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  • 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.

  • Let’s end this 'craft' balderdash Let’s end this 'craft' balderdash Let’s end this 'craft' balderdash The way I see it... 14 December 2015

    Let’s end this 'craft' balderdash

    Johnnie Walker a 'craft' whisky? Things are getting out of hand, says Tim Forbes. Time for a ban?

  • Winter whisky drinks Winter whisky drinks Winter whisky drinks Cocktails 11 December 2015

    Winter whisky drinks

    An appetising array of blood-warming, fortifying cocktails designed to keep out the winter chills.

  • New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans Whisky Travel 09 December 2015

    New Orleans

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

  • Jack of None, Master of All Jack of None, Master of All Jack of None, Master of All The whisky virgin 07 December 2015

    Jack of None, Master of All

    As a surfeit of Masters grips the Scotch whisky industry, the Virgin ponders what comes next.

  • 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.

  • 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 age-old problem of NAS whisky The age-old problem of NAS whisky The age-old problem of NAS whisky The way I see it... 18 November 2015

    The age-old problem of NAS whisky

    Stock issues? Modern marketing techniques? Whatever the reasons for NAS, Neil Wilson isn’t happy.

  • The braes of Glenlivet The braes of Glenlivet The braes of Glenlivet Whisky Travel 11 November 2015

    The braes of Glenlivet

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

  • Failed by Hunter S Thompson Failed by Hunter S Thompson Failed by Hunter S Thompson The whisky virgin 04 November 2015

    Failed by Hunter S Thompson

    Our innocent Whisky Virgin has fallen in love at last – but, sadly, all is not sweetness and light.

  • 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 Whisky Travel 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.

  • 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.

  • Autumn Scotch Cocktails Autumn Scotch Cocktails Autumn Scotch Cocktails Cocktails 15 October 2015

    Autumn Scotch Cocktails

    Scotch has the fruit, oak and smoke to create the perfect seasonal serves for this time of year.

  • Mushrooms and truffles Mushrooms and truffles Mushrooms and truffles Food 12 October 2015

    Mushrooms and truffles

    From Morels to Chanterelles, mushrooms offer a quintessentially autumnal touch to the table.

  • 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.

  • A Touch of the Maldives A Touch of the Maldives A Touch of the Maldives The whisky virgin 06 October 2015

    A Touch of the Maldives

    Golf, shellfish and exfoliation all feature during the Virgin’s idyllic island getaway.

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

    Whisky Live Paris 2015

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

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