Read Hamish's latest ramblings on all things whisky
  1. Bringing Inveraray to Auld Reekie? A Capital Idea!

    Bringing Inveraray to Auld Reekie? A Capital Idea!

    Loch Fyne Whiskies opened its doors in 1993 and quickly became a beloved fixture in the Royal Burgh of Inveraray, attracting drouthy visitors from far and wide in search of a special dram to quench their thirst. A quarter of a century later – though you’d swear I haven’t aged a day – and firmly established as a bit of...
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  2. Celebrating Our Lost Whisky Capital

    Celebrating Our Lost Whisky Capital

    Long time no see auld pals! I haven’t been doing too much writing lately what with the freezing cold winter here in Inveraray, but now that things have started to thaw a bit I thought I’d pick up the proverbial pen and get back to it! First up on my to do list: Campbeltown. This gem of a place was...
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  3. Octomore Masterclass_08 Series

    Octomore Masterclass_08 Series

    For peat’s sake! Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The beautiful whisky mecca of Islay is home to eight operational distilleries, with another one in development at Ardnahoe, and the island is renowned for its peaty, smoky drams. While not all Islay drams fall into the smoky category, there is one that goes above and beyond...
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  4. Worlds Collide: Springbank 1995 Port Cask

    Worlds Collide: Springbank 1995 Port Cask

    Douro Valley: a sprawling majestic wilderness in the northern provinces of Portugal. Campbeltown: a fishing town on the Kintyre peninsula of Scotland. What do they have in common? Both are dedicated to the production of a quality beverage that can’t be produced anywhere else in the world. For Campbeltown we know, of course, of the great history of the Victorian...
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  5. Being Single-Minded Isn't Always a Bad Thing!

    Being Single-Minded Isn't Always a Bad Thing!

    We whisky folk are obsessed with being single. Sometimes single malt isn’t even enough, we need a single cask! Perhaps it’s a longing for the days of our youth. When I was a lad of 18 summers, before I met the future Mrs Hamish, I would run wild and free around Inveraray, dropping into the bar at the George whenever...
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  6. New Release: First Editions Laphroaig 2006 Feis Ile 2017 Loch Fyne Exclusive

    New Release: First Editions Laphroaig 2006 Feis Ile 2017 Loch Fyne Exclusive

    Ah it’s that wonderful time of year again! The birds are singing, the flowers are in bloom, that huge, mysterious fireball has been sighted in the sky over Scotland, and the shop is flooded with pilgrims on their way to the magical isle of Islay. The annual Islay Festival of Music and Malt got underway at the tail-end of last...
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  7. Brand New: Highland Park Valkyrie

    Brand New: Highland Park Valkyrie

    The Orkney single malt takes its name from the legendary creatures that would descend from the heavens on horseback to comb the battlefields for the bravest of the fallen warriors, taking the worthy few to enter Valhalla, the hall of Norse god, Odin. The whisky celebrates Highland Park’s Nordic ancestry, with Orkney once forming part of the vast Viking kingdom...
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  8. Authors' Series 2016

    Authors' Series 2016

    I love nothing more than a wee courie up with a good book and a great dram. I have to admit that my 1999 New Year’s resolution to read more of ‘the classics’ hasn’t made as much progress as I’d hoped – War & Peace stands out as a major culprit – but I keep trying all the same. And...
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  9. Coming Soon: Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso

    Coming Soon: Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso

    We like to remind our Islay-loving customers that Inveraray is often described as the Gateway to Islay, and our Living Cask 1745 pays tribute to that title with an award-winning blend of Islay malts. Otherwise known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is famous among whisky drinkers for its intensely peaty flavours, but there’s one distillery that is known...
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  10. Review: Springbank 1992 21 Year Old

    Review: Springbank 1992 21 Year Old

    Normally I'm the one to have a sip of the amber nectar and share my thoughts with you, but on the occasion of the Springbank 1992 21 Year Old, I'll begrudgingly step aside for this nice lad at YouTube channel, Whisky Wednesday, to tell you what he thinks of this limited single cask release from the Campbeltown distillery.
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