Read Hamish's latest ramblings on all things whisky
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Burns Night

    Burns Night

    Scots and non-Scots around the world raise a dram to the Immortal Memory of Rabbie Burns on Wednesday 25th January, the question is: which whisky will you choose? Every year my family and I sit down to a lovely bit of haggis, neeps and tatties on January 25th. Some years we'll head out to a ceilidh and strip the willow, others...
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  7. The Town. The People. The Place - Inveraray Jail

    The Town. The People. The Place - Inveraray Jail

    Inveraray... For such a small town it is packed with a plethora of gems. Full to the brim with stunning landscapes, beautiful food and delectable whiskies (you're welcome), Inveraray has something for everyone; not to mention it's rich history! Just take our jail for instance... Just up the road from our wee shop happens to be one of the finest...
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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