The History of Women in Spirits

Whisky woman

The spirits industry has been male-dominant for quite some time, yet it was women who used to do the hard yards of distilling and distribution in the pre-industrial era. Back in the day, it was common practice to make spirits from the comfort of your home using the ingredients at hand, and the work was […]

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Whisky Recommendations for Beginners

iittala whisky glass

When you are new to whisky, it can be a minefield to choose ones suitable for a beginner’s palate. There’s always the fear of not liking something and ruining the whole experience at the first few yards. You want something easy sipping, nothing overly complex, but with still enough oomph to make you want to […]

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Ardbeg 2005 by The Whisky Cellar

Ardbeg 2005

I have teamed up with The Whisky Cellar to give away a bottle of their latest (very) limited edition single malt. The Whisky Cellar is a new Edinburgh-based independent bottler and their Private Cellars Selection is fully based on quality scoring rather than price point, age, colour or distillery name. They source unique casks from […]

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Food and Drink Pairing Ideas

This year we are celebrating Christmas and NYE in a very different way to what we are used to. In many places house guests aren’t recommended or they are limited to very few. Restaurants and bars may remain closed or with restricted timetables and seating, so we have no choice but to create our own […]

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Sipping Whisky in Glasgow – Visit to the SMWS’s Latest Member’s Lounge

Cleopatra’s bath time, Cerealism, Delicate masculinity, Drink me you swine!, Thatcher’s tea break, Umami heaven, Sassy lassie in a leather skirt… Like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s many bottles, we are all unique and different, but united by our interest in whisky. I paid a visit to the SMWS’s latest members-only venue in Glasgow to […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Scotch Whisky

Inka Larissa sipping scotch whisky

Too often I hear someone say they’re interested in getting into scotch whisky but find the whole category intimidating. There are too many things you need to take into consideration or just a lot of choice to know where to start. With this guide to scotch whisky I wanted to cover some basics to help […]

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The End of Aperitivo – How Coronavirus Is Affecting the Drinks Industry

river arno in florence

This year has been something of a disaster so far, from flooding to bushfires to coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the globe. When it comes to the virus, you could argue the panic it has created is worse than the virus itself, with a lot of misinformation on social media and incredibly selfish behaviour in the […]

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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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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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