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Happy Bastille Day to all my French friends! I don't have any French whisky in the house, so I'm dipping into this juicy 33yr old Armagnac from Darroze instead. A stunning well-aged example.





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It might be summer for those of you in the northern hemisphere, but we're in the thick of winter here in Sydney. That calls for a warming winter combo. A cask strength sherry bomb + a phat porter nails the brief.

The 2001 (spring 2017) @glenfarclasdistillery Family Cask pulls off incredible balance and fruity maturity, pairing nicely with @younghenrys Hoppy Porter. How good is that can design too!





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A late 1970s Tomatin from the legends at @wmcadenheads. Best described as an evolutionary dram; one that kept changing in the glass over the course of an hour. Magical stuff.





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An Ardbeg head-to-head with two whiskies from a very different period of time - 1974 on the left and 1978 on the right showcasing a completely different era for the distillery (the still did their own floor maltings back then!) Educational to say the least.





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I normally find Auchentoshan a bit too 'light and clean' for my personal tastes, but this 1990 24 year old cask strength version is something else. It's got a rich nose, great body and loads of ripe juicy orchard fruits. A peachy pairing with @nomadbrewingco's Peach IPA 🍑





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I could be a bit biased here, but aside from being there on Islay, I reckon Sydney throws the next best #ArdbegDay!! Confetti canons, bagpipes, epic 60s tunes and Jeroboams of Ardbeg make for one cracking day! Dram on #Ardbeg fans!





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Feis Ile has just kicked off on Islay, and although I'm not over there, it seemed like a great chance to sit down with a new book and a dram, and read up on the history of one of my favourite Islay distilleries - Bowmore! Bowmore's Feis Ile open day is Wednesday 30th, so for anyone who's over there, have a dram for me!





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Apparently it's World Whisky Day today, a day when you're meant to celebrate and enjoy whisky. I thought that was every day? Oh well. Here's a single cask Longmorn I picked up at the Strathisla distillery gift shop this time last year. It's far from the best Longmorn I've had, but it's still a tasty little number none the less.



#longmorn #worldwhiskyday #strathisla #distillery #speyside #scotland #whisky #scotch #scotchwhisky #whiskylover #instawhisky #whiskygram #whiskyporn #dram

Beer + Whisky = Boilermaker! And this wacky combo actually kind of worked. The Rocks Brewing Co. Sauv Blanc Berliner Weise has a great dry earthy palate, which was lifted by the sweet smouldering peat and wine influence from the #benriach Marsala single cask. What do you look for when pairing whisky and beer? Complementary flavours? A big fun flavour clash? Let me know!



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One of many pics from my visit to Chichibu distillery last year. Such a magical place, making incredibly tasty whisky. If only the hype collectors would just move on to something else so whisky appreciators could get their hands on more of this stuff to, you know, actually drink..

I'm not sure if you can really call these 'modern' #Glendronach, given the distillery has closed and reopened since they were distilled? But in any case, two of the best modern Glendronachs I've tried. On the left we have the incredibly rich (yet almost perfectly balanced) 1993 Cask No. 30 bottled for the UK market in 2014. And on the right a 1990 vintage 22 year old bottled by Italian bottler, Silver Seal, which again is incredibly poised for a single cask. The label on that one is so gaudy it's charming. Love it.

Balvenie; but not as we know it today. I was lucky enough to sample this oldie in the brilliant tasting cave underneath La Maison du Whisky's flagship store in Paris. As for the whisky, it had all the hallmarks of a present-day #Balvenie, but with a dark fruit depth and richness you don't really see these days. A nice little window into the past.

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