Briny Dutch Moonshine

The Netherlands has lots of beautiful corners and stretches of nature and its own selection of wildlife. One of our favorite places to go to and relax for the past 20 years we have been together, is certainly one of the many Frisian Islands, better known as the Wadden Islands. This group of islands starting…

#WoodMTW

If you follow our WhiskyWorship and LovingWhisky tasting note blogs and social media accounts, you probably have noticed the hashtag #WoodMTW linking to reviews of several Gordon & MacPhail samples in their the Wood Makes the Whisky campaign. Not a series of bottles you will find in the stores, but a campaign to emphasize the…

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

Wandering through the world of whisky, one can not easily avoid stumbling into the American alternative; Bourbon. After journeying back and forth between the many different brands, styles and expressions, we got interested in the drink and found the book Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick, whetting our…

The Land Between Two Rivers – The Edradour Distillery

It doesn’t seem to matter if the weather is dreach or the sun is out on its highest peak, the Edradour distillery seems to attract busloads of people every day during the season. Not so strange really, if you take a look at the tiny bridges over the rushing cooling water of the Edradour burn,…

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…

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…