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Relax y’all.

By mark

Relax y’all.



Much more over at my Facebook page.

By mark



Calling all travellers

By jollytopertastings

A chum offered me a bottle of Bowmore 18yo he got at an airport – travel retail only. £85. It got me thinking perhaps a tasting showcasing such bottles would give drinkers a chance to judge if quality, character and price were of merit (or otherwise). This might be good for folks that don’t do much travel and seldom taste the whiskies that are often reported in the media.


Could I ask readers to mention any current bottlings that are only available through travel retail shops.

Ideally some of you might be visiting Edinburgh and could source some bottles for me…..




Interested in whisky book/literature?

By jollytopertastings

I’ve been uploading some images of whisky books and the like over at the Jolly Toper Facebook page – have a look:-



The New Season Has Started.

By jollytopertastings

That’s the Edinburgh Festival over so the dates from now until the end of the year have been set. We’re experimenting with a once every three week schedule but might return to the normal fortnightly routine come 2017.

If you’re on Facebook take a look at the Jolly Toper page – I’m pretty active with daily posts keeping the page fresh.

Also I’m pretty pleased with the TripAdvisor feedback if you need a neutral opinion of the tastings.

Cheers, JT



Nothing is new.

By jollytopertastings

About ten years ago I wrote a hand full of short articles for a local on-line magazine. They were aimed at the casual whisky drinker rather than the enthusiast who probably has already covered this type of ground. I’m scared of ‘reprinting’ them here in case there’s some kind of contract thingy I signed, so here’s the link:-

See what you think and if you’re interested there’s a few more you’ll easily find.

Feedback would be good.



Poetry Competition.

By jollytopertastings

Win a free ticket to a Jolly Toper tasting. All you’ve got to do is improve upon the below effort – shouldn’t be too difficult. The best one wins an open ticket to any tasting. It has to be whisky themed, initially closing date is end of April 2016 but let’s see what unfolds. Ticket valid until end of 2016, but if you’ve not used it extending shouldn’t be a problem.

A Whisky, Oh Dizzy

thread of a story, the fabric of fable
national pride and scourge of Scotland
a glass of time delicately distilled

the taxman’s tonic, the doctor’s orders
two’s just fine, three’s not enough
the truth of grain, deceitful deeds

crystal crashing super-premium breathalyser
skirlin’ and whirlin’ and birlin’ in bed
tartan tat and Johnnie and Jack

never again or hair of the dog
nurture the nature, muster the maltster
so brew the peck and profess the pot still




By jollytopertastings

It’s been a while but the regular albeit infrequent spring clean has seen some bits and bobs shaken about on the site. Hopefully get some more engaging stuff up soon. Check out the TripAdvisor comments and have a look at the Facebook page too. Otherwise happy dramming and hope to see you at a tasting soon.

P.S. I have managed the Royal Mile Whiskies shop in Edinburgh for a year now so if you’re visiting ‘Mbru’ drop in past. I’m detailing the shop tastings on the Jolly Toper website too.



Back in the saddle again.

By jollytopertastings

Hello folks, it’s me again, we tried some new fancy stuff which was great but we’ve decided to get back to basics with the trusty old WordPress site, sorry for the temporary absence – hopefully the experience of media with the super-site will have some benefits for the future her. Cheers.



Jolly Toper on Instagram

By jollytopertastings

Never mind getting my head around Twitter, Instagram has got me proper bamboozled – I’m sure it will be great though.