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…

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….

The Meeting Place – Dalwhinnie Distillery

Dalwhinnie, or “Dail Chuinnidh”, Gaelic for “the Meeting Place”, is beautifully situated north of the Drumochter pass, on the south-western edge of the large Cairngorm National Park in between the Ben Alder and Creag Meagaidh mountain ranges. History tells us the location was often used as a place to rest weary travelers’ legs or meet…

The Road to Sloping Rock – The Talisker Distillery

The northern parts of Scotland are beautiful. After visiting the Orkneys and the north-east with all its distilleries we could find and visit, we were taking one last rare whisky from the well stocked bar at the Dornoch Castle Hotel on the east coast of the northern Highlands before hitting the sack. Looking forward to…

The cigar smoking stag – the Dalmore distillery

For our next distillery stop in Scotland, we decided to do a re-visit of a distillery we already briefly stopped at in 2012. At that visit, we only snapped some pictures from the exterior of the distillery and made a brief stop at the distillery shop This time, we had contacted the distillery beforehand and…

Deflowered – again

IJmuiden. City at the edge of the globe – when you’re shortsighted and don’t know there is a whole world beyond that small pond we like to call the North Sea. Roads end, fish in all shapes and sizes are brought ashore and a large steel industry covers the city in a thick layer of…

Vintages Timed to Perfection – Balblair Distillery

The North-east of Scotland is beautiful. On top, we visited the Orkney islands with their stubborn climate and two beautiful distilleries of Scapa and Highland Park, we drove through the rugged landscapes between Wolfburn in Thurso, the Dunnet Bay distillery around the corner and the Pulteney distillery in Wick, and followed the hilly coastal route…

Curvy Copperworks – Pulteney Distillery

After seeing the Wolf in Thurso, we decided to drive a little North-East and discover a small gin and vodka distillery in Dunnet. Following the A836 from Thurso, we drove through the picturesque Castletown and snapped some pictures at the gravel beach in between the two villages. The small, family run, single still Dunnet Bay…