Wines and spirits to the fore, the Scottish Open is coming!

IN: EVENTSTRAVELS

The Scottish Open is just days away and the excitement for this event in our backyard is building with every hour, especially now the sun has finally come out to play! To have an event of this calibre right on our doorstep at Gullane Golf Club is pretty special, and when you see the list of world golf superstars who will take to the field, you realize how important it is to the sport. The Lockett Bros team cannot wait to see our little part of East Lothian – in North Berwick – buzzing during the event and we’re all set to welcome golf-mad fans from all around the globe. And let’s be honest, a world-class sporting event needs world-class wines and spirits to really enjoy the festivities and we have plenty on offer. So who’s coming to the Scottish Open? Well, it’s a real who’s who of world golf’s elite. Let’s take a look at some of the stars...
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Arran single malts: From beauty… comes beauty

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELS

If a whisky is distilled in a breathtaking paradise, does that make the whisky taste better? Interesting question and we might just be inclined to say yes if Arran Single Malt whisky is the tipple. We at Lockett Bros have to put our cards on the table from the start here and say that we fell in love not only with this whisky but with the stunning Isle of Arran itself. The island rises triumphantly from the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s West Coast, and when we say that it’s beautiful, we really mean it. You might know by now that there’s few things that get us more excited than quality wines, whiskies and cycling and the Isle of Arran nails two out of three of these (Arran vineyards, anyone?). We’ve been cycling around Arran’s stupendously stunning countryside for a few years and every time we go, we discover something new. Arran whisky is something that you most definitely have...
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New Zealand: Pioneering spirit that started a love affair with wine

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELS

New Zealand is now firmly fixed in the hearts and minds of wine drinkers the world over, such is the quality of the produce, but it wasn’t always like that. The South Island of New Zealand is, without doubt, one of the planet’s most impressive wine-producing regions and, to an extent, one of the world’s most underrated. The fact that New Zealand produces wine at all, is a testament to the early producers. And the fact that it’s a wine-producing heavyweight is nothing short of a fairytale story. Quite simply, New Zealand really doesn’t do bad wines. Its geographical position, climate and rich soils combined to create the perfect storm for quality but the first producers had to work incredibly hard to get the ball rolling. Some of the first settlers in the 1800s made tentative forays into the world of wine production but it was on a small scale, with limited resources and battling difficult conditions. By the 1960s,...
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Wines of Portugal: Variety is the spice of life

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELS

If you’re looking for a truly world-class wine region that boasts some of the most varied grapes and growing to be found anywhere, then you’d be hard pushed to find a better location than Portugal. This Mediterranean hotspot is one of Lockett Bros’ favourite wine-producing countries. It’s one of those places that seems to produce world-class wine after world-class wine and it manages to do it quietly and without much fuss. Portuguese vineyards are as varied and exciting as you could ever hope to find and this is down in part to the grape varietals and contrasting soils that do so much for the wines, from the Madeira Islands to the Azores and just about everywhere in between. Terroir diversity is something that so many wine-producing countries brag about but Portugal is the real deal. Portuguese wines are unique and exciting. The whole country is crisscrossed by fantastic vineyards. Indeed, you could say it has a glut of fine producers...
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Islay single malt whisky: The peaty big hitters

IN: TRAVELS

The island of Islay, located off the west coast of Scotland, is without doubt the most prolific of all the whisky-producing regions. Its single malt whiskies are revered the world over and for good reason; quite simply the Isle of Islay produces some of the best whisky you could ever hope to enjoy. With no fewer than 11 distilleries on the island, Islay could be considered a whisky mecca. Let’s take a look at some of those distilleries. Ardbeg Ardbeg whisky is the some of the peatiest whisky you will ever find and that’s really saying something given all Islay whiskies offer strong peat flavours. The name is synonymous with rich, strong smoky flavours and the Ardbeg Ten Years Old has been described as the most complex single malt of them all. Also of note from this distillery is Uigeadail – recently voted the favourite Ardbeg whisky by the Ardbeg Committee (a worldwide fan club with more than 100,000 members),...
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Visit to Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo, Portugal

IN: TRAVELS

A great return to the formidable Malhadinha Nova whilst on a family holiday to the Algarve. For more about the trip visit our Flickr page  

Islay 2013

IN: TRAVELS

If you’re a lover of Malt Whisky then there’s really only one place worth taking the time out to visit. This summer marked visit number five to this great hebredian isle and tastings took place at every single one of the iconic distilleries. For more about the trip visit our Flickr page