Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 5 – Duty Free

At the Edinburgh duty free for an evening flight. The whisky reps are out in full force pouring samples. took some very sparse, quick notes, didn’t comment on appearance for most because they all look like e150. I’d seen the Talisker Skye in bottle shops and was curious so I started with it, expecting a standard Talisker dram Talisker Skye – 45.8% ABV Nose: Salty. … Continue reading Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 5 – Duty Free

Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 4 – Bruichladdich

The next day after a trip to Finlaggan, the ancient seat of the Lord of the Isles (which I highly recommend to anyone visiting Islay, it’s amazingly cool), we checked out Bruichladdich. After the experiences at the other 3, we expected to get 1-2 drams, explore the distillery a bit, and then head to Kilchoman. instead, after talking to the bartenders for a while, they decided … Continue reading Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 4 – Bruichladdich

Bryan’s Trip to Scotland Part 3 – Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin

The trip to Islay was probably the highlight of my 2+ weeks in Europe. Being able to see the distilleries I’ve been reading about and tasting drams from for years was amazing. This post covers our first day of distillery visits, and a bunch of pictures from our walk down the road from Port Ellen to Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. At Laphroaig, we did a … Continue reading Bryan’s Trip to Scotland Part 3 – Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin

Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 2 – Arran

I recently got back from a few weeks in Europe including a week in Scotland, and managed to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Arran and Islay. This post covers some drams consumed at the Arran Distillery, as well as some pictures from the island (the castle picture is the view from our B&B window!) Full disclosure, i came down with a bad cold the day we visited … Continue reading Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 2 – Arran

Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 1 – Edinburgh

I recently got back from a few weeks in Europe including a week in Scotland, and managed to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Arran and Islay. The trip was amazing and included visits to the Royal Mile, Cadenhead’s, a bunch of bottle shops, climbing Arthur’s Seat, an amazing G&T at the Sheep’s Heid Inn and a ton of other stuff. This post covers some samples/drams consumed in … Continue reading Bryan’s Scotland Trip Part 1 – Edinburgh