13 August 2018

Mezan Rum Tweet Tasting II


More social media based rumfotainment you say? Well allow us to gladly oblige, with something richly rewarding and of the Caribbean variety.

Continuing our hugely successful triumphant teeming thong of Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on October 3rd, we’ll be teaming up again with our friends at Marussia Beverages UK, to share, sip and savour a belting bounty of beautifully balanced rums from Mezan.

Full details to follow, but if you fancy pouring and exploring a rumarkable collection of rare vintage rums from Belize, Jamaica, Panama and Trinidad click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle, remembering to mark the subject line #MezanRum

Not only will the night provide an amazing opportunity for existing rum lovers to get up, close and personal with some of the Caribbean’s finest, it will also provide the perfect bridging opportunity for those yet to discover the deep depths and delights of another sensational spirit.

The closing date to register is August 29th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of October 3rd to take part!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evenings rumfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on October 3rd at 19:00 BST via #MezanRum

Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more info on Mezan Rum, visit: mezanrum.com
 
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10 August 2018

The Whisky Business from The Whisky Wire


In addition to all our reviews, interviews, Tweet Tastings and general dramspankery and dramfotainment, remember to visit and follow our sister news site The Whisky Business for all the latest national and international copper-bottomed news stories, from the wide and very wonderful world of whisky.

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6 August 2018

Rebel Yell Tweet Tasting II


Continuing our triumphant teeming throng of Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, and as part of Bourbon Heritage Month, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on September 24th we’re teaming up again with a liquid americana brand that well and truly deserves to be shouted and yelled about in the UK; Rebel Yell!

On the night we’ll be pouring and exploring Rebel Yell’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Small Batch Rye and Small Batch Bourbon Reserve, along with finding out more about this iconic American whiskey brand.

Full details to follow, but if you fancy being part of our Tweet Tasting rebellion click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle. Please also remember to mark the subject line of the email: #RebelYell

The closing date to register is August 21st, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the night!!!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following the evening’s liquid americana fuelled dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on September 24th at 19:00 BST via hashtag #RebelYell

Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more information on Rebel Yell, visit: rebelyellbourbon.com
 
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1 August 2018

Whisky Insiders Interview No.90 - Peter Holroyd



Company:
Kingsbarns Distillery

Job:
Distillery Manager

Website:
kingsbarnsdistillery.com



How long have you been working in the whisky industry?
I joined Kingsbarns distillery and the whisky industry in early 2014, prior to that I was in the beer brewing sector for four years. The move to working in whisky was a big learning curve, but one which I relished. The skillset for brewing good beer transfers well to producing quality spirit.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
I’ve been humbled by the way people have reacted to our new make spirit. The positive feedback we’ve had back from whisky fans to what is in essence a work in progress has been overwhelming. Working with the production team to successfully achieve the distillery style and keeping that consistent has been most rewarding.
 
Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
It would have been a blend my father let me try when I was a wee boy. Probably a Famous Grouse or Stewarts Cream of the Barley. I remember not liking whisky on my first encounter!
 
What does whisky mean to you?
It’s part of who I am. I love being involved in its production and to talk with others that are passionate about it. Whisky is about shared experience and bringing people together.
 
Where would you like to see yourself in five years' time?
Continuing to contribute to producing Kingsbarns single malt. Hopefully with some more mature stock ready to release. It’s going to be fascinating to see how our malt develops with time in wood.
 
What was your last dram?
I just tasted the most recent batch of single casks from the Wemyss Malts range, on sale in the distillery shop. The last one I tried was a lovely 20 Year Old Clynelish called “Chewy Pineapple crisps”. Waxy and full of tropical fruit, an excellent example of the make.

Do you have a favourite whisky and food pairing combination?
If I were to have a whisky with food it would usually be with desert. Maybe a sticky toffee pudding paired with a peaty Islay dram.

What’s your favourite time and place to enjoy a dram?
Alone… in a cold, dark room. No, I’m joking! Whisky is a gregarious spirit best enjoyed with others. My favourite time and place to enjoy a dram would be after a long day’s hillwalking or climbing, settling down next to a camp fire somewhere on the west coast of Scotland with good company

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the whisky horizon?
There are a lot of new distilleries opening up at the moment, with some of the big established brands expanding as well. With this in mind, differentiation between brands will become ever more important. I think we will see more experimentation with different malts, yeasts and processes to make more singular products.

What’s the one dram you couldn’t live without?
A difficult question… Last year we cracked open the first cask filled with Kingsbarns spirit to see how it was maturing. Barrel number 1 is sitting in the oldest room of the distillery, the Doocot. The sample was really fruity with notes of mango and ginger on the pallet, and if the rest of the whisky maturing in the warehouses is anything like that, it will be my new favourite!

Many thanks to Peter Holroyd. Who will be our next Whisky Insider? Click back soon to find out!


31 July 2018

Grant's Whisky Tweet Tasting


Let’s hear it for the blends! We’re dramspankingly delighted to announce that on September 12th, we’ll be teaming up again with our good friends at Grant’s whisky, to pour and explore expressions from their recently revamped and refined core range.
 
On the night we’ll be sharing, sipping and savouring Grant’s new Triple Wood, Triple Wood Smoky and Rum Cask Finish blended Scotch whisky expressions.
 
Full details to follow, but if you fancy uncovering and discovering a bevy of new blended belters from Grant’s click here to register your details by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle, remembering to mark the subject line: #GrantsWhisky
 
The closing date to register is August 15th, and if you are registering please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of September 12th to take part!
 
Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on September 10th, from 19:00 BST via #GrantsWhisky
 
Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more info on Grants whisky, visit: grantswhisky.com
 
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