Topside of venison with rowan and whisky

Speyside is a place that I’ve always held dear, seemingly less rugged than the west coast where I spent most of my childhood holidays but at the same time majestic in its own way. I always loved coming to Coylumbridge to camp, the soothing sound of the river never out of…

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Cranachan cheesecake

I rarely find myself writing on here these days, weeks seem to pass, recipes pile up and nothing appears. However having found a glut of wild raspberries by Loch Maree today I felt I had to mark the occasion by finally posting my recipe for cranachan cheesecake. This is a…

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The Gentle Taste of Islay

I’ve never been to Islay. Not yet anyway. However I know most of its produce pretty well and I’m led to believe that if you follow the road pretty much north from Port Askaig you’ll come to the distillery at the mouth of the river. Bunnahabhain. It is a distillery…

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Highland Park Warrior Series #tweettasting

The Orkney Islands off Scotland’s north coast are well known for their Norse connections. Indeed Orkney was ruled by Norway for several hundred years with the Vikings first arriving around the 7th Century. The bloody history of Scots/Norse conflict has long since passed into history however as Visit Orkney recalls ‘the majority…

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#caskaged with Glenfarclas and Harviestoun

When I was growing up ale and whisky seemed strictly the denizen of ‘auld men’s pubs’ where a hauf and a hauf pint was standard fare. However times and perceptions change and both are now recognised by a far wider audience. And embracing that are two producers I’m pretty fond…

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Whisky walk of Scotland

 An introduction to Scotland and her whisky The French have a word, a romantic and mystical term, for the synergy between soil, climate and topography. It is this synergy that creates the finest of wine. They call it terroir, and it lacks any English translation. Although no such word exists…

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Whisky steamed sole for St. Andrew’s Day

On the last day of November, on the cusp of autumn departing completely for winter, with crisp cold frosty mornings, early evening darkness and the last of the summer leaves still cling to the trees, comes St. Andrews Day. The story goes that the relics of Andrew the Apostle were…

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