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  • Lingo bingo Lingo bingo Lingo bingo From the editors 07 July 2015

    Lingo bingo

    Why Scotch marketers should beware swapping one dead language for another.

  • Is Whiskey Union breaking with tradition? Is Whiskey Union breaking with tradition? Is Whiskey Union breaking with tradition? From the editors 13 November 2015

    Is Whiskey Union breaking with tradition?

    The weirdest element of Whiskey Union is Diageo's departure from convention.

  • Hegemony Hegemony Hegemony From the editors 15 July 2015

    Hegemony

    How Marxist theory could teach the Scotch whisky industry a lesson on the perils of leadership.

  • Precision beats power Precision beats power Precision beats power From the editors 16 December 2015

    Precision beats power

    It’s taken Kilchoman more than 13 seconds, but a measured approach like Conor McGregor’s is working.

  • Gluten-free garbage Gluten-free garbage Gluten-free garbage From the editors 22 March 2016

    Gluten-free garbage

    Distilled spirits do not contain gluten, so why are some brands allowed to say it, and some aren’t?

  • Stop discouraging female drinkers Stop discouraging female drinkers Stop discouraging female drinkers From the editors 18 November 2015

    Stop discouraging female drinkers

    Outdated, sexist stereotyping will only deter the very demographic companies are seeking to attract.

  • No dram is an island No dram is an island No dram is an island From the editors 04 August 2015

    Scotch's future

    Geopolitical risk and economic stagnation have hit Scotch’s export numbers. Is America the answer?

  • Abbey Road Abbey Road Abbey Road From the editors 12 January 2016

    Abbey Road

    The simple pleasures make this life blessed: the right music, the right room, the right whisky.

  • A Word or Two on Whisky and Port A Word or Two on Whisky and Port A Word or Two on Whisky and Port From the editors 18 December 2015

    A Word or Two on Whisky and Port

    Two great figures of Port and Scotch whisky, connected by their personal prejudices.

  • Outraged by Outlander Outraged by Outlander Outraged by Outlander From the editors 18 September 2015

    Outlander

    Long-haul flights prompt reflections on what it is to be Scottish – and what it is to be Scotch.

  • Silo thinking Silo thinking Silo thinking From the editors 04 July 2015

    Silo thinking

    Jacques Tati, silo thinking and corporate fragmentation: why they matter to Scotch

  • Lessons of the tobacconist Lessons of the tobacconist Lessons of the tobacconist From the editors 04 January 2016

    Lessons of the tobacconist

    Scotch whisky, much like the traditional tobacconist, needs to evolve to appeal to a new audience.

  • Class warfare Class warfare Class warfare From the editors 03 November 2015

    Class warfare

    Gin, the proletariat and how Scotch whisky’s everyman status is coming under increasing threat.

  • Getting crafty Getting crafty Getting crafty From the editors 20 July 2015

    Getting crafty

    How should Scotch counter the craft spirits challenge? Beat them? Join them? Or buy them?

  • Big in Botswana? Big in Botswana? Big in Botswana? From the editors 03 July 2015

    Big in Botswana?

    'Scotch whisky' is now legally recognised in Botswana. Who cares? Lots of people – and here's why.

  • Laphroaig's spontaneous combustion Laphroaig's spontaneous combustion Laphroaig's spontaneous combustion From the editors 01 October 2015

    Laphroaig's spontaneous combustion

    The spontaneity of Laphroaig's #OpinionsWelcome campaign is just what Scotch whisky needs.

  • Silence can be tarnished Silence can be tarnished Silence can be tarnished From the editors 31 July 2015

    Silent truths

    To many whisky lovers, a silent distillery is a lost treasure. But is that the whole story?

  • Sugar rush Sugar rush Sugar rush From the editors 27 November 2015

    Sugar rush

    In the race to win over younger consumers, can a spoonful of sugar help the whisky go down?

  • The Madness approach The Madness approach The Madness approach From the editors 09 December 2015

    The Madness approach

    We should consider whisky in the same way Denis ‘The Madness’ McQuade approached football.

  • Festive cheers Festive cheers Festive cheers From the editors 23 December 2015

    Festive cheers

    Be selective about your whisky-drinking moments for optimum cheer, and have a very Merry Christmas.

  • Innovation and identity Innovation and identity Innovation and identity From the editors 25 September 2015

    What is whisky?

    Innovation is rife around the whisky world, from Midleton to Hakushu. Where does that leave Scotch?

  • Peacocks Peacocks Peacocks From the editors 12 November 2015

    Peacocks

    Thoughts from a Washington DC museum trip on the collision of money and art, patronage and ...

  • 'Special' releases 'Special' releases 'Special' releases From the editors 26 October 2015

    'Special' releases

    What do Lidl’s cut-price whiskies have in common with Diageo’s latest batch of collectors’ items?

  • NAS whisky NAS whisky NAS whisky From the editors 14 August 2015

    NAS whisky

    If age is only a number, no age whisky is a can of worms. Dave Broom reaches for the tin opener.

  • A naked lunge A naked lunge A naked lunge From the editors 27 July 2015

    A naked lunge

    Some thoughts on William S Burroughs, ‘junk’, freewill and the modern Scotch whisky industry.

  • How many awards? How many awards? How many awards? From the editors 21 July 2015

    Win-win

    News from Tales of the Cocktail that chief engineer Dave Broom has won not one but two Spirited ...

  • A vintage conundrum A vintage conundrum A vintage conundrum From the editors 16 November 2015

    A vintage conundrum

    An evening immersed in the world of Cognac prompts more thoughts on age and transparency in Scotch.

  • New Year's wish list New Year's wish list New Year's wish list From the editors 14 January 2016

    New Year's wish list

    If Scotch whisky could make a New Year resolution for 2016, what should it be? A few thoughts…

  • Mill's Bomb Mill's Bomb Mill's Bomb From the editors 08 July 2015

    Mill's Bomb

    The mysterious story – and equally mysterious whisky – of one Corporal Mill.

  • Bagpipes at dawn Bagpipes at dawn Bagpipes at dawn From the editors 06 April 2016

    Bagpipes at dawn

    Bagpiper, McDowell’s and the SWA acting as ‘cultural shock troops’. Where will it all end?

  • Baffled by yeast Baffled by yeast Baffled by yeast From the editors 29 February 2016

    Baffled by yeast

    Does yeast matter in Scotch? Most distillers would say no – but their US colleagues might disagree.

  • Moral compass Moral compass Moral compass From the editors 29 October 2015

    Moral compass

    At a time when consumers clamour for more information about whisky, why does the law forbid it?

  • Sleazy, Coil and Compass Box Sleazy, Coil and Compass Box Sleazy, Coil and Compass Box From the editors 13 April 2016

    Sleazy, Coil and Compass Box

    A mysterious algorithm conjures a link between the transparency-loving blender and psychedelia.

  • Let's hear it for the ladies Let's hear it for the ladies Let's hear it for the ladies From the editors 09 October 2015

    Let's hear it for the ladies

    With more women than ever enjoying a wee dram why does gender stereotyping still exist at all?

  • Back to the Future Day Back to the Future Day Back to the Future Day From the editors 21 October 2015

    Back to the Future Day

    The world has changed since Marty McFly first graced our screens; it has for whisky at any rate.

  • The benefits of whisky-scented moustache wax The benefits of whisky-scented moustache wax The benefits of whisky-scented moustache wax From the editors 08 July 2015

    Waxing lyrical

    Whisky-scented moustache wax is another attempt by Johnnie Walker to grab the attention of hipsters.

  • A twisted little number A twisted little number A twisted little number From the editors 06 November 2015

    A twisted little number

    The tyranny of figures – and a further explanation of the scoring system used for our tasting notes.

  • Export travails Export travails Export travails From the editors 03 March 2016

    Export travails

    Do recent shipment declines signal the end of Scotch whisky’s long-running export success story?

  • Sandton reverie Sandton reverie Sandton reverie From the editors 14 September 2015

    Sandton reverie

    Whisky has come a long way in Africa, but the journey into consumers’ hearts has only just begun.

  • Looking east Looking east Looking east From the editors 27 August 2015

    Looking east

    Scotch remains the whisky role model – but there’s competition. What can Japan teach the industry?

  • A jolly good(wood) drive A jolly good(wood) drive A jolly good(wood) drive From the editors 20 August 2015

    A jolly good(wood) drive

    What has driving a handbuilt wooden car around Goodwood race track have to do with whisky?

  • Scottish Genever Scottish Genever Scottish Genever From the editors 20 August 2015

    Scotch and gin

    Gin is hot – and Scottish distillers are cashing in. But the links between the two spirits run deep…

  • Independents' day Independents' day Independents' day From the editors 01 July 2015

    Sole traders

    Independent bottlers: how can they survive and thrive in today's Scotch whisky industry?

  • Tales of Tales Tales of Tales Tales of Tales From the editors 08 August 2015

    Tales of Tales

    Tales of the Cocktail is exhausting, enthralling – and increasingly embracing Scotch whisky.

  • In Search of Joy In Search of Joy In Search of Joy From the editors 22 October 2015

    In Search of Joy

    In a joyless age, is whisky allowed to make us smile? Sober thoughts on booze and happiness.

  • Scrap this whisky show elitism Scrap this whisky show elitism Scrap this whisky show elitism From the editors 25 March 2016

    Scrap this whisky show elitism

    Whisky shows should be for everyone, not just those who can afford them.

  • Mortlach: what's in a name? Mortlach: what's in a name? Mortlach: what's in a name? From the editors 04 September 2015

    The name game

    A 75-year-old Mortlach raises questions of perceived identity, character and the passage of time.

  • Presidential poison Presidential poison Presidential poison From the editors 14 October 2015

    Presidential poison

    SWA-approved, ‘Scottish-style’ single malt produced in Mount Vernon, Virginia? Surely some mistake…

  • The mind sieve (reprise) The mind sieve (reprise) The mind sieve (reprise) From the editors 11 March 2016

    The mind sieve (reprise)

    Musings on mental retention, Bob Dylan’s Never-Ending Tour and the whisky festival circuit.

  • True Irony True Irony True Irony From the editors 15 October 2015

    True Irony

    Restless meanderings on irons and irony, kettles, espresso machines and hot water bottles.

  • Whisky Galore! Whisky Galore! Whisky Galore! From the editors 10 August 2015

    Whisky Galore!

    An occasional series on whisky reminiscences begins with a tale of film, men and Scotch.

  • Whisky is no longer a drink Whisky is no longer a drink Whisky is no longer a drink From the editors 16 March 2016

    Whisky is no longer a drink

    Whisky has become a commodity to be traded and make a few speculators some money.

  • Weegie whisky Weegie whisky Weegie whisky From the editors 17 July 2015

    Weegie whisky

    Glasgow’s past is inextricably linked with Scotch – but you wouldn’t necessarily know that today.

  • Welcome to Scotchwhisky.com Welcome to Scotchwhisky.com Welcome to Scotchwhisky.com From the editors 02 October 2015

    Welcome to Scotchwhisky.com

    Welcome, friends, to what we want to be the first stop for any whisky lover on the internet.

  • The West Wing and transparency The West Wing and transparency The West Wing and transparency From the editors 01 February 2016

    The West Wing and transparency

    Aaron Sorkin’s political drama, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and the persistence of marketing messages.

  • Yoiks! Yoiks! Yoiks! From the editors 15 February 2016

    Yoiks!

    Employing all of the senses to accomplish a full appreciation of whisky’s resonance of place.

  • Transparency revisited Transparency revisited Transparency revisited From the editors 19 February 2016

    Transparency revisited

    Compass Box has revealed its hand: transparency’s ‘Third Option’. And now? Over to the industry…

  • The whisky bar that’s a game changer The whisky bar that’s a game changer The whisky bar that’s a game changer From the editors 09 March 2016

    The whisky bar that’s a game changer

    There’s a new breed of bar in town set to revolutionise the way we drink whisky.

  • The Mind Sieve The Mind Sieve The Mind Sieve From the editors 09 February 2016

    The Mind Sieve

    As you scan the eager faces of a masterclass audience, just how much are they taking in?

  • Through A Glass, Darkly Through A Glass, Darkly Through A Glass, Darkly From the editors 23 November 2015

    Through A Glass, Darkly

    Progressing the debate on transparency and Scotch whisky – and discussing what should happen next.

  • The striding man stumbles The striding man stumbles The striding man stumbles From the editors 04 September 2015

    Walker's wobble

    Johnnie Walker has a new expression, finished in rye casks. One question, says Dave Broom: why?

  • The flipping culture of cult whiskies The flipping culture of cult whiskies The flipping culture of cult whiskies From the editors 20 April 2016

    The flipping culture of cult whiskies

    Cult bottles spark furious bidding wars and soaring prices. But just who is being greedy here?

  • Even snow can’t dampen Speyside’s spirit Even snow can’t dampen Speyside’s spirit Even snow can’t dampen Speyside’s spirit From the editors 27 April 2016

    Even snow can’t dampen Speyside’s spirit

    In the first of a series of Speyside musings, Dave Broom packs his bags in a state of confusion.

  • Spirit of Speyside: opening night Spirit of Speyside: opening night Spirit of Speyside: opening night From the editors 28 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: opening night

    The spring chill at the start of this year’s festival can’t mask the gathering’s huge warmth.

  • Spirit of Speyside: The Living Past Spirit of Speyside: The Living Past Spirit of Speyside: The Living Past From the editors 29 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: The Living Past

    Archives and a liquid Speyside ramble illustrate how the past persists and informs the present.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Caves and car parks Spirit of Speyside: Caves and car parks Spirit of Speyside: Caves and car parks From the editors 30 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Caves and car parks

    Car park tastings, a bat cave, the shadowy hand of the whisky maker and the weird ways of wood.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Tasting time Spirit of Speyside: Tasting time Spirit of Speyside: Tasting time From the editors 01 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Tasting time

    Dave Broom acquires a new t-shirt, and with it a sudden realisation of time passing.

  • Spirit of Speyside: The view from above Spirit of Speyside: The view from above Spirit of Speyside: The view from above From the editors 02 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: The view from above

    On his final day at the Speyside whisky festival, Dave takes his Quaich on a trek up Ben Rinnes.

  • Revisiting barley at Bruichladdich Revisiting barley at Bruichladdich Revisiting barley at Bruichladdich From the editors 04 May 2016

    Revisiting barley at Bruichladdich

    A sojourn on Islay prompts a further exploration of the topic of barley and its impact on whisky.

  • Confusion over ‘single estate’ whisky Confusion over ‘single estate’ whisky Confusion over ‘single estate’ whisky From the editors 11 May 2016

    Confusion over ‘single estate’ whisky

    An undefined term and a path toward too much choice will complicate an already complex industry.

  • Whisky’s role in Russia’s doping scandal Whisky’s role in Russia’s doping scandal Whisky’s role in Russia’s doping scandal From the editors 17 May 2016

    Whisky’s role in Russia’s doping scandal

    As the sophistication of Russia’s doping programme is revealed, Scotch has a small part to play.

  • The long road to Islay The long road to Islay The long road to Islay From the editors 24 May 2016

    The long road to Islay

    Planes, trains and automobiles as Dave Broom leaves County Cork for the pleasures of Port Ellen.

  • Fèis Ìle 2016 remembered Fèis Ìle 2016 remembered Fèis Ìle 2016 remembered From the editors 31 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle 2016 remembered

    Looking back at this year’s sun-filled festival – the good, the bad and the downright odd.

  • Expensive but poor cocktails can jog on Expensive but poor cocktails can jog on Expensive but poor cocktails can jog on From the editors 01 June 2016

    Expensive but poor cocktails can jog on

    There’s no excuse for a poorly made cocktail if it costs the earth.

  • Kilchoman’s lessons for whisky start-ups Kilchoman’s lessons for whisky start-ups Kilchoman’s lessons for whisky start-ups From the editors 08 June 2016

    Kilchoman’s lessons for whisky start-ups

    The construction and early life of the Islay distillery is part cautionary tale, part inspiration.

  • Rum, Scotch and the rules of the game Rum, Scotch and the rules of the game Rum, Scotch and the rules of the game From the editors 14 June 2016

    Rum, Scotch and the rules of the game

    Do you think the regulations governing Scotch whisky are too tough? Be careful what you wish for…

  • Yumi’s theory of love Yumi’s theory of love Yumi’s theory of love From the editors 22 June 2016

    Yumi’s theory of love

    If whisky enthusiasts hate on NAS, caramel and grain, it’s only because they really love Scotch.

  • Re-imagining the single malt drinker Re-imagining the single malt drinker Re-imagining the single malt drinker From the editors 29 June 2016

    Re-imagining the single malt drinker

    Glenfiddich’s Bourbonisation is a risky but crafty plot to lure Bourbon drinkers, says Becky Paskin.

  • Welcome to the new malt order Welcome to the new malt order Welcome to the new malt order From the editors 06 July 2016

    Welcome to the new malt order

    Does Scotch single malt’s absence from a leading bar show speak volumes about cocktail snobbery?

  • Brexit: oh, the irony Brexit: oh, the irony Brexit: oh, the irony From the editors 07 July 2016

    Brexit: oh, the irony

    The Scotch industry needs to think hard and fast about its future post-Brexit, says Dave Broom.

  • Ballymaloe and the provenance of oak Ballymaloe and the provenance of oak Ballymaloe and the provenance of oak From the editors 23 May 2016

    Ballymaloe and the provenance of oak

    An innovative Irish whiskey project opens up a new world of traceability and flavour profiles.

  • Scotchwhisky.com: 10 months on Scotchwhisky.com: 10 months on Scotchwhisky.com: 10 months on From the editors 20 July 2016

    Scotchwhisky.com: 10 months on

    Dave Broom reflects on the site so far and why you won’t see any ‘PR fluff’ on here any time soon.

  • What can Jack Daniel’s teach Scotch whisky? What can Jack Daniel’s teach Scotch whisky? What can Jack Daniel’s teach Scotch whisky? From the editors 26 July 2016

    What can Jack Daniel’s teach Scotch whisky?

    Tennessee’s finest may be supplanting Scotch in British consumers’ affections. But does it matter?

  • Rediscovering Bobby Burns Rediscovering Bobby Burns Rediscovering Bobby Burns From the editors 03 August 2016

    Rediscovering Bobby Burns

    A jaunt around New York uncovers a forgotten Scotch cocktail classic that’s due a revival.

  • Whisky education: The rusted lock Whisky education: The rusted lock Whisky education: The rusted lock From the editors 09 August 2016

    Whisky education: The rusted lock

    The ending of Diageo’s Masters of Whisky programme will damage Scotch as a whole, says Dave Broom.

  • Home thoughts from abroad Home thoughts from abroad Home thoughts from abroad From the editors 17 August 2016

    Home thoughts from abroad

    Dave Broom ponders the relationship between Sherry and Scotch whisky in sunny Spain.

  • The importance of regional styles The importance of regional styles The importance of regional styles From the editors 27 January 2016

    The importance of regional styles

    While mostly ignored by malt aficionados, whisky regions are still important indicators of flavour.

  • Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility From the editors 24 August 2016

    Sense and Sensibility

    Listen to ‘expert’ advice but trust your own instincts when tasting whisky, urges Dave Broom.

  • Why, why, why on Islay? Why, why, why on Islay? Why, why, why on Islay? From the editors 31 August 2016

    Why, why, why on Islay?

    There are better places to build a new distillery, reckons Dave Broom. How about Tiree?

  • Where’s all the beer-finished whisky? Where’s all the beer-finished whisky? Where’s all the beer-finished whisky? From the editors 01 September 2016

    Where’s all the beer-finished whisky?

    Whisky and beer share common ingredients and flavours, so why aren’t there more collaborations?

  • Last Drop sale shows faith in Scotch Last Drop sale shows faith in Scotch Last Drop sale shows faith in Scotch From the editors 12 September 2016

    Last Drop sale shows faith in Scotch

    American firms buying Scotch whisky companies proves the category has a bright future ahead of it.

  • Don’t turn your nose up at ‘standard’ Scotch Don’t turn your nose up at ‘standard’ Scotch Don’t turn your nose up at ‘standard’ Scotch From the editors 16 September 2016

    Don’t turn your nose up at ‘standard’ Scotch

    Indian drinkers have embraced ‘standard’ whiskies, and Scotch should do the same, says Dave Broom.

  • The ghosts of Scotch whisky’s past The ghosts of Scotch whisky’s past The ghosts of Scotch whisky’s past From the editors 27 September 2016

    The ghosts of Scotch whisky’s past

    A Brighton bat walk stirs thoughts of silent stills and dormant distilleries in Dave Broom.

  • A tale of two tastings A tale of two tastings A tale of two tastings From the editors 30 September 2016

    A tale of two tastings

    Rare Scotch whisky has moved out of the reach of many, but there’s still pleasure to be had.

  • One week, two continents, three shows One week, two continents, three shows One week, two continents, three shows From the editors 10 October 2016

    One week, two continents, three shows

    There’s a camaraderie building between Scotch and ‘other’ whiskies, says Dave Broom.

  • Haig Club’s advert is the tonic Scotch needs Haig Club’s advert is the tonic Scotch needs Haig Club’s advert is the tonic Scotch needs From the editors 12 October 2016

    Haig Club’s advert is the tonic Scotch needs

    The new advert for Haig Club Clubman has the authority and reach to change perceptions of Scotch.

  • Keepers of the Quaich: honouring the many Keepers of the Quaich: honouring the many Keepers of the Quaich: honouring the many From the editors 19 October 2016

    Keepers of the Quaich: honouring the many

    Thousands of people contribute to Scotch whisky’s success, not just an elite few.

  • Cannabis: a threat to Scotch? Cannabis: a threat to Scotch? Cannabis: a threat to Scotch? From the editors 24 October 2016

    Cannabis: a threat to Scotch?

    With consumer focus shifting to flavour, should Scotch be worried about legalised cannabis?

  • Whisky pricing: how much is too much? Whisky pricing: how much is too much? Whisky pricing: how much is too much? From the editors 02 November 2016

    Whisky pricing: how much is too much?

    Three recent releases prompt thoughts on the quest for true value in Scotch whisky.

  • Whisky and Port: can chaos create greatness? Whisky and Port: can chaos create greatness? Whisky and Port: can chaos create greatness? From the editors 09 November 2016

    Whisky and Port: can chaos create greatness?

    The spectacular vineyards of the Douro Valley may yield valuable lessons for Scotch.

  • Radicalism is good for tradition Radicalism is good for tradition Radicalism is good for tradition From the editors 14 November 2016

    Radicalism is good for tradition

    To endure, Scotch whisky brands need to practise genuine innovation, says Dave Broom.

  • What do Oslo and Singapore have in common? What do Oslo and Singapore have in common? What do Oslo and Singapore have in common? From the editors 23 November 2016

    What do Oslo and Singapore have in common?

    Oslo and Singapore may differ in climate but their whisky messages are the same, says Dave Broom.

  • It’s not closing time... yet It’s not closing time... yet It’s not closing time... yet From the editors 29 November 2016

    It’s not closing time... yet

    Don’t call last orders just yet, says Dave Broom, for there’s hope to be found in music and whisky.

  • Shipbuilding and whisky: history’s lessons Shipbuilding and whisky: history’s lessons Shipbuilding and whisky: history’s lessons From the editors 07 December 2016

    Shipbuilding and whisky: history’s lessons

    Don’t forget the employees working tirelessly behind the scenes of distilleries, says Dave Broom.

  • The Bourbon boom’s boost for Scotch The Bourbon boom’s boost for Scotch The Bourbon boom’s boost for Scotch From the editors 14 December 2016

    The Bourbon boom’s boost for Scotch

    American whiskey sales are buoyant; blended Scotch sales less so. But there’s a silver lining…

  • Remembering Wallace Milroy Remembering Wallace Milroy Remembering Wallace Milroy From the editors 16 December 2016

    Remembering Wallace Milroy

    The knowledge and kindness Wallace Milroy afforded Dave Broom will be a lasting memory.

  • Is gin a serious threat to Scotch? Is gin a serious threat to Scotch? Is gin a serious threat to Scotch? From the editors 19 December 2016

    Is gin a serious threat to Scotch?

    Could gin soon be more popular than Scotch in the UK? Let’s all calm down, says Richard Woodard.

  • The long history of fake whisky The long history of fake whisky The long history of fake whisky From the editors 22 December 2016

    The long history of fake whisky

    The discovery of a fake 1903 Laphroaig is a shocking but eerily familiar tale, says Dave Broom.

  • Whisky, porridge and personal preferences Whisky, porridge and personal preferences Whisky, porridge and personal preferences From the editors 04 January 2017

    Whisky, porridge and personal preferences

    Porridge purist Dave Broom has extended his whisky mantra to the most important meal of the day.

  • Groundhog Day for Scotch distillery boom? Groundhog Day for Scotch distillery boom? Groundhog Day for Scotch distillery boom? From the editors 06 January 2017

    Groundhog Day for Scotch distillery boom?

    The surge in new Scotch distilleries has some striking similarities to the Victorian whisky boom.

  • Dave Broom’s 2017 whisky resolutions Dave Broom’s 2017 whisky resolutions Dave Broom’s 2017 whisky resolutions From the editors 12 January 2017

    Dave Broom’s 2017 whisky resolutions

    Predictions are dangerous, says our chief engineer, so he’s compiled a wish list instead.

  • ‘Bumbling’ Boris, India and Scotch ‘Bumbling’ Boris, India and Scotch ‘Bumbling’ Boris, India and Scotch From the editors 19 January 2017

    ‘Bumbling’ Boris, India and Scotch

    The UK Foreign Secretary’s working knowledge of whisky is patchy, to judge from a speech this week.

  • Unearthing Islay’s hidden riches Unearthing Islay’s hidden riches Unearthing Islay’s hidden riches From the editors 23 January 2017

    Unearthing Islay’s hidden riches

    A new project promises to delve deep into the island’s history – with Scotch footing the bill.

  • Canada is a contender in the whisky game Canada is a contender in the whisky game Canada is a contender in the whisky game From the editors 30 January 2017

    Canada is a contender in the whisky game

    Another high-quality option just made the whisky world that bit more exciting, says Dave Broom.

  • Scotch, symbols and ‘special friendships’ Scotch, symbols and ‘special friendships’ Scotch, symbols and ‘special friendships’ From the editors 02 February 2017

    Scotch, symbols and ‘special friendships’

    Dave Broom deliberates the symbolic meaning behind gifting a quaich to the new US President.

  • Thinking outside the whisky box Thinking outside the whisky box Thinking outside the whisky box From the editors 15 February 2017

    From the editors: Thinking outside the...

    Dave Broom is inspired by the common dedication and passion shown at the first World Whisky Forum.

  • The importance of whisky archives The importance of whisky archives The importance of whisky archives From the editors 20 February 2017

    The importance of whisky archives

    How can it be that in an industry with so much history, Scotch whisky archives are so scarce?

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  • The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016 Themed tastings 29 December 2016

    The Whisky Virgin’s drams of 2016

    In a year of discovery, there were three whiskies that really captivated our street-wise novice.

  • Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks Themed tastings 29 December 2015

    Whiskies of the Year: Richard's picks

    Our magazine editor chooses his whisky highlights from 2015, including two bargain Speyside malts.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks Themed tastings 28 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Richard’s picks

    Smoke is the overriding theme as our magazine editor picks his three stand-out whiskies of 2016.

  • Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks Themed tastings 30 December 2015

    Whiskies of the year: Becky's picks

    Our editor, Becky Paskin, selects her top three Scotch whiskies tasted in 2015.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks Themed tastings 27 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Becky's picks

    Our editor covers all bases with her favourites of 2016: a single malt, single grain and a blend.

  • Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks Themed tastings 31 December 2015

    Whiskies of the year: Dave's picks

    Dave Broom looks back on 2015 with whisky-tinted glasses and selects his three stand-out drams.

  • Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks Themed tastings 26 December 2016

    Whiskies of the Year 2016: Dave's picks

    Smoky, floral and fruity – we’d expect nothing but an eclectic mix of drams from our chief engineer.

  • Rare Batch 1 Rare Batch 1 Rare Batch 1 Rare bottlings 18 November 2015

    Rare Batch 1

    Verdicts on a release from mothballed Convalmore, a cult Bowmore – and a Talisker Oddbins special.

  • Rare Batch 2 Rare Batch 2 Rare Batch 2 Rare bottlings 08 December 2015

    Rare Batch 2

    Three cracking whiskies here – if you can find them – from Glenury Royal, Caol Ila and Glen Grant.

  • Rare Batch 6 Rare Batch 6 Rare Batch 6 Rare bottlings 27 April 2016

    Rare Batch 6

    In preparation for the Speyside whisky fest, Dave has chosen three rare Speysiders from the vault.

  • Rare Batch 7 Rare Batch 7 Rare Batch 7 Rare bottlings 19 May 2016

    Rare Batch 7

    A delve into the Islay vaults nets a 1980s Bruichladdich, a recent Bowmore and a quirky Port Ellen.

  • Rare Batch 3 Rare Batch 3 Rare Batch 3 Rare bottlings 12 January 2016

    Rare Batch 3

    Macallan, Springbank and Port Ellen all feature in our latest selection from the whisky vaults.

  • Rare Batch 4 Rare Batch 4 Rare Batch 4 Rare bottlings 09 February 2016

    Rare Batch 4

    Including an aged double act from Islay’s Kildalton coast, plus a venerable Whyte & Mackay blend.

  • Rare Batch 5 Rare Batch 5 Rare Batch 5 Rare bottlings 15 March 2016

    Rare Batch 5

    Dave Broom retastes his first Port Ellen, while two rare Macallans are raised from the archive.

  • Rare Batch 8 Rare Batch 8 Rare Batch 8 Rare bottlings 09 June 2016

    Rare Batch 8

    Three of the somewhat less heralded ‘Glens’ this time: Glen Garioch, Glen Elgin and Glengoyne.

  • Rare Batch 9 Rare Batch 9 Rare Batch 9 Rare bottlings 13 July 2016

    Rare Batch 9

    Two cult brand bottlings plus an often overlooked malt have surfaced from the archives for tasting.

  • Rare Batch 10 Rare Batch 10 Rare Batch 10 Rare bottlings 18 August 2016

    Rare Batch 10

    Two peated treats from Port Ellen and Talisker, plus a ‘funky’ but fine Glen Grant.

  • Rare Batch 11 Rare Batch 11 Rare Batch 11 Rare bottlings 06 September 2016

    Rare Batch 11

    A rummage through the vaults has brought Aberlour, John Begg and Ladyburn treasures to light.

  • Rare Batch 13 Rare Batch 13 Rare Batch 13 Rare bottlings 18 October 2016

    Rare Batch 13

    A 10-year-old Laphroaig, 12-year-old Springbank and a 1930s Whyte & Mackay 10-year-old blend.

  • Rare Batch 12 Rare Batch 12 Rare Batch 12 Rare bottlings 03 October 2016

    Rare Batch 12

    A 1970s trio featuring a Cardhu 12-year-old, Glen Ila 5-year-old and Strathconon 12-year-old.

  • Rare Batch 16 Rare Batch 16 Rare Batch 16 Rare bottlings 30 January 2017

    Rare Batch 16

    A rollercoaster ride with a duty free Aberlour, a beautiful Brora and a disappointing Talisker.

  • Rare Batch 15 Rare Batch 15 Rare Batch 15 Rare bottlings 03 January 2017

    Rare Batch 15

    All Ardbegs, including two 27-year-old Old Malt Cask bottlings, plus a 32-year-old release.

  • Rare Batch 14 Rare Batch 14 Rare Batch 14 Rare bottlings 15 November 2016

    Rare Batch 14

    A 16-year-old Glenallachie, Glenmorangie Artisan Cask and Hudson’s Bay 1670 Blended Scotch.

  • Batch 76 Batch 76 Batch 76 New Whiskies 23 December 2016

    Batch 76

    Bowmore, Glenmorangie, Hazelburn and a ‘troika’ of Bruichladdich conclude 2016’s new whisky notes.

  • Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1 Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1 Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1 New Whiskies 31 May 2016

    Batch 44: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 1

    Ardbeg, plus three each from Bowmore and Bruichladdich, in the first part of our festival special.

  • Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2 Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2 Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2 New Whiskies 31 May 2016

    Batch 45: Fèis Ìle 2016 Part 2

    Our festival special ends with Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Jura, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

  • Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases New Whiskies 09 November 2015

    Batch 16: Lidl Limited Releases

    The discount retailer’s seasonal Scotches, including three aged blends and two mature malts.

  • Batch 25 Batch 25 Batch 25 New Whiskies 22 January 2016

    Batch 25

    Dave Broom detects a sweet theme developing while tasting this week’s new whiskies.

  • Batch 26 Batch 26 Batch 26 New Whiskies 29 January 2016

    Batch 26

    This week Becky Paskin gets acquainted with four new Wemyss Malts releases plus two peaty drams.

  • Batch 48 Batch 48 Batch 48 New Whiskies 17 June 2016

    Batch 48

    Young and old Glen Grant, Longmorn, Aultmore, Linkwood and Strathisla bottlings represent Speyside.

  • Batch 49 Batch 49 Batch 49 New Whiskies 24 June 2016

    Batch 49

    New whiskies this week include Balvenie Tun 1509, Glen Moray Sherry Cask, Highland Park and Jura.

  • Batch 50 Batch 50 Batch 50 New Whiskies 01 July 2016

    Batch 50

    A trio of 17-year-olds from Benriach, Tomatin and Tormore, plus Cù Bòcan and a 1970s Benromach.

  • Tasting notes explained Tasting notes explained Tasting notes explained New Whiskies 01 July 2015

    Tasting notes explained

    Guide to our tasting notes and scoring.

  • Batch 1 Batch 1 Batch 1 New Whiskies 14 August 2015

    Batch 1

    Dave Broom assesses six new whiskies, including a trio of Glenlivet travel retail bottlings.

  • Batch 2 Batch 2 Batch 2 New Whiskies 21 August 2015

    Batch 2

    From Jura to Dalmore via Islay and Oban, six more new whiskies get the Dave Broom tasting treatment.

  • Batch 3 Batch 3 Batch 3 New Whiskies 28 August 2015

    Batch 3

    A Highland-accented collection, including a quartet of Balblair vintages and an NAS Dalwhinnie.

  • Batch 4 Batch 4 Batch 4 New Whiskies 04 September 2015

    Batch 4

    Independents dominate this collection of single malts, with an old Littlemill to the fore.

  • Batch 5 Batch 5 Batch 5 New Whiskies 11 September 2015

    Batch 5

    Plenty of single grain this week, alongside two blends – including a rye-accented Johnnie Walker.

  • Batch 6 Batch 6 Batch 6 New Whiskies 18 September 2015

    Batch 6

    Three flavour-named blended malts; two singles from Burn Stewart; one delightful NAS Glenfarclas.

  • Batch 7 Batch 7 Batch 7 New Whiskies 25 September 2015

    Batch 7

    One of these whiskies is described as ‘truly glorious’, earning our highest score yet. But which?

  • Batch 8 Batch 8 Batch 8 New Whiskies 02 October 2015

    Batch 8

    Dave Broom's tasting notes on a trio of indie bottlings, two Deverons and a supercharged Ardbeg.

  • Batch 9 Batch 9 Batch 9 New Whiskies 09 October 2015

    Batch 9

    Two bovine blends, surrealist art and a peaty finish feature in this week's selection of whiskies.

  • Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1 New Whiskies 14 October 2015

    Batch 10: Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 1

    Five new Balvenie whiskies pay tribute to malt master David Stewart. But are they any good?

  • Batch 11 Batch 11 Batch 11 New Whiskies 16 October 2015

    Batch 11

    Six indie bottlings, featuring Aultmore, Benriach, Glen Grant, Glentauchers, Imperial and Linkwood.

  • Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015 New Whiskies 19 October 2015

    Batch 12: Diageo Special Releases 2015

    Port Ellen, Brora, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Dalwhinnie, Dailuaine, Pittyvaich and The Cally.

  • Batch 13 Batch 13 Batch 13 New Whiskies 23 October 2015

    Batch 13

    An aged Cally grain, a Dailuaine and two Caol Ilas, a Glenmorangie and a Compass Box blended malt.

  • Batch 14 Batch 14 Batch 14 New Whiskies 30 October 2015

    Batch 14

    A duet of Dalmores, a brace of Bunnahabhains, plus a new Benromach and an Arran limited edition.

  • Batch 17 Batch 17 Batch 17 New Whiskies 13 November 2015

    Batch 17

    A 1-2-3 of malts from Loch Lomond Group: three Glen Scotias, two Inchmurrins and a Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 18 Batch 18 Batch 18 New Whiskies 20 November 2015

    Batch 18

    Last of the Bowmore Devil’s Cask bottlings, a smoky anCnoc and the new NAS foursome from Glenrothes.

  • Batch 19 Batch 19 Batch 19 New Whiskies 27 November 2015

    Batch 19

    Featuring blends from The Last Drop, Royal Salute and Chivas Regal – plus Kininvie and Scapa malts.

  • Batch 20 Batch 20 Batch 20 New Whiskies 04 December 2015

    Batch 20

    A 48- and 5-year-old malt bookend three IBs and a Deanston in Dave Broom's latest tasting.

  • Batch 21 Batch 21 Batch 21 New Whiskies 11 December 2015

    Batch 21

    Glenturret’s new single malt range, two wood-influenced Ballantine's and JW&S 2016 Private Edition.

  • Batch 22 Batch 22 Batch 22 New Whiskies 18 December 2015

    Batch 22

    R&B Distillers’ first whiskies and Talisker’s new NAS feature in this week’s tasting notes.

  • Batch 23 Batch 23 Batch 23 New Whiskies 08 January 2016

    Batch 23

    Dave Broom inspects G&M’s Wood Makes the Whisky series, alongside a rare 1950 Glen Grant.

  • Batch 24 Batch 24 Batch 24 New Whiskies 15 January 2016

    Batch 24

    Longmorn’s new NAS, Diageo’s Whiskey Union duo, Balblair 2005 and two silent distillery drams.

  • Batch 27 Batch 27 Batch 27 New Whiskies 05 February 2016

    Batch 27

    The first release from Ailsa Bay lands on Dave Broom’s doorstep this week, alongside other delights.

  • Batch 28 Batch 28 Batch 28 New Whiskies 12 February 2016

    Batch 28

    Featuring a peaty Angel’s Nectar, two indie grain bottlings plus an impressive 12-year-old blend.

  • Batch 29 Batch 29 Batch 29 New Whiskies 19 February 2016

    Batch 29

    Dave Broom tastes three Hazelwood blends, a Girvan grain, plus Glen Moray and The Glenlivet malts.

  • Batch 30 Batch 30 Batch 30 New Whiskies 26 February 2016

    Batch 30

    Smoky drams from Ledaig, Bunnahabhain, Elements of Islay and Rock Oyster, plus Jura and Strathmill.

  • Batch 31 Batch 31 Batch 31 New Whiskies 04 March 2016

    Batch 31

    An assortment of treats this week from the likes of Lagavulin, Kilchoman, Glenmorangie and anCnoc.

  • Batch 32 Batch 32 Batch 32 New Whiskies 11 March 2016

    Batch 32

    Two Craigellachies, Springbank Local Barley, Macallan Edition No 1, Wolfburn and Shetland Reel.

  • Batch 34 Batch 34 Batch 34 New Whiskies 25 March 2016

    Batch 34

    Tasting notes on Highland Park Ice, Grant’s Elementary, Deanston Organic and Benriach Cask Strength.

  • Batch 35 Batch 35 Batch 35 New Whiskies 01 April 2016

    Batch 35

    It’s springtime in new whisky corner as two Bruichladdichs, three Glencadams and a Glen Moray arise.

  • Batch 36 Batch 36 Batch 36 New Whiskies 08 April 2016

    Batch 36

    Two 50-year-olds from Glenfarclas and Last Drop, plus three Singleton of Glendullans and The Trojan.

  • Batch 37 Batch 37 Batch 37 New Whiskies 15 April 2016

    Batch 37

    High scores and diverse styles are the highlights of this week’s six-strong single malt offering.

  • Batch 38 Batch 38 Batch 38 New Whiskies 22 April 2016

    Batch 38

    A malts tour stopping at Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman, Dailuaine, Glen Moray, Lochside and Teaninich.

  • Batch 39 Batch 39 Batch 39 New Whiskies 29 April 2016

    Batch 39

    Dave Broom on a trio of grains, a brace of micro-provenance Bruichladdichs and a Tullibardine.

  • Batch 42 Batch 42 Batch 42 New Whiskies 20 May 2016

    Batch 42

    Islay whiskies to mark the start of Fèis Ìle, with peat to the fore – but not altogether dominating.

  • Batch 43 Batch 43 Batch 43 New Whiskies 27 May 2016

    Batch 43

    Aberlour, Balvenie, Fettercairn, Girvan, Invergordon and Mortlach – and not an NAS in sight.

  • Batch 46 Batch 46 Batch 46 New Whiskies 03 June 2016

    Batch 46

    This week’s haul includes some Feis outliers, a brace of Arrans and a new Glen Grant.

  • Batch 15 Batch 15 Batch 15 New Whiskies 06 November 2015

    Batch 15

    Malts from Ardmore and Laphroaig rub shoulders with grains from Port Dundas and Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 33 Batch 33 Batch 33 New Whiskies 18 March 2016

    Batch 33

    This week’s new whiskies include Arran 18, Laphroaig Lore, and two duty free Auchentoshans.

  • Batch 40 Batch 40 Batch 40 New Whiskies 06 May 2016

    Batch 40

    Two newies from Compass Box, a pair of Boutique-y bottlings, a Benromach and a Highland Park.

  • Batch 41 Batch 41 Batch 41 New Whiskies 13 May 2016

    Batch 41

    This week’s haul includes appearances from Springbank, Teaninich, Cragganmore and an ancient blend.

  • Batch 47 Batch 47 Batch 47 New Whiskies 10 June 2016

    Batch 47

    Dave Broom gets to grips with six indie bottlings from Adelphi, Boutique-y and Sutcliffe & Son.

  • Batch 51 Batch 51 Batch 51 New Whiskies 08 July 2016

    Batch 51

    Two Black Bull bottlings, a double whammy from Blair Athol, a Glentauchers 6YO and a 42YO Tobermory.

  • Batch 52 Batch 52 Batch 52 New Whiskies 15 July 2016

    Batch 52

    Dave Broom pours out his thoughts on a ‘monster’ Mortlach and Cadenhead blended grain.

  • Batch 53 Batch 53 Batch 53 New Whiskies 22 July 2016

    Batch 53

    This week’s whiskies include a smattering of Old Perth, Bunnahabhain, Dailuaine and Glendullan.

  • Batch 54 Batch 54 Batch 54 New Whiskies 28 July 2016

    Batch 54

    A selection of very youthful drams dominates this week, with whiskies from Ardbeg and Caol Ila.

  • Batch 55 Batch 55 Batch 55 New Whiskies 05 August 2016

    Batch 55

    Grains are a go-go this week, with whiskies from Invergordon, North British and Caledonian.

  • Batch 56 Batch 56 Batch 56 New Whiskies 12 August 2016

    Batch 56

    A contrasting collection of whiskies this week, from a smoky Ledaig to a rich, fruity Tomatin.

  • Batch 58 Batch 58 Batch 58 New Whiskies 26 August 2016

    Batch 58

    A peaty pile-up this week with the latest Elements of Islay bottlings, Bowmore and Johnnie Walker.

  • Batch 57 Batch 57 Batch 57 New Whiskies 19 August 2016

    Batch 57

    A quartet of revamped Dalmores, Kilkerran goes to secondary school and Cù Bòcan re-emerges.

  • Batch 59 Batch 59 Batch 59 New Whiskies 02 September 2016

    Batch 59

    Dave Broom grapples with grains, including Caledonian, Haig Club Clubman and Port Dundas.

  • Batch 60 Batch 60 Batch 60 New Whiskies 09 September 2016

    Batch 60

    Explore the Highlands with these new whiskies from Ardmore, Glen Garioch, Glen Ord and Tomatin.

  • Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016 Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016 Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016 New Whiskies 19 September 2016

    Batch 62: Diageo Special Releases 2016

    Auchroisk, Brora, Cambus, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Lagavulin, Linkwood, Port Ellen and more.

  • Batch 61 Batch 61 Batch 61 New Whiskies 16 September 2016

    Batch 61

    A double dose of Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Glenfiddich Scotch whiskies from Dave Broom this week.

  • Batch 63 Batch 63 Batch 63 New Whiskies 23 September 2016

    Batch 63

    Dave Broom brings a mixed bag of flavours from Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Wolfburn.

  • Batch 65 Batch 65 Batch 65 New Whiskies 07 October 2016

    Batch 65

    Another marvellous medley from Dave Broom featuring BenRiach, Timorous Beastie and Tullibardine.

  • Batch 64 Batch 64 Batch 64 New Whiskies 30 September 2016

    Batch 64

    A series of show-stopper Scotch whiskies this week from Compass Box, Glenfarclas and Loch Lomond.

  • Batch 66 Batch 66 Batch 66 New Whiskies 14 October 2016

    Batch 66

    A chocolatey theme runs through Dave Broom’s tasting notes, including Johnnie Walker and Tamnavulin.

  • Batch 67 Batch 67 Batch 67 New Whiskies 21 October 2016

    Batch 67

    Another eclectic selection of whiskies this week, including Bruichladdich, Dalmore and Talisker.

  • Batch 70 Batch 70 Batch 70 New Whiskies 11 November 2016

    Batch 70

    A quartet of Milroy’s of Soho whiskies plus recent releases from Arran and Wemyss Malts.

  • Batch 69 Batch 69 Batch 69 New Whiskies 04 November 2016

    Batch 69

    Featuring the first Chivas Regal blended malt plus the 200th anniversary 25-year-old Lagavulin.

  • Batch 68 Batch 68 Batch 68 New Whiskies 28 October 2016

    Batch 68

    A 30-year-old Glen Grant and a trio of Longmorns are the film stars of Dave Broom’s tasting notes.

  • Batch 71 Batch 71 Batch 71 New Whiskies 18 November 2016

    Batch 71

    If you’ve been wondering what Dave Broom thinks of Black Bowmore 50 Year Old, you’re in luck...

  • Batch 72 Batch 72 Batch 72 New Whiskies 25 November 2016

    Batch 72

    Highland Park Fire, two Wemyss Batch Strength whiskies and a trio of Tomatin travel retail releases.

  • Batch 75 Batch 75 Batch 75 New Whiskies 16 December 2016

    Batch 75

    This week’s tasting notes start with Benromach 1973 and end with a Sherried Tullibardine.

  • Batch 74 Batch 74 Batch 74 New Whiskies 09 December 2016

    Batch 74

    This week’s flavour theme is ‘big’, featuring BenRiach, Glenfarclas, Tamdhu and Timorous Beastie.

  • Batch 73 Batch 73 Batch 73 New Whiskies 02 December 2016

    Batch 73

    Glendronach, Laphroaig, Macallan and Springbank – they’re all included in the latest new releases.

  • Batch 77 Batch 77 Batch 77 New Whiskies 06 January 2017

    Batch 77

    New year, new whiskies, including a 23-year-old Ardbeg and a trio aged in Ukrainian wine casks.

  • Batch 79 Batch 79 Batch 79 New Whiskies 20 January 2017

    Batch 79

    This week’s picks include a trio of meaty drams from Balmenach, GlenDronach and Macallan.

  • Batch 78 Batch 78 Batch 78 New Whiskies 13 January 2017

    Batch 78

    Four single grains from Douglas Laing and two single malts from Cadenhead feature this week.

  • Batch 80 Batch 80 Batch 80 New Whiskies 27 January 2017

    Batch 80

    A trip around the islands sampling Lagavulin 1991, with a stop at Deanston for the new 40-year-old.

  • Batch 81 Batch 81 Batch 81 New Whiskies 03 February 2017

    Batch 81

    Glenmorangie Bacalta and a first appearance from Murray McDavid, including a 48-year-old Tomintoul.

  • Batch 83 Batch 83 Batch 83 New Whiskies 17 February 2017

    Batch 83

    Dave Broom samples the 2017 John Walker Private Collection blend and a trio of Bladnochs.

  • Batch 82 Batch 82 Batch 82 New Whiskies 10 February 2017

    Batch 82

    If you like honey, you’ll love these whiskies from Coinnich, Laphroaig and Rìgh Seumas.

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  • Is there such a thing as corked whisky? Is there such a thing as corked whisky? Is there such a thing as corked whisky? Ask the professor 02 August 2016

    Is there such a thing as corked whisky?

    Most people have tasted corked wine at some point – but can the same unpleasantness affect whisky?

  • Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned? Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned? Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned? Ask the professor 25 August 2016

    Pesticides: should Scotch fans be concerned?

    Here's the Whisky Professor to dispel any concerns over malting barley and agrochemicals.

  • How do Sherry casks flavour whisky? How do Sherry casks flavour whisky? How do Sherry casks flavour whisky? Ask the professor 19 October 2016

    How do Sherry casks flavour whisky?

    Sherry and Scotch is a complex topic, but the Whisky Professor is on hand to explain all.

  • How does a solera mature whisky? How does a solera mature whisky? How does a solera mature whisky? Ask the professor 08 November 2016

    How does a solera mature whisky?

    Who better to disentangle the complex concept of solera systems than our resident Whisky Professor?

  • Why is Scotch whisky bottled at 40% abv? Why is Scotch whisky bottled at 40% abv? Why is Scotch whisky bottled at 40% abv? Ask the professor 04 January 2017

    Why is Scotch whisky bottled at 40% abv?

    Unpicking the political and historical reasons for Scotch’s minimum alcoholic strength.

  • Are single malt whiskies also blends? Are single malt whiskies also blends? Are single malt whiskies also blends? Ask the professor 08 February 2017

    Are single malt whiskies also blends?

    Our expert Prof tackles this oxymoronic riddle that often leaves whisky drinkers puzzled.

  • 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?

  • A whisky odyssey to Orkney A whisky odyssey to Orkney A whisky odyssey to Orkney On the road 01 December 2016

    A whisky odyssey to Orkney

    The thrill of opening rare bottles is even greater in the right company – and the right location.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • The Incredible Captain Barclay The Incredible Captain Barclay The Incredible Captain Barclay Whisky heroes 27 January 2016

    The Incredible Captain Barclay

    The man who founded Glenury Royal distillery – and who famously walked 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.

  • 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.

  • John & James Grant John & James Grant John & James Grant Whisky heroes 16 July 2015

    John & James Grant

    With a focus on single malt and exports, brothers John and James Grant were ahead of their time.

  • 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.

  • Captain William Fraser Captain William Fraser Captain William Fraser Whisky heroes 29 March 2016

    Captain William Fraser

    Was the founder of Royal Brackla distillery really as arrogant and spiteful as we’re led to believe?

  • Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Whisky heroes 24 May 2016

    Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig

    First lady of Laphroaig and much-loved on Islay, Bessie proved Scotch was not just a man’s world.

  • Campbeltown Campbeltown Campbeltown On the road 24 September 2015

    Campbeltown

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

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • William Grant William Grant William Grant Whisky heroes 18 February 2016

    William Grant

    The life of the determined creator of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Scotch’s biggest family business.

  • 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.

  • Dufftown Dufftown Dufftown On the road 01 September 2016

    Dufftown

    Steeped in history, the Scottish town refers to itself as the ‘malt whisky capital of the world’.

  • James Buchanan James Buchanan James Buchanan Whisky heroes 23 August 2016

    James Buchanan

    The ‘Whisky Baron’ overcame ill-health to create some of Scotch’s most successful blends.

  • Tommy Dewar Tommy Dewar Tommy Dewar Whisky heroes 16 November 2016

    Tommy Dewar

    The globe-trotting extrovert and born salesman was one of Scotch’s most colourful characters.

  • Aeneas MacDonald Aeneas MacDonald Aeneas MacDonald Whisky heroes 19 December 2016

    Aeneas MacDonald

    No, not the exiled Scotsman, but the pseudonymous author of ‘the finest whisky book ever’.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • Is NAS whisky the enemy? Is NAS whisky the enemy? Is NAS whisky the enemy? The debate 10 May 2016

    Is NAS whisky the enemy?

    The case for and against NAS whisky, featuring Glenfarclas' George Grant and Macallan's Ken Grier.

  • Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky? Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky? Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky? The debate 07 June 2016

    Would leaving the EU boost Scotch whisky?

    As the polls narrow in advance of the Brexit vote, would a UK departure give Scotch whisky a boost?

  • Peated whisky: the ultimate dram? Peated whisky: the ultimate dram? Peated whisky: the ultimate dram? The debate 12 July 2016

    Peated whisky: the ultimate dram?

    A heated debate between Hamish Torrie and Stuart Hendry on the pros and cons of smoking in whisky.

  • Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe? Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe? Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe? The debate 12 September 2016

    Scotch whisky hybrids – friend or foe?

    Two divergent opinions on the attractions and perils of the rising tide of hybrid Scotch products.

  • Orkney: the Nordic connection Orkney: the Nordic connection Orkney: the Nordic connection On the road 11 October 2016

    Orkney: the Nordic connection

    Hold on to your hat as Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes a windy, whistle-stop tour through the islands.

  • Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch? Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch? Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch? The debate 12 October 2016

    Does ice ruin or improve single malt Scotch?

    Richard Paterson and Fred Laing voice their difference of opinion over whisky and ice.

  • Has Scotch whisky become too expensive? Has Scotch whisky become too expensive? Has Scotch whisky become too expensive? The debate 21 November 2016

    Has Scotch whisky become too expensive?

    Whisky price inflation ignites an inner debate in Royal Mile Whiskies’ Arthur Motley.

  • Christmas pudding flambé: Scotch or brandy? Christmas pudding flambé: Scotch or brandy? Christmas pudding flambé: Scotch or brandy? The debate 20 December 2016

    Christmas pudding flambé: Scotch or brandy?

    A heated discussion ensues over whether to use Scotch or brandy to light the Christmas pudding.

  • Floor maltings: more than just marketing? Floor maltings: more than just marketing? Floor maltings: more than just marketing? The debate 19 January 2017

    Floor maltings: more than just marketing?

    Only a few floor maltings remain, but do they enhance the whisky or just the visitor experience?

  • Can grain whisky ever be truly great? Can grain whisky ever be truly great? Can grain whisky ever be truly great? The debate 13 February 2017

    Can grain whisky ever be truly great?

    Next to the mighty malt, do grain whiskies stand a chance of attaining real greatness? Discuss.

  • Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd Whisky heroes 09 February 2017

    Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd

    A career as colourful as his socks, including staring down the barrel of a gun more than once.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Three

    An energetic Argocat ride, a working sma’ still and a wry double act proved to be the highlights.

  • Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festivals and events 31 August 2016

    Festiwal Whisky 2016

    The Polish festival upped the ante for its third year with cigars, igloo bars and a rock concert.

  • John Ross John Ross John Ross Whisky heroes 20 September 2016

    John Ross

    The William Grant distiller on his successes, failures and balancing innovation with brand identity.

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

    Victoria Whisky Festival

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

  • 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.

  • Whisky Live Paris 2016 Whisky Live Paris 2016 Whisky Live Paris 2016 Festivals and events 29 September 2016

    Whisky Live Paris 2016

    Rare bottlings, new releases, cocktails and masterclasses in this not-to-be-missed annual show.

  • Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Festivals and events 29 November 2016

    Whiskybase Gathering 2016

    The Dutch show drew crowds of more than 800 whisky enthusiasts during its debut in Rotterdam.

  • The National Whisky Festival 2017 The National Whisky Festival 2017 The National Whisky Festival 2017 Festivals and events 31 January 2017

    The National Whisky Festival 2017

    Merging one of Europe’s most popular music festivals with a worldwide selection of drams.

  • Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Festivals and events 31 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste

    Away from the distillery days, Fèis offers an array of tastings, masterclasses and charity events.

  • 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.

  • Palates: Men vs women Palates: Men vs women Palates: Men vs women Features 08 August 2015

    Palates: Men vs women

    Are women really better at tasting than men? If so, why? An examination of whisky and gender.

  • Spooky Scotch ghost stories Spooky Scotch ghost stories Spooky Scotch ghost stories Features 31 October 2016

    Spooky Scotch ghost stories

    From disturbed leylines to headless horsemen, distilleries have seen plenty of ghostly goings-on.

  • Dramboree 2016 Dramboree 2016 Dramboree 2016 Festivals and events 05 July 2016

    Dramboree 2016

    Scotch whisky fans enjoyed drams, a distillery tour and a dip in a loch at this year’s event.

  • The Whisky Show 2016 The Whisky Show 2016 The Whisky Show 2016 Festivals and events 05 October 2016

    The Whisky Show 2016

    Tasting everything from rare old malts to fresh-faced new spirit from the broader whisky world.

  • Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Festivals and events 02 November 2016

    Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016

    Filled with film screenings, rare distillery tours, live music and a profusion of ‘special’ drams.

  • 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.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Final Days

    Whisky and chocolate; whisky and music; whisky and dancing. The SoSWF concluded at a frenetic pace.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Festivals and events 22 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin

    Huge crowds, huge enthusiasm as the 2016 Islay Festival begins with a very special birthday party.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Festivals and events 23 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich

    The party lasts all day at Bruichladdich – but serious tasting underpins the carnival atmosphere.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Festivals and events 24 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila

    Music, malt and seafood rule as the festival spotlight turns on the secluded charms of Caol Ila.

  • How to hygge with Scotch whisky How to hygge with Scotch whisky How to hygge with Scotch whisky Features 15 December 2016

    How to hygge with Scotch whisky

    ‘Hygge’ is the buzzword of 2016. But what exactly does it mean? And can you do it with Scotch?

  • The Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2017 The Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2017 The Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2017 Festivals and events 21 February 2017

    The Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2017

    The debut show in Glasgow was overflowing with some truly once-in-a-lifetime drams.

  • Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Festivals and events 17 August 2016

    Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016

    With more than 250 whiskies on offer, Edinburgh Whisky Fringe was a sell-out success.

  • 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.

  • The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath Features 19 April 2016

    The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Aftermath

    After scandal, revival: how United Distillers helped to mould today’s Scotch whisky industry.

  • The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal Features 18 April 2016

    The Guinness/Distillers saga: The Deal

    The compelling tale of one of the most infamous episodes in British corporate history – 30 years on.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Four

    Tasting note challenge, whisky ice-cream and Ann Miller’s tales of university with Charlie Maclean.

  • The Telegraph Whisky Experience 2016 The Telegraph Whisky Experience 2016 The Telegraph Whisky Experience 2016 Festivals and events 08 December 2016

    The Telegraph Whisky Experience 2016

    Scotch led the way at the opulent 2016 event, designed for an older whisky drinking generation.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Whisky decanters Whisky decanters Whisky decanters Features 17 March 2016

    Whisky decanters

    Delving into the history of the whisky decanter. Could it be set for a 21st-century renaissance?

  • On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice Features 12 May 2016

    On the rocks: drinking whisky with ice

    The whys and wherefores of adding ice to your whisky. It’s more complicated than you might think…

  • The science of tasting whisky The science of tasting whisky The science of tasting whisky Features 06 June 2016

    The science of tasting whisky

    Deciphering the complex code of the brain and the senses as they assess and evaluate every glass.

  • How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle Features 15 June 2016

    How to design a new Scotch whisky bottle

    Coming up with a new design for a Scotch whisky bottle is a long, complex and painstaking business.

  • How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned? How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned? How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned? Features 22 June 2016

    How are Scotch whisky bottles redesigned?

    The fine art of redesigning your product has to balance innovation with respect for heritage.

  • Tasting panels: do you have what it takes? Tasting panels: do you have what it takes? Tasting panels: do you have what it takes? Features 09 August 2016

    Tasting panels: do you have what it takes?

    A flair for noticing nuances in whisky samples is vital to being a tasting panellist.

  • The changing role of the master distiller The changing role of the master distiller The changing role of the master distiller Features 18 January 2017

    The changing role of the master distiller

    As technology advances, so too do the tasks and responsibilities of master distillers.

  • How to design packaging for new whiskies How to design packaging for new whiskies How to design packaging for new whiskies Features 26 January 2017

    How to design packaging for new whiskies

    It is imperative for new releases to convey brand identity, but how do producers achieve success?

  • Scotch whisky liqueurs past and present Scotch whisky liqueurs past and present Scotch whisky liqueurs past and present Features 02 February 2017

    Scotch whisky liqueurs past and present

    What started as a means to mask poorly made spirits has grown into a delicious whisky alternative.

  • Scotch-loving US Presidents Scotch-loving US Presidents Scotch-loving US Presidents Features 01 November 2016

    Scotch-loving US Presidents

    Charting the ‘special relationship’ between the White House and whisky as the latest election looms.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Festivals and events 27 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura

    Islay’s newest distillery showcased its maturing quality, sharing the day with neighbouring Jura.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Festivals and events 28 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain

    This most beautiful and secluded of distillery locations was rewarded with sunshine and smiles.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Festivals and events 29 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Day became Ardbeg Night with tales of smugglers and a Fèis bottling called Dark Cove.

  • Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Festivals and events 13 October 2016

    Bar Convent Berlin 2016

    A must-attend show for the bar industry – but is Scotch doing enough to cash in on its success?

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2 Festivals and events 16 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2

    Day two of Tales throws up a heated whiskey debate, and a heavy metal bagpipes surprise.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3 Festivals and events 17 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3

    Becky Paskin's third day at Tales proves whisky brings people together like nothing else.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4 Festivals and events 19 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4

    Dwarves, apes, and William of Orange's campervan distillery. It could only be the last day of Tales.

  • 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.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day One Spirit of Speyside: Day One Spirit of Speyside: Day One Festivals and events 29 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day One

    Mixing traditional and modern on festival day one – from hi-tech hotels to the joys of the ceilidh.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Festivals and events 30 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Two

    Expect the unexpected on SoSWF’s second day, from blends to blackenings and desert island drams.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1 Festivals and events 15 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1

    Day 1 at the hedonistic drinks fest served breakfast cocktails, peat geekery and a Stormtrooper DJ.

  • Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Festivals and events 27 July 2016

    Tales of the Cocktail 2016

    Scotch whisky is as significant as any other spirit at this annual New Orleans cocktail festival.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Festivals and events 13 September 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016

    The inaugural spin-off festival held in Elgin captured the essence of Speyside perfectly.

  • Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Festivals and events 14 July 2015

    Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015

    Phenols, samples and jambalaya – join Dave Broom and Ryan Chetiyawardana in New Orleans.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Festivals and events 25 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig

    Dave Broom joins the laid-back Laphroaig lovers – and some distillery legends – on a sun-filled day.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Festivals and events 26 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore

    Not one but three Fèis bottlings from Bowmore, including a fervour-inducing Vintage Edition.

  • World Whisky Forum 2017 World Whisky Forum 2017 World Whisky Forum 2017 Festivals and events 15 February 2017

    World Whisky Forum 2017

    The inaugural event highlighted a consensus for global co-operation to enhance whisky’s future.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky Features 11 August 2016

    ‘No doubt’ barley variety affects whisky

    Barley variety’s effect on flavour is a hot topic, but Bruichladdich believes there are variations.

  • Best Bonfire Night whiskies Best Bonfire Night whiskies Best Bonfire Night whiskies Features 03 November 2016

    Best Bonfire Night whiskies

    We asked the experts which whiskies they’ll be sipping to ‘remember, remember the 5th of November’.

  • Memorable Christmas whisky moments Memorable Christmas whisky moments Memorable Christmas whisky moments Features 21 December 2016

    Memorable Christmas whisky moments

    Scotch whisky personalities share their memories of how whisky has come to shape their Christmas.

  • Whisky wishes: Scotch trends in 2017 Whisky wishes: Scotch trends in 2017 Whisky wishes: Scotch trends in 2017 Features 02 January 2017

    Whisky wishes: Scotch trends in 2017

    Experts share their hopes and predictions for Scotch whisky trends in 2017.

  • Does music modify the taste of whisky? Does music modify the taste of whisky? Does music modify the taste of whisky? Features 28 July 2016

    Does music modify the taste of whisky?

    Glenrothes is conducting an experiment to determine whether music affects how people taste whisky.

  • A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist Features 06 December 2016

    A Christmas whisky gift guide with a twist

    Let us help you find the perfect present for the whisky lovers in your life this Christmas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bruichladdich: 15 years on Bruichladdich: 15 years on Bruichladdich: 15 years on Features 25 May 2016

    Bruichladdich: 15 years on

    Can the maverick Islay distillery maintain its independence after acquisition by Rémy Cointreau?

  • Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories Features 16 June 2016

    Drams with dad: Father’s Day whisky memories

    Time to celebrate dads everywhere, and to share a glass of his favourite whisky with the old man.

  • Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant Features 27 September 2016

    Wild Turkey comes to Glen Grant

    Eddie Russell’s first visit to a Scotch whisky distillery in the company of Dennis Malcolm.

  • A White Horse retrospective A White Horse retrospective A White Horse retrospective Features 28 September 2016

    A White Horse retrospective

    How much do blended Scotches change over the decades? A rare tasting sheds light on the subject.

  • 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.

  • Glenmorangie Bacalta: from brain to bottle Glenmorangie Bacalta: from brain to bottle Glenmorangie Bacalta: from brain to bottle Features 01 February 2017

    Glenmorangie Bacalta: from brain to bottle

    Bill Lumsden tells us how the concept of the Madeira-finished Private Edition release developed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The mysteries of cask finishing The mysteries of cask finishing The mysteries of cask finishing Features 22 July 2016

    The mysteries of cask finishing

    Secondary maturation in Scotch whisky is a recent, but nonetheless fascinating, phenomenon.

  • The Christmas Whisky Quiz 2016 The Christmas Whisky Quiz 2016 The Christmas Whisky Quiz 2016 Features 24 December 2016

    The Christmas Whisky Quiz 2016

    Grab a mince pie and a dram, and test your whisky knowledge with our festive quiz.

  • Scotch whisky distilleries to open in 2017 Scotch whisky distilleries to open in 2017 Scotch whisky distilleries to open in 2017 Features 05 January 2017

    Scotch whisky distilleries to open in 2017

    Scotland is set to welcome seven new distilleries in 2017, plus the relaunch of an old favourite.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city Features 20 April 2016

    Perth: the rise and fall of a whisky city

    Edrington’s move to Glasgow brings to an end The Fair City’s long-standing association with Scotch.

  • Peat terroir and its impact on whisky Peat terroir and its impact on whisky Peat terroir and its impact on whisky Features 17 May 2016

    Peat terroir and its impact on whisky

    In the run-up to this year’s Feis Ile (20-28 May), Dave Broom explores the impact of peat terroir.

  • Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered Features 18 May 2016

    Phenol fables: peat’s secrets uncovered

    Dave Broom explores how peat is cut and burned, and busts myths surrounding PPM and peaty water.

  • Bacteria: the key to distillery character? Bacteria: the key to distillery character? Bacteria: the key to distillery character? Features 14 June 2016

    Bacteria: the key to distillery character?

    Dave Broom seeks answers to one of Scotch whisky’s most complex and enigmatic questions.

  • Japanese grain innovation and Scotch Japanese grain innovation and Scotch Japanese grain innovation and Scotch Features 07 July 2016

    Japanese grain innovation and Scotch

    Dave Broom travelled to Japan to explore how distillers are driving innovation in grain whisky.

  • Decoding the language of whisky tasting Decoding the language of whisky tasting Decoding the language of whisky tasting Features 14 July 2016

    Decoding the language of whisky tasting

    Dave Broom endeavours to make sense of the factors affecting how we nose and taste whisky.

  • A Scotch summer selection A Scotch summer selection A Scotch summer selection Features 18 July 2016

    A Scotch summer selection

    Dave Broom has hand-picked a selection of Scotch whiskies to perfectly match the warmer weather.

  • Talking rot: deciphering rancio in whisky Talking rot: deciphering rancio in whisky Talking rot: deciphering rancio in whisky Features 22 July 2016

    Talking rot: deciphering rancio in whisky

    What is rancio? And does it occur not only in old Cognac, but also in long-matured Scotch whisky?

  • Articulating whisky aromas Articulating whisky aromas Articulating whisky aromas Features 25 July 2016

    Articulating whisky aromas

    Could the creation of a shared ‘flavour language’ help us communicate what we smell?

  • Why were cult whisky distilleries closed? Why were cult whisky distilleries closed? Why were cult whisky distilleries closed? Features 08 August 2016

    Why were cult whisky distilleries closed?

    It’s often not until a distillery’s demise that its worth is fully appreciated, says Dave Broom.

  • The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks Features 14 September 2016

    The laws of Scotch: distillation and casks

    Scotch must be distilled to a certain abv strength and matured in particular sized casks – but why?

  • The laws of Scotch: basics The laws of Scotch: basics The laws of Scotch: basics Features 07 September 2016

    The laws of Scotch: basics

    Let’s not forget the rules regulating the Scotch whisky industry, says Dave Broom.

  • The laws of Scotch: labelling The laws of Scotch: labelling The laws of Scotch: labelling Features 26 September 2016

    The laws of Scotch: labelling

    What separates malts from blends? How must this be worded on packaging? Dave Broom has the answers.

  • An autumn harvest of whisky An autumn harvest of whisky An autumn harvest of whisky Features 24 October 2016

    An autumn harvest of whisky

    Fill your glasses with cask-driven whiskies, overflowing with fruits, wood character and memories.

  • Winter whisky recommendations Winter whisky recommendations Winter whisky recommendations Features 23 January 2017

    Winter whisky recommendations

    We’ve covered spring, summer, autumn, and now Dave Broom shares his top winter whiskies.

  • 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.

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