Birmingham Whisky Festival

I was dreaming I was flying…

In actual fact I was flying. Flying down from the frozen North. Between snoozing, I was gazing down at the snow dusted mountains and villages across the UK.

Yes I (little Miss Spontaneous) had decided to squeeze in one last festival this year…well you would, wouldn’t you?

So, here I was in Birmingham for the festival. I had a little wander round Birmingham beforehand (to refresh my bearings.)

A little note of big thanks to Eddie and Vicky…you know why, and it was appreciated.

One of the first people I bumped into was Sorren (ocdwhisky) and then I think Mr. Boutique-y Whisky himself Dave. Had a nice chat with Jason (B Standing) and well there were a lot of familiar and friendly faces there, it was a whisky festival after all!

Hugs and greetings given it was nearly kick off time. So what was the first dram to be?

I decided to pop along to the Paul John stand to say hello to Shilton,  and I was very lucky to have been offered a sample of the new Kanya by Paul John which should be available in the New Year… Kanya believe it? I could and luckily other’s got to sample it too.

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I then decided to go for a wander round the hall… I have to say it was a bit of a shock seeing Sorren (#SOS – see Twitter) on the Diageo stand, but he was at home with Colin Dunn (lovely, funny man) and they were very busy…and I had a nice couple of samples poured for me at the Talisker…or should I say Diageo stand. I tried the Blair Atholl 23 year old and much later the Pittyvaich.

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I went and said hello to David and his lovely wife Wendy from whiskeytumblers…if you’ve never seen what they do, then why wait? They’ve also got a “snifter” now.

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I tried the Kilchoman Red Wine Cask matured which was nice. Then basically it was weaving in and out and sampling lots of other delicious whiskies.

Andy Purslow was amusing as ever and poured the Treacle Chest for me and later the Vanilla Burst and a couple of others too.

I also met Amy Seton and had a catch up…exciting times ahead for her.

I appear to have taken up residency at one of the small silver tables…the bloggers table 🙂 always a good spot to gather ones thoughts and take pics of what you’re drinking. And to stand and take in the delcious nose of a tasty dram and just smile…

Properly met the lovely Vicky Osgood who I’d very briefly met at the Whisky Exchange show in London.

Anyway it was mostly drinking whisky…you’re shocked. I can tell! 😂😂 but also meeting some new friends and making new ones.

And I hope those that got some of my delicious fudge enjoy it, and it’s not too long before “nom nom…it’s all gone!!”

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So…till next year.

Big hugs, Sarah x x

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A Remarkable Regional Mix Up! Facebook Tasting

I was very lucky to have received a lovely email inviting me to a series of online Whisky & Cocktail tastings on Instagram etc.…what a treat!

This time however it was to be on Facebook with another of Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Malts – The Epicurean.

May 8th arrived and I’d signed up to Facebook…

We all said our hellos and started to sample The Epicurean along with a few ginger biscuits. Even though mine had turned soft they were still a lovely treat alongside the whisky. The Epicurean itself had a lovely light colour with a light fragrant and fresh nose with vanilla & fresh grass and orange freshness too.

The palate was smooth, a sip with a gentle bite. There was the softness of juicy peaches and burnt sugar adding some depth. A spicy warmth to it.

We made two cocktails that evening. First was the horses head. This consisted of:

The Epicurean

A few drops of Angostura bitters (yes, from that adorably dinky little bottle)

Ginger Ale and ice – and had my local shop had any in stock, lemon which would have created the horses neck.

This was a lovely refreshing cocktail. I’m a bit hit and miss when it comes to ginger, but this was lovely.

We then moved on to the second cocktail, the Appleyard.

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Cloudy apple juice

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I poured this into a very large glass and added a cocktail umbrella – as one does… what a deliciously moreish cocktail. Light and definitely one for a warm summers evening…should we get one.

A huge thanks go to Hannah, Jan and Douglas Laing for another wonderful tasting.

Slàinte 🙂

A Remarkable Regional Mix Up! Instagram Tasting

I was very lucky to have received a lovely email inviting me to a series of online Whisky & Cocktail tastings on Instagram…what a treat! This was to include two whiskies which I had been eager to try, Timourous Beastie and Big Peat.

March 21st quickly arrived and after a quick trip to Tesco for ice cubes, I was ready to go.

It was great fun interacting with everyone and making two cocktails up as we went along, the first was an Old Fashioned using Timorous Beastie, Angostura Bitters (cutest teeny bottle ever) with ice, and the second the Smoky Whisky Sour with Big Peat. This was made using the sugar syrup, lemon juice, some powdered egg white and Big Peat. I have to say this cocktail more than hit the spot, the smokiness of the whisky against the sour of the lemon and the sweetness of the syrup was an absolute delight!

Thanks to Jan and Douglas Laing / Remarkable Malts for a wonderfully tasty and memorable evening…