Little Black Hill – Knockando Distillery

During the heydays of the Scottish Whisky industry in the end of the nineteenth century, dreamer, gambler and entrepreneur John Tytler Thompson decided to build a new distillery on the banks of the river Spey. He commissioned acclaimed architect and engineer Charles Doig to build him a modern distillery, the first Speyside distillery to be…

Whisky Weekend Twente

Whisky Weekend Twente 2017, what a great festival this was. Old familiars, well known acquaintances and new, yet to explore friendships and drams. A great atmosphere, created in the vip lounges of the local football stadium in Almelo, which was for the fourth time converted into a cozy whisky gathering of mostly local whisky enthusiasts….

Villa de Varda

From time to time, we love to step out of our comfort zone whisky provides for us, and look closer at another distilled product the world has to offer. Last Christmas we were challenged to go a little deeper into bourbon and cognac, we recently discovered a new Dutch moonshine and we are no strangers…

The Jameson Experience

In last week’s article, we told you about what we have experienced with Irish Distillers’ Method and Madness brand launch in Dublin, the Q&A tasting the next morning and the visit to the archives and micro distillery with all their mad ideas in Midleton. Having some spare time before our plane would bring us back…

#MethodAndMadness

When the invitation from Irish Distillers to join the launch of their new Method and Madness Irish whiskey range came in at WhiskySpeller headquarters, we were curious to see the details, hopped on an airplane and joined the launch-event in Dublin. ‘The Method and the Madness range is a respectful nod to the experimentation that has…

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…

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…