Expansion Islay distillery

The small Islay distillery has grown to be so popular over the last two years that the owners have built a new warehouse to store the casks and meet the demand of the market. The current production is 26 casks each week. The warehouse has a capacity of 10,000 casks and costs £450,000. Highlands and Islands Enterprise supports the project with a £110,000 grant. The Kilchoman Distillery, which holds Machir Bay and Islay Single Malt, grows its own barley for whisky and is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.

Source: Island News & Advertiser


Schiphol Airport sells €250,000 bottle

We all love our tax free shopping at the airport, perfect for last minute souvenirs. Schiphol in the Netherlands has set a record. In the retail shop you can buy The Dalmore Brilliance, for 250,000 euros. It’s the highest value sale of an individual spirit in the travel business. Schiphol Airport is known for its rare and vintage whisky collection but this single malt from 1926 is a special edition. Included in the price is a decanter from diamond specialists Gassan Diamonds, who believe the taste of this whisky is “timeless”. The whisky is made by master distiller Richard Paterson and was distilled and filled to cask in 1868, 1878 and 1926. According to Paterson, the buyer “will experience a whisky that is flawless and refined with an outstanding Oloroso and Apostoles sherry cut from the world renowned Gonzalez Byass bodega.”

Source: The Moodie Report

The Green Man

The city of Ostend has a whisky café as from February 2013. It is called “The Green Man” and is meant to make contacts in the world of whisky but also to make some publicity for the tourism in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Guests can choose out of a wide selection of 350 whiskies varying from official to independent bottlers and older and newer bottlings. For the people wanting to bring their whisky loving husband/wife, father/mother, boyfriend/girlfriend home safe, they also have a selection of special tea’s to offer you. Make sure to pay them a visit when you’re in the neighborhood around Saint Patrick’s day. They are offering a real Irish breakfast and will be opening 20 Irish whiskeys (Cooley, Connemara, Bushmills, Kilbeggan, …) for this joyous occasion.

For more information you can have a look on their website and on their Facebook page.
The Green Man: Koningstraat 64, 8400 Oostende


Hi to all you whisky loving people out there!

This blog is meant to keep you all posted about certain developments in the wonderful world of whisky. My name is Anastasia and I’ll be posting some messages on a regular basis with the help and information I get from my father, Dirk. He’s the owner of the Dram242 whisky shop in Belgium, worth the visit if you ask me. You can find some more information about us on the “About” page.

So that’s it for now. Hope to hear from you soon.

Dirk & Anastasia