December 2016

7 Questions for Box Distillery’s Manager Roger Melander


As Scandinavia, and especially Sweden is becoming a world-class whisky producing region – not only thanks to big players like Mackmyra but also via smaller craft distilleries spreading the territory – there’s a lot to learn – AND TASTE – when it comes to Swedish whisky. If French are said to be the N°1 whisky consumers in the world, Sweden is actually known for being …

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The Spirit Show: 3 Gins You Need To Try


As I was attending the first edition of The Spirit Show London earlier this month, I intentionally chose to focus on “other spirits” rather than running my usual whisky marathon. Even though I still regret not having enough time to have a closer look at each and every exhibitor showcasing their spirited work that day, here are 3 gins that really stood out for me! Bishop’s …

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My Personal 2016 Whisky Awards


2016 is coming to an end and while we’re all still finalising the last-minute details of our NYE parties, I’ve decided – like I did last year – to come back on the passed year and nominate my personal malted highlights. We saw plenty of exciting releases this year so it was once again a very tough choice for me but I’m always in for …

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Rock your Christmas dinner with those Whisky & Food pairings


After fixing your pre-dinner Christmas drinks in this previous article, let’s have a look at what’s on the actual menu! Here are 5 whisky & food pairing inspirations for the festive season, from starters, main course to dessert (If I were you – but you’re probably lucky I’m not – I would even skip the boring after-dinner coffee & replace it with yet another dram. …

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Weekly Review: Claxton’s Glenrothes 19 Year Old (1997)


In the early years of Scotland’s ancient and most world-renowned industry, many merchants bought single casks of whisky and bottled them as they were, preserving their unique character and flavour. As a family-owned, independent company bound to no single distiller, Claxton’s proudly continue this ancient tradition by hand-selecting individual casks that reach only the highest benchmark. The marriage of wood and spirit in a cask …

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In Search of The Perfect Christmas Dram


Hans Offringa, recognized whisky expert, keeper of the quaich, SMWS ambassador & renowned whisky writer, together with his whisky-loving wife Becky, have been forming “The Whisky Couple” for many years, offering us delicious stories, educative tastings and sharing their passion like no others. Read their thoughts as they embark on a quest to find the perfect Christmas Dram! “Is there such a thing as a …

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Tales of The Cocktail is coming to Edinburgh in 2017


Tales of the Cocktail on Tour heads to the Scottish capital for its first foray out of The Americas Tales of the Cocktail on Tour is to reveal the programme for its much anticipated visit to Edinburgh in April.  The four-day extravaganza will see leading hospitality professionals from all over the world head to Scotland’s capital for a series of events designed to educate, illuminate …

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INSTAsummary: An inside look into The Spirit Show London


You probably already noticed if you follow my spirited adventures on social media (you don’t? You’re missing out 😮 Kidding… But still, there are some pretty cool Xmas giveaways on my Twitter & Facebook pages at the moment, you should probably have a look #JustSaying #SelfPromoFTW) – last Friday, I was attending the first ever edition of new London boozy event The Spirit Show. I’ll be back …

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3 of the weirdest whisky by-products


Are you still trying to find inspiration for some last minute Christmas gift? Want to offer a whisky-related gift to your malt maniac friend but he already has 164987 bottles you’re not sure which one to pick? Why not look out of the box for other boozy options with a funny/weird/WTF twist? Here are 3 ideas for you! Scotch infused Toothpicks (What the actual f***?!) …

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