Read Hamish's latest ramblings on all things whisky
  1. Review: Highland Park 12 Year Old

    Review: Highland Park 12 Year Old

    "Welcome once again to Hamish’s Hints, my series of regular whisky reviews made for the modern whisky lover and those new to this amazing and wondrous world (where life size wooden statues can talk, taste and provide drinking tips it seems!)  As you know, whisky is my life, is my passion. It has to be when you are stuck outside...
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  2. Have a 'tun' of fun with Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2

    Have a 'tun' of fun with Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2

    Our own Rob Bruce gives us some build up on the long awaited Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2, that has just hit our shelves in Loch Fyne... So it has finally arrived. The follow up to the hugely successful cult classic that was Balvenie Tun 1401 is here. But this time the ‘The Tun’, as it is lovingly known, (Ok, I...
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  3. Review: Haig Club

    Review: Haig Club

    Hamish's hints on Haig Club - What's it like? "As you know, whisky is my life, is my passion. It has to be when you are stuck outside a shop, forced to watch nothing but gorgeous lovely whisky pass you by day after day after day……. Not that I’m complaining mind. Because I can’t. Because I’m made of wood, and...
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  4. Review: Auchentoshan Three Wood

    Review: Auchentoshan Three Wood

    Auchentoshan distillery is located at the foot of the Kilpatrick hills on the outskirts of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. It is one of six distilleries to be found in the Scottish Lowlands. It was built in 1800 and changed hands multiple times before being bought by Eadie Cairns in 1969, who completely rebuilt the distillery. In 1984 he sold the distillery...
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  5. Review: Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

    Review: Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

    Located 1,164 feet above sea level, within the picturesque moors of the Cairngorm National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, lies the quaint Dalwhinnie Distillery; the highest distillery in Scotland! It is here that one of the lightest, cleanest single malt whisky’s we have ever tasted is passionately created; the Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old. Part of Diageo’s Classic Malt...
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  6. Review: Bowmore 12 Year Old

    Review: Bowmore 12 Year Old

    If you’re looking for an entry level single malt, that will introduce you to the delights of Islay whisky; look no further than the Bowmore 12 Year Old. Islay whisky is predominantly characterised by the smoky peat that grows rich across the island. Add to that the crashing salty waves that batter against the rocky coast and you can begin...
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  7. Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014

    Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014

    Last week we re-visited last year’s, 2013, expression of the Kilchoman Machir Bay. With each year the small Islay distillery continues the journey of this fantastic single malt by releasing a new bottling. Today we are blessed to be sat with this year’s bottling, the Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014. To re-cap, Kilchoman’s Machir Bay, the distilleries core expression, was first launched...
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  8. Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013

    Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013

    10 years ago if I had said the words “Kilchoman Distillery” you wouldn’t have had a clue what I was talking about. However, today Kilchoman Distillery, the first distillery to be established on the island of Islay in over 124 years, is kicking up quite the storm within the whisky world. The distillery itself, which is one of the smallest in...
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  9. Review: Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask

    Review: Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask

    It is with great excitement that I write this taste review as The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12 Year Old was one of my favourite whisky discoveries of 2013. Today I have the great pleasure of tasting The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask, and as first impressions go I am extremely impressed. As you would expect from a...
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  10. Review: Dalmore 15 Year Old

    Review: Dalmore 15 Year Old

    A couple of weeks ago we featured the wonderful Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve. This week we have decided to choose another bottle from the master distillers, this time the Dalmore 15 Year Old single malt. Distilled in the Highlands of Scotland, the Dalmore 15 is a sophisticated and classy whisky which can be found frequenting the bars of stylish hotels around...
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