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  • Decoding the language of whisky tasting Decoding the language of whisky tasting Decoding the language of whisky tasting Features 14 July 2016

    Decoding the language of whisky tasting

    Dave Broom endeavours to make sense of the factors affecting how we nose and taste whisky.

  • Peated whisky: the ultimate dram? Peated whisky: the ultimate dram? Peated whisky: the ultimate dram? The debate 12 July 2016

    Peated whisky: the ultimate dram?

    A heated debate between Hamish Torrie and Stuart Hendry on the pros and cons of smoking in whisky.

  • Sir Winston Churchill Sir Winston Churchill Sir Winston Churchill Famous whisky drinkers 11 July 2016

    Sir Winston Churchill

    Be it with breakfast, lunch or dinner, Sir Winston Churchill’s affection for Scotch was no secret.

  • Japanese grain innovation and Scotch Japanese grain innovation and Scotch Japanese grain innovation and Scotch Features 07 July 2016

    Japanese grain innovation and Scotch

    Dave Broom travelled to Japan to explore how distillers are driving innovation in grain whisky.

  • Dramboree 2016 Dramboree 2016 Dramboree 2016 Festivals and events 05 July 2016

    Dramboree 2016

    Scotch whisky fans enjoyed drams, a distillery tour and a dip in a loch at this year’s event.

  • Sir Kingsley Amis Sir Kingsley Amis Sir Kingsley Amis Famous whisky drinkers 23 June 2016

    Sir Kingsley Amis

    The sharp-tongued novelist was critical about alcoholic beverages, but passionate about Scotch.

  • How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned? How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned? How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned? Features 22 June 2016

    How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned?

    The fine art of redesigning your product has to balance innovation with respect for heritage.

  • Why are whisky stills made from copper? Why are whisky stills made from copper? Why are whisky stills made from copper? Ask the professor 21 June 2016

    Why are whisky stills made from copper?

    A burnished copper pot still may have powerful visual appeal, but what are its practical advantages?

  • Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories Features 16 June 2016

    Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories

    Time to celebrate dads everywhere, and to share a glass of his favourite whisky with the old man.

  • How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle Features 15 June 2016

    How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle

    Coming up with a new design for a Scotch whisky bottle is a long, complex and painstaking business.

  • Bacteria: the key to distillery character? Bacteria: the key to distillery character? Bacteria: the key to distillery character? Features 14 June 2016

    Bacteria: the key to distillery character?

    Dave Broom seeks answers to one of Scotch whisky’s most complex and enigmatic questions.

  • Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky? Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky? Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky? The debate 07 June 2016

    Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky?

    As the polls narrow in advance of the Brexit vote, would a UK departure give Scotch whisky a boost?

  • 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.

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