Thursday, November 7, 2013

Travel Wednesday (Okay, Thursday) - Are You Up for a Wee Dram?

Okay, you are awake and yes, it's not Wednesday. I'm a day late with my post.  Things got hectic yesterday!  But no matter the day, we're talking whisky!

If you enjoy whisky (note this is the Scottish spelling) or learning about the drink of the gods...hey, I have Scotland in my blood...then here's a place you want to visit, even if only by internet.  Here's the link and if something catches your eye you can place orders.  They ship to the U.S. if your state allows, plus all over the world.'s+whisky+shop+and+tasting+room+London

Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Tasting Room was one of the stops on our trip.  Stephen was in residence the day we showed up in his tasting room, and we were able to spend an hour (or longer) visiting and enjoying a sample or two. 


My enjoyment of scotch is my husband’s fault. He is a scotch advocate, loving the smoky taste of the Islay distilleries and I, who once would never taste the stuff, have come to appreciate sherry cask varieties. 

William Cadenhead started bottling and selling the pure product of local distilleries in the Victorian era, 1842 to be more precise.  Today, the independent bottler continues to offer excellent qualities of scotch, blended and non-blended varieties, as well as other fine spirits. Yes, they do have yummy rum, too!

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get into one of the weekly tasting, but they did have the bottling my husband wanted and held it for us to pick up when we returned to London on the backend of our trip.

The regular tastings are limited to 12 people, and a seat in the tasting room for an event is a high demand item, so if you are planning on being in London and want to attend, inquire well in advance of your intended trip.

A few casks waiting for bottling



Sloane Taylor said...

Very interesting, Lizzie. Thanks for a peek into the good stuff.:)

Vonnie said...

Scots blood here too. Lots of it. Stoicism and whisky. Good at engineering too, the Scots are. Thanks for this peek at a distillery. Haven't got to one of those yet.

Sharon Ledwith said...

OMG, this is my MOST FAVORITE POST EVER! I'm so jealous! Hope you had one or two for me, Ms. Lizzie! Cheers for sharing!

Nancy DiMauro said...

Dang. I wish I this knew about this place before I went to London. The hubby would have loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this gem!