Features

  • 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.

  • What's wrong with sulphur in whisky? What's wrong with sulphur in whisky? What's wrong with sulphur in whisky? The way I see it... 25 September 2015

    What's wrong with sulphur in whisky?

    Sulphur in whisky: massive screw-up or blown out of all proportion? It’s a matter of taste…

  • Campbeltown Campbeltown Campbeltown Whisky Travel 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 Whisky Travel 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?

  • Shetland's whisky saga Shetland's whisky saga Shetland's whisky saga From Our Correspondent 15 September 2015

    Shetland's whisky saga

    The long-running Shetland whisky soap opera takes another turn with the launch of four new releases.

  • Remember the Maine Remember the Maine Remember the Maine Cocktails 11 September 2015

    Remember the Maine

    A traditionally rye-based cocktail – but one which can be adapted for a Scotch-loving audience.

  • The Marshall Plan The Marshall Plan The Marshall Plan The whisky virgin 09 September 2015

    The Marshall Plan

    A little tough love provokes a surprising reaction from the normally pliable Whisky Virgin.

  • Savouring salt Savouring salt Savouring salt Food 08 September 2015

    Savouring salt

    Salt: currency, source of conflict, pre-requisite for human life. And every cook’s best friend.

  • 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 Whisky Travel 01 September 2015

    Dubai

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

  • 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.

  • Blood and Sand Blood and Sand Blood and Sand Cocktails 14 August 2015

    Blood and Sand

    An alluring name, a fabulous colour and – most importantly – a great-tasting drink.

  • Four Colours Macallan Four Colours Macallan Four Colours Macallan The whisky virgin 09 August 2015

    Four Colours Macallan

    From Speyside to Homebase, the delights and limitations of malt whisky’s journey into colour.

Scroll To Top