Author Archives: The Ample Dram

Amongst Friends

I’ve been quiet for a little while – basically, I got a new job in a new city, and with the moving and the general change of pace I haven’t felt much like writing. But last Saturday I went along … Continue reading

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Trip to Scotland 2: Electric Boogaloo

Cunningly, as soon as I got back from Islay I went gallivanting off to Fort William, to climb Ben Nevis, and then Skye, for a more general holiday. Not too much whisky, although I did try a few nice ones … Continue reading

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Welcome to heaven – My trip round Scotland

So I’ve just come back from a holiday in Scotland, splitting my time between Speyside and Islay, which means I’m full of things to write about. Lots of interesting people and places, but also a lot of whiskies and distilleries. … Continue reading

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The Soaper’s Choice

My great-grandmother used to put all the last slivers of bars of soap into a plastic bag and mush them together to make a new bar and eke it out a bit longer. From the tone of the anecdote my … Continue reading

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Going with the grain

The first whisky tasting I ever went to was run by a woman. It was a Laphroaig tasting, and the wonderful Patsy Christie from Maxxium came (you’ll find her doing a lot of stuff for the Macallan these days) and … Continue reading

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Guest Post

I’ve written a guest post for my friend Ben Matthews over at LittleTipple – Ben’s a fantastic writer with an incredible knack for remembering all the little facts that make whisky so interesting. He’s also an amazing photographer, so you … Continue reading

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How to deal with weirdoes who don’t love whisky

It came as quite a shock to me to realise that I actually like drinking on my own. One of the best evenings I’ve had in a while was spent with a couple of glasses of Octomore and a mix … Continue reading

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