The mythical FIRE Realm

January 16, 2017, Blue Monday. At least, if you believe the media the day should be depressing as hell. Well, not for us. After a morning of hard work, we were traveling to our capital city Amsterdam, with its sparkling lights of the recent festive season still in full effect, lighting up the atmosphere of…

The indistinct shed – a look at the Kininvie distillery

Following a very successful Spirit of Speyside Festival in 2016, we were given the opportunity to visit the fairly unknown Kininvie still house, little more than an indistinct shed tucked away in the woods between the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries, with a strong attraction to WhiskySpeller for the past few years. A Little History After…

WhiskySpeller – News Update

A lot has happened since our last update at the beginning of November. Next to the stories we usually share about our trips and distillery visits, we have added book reviews to our revamped site and started sharing tasting notes on a daily basis from the Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars. On top of…

The Oyster Catcher – Inchgower Distillery

At the end of April 2016, during the Spirit of Speyside festival, a cold freezing wind and a watery pale sun remembered us we were closer to winter than we were to summer. We enjoyed a good sturdy home made breakfast in our rented cottage in Cullen, cleared the car of the night frost and…

Speyside Collection

Fourth-generation family business Gordon & MacPhail run by the Urquhart family since 1895, has been building up quite a volume of well matured whisky stock of their own quality casks they filled over the years at numerous distilleries throughout Scotland. With this stock, they are conserving a piece of history which they now have decided…

Impeccably Crafted

After the Classic Malts of Scotland range was released in 1988 to represent six distilleries from six different Scottish areas, the success was followed by the Rare Malts Selection in 1995 where more exclusive bottlings, mostly from closed distilleries and aged for at least 18 years, were presented to the public. Annually new bottlings were…

Whisky – the Manual

Whisky – the Manual is a book by the hand of Dave Broom, starting its introduction with debunking the most known myths in the whisky world we all know about: whisky is an old fashioned drink and for old men, should only been drunk neat as an after dinner dram, single malts are better than…

#TheGiftToGive

When an invitation came in at WhiskySpeller HQ to attend an event in Amsterdam to celebrate the upcoming festive season with the recently launched limited edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label in his new Winter Edition bottle design, we looked at the calendar, only to realise we were unable to be present that day. Not…

Discovering the Secret – The Speyside Distillery

On the edge of the Cairngorms, close to where the river Spey flows towards the last whisky distillery which uses its waters, we discovered a hidden gem – the Speyside distillery. Coming from the south, the easiest way to reach the distillery is to take the Kingussie exit on the A9, drive through the village…

A Troika of Tens

  The first of December 2016 is circled red on our calendar. On that day, at 19:00 DST (20:00 CET), an exclusive Bruichladdich tasting is going to be held featuring the second releases of the unpeated Laddie Ten, the heavily peated Port Charlotte 10 and the uber-heavily peated Octomore 10, a Troika of Tens. In…

à table: whisky from glass to plate

Books have always been a very important source of entertainment and information for the both of us since we were able to read, we have started dating through our mutual love for the same authors, and with our passion for cooking, the shelves quickly piled up with numerous cookbooks. During our journey to learn more…

Drinks by the Dram

The days are getting shorter, frost is in the air and our favorite winter coats, hats, shawls and mittens have been recovered from their storage spaces. This can only means Christmas is slowly getting near again and as lovers of distilled spirits our eyes are automatically turning towards the captivating goods from Drinks by the Dram….