Rosemary's Blog

Oak Cross from Compass Box - my perfect glamping dram

I love being outside in the fresh air but my idea of camping these days is definitely glamping with a comfy bed, cotton sheets and a well equipped camp kitchen, all there and at the ready for us when we arrive. My biggest worry on our latest glamping trip was which whisky to take with me? It had to be something classy, complex and reflective and Oak Cross proved to be a perfect choice.

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Chichester Whisky Women’s verdict on my Essential Whiskies for Winter

I think we need to be quite up front and straight about the fact that Chichester’s Whisky Women are probably the type of girls that you would expect to be drinking whisky: verging on mature with quite a bit of life experience. We are not youngsters exploring whisky with as much gusto as any other spirit or cocktail base: we know what we like and that’s why we meet and share such fun tastings.

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My Winter Whisky Collection - 5 whiskies to complement your cooking and warm you up in January and February

My cooking has always been seasonal, with dishes dictated not only by what is in the fridge but what comes in the veg box, is ready at the community garden or is best in season from around the world. What would January be without Seville oranges, for marmalade and for other dishes too?

Winter is probably the season when most whisky is drunk, the natural time to appreciate its rich and warming characteristics. With pork and beef a welcome change from the Christmas turkey left-overs and root vegetables, dark green leafy veg such as kale and watercress, and citrus fruits all at their best, this is a time of year to be inspired in the kitchen. Pulse vegetables and generous seasonings of herbs and spices all make for satisfying and warming dishes, so let’s find some whiskies to go with them.

This is a brief introduction to my Winter Whisky Collection and there will be more detail about each one in the next few weeks.

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Flaming Heart from Compass Box

I hope that this isn’t going to happen but my bank balance would be better if I didn’t receive samples from Compass Box! I first tasted their whiskies when they were a very young company and I have been consistently delighted by their boutique blends ever since. They transport the drinker to an adventure of complexity and satisfaction that is seldom achieved from an affordable single malt.

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