Unique and Interesting Scotch Whisky Cask Finishes

whisky barrels

Recently, I’ve come across several intriguing, perhaps even a bit unusual, cask finishes on the scotch whisky scene. By playing around with different cask types and sizes, the Master Blender can create layers of flavours. They can use a range of the same casks, for example, different fills of ex-bourbon, or mix and match a […]

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Where to Enjoy an Aperitivo in Lucca

I have researched the best aperitivo places in Lucca within the city walls. It gets pretty hot in Tuscany during the summer months, so I don’t always feel like eating much or cooking at home. Therefore, aperitivo is ideal as you can choose how much to eat, the food seems lighter, and it is complemented […]

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Flavour Hunters Festival Virtual Tasting with The SMWS

SMWS virtual tasting set

Throughout May, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been hosting several events on- and offline as part of their Flavour Hunters Festival. The idea was to explore the range of flavours from each Scottish whisky region. As a part of the celebrations, the Society has hosted a range of events at their members’ venues in […]

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Refreshing Paloma Recipes

Paloma cocktail with rosemary

Paloma is a simple drink made with tequila, fresh lime juice and pink grapefruit soda. An ideal long drink for the summer season. I have created a few twists on the classic, still keeping it very simple but adding a few new flavour elements into the mix. Which one of these Paloma recipes is your […]

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Single Grain Scotch Whisky Explained

Traditionally, the single grain scotch whisky category was not something that you would see bottled and sold as it is mainly used for blends, where they add body and texture. There is, however, a growing market for single grain bottlings, especially under various independent bottler labels. There seems to be a misconception of single grain […]

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Biodynamic Whisky – Pursuit of Flavour

Waterford biodynamic whisky

Last year, Waterford Distillery released the world’s first biodynamic whisky, made from biodynamic Irish barley. The whisky industry is booming in Ireland and worldwide. Everyone is trying to find their niche in the market, and at Waterford Distillery they are producing something quite unique. By focusing on biodynamics, they are seeking to maximise the character […]

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What Is Smoked Grappa and How to Serve It?

smoked grappa

Bepi Tosolini Smoked Grappa, 40% ABV, is a unique and versatile product, which can be enjoyed in many ways. This is a perfect spirit for those who usually enjoy a peated whisky or even mezcal. This award-winning smoked grappa is made using artisanal methods, which require a lot of patience, time, and an eye for […]

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Let’s Talk About Other Agave Spirits

agave spirits bottles

Tequila sales are booming, so now that I’ve got your attention, it is a good time to talk about other agave spirits such as Bacanora and Raicilla. In theory, all agave spirits go under mezcal. The subtle differences are based on location and the types of agaves used. Tequila is by no means the only […]

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