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The Whiskyphiles

Whiskyphile, noun [C] specialized / ˈwis.ki.fajl / a disciplined devotion to whisky.

About The Whiskyphiles

The Whiskyphiles started in 2013 as an online collection of my own personal whisky tasting notes. I started seriously getting interested in whisky in the mid 2000’s. A few friends and work colleagues were also interested in whisky, and due to the nature of working in Science, many foreign colleagues attempted to make the most of their 3 year PhD studentship or Post-Doc stay in Scotland by immersing themselves in as much culture (and whisky) as possible. Having regularly been a visitor to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society venues in Edinburgh with friends, I started collecting bottles from every different distillery I could find in around 2009. In 2011 I started seriously visiting as many whisky distilleries as possible. Over time The Whiskyphiles has evolved into an online broadsheet keeping track of whisky & cask-aged spirits news, events, festivals, new releases as well tasting notes and reviews.

Contact

Please get in touch by email to: barry.bradford@thewhiskyphiles.com

Sandend-BayAbout me

I’m Barry, born in 1976 in Manchester, England. I relocated to Edinburgh in 1994 to start a long (and continuous, my family joke) spell as a university student, studying Neuroscience initially. I joined the Institute for Animal Health Neuropathogenesis Unit in 2000 working on Prion diseases (such as Mad Cow Disease). Undertook my MSc and PhD ‘on the job’ and currently work in the same job, only now at The Roslin Institute.

Why Whiskyphile?

Why do I love whisky? Probably the enormous variety and complexity I guess. As an undergrad my drinks of choice were Beer, as I have always been a real ale fan, and Dark Rum & Coke (for which I blame Ocean Colour Scene’s 1996 hit ‘The Day We Caught The Train’). I was familiar with Glenmorangie (my first whisky experience) and Bowmore which was my whisky of choice for a long time before I started exploring whisky proper. In the early days I attended tastings such as The Jolly Toper’s in Edinburgh and also sampled across the SMWS range, in fact a specific SMWS Sherried Highland Park dram really switched the light on for me.

What is your favourite/what is the best whisky?

Probably the most asked question I get. Whisky is personal, and I don’t actually have just one favourite. Brands such as The Balvenie and Laphroaig introduced me to both high quality standard bottles as well as rarer cask strength and special editions of ‘Friends’ bottles of whisky. Jura and Bunnahabhain are my guilty secrets. Springbank and Highland Park offer a rawer, more elemental experience, the list could go on. In my early days I looked to those whisky writers I respected and sought out some of their favourites such as The Macallan and Mortlach and hit upon one or two supreme bottles that have a special place in my heart. My advice would be: go seek your own perfect dram.

Thanks

The majority of the reviews on The Whiskyphiles are from personally purchased bottles, bottles shared amongst friends, samples swapped with other Whiskyphiles, whisky from tastings, festivals and other events and a small amount from industry provided samples. Reviews on The Whiskyphiles are not subject to editing or advertising by the sample provider and represent our own personal opinions and rating scores. I would like to kindly thank the following for provision of samples:

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