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  • A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist Features 06 December 2016

    A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist

    Let us help you find the perfect present for the whisky lovers in your life this Christmas.

  • A whisky odyssey to Orkney A whisky odyssey to Orkney A whisky odyssey to Orkney On the road 01 December 2016

    A whisky odyssey to Orkney

    The thrill of opening rare bottles is even greater in the right company – and the right location.

  • Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Festivals and events 29 November 2016

    Whiskybase Gathering 2016

    The Dutch show drew crowds of more than 800 whisky enthusiasts during its debut in Rotterdam.

  • Joe Namath Joe Namath Joe Namath Famous whisky drinkers 28 November 2016

    Joe Namath

    The controversial American football star had a particular soft spot for Johnnie Walker Red.

  • Has Scotch whisky become too expensive? Has Scotch whisky become too expensive? Has Scotch whisky become too expensive? The debate 21 November 2016

    Has Scotch whisky become too expensive?

    Whisky price inflation ignites an inner debate in Royal Mile Whiskies’ Arthur Motley.

  • Tommy Dewar Tommy Dewar Tommy Dewar Whisky heroes 16 November 2016

    Tommy Dewar

    The globe-trotting extrovert and born salesman was one of Scotch’s most colourful characters.

  • How does a solera mature whisky? How does a solera mature whisky? How does a solera mature whisky? Ask the professor 08 November 2016

    How does a solera mature whisky?

    Who better to disentangle the complex concept of solera systems than our resident Whisky Professor?

  • Best Bonfire Night whiskies Best Bonfire Night whiskies Best Bonfire Night whiskies Features 03 November 2016

    Best Bonfire Night whiskies

    We asked the experts which whiskies they’ll be sipping to ‘remember, remember the 5th of November’.

  • Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Festivals and events 02 November 2016

    Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016

    Filled with film screenings, rare distillery tours, live music and a profusion of ‘special’ drams.

  • Scotch-loving US Presidents Scotch-loving US Presidents Scotch-loving US Presidents Features 01 November 2016

    Scotch-loving US Presidents

    Charting the ‘special relationship’ between the White House and whisky as the latest election looms.

  • Spooky Scotch ghost stories Spooky Scotch ghost stories Spooky Scotch ghost stories Features 31 October 2016

    Spooky Scotch ghost stories

    From disturbed leylines to headless horsemen, distilleries have seen plenty of ghostly goings-on.

  • An autumn harvest of whisky An autumn harvest of whisky An autumn harvest of whisky Features 24 October 2016

    An autumn harvest of whisky

    Fill your glasses with cask-driven whiskies, overflowing with fruits, wood character and memories.

  • How do Sherry casks flavour whisky? How do Sherry casks flavour whisky? How do Sherry casks flavour whisky? Ask the professor 19 October 2016

    How do Sherry casks flavour whisky?

    Sherry and Scotch is a complex topic, but the Whisky Professor is on hand to explain all.

  • Thierry Bénitah, La Maison du Whisky Thierry Bénitah, La Maison du Whisky Thierry Bénitah, La Maison du Whisky Interviews 17 October 2016

    Thierry Bénitah, La Maison du Whisky

    As the retailer celebrates 60 years, LMDW’s CEO explains why whisky is more than just a business.

  • Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Festivals and events 13 October 2016

    Bar Convent Berlin 2016

    A must-attend show for the bar industry – but is Scotch doing enough to cash in on its success?

  • Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch? Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch? Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch? The debate 12 October 2016

    Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch?

    Richard Paterson and Fred Laing voice their difference of opinion over whisky and ice.

  • Orkney: the Nordic connection Orkney: the Nordic connection Orkney: the Nordic connection On the road 11 October 2016

    Orkney: the Nordic connection

    Hold on to your hat as Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes a windy, whistle-stop tour through the islands.

  • The Whisky Show 2016 The Whisky Show 2016 The Whisky Show 2016 Festivals and events 05 October 2016

    The Whisky Show 2016

    Tasting everything from rare old malts to fresh-faced new spirit from the broader whisky world.

  • Whisky Live Paris 2016 Whisky Live Paris 2016 Whisky Live Paris 2016 Festivals and events 29 September 2016

    Whisky Live Paris 2016

    Rare bottlings, new releases, cocktails and masterclasses in this not-to-be-missed annual show.

  • A White Horse retrospective A White Horse retrospective A White Horse retrospective Features 28 September 2016

    A White Horse retrospective

    How much do blended Scotches change over the decades? A rare tasting sheds light on the subject.

  • Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant Features 27 September 2016

    Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant

    Eddie Russell’s first visit to a Scotch whisky distillery in the company of Dennis Malcolm.

  • The laws of Scotch: labelling The laws of Scotch: labelling The laws of Scotch: labelling Features 26 September 2016

    The laws of Scotch: labelling

    What separates malts from blends? How must this be worded on packaging? Dave Broom has the answers.

  • John Ross John Ross John Ross Whisky heroes 20 September 2016

    John Ross

    The William Grant distiller on his successes, failures and balancing innovation with brand identity.

  • The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks Features 14 September 2016

    The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks

    Scotch must be distilled to a certain abv strength and matured in particular sized casks – but why?

  • Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Festivals and events 13 September 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016

    The inaugural spin-off festival held in Elgin captured the essence of Speyside perfectly.

  • Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe? Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe? Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe? The debate 12 September 2016

    Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe?

    Two divergent opinions on the attractions and perils of the rising tide of hybrid Scotch products.

  • The laws of Scotch: basics The laws of Scotch: basics The laws of Scotch: basics Features 07 September 2016

    The laws of Scotch: basics

    Let’s not forget the rules regulating the Scotch whisky industry, says Dave Broom.

  • Dufftown Dufftown Dufftown On the road 01 September 2016

    Dufftown

    Steeped in history, the Scottish town refers to itself as the ‘malt whisky capital of the world’.

  • Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festivals and events 31 August 2016

    Festiwal Whisky 2016

    The Polish festival upped the ante for its third year with cigars, igloo bars and a rock concert.

  • Humphrey Bogart Humphrey Bogart Humphrey Bogart Famous whisky drinkers 30 August 2016

    Humphrey Bogart

    The film star was always three drinks ahead, whether it be with a Scotch or a Martini in hand.

  • Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned? Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned? Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned? Ask the professor 25 August 2016

    Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned?

    Here's the Whisky Professor to dispel any concerns over malting barley and agrochemicals.

  • James Buchanan James Buchanan James Buchanan Whisky heroes 23 August 2016

    James Buchanan

    The ‘Whisky Baron’ overcame ill-health to create some of Scotch’s most successful blends.

  • Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Festivals and events 17 August 2016

    Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016

    With more than 250 whiskies on offer, Edinburgh Whisky Fringe was a sell-out success.

  • ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky Features 11 August 2016

    ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky

    Barley variety’s effect on flavour is a hot topic, but Bruichladdich believes there are variations.

  • Tasting panels: do you have what it takes? Tasting panels: do you have what it takes? Tasting panels: do you have what it takes? Features 09 August 2016

    Tasting panels: do you have what it takes?

    A flair for noticing nuances in whisky samples is vital to being a tasting panellist.

  • Why were cult whisky distilleries closed? Why were cult whisky distilleries closed? Why were cult whisky distilleries closed? Features 08 August 2016

    Why were cult whisky distilleries closed?

    It’s often not until a distillery’s demise that its worth is fully appreciated, says Dave Broom.

  • James Espey, The Last Drop Distillers James Espey, The Last Drop Distillers James Espey, The Last Drop Distillers Interviews 04 August 2016

    James Espey, The Last Drop Distillers

    Brands, marketing and much more from the driving force behind the Classic Malts and Blue Label.

  • Is there such a thing as corked whisky? Is there such a thing as corked whisky? Is there such a thing as corked whisky? Ask the professor 02 August 2016

    Is there such a thing as corked whisky?

    Most people have tasted corked wine at some point – but can the same unpleasantness affect whisky?

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