Monthly Archives: October 2007

Connoisseur at work

Last Thursday Alex delivered the first of the Spencerfield Spirit tutored whisky tastings for our FaceBook; Sheep Fold Group held in Edinburgh. The tasting focused on identifying the elements, which combine so beautifully to produce Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose whiskies and on recognising the contribution made to the nose and taste by the constituent Continue reading..

“Back on the road again”- (there’s a song there somewhere!)

Back to work Dug, originally uploaded by Spencerfield Spirit. After a couple of weeks in the office wrestling with VAT and the likes we finally have a wee bit of professional help – in the form of a real bookeeper, with experience, to keep us right. Susan hails from Dunning a village in the Ochils somewhere Continue reading..

More kind words.

Thanks Nev, you’re a gent.

WhiskyFest NY:

Alex is in New York this week and will be at the WhiskyFest tonight. The Malt Advocate magazine’s 10th Annual WhiskyFest is from 6:30 to 10:00 pm (last pour at 9:30 pm) and should prove to be a cracking evening. With an amazing line-up of brand owners, distillery managers and master blenders from Scotland, Ireland Continue reading..

Kind words:

This from Jamie following last week’s Whisky Tasting:

The debate -”water, more whisky or ice?”

We just received the following e-mail from a gentleman in America which made me think about the old debate over what, if anything, should be added to (presumably to enhance) whisky. “Can you believe it, here I am, 76 years of age and I recently purchased my first bottle of Sheep Dip. Man, what a surprise. It Continue reading..

Burning Man

The brands recently made a guest appearance at Burning Man, an annual art festival and temporary community, based on radical self expression and self-reliance, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Well, it looked a lot of fun and many people enjoyed the whiskies after the sun had gone down, (the Black Rock Desert is Continue reading..

The SWA set new proposals for labelling

The Scotch Whisky Association are proposing new regulations for the labeling of Scotch Whisky which they hope to push through as European legislation by next spring. Under the proposed regulations, whisky will be strictly defined under one of five categories, single malt, single grain, blended, blended malt and blended grain. Distillers will also be allowed Continue reading..

Spencerfield Christmas Cake. (Eat your heart out Delia.)

We have been “on the road” so much this muddy summer that I quite forgot to make our Christmas cake. (Flickr set here.) Walking with Doug and watching the tractor ploughing up the barley stubble jolted me from seasonal confusion and behold!, two Christmas cakes are in the larder maturing and steeping in the luxurious Continue reading..

Swedish Malt Whisky

Here’s an interesting concept. A new malt whisky distillery, in, er, Sweden. (Or Destilleri as the Swedes would say.) Beautiful building, a turn-of-the-century powerstation. Hope the whisky does it justice. Found via the ever watchful WhiskyGrotto.