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14 April 2021

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Here’s to you and to once again being able to order a drink and share it with friends!


To celebrate, a new episode of my podcast A Glass With is released today, with a fresh coat of paint and a new home at ollysmith.com

My guest is musician, choirmaster and whisky fan Gareth Malone.

Click here to listen.

Turns out Gareth really knows his drams - we sipped Ledaig 18 while discussing his composition for The Stay At Home Choir.  We also touched on Gareth’s ancestry, the sense of place that music and booze both share and how Gareth’s music is made. (Here's a clue: a certain amount of whisky is usually involved).

Ledaig 18 (you say it Letchick) is a gently smoky, rich, spicy whisky from the Isle of Mull made by the Tobermory Distillery and, in my opinion, is superb.  Thank you to The Whisky Exchange for sending us a bottle.

To get involved in the Stay At Home Choir who’ve racked up more than 2 million views online and for the chance to sing with people from 76 countries across the world, sign up before 23rd April at www.stayathomechoir.com


And finally, this week’s Hot Bottle is a Majestic gem, breezy as an ocean wave breaking over a reef of lemon wedges, it’s hard to beat Villemarin's brilliant Picpoul de Pinet 2020 for £7.99.

I poured this brilliant bottle last weekend with Rick Stein, Matt and the Saturday Kitchen crew for the Comic Relief competition winners. It's all the white wine you’ll need to flow through your lives from here until Midsummer’s Day.  A stunning aperitif, delicious to pair with all seafood and great value for money.


Olly x

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  Olly Smith