Author Archives: The Ample Dram

The Old and the New – the changing world of the sherry cask

I recently tasted a bottle of Glenfarclas 10yo with the old-style bottle design. It wouldn’t have been from too long ago – the design changed in 2009 – but tasting it alongside the current expression of the 10yo was a … Continue reading

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Distillery Review: Glen Ord

I spent a week on the Black Isle recently, full of sun, rain and pretty much everything in between, and of course I couldn’t leave without checking out the local distillery. Being the Highlands, ‘local’ means ‘within 50 miles’, but … Continue reading

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Islay’s Ninth Distillery – The Strange Tale of Gartbreck and Ardnahoe

Since Kilchoman was founded in 2005 (an event for which I will ever be grateful) there have been a great many people interested in who might come next. The ability to stamp the word ‘Islay’ proud and clear on your … Continue reading

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At least one good thing happened in 2016…

2016 hasn’t been a fantastic year, pretty much wherever you are in the world – it’s kind of heart-wrenching when you can look at your country, where the value of your currency is plummeting and racial tension is skyrocketing, and … Continue reading

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I saw the release bumf for the Johnnie Walker Blue Winter’s Edition the other day, and it reminded me of an occasion some time last year when I went into a supermarket and saw a box of cereal. At least, … Continue reading

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Diageo Special Releases 2015

I try not to do posts that are just about tasting some whisky, but I went to a tasting of the Diageo Special Releases, at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, which I figured merited some special attention. I feel … Continue reading

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The Soaper’s Choice – No. 8

Just a quick note on the latest edition of the Soaper’s Choice. I’ve just added the last of the Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release, a lovely wee dram that I was very tempted to finish off. But a deal’s a deal, … Continue reading

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