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  • 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.

  • Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne 48 hours in... 08 March 2016

    Melbourne

    An exhaustive guide of what to do, and where and when to do it, in one of the world’s great cities.

  • Whisky investment: a bubble ready to burst? Whisky investment: a bubble ready to burst? Whisky investment: a bubble ready to burst? The debate 07 March 2016

    Whisky investment: a bubble ready to burst?

    Is whisky investment ‘the worm in the apple’ or a simple by-product of supply and demand?

  • DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand Festivals and events 03 March 2016

    DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand

    To the Land of the Long White Cloud and an impressively organised event full of memorable drams.

  • What makes Lagavulin special? What makes Lagavulin special? What makes Lagavulin special? Features 02 March 2016

    What makes Lagavulin special?

    A deconstruction of the unique charms of this much-loved Islay distillery, now 200 years old.

  • William Grant William Grant William Grant Whisky heroes 18 February 2016

    William Grant

    The life of the determined creator of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Scotch’s biggest family business.

  • The multifunctional whisky distillery The multifunctional whisky distillery The multifunctional whisky distillery Features 15 February 2016

    The multifunctional whisky distillery

    From Kirkliston to Ailsa Bay via many detours, the history of the flexible whisky-making facility.

  • How to store Scotch whisky How to store Scotch whisky How to store Scotch whisky Features 10 February 2016

    How to store Scotch whisky

    Plenty of tips here on how to keep that much-prized Scotch whisky collection in perfect condition.

  • Spirit caramel: friend or foe? Spirit caramel: friend or foe? Spirit caramel: friend or foe? The debate 08 February 2016

    Spirit caramel: friend or foe?

    Nick Morgan of Diageo and Bruichladdich’s Adam Hannett lock horns on this most vexed of issues.

  • The true story behind Whisky Galore! The true story behind Whisky Galore! The true story behind Whisky Galore! Features 05 February 2016

    The true story behind Whisky Galore!

    This factual tale of shipwreck and ‘salvage’ is even more remarkable than the fictional version.

  • Dr Bill Lumsden Dr Bill Lumsden Dr Bill Lumsden Interviews 04 February 2016

    Dr Bill Lumsden

    Glenmorangie’s restless experimenter on innovation, LVMH and creating a new whisky in 24 hours.

  • The Incredible Captain Barclay The Incredible Captain Barclay The Incredible Captain Barclay Whisky heroes 27 January 2016

    The Incredible Captain Barclay

    The man who founded Glenury Royal distillery – and who famously walked 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.

  • Victoria Whisky Festival Victoria Whisky Festival Victoria Whisky Festival Festivals and events 26 January 2016

    Victoria Whisky Festival

    Heading way out west for the 11th edition of the must-attend event of the Canadian whisky calendar.

  • Robert Burns Robert Burns Robert Burns Famous whisky drinkers 25 January 2016

    Robert Burns

    Peasant, bard or a bit of both? Reconciling the contradictions surrounding Scotland’s national poet.

  • The perfect Burns Supper The perfect Burns Supper The perfect Burns Supper Features 21 January 2016

    The perfect Burns Supper

    Haggis, for sure, but what else is needed for the festivities on 25 January? Find out here.

  • Scottish toasts: the whisky industry’s picks Scottish toasts: the whisky industry’s picks Scottish toasts: the whisky industry’s picks Features 21 January 2016

    Scottish toasts: the whisky industry’s picks

    Scotch whisky personalities choose their favourite Scottish toasts with which to raise a dram.

  • Cinderella Whisky Fair Cinderella Whisky Fair Cinderella Whisky Fair Festivals and events 20 January 2016

    Cinderella Whisky Fair

    Whisky fans sailed the Baltic Sea last week to discover some exclusive gems onboard the Cinderella.

  • Beirut Beirut Beirut 48 hours in... 18 January 2016

    Beirut

    The charms of an elegant, exotic city where Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures overlap.

  • The importance of water The importance of water The importance of water Ask the professor 18 January 2016

    The importance of water

    Analysing the vital – but often misunderstood – role that water plays in the making of whisky.

  • Compton Mackenzie Compton Mackenzie Compton Mackenzie Famous whisky drinkers 13 January 2016

    Compton Mackenzie

    The Whisky Galore author was also a wartime spy for MI6 and a lover of classical music and cats.

  • What’s the best whisky marketing message? What’s the best whisky marketing message? What’s the best whisky marketing message? The debate 11 January 2016

    What’s the best whisky marketing message?

    Investigating the best way to engage the modern whisky consumer: flavour or lifestyle associations?

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