Distillery Reviews & Visits



Distillery Visit: Balvenie in Speyside, Scotland

Between the rain and the recent snow, there were a few beautiful, dry, warm & sunny days in Scotland … and I was lucky enough to have been a visitor during just those days!

Next on the itinerary was a visit to another place in Speyside which has a deep place in my whisky-heart; Balvenie.  read on


A Visit to Forsyths – the great whisky still makers

Forsyth copper still – in the making. Photo (c) The Whisky Woman, 2012

Last week I had the opportunity to be a part of the most unique tour in Speyside, Scotland.  A tour that is quite uncommon and not available to the public – and one that I will remember for the rest of my life  (in a way that only a true whisky-geek could).   read on


Distillery Visit: Anchor Brewing & Anchor Distilling

Almost 2 weeks ago, I had the amazing & somewhat unexpected pleasure of spending an afternoon with Bruce Joseph inside the famous Anchor brewery & distillery in San Francisco, California.  …read on.


Celtic Whisky Compagnie in Brittany, France (part 1)

Earlier this year, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the distillery of perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the whisky world (but not for long!).

Celtic Whisky Compagnie’s most popular brands are Kornog and Glann ar Mor.  (Specific product reviews in part 2 of this series).  On the heels of the Winter issue, before you send your 1st edition Fall 2011 Whisky Advocate magazine out to the recycling bin (or storage bin), check out their nice mention! read on


Koval Distillery – Lion’s Pride Whiskies

If you haven’t figured it out by now – I love original whiskies.  I love seeking out and experiencing the delicious drams that the true artist distillers of the world are creating.  Yesterday, I did just that with Meg Bell of Chicago’s Koval Distillery at the Four Seasons in NYC.  We tasted 5 of their 26+ products, focusing only on the whiskies (dugh!).  … read on


Visit to the Balcones Distillery in Waco, TX

Despite my late arrival into Austin the night before, I woke up extra early last Thursday because after much (and I think very patient waiting) I was going to see the Balcones distillery in person … read on


Catoctin Creek & an easy summer weekend getaway!

I am urging all of you to seek out a bottle of Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky asap.  I never fully understood love-at-first-taste until last night.  Having recently received a bottle as a gift, I was excited to open it up and have a taste.  WOW.  Was I impressed! … read on


Kings County Distillery – Tour announcement & easy itinerary

Grab your friends and take a quick ride on the subway for the perfect Saturday! …read on


§ One Response to Distillery Reviews & Visits

  • Bob Bales says:

    Hi Allison,
    Love your approach to whisky.
    I am from Ireland and now living in Erfurt, former East Germany. I put on a whisky fair in March 2014 and will continue in March 2015. The first time was against all odds and I want you to know I can really see how hard you have worked to get into that bucking bronco saddle.
    If you are ever around here, just call me or you can write.

    +49 (0) 172 263 34 63
    I do not have a shop, but I am mobile and do many tastings
    This is the reason why I don’t have a whisky shop, cos I am playing concerts and writing music as well.
    Not so active these days for lack of time, but still throwing out the odd cultural event, and there is an annual festival in a village, in France.
    Best regards
    Bob Bales

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