January 2017

Drams & Dishes: 9 Wintery Whisky and Food pairings


You’re probably already familiar with the trendy concept of Hygge (and if you’re not, Google is a helpful friend) – now let’s say you’re all wrapped up in your fake fur blanket by the fireplace, some expensive ginger-bread scented candles lit up in the room & your purring cat sleeping next to you, there’s still something missing to turn this cosy quality time into a …

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Whisky Gets Social: Diageo highlights key trends for 2017


Diageo’s first ‘Future Series’ trend report reveals the shape of socialising in the year ahead. In the report, the team responsible for innovation and future-gazing at Diageo, the world leading drinks company behind brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Baileys and Guinness, isolates three main social trends expected to accelerate into the mainstream in the year ahead. Diageo worked with a team of cultural …

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Career: Lindores Abbey Distillery looking for Distillery Cat !


WANTED! Mouser-in-Chief for the spiritual home of Scotch whisky. As Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife prepares to open its doors to the public this summer, with a visitor centre and working distillery on the site of the first recorded distillation of Scotch whisky in 1494, the founders – Helen and Drew McKenzie Smith – are looking to make a crucial appointment. Lindores Abbey is on …

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Old-Style VS Modern: was whisky “better back then”?


While many whisky enthusiasts are singing the praises of 1980s/1970s/1960s or even older expressions often stating that those past juices were better, had more character and/or offered a better quality/price ratio than today’s nectars, I thought it was an issue worth investigating! As you know (not that I like bragging about my youthful age… Kidding, I totally do), I’m born in 1990 and only developed a …

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Reviewing Mackmyra rum-finished expression Vinterdröm


The story of Mackmyra, Sweden’s first whisky distillery, famously began with a ski trip in 1998, when eight friends from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology went on holiday together and all brought bottles of whisky to share. In conversation during the evening, the friends’ national pride was somewhat piqued by the fact that all of them had brought Scotch and discussion turned to how a …

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Top Tips To Rock Your Burns Night Dinner


With Christmas a distant memory and spring a long way away, the end of January isn’t a traditionally cheerful time unless you follow Scottish tradition and throw a party to rival Hogmanay on the 25th. Burns Night is a celebration of the great Robert Burns, national hero and Scotland’s most beloved poet, and a great excuse to shake off the winter blues. Surprising your guests …

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7 Questions for Rens Defrenne from The Nectar


Since its opening in 2006, The Nectar has embarked in a quest for the best spirits to share with both consumers and professionals: whisky, rhum, cognac, armagnac, calvados, grappa… The Belgian company has become a real reference in the industry, distributing more than 2000 references as we speak, and even bottling some casks under its own label “nectar of the daily dram“ I wanted to …

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Deanston unveils new 40-year-old expression


Deanston has kicked off the New Year in style with the release of a brand new limited edition! Handcrafted using the best Scottish ingredients, Deanston 40 Year Old (45.6% ABV) is unchill filtered for an authentic and natural taste. The spirit has been stored in whisky refill casks before spending the last 10 years of its maturation in Oloroso sherry butts. Light amber in colour, …

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Top Tips for the wannabe whisky collector


You’ve recently developed a taste for whisky (Yay! Welcome!) but you don’t have a clue where/how to start? Hey, don’t freak out and let me guide you! First of all, why would people collect whisky, I mean, I thought it was meant to be drunk? There are plenty of very good reasons to collect whisky. Here are a few of those: First of all, if …

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Reviewing Highland Park Fire Edition


Highland Park Fire Edition completes a two-part series of special edition bottlings that celebrate myths and legends of the Viking age and follows the launch of Highland Park Ice Edition in March last year. I had the chance to receive a sample a few weeks ago, so let’s have a closer look at this highly-awaited expression! It is the first single malt whisky from Edrington-owned …

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