12Feb

Latest Whisky Reviews

Octomore 7.4

I am writing many things about whisky still, including a few articles for Whisky Magazine. I hope to have more news on all writing fronts soon – things do work slowly in publishing – but for now, here’s how I’m spending my online time over at my whisky website.

I was sent a review of a powerful new Bruichladdich single malt, the Octomore 7.4 Virgin Oak. I was also able to compare it against a secret single cask whisky that I acquired at the distillery whilst on honeymoon.

Recently I interviewed a man called Mark Reynier, who resurrected Bruichladdich many years ago and is now setting up a new and impressive venture in Ireland. And in other reviews, I sampled a very old and rare whisky from Rosebank distillery; enjoyed a little sample of a cask strength (strong) whisky from Glengoyne; and was unimpressed with a sample of the new Glenmorangie Milsean.

4Jan

Star Wars Concept Art

Star wars

Some amazing original concept art by Ralph McQuarrie, the conceptual designer and illustrator behind Star Wars, has been posted on Buzzfeed. It’s really worth a look – as much to see the role that art like this has played in how the films turned out, as it is to see a fantastic retro SF gallery.

6Dec

Latest Whisky Reviews

Whisky samples

You know the score. I’m blogging mostly about whisky these days. The site is doing very well, too, with over 50,000 page views for the last 30 days. As well as the novel writing and blogging, I’m also writing about whisky for magazines, such as this piece for Scottish Sporting Gazette on pairing pheasant food with whiskies. There seems to be a good connection between people who like wild food and whisky, so hopefully there’ll be more on that front.

I was lucky enough to be part of another Bruichladdich online tasting, featuring three mind-boggling single cask whiskies.

The GlenDronach Peated is very decent for only £35 a bottle. This Benrinnes single cask is pretty tasty too. And this Glencadam vertical tasting highlights a very good distillery.

Finally, I tried two new whiskies from The Deveron range, and they were… okay. Nothing special, but solid whiskies.

19Nov

Twilight of the Masters

“Twilight of the Masters offers a moving portrait of three of the world’s most dedicated craftsmen in the twilight hours of their careers. The film follows these craftsmen as they grapple with their legacies and consider how their craft might be passed onto the next generation.”

11Oct

Notes from Bruges

Belfry
Bruges skyline
Sign
Cafe
Flemish painting

Been quiet around here as I’ve been on holiday. Aside from watching the NFL at Wembley, I visited Bruges. A beautiful city, which seemed to have escaped the worst of WW2 and consequently it’s ancient streets and buildings remain intact. Plenty of beer, chocolate, art and history to keep anyone happy. I imagine if you wanted to be a full-time writer of history or fantasy, then this place has enough inspiration to keep you going.