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  • The science of tasting whisky The science of tasting whisky The science of tasting whisky Features 06 June 2016

    The science of tasting whisky

    Deciphering the complex code of the brain and the senses as they assess and evaluate every glass.

  • Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Festivals and events 31 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste

    Away from the distillery days, Fèis offers an array of tastings, masterclasses and charity events.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Festivals and events 29 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Day became Ardbeg Night with tales of smugglers and a Fèis bottling called Dark Cove.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Festivals and events 28 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain

    This most beautiful and secluded of distillery locations was rewarded with sunshine and smiles.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Festivals and events 27 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura

    Islay’s newest distillery showcased its maturing quality, sharing the day with neighbouring Jura.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Festivals and events 26 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore

    Not one but three Fèis bottlings from Bowmore, including a fervour-inducing Vintage Edition.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Festivals and events 25 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig

    Dave Broom joins the laid-back Laphroaig lovers – and some distillery legends – on a sun-filled day.

  • Bruichladdich: 15 years on Bruichladdich: 15 years on Bruichladdich: 15 years on Features 25 May 2016

    Bruichladdich: 15 years on

    Can the maverick Islay distillery maintain its independence after acquisition by Rémy Cointreau?

  • Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Whisky heroes 24 May 2016

    Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig

    First lady of Laphroaig and much-loved on Islay, Bessie proved Scotch was not just a man’s world.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Festivals and events 24 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila

    Music, malt and seafood rule as the festival spotlight turns on the secluded charms of Caol Ila.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Festivals and events 23 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich

    The party lasts all day at Bruichladdich – but serious tasting underpins the carnival atmosphere.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Festivals and events 22 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin

    Huge crowds, huge enthusiasm as the 2016 Islay Festival begins with a very special birthday party.

  • Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered Features 18 May 2016

    Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered

    Dave Broom explores how peat is cut and burned, and busts myths surrounding PPM and peaty water.

  • Peat terroir and its impact on whisky Peat terroir and its impact on whisky Peat terroir and its impact on whisky Features 17 May 2016

    Peat terroir and its impact on whisky

    In the run-up to this year’s Feis Ile (20-28 May), Dave Broom explores the impact of peat terroir.

  • Are wooden washbacks better than steel? Are wooden washbacks better than steel? Are wooden washbacks better than steel? Ask the professor 16 May 2016

    Are wooden washbacks better than steel?

    The whisky industry is divided in its use of stainless steel and wooden washbacks. Which is best?

  • On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice Features 12 May 2016

    On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice

    The whys and wherefores of adding ice to your whisky. It’s more complicated than you might think…

  • Is NAS whisky the enemy? Is NAS whisky the enemy? Is NAS whisky the enemy? The debate 10 May 2016

    Is NAS whisky the enemy?

    The case for and against NAS whisky, featuring Glenfarclas' George Grant and Macallan's Ken Grier.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Three

    An energetic Argocat ride, a working sma’ still and a wry double act proved to be the highlights.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Final Days

    Whisky and chocolate; whisky and music; whisky and dancing. The SoSWF concluded at a frenetic pace.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Four

    Tasting note challenge, whisky ice-cream and Ann Miller’s tales of university with Charlie Maclean.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Festivals and events 30 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Two

    Expect the unexpected on SoSWF’s second day, from blends to blackenings and desert island drams.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day One Spirit of Speyside: Day One Spirit of Speyside: Day One Festivals and events 29 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day One

    Mixing traditional and modern on festival day one – from hi-tech hotels to the joys of the ceilidh.

  • Oban and Mull Oban and Mull Oban and Mull On the road 28 April 2016

    Oban and Mull

    Rachel McCormack goes island hopping to discover whisky and culture outside Islay.

  • David Niven David Niven David Niven Famous whisky drinkers 25 April 2016

    David Niven

    The actor, author and raconteur counted Scotch as a constant companion in his colourful life.

  • Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Interviews 21 April 2016

    Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich

    Glenfiddich’s malt master on chemistry, SPPM and being a world bagpiping champion.

  • Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city Features 20 April 2016

    Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city

    Edrington’s move to Glasgow brings to an end The Fair City’s long-standing association with Scotch.

  • The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath Features 19 April 2016

    The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath

    After scandal, revival: how United Distillers helped to mould today’s Scotch whisky industry.

  • The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal Features 18 April 2016

    The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal

    The compelling tale of one of the most infamous episodes in British corporate history – 30 years on.

  • Can malts ever be more valuable than blends? Can malts ever be more valuable than blends? Can malts ever be more valuable than blends? The debate 13 April 2016

    Can malts ever be more valuable than blends?

    Could it ever happen? After all, the momentum of the mighty malts continues to grow by the year…

  • Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture Features 11 April 2016

    Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture

    A hefty dose of experimentation characterises the brewer’s foray into spirits production.

  • Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Festivals and events 07 April 2016

    Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016

    Whisky, food and an indefatigable volunteer force make a former church in Groningen the place to be.

  • Whisky’s Spring Collection Whisky’s Spring Collection Whisky’s Spring Collection Features 04 April 2016

    Whisky’s Spring Collection

    As part of our selection of seasonal features, Dave Broom picks the perfect drams for springtime.

  • Does barley variety affect whisky flavour? Does barley variety affect whisky flavour? Does barley variety affect whisky flavour? Features 31 March 2016

    Does barley variety affect whisky flavour?

    A bid to answer one of Scotch whisky’s most contentious questions – by enlisting some expert help.

  • Captain William Fraser Captain William Fraser Captain William Fraser Whisky heroes 29 March 2016

    Captain William Fraser

    Was the founder of Royal Brackla distillery really as arrogant and spiteful as we’re led to believe?

  • Does triple distillation make smooth whisky? Does triple distillation make smooth whisky? Does triple distillation make smooth whisky? Ask the professor 23 March 2016

    Does triple distillation make smooth whisky?

    The Whisky Professor tackles triple distillation in answer to another reader question.

  • Whisky Live London 2016 Whisky Live London 2016 Whisky Live London 2016 Festivals and events 22 March 2016

    Whisky Live London 2016

    Whisky Live London was a show to discover new drams, as well as a time of self(ie) reflection.

  • Whisky decanters Whisky decanters Whisky decanters Features 17 March 2016

    Whisky decanters

    Delving into the history of the whisky decanter. Could it be set for a 21st-century renaissance?

  • Irish whiskey’s Scottish connection Irish whiskey’s Scottish connection Irish whiskey’s Scottish connection Features 16 March 2016

    Irish whiskey’s Scottish connection

    Dave Broom picks apart Scotch and Irish whiskey’s close relationship in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

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