That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Macduff (Batch 1, 52%)

Speyside, whisky

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

And now for something completely different, it’s time for another installment of what is quickly turning in to This Whisky Blog. I have acquired a bottle of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch bottling of Macduff.

The Macduff Distillery Company was founded in 1962. During its existance, the distillery’s official name has fluctuated between Glen Deveron and MacDuff with official bottlings mostly having been released under the former. In 1972, Glen Deveron/Macduff was acquired by William Lawson Distillers Ltd.

The distillery then became part of the Martini & Rossi corporation in 1980. In 1992 the owners Martini & Rossi were bought up by the Bacardi Corporation.

Bacardi put their subsidiary John Dewar & Sons in charge of the Macduff distillery. Dewar & Sons also control Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy, Aultmore, and Craigellachie.

Enough of the history and patter….let’s bash on…


I poured the whisky into a Glencairn glass. I added a teaspoon and a half of water and left covered for ten minutes, The whisky pours a light straw like, almost lemon juice colour. On pouring the whisky is slightly thinner in the glass and flows when rolled around.

On nosing this whisky I am met with notes of lemon, tropical fruit, coconut, sea salt and a candy sugar sweetness. There are notes of herb and ginger in the background.

The flavour is soft with notes of lemon, coconut and sea salt. There are notes of green apple, pink peppercorn and a soft sweetness towards the end of the taste.

The finish is long with notes of green apple sweetness and grapefruit pith.

This whisky is challenging and rewards you with an plethora of interesting flavours which make this a fantastic dram!



Tomatin – Legacy (43%)

Highland, whisky


Another malt whisky review this time it’s Tomatin Legacy. Based in Tomatin , south of Inverness it can I suppose be termed a Southern Northern Highland malt!! Or just a Highland malt

Sitting at an altitude of 313m just to the west of the village sheltered by the Monadhliath mountains it uses the pure waters of the Allt-na-Frithed. Tomatin was established in 1897, under the name of Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd. The company went bankrupt in 1906, and reopened under new ownership in 1909. After the liquidation of its owners in 1986, it was taken over by Japanese conglomerate Takara Shuzo and was renamed Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd. This non age statement offering is bottled at a non chill filtered 43% and uses virgin oak as well as bourbon casks The mix of casks seems to give this malt a slightly unique feel


I poured the whisky in to a Glencairn glass and then covered it and left it in the glass for ten minutes. I added a half tea spoon of water to allow the whisky to develop.

The colour is rich and light amber like in appearance and when rolled around the glass is a little syrupy.

The nose has aromas of lemon and almost pine notes Vanilla and caramel notes with an airy freshness in the background.

The flavour is light and delicate with a peppery sweetness which has with hints of pine. Boiled lemon sweets, pineapple and crunchy green apples Warming with pine notes again

The finish is clean light and refreshing with notes of cracked pepper coming back.

This whisky is immensely drinkable and has provided me with a real surprise! I can see why Tomatin are using this as accessible and well priced introduction to their brand. In my opinion out performs many other entry level malts due to the extra dimension given by presence of the virgin oak. Well done !!

Old Pulteney – Navigator (46%)

Highland, whisky

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Another malt whisky review this time it’s Old Pulteney Navigator. Based in Wick, Caithness in the far north of Scotland. Old Pulteney was established in 1826. The distillery closed in 1930 due to declining trade after the local parish enforced prohibition laws but re-opened in 1951 when the vote was rescinded after the law was abolished. It is now owned by Inver House Distillers


I poured the whisky in to a Glencairn glass and then covered it and left it in the glass for ten minutes. I added a half tea spoon of water to allow the whisky to express itself.

The colour is rich and gold like in appearance and when rolled around the glass is quite syrupy.

The nose has aromas of stewed sweet bramley apple with notes of vanilla and dairy milk chocolate. There are hints of lemon, orange and honey in the background.

The flavour has notes of spice with a bitter orange citrusy flavour, liquorice and the trade mark Old Pulteney brine. There are hints of vanilla, and a slight honey sweetness in the background.

The finish is medium long and warming with notes of brine and lemon zest coming back.

This whisky is immensely drinkable and has provided me with a really exciting rival to the most excellent Old Pulteney 12year old!! I wonder however if this would have been even better bottled at a slightly higher ABV ??


That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Aultmore (Batch 5, 48.8%)

Speyside, whisky


I’ve been trying to branch and review different drinks, having reviewed gin and bourbon I thought I’d branch out and take a crack at “our national drink” Whisky (single malt).

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Aultmore batch 5 is where I decided to begin my whisky reviewing journey. The distillery was founded in 1895 by the owner of the Ben Rinnes Distillery (Alexander Edward). Aultmore is located on the B9016 between Keith and Buckie in what was Banffshire.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s whiskies are bottled without age statements because each batch is dependent on the stock received so it’s possible age can differ thirty years between batches.

The whisky on first impression stands out because of the absolutely fantastic label which was designed by Glasgow based illustrator Emily Chappell. She designed a label featuring a dinosaur and a shark as no story in particular stuck out about this distillery to the That Boutique-y Whisky guys.


I poured the whisky in to a Glencairn glass and left it in the glass covered for twenty minutes. I added one and a half tea spoons of water to bring the percentage down slightly and allow the whisky to open up.

The colour is light and straw like in appearance and when rolled around the glass is quite syrupy.

The nose is more sweet than I expected with notes of vanilla, almond, pear and a slight aniseed note. There a hints of lemon, orange and a floral note in the background.

The flavour has notes of roasted grain, lemon, pear, unrefined sugar and orange peel. There are hints of vanilla, clove and a slight note of rose water in the background.

The finish is long with notes of citrus zest.

This whisky is challenging and has provided me with a really exciting starting point for a malt whisky review!


The final holiday blog


So, it’s my last day on holiday and I am leaving Sweden (for the time being).

I wanted to do a complete round up of bars in Gothenburg and Stockholm but due to some timing issues that didn’t quite happen. I’m sure I’ll achieve this at a later date but for now I have a review of another beer local to Gothenburgh and three of the bars I though stood out.

The beer in question is Poppels Bryggeri DIPA (Double India Pale Ale) which weighs in at 8.0%. Encased in a stubby this beer lets me relive a bit of my youth.

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The beer is a dark orange colour with a thin cream coloured head.

The nose is grapefruit and pine resin forward with a slight note of sweetness, following this are hints of red berry and a sweeter almost blood orange note. At the very end of the nose this is a light almost candyfloss or burnt sugar armoa.

The flavour is very pine and sweet citrus forward. There are notes of lime and blood orange which balance out the hugely bitter flavours which try to dominate. The finish has an almost jam sugar syrup sweetness which adds another dimension to what is a very well rounded and well balanced beer.

The finish is drying and the mouth feel is oily but this beer is still refreshing even at 8.0%!

This leads me rather nicely to part two of this blog in which I hope to encourage you (should you be lucky enough to visit this wonderful city) to visit some of my favourite bars.


First on the list is Carnegie Kaj which is located in a Novotel but stay with me. The bar & hotel are situated on the site of the old Carnegie Porter Brewery in the Klippan area of the city. This was previously quite industrial area but is in a period of resurgence, with a number of artists collectives and cafes popping up in this beautiful area of town.

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The bar hosts a number of vintages of its own (Carnegie) porters, along with illustrious company from a number of choice porters/stouts from all over the world including Jester King and Great Divide to name just a couple. Sporting some of the finest views in the city this bar is very worthy of a visit and the area is great to explore too!

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Next is The Rover, based in the Järntorget area of the city. This bar is probably one of the most welcoming with friendly and very helpful bar staff. The tap list is something to behold with local and international beer of great quality from end to end!


The food is also great quality and value, I indulged in a Gustafssons Burgare which was almost too much for me but tremendously tasty!!

The seats are comfortable and there is outdoor seating also should conditions prevail.

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Finally is Järntorgets Byrgghus. Home of a huge array of bottled and tap beer. Normally when I’m here I would only look at the tap list in a bar, but the bottle menu is wide ranging and the tap list is no slouch either. With a bar upstairs with a cellar which can be opened during busy periods this is the most spacious of the three bars.

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The seating is utilitarian and simple but this adds to the charm of this very clean and open bar. The staff are again friendly and knowledgeable and provide you with any information you need. The beers are a combination of Swedish and American with stand outs such as Pang Pang and Lagunitas on offer.

Should you need any more information or advice on other bars in the city please tweet me @MagnusMcKay and I’ll gladly help!

Back to sunny Scotland next!