2018 and New Adventures

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I have had, and am still having a great time making whisky, whiskey, gin, vodka, in many different parts of the world. It continues to stimulate me, like a “Drug”, like riding fast motor cycles, or driving fast cars, whatever your fancy may be. But it always comes back to the fundamental of crafting perfect […]

Aultmore 1963

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54 years ago this month I went as a young man to begin learning the art of distilling. I had already been occupied in barley and malting activities for several years beforehand , so the brewing and distilling side was a natural follow on for me. I am not going to ramble on and “blow […]

Another Day Another Tranch of Awards !

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Award winning Gins, Whiskies and Vodka’s today! It just goes on and on. I counted at least 10 today. Who are the (silent) Awarders ? Soon there will be Awards for Awards. It just get’s sillier and sillier. Just the way my DNA is configured I guess. Now there is a REAL whisky hero. (Vicky) […]

From little Acorns !!!

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This is the original still at Mack Myra Destilleri, Gavle, Sweden. I cannot remember exactly when Mack Myra swung in to action, but my best guess would be, around 15-18 years ago. Max. Well, how they have worked and prospered ! I have visited there, once or twice over the years, and have always been […]

The Danger of Increasing Production

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As most of you will know, I have been around the whisk(e)y business for a long number of years….56 to be precise. During that time I have witnessed many highs and lows, including some personal. However, let’s talk about the industry here, and take a good long hard look at what has occurred since 1960. […]

Small distilleries

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The current Explosion of small distilleries, particularly Gin, is reminiscent of the Gin boom in the 1900’s. London was the home of Gin and almost everyone (and their Granny) was able to distil and produce something approaching what is recognisable as gin today. Of course times change, attitudes also have changed, the industry is better […]

The Future for the Spirits Trade

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There is way too much analysis by experts and “so called experts” of the manner in which we organise and operate this great industry. What if, then more what if, usually followed by doom and gloom, let’s start to live a bit, and refrain from, actually being “Bloody Miserable”. The future looks promising to good […]

A Life in the Day of John Part 2

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I talked yesterday about the comparison between the old and the not so old whisky being produced and bottled in this Suntory “Jewel in the crown” It is important to remember that it IS NOT rocket science to produce great whisky. The problem we all have nowadays is that everyone is “So Damned Clever” !! […]