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  • Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith Culture 30 March 2016

    Alexander McCall Smith

    Celebrating the ever-popular author, seen through the eyes of his great friend, Charles MacLean.

  • King Louie the 4th King Louie the 4th King Louie the 4th Cocktails 24 March 2016

    King Louie the 4th

    Gaz Regan discovers a regal-sounding creation inspired by New Orleans classic, the Vieux Carré.

  • 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.

  • New laws threaten Scotch whisky in Russia New laws threaten Scotch whisky in Russia New laws threaten Scotch whisky in Russia From Our Correspondent 21 March 2016

    New laws threaten Scotch whisky in Russia

    Less whisky. More expensive whisky. In Russia, even the presence of a piper is under threat.

  • Are whisky decanters making a comeback? Are whisky decanters making a comeback? Are whisky decanters making a comeback? Features 17 March 2016

    Are whisky decanters making a comeback?

    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.

  • Don’t treat malt whiskies as ‘brands’ Don’t treat malt whiskies as ‘brands’ Don’t treat malt whiskies as ‘brands’ The way I see it... 16 March 2016

    Don’t treat malt whiskies as ‘brands’

    The b-word sits uneasily on single malt products and should be avoided, says Charles MacLean.

  • Interview: Michel Roux Jr talks whisky Interview: Michel Roux Jr talks whisky Interview: Michel Roux Jr talks whisky Food 14 March 2016

    Interview: Michel Roux Jr talks whisky

    The celebrity chef reveals his burgeoning passion for Scotch and plans to launch his own whisky.

  • No country for old Scotch No country for old Scotch No country for old Scotch The whisky virgin 10 March 2016

    No country for old Scotch

    Why the macho charms of Scratched Cask and Hard Fired have got the Whisky Virgin’s juices flowing.

  • Barley: ripe for revival? Barley: ripe for revival? Barley: ripe for revival? Food 09 March 2016

    Barley: ripe for revival?

    Not just for malt whisky: why the humble barley grain could be the next big thing in food circles.

  • Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne Whisky Travel 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.

  • 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.

  • The fine art of maturing cheese The fine art of maturing cheese The fine art of maturing cheese Food 11 February 2016

    The fine art of maturing cheese

    Fiona Beckett meets Rhuaridh Buchanan, affineur and supplier of cheese to London’s top restaurants.

  • 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.

  • The Whisky Sour The Whisky Sour The Whisky Sour Cocktails 03 February 2016

    The Whisky Sour

    Dissecting the wonderful simplicity of what might just be the world’s most beloved whisky cocktail.

  • Some better uses for whisky stones Some better uses for whisky stones Some better uses for whisky stones The whisky virgin 02 February 2016

    Some better uses for whisky stones

    The Virgin won’t be daunted by an apparently useless gift. All you need is a little imagination…

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

    Victoria Whisky Festival 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beirut Beirut Beirut Whisky Travel 18 January 2016

    Beirut

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

  • Getting eighty-sixed Getting eighty-sixed Getting eighty-sixed Cocktails 14 January 2016

    Getting eighty-sixed

    Gaz Regan recalls the day he was ‘asked to leave’ a bar – and the drink at the centre of the tale.

  • 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?

  • Spicing up winter Spicing up winter Spicing up winter Food 07 January 2016

    Spicing up winter

    Cold weather calls for hearty dishes – and a pinch of the right spice can make all the difference.

  • Why whisky does work with food Why whisky does work with food Why whisky does work with food The way I see it... 05 January 2016

    Why whisky does work with food

    Impassioned words in favour of using whisky in food from our resident expert, Martine Nouet.

  • Invitation to a picnic Invitation to a picnic Invitation to a picnic The whisky virgin 04 January 2016

    Invitation to a picnic

    The Whisky Virgin longs for a naked picnic staring deep into Jim Murray's inviting, golden eyes.

  • 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.

  • 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 Whisky Travel 15 December 2015

    Arran

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

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