How to Make the Perfect Irish Coffee at Home

Irish cofee on the table

St. Patrick’s Day is literally just around the corner, yet this year it looks like none of us will be able to celebrate the usual way. Lockdown or not, what a better way to celebrate than mastering the Irish Coffee recipe at home! Irish coffee makes a great after dinner drink or works as a […]

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A Brief History of Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Irish whiskey casks

Irish whiskey production used to be bigger and better than its Scottish rivals. Made using both malted and unmalted barley and distilled in a pot still, it became the most popular spirit worldwide. The quality of Irish whiskey was consistently better than the Scotch whisky at the time, which led the Irish to add the […]

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Highland Park Distillery

Highland Park distillery has been in (legitimate) operation since 1798 and has always remained in the original spot where Magnus Eunson, a direct descendant of the Vikings, ran his illicit distilling production. At one point, the distillery was called High Park due to its location, overlooking Kirkwall. High enough to see the taxman’s arrival! The […]

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Maker’s Mark Distillery – Taking Sustainability Seriously

Maker's Mark whisky barrels

As we stand at the outset of a new decade, I believe that nearly every market is going to witness a seismic change in consumer behaviour. More and more consumers will make their buying decisions based on how environmentally friendly a product is. We have already seen this in significant areas of the food market. […]

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Sharing Whisky with Friends

Winter months really call for whisky, don’t you think? Not only will a wee dram warm you from inside out, but it will also bring friends together. During this dark and cold season, we should make more time for friends and family, as everyone needs a bit of cheering up in winter. What better way […]

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Old Fashioned – How to Make it

Old fashioned cocktail ingredients

In November we are celebrating Old Fashioned Week (1-10th Nov) so I thought it would be a good time to share some history. As with many classic cocktails, the history of the Old Fashioned cocktail is rather messy, but this is what we know. Old Fashioned started as Whisky Cocktail. In the early 1800s Whisky […]

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Whisky Production in Pictures

Below you will find a crash course on single malt whisky production. By using pictures of each step, I want to give you a better understanding of the full process.

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Types of Casks and How They Influence Whisky

There are many factors that contribute to the final flavour of whisky. In Scotland the spirit must mature in casks for a minimum of three years before it is legally allowed to be called whisky. In this time the spirit will be heavily influenced by the cask it’s been in, therefore it is important to […]

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A Must-Visit Whisky Bar in Edinburgh

Whether you love whisky or are just getting into it, this venue is a great place to enjoy a dram or two. Located in the centre of Edinburgh in a beautiful Victorian building, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar is open to all. Join in a group tasting or private party or simply just pop in for an after-work drink.

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