iLaddie Whisky Nerd

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Kilchoman Barley and Yeast Exploration

Whenever I find something that I can learn from by experience I normally make an effort. I have been exploring the proven concept of terroir for a while now and it seems only fair that I have a go at... Continue Reading →

Islay Scotch is the most complex Scotch a study shows

A while back I blogged about the work of Roullier-Gall and Kew in these two blogs. I have read more of Kew's work and have learned so much from it. This blog is not about the earlier... Continue Reading →

Ben, Glen, Loch, More, what does that mean?

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I was reading the Scottish Law on scotch Whisky and in the back of the legal text is a listing of distilleries that are located in Scotland. What I noticed is that lots of distilleries have a name that begins with “Ben”, “Glen”, “Loch” or end with “More”.

Since I’m Dutch I had no clue what those words mean, so to further my own know how I looked it up and asked people for help!


  • Ben Nevis
  • Benriach
  • Benrinnes
  • Benromach

“Ben” or ‘Beinn’ is a common Gaelic word for ‘mountain’.

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  • Glenallachie
  • Glenburgie
  • Glencadam
  • Glendronach
  • Glendullan
  • Glen Elgin
  • Glenfarclas
  • Glenfiddich
  • Glen Garioch
  • Glenglassaugh
  • Glengoyne
  • Glen Grant
  • Glen Keith
  • Glenkinchie
  • Glenlossie
  • Glenmorangie
  • Glen Moray (also known as Glen Moray- Glenlivet)
  • Glen Ord
  • Glen Scotia
  • Glen Spey
  • Glenturret
  • The Glenlivet

A “Glen” is a valley, typically one that is long, deep, and often glacially U-shaped, or…

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Ever since the COVID-19 pandem I have been preoccupied with that. It started when I went to Italy back in February 9th for work. This was before the travel restrictions were needed or even put in place. Since the first... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Bruichladdich

People that know my whisky portfolio know I have a serious weak spot for Bruichladdich Whisky. But why is that so? Do other distilleries not offer the same opportunities? Is this all coincidence? The honest answer is that I don’t... Continue Reading →

Brexit effect: UK law on Scotch Whisky in 2020

Well, I wanted to see what the good people of the UK lawmakers are up to after Brexit. In particular what are the UK lawmakers doing to the UK laws that govern the definitions of what makes “Scotch Whisky” Scotch?... Continue Reading →

Brexit effect: Protected status of “Scotch Whisky” is “in Doubt”

I have been writing blogs about the effect of Brexit on the legal status of “Scotch Whisky” around the world, in the UK and in Europe. This week a paper was published which investigates all UK “GI’s” and I must... Continue Reading →

Same WATERFORD Spirit in 4 different Wood Type Casks

I have been wondering for a long time what the effects would be of putting the same spirit in different kinds of wooden Casks. That is why I have been keeping track of "The Funnies" which have been maturing over... Continue Reading →

My Whisky Trend 2019

2019 has been a year of, trying, to explore terroir and oak species influences in whisky. What does that mean from a buying perspective for me? Well it meant that I have been buying very purposefully. I have bought Westland... Continue Reading →

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