Scotland can be divided into six different whisky regions: Speyside, Lowlands, Highlands, Islands, Campbeltown and Islay. Each region has an unique flavour profile, although, as always, there are exceptions to every rule. It is also good to remember these are simply guidelines, not regulations. Overall, Scotland has around 133 whisky distilleries, and some 30 new […]
Drinking Through 2019 – Spirit Festivals
Whatever your tipple there’s an event for you. You can choose anything between educational events with seminars or fun festivals with live music; all these events have a great range of brands and products. Some festivals can be spirits-specific, others have a little bit (or a lot!) of everything. Basically, you are spoiled for choice!
Whisky Tasting with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society
I started this year with a resolution to explore the world of whiskies, and one of the first groups to help out was the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), so there is no better way to end the year than another whisky tasting with the SMWS! The society has recently opened a new venue for […]
Christmas Gifts for Drink Lovers
It is time to start considering what to get your loved ones for Christmas… It’s a mission I’d rather skip, but luckily there are some simple yet excellent drink-related options that will satisfy many. Whether you want to shop early to get it over and done with or you’re a last-minute shopper, you can get all these online without having to go through the pain of Christmas crowds!
Aqua Vitae – The Mother of All Spirits
Ancient abbey starts to distil the mythical spirit after a 500-year absence…
Bonfire in a Bottle – Bonfire Night
Remember, remember the fifth of November…
8 Most Beautiful Distilleries in Scotland
There are 128 operating Scotch Whisky distilleries across Scotland and over 50 gin producers. Amongst them there are a few that stand out due to their historical designs, beautiful views or just modern polished looks. I have listed my favourites below. Which ones have you visited?
The World’s Best Club for True Single Malt Whisky Lovers!?
How would you like to try a range of whiskies that are adventurous and unique; a dram that is only available for a short period of time and is not tied to each distillery’s signature style? Whether you are a whisky connoisseur looking for something new or a complete novice wishing to connect with like-minded […]
Whisky and the Environment
There are many factors that contribute to the flavours of whisky. Whisky requires some key ingredients, such as barley, yeast and water, as well as materials like oak barrels and copper-crafted pot stills, all of which affect the flavour profile. What makes it even more interesting is how the climate and geological location contribute. What type of rock does the water run through? Is the whisky stored by the sea? A lot comes down to the environment and the cleanliness of the surroundings. Everyone benefits from clean water and good air quality, so it is important for distilleries to consider all the environmental factors throughout the process of making whisky.