Whisky must be in the blood as it has been intertwined in my life since birth. I was born only 8 miles from the village of Doune close to where Deanston Distillery is located.

As a young boy the family moved north to Elgin, the principal town in Speyside. This where I grew up surrounded by Distilleries, but too young (legally) to enjoy the produce.

Moving south to Tayside & Angus & leaving school I found my trade took me to several "Meccas of Whisky" such as Matthew Gloag’s,the wine & spirit merchant and home to the Famous Grouse brand. Also,the then, world headquarters for Bells Whisky at Cherry Bank in Perth.I also recall the bottling plant at Angus Dundee distillers’ in Dundee.

Some of my relations worked at Dewar’s bottling plant in Perth,and White label was never in short supply at New Year parties at my auntie’s houses. Single Malts were only just beginning to be discovered in these days.

My career took me into Financial Services, and eventually I found myself moving south to live in Harrogate in Yorkshire. This involved a lot of travelling & at the end of a hectic week I used to enjoy a nice whisky on a Friday night. It was usually a Glenfiddich 12.y.o, which was probably the entry point for single malt’s for many of my era.

On a business trip to Aberdeen I was introduced to Oban 14 y.o.,and this was really the “Door Opening” experience for myself all of sudden experiencing a completely new set of flavours & aromas.

I was hooked and all of a sudden waned to explore more,which I did with great delight,starting to buy different single malts and being amazed at the variety on offer.

My whisky journey took me through “The Whisky School” course run by Moray College in Elgin in conjunction with Gordon & MacPhail. Complimented by several distillery visits,and of course sampling a continual stream of new single malt whisky’s,and often revisiting many!

I become a member,and eventually an Ambassador for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society & these guys really know about single cask,cask strength,whisky, and this really enhanced my knowledge, and still does to this day, with my Ambassador duties allowing me to taste some remakable drams.

Meeting so many people along the way with an interest in Scotch whisky,I realized there was an opportunity to become more involved with my passion, whilst helping others to begin,or continue their own journey of exploration.

Some business contacts helped get me going and I entertained small groups of their clients with informal, entertaining tastings.  

With requests over the years from local pubs/restaurants to enhance their annual “Burns Dinners” by adding a whisky tasting to this very traditional evening of food & drink gave us the idea of taking things a bit further. Encouragement from whisky friends convinced my wife Julia & I to progress our passion and hence “A Dram Fine Time” was born.

We specialise on Whisky events, personalised labels, and will also be offering whisky related gifts and the odd collector’s bottle when our on-line shop goes live.

Here’s to the continuing journey, we hope you’ll join us on the way.

Slàinte mhath (cheers)