On the Whisky Trail in Campbeltown, Scotland

Formerly the home of nearly three dozen whisky-producing brands, Campbeltown, Scotland today only has three operating distilleries: Glen Scotia, Glengyle, and Springbank. The trio extend into today a tradition dating back to the seventeenth century, when single-malt whisky distillation first began in the area. Now only a shadow of its former self, the region once … Read more

Ramblings of a Whisky Bar Night

I’m never going to live for tomorrow, The loss of the moment is too strong, Desperation follows me as a lonely ghost, And gets me every time. I look to me and my spirit, is in the air, I’m nowhere. Words are the wagers of desires, The danger of a drug that takes me higher, … Read more

Norfolk Whisky-English Single Malt: Whisky Master Iain Henderson at England's St. George's Distillery

The first legal English distillery in a hundred years opened its doors in November 2006. What will its whisky be like? This article discusses the distillery and how its whisky will probably taste. In November 2006, the first English whisky distillery in almost a century became operational in Norfolk. Why? Frankly, why not? Whisky is … Read more

Understanding Scotch Whisky Labels

Considered by a fair majority to be the finest whiskey* in the world, Scotch has been produced in the northern United Kingdom since at least the sixteenth century, when an order for Perhaps the first, and most important consideration when glancing at a Scotch label is whether or not the spirit within is said to … Read more

The Way American Whisky is Made

American whisky covers a lot of different types and a lot of different formulas. American whisky, and Canadian as well, can be made from a variety of grains – rye corn and wheat. Due to the differences in the water used to make the whisky, the same type made in two different places can have … Read more

Snow Grouse Brings Whisky into the 21st Century: Grouse's New Whisky is a Subtle, yet Brave Product

The manufacturers claim the latest addition will offer “a completely new taste sensation”, and they’re right. Snow Grouse whisky’s taste is so smooth and subtle it is best served on the rocks – with ice. Adding mixers or even water almost completely dilutes this whisky’s unique flavour, although it will undoubtedly work well as the … Read more

Scotch Whisky Single Malts, Regions and Blends: Highland, Islay, Lowland, Speyside and Blended Whiskies

Scotch whisky is generally classified as malt whisky, grain whisky or blended whisky. Malt whisky is made from malted barley, whereas grain whisky is made from malted barley and unmalted cereals, such as maize or wheat. The majority of Scotch whisky drunk worldwide has been blended with a combination of malt and grain whiskies. What … Read more

The Future of Whisky in the UK: Why Discounted Whisky may Lead to Poorer UK Consumer Choice?

Whisky’s history is dotted with twenty year cycles of ebbs and flows in its fortunes. The 1960s saw a massive upturn in its popularity, with the concomitant reopening and expansion of distilleries. The 1980s then saw a major downturn with the permanent closure of some of whisky’s greatest names, including Port Ellen and Rosebank. Now, … Read more