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Grant’s whisky, an introduction Ludo style

on May 27th, 2011 in Blended whisky, Pictures by James | 8 Comments

3 months have passed since I tumbled down that rabbit hole into this fascinating whisky wonderland. As each day passes I feel it is more and more important to encourage others to embark on their very own expeditions of whisky discovery. It has been quite a journey so far, meeting…

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Ichiro’s Malt 1986 King of Hearts (55.4%)

on May 8th, 2011 in Japanese, Pictures, Single Malt Whisky by James | 2 Comments

If you are reading this then I thank you for your support and interest. Although Dan and I have only really made a ‘soft’ launch of this blog we have already had a fantastic response. It is almost overwhelming how helpful and friendly both people in and outside the industry…

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You will never be as cool as single malt whisky

on April 30th, 2011 in Pictures, Single Malt Whisky by James | No Comments

Cool : An adjective referring to something that is very good, stylish, or otherwise positive. It is among the most common slang terms used in today’s world. Being asked to write for  a lifestyle magazine on the subject of “single malt whisky” and “cool” has the potential to become one…

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The Balvenie Signature 12 years (40%)

on April 8th, 2011 in Pictures, Scottish, Single Malt Whisky by James | 1 Comment

Spring has just sledge hammered it’s way into April. Twenty two degrees centigrade out of nowhere caught the majority of us by surprise including myself The sudden change in temperature got me thinking about reaching for the lighter, fruity whisky and stowing away the belly warmers for the 2am camp…

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There are no wrong or right answers in whisky tasting

on April 3rd, 2011 in Single Malt Whisky by James | 4 Comments

As my knowledge and experience with whisky begins to grow (at a snails pace) one begins to ponder where this journey might end up. At the moment I am happy struggling trying to identify smells and flavours, to the point where I will go and buy some foam banana sweets…

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For relaxing times, Suntory times

on April 2nd, 2011 in Japanese, Single Malt Whisky by James | 1 Comment

While Suntory produce some of Japans finest single malt and blended whiskys their advertisement campaigns are a lot less spectacular. Most are unintentionally funny and creepy, check out Keanu Reeves epic basin haircut. “Whoa” Sean, a traitor to Scottish Whisky Everything became clear after watching this Recommend on Facebook Share…

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Suntory Yamazaki 18 (43%)

on April 1st, 2011 in Japanese, Pictures, Single Malt Whisky by James | 3 Comments

My beautiful wife was on business in London recently and happened to be a couple of doors down from the Whiskyshop. I received an excitable phone call from Carolyn informing me about the shop and asking if I would like a small gift! Without any thought and hesitation I asked…

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Bruichladdich Waves Islay Single Malt (46%)

on March 23rd, 2011 in Pictures, Scottish, Single Malt Whisky by James | 3 Comments

I am not a fan of peat. To me it smells like TCP. Nothing worse than being a kid and skidding across the school yard on your knees. Friction makes light work of your cotton/nylon mix trouser leg before setting to work on a couple of skin layers. As you…

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Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask (48%)

on March 12th, 2011 in Japanese, Pictures by James | No Comments

What Suntory Yamazaki says The sherry cask that has matured your Yamazaki Sherry cask was made from Spanish oak. We go directly to northern Spain where we scour the forests in search of just the right oak trees. Once local coopers finish making the casks to Suntory’s exact specifications, they…

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Glenfiddich 21 Caribbean finish (40%)

on March 11th, 2011 in Pictures, Scottish by James | 3 Comments

I have a lot of time for the Glenfiddich brand. They have really nailed the concept of what a modern single malt whisky should be. Their no-nonsense easy to understand range is accessible and enjoyable by all. No matter where you look on the scale each individual whisky is exceptionally…

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