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Barry Bradford

About me? I am a Whisky Educator, Travel-Tourist and Blogger. I blog tasting notes about (mostly Scotch) beer and whisky at The Whiskyphiles. I keep progress of my travels via the Alfred Barnard Society. Based in Livingston, Scotland I do most of my dramming at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society and Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.002

Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch 2 Bottle Shot

Considering I find the standard 12 a little spicy in the tail I was a little apprehensive of the Rye maturation used here. It really accentuates other facets of Fettercairn’s spirit but surreptitious use of sweet and vanillic ex-Bourbon casks brings plenty of coconut and chocolate along for the ride making this one a real journey. Actually the more I tasted the more welcoming the spicy Rye elements were. Bravo! 85/100

Scotch – Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart

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The Water of Life – such was the original Gaelic name for whisky, a succinct expression of the worship which the Highland spirit has always inspired, from those misty days when it was the coveted brew of mountain tribesmen, to its now acknowledged eminence, liquid gold, the tax-gatherer’s joy, “like magic in a pint bottle”.

The author, who has known Speyside from boyhood, tells his story of the whisky world with a wealth of knowledge and anecdote. Like many another of Highland blood, he mourns the eclipse of the great malt whiskies, and writes nostalgically of them and the men who created them with loving care beside the waters of Spey and Livet. Those early distillers were the founders of the present tradition of “Scotch”; earlier there had been a century, rich in legend, of struggle between the faithful henchmen of worm and cauldron, and the watchful “gaugers”.

The invention of the patent-still brought the potentialities of world dominion. The foundation of whisky’s empire were laid, and the expansion carried out, by men of colourful personality and formidable dynamism – John and Thomas Dewar, James Buchanan, Alexander and John Walker, John Haig. Sir Robert has many tales of these great figures.

To round off his “personal history”, he tells of the consolidation of the Distillers Company Ltd, of the fortunes of whisky during Prohibition, and of the state and condition of its empire in the abasements and upheavals of our times.

Malt Whisky Companion – Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s essential read for the whisky connoisseur – fully updated 6th edition

Discover all about whisky from this new and updated edition of the classic, definitive guide to malt whiskies, by the late Michael Jackson. You’ll learn everything you wanted to know about your favourite tipple. From why you should choose Islay, the Islands, or the Highlands, to which whiskies are light and flowery, or rich and treacly.

Find whisky tasting notes on over 1,000 malts arranged from A-Z, including vintages from 1926 onwards. Over 500 new bottlings are reviewed and scored – plus hundreds of revised entries. Packed with the latest releases and brand new tasting notes from every distillery in Scotland. Plus, reviews of malts from around the world, including Ireland, Japan and newer producers from California to the Czech Republic.

Updated by whisky experts Dominic Roskrow, Gavin Smith and William Meyers

The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom – Alfred Barnard

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Around 1885, Alfred Barnard was secretary of Harper’s Weekly Gazette, a journal dedicated to the wine and spirit trade. In order to provide his readers with the history and descriptions of the whisky-making process, Barnard decided to visit all distilleries in Scotland, England and Ireland. Accompanied by friends, he visited over 150 distilleries. The names found in his reports still excite the dedicated whisky connoisseur today, as well as others whose fame has faded since the end of the 19th century.

The appeal of Barnard’s book lies not only in the technical descriptions of each distillery’s processes, but also in the colourful descriptions of his journeys, brimming with historical colour and detail. A superbly illustrated facsimile edition, with over 200 engravings, this book is a complete guide to the origins of Scotland’s national drink, as well as a lively picture of life and travel in the Victorian age.

Malt Whisky – Charles Maclean

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Malt whisky has captured the hearts of spirits drinkers worldwide, especially in recent years. This fully revised and updated edition of the award-winning Malt Whisky is now in a handy portable size, making it the perfect companion for touring Scotland s distilleries. First published in 1997, the book has been printed in six languages and continues to be a key reference on the subject. Charles MacLean is a world authority on Scottish whisky and in this book he explores the history of malt whisky. He explains how whisky is distilled, how the ingredients added at each stage of the process contribute to the flavour of the finished product, and the contribution made by geography to the style and character of individual malts. To complete the picture he explains how best to appreciate and evaluate its subtleties and how to describe the aromas and flavours of whisky. A detailed A-Z directory features all of Scotland s distilleries and includes tasting notes on a selection of the whiskies produced. Full colour maps locate the distilleries, while over 150 photographs capture the essence of the spirit and how it is made. A reference section completes the book with tips on buying malt whisky, a guide to distillery visitor facilities and the best whisky societies and websites available worldwide. Malt Whisky offers all the information any malt lover could ever need to appreciate this magical spirit to the full. Use it for buying decisions, tasting appreciation, or simply for armchair dreaming, dram in hand.