Kilchoman, scotch, whisky, peated whisky, scotch whisky, ImpEx Beverages, Islay, Scotland

New dram on the block

Back to Basics What do you do if you want to take scotch distilling back to its roots, a true “barley-to-bottle” operation? If you’re Anthony Wills, the founder and manager of Kilchoman Distillery, you buy land on Islay, set up shop…er…farm, and create the first distillery to open on the island in over 120 years.… [ Read More ]

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Sips with friends

Community of scotch drinkers Scotch tasting events are more than just trying out a lineup of samples…they’re about learning things about the brand, the production process, and the expression itself. In the relatively short time that I’ve been going to tastings, both formal (like the Laphroaig tasting event at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival… [ Read More ]

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Fangirling & scotch

So I’m a fan of this show… I might have mentioned 1 or 2 times (or a 100…I lose track) that I’m a fan of Outlander, the STARZ TV show and the book series by Diana Gabaldon. And by that, I mean I’m an I’ve-gone-off-the-deep-end-and-am-now-treading-the-water-there sort of fan. I discussed my obsession and how it… [ Read More ]

Highland games scotch tasting, scotch, whisky, Laphroaig, Bowmore, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Islay, Scotland, Simon Brooking, peated whisky

What started it all…redux

Doing it all again My husband, a friend, and I attended the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival at the Loon Mountain Ski Resort in mid-September. This visit marked the third time I’ve gone…the first year I convinced my husband to go because I had just discovered the TV series, Outlander, and was now fanatical… [ Read More ]

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Go West and Sip!

There is a romance about faraway places…a setting so different from the one you experience daily. Growing up in Southern California (in the suburbs of Los Angeles, to be exact), I took for granted the mild, relatively unchanging weather; the natural flora of scrub brush and oak trees (and the human-introduced flora of palm trees… [ Read More ]

Single pot still Irish whiskey, Single malt scotch, Irish whiskey, Ireland, Scotland, Speyside, Orkney

Ireland vs. Scotland

Single Pot Still Whiskey vs. Single Malt Scotch I don’t mean that title literally…I know that both countries are beautiful and their people are friendly and welcoming. I’d really love to visit there someday (note, if anyone wants to sponsor me to go to, you know, make sure I’m right, I wouldn’t say no…). No,… [ Read More ]

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Across the board across the Pond

Getting to Yes I’ve been writing this blog for 6 months (whoa, it’s my semi-anniversary…yay me!), and I’m having fun doing it, and I’ve been talking to a lot of people who have been very generous with their advice. One in particular is Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and the One Nation Under Whisky podcast (among… [ Read More ]

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Springbank with Snacks

Pairing snacks with spirits Food and drink…it kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Or rather, it rolls back across your tongue and down your gullet, but that’s not the point. It’s nice to sip on something, but it’s even nicer to have something to chew on as well, and especially with scotch, something… [ Read More ]

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Taking the High Road

Loch Lomond Whisky (not the song) I admit it freely…before I discovered Outlander (via the TV show), I knew nothing about Scotland and even less about scotch. (Wait, can you know less than nothing about something? Negative knowledge? Maybe knowledge flows out through your ears? Ok, my head is starting to hurt). Loch Lomond whisky?… [ Read More ]