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  • 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?

  • Christmas quiz: Test your whisky knowledge Christmas quiz: Test your whisky knowledge Christmas quiz: Test your whisky knowledge Features 25 December 2015

    Christmas quiz: Test your whisky knowledge

    How much do you really know about Scotch whisky?

  • Whisky and maturity: why three years? Whisky and maturity: why three years? Whisky and maturity: why three years? Ask the professor 24 December 2015

    Whisky and maturity: why three years?

    Scotch whisky must be at least three years old – but why? War, in part, provides the answer.

  • A brief history of drinking vessels A brief history of drinking vessels A brief history of drinking vessels Features 22 December 2015

    A brief history of drinking vessels

    From quaich to tumbler to specialist tasting glass, this area of whisky has never stopped evolving.

  • Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain Whisky heroes 21 December 2015

    Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain

    War, women and whisky: the story of Hugh Munro, early 19th-century Laird of Teaninich, has it all.

  • How to gift wrap a bottle of whisky How to gift wrap a bottle of whisky How to gift wrap a bottle of whisky Features 17 December 2015

    How to gift wrap a bottle of whisky

    The trickiest gift to wrap is a bottle of whisky or wine, but with a little flair it needn’t be.

  • Arran Arran Arran On the road 15 December 2015

    Arran

    Castles, illicit stills and a formidable reputation for food and drink? It’s got to be Arran.

  • Robert Bruce Lockhart Robert Bruce Lockhart Robert Bruce Lockhart Famous whisky drinkers 10 December 2015

    Robert Bruce Lockhart

    From plots to assassinate Lenin to championing malts over blends, the dramatic story of ‘RBL’.

  • New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans 48 hours in... 09 December 2015

    New Orleans

    Cocktails, jazz and beignets provide a feast for all the senses in Louisiana’s deep south.

  • Do professional critics matter any more? Do professional critics matter any more? Do professional critics matter any more? The debate 03 December 2015

    Do professional critics matter any more?

    Jim Murray and Tom Sandham discuss the fast-evolving role of the modern whisky writer and critic.

  • Alternative Christmas whisky gift ideas Alternative Christmas whisky gift ideas Alternative Christmas whisky gift ideas Features 01 December 2015

    Alternative Christmas whisky gift ideas

    Go one better than a bottle of Scotch and give an alternative Christmas whisky gift this year.

  • The Pattison Brothers The Pattison Brothers The Pattison Brothers Whisky heroes 30 November 2015

    The Pattison Brothers

    Flamboyance, fraud and 500 talking parrots: when boom turned to bust with the ‘Pattison Crash’.

  • Adding water to whisky Adding water to whisky Adding water to whisky Features 25 November 2015

    Adding water to whisky

    The whys and wherefores of diluting your dram: when to add water, how much and why.

  • Whisky Live, The Hague Whisky Live, The Hague Whisky Live, The Hague Festivals and events 19 November 2015

    Whisky Live, The Hague

    Concepts of ‘spirit’ collide as whisky enthusiasts indulge their passion in a 15th-century church.

  • The braes of Glenlivet The braes of Glenlivet The braes of Glenlivet On the road 11 November 2015

    The braes of Glenlivet

    Walking in the footsteps of Alfred Barnard – and getting to know Speyside’s wilder side.

  • Peter Mackie Peter Mackie Peter Mackie Whisky heroes 10 November 2015

    Peter Mackie

    From White Horse to Malt Mill, the story of one of the Scotch whisky industry’s true pioneers.

  • Scotch whisky start-ups Scotch whisky start-ups Scotch whisky start-ups Features 03 November 2015

    Scotch whisky start-ups

    New distilleries are expensive – and you can’t sell a bottle for years. How do you survive the wait?

  • Carcassonne Carcassonne Carcassonne 48 hours in... 28 October 2015

    Carcassonne

    Soaking up a mixture of sun, history and culture in one of southern France’s most beautiful towns.

  • The battle against fake Scotch The battle against fake Scotch The battle against fake Scotch Features 27 October 2015

    The battle against fake Scotch

    Glen Highland whisky, anyone? Unveiling some of the world’s most notorious fake Scotch products.

  • The Mortlach Conundrum The Mortlach Conundrum The Mortlach Conundrum Ask the professor 21 October 2015

    The Mortlach Conundrum

    Dissecting Mortlach: the Whisky Prof explains the facts behind a spirit distilled 2.81 times.

  • Queen Victoria Queen Victoria Queen Victoria Famous whisky drinkers 20 October 2015

    Queen Victoria

    Despite her stern demeanour, the not-so-merry monarch was a great lover of Scotch whisky.

  • The hedonistic charm of the world’s top bars The hedonistic charm of the world’s top bars The hedonistic charm of the world’s top bars Features 20 October 2015

    The hedonistic charm of the world’s top bars

    What qualities have we come to expect from the world’s best bars? Becky Paskin investigates.

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