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Private Barrel Co 2016 Scotland Tour – Glen Scotia Distillery

The third and final leg of the quest (Leg 1: Edinburgh and Leg 2: Loch Lomond Distillery) to find the next Private Barrel Co release saw us heading down to Campbeltown, a relatively remote part of Scotland, with the Glen Scotia distillery firmly in our sights! Our lodgings for the two nights in Campbeltown were […]






Private Barrel Co 2016 Scotland Tour – Loch Lomond Distillery

After a fantastic first day in Edinburgh, we picked up Joe at the airport and made our way up to the Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria in our quest to find the next Private Barrel Co release. Let’s just say straight off the bat… The distillery in not very fetching, but boy oh boy, what […]






Private Barrel Co 2016 Scotland Tour – Edinburgh

As the (extremely) lucky winner of the Checkers Private Barrel Co “What Kind of Mac Are You?” competition, I got to head over to Scotland in October 2016 to join the Private Barrel Co selection panel in picking out their next release. It was a whirlwind tour, crammed full of brilliant experiences and tons of […]






Whisky Live Festival SA 2016 – All The Info You Need

2016 Whisky Live Festival SA

My favourite time of the year has arrived! Yes folks, it’s whisky season, headlined by the Whisky Live Festival held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 9 – 11 November 2016. You can buy your tickets through TicketPros here. Let’s dive straight into some of the highlights: Meet Malt Masters I’ve very glad to see […]






I’m Heading Over to Scotland to Pick the Next Private Barrel Co Release!

Are Ya Mac Enough?

Anyone who knows me will know just how much I love whisky and how I yearn to visit Scotland again. So when Checkers Liquorshop announced that they were running a competition and the winner would be flying over to Scotland to help pick their next single cask release for the Private Barrel Co range, I […]






15 Year Old Three Ships Pinotage Cask Finish – An Absolute Masterpiece

Three Ships Pinotage Cask Finish Whisky

When it comes to my whisky journey, I’ve been blessed to have met many great people in the whisky industry and have tasted more than my fair share of truly exceptional whiskies. And now I can add another one to that list – the second release in The Masters Collection, namely the 15 year old […]