Macallan

23 Jan 19
The Baobao Principle

Having spent the past four years working in the Scotch whisky industry, I am quite happy to conclude that it is one of the most egalitarian businesses that I know. What matters is your passion and work ethic, rather than social status or education. I have met plumbers who are now great whisky ambassadors, college […]

23 Jan 19

I did an Advent Calendar made up of samples I had acquired over time, chosen by my wife, amongst all of the samples in my whisky shelf. We’re onto Advent Day #3, and I’m still alive. Let me tell you, ensuring you’re kept up on reviews, trying very hard to keep up with everything, and […]

23 Jan 19
Lux Exposé

The Macallan has unveiled a complex and masterful whisky that reflects each meticulous step in the whisky making process. The Macallan Genesis Limited Edition pays homage to the iconic Distillery that was created in a unique collaboration with internationally acclaimed architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This release is presented in a stunning gift box featuring a lithographic […]

22 Jan 19
Adventures In Whiskey

I like Macallan. Let me rephrase – I like whiskies from Macallan.  What I don’t care for is their pricing, which seems geared for the luxury collector instead the whisky drinker.  But, that’s a rant for another time. So it was with great surprise that I saw this 2018 edition of The Macallan Classic Cut […]

22 Jan 19
Elegant Bastards

The final dram in my “whine” cask exploration series, Bruichladdich’s Black Arts series is the one that has the most marketing malarkey, no one but the Master Blender knows it’s composition (except perhaps the guys dumping the damn barrels), incantations, magic, solstice,druids…wait I started going all Highland Park there for a moment. Simple premise, Old […]

20 Jan 19
Shot By Marty

As the nights draw in, it starts to get a bit colder and Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé are taken out of their boxes we still have one big holiday before we get to Christmas. St Andrews day on the 30th of November is a celebration of Scottish culture, so put on that kilt and eat […]

20 Jan 19
Yeastus of Nazareth

Review #204 – Famous Grouse, sampled in 2019, bottled at 40%ABV (YoN Score: 80/100) This is one of those whiskies that I have been embarrassingly snobby about, for the most part turning my nose up at it without giving myself a chance to sit down and really appreciate it.  I actually enjoyed this dram more […]

20 Jan 19
Luxury Travel Diary

One of the highlights of the InterContinental Phu Quoc Longe Beach Resort is the superb club lounge. Located behind an imposing pair of wooden doors, the club lounge runs the whole length of the left wing of the resort. This peaceful and private area is run like a ‘resort within a resort’, with special amenities […]

19 Jan 19
Pregnancy, Maternity, and Women's Bodies in Victorian Fiction

Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady was published in weekly serial installments in the Graphic from 26 September 1874 to 13 March 1875. I find The Law and the Lady so interesting because of how certain characters operate within spaces that blur the lines between gendered bodies and societal expectations and limitations. The Law and the […]

18 Jan 19
Scottish Wrestling Network

What’s On This Weekend Results Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fight Club Tapings’ All Wrestling Organisation Scotland have added the following names to their roster; Lou King Sharp Caithness Pro Wrestling have announced the following for ‘CPW Rumble’ on February 16th at the Royal British Legion, Thurso; Intergender Match: Angel Hayze vs Dean Ford They have also […]

18 Jan 19
Alexander Laiu

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17 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
THE OWNERS of a historic mansion have been ordered to stop hosting weddings after complaints about guests spewing and peeing in public. Fed-up residents complained about parties being held at 18th century Carphin House, in Luthrie, Fife. Carphin House has been forced to close due to complaints The mansion’s owners, Ian and Ruth Macallan, host weddings in the grounds and claimed the business would create jobs and generate millions for the local economy. They promised the venue would be of ‘exceptional quality’ and could cater for up to 200 people, providing a much-needed facility in the area. However horrified residents in the village said rowdy wedding revellers were making their lives a misery with some even complaining about drunken female wedding guests urinating in public areas. Other objectors included a farmer who said livestock were highly distressed by cars and buses coming and going from Carphin. The cattle breeder said fireworks being let off sparked a stampede of animals who smashed their way out of a field and ran two miles in the dark. Locals complained about wedding guests’ behaviour Officials from Fife Council investigated the venue and ruled they had breached planning rules by operating as a wedding venue and building an unauthorised car park and issued an enforcement notice. The Macallans appealed to the Scottish Government in a bid to continue the venture but officials have ruled against them. Angry locals Linda and William Telford had detailed how drunken wedding guests had terrorised their village. They said: “After the wedding on 25th August 2018 the anti‐social behaviour by wedding guests waiting in Luthrie for taxis was completely unacceptable. “Female guests were seen squatting on grass verges to urinate and other guests were sick over garden fences and urinating in public. Scots bride gets disused Inverness-shire church to re-open so she can tie the knot in same place as mum and gran did in dream wedding “Luthrie is a very small, quiet village and no‐one should have to put up with this sort of behaviour.” Gordon Cuthill added: “As predicted, wedding functions at Carphin House have caused late night disturbance to local residents and to the cattle in the adjoining fields. “The noises of distress from the cattle only adds to the noises from the functions. The single track access road which has no passing places is inadequate for the volume of traffic associated with the functions. “It is essential for the continuing tranquility of the village of Luthrie that late night activities at Carphin House are not permitted to continue and must cease immediately.” Reporter Don Rankin ordered the parties to stop within a month. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”76″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He said: “There clearly is a large measure of local concern not only from the owners of Lower Luthrie Farm but from residents occupying houses nearby. “The proposal for a wedding venue is opposed by the local community council. “I have no doubt that the council has received numerous complaints and that there is substance in them. “From the council’s appeal statement it is clear that the council has intervened on several occasions short of formal enforcement action both to remedy the disturbance and to seek to remedy the breach of planning control to no avail. “I can see no remaining course of action open to the council other than to issue an enforcement notice and, in the light of the recent refusal of planning permission, no other action to remedy the breach than to require the unauthorised use to cease.” [bc_video video_id=”5987419968001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Vicky Pattison is ‘proud maid of honour’ at her sister’s wedding before night descends into drunken chaos”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@the-sun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200  
17 Jan 19
The Cocktail Nation

We were invited to taste the Highland Park collection during a private masterclass session a couple of weeks ago. We tasted dram after dram, and discovered Highland Park is not just ‘that brand with the nice bottles’. It is a brand that ranges from delicate, subtle tastes to full-bodied, brooding drams. written by: Mickaël Van […]