Brora

18 Jul 19
My Annoying Opinions

Let’s make it a week of whiskies in their 20s. This Glenburgie is a year younger than Monday’s Benrinnes and distilled eight years after Tuesday’s Brora. I liked both of those whiskies a lot and as I usually enjoy bourbon cask Glenburgie I am also expecting to like this one a lot. Indeed the only […]

17 Jul 19
My Life with Shetland Wool

In 1999 I was asked by Jim and Eva to represent J&S at the Royal opening of Hunters of Brora new wool mill to be opened by H.R.H. Prince Charles. My first viewing of this new enterprise was its vast size and modern machinery. It was very unlike the old mill I had visited. The […]

17 Jul 19
Brora Adventures

Bought the new Topaz AI software a couple of months back, and today I used Topaz AI Sharpen in earnest for the first time. This image was horrendously out of focus due to motion blur but I needed it. That’s what you get for rushing and not chimping. Opened it in Topaz AI Sharpen, selected […]

17 Jul 19
Brora Adventures

Greys and commons enjoying an epic movie called Moray Firth.

16 Jul 19
Brora Adventures

The seals seem to be enjoying the good weather.

16 Jul 19
Tales of the People's Journal

In ‘The People’s Journal’ for the 5th December 1891, an article was publish reporting on a plan to merge the Queen’s Own Cameron (79th) Highlanders with the Scots Guards and in consequence replace their kilts with breeks. The exploits of the Highland Regiments of the British Army had become one of the most important outlets […]

16 Jul 19
My Annoying Opinions

After yesterday’s Benrinnes 24, 1972, let’s go up one year of maturation and jump almost a decade ahead to 1981. Here is a Brora distilled just a couple of years before the legendary distillery shut down. The general consensus among whisky geeks is that early ’80s Brora is the least compelling Brora but when you’re […]

15 Jul 19
Our motorhome adventures

The passing scenery of rugged mountains and wide shallow valleys made driving a real pleasure, bimbling along at 25 – 30 mph, hardly a car in sight, rocks interspersed with sheep and heather. The soft greens low down in the valley changes to darker greens and browns higher up the sides with dark shadows racing […]

14 Jul 19
Scottish Football Fixtures

Senior fixtures – Aberdeenshire Cup, North of Scotland Cup, Lowland League, East of Scotland League, South of Scotland League Junior fixtures – West Region Sectional League Cup, Friendlies

14 Jul 19
Scottish Football Fixtures

Senior fixtures – Betfred Cup, Highland League, Lowland League, East of Scotland League, South of Scotland League, Friendlies

14 Jul 19
My Life with Shetland Wool

The depression which affected our Shetland wool and especially the lower grade qualities was gradually improving, however this did not apply to the native Shetland coloured wool. As I said previously, wool mills preferred dyeing the white wool, to quote one mill, “We add a touch of dye to standardize these ‘natural’ colours.” The result […]

14 Jul 19
Brora Adventures

Thrush fledgling hit the window and died. Mrs Thrush was a little sad, but Mr Guts thought it was his birthday.

13 Jul 19
GreatDrams

Third release in series of whiskies exploring the depth of character in Johnnie Walker Blue Label [MONDAY, JULY 8] Today, Johnnie Walker announces the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal. The third in a series of special editions crafted using irreplaceable “ghost” whiskies and other incredibly rare whiskies from the unparalleled reserves used […]

13 Jul 19
Scenes We Like To See

Scottish Premiership Aberdeen In:  Craig Bryson (Derby), Jon Gallagher (Atalanta United – Loan), Ryan Hedges (Barnsley), Greig Leigh (NAC Breda), Curtis Main (Motherwell), Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe), Michael Ruth (Queens Park), Ash Taylor (Northampton Town), James Wilson (Manchester United) Out:  Greg Halford (Contract Expired), Gary Mackay-Steven (New York City), Mark Reynolds (Dundee United), Sam Roscoe (Ayr United), Graeme Shinnie […]

11 Jul 19
Brora Adventures

I’ve had this strat for a couple of years or so. I’ve never understood electric guitars, but the more I play it and experiment with different sounds and effects, the more I fall in love with it.