Tom first started a blog in January 2012, using Blogspot.com as the host as a way of recording his own tasting notes, this didn't last too long on blogger.com as in May 2012 Tom bought the tomswhiskyreviews.com domain name and went live with a fully custom build website.
This is the third incarnation of the website after two makeovers, both of which were done mainly for technical reasons. Version 1 to 2 was to move to a mobile responsive site, and 2 to 3 was done due to a security upgrade moving to the latest verion of PHP, the language that makes everything work.
The site at present, March 2019, has just under 1700 reviews on it and is going from strength to strength growing visitor numbers on a regular basis.
With all of this said, no matter how many samples are sent to us, or swapped with friends, or purchased by us, this website is, more than anything, simply a record of the drams we drink.
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My whisky journey began by dipping a pinkie figner into my Dads glass of Buchanans Black & White as a youngster! I used to love seeing the black and white dogs and actually try as much as i can to pick up late 1970s/early 1980s bottlings of this as an emotional connection to my Dad. My Dad only ever had whisky open if we had friends or family visiting, so my love of sharing whisky with friends comes from that. I received a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 when I turned 18 used to work round the corner from Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh. After a career of many other things I spent over 5 years Retailing whisky, including working with Whisky at Edinburgh Airport and Managing Robert Grahams Canongate Store. I continue to have as much involvement in whisky as I can presenting whisky tastings and offering consultancy to hotel bars whilst also doing occasional work at Festivals for brands.
Born and brought up on Glasgow. I was introduced to the world of whisky as my dad worked for a shipping agency that exported whisky mainly to Japan. As a kid in the summer holidays I would accompany him to Whisky companies HQ while he talked business. My favourite memory was at Dumbarton where the geese kept guard at Ballantine’s. It wasn’t until my late 20s’ that I became more interested in drinking whisky and was fortunate enough to spend over a year working as manager in the Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown learning as much as possible from whisky tourists as well as Grant, Donald and Ranald from Springbank. I was also lucky to get the opportunity to help out in my spare time with Ian the Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia where I got involved with distillation and cask management. Moving back to Glasgow I joined Glasgow’s Whisky Club and have worked shifts at the Good Spirits Company taking great pride in promoting and selling Scotland’s National Drink.
Barry, the voice behind The WhiskyPhiles blog, is a good friend and I have asked him to write a few reviews in the past for some samples i was having issues with the high sherry content