Introducing… Rye January!

Introducing... Rye January!

You’ve probably heard of Dry January. Some of our readers and tasting club members might even be challenging themselves to try it this year. Since we’re all about whisky discovery at the Dram Team (and can’t turn down the opportunity for a good pun, either) we’ve decided that this year, we going to do “Rye” … Continue reading “Introducing… Rye January!”

Maltal Kombat: Wine Cask Finished Whiskies

Maltal Kombat: Wine Cask Finished Whiskies

What’s better than an old-school video game? An old-school video game reference-packed, wine cask-finished, holding-no-punches whisky tasting box, that’s what! Introducing the best way to stave off the January blues (or continue the celebrations, if you’re just glad that 2020 is finally over): our January box-of-the-month, Maltal Kombat. This limited edition box sees 3 whiskies … Continue reading “Maltal Kombat: Wine Cask Finished Whiskies”

A Very Sherry Whiskymas: Christmas Box

Christmas Whisky Gift Box: A Very Sherry Whiskymas!

As Christmas is the best time of year for enjoying good whisky, we like to do the season justice here at the Dram Team. And since we all need a little bit of extra luxury this year, what better way to celebrate than with a box dedicated to the most decadent of whiskies – sherry … Continue reading “A Very Sherry Whiskymas: Christmas Box”

Whisky & Wood: Cask Exploration

Whisky and Wood: Cask Exploration

As our regular readers will know, we’ve been a little bit cask-obsessed here at The Dram Team HQ lately. So with great pleasure, we announce an extremely special tasting box for November: an exploration of Whisky and Wood! Whisky & Wood showcases some marvellous drams that also happen to be among the most premium whiskies … Continue reading “Whisky & Wood: Cask Exploration”

Distillery Spotlight: Loch Lomond

Distillery Spotlight: Loch Lomond

It’s very unusual for us to feature only one distillery in one of our monthly tasting boxes, because one of our core missions is to help people explore whisky. So you know that when we do, it’s for a very good reason. If you’re not already familiar with Loch Lomond Distillery, they have one of … Continue reading “Distillery Spotlight: Loch Lomond”

Incredible Indies: The Single Cask

Incredible Indies: The Single Cask September Box Announcement

As a small, independent company, we feel a lot of affinity to independent whisky bottlers. In fact, we’ve written at length  about why we think more people should be seeking out whisky from these “incredible indies”. Not only that, but we also dedicated a past box to veteran indies, Douglas Laing. So that’s why we’re … Continue reading “Incredible Indies: The Single Cask”

The Lowland Showdown: Malt vs. Grain Whisky

Lowland Showdown: Best Lowlands Whiskies

At The Dram Team we love a good old fashioned whisky “battle royale”. In past tasting boxes we have pitted sibling whiskies from the same distillery against each other, and put single malts from different countries up against some of Scotland’s finest to see who comes out on top. This month in our whisky tasting … Continue reading “The Lowland Showdown: Malt vs. Grain Whisky”

Around the World in 6 Drams: Worldwide Whiskies Box

Around the World in 6 Drams

Let’s go Around the World in 6 Drams I want to take you around the world in 6 drams. When most of us hear the word “whisky distillery”, it usually conjures up images of quaint old places tucked away in some corner of Scotland, full of cheery tour guides in kilts, with bits of hundred-year-old … Continue reading “Around the World in 6 Drams: Worldwide Whiskies Box”

My Favourite Douglas Laing Whiskies

My Favourite Douglas Laing Whiskies

Douglas Laing is one of my absolute favourite indie whisky bottlers. And that’s saying a lot, because I’m a pretty big fan of indie bottlers, and there are quite a lot of them… (On that note, check out our other blog post about some favourite indie bottlers you’ve never heard of!) Picking the my favourites … Continue reading “My Favourite Douglas Laing Whiskies”

Why So Many Scotch Whiskies Are Glen-something

Why are there so many whiskies called glen-something

The reason for so many glen-something whiskies is because ‘glen’ means ‘valley’ in Gaelic.

There are a lot of hills in Scotland, so there are lots of glens. Distilleries are built in glens because:

1. You need a lot of water to make whisky, so the bottle of a valley is an excellent place to be.

2. It’s easier to build a distillery at the bottle of a hill than on top of one.

A lot of distilleries take their name from their location. It isn’t a surprise there are so many scotch whiskies that have glen in their name.