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Ralfy Visits The Isle of Arran Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

…  whisky review didgerydoo  (yes, a unique ‘collectable’ non-numbered review) especially selected by eccentric epicurian ralfy and ‘finished’ in five entertaining instalments.

The Ocean tradition and its forgotten malt distilleries

In the few days since I posted my introduction to the delightfully lewd world of Ocean Whisky, I have been wrestling with how best to present the large amount of detailed material I have on this tradition. Ocean’s sexy ladies are a diversion but this lineage is actually an important part of Japanese whisky’s history. My tentative understanding is that there are at least three, maybe four, completely forgotten malt whisky distilleries mixed up in this story.

The problem is there is so much information and the relationships between the companies and brands can feel quite labyrinthine without some sort of a map to guide you through. The diagram above should hopefully fill that gap. Drawing it certainly straightened out my understanding of my notes and I hope it will make my subsequent postings about the Ocean lineage a little bit easier to read.

The Tweeddale Blend – The Lost Blend Is Back – Scotch Whisky News

The Lost Blend is back…
The Tweeddale Blend, Blended Scotch Whisky has been recreated by Stonedean Limited and is now available after an absence of over 70 Years.
An indulgent blend of an aged single grain whisky and eight individually selected aged single malt whiskies with a high malt content (50% grain, 50% malt). In keeping with [...]

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Glenrothes Signatory Vintage 1989 20yo – Scotch Whisky News

Glenrothes S 1989 20yo 55.7%alc.
Distilled 31/12/1989
Bottled: 09/04/2010
Matured in a Recharred Butt #24377
Limited to 384 bottles
If Pooh’s chum Tigger had a sister this is it and she’s called Ester, but like Tig she’s all over the place, charming and very challenging. The majority of the experience from the start is fruity esters, bananas, cream soda, Demerara [...]

The Dalmore Masterclass With Richard Paterson, Master Blender At Federal W&S Boston – Scotch Whisky News

The Dalmore Masterclass with Richard Paterson, Master Blender
Release of Clan MacKenzie, Limited Bottling
Tuesday, July 20th. 7:30 P. M.
Omni Parker House
60 School St. (corner of Tremont)
Boston, MA 02108
Reservations Required, Limited to 50,
617 367 8605 or
Joe writes;
The Dalmore Masterclass will be a very special evening, not only because it will be led by Master Blender Richard [...]

Five New Bottlings From The Creative Whisky Company – Scotch Whisky News

From David Stirk of the Creative Whisky Company;
My latest batch of Exclusive Malts (cask strength – about 18 casks a year):
Coleburn 1983 26yo 48.6% Refill ex-Bourbon hogshead
Littlemill 1990 20yo 51.3% First fill ex-Bourbon barrel
Imperial 1995 15yo 50.3% First fill ex-Sherry hogshead
Tamdhu 1980 29yo 52.8% Refill ex-Bourbon hogshead
Macallan 1997 12yo 50% First fill ex-Sherry hogshead (BeNeLux [...]

Two New Malt Maniacs Join The Team – Scotch Whisky News

A messgae from Johannes at the Malt Maniacs World Headquarters;
“I’m happy to report that we’ve found two fresh maniacs that offered surprisingly little resistance…
Gordon Homer (UK) – Of Spirit of Islay fame
Martin Diekmann (Germany)
Visit the Malt Maniacs at

News from Virginia Distillery Company – American Whiskey News

Distillery Underway at Virginia Distillery Company Site in Lovingston 

Construction at the Virginia Distillery Company is well underway. It will be the first authentic Single Malt Distillery in the U.S. with genuine Scottish copper pot stills. The secret recipe for all Single Malt Whisky? Barley. Yeast. Water. But what brings it together is the double [...]

Late Breaking News – Scotch Tasting at the Dundee Dell Omaha TONIGHT! – Scotch Whisky News

Omaha’s World Famous Dundee Dell
5007 Underwood Ave
Omaha, Nebraska 68132
Hey Dellrods!
We hope that you are surviving the muggy weather alright. We love air-conditioning, stop in and enjoy it with us. Could someone invent an AC Bubble? Convenient for walks.
If you’ve not found the reason to join us for a Single Malt Scotch Tasting, this one’s a [...]

Tasting three single armagnacs

Single de Samalens 8 yo (40%, OB, Armagnac, 2010) – Single de Samalens 12 yo (40%, OB, Armagnac, 2010) – Single de Samalens 15 yo (40%, OB, Armagnac, 2010) – MUSIC: Abbey Lincoln