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10 June, 2021

This how to Relax !! Standing beside great whisky in great barrells in the Bunker of Moon Harbour, Bordeuax. Oh! and thinking about the dram to follow soon .

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Putting Life into Perspective

4 June, 2021

There is nothing quite like the daily knife edge balance upon which the whole of humanity exists. This is most aptly demonstrated when people who you have known and in some cases have known of, pass away. Sadly in my world, two such happenings have taken place within the past few weeks. Namely the death…

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15 December, 2020

I have been involved with The Company Radiant Distillers since 2012. I met with Vicky & Roshan Chand in Edinburgh that year and what they informed about the future plans for their newly built state of the art Distillery and bottling facilities situated at Khatkhati, near the town of Dimapur NE Assam just on the…

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BOX is 10 Years Old !!

14 December, 2020

NOW Known AS High Coast The following is what I wrote 10 Years ago in December 2010 From John McDougall:I arrived back in Scotland last Tuesday 07 Dec., following my nearly three weeks in Sweden mostly taken up with my involvement in the Box Whisky distillery, and it’s start up. After several false starts and…

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In The Moon Harbour Bunker, Moon Harbour Destillerie, Bordeaux, France.

9 December, 2020

I am very excited to learn of the launch of The Moon Harbour Own distillations of Dock 1 and Dock 2 Whiskies this week. ! These two whiskies are of course distilled in the “One & Only” Moon Harbour Destillerie, Bordeaux, France. Dock 1 is a Single Malt, and Dock 2 is a “First”. It…

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Spirits Shelves in Drinks Isles in Supermarkets

19 November, 2020

I have been out and about recently. We are in tier 2 so it is not too bad being able to wander a little bit. Obviously, there is shopping to do, so when my wife is doing that, I roam around looking at other things in the store. Naturally I gravitate to the drinks section,…

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Live Your Dream

23 November, 2019

I have been in & around the distilled spirits business for almost 60 years as an employee for 35 and as self employed for nearly 24 years. Fascinating and forever stimulating how I would describe my career which has provided me with so many different experiences – some not so good of course, but Mostly…

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8 May, 2019

The world wide whisk(e)y business is Beating with a strong heart. All one has to do is look and observe with either admiration, or trepidation as to what the end of the current cycle will bring with it. Will it bring success ? even overnight success ( I am still waiting for that to happen…

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New Distilleries

4 April, 2019

I have followed with great interest the continued ongoing distilleries developments taking place across the globe. All of these developments are of course to be welcomed, but there should also be a note of caution here. Very often things can be “over egged” in our desire to cash in so to speak. I make reference…

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Posting Again….Time Flies!

11 February, 2019

How time flies ! It seems no time at all since I began sending news letters to Germany. I was going through some old stuff earlier today, and I stumbled across the 1st of such communications produced 19 years ago! Yes, that’s correct, 19 years ago. Gosh it seems just like yesterday but it demonstrates precisely…

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