Late in the pub with @theveitch

Thought it would be good to keep memories of the worthwhile reasons I’ve been delayed in the pub over the years. Enjoyed the discussion in the pub over the conundrum outlined below, but concluded once more that maths is fun and difficult, but almost impossible during your fourth pint! Especially as you get older….

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Here’s Tae Ye, Isle of Raasay Distillery | Malt – Whisky Reviews

Lovely read on a broad view of the fruits of our labour over the past seven years, and love the thought of changing the population number as it grows on each bottle from @raasaydistillery

We are in seriously good whisky territory here.
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Swimming at Portobello

Well a lock down fad has turned into a regular weekly event with Leonie. Leonie has even met new friend(s) , inc Aileen Thomson a local neighbour, and does an open water swim twice a week. This week we will be at Raasay Distillery and will pop into North Bay again – be warned  it will be early, and we will be with the seals, so look out on Wednesday morning for the Blog update.

Open Water Bill

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The best ways to drink Scotch | Financial Times

Enjoyed this article as a general introduction to whisky and current attitudes to drinking it.

It’s the most Scottish drink there is. But is it ever OK to mix it with ginger ale? And is blended always bad?
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Spreadsheets, Double checking and misuse of data

Great read that might encourage us to slow down and think; and the value of foolproofing systems

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Highlanders Negroni

Saw this in today’s World Whisky Day Scotsman Food and Drink section and thought I would capture for posterity and future use.

It’s world whisky day on Saturday the 15 May, so we’ve put together a list of incredible whisky cocktails to showcase the versatility of this liquid gold. 

Highlander’s Negroni 

By Charlotte Davies, Head Sommelier at The Three Chimneys Restaurant 

Whilst a negroni is traditionally made with gin and not whisky, we make an exception for this particular dram. 

The Isle of Raasay is the Isle of Skye’s neighbouring island, just a short trip over on the ferry. 

The Isle of Raasay whisky is matured in first fill Tennessee whiskey barrels and finished in first field Bordeaux red wine barrels; the whisky used in this recipe is a limited edition first release. Its lightly peated and its rich dark fruit flavours work perfectly with the bitter orange Campari and red vermouth.

Serves 1


  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Antica Formula 
  • 25ml Isle of Raasay Hebridean Single Malt (Inaugural Release – 2020) 


  1. Fill an old fashioned glass or rocks glass with ice to chill.
  2. To a mixing glass, add the Antica Formula, Campari & Whisky.
  3. Fill the mixing glass with ice and begin to stir.
  4. As the ingredients are mixed and start to incorporate, add a few extra ice cubes and continue to stir.
  5. Fine strain with a hawthorn strainer and mesh over fresh ice in the rocks glass.
  6. Garnish with a twist of orange peel, twisted over the glass to create an orange mist. Repeat steps 1-6 as necessary
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The Library of Mistakes – Financial Library in Edinburgh’s New TownThe Library of Mistakes

Didn’t know this existed until my friend @andrew.Veitch introduced it to me last night – never too late to learn

A free public library in Edinburgh focused on the world’s business & financial history. Find out more and sign up to get event updates & arrange a visit.
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Euan & Aladdin’s Couloir

Proud seeing my son Euan on Aladdins Couloir in Cairngorms today. Euan, Isla and James trekked up to the Cairngorms today and we were all surprised with their suntans on return to Edinburgh in the evening. Loon Fung didn’t touch the sides !

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