomaticoRum: Putting all together for the visit of the Master Blender Tito Cordero for the UK @Rumfest!
SMWS members in london, 2 tickets left for Whisky and Teppanyaki display at Benihana
True! RT@GinMonkeyUK: Surely that should be *commercial* alcoholic foam RT @thewhiskyguy: The first ever alcoholic foam
The first ever alcoholic foam

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Trying out a stand-up desk. Meant to be healthier way to work & better for creativity/productivity.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

listening to tongue-tied by @GROUPLOVE on allsongsconsidered. Super fun song!
Hold the lime, U.S. migrates to premium tequila
Nice! RT @thelarderhouse: Recharing our 150 ltr barrel ahead of it's fill next week.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Auction: £75,000 for bottle of wine

Monday, 25 July 2011

New Whisky Show Masterclass: Exotic fruit with @Dave Broom: <-- Tickets on sale next Monday :)
Getting lights, tripod and other bits together. Off to London to film first episode of VillageoftheDrammed. Get updated @DrammedVillage

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Follow @DrammedVillage, recording episode 1 of "Village of the Drammed" this Monday. Will go live on August 1st.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Red Bull Pulls The Plug On Cola And Energy Shot Drinks
Why Russia finally decided that beer is alcohol
In San Francisco, CA on the July 28th? check out @whiskyarchive tasting

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Check out @purefestival from the chaps @Connosr with Ardbeg whyteandMackay & anCnoc Bands include @theraveonettes

Monday, 18 July 2011

OK, My car has a 3inch gash in the passenger side. Hit by a rock band tour bus.
I wonder if she's on something? (Sponge orgasm)RT @ewanmorgan: she really, really LOVES sponges!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Austrian driver allowed 'pastafarian' headgear photo
RT @intoxicologist: @MasterOfMalt @thecocktailgeek @weheartwhisky @galg @Winesagasu @jewmalt @whisky4everyone @whiskywardrobe @whiskyinfo
RT @weheartwhisky: FF @marcinmiller @butephoto @Winesagasu @edinburghwhisky @bowmore1779 @tweblog @cowfish @BestSpirit @MasterOfMalt
This was recorded last year before the ardbeg Rollercoaster launch @ArdbegProject @ardbeg_com whisky

Monday, 11 July 2011

Just about to start servicing Irish Whisky, theres a great illusionist @d_mcquade_magic!
down at the isesriverdance just had some delicious oysters from the @oysterboy1

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Newest addition to the book collection. The Foxfire book of moonshining, hog dressing, snake lore...

Friday, 8 July 2011

On the train to tunbridge wells to rap up @MasterOfMalt have to give the old iPad back, which makes me sad (think it makes the wife happy)!
On the tube into London, some bits to sort out but this is my last day at Master of Malt. Think a drink in Tunbridge Wells is on the cards.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

News international to shut news of the world (finally!)
News of the World to close on Sunday, says James Murdoch!
No way? Ok google here I come. RT @thechesshireset: They've closed News of the World!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Another day at imbibe, with @MasterOfMalt. The bitters are going down well.
Likewise RT @MarcinMiller: Good to see master of malt @ElDoradoRumUK @StGermainDrinks @AntoniHeatley @glenfarclas @luketegner Imbibe
Neil from @weheartwhisky making a cocktail using @Cuttysarkfilm, @fevertreemixers and bitters from @masterofmalt.
Neil from @weheartwheart making a cocktail using @Cuttysarkfilm, @fevertreemixers and bitters from @masterofmalt.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The royal salute at the imbibe show

Monday, 4 July 2011

Empty shell at imbibe. Hopefully we can make it pretty.
Anyone on google+? what's it like and could you please invite me?
Big happy IndependenceDay, might have a turkey dinner tonight with a glass of bookers bourbon.
Busy week! Down at imbibe the next three days w/ @MasterOfMalt & @Rondejeremy. Then @whiskysquad Thursday for post independence day tasting

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Preparing for imbibe show. Down tomorrow to set up the masterofmalt & RondeJeremy stand. Oranges zested

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Nice pic of bruce! RT @kaymontano: Check out @chrisfloyduk GREAT portrait of my favourite photographer bruceweber
Heading to the Big Festival by @jamieoliver. Nice and sunny. Looking forward to some good food and seeing what @AlbannachWhisky are doing

Friday, 1 July 2011

Newest purchase. Published in 1957, a history of the Gilbey family. Whisky and gin producers from 1857.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Holy shit, just sorted Robert Plant out with two Peroni. Not interested in the whisky yet! Having fun with @weheartwhisky
Limited Edition Highland Park for @ArcadeFire only 75 bottles. with @weheartwhisky backstage on the bar.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Interviewed Joel from Caskstrength re there 1st bottle release of only 92 bottle (13 left & only available at )
Interviewed Joel from Caskstrength re there 1st bottle release of only 92 bottle (13 left & only available at

Thursday, 23 June 2011

New/old book just arrived from amazon. A reproduction of m'harry from 1809 the practical distiller.
Was sent this link from find the best, haven't done a price comparison, but one for potential bargain hunters

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Great day at @kilchoman05, back in glasgow waiting for my flight to London. Time for a good cup of tea and a sandwich!

Friday, 10 June 2011

School boy error in London without a jacket. Have @rondejeremy in the bag so all ok!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Almost home, road works on m1 slowed us up a little, but not long not. Step one is a dram of the ardbeg feis bottle when I get in! Px aged
On the road home from Islay, great week as usual! Sad we misses Ardbeg day. Will get back home and book up next year.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Weird, at @ardbeg_com distillery and bumped into an old college friend from my tree surgeon days. He's up to help out with tomorrow's feis!
Just had a fantastic interview with Georgie at Lagavulin and tour video to go up on master of malt. Time to head to @Bunnahabhain.
Great night with the chaps from @weheartwhisky, black bottle 40yo was great and @bruichladdich01 golder still too!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Just left @kilchoman05 bottles in hand, off to Islay oysters for a couple of dozen to have with the kilchoman Feis_Ile.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Me, Ben and Mike with @maltwhiskybar & @weheartwhisky trying all the Port Ellen on Islay
@KevinSBaird TwoDoorCinemaClub @RobAllanson &Jon Galkin @dfarecords confirmed as Makeit2Bushmills judges.More:
Great day thanks to @Laphroaigwhisky and Simon for the preview of the Ultimate tasting! Time for dinner of Islay scallops and Bowmore feis.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

No power at cottage on Islay this morning. Had dinner in the dark last night, but sunny now! Great lunch at @ardbeg_com, off to laphroaig.

Monday, 23 May 2011

I'm in got a 41yo bunna you in?
Results for blind drunkard tasting at Ramsey Hall is about to be announced. Can I better @weheartwhisky and other @MasterOfMalt team?
Trying over 15 port Ellen's full tasting notes will be on @MasterofMalt blog.
Third release port Ellen: sweeter than 2nd but slightly more one dimensional. Still rich and balanced!
Port Ellen 2nd release: lavender, almond tabacco and light smoke.
In the old port ellen filling house. Port Ellen 1st release light and flora
Power outage across the Islay. Good job we have a hand winding torch and dinner pre-made.
Oh, fantastic interview with John @Kilchoman this morning for @masterofmalt blog.
Just been to Bowmore after dropping the car into the mechanics. Lunch in the Lochside while waiting for the verdict.
Just leaving caol_ila. Weather starting to turn for the worst

Friday, 20 May 2011

In lochgilphead, just about to grab breakfast then driving to grab the Islay ferry. Lagavulin day at the feis_ile

Monday, 16 May 2011

G&M 1982 Dallas Dhu: Orange, caramelised pineapple, rhubarb and eucalyptus oil. Sweet and tangy. Not bad at all!
Anyone know the midgees status on Islay? My folks were in Fort William last week & got eaten alive! Guess the hot weather has hatched them?
Nice mountain shot RT @AveryBrewingCo: Awesome weekend!
Ok heading home to crack open a 1982 Dallas Dhu and relax. The wine fair and distill at excel tomorrow!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Just left the@whistlingshop. Great drinks and staff very knowledgable. Oh, shouldn't forget the very impressive ice!
RT Is the UK drinks industry entering a new era of responsibility? Join the conversation & register for our event

Monday, 9 May 2011

Thanks for the follow! RT @ArdbegChallenge: Check out our website!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Heading home after a great evening @masterofmalt HQ hosting an Islay tasting in the build up the Feis_Ile.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Crazy morning on the bakerloo line. 30mins later than normal. Good job I've got the iPad!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

whiskygeeks feis Ile 2011 Lagavulin Hall has just had a cancellation (it's amazing!) Price is £700

Friday, 8 April 2011

Thanks to Joe and Jan at SMWS for a great afternoon!

Monday, 28 March 2011

Nice:RT @cowfish: I suppose I can tell the world now - I just handed in my notice at work and am going to work for @WhiskyExchange from May.
Whoever designed tinywings for the iPhone is an evil genius! My wife is going to kill me as I'd only just got over angry birds

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is nearing a decision that could bring wine kiosks to convenience store/gas stations and Walmart.
Foster's takes war with Coles re: price-cutting direct to stores as employees sent to buy up Penfolds "Baby Grange" being sold at below cost
American whiskeys set to flood Indian liquor market after nearly two years of sustained efforts to make Bourbon and Tennessee popular.
YouTube video showing the snoop dog pitching Blast
Pabst Brewing Co. creates new product called Blast by Colt 45, designed to appeal to young people when it hits the market in April.
In a bid to ward off counterfeiters, Château Margaux has created a new "bubble tag" security system, the estate announced.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

National craft beer sales rose 12 percent by dollars and 11 percent by volume in 2010, even as overall U.S. beer sales fell.
Coca-Cola Amatil has announced a new and expanded 10 year agreement with Beam Global Spirits and Wine to expand its reach in Australia.
15 of Ultimate security services guards have be given police powers at Victoria station, London

Friday, 18 March 2011


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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Hi, Whats the story on the name? RT @Stranahans: Snowflake release today at 11:00am. Available at distillery only!
Heading for a delicious curry in an hour or so. Might have a spot of @thekingsginger to warm the cockles while listening to old Pearl Jam.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

RT @thebartrainer: @rumandcokefloat @TheWhiskyGuy seems to be no record of when it was first introduced. Cheers for additional info!

Monday, 31 January 2011

No comment! RT @Indiana_Vodka: Stuck out in this icy mess, may have to pour vodka on the windshield to clear ice.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

RT @distillnation: RT @designmynight: A secret hidden gem of a bar in Shoreditch? Three Blind Mice

Friday, 7 January 2011

Was curious what people drank or would drink when their partners gave birth? My wifes due in Feb. so thinking some very young.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

If your partner was due to give birth what whisky would you drink? Or did you drink?
Train delayed, heading to meet @weheartwhisky briefly then off to @whiskysquad.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy new year everyone!