Author: ilovewhisky

I am an English lady who likes a giggle, whisky, and experimenting with whisky fudge recipes. I am Smiley Smoggy. My first distillery tour was back in the mid nineties when I had the pleasure of visiting Highland Park on Orkney. And my interest has always been there (sometimes not visible) on the back burner. However, now it is time to turn up the heat, get the fire glowing....do more, try more, say more.... and now I am exploring the delicious world of whisky and making whisky fudge too. This blog is my journey into discovering new whiskies, different expressions and some giggles. Sarah

Douglas Laing Scallywag – Chocolate Edition

I was sat in a minibus on the way to Deanston Distillery (I was at Dramboree) when low and behold a press release popped into my inbox. I read it and thought “mmm…” so I ordered a bottle for myself. Apparently this was on World Chocolate Day. It felt like Whisky Day to me… ha ha. So what did I…

The Ultimate Dramboree

The Ultimate Dramboree happened on the long weekend of July 6th – 8th 2018, this was at the Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel (also known as Midge Hell) at Loch Lomond. I guess I can be described as a Dramboree newbie as this was definitely going to be my last one, the first being last year…which was fun!! Soooo… yes, what…

Ibiza Baby…

…we’ll never know. Perhaps I should ask what you call a woman who decides at the last minute to travel 500 plus miles for a whisky festival? Well the answer would be Sarah. Yes that’s what I did.. and the why? That’ll be because I can be spontaneous…and spontaneity is good,  and plus I fancied a day off the sofa.…

Stoke Whisky Festival

Saturday 23rd June saw me making a break for the border… I was off home, or should I say I was off to England. Kind of the same thing really. Why was I heading there? This was for the Stoke Whisky Festival. This is run by Neil Rowley and Chris Knight, from their website “we wanted a way to give…

Isle of Arran Distillers – The Explorers Series – Brodick Bay

  First release in landscape inspired series from the Isle of Arran Distillers The award-winning Isle of Arran Distillers is launching its latest series of limited-edition whiskies, this time celebrating the unique beauty of the landscape on the island. The first of The Explorers Series pays homage to Brodick Bay, which can be found on the east coast of the…

Maverick Drinks #drinkcraft Tweet Tasting

Yee haw!! Wednesday 4th July saw a merry band of tweeters take part in the Maverick Drinks tweet tasting to celebrate Independence Day… this was going to be an epic journey in to some American Whiskies. I’ll firstly admit that when I am at festivals I tend to shy away from rye whiskey… something in me thought these wouldn’t please…

Denkantā Tweet Tasting

Monday 18th June saw a merry group of tweeters group together for a journey into Japanese Whisky. A first for me and many others I imagine… The first whisky we were going to try was the Yamazakura 963 21 year old bottled at 58%. From their website “the whisky is meticulously blended using a combination of single malt and grain…

Singleton Malt Master’s Selection Whisky Flash Blog!

Okay so let’s start by saying there wasn’t much information on this so… let’s do this. Bright golden colour. Fine legs. The nose is quite fresh and inviting. I’m getting toffee. Initially it was lightly perfumed and quite floral. Slight nuttiness. Bit of ginger and nutmeg. Fruit cake kind of aroma too. On the palate, quite a thin mouthfeel. Pleasantly…

Anyone Fancy Some Fudge?

Whisky fudge lovers…  The next date for your diaries is next week fudge will be posted out on Friday 22nd June. If you are attending Stoke Whisky Festival, then feel free to pop past and say hello and collect it from me in person. So treat yourself or treat that someone special in your life… The choices of fudge will…

What I Love… About Making Fudge

You’ve probably heard the story of what started me on my whisky fudge making journey…but what makes me continue to do it? I guess it’s because it is something I love to do. It is by no means a 5 minute job however, once my orders have been received and I have prepped my kitchen, that joy kicks in. The…

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