Things that will definitely happen on Christmas Day…

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Christmas is a day devoted to stereotypes and clichés, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. From eating the Christmas dinner to gathering round the TV, Christmas is a time when families reunite and settle down into the classic traditions that occur once every year. Here are 20 things that are more than likely to happen on your Christmas day. The ‘emergency chairs’ once again make an appearance as the extended family have joined your six-seater dining table, but somehow you all squeeze in… even if there is a height difference. The contents of those crackers you buy every year will still be just as bad…but you still buy them. The period just after eating dinner when the adults are cleaning up, the kids are running wild with their new toys and the elders are…fast asleep on the sofa. That ‘special’ bottle of single malt whisky that dad has kept on the highest shelf, not to be opened...
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REVEALED: Scotland’s other greatest whiskies

IN: WHISKY

We have a few secrets to share with you… We at Lockett Bros have decided to spill the beans and tell you the best of the best Scottish whiskies. Before we go any further, it’s an impossible task, such is the quality of Scotland’s single malts. As much as we think these whiskies are awesome, it is completely subjective. We’d love to hear your thoughts! So, here are our top five Scottish whiskies, in no particular order. Of course, there’s another couple of dozen whiskies that could be on this list. Old Pulteney 12-Year-Old This 12-Year-Old was matured in an ex-bourbon cask creating an even smoother taste. On the nose it gives off a crisp, clean scent with hints of botanical herbs such as parsley. It finishes with a nutty, almond scent. On the palate, this Pulteney has a classic oaky taste, with fruit and nut tones. Stunning. Carn Mor Auchentoshan 1989 One of our high-end whiskies and most definitely...
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A peaty problem: Islay peat to run out by 2021?

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A shocking problem has been revealed in the world of whisky. The beautiful Scottish island of Islay, famous for its whisky distilleries, has been struck unlucky by an accidental discovery, which suggests its peat could run out by 2021. A moment of silence for the terrible news please. This all started with a feasibility study, conducted by a company looking into opening a new distillery on the island. From the study, a significant drop in peat beds was discovered. The last survey was conducted in 1980 but there is a possibility that several mistakes were made as various assumptions were concluded from only a few core samples. This made the recent study even more shocking for many in the industry. Why should Islay whisky lovers be worried? What does peat have to do with whisky in the first place? If you’re not a whisky connoisseur, these are valid questions. Well, peat is influential in the taste of many whiskies. But...
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Are you a whisky snob? Find out now!

IN: HOW TOWHISKY

Are you sitting comfortably in your vintage leather armchair, next to a roaring open fire, overlooking the grounds of your sprawling country estate? Do you have the finest cigar in one hand and your trusty gun dog at your feet? If this is you right now then you could be considered to be amongst the elite of whisky drinkers! But don’t worry if you are still making your mark in the whisky world, here’s our top 10 signs that could help you to be the whisky snob you have always longed to be…unless you already are! Single malt all the way It’s commonly known in the drinks world that one should never mix drinks and this is also so true in the world of whisky. Single malt is, and forever shall be, the divine right of whisky connoisseurs. If you’re trying to pass yourself off as an expert, hide the blends. If you are a true drinker, blended whisky is...
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Which single malt whisky are you?

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For every man, there’s a single malt whisky and for every single malt whisky, there’s a man somebody once said… probably. But what if our character traits were the drivers behind which single malt whisky we drink? What if there were stunning whiskies for every character on the planet? Of course, there are stunning whiskies out there for everyone. So doesn’t that make this exercise completely pointless, you ask. To you we say, shut up. And read. So this is simple. Pick your personality – introvert, extrovert, geek, hipster or snob – and bingo! We recommend the single malt whisky that suits you like a… well, like a good whisky. THE INTROVERT You’d rather let someone else do the talking and you definitely don’t dance at parties. You don’t even have a boogie when you’re drunk. Yes, you’re definitely an introvert. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the shy, retiring type and we’re pleased to report that there’s...
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Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 PX: It’s a little bit special

IN: PRODUCERS

As a wine and whisky merchant of good repute – we think we can say that with a straight face – we naturally see huge amounts of different drinks passing through our doors but, every so often, we get our hands on something so splendid, we have to give it some extra special treatment. Today, we at Lockett Bros have one of those little nuggets and we’re going to talk about it now. What are we banging on about, we hear you say. It’s the unbelievably explosive and magnificent Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 PX. You know how passionate we are about really good whisky and how we respect the age-old techniques and practices that are woven into the tapestry of our incredible Scotch whisky industry but it’s so exciting when something comes along that laughs in the face of tradition and goes its own way. This really is a firecracker of a whisky and a huge amount of work has gone...
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Whisky, we all love it but just how is it made?

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It’s amazing to think that such a diverse and exciting drink could have so many different tones and flavours when it’s made from just three ingredients but that is one of the wonders of single malt whisky. Barley. Water. Yeast. Can you think of three more basic ingredients that produce such an incredibly complex finished product? Single malt whisky, or scotch to our American friends, really is quite amazing. Of course, the ingredients are vital; without them we have nothing, but there are other components in the great art of producing a fine single malt whisky – time and skill. Without those, a whisky can never be truly great and only the best distillers – using time to their advantage – can make the whisky we will always remember. There are five defined moments in the making of a single malt and, although there are subtle differences in the way each distillery does this, it’s a process that must be...
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REVEALED: The secret single malt whiskies you must try

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Think you know all there is to know about Scotland’s best distilleries? Think again! You may be surprised to find out just how many there are that you have never even heard of. There’s a whole land of distillers producing incredible whiskies out there in the mountains, glens and hills of Scotland and now, for the first time, we at Lockett Bros can reveal these special single malt whiskies. We’ve chosen seven of, what we think are, the single malts that you might not have heard of in your whisky adventures, but that will blow your proverbial socks off. So, strap yourself in for a tour of the secret single malt whiskies… Kilchoman This is quite possibly the best wee distillery in the world and one of only a handful of distillers that still practices floor malting (more on that in a later blog). Kilchoman is an Islay-based farm distillery, which was established in 2005, making it the first to...
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The most expensive whiskies ever sold and why they are great for distillers

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Most of us don’t mind paying a little extra for something special when it comes to our favourite whisky tipple but could you imagine shelling out more than a million pounds for a nice bottle? No. Neither could we. But somebody did. In fact, over recent years there have been a number of mouth-watering whiskies that have sold for eye-watering prices. It might seem something verging on lunacy to spend more than a million pounds on a drink but these particular drinks are very, very special and very, very exclusive. The PR opportunities which present themselves for the distilleries selling these pricey drops are too good to miss and the cynical amongst us would suggest that this is the main driver behind such an exercise. There’s also a bit of ‘we can, so we will’ when it comes to producing a whisky that is so exclusive, only the super rich can hope to enjoy it. In fact, some of the...
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Speyside: The powerhouse of single malt whisky

IN: PRODUCERS

Talking about Scotch whisky without mentioning Speyside would be like talking about Manchester United without mentioning Sir Alex Ferguson. It is, without doubt, a whisky superpower. More than half of Scotland’s working distilleries are located in this relatively small corner of the Highlands and at last count that number was around 84. Some of the best-selling and most-awarded whiskies in the world are produced in Speyside including Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and The Macallan. But what makes Speyside whisky so good? Speyside whisky characteristics are very distinct and it could be argued that the qualities they possess make them more appealing to more sensitive palates. In a previous blog we talked about the peaty big hitters of the Isle of Islay. Well, Speyside would come in at the other end of that scale. Some single malt lovers who are big fans of the big, heavy peat and smoky numbers of Islay, might not be huge fans of Speyside whisky as it tends to...
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