Williams Brothers Splanky Medium Cider
Williams Brothers Splanky Medium Cider

I’ve been grabbing ciders from my local supermarkets for some time now but needed to find a bigger, better selection of good ciders to make my way through, there’s not many places locally that have it so an online order from Bristol Cider Shop came to the rescue.

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Straight Rye Whiskey

A tweet tasting of some American Drams, thats certainly something i'm always happy to give a try to and this Rebel Yell tasting was one i really was looking forward to.

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The amount of Scotch that requires ex bourbon or ex sherry barrels is huge so, as whisky drinkers, we need to also drink Bourbon and Sherry to ensure the right stocks for our whisky so when the chance to join this Rebel Yell tasting popped up i jumped at it.

Black Friday 2018 Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (The Whisky Exchange)
Black Friday 2018 Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (The Whisky Exchange)

Today is Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving Celebrations in the USA, and it's known for massive queues in the shops with people falling over themselves to buy a TV that the shop are trying to punt as no-one was buying it, or old outdated tech that everyone thinks is a bargain, but up steps The Whisky Exchange to show people how it should be done.

Elk Warning With Wild Strawberries
Elk Warning With Wild Strawberries

So I’ve still been doing my supermarket sweep of ciders and this is one of a couple of Elk. Warning Swedish fruit ciders, this one being made with Wild Strawberries.

Highland Park Loyalty of the Wolf 14 Year Old
Highland Park Loyalty of the Wolf 14 Year Old

Highland Park over the years have produced some really interesting drams, and their Travel Retail ranges have been ones I've liked a good number of before

Williamson 6 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (AD Rattray)
Williamson 6 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (AD Rattray)

This is yet another of those really interesting drams, Williamson is a blended malt but this comes from a single sherry butt. It is basically from one distillery with a teaspoon of whisky from another.

Southdown Cider of Shelton Montague Premium Medium Cider
Southdown Cider of Shelton Montague Premium Medium Cider

I’ve been grabbing ciders from my local supermarkets for some time now but needed to find a bigger, better selection of good ciders to make my way through, there’s not. Many places locally that have it so an online order from Bristol Cider Shop came to the rescue.

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I really do find it funny when Whisky drinkers poo-poo other spirits or other whisky or whiskey from other courntries without giving it the time it deserves.

Longmorn 1961 Private Collection cask 512 (Gordon and MacPhail)
Longmorn 1961 Private Collection cask 512 (Gordon and MacPhail)

The second of two really rather special Longmorn drams from Gordon and MacPhail this cask 512 was matured in an American oak cask.

Longmorn 1961 Private Collection cask 508 (Gordon and MacPhail)
Longmorn 1961 Private Collection cask 508 (Gordon and MacPhail)

The first of two really rather special Longmorn drams from Gordon and MacPhail this cask 508 was matured in a european oak cask.

Highland Park Spirit of the Bear
Highland Park Spirit of the Bear

Highland Park over the years have produced some really interesting drams, and their Travel Retail ranges have been ones I've liked a good number of before, and although they seem to be getting a fair bit of stick from some whisky quarters at the moment I was really looking forward to trying this range.

Dailuaine 16 Year Old Flora and Fauna
Dailuaine 16 Year Old Flora and Fauna

Dailuaine, one of Diageos core drams, is one that i tend to find myself going to fairly regularly when i see it by independant bottlers but i kept missing the 16 year old flora and fauna bottlings for some reason.

Linkwood 1996 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Linkwood 1996 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

When whisky that isn't that old, like this one in its early twenties, and the abv is as low as this you know that the cask has been either leaky or active.

Tomatin 15 Year Old Moscatel Wine Cask Finish
Tomatin 15 Year Old Moscatel Wine Cask Finish

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Tomatin, it’s a distillery that I really enjoy, it tends to sit on the lighter side with lots of fruits and vanilla, so a Moscatel wine cask finish sounds really interesting

SMWS 121.89 Sweet as a Nut
SMWS 121.89 Sweet as a Nut

Been a while since I reviewed a Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling so dug through the outstanding sample boxes (yes there’s still hundreds of them from official samples and sample swaps like this one) and found this little beauty.

Raasay While We Wait Second Edition
Raasay While We Wait Second Edition

The Isle of Raasay distillery began distilling in 2017 and until whisky is released in 2020 they will have some whisky from other distilleries available which is selected by the team at Raasay and Borders and finished by them.

Benriach 1990 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Benriach 1990 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

I’m a big fan of the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask series, lots of great casks packed full of flavour and bottled at the right time.

Glenlivet 27 Year Old Batch 1 (That Boutiquey Whisky Company)
Glenlivet 27 Year Old Batch 1 (That Boutiquey Whisky Company)

Glenlivet is many peoples first dram, and from memory the 2016 best selling single malt whisky in the world, taking over from Glenfiddich for the first time, and it deserves the accolades it gets.

Angioletti Vero Sidro Italiano Riserva
Angioletti Vero Sidro Italiano Riserva

A really interesting Medium cider made from Italian pressed apples and lightly sparkling, and in a cracking bottle that looks more wine than cider.