4 Islay whiskies for non-peat freaks


Maybe you thought Islay was all about peaty/smoky malts – I don’t blame you, you’ve probably been told so at a tasting, while touring a distillery or in a bar, and well… That’s mainly right. But did you know that Islay was also home to some exquisite unpeated whiskies (and that peated whiskies were produced elsewhere than on Islay ;)) ? Here are a few …

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Toasting Women for SMWS success


When The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was formed in 1983, the whisky industry may have been dominated by men – but it was women who helped to establish the Society and ensure its growth and prosperity. Yeap, you read that right 😉 Amongst them, let’s focus on Anne Dana – The society’s first managing director When Anne Dana first set eyes on The Vaults in …

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5 Exciting Irish Whiskeys you need to try


In the run up to St Patrick, a lot of you have been sending me messages about my favourite Irish Whiskeys – while I don’t necessarily have ONE particular favourite, here’s a list of some interesting (and yummy!) liquids from the Emerald Isle I would highly encourage you to try ! Green Spot Château Montelena Green Spot Chateau Montelena has been initially matured in American Bourbon and sherry casks …

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My cocktail for The Spirit of Speyside Festival


Over the last few weeks, I had the chance to team up with the amazing team of The famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival around an exciting mixology project: creating a cocktail based on a Robert Burns poem ! “Dram O’ Shanter, The Speyside Grace and Best Laid Drams – the most famous works of Scotland’s national bard have been immortalised in the form of …

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10 must-try Port-finished whiskies


I think Winter is the perfect season to enjoy richer Port wine finished whiskies, so here’s a small selection of my personal favourites if you’re also in the mood for some heart-warming amber nectars (for every budget!) 😀 GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Finish “Following up its first peated single malt Scotch, GlenDronach Peated Whisky, GlenDronach have now created this delightful peated malt, which was finished in …

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10 must-try sherry bombs


Winter approaching, it’s definitely my favourite season for a good ol’ sherry bomb! And as you’re often asking for my recommendations, here we are again with another list of my “10 must-try” dedicated to those fruity, rich and oh-so yummy drams :p  As usual, click on titles for direct links to shop ! PRICE SCALE: $ 0 – 50£ / $$ £50 – £100 / …

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3 great books for whisky newcomers


Over the years, I probably have accumulated and read more whisky books than any other kind of books #NeurosisFTW – And reading was and still is a very important part of my malted discovery journey. Since a few years though, not a month passes without a new spirited book appears on the virtual shelves of Amazon. It has then become more and more difficult for …

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Autumn favourites: 10 drams for every budget


If you’re a whisky enthusiast, you probably know this time of the year is full of new releases and the peak season for malted celebrations of all kinds… As a – very lucky – blogger, I have the opportunity to taste many different whiskies all year round (from festivals I attend, samples I get sent, drams I share with like-minded maltyheads and also personal purchases), …

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7 Rye whisk(e)ys you need to try


I recently developed a huge interest for rye whisk(e)ys. Well, I did like a good rye before but never really had time to dig deeper into this specific category, now that I’ve been growing a passion for this delicious spicy beverage (which is also quite versatile – as yummy neat, in a long drink or a more sophisticated cocktail); here’s my personal list of must-try …

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10 underrated entry level Scotchs you need to check


I have the chance to taste so many different and new scotch whiskies all year round (thanks god I’m blogging!), but as I was building the whisky selection for our soon-to-open Whisky bar in Toulouse (FR), I embarked in a very pleasant journey, re-discovering the wealth of entry level malts, that actually have a lot to offer! I know, you’re more into getting your hands …

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