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.

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How to Celebrate Burns Night

Scottish men are said to be the sexiest men in the world… Not sure that is 100% accurate, but who doesn’t like to see men in kilts? I recommend you gather your girlfriends and hit the bars on Friday night as Burns Night will lure out all the hunky Scots! Burns Night is celebrated on […]

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Great Glasgow City Centre Cocktail Bars with an extra Oomph!

There are so many fantastic bars in the centre of Glasgow, some of them more fantastic than others, and some really overrated ones! For some, it’s all about the décor (or, as Glaswegians say, ‘a bar for poseurs’), whilst for others, it’s all about the product, whether they offer hundreds of gins, whiskies, or other […]

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Spice up your life with a bottle of Arbikie Chilli Vodka!

Arbikie Distillery is the first distillery in Scotland to distil vodka from potatoes. Arbikie Highland Estate is a working farm where they grow their own potatoes, wheat, strawberries and much more. They use the ingredients grown on the farm and nearby areas to make their lovely craft spirits. So basically, they make their spirits from […]

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Arbikie Highland Estate – The Pursuit of Excellence

With so much controversy over how many distilleries hide behind misleading labels indicating where their product is actually made, the Arbikie Distillery is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. Based in a beautiful part of Scotland, Arbikie is one of the few distilleries genuinely making their spirits from scratch. In their pursuit […]

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Gin o’clock! – Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin 60%

Blackwoods gins and vodka come from Shetland, off the north coast of Scotland. Due to the intense weather changes of this northern part of Scotland, only specific plant species survive and flourish there. The area has long, stormy winters and only very short summers. Each year the weather will determine which botanicals are available and […]

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Rogano – 1930s Charm in the Centre of Glasgow

Rogano is one of the oldest restaurants in Glasgow, dating all the way back to 1935. It is better known than most museums in the area and is considered a landmark of some sort. If you haven’t already been I strongly recommend you visit next time you’re up in Glasgow. Not much has changed since […]

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Love PINK?? Then You’ll Love a Bottle of Heather Rose Gin!!

Heather Rose Gin is perfect for celebrations or to be enjoyed as an aperitif. It is fragrant and floral with subtle notes of rose. Seven botanicals – juniper, coriander seeds, orange and lemon peel, liquorice root, rose petals and purple heather flowers – all contribute to create a light, slightly sweet and floral yet spicy […]

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What to Drink in Scotland if You Don’t Like Whisky

If you aren’t used to drinking scotch just yet, here’s some ideas on how to drink in Scotland without feeling you’re missing out. There’s no better place to learn about whisky than the motherland of the great drink, so you might want to consider a few beginners’ scotches to ease you into it while you […]

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