The Lost Whisky of Port Ellen

Ian Buxton, occasional drinks correspondent for The Dabbler and author of the superb 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die, has another new book out, this time featuring the rarest and weirdest whiskies in the world. 101 Legendary Whiskies You're Dying to Try But (Possibly) Never Will is available ... Read More...

Shackleton whisky: More ice with that?

The Dabbler's drinks writer Ian Buxton – author of the bestselling 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die – uncovers some historic whisky... A most unusual whisky has just come to light after spending the last 100 years in the Antarctic ice cap.  Explorer Ernest Shackleton prepared very thoroughly for his 1908 ... Read More...

Book Review: Smokeheads by Doug Johnstone

Scottish novelist, songwriter, musician and nuclear physicist, Doug Johnstone is currently writer in residence at Strathclyde University. He clearly also likes his Islay whiskies – the smokier the better. His latest novel, Smokeheads, relates the catastrophic whisky and cocaine-fuelled lad’s weekend of four Edinburgh friends on Islay. It’s unlikely to impress ... Read More...

Review: Compass Box whiskies

This week something slightly different on the whisky front, as The Dabbler's drinks writer Ian Buxton – author of the bestselling 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die – looks at a unique artisan blender, and picks three of the best from the Compass Box... As it enters its second decade, ... Read More...

Dabbler Soup – Review: Glengoyne whisky

Glengoyne whisky is distilled slower than any other single malt Scotch whisky. This creates a more subtle, complex product in which all of the delicate flavours are freely allowed to express themselves - which description could equally apply to The Dabbler, of course. The Dabbler is teaming up with Glengoyne to offer ... Read More...

Dabbler Soup – London gins

Ian Buxton is one of the UK's leading drinks writers, specialising in whisky and spirits, and is the author of the bestselling book 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die. Ever wondered what ‘London Gin’ means? Until recently, the answer would have been ‘not a lot’. Unlike Plymouth Gin, which is a ... Read More...