In 2014, I was able to interview Rachel Barrie for my book. This video has never before been shown, but with Rachel leaving Auchentoshan, I would like to offer this as a going away present to all Toshan Men and Women. Enjoy!
Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender at Auchentoshan, is taking up the position of Whisky Maker at the BenRiach company, leaving my fav distillery - without a shred of a doubt in very good hands. Nevertheless, she will be sorely missed. I have come to known Mrs Barrie as a passionate professional with a warm heart and therefor I think a little tribute is in order. You can find it in the Toshan Tales. Best of luck, Rachel, and thank you for everything!
Three new additions to the collection today: two Distillery Casks and a Warehouse edition from Malts of Scotland. All of them very, very good. This brings the collection of full bottles (70 & 100ml) to 170!
Today is my 47th birthday. Dearly Beloved got me a grand gift indeed: an Auchentoshan 1998 Cask Head. Very happy with that!
A very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from the Toshan Man.
New tasting notes: 24 Year Old Noble Oak, 30 Year Old 1984 XOP, 25 Year Old 1990 The Whiskyman, 24 Year Old 1991 Asta Morris, 23 Year Old 1992 Maltbarn, 18 Year Old 1978 Merchant's Collection, 18 Year Old 1978 Signatory, 17 Year Old 1998 Anam na h-Alba, 16 Year Old 1998 Pearls of Scotland, 17 Year Old 1997 Old Malt Cask, 12 Year Old 2003 McCrae's and a mysterious cask sample from Malts of Scotland.
Some new great additions to the Toshan Man collection: an old Eadie Cairns Auchentoshan Pure Malt bottling from the 1970s and another distillery only (albeit small one).
At last the QE2 Crystal Ship's Decanter has found its way into the Toshan Man Collection. A long time have I been looking for this one. Decanter 1138 is now proudly on display in the Toshan Temple.
Two new bottles were added to the collection, both Special Reserve Blended Scotches by the people from Auchentoshan, to commemorate the shipyards on the Clydebank. I was able to get my hands on a bottling from 1986 and one from 1994.
Some nice new acquisitions to the collection: Auchentoshan 21 Year Old Lord Provost, a Auchentoshan 2008 Bordeaux Cask 201 available only at the distillery, The Virgin Oak batch 2 and an 1980s miniature of Auchentoshan 10 Year Old. Happy days!
Some nice new acquisitions to the collection: Auchentoshan 12 Year Old in celebration of the new Visitor Center Opening, a 25 year old in red ceramic, a hard-to-find mini from Malts of Scotland and a new independent bottling from... Belgium! The collection is now 160 full bottles strong.
Just celebrated my 46th birthday with a video of the new Auchentoshan Blood Oak and added that bottle, along with the new Auchentoshan 24 Year Old Noble Oak, to the collection!
Ah, new acquisitions! The Blood Oak has finally made it to my corner of the world and I was also able to score the latest Bottle Your Own from the distillery: a fantastic single oloroso sherry cask at 60,1%!
I'm always looking for samples, so contact me for a trade/sale!
The Master Blender is moving on to BenRiach. As a 'thank you', I have written a little tribute in Toshan Tales, and published a video interview from 2014.