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  • 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.

  • Captain Grant of Auchorachan Captain Grant of Auchorachan Captain Grant of Auchorachan Whisky heroes 13 October 2015

    Captain Grant of Auchorachan

    The saga of ‘Grant of Glenlivat’, the early days of legal distillation – and a fairies’ curse.

  • The Whisky Show 2015 The Whisky Show 2015 The Whisky Show 2015 Festivals and events 08 October 2015

    The Whisky Show 2015

    From grizzled industry legends to shiny new liquid, here’s this year’s Whisky Show in microcosm.

  • Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka Festivals and events 30 September 2015

    Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka

    Dave Broom reports from a Japanese whisky roadshow, where he discovers a new spirit of openness.

  • Whisky Live Paris Whisky Live Paris Whisky Live Paris Festivals and events 29 September 2015

    Whisky Live Paris

    What makes a successful and enduring whisky event? Keep moving, keep changing and never settle.

  • Campbeltown Campbeltown Campbeltown On the road 24 September 2015

    Campbeltown

    Campbeltown’s rich history encompasses herring fishing, coal mining and – most famously – whisky.

  • Does caramel affect flavour? Does caramel affect flavour? Does caramel affect flavour? Ask the professor 23 September 2015

    Does caramel affect flavour?

    Caramel in whisky: why is it there, what does it do and does it matter? The Whisky Prof on E150a.

  • Florence Florence Florence 48 hours in... 22 September 2015

    Florence

    Galleries, museums and great food mark out two days in Tuscany. And the views aren’t bad either.

  • DIY whisky DIY whisky DIY whisky Features 17 September 2015

    DIY whisky

    One man’s journey through the complex and endlessly fascinating pathways of home whisky-making.

  • Virgin oak: Scotch's friend or foe? Virgin oak: Scotch's friend or foe? Virgin oak: Scotch's friend or foe? The debate 16 September 2015

    Virgin oak: Scotch's friend or foe?

    Is the use of virgin oak to mature Scotch whisky a boon to the blender – or a catastrophe?

  • Sir Walter Scott Sir Walter Scott Sir Walter Scott Famous whisky drinkers 14 September 2015

    Sir Walter Scott

    The author of Ivanhoe did more than most to romanticise the Highlands – and Scotch malt whisky.

  • Charles Doig Charles Doig Charles Doig Whisky heroes 10 September 2015

    Charles Doig

    The farmworker’s son whose unique vision transformed the landscape of Scotch whisky distilleries.

  • What's in a hangover? What's in a hangover? What's in a hangover? Features 03 September 2015

    What's in a hangover?

    Great night, painful morning: what the hell is going on in your head when the pleasure recedes?

  • Dubai Dubai Dubai 48 hours in... 01 September 2015

    Dubai

    With a striking skyline springing out of the desert, Dubai is now one of the world's great cities.

  • Harris & Lewis Harris & Lewis Harris & Lewis On the road 31 August 2015

    Harris & Lewis

    A flying visit to Harris and Lewis – Scotch whisky’s most remote Hebridean outpost.

  • Is honey-flavoured Scotch an atrocity? Is honey-flavoured Scotch an atrocity? Is honey-flavoured Scotch an atrocity? The debate 25 August 2015

    Is honey-flavoured Scotch an atrocity?

    Can flavours do Scotch a favour? Or should honeyed whisky buzz off?

  • How do worm tubs create sulphur notes? How do worm tubs create sulphur notes? How do worm tubs create sulphur notes? Ask the professor 24 August 2015

    How do worm tubs create sulphur notes?

    There’s more to flavour than lyne arms and oak: the Whisky Professor talks sulphur and condensing.

  • James Bond James Bond James Bond Famous whisky drinkers 10 August 2015

    James Bond

    From Martinis to Macallan (via lager), James Bond's taste in alcohol is as varied as his love life.

  • Joseph Hobbs Joseph Hobbs Joseph Hobbs Whisky heroes 10 August 2015

    Joseph Hobbs

    The extraordinary story of a man hailed as the ‘Great Gatsby’ of the Scotch whisky world.

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