A Dram A Day, a whiskey tasting marathon

Picture Credit Charlotte Graham/Guzelian North Yorkshire dad takes on a whiskey tasting marathon, to support children's heart surgery charity, Ben Bowers, from Hemingbrough, near Selby, North Yorkshire

Picture Credit Charlotte Graham/Guzelian
North Yorkshire dad takes on a whiskey tasting marathon, to support children’s heart surgery charity, Ben Bowers, from Hemingbrough, near Selby, North Yorkshire

Hello. My name’s Ben Bowers. It’s nice to meet you.

Kairi and Vaughn are the sort of friends that you joke about as parents – they’re inseperable, they set each other off, they’ll probably spend the rest of their lives together . My wife and I always wanted our daughter to marry a blue-eyed American boy – Vaughn’s mum Rebecca is from the US, so it’s close enough for us.

When Rebecca was pregnant with Vaughn, she and her husband Simeon discovered their son already had problems with the development of his heart.

Vaughn was born with a hole in his heart and just five days later had open heart surgery – the first of three he had to endure before he had even celebrated his first birthday after further complications were found.

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Limited edition Gordon Castle Plum Gin liqueur to launch at Royal Highland Show

Plum Gin detail‘Plum’ing marvellous! Gordon Castle’s Walled Garden in Moray has infused its award-winning botanical gin with home-grown variety plums to create the limited edition 2016 Gordon Castle Plum Gin Liqueur; just in time for Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Show (RHS) from 23 – 26 June.

With only 150 bottles available, the small-batch gin liqueur will feature highly at the Gordon Castle bar on 13th avenue arcade. Alongside this will be the brand’s other home-grown produce including the award-winning botanical gin, raspberry gin liqueur and apple & pear cider.

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Wemyss Malts Midsummer Single Cask Release of 2016

Wemyss Malts Midsummer single cask releaseAs we gather to celebrate the longest day – midsummer, Independent bottler Wemyss Malts releases a gathering of nine new single cask whiskies ranging from 18 to 27 years old. As always the descriptive names of these whiskies are based on the flavours and aromas discovered by the Wemyss tasting panel.

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The Glenlivet Cipher & Friends

TheGlenlivetCipherThe Glenlivet has unveiled a mysterious single malt, The Glenlivet Cipher. This single malt has no cask information or tasting notes. This is going to be a challenge.

Presented in a fantastic black box, Cipher came along with The Glenlivet Founder’s reserve, the 12 yr old and the 15 yr old. Just like the big brother bottle, the small Cipher has also the great opaque black look and just look at the black whiskyglass.

“Did you know that your nose could pick up 35.000 different smells and aroma’s?”

“But don’t worry, you only need to choose six”
(Alan Winchester)

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Gordon & MacPhail’s Choice

Gordon & MacPhail rangeRecently I received a group of friends by mail. Five sample bottles and one came a few days later, small friends sent by Gordon & MacPhail. A group of six close friends, that opened their friendship to me and and let me take a look into their hearts and souls.

All part of the believe of “The Wood Makes the Whisky” is to show the key element in the maturation process.

“Every details is important,
from branch to barrel”

“If we didn’t have casks, we wouldn’t have whisky”

Located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent family owned and managed firm which has been bottling Single Malt Whiskies for over 120 years.

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Scapa Jutland introduced alongside centenary commemoration of iconic battle

RNLI Lifeboat crew member Graham Campbell and Nicola Stevenson, Scapa Distillery Visitor Manager, present Scapa Jutland, a new single cask single malt Scotch whisky crafted to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 2016.

Scapa was used as a base by the British naval fleet during the First World War and the artisanal island single malt distillery has released 249 bottles of Scapa Jutland (RRP £200) with all profits from their sale, estimated at over £45,000, to be donated by Chivas Brothers to the RNLI.

 

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Tomatin Distillery unleashes new limited edition single malt

Cu bocan 88

Highland based Tomatin Distillery have announced the launch of a rare Vintage 1988 single malt as part of their Cù Bòcan range. The casks used to mature the spirit were home to a popular heavily peated Islay whisky in their past lives to create a unique limited edition.

Just 2200 bottles of the malt, which have been aged for 28 years in sherry casks, are available.

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Art and whisky month in Scotland

Originally from the Netherlands, Kate’s diverse career path has taken her from semi-professional tennis in her youth, to civil engineering at Delft University of Technology, a PhD in Coastal Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, to fine art.

She has been privately tutored by various established artists in Scotland undertaking apprenticeships in drawing, printmaking and painting.

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Scottish leader’s new perspective brand adopts collaborative approach

The blended Scotch market has typically focused on heritage and tradition in the past, but relative newcomer, Scottish Leader, is embracing a fresh, collaborative team approach to the production of its premium Scotch, with the appointment of a newly created role – Lead Blender.

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Makar Glasgow Gin

MakarDuring my stay at the Harrow Whisky Festival, in January, I had the pleasure to have a Gin nip. Makar Glasgow Gin that is. This gin has his spirit roots at the Glasgow Distillery only since 2014.

I’ve looked up the word Makar and Makar is a term for a poet and a poet this gin is. This gin is one of the finest I ever tasted. I can recommend this to everyone. It is an amazing step for your palate to take but worth it.

The bottle itself is elegant and shows beauty with a luxurious deep blue metallic-finish label with copper highlights featuring hand-sketched.

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