The Grapevine 45

descends into the arrival of Father Christmas and my desire to read on is severely tested. “Here it is, that time of year, the snow is falling there’s lots of cheer…” so begins my son’s favourite bedtime book at the moment. I don’t mind this opening but then it descends into the arrival of Father […]

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Bruichladdich ‘The Classic Laddie’ | Malt of the month

Bruichladdich ‘The Classic Laddie’ | Malt of the month

6th Feb 2017

Written by:
Colin Nicholson

demand for whisky has never been stronger and it must be a nightmare making predictions on demand a decade or so in advance. Well, what a busy festive period that was for all of us at Hennings with whisky flying off the shelves to keep the winter blues at bay. Now the quieter months are […]

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Old Pultenay 12 Year Old | Malt of the month

Old Pultenay 12 Year Old | Malt of the month

14th Oct 2016

Written by:
Colin Nicholson

Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, Old Pulteney is distilled in Wick at the most northern mainland distillery in the UK. Being a coastal distillery you really do get a hint of ‘saltiness’ in the malts produced here. I’ve only visited Wick once, while on the last leg of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats […]

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The Grapevine 44

The Grapevine 44

8th Sep 2016

Written by:
Matt Parkinson

heartier wines and a few treats for a mid-week gloomy evening pick-me-up. Summer came in the end then, although I suppose that might depend upon your geographical location. We love the autumn at Hennings. Not only are we lucky enough to be based in a part of the country that showcases the seasonal transformation so […]

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Caol Ila 12 | Malt of the month

Caol Ila 12 | Malt of the month

29th Jul 2016

Written by:
Colin Nicholson

After a whirlwind week walking and distillery visiting on Islay, well you have to have somewhere to go when it rains, I left with a much clearer understanding of peated whisky. I have to say this style of malt used to be a bit of a struggle for me and I had to very much […]

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Glenfarclas 15 | Malt of the month

Glenfarclas 15 | Malt of the month

17th Jun 2016

Written by:
Colin Nicholson

Most Whisky distilleries are owned by large conglomerates, but Glenfarclas bucks this trend by being proudly family owned. One of the friendliest and informative tours of any distilleries I have visited thus far. Just looking at the dark golden hues in the glass gets me licking my lips and rubbing my hands together in anticipation! […]

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The Grapevine 43

The Grapevine 43

16th Jun 2016

Written by:
Matt Parkinson

our selection of wines for summer is every bit as consistent as the over-optimistic long range weather forecasts! Well, here we are, the great British summer. Yes, it might be a touch chilly and overcast as I type this but, as always, I hear reports of the hottest July since 1976. As it’s mid-June now […]

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Linkwood 12 Year Old | Malt of the month

Linkwood 12 Year Old | Malt of the month

31st Mar 2016

Written by:
Colin Nicholson

Well Spring has finally arrived, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a bottle of delicious malt whisky from our ever increasing range. This month I’d like to sing the praises of the lesser known distilleries. Enter stage left the Linkwood 12. They don’t have a visitor centre or indeed accept […]

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#Orangewine | the future’s bright

#Orangewine | the future’s bright

31st Mar 2016

Written by:
Chris Goldman

I’m not going to lie to you there are some truly breathtakingly awful examples out there We at Hennings are never afraid of looking to the future and discovering new and exciting things. In this case, if I may use the phrase of a recently merged telecoms giant, ‘…the future’s orange’! Yes, the future is […]

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The Grapevine 42

The Grapevine 42

18th Mar 2016

Written by:
Matt Parkinson

The thousands (yes really) of wines the team have tasted over the last few months… It was light last night when I left work – let joy be unconfined. This issue of The Grapevine is almost finished too, once this bit has been typed, so it’s time for a double celebration. We’ve worked tirelessly on […]

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Wine tasting season | so many wines, so little time

Wine tasting season | so many wines, so little time

2nd Feb 2016

Written by:
Matt Parkinson

We’ve had a bit of a fag-packet wine tasting calculation in the office and reckon we’ll taste around 2,500-3,000 wines between us by the end of February. The first couple of months of the New Year are always a mixed bag for us. Following the Christmas chaos, organised chaos I’d like to add, January inevitably […]

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