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STILLS at High Coast — HOGA KUSTEN — Destilleri (Formerly BOX Destilleri)

30 September, 2018

This Destilleri is in the Kommun of Adalen. Known as “Red Adalen”, so Named as a result of the Swedish Authorities turning their gunfire on the sawmill workers of the region. They were on Strike, because of the appalling wages and conditions to which they were being subjected to by the owners. This was (I…

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Whisky Snobs/Snobbery

28 September, 2018

This is an area which really gets under my skin. For almost 60 years I have lived, breathed, and drunk whisky. Whisky is for the masses. Ask Robert Burns, so where does the snobbery emanate ? Well, this is a complex issue, originally the hard working orra man of olden times on the farms and…

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26 September, 2018

I find life fascinating, interesting, maddening, frustrating and depressing all at the same times from time to time. The difficulty in this business is not one, but all of the listed factors, which in themselves individually are not a big deal, but rolled into a bundle can become a very big deal indeed. I suppose…

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International Drinks

23 September, 2018

What exactly is an International Drink ? Is a drink not just a drink or is it truly different with the International Moniker. ? Actually, this is very interesting, because what we are talking about here is from (no particulour order) Everything from Buckfast Abbey Wine to the most expensive Malt whisk(e)y available in bottle…

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Spirituous Drinks

22 September, 2018

Today, I was in my local supermarket (Nationl Chain) I took a look at the spirits shelves. GIN is a spirit that can be produced today and then sold today. Can anyone please tell me how it is that day old neutral spirit with a bit of flavouring can command £30.00 per bottle. ? This…

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I am Human

21 September, 2018

I find it furiously infuriating that I cannot get into my own site without ticking a box saying I’m Human. For God’s sake I think I have been human for quite a number of years, so why do I have to have this shit ? Apart from my rant, life in whisk(e)y goes on although…

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Drinks Across the Globe

11 September, 2018

Every person who will read this will probably think what the hell is going on the drinks world Well for a start the Fucking PC Police are at it again. Quite frankly They are “Shit” propounding  “Shit” and are the most  Sad Awful Amoebas that God created. So Fuck Off The lot of You. Back…

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Like A Mature Whisky

2 August, 2018

It is interesting to read all  about “Experts”, and I know I keep re-visiting this issue. Now I have no problem whatsoever with young people ploughing their own furrow. We have all done that, and it is a thrilling experience. But please do not begin to purport to be a whisky Expert if you have…

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“Wild Fields” Original & Sherry Polish Single Grain Whisky

29 July, 2018

I have spent a Great few days in Poland last week. Mostly in Warsaw….Another beautiful European City! For the last almost 4 Years I have been involved in the creation and development of the Polish Single Grain Whisky for the Toorank Distilleries company in that Country. This is one of the most exciting projects that…

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Polish Whisky – My latest VERY Interesting Project

15 July, 2018

On June 30, in the Jasienica lounge, Toorank Polska presented its first single grain whiskey – Wild Fields. Distilled from rye, aged over three years. There are two versions, both 44%, not cold filtered, distilled in December 2014. Wild Fields Original aged in Polish oak, in barrels with a capacity of 225 l, sealed with…

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