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Compass Box The Spice Tree Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- In some circles, it is whispered that The Spice Tree is the whisk(e)y is the scotch the larger scotch industry doesn’t want you to have. Micro-distillery Compass Box first launched The Spice Tree in 2005, but were forced to discontinue production by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) under threat of legal action. The SWA objected ...

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Sandy/Jock Collins Cocktail Recipe

By Richard Thomas I spent the bulk of my life living in places with hot, steamy summers, and the steamy aspect ensures that the heat of the day dissipates very little at night. The result was that my good whiskey stayed put on the shelf and gathered dust until autumn came, because whiskey’s warmth is at best unpleasant when you ...

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Penderyn Madeira Finish Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B If the idea of Welsh whiskey leaves you scratching your head, it shouldn’t. Just because you’ve never heard of it doesn’t mean it fails to make sense. Perhaps it is half-forgotten because the Welsh were the first of the Celtic nations of the British Isles to be subjugated by those pesky English (during the reign ...

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