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    Outdated, sexist stereotyping will only deter the very demographic companies are seeking to attract.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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • There’s a big whisky world out there There’s a big whisky world out there There’s a big whisky world out there From the editors 01 March 2017

    There’s a big whisky world out there

    It’s time for Scotchwhisky.com to branch out into the wider whisky realm, says Dave Broom.

  • Ardbeg moments with Mickey Heads Ardbeg moments with Mickey Heads Ardbeg moments with Mickey Heads From the editors 08 March 2017

    Ardbeg moments with Mickey Heads

    As the Islay distillery’s manager marks 10 years at the helm, Richard Woodard looks back.

  • 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.

  • Barley: the bread and butter of whisky Barley: the bread and butter of whisky Barley: the bread and butter of whisky From the editors 15 March 2017

    Barley: the bread and butter of whisky

    Flavour and efficiency are not enemies; embrace the evolution of barley, says Dave Broom.

  • Scotch, watches and crazy money Scotch, watches and crazy money Scotch, watches and crazy money From the editors 21 March 2017

    Scotch, watches and crazy money

    It’s glib, glitzy and plain bizarre, but does the £40k whisky watch have a deeper significance?

  • The Cognac that thinks it’s a single malt The Cognac that thinks it’s a single malt The Cognac that thinks it’s a single malt From the editors 29 March 2017

    The Cognac that thinks it’s a single malt

    A new release from Martell in the US says much about the rise and rise of single malt Scotch.

  • Not every whisky can be a Macallan Not every whisky can be a Macallan Not every whisky can be a Macallan From the editors 05 April 2017

    Not every whisky can be a Macallan

    And, according to Richard Woodard, most single malts shouldn’t even try.

  • Bring whisky into the light Bring whisky into the light Bring whisky into the light From the editors 12 April 2017

    Bring whisky into the light

    Dave Broom reminds us that Scotch is made to be enjoyed year-round, not just in winter.

  • Let’s tear walls down – not build more Let’s tear walls down – not build more Let’s tear walls down – not build more From the editors 19 April 2017

    Let’s tear walls down – not build more

    Rather than easing our fears, barriers only encourage them to multiply, says Richard Woodard.

  • Whisky belongs to all of us Whisky belongs to all of us Whisky belongs to all of us From the editors 25 April 2017

    Whisky belongs to all of us

    We are all entitled to whisky regardless of gender, class and power, says Dave Broom.

  • Finding whisky’s fun side Finding whisky’s fun side Finding whisky’s fun side From the editors 03 May 2017

    Finding whisky’s fun side

    A trip to San Francisco has Dave Broom pondering what lessons whisky can learn from rum.

  • Reviving the lost lessons of the past Reviving the lost lessons of the past Reviving the lost lessons of the past From the editors 09 May 2017

    Reviving the lost lessons of the past

    The momentum of progress embodies the story of human evolution, but is it a one-way street?

  • Getting to grips with grain Getting to grips with grain Getting to grips with grain From the editors 17 May 2017

    Getting to grips with grain

    Grain plants may lack the romance of single malt distilleries, but that doesn’t make them dull.

  • Local doesn’t always mean better Local doesn’t always mean better Local doesn’t always mean better From the editors 24 May 2017

    Local doesn’t always mean better

    Dave Broom reflects on the focus on local ingredients at the Tokyo International Bar Show.

  • Trains, buses, ferries and community spirit Trains, buses, ferries and community spirit Trains, buses, ferries and community spirit From the editors 30 May 2017

    Trains, buses, ferries and community spirit

    A complicated trek to Islay reiterates what the whisky festival is all about to Dave Broom.

  • Ten things I learned at Fèis Ìle 2017 Ten things I learned at Fèis Ìle 2017 Ten things I learned at Fèis Ìle 2017 From the editors 06 June 2017

    Ten things I learned at Fèis Ìle 2017

    Dave Broom has plenty of advice to share, from tastings and transportation, to kilts and pants.

  • Twin peaks, single malt and David Lynch Twin peaks, single malt and David Lynch Twin peaks, single malt and David Lynch From the editors 07 June 2017

    Twin peaks, single malt and David Lynch

    The enigmatic director can teach us a thing or two about whisky tastings, says Richard Woodard.

  • Binary thinking won’t work in whisky Binary thinking won’t work in whisky Binary thinking won’t work in whisky From the editors 13 June 2017

    Binary thinking won’t work in whisky

    Whisky is complex and there’s no room for ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ attitudes, says Dave Broom.

  • Ardbeg, ‘crap whisky’ and serendipity Ardbeg, ‘crap whisky’ and serendipity Ardbeg, ‘crap whisky’ and serendipity From the editors 21 June 2017

    Ardbeg, ‘crap whisky’ and serendipity

    Greatness sometimes comes from a willingness to make mistakes, says Richard Woodard.

  • Rediscovering the wonder of whisky Rediscovering the wonder of whisky Rediscovering the wonder of whisky From the editors 28 June 2017

    Rediscovering the wonder of whisky

    A centuries-old text reminds Dave Broom of the open-eyed joy that whisky once inspired.

  • Tasting by numbers Tasting by numbers Tasting by numbers From the editors 05 July 2017

    Tasting by numbers

    Dave Broom discusses changes to the way we score the whiskies we taste – and why words matter more.

  • The joy of consensus The joy of consensus The joy of consensus From the editors 12 July 2017

    The joy of consensus

    All branches of the drinks trade are now aiming at common goals, says Dave Broom.

  • 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 age of uncertainty Whisky’s age of uncertainty Whisky’s age of uncertainty From the editors 19 July 2017

    Whisky’s age of uncertainty

    At a time of widespread unpredictability, Scotch is enjoying mixed fortunes in the UK.

  • Port casks: what’s in a name? Port casks: what’s in a name? Port casks: what’s in a name? From the editors 26 July 2017

    Port casks: what’s in a name?

    The wood used to age whisky adds to its story, says Richard Woodard, but let’s get our facts right.

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

    Thinking outside the whisky box

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

  • Let’s hear it for cheap blended Scotch Let’s hear it for cheap blended Scotch Let’s hear it for cheap blended Scotch From the editors 02 August 2017

    Let’s hear it for cheap blended Scotch

    As rare malts hog the headlines, isn’t it time that less expensive drams got some respect?

  • A postcard from Islay A postcard from Islay A postcard from Islay From the editors 09 August 2017

    A postcard from Islay

    For whisky fans and Hebridean seabirds alike, aromas evoke special memories, discovers Dave Broom.

  • Why can’t whisky be like usquebaugh? Why can’t whisky be like usquebaugh? Why can’t whisky be like usquebaugh? From the editors 16 August 2017

    Why can’t whisky be like usquebaugh?

    Dave Broom wonders why whisky doesn’t embrace the floral flavours found in ancient Scottish spirit.

  • What are whisky brand ambassadors good for? What are whisky brand ambassadors good for? What are whisky brand ambassadors good for? From the editors 18 August 2017

    What are whisky brand ambassadors good for?

    Ambassadors have a commitment to whisky, which is why getting their brand message right is so vital.

  • Whisky rules are there to be challenged Whisky rules are there to be challenged Whisky rules are there to be challenged From the editors 23 August 2017

    Whisky rules are there to be challenged

    Meaningful innovation can still be realised within the boundaries of whisky regulations.

  • Is it time to reinvent the flavour wheel? Is it time to reinvent the flavour wheel? Is it time to reinvent the flavour wheel? From the editors 30 August 2017

    Is it time to reinvent the flavour wheel?

    There’s no problem categorising whisky flavour profiles, but have we been doing it the right way?

  • Remembering Michael Jackson 10 years on Remembering Michael Jackson 10 years on Remembering Michael Jackson 10 years on From the editors 30 August 2017

    Remembering Michael Jackson 10 years on

    A decade after his untimely death, Dave Broom pays tribute to the legendary whisky and beer writer.

  • Is perfume the new whisky? Is perfume the new whisky? Is perfume the new whisky? From the editors 13 September 2017

    Is perfume the new whisky?

    Dave Broom discovers shifting sands in the culture of perfume making and asks what whisky can learn.

  • Raasay distillery: a sense of place Raasay distillery: a sense of place Raasay distillery: a sense of place From the editors 20 September 2017

    Raasay distillery: a sense of place

    The opening of the Isle of Raasay distillery reminds Dave Broom of the importance of community.

  • Embracing a world beyond Scotch Embracing a world beyond Scotch Embracing a world beyond Scotch From the editors 27 September 2017

    Embracing a world beyond Scotch

    Whisky shows are no longer the sole preserve of Scotch – or indeed whisky – finds Dave Broom.

  • Collaboration is key to whisky innovation Collaboration is key to whisky innovation Collaboration is key to whisky innovation From the editors 04 October 2017

    Collaboration is key to whisky innovation

    Whisky Speed Dating reminds Becky Paskin why knowledge sharing is so vital in innovation.

  • Whisky dreams with WB Yeats Whisky dreams with WB Yeats Whisky dreams with WB Yeats From the editors 11 October 2017

    Whisky dreams with WB Yeats

    A poetic reverie leads Dave Broom to ponder the need to ‘tread softly’ when tasting whisky.

  • Distillery revivals and the single malt boom Distillery revivals and the single malt boom Distillery revivals and the single malt boom From the editors 17 October 2017

    Distillery revivals and the single malt boom

    With Port Ellen, Brora and Rosebank set to reopen, Dave Broom looks at the broader context.

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