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Ardbeg TracTOUR!

by Jake Mountain     2. August 2013 12:13

Ardbeg Tractour

Ever been stuck behind a tractor on a narrow road on Islay? Or anywhere else for that matter? Ardbeg, it seems, have created the perfect solution...

With a little help from automobile whizz extraordinaire Paul Burnham, Ardbeg have succeeded in turning a reliable farmer’s best friend (the sort of indestructible behemoth you could leave rusting in a field for a decade and it would still start up first time) into a shiny chrome-clad hot rod! In fact, as you can see in the video below, their 1950s Massey Ferguson tractor can now show Formula 1 cars from the following decade who's boss!

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Oops!... We did it again: IWSC Results (International Wine & Spirits Competition)

by Jake Mountain     26. July 2013 17:21

Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside IWSC 2013 Tasting

Another week, another set of awards results announced! This time from the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), “the premier competition of its kind in the world”. (I know, I know, they can’t all be the best - and they do indeed have similar sounding names – but this is another one of the really, really BIG competitions. Important stuff.)

As well as the usual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, there are also Gold Outstanding and Silver Outstanding Medals at the IWSC, with a huge score of 90-100 out of 100 required for a Gold Medal and Gold Outstanding Medals only being awarded at the judges’ discretion! Welcome to big school!

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Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 - The Auld Alliance

by Jake Mountain     19. July 2013 16:17

glenfarclas and hine 1953

Back at the end of May, just before all the busyness and rushing about, Ben and I attended a very special event, which I was no doubt supposed to write about back then. Drawing attention to the fact that I didn’t is probably a terrible decision, but the people must still know, damn it!

The time has come for you to learn all about this: Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 – Auld Alliance.

Woah boy.

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Visiting Smooth Ambler Craft Distillery

by Michael Vachon     18. July 2013 11:37

james at smooth ambler distillery

It’s not often I manage to crowbar distillery visits into trips back to my hometown, near Washington, DC. Last December though, I was invited to go and check out Smooth Ambler Distillery in Maxwelton, WV, only about 4 hours’ drive away.

I put the offer out to a group of friends I’ve known for the better part of 15+ years: Would you like to go down to one of the finest distilleries in the country and try all of their delicious whiskey and gin?

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The Great Chicken Cock Whiskey Heist!

by Jake Mountain     17. June 2013 18:38

Chicken Cock

Ah, the infamous old-time favourite Chicken Cock Whiskey!

Nope, me neither. It’s a thing though.

Established in 1856, this Kentucky whiskey had to move its production to Canada during the dark days of Prohibition – smuggled into the country in tins, Chicken Cock was still being served in speakeasies such as the legendary Cotton Club thanks to the well-developed bootlegging network.

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The Balvenie Whisky Fête & Tun 1401 - Batch 8

by Jake Mountain     14. June 2013 17:09

Balvenie Tun 1401

We are currently in the midst of The Balvenie Whisky Fête, which runs from 13th-15th June, with many of you no doubt planning on heading down there this weekend.

London’s Tavistock Square Gardens has been transformed into a whisky wonderland complete with two handcrafted domes made from cask staves as well as The Balvenie Craftman’s Bothy. David Stewart, the great Malt Master who has who has worked at the distillery for over 50 years is on hand to run tutored tastings amongst various other workshops and goings on.

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North British, Dailuaine, Glen Moray, Tomintoul and Auchroisk. New Whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

by Ben Ellefsen     10. June 2013 10:15

North British, Dailuaine, Auchroisk, Tomintoul, Glen Moray That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Would you believe it's been over a quarter of a year since the last batch of releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company? Amazing. It's almost like we had other stuff on.

Well – all that 'being about the place' nonsense is behind us now (for a bit), and due to a freshly sustained ankle injury (The other one for those of you paying attention. Gah) I'm at liberty to take a few moments to tell you about the new releases which sit before me today.

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Feis Ile 2013: The Islay Whisky Roundup!

by Jake Mountain     6. June 2013 09:34

Feis Ile 2013 map

It's fair to say that Feis Ile aka That Boutique-y Whisky Company On Tour 2013 was a rip-roaring success! Enjoyment was had by all, 3 fantastic Competitions were run and entered into with rabid enthusiasm. And nobody died, either! Great success.

From our Distillery Dog Peaty getting lost (and getting found again) to our Message in a Bottle Islay Treasure Hunt, to loads of you literally flagging us down with the signal, you (yes, you) all made this our best Fèis Ìle yet! We’re already hard at work planning next year’s shenannigans...

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Feis Ile 2013: Day 8 (Ardbeg) - Ardbog & The SS Malt

by Jake Mountain     4. June 2013 10:48

Ardbog

The final day of Feis Ile 2013 was of course Ardbog Day! Although thoroughly shattered, we nonetheless dragged ourselves down to the Kildalton coast with dogged enthusiasm!

(The good thing about Ardbeg of course is that they have Ardbeg there. Mmm... Ardbeg.)

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Feis Ile 2013: Day 7 (Bunnahabhain) - Wyre Majestic & iPed 2013

by Jake Mountain     3. June 2013 16:42

John Beach

‘International Port Ellen Day’ 2013 (#iPed2013), organised by the one and only Jon Beach, took place on the Friday during Fèis Ìle this year.

First though, we paid a visit to Bunnahabhain and even solved the mystery of what really happened to the nearby Wyre Majestic, now shipwrecked off the coast...

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