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Murray McDavid Tasting @ The Wellington, Birmingham – 14.07.17

FULL TASTING NOTES AT END.

Have you ever had a room of 20 or so, slightly inebriated whisky-heads sing happy birthday to you?

No, I don’t suppose you have, but that’s what happened to me when I attended the Murray McDavid tasting that Birmingham Whisky Club had very kindly organised, coincidentally on my birthday.

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Bottom of the Barrel #3: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Nestled in the North-Eastern corner of the island, just down the road from Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain is unique in the fact that it is the only Islay distillery whose core range of whiskys are completely unpeated.

There is of course the Toiteach (Gaelic for smoky) expression which is heavily peated and limited releases, Moine (Gaelic for peat) and Ceobanach (Gaelic for smoky mist), but these are really exceptions to the rule.

Gaelic for foot of the river and pronounced Bunna-harven; something I learnt the hard way a few years ago in a Fort William basement bar to an audience of disgusted locals. Continue reading Bottom of the Barrel #3: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Midlands Whisky Festival @ Stourbridge Town Hall – 18.03.17

It’s 2am on a Sunday morning.

I have no idea how I got home.

My head’s pounding and there’s a strange buzzer ringing throughout the house.

What the hell happened?

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SMWS Cask Strength Evening @ Rob B’s – 10.02.17

2 months.

2 long fucking months.

My final whisky event of 2016, a fantastic year-closer, Diageo’s Special Releases with the always jovial Colin Dunn had been on 8th December at theStudio in Birmingham.

The festive period had been good to me with a number of bottles passing through my hands, a trip up to Comry, Scotland and even a brief visit to Blair Athol Distillery.

But I was still champing at the bit to get going with 2017 in earnest.

Now it was a gloomy February night and it was threatening to piss it down.

I arrived into Quinton early and walked to Rob B’s before we shot over to collect Tom from the station.

Rob is a paid up member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) and had promised us a good night’s tasting.

I was in at the first mention but the intrigue of the coded dark green bottles and whimsical titles had gotten me in a right state.

We rocked up at about 7:30pm and were handed little A5 booklets detailing the night’s line-up and some tasting notes for each.

Nothing below 56%.

Shit me. Continue reading SMWS Cask Strength Evening @ Rob B’s – 10.02.17