Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy

By Martin Isark Tasted Modern Style Boroli Barolo? Barolo is made from the thick-skinned nebbiolo grape that’s grown in Italy’s Piedmont region. There are two styles of Barolo, the Old Traditional and the Modern. There is much debate, over the last twenty years or so, which is the better, but whichever style, a Barolo wineContinue reading “Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy”

Tasted: 30 & 25 Year Old Tasgall Blended Whisky

By Martin Isark What’s this 30 & 25 year old Tasgall whisky at sixty and fifty quid a bottle? Tasgall is not a Scottish distillery or a blue chip brand, but a super-premium blended ‘private label’ whisky that has been created by Asda’s Spirit Buyers. Should you grab it or leave it? 

The Speyside & Highland Drams are Perfect for Burns Night

By Martin Isark With good reason, most Scottish distilleries lie in the Speyside area or in the surrounding Highlands. The cleanly flowing rivers, peat and easy access to high-quality barley mean that the distilleries there always have an economical edge over those on the islands, where higher production and transport costs have led to theContinue reading “The Speyside & Highland Drams are Perfect for Burns Night”

Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia

By Martin Isark If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor valueContinue reading “Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia”