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  • Can malts ever be more valuable than blends? Can malts ever be more valuable than blends? Can malts ever be more valuable than blends? The debate 13 April 2016

    Can malts ever be more valuable than blends?

    Could it ever happen? After all, the momentum of the mighty malts continues to grow by the year…

  • Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture Features 11 April 2016

    Lone Wolf: Brewdog’s spirits venture

    A hefty dose of experimentation characterises the brewer’s foray into spirits production.

  • Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Festivals and events 07 April 2016

    Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016

    Whisky, food and an indefatigable volunteer force make a former church in Groningen the place to be.

  • Spring whisky cocktails Spring whisky cocktails Spring whisky cocktails Cocktails 06 April 2016

    Spring whisky cocktails

    The last of our spring-themed features – and an indispensable guide to seasonal whisky mixing.

  • Spring flavours: food and whisky Spring flavours: food and whisky Spring flavours: food and whisky Food 05 April 2016

    Spring flavours: food and whisky

    In food terms, spring offers invigorating, fragrant flavours as nature revives and revitalises.

  • Whisky’s Spring Collection Whisky’s Spring Collection Whisky’s Spring Collection Features 04 April 2016

    Whisky’s Spring Collection

    As part of our selection of seasonal features, Dave Broom picks the perfect drams for springtime.

  • Does barley variety affect whisky flavour? Does barley variety affect whisky flavour? Does barley variety affect whisky flavour? Features 31 March 2016

    Does barley variety affect whisky flavour?

    A bid to answer one of Scotch whisky’s most contentious questions – by enlisting some expert help.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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