whisky tasting

Top Tips: how to improve your whisky tasting skills


“how do you get those rosemary honey notes on the nose or those honey-glazed bacon aromas, I can say it’s peaty and herbal but that’s it!“ I got asked this quite a lot during tasting sessions and I see plenty of you feeling a bit discouraged by whisky geeks’ tasting language… No, none of us whisky freaks are born with a perfect palate, we’ve learnt …

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10 rules to make the most out of a whisky festival


While I’m preparing myself for the whisky festival season (Whisky Live Paris, The Whisky Show…), I thought I could share a few tips for you if you’ve never attended any of those great malted reunions! [GIVEAWAY INCLUDED – SCROLL DOWN!] 1 –> Choose the right day to come: Saturday will be packed but sometimes it’s what it takes to have access to some specific bottlings …

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3 burning whisky questions


I’ve recently been hosting a few tastings for friends and amongst all the questions that were asked, I thought I would share 3 really relevant ones with you because we all need a bit of whisky education in our lives right? To decant or not to decant? So you’re probably quite familiar with those beautiful crystal jugs, taking all sort of fancy shapes to look …

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Don’t Freak Out, You Can Still Attend Spirit of Speyside


Ever fancied learning how to create your own signature whisky cocktails? How about experiencing a traditional Scottish ceilidh with a dram in hand? Or perhaps you want to learn to blend whisky like a pro? Whatever whisky-themed activity tickles your tastebuds, you can do it all – and a whole lot more – at the world-renowned Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival when it kicks off …

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6 of Scotland’s most popular distilleries team up for Whisky Festival


Following on the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the local distilleries of Glenmorangie, Balblair, The Dalmore, Glen Ord, Clynelish and Old Pulteney have again teamed up with Dornoch venues to provide an exciting menu of whisky based activities for an autumn weekend break. The festival will see the guest appearance of Charles Maclean, a well known whisky writer and taster, who starred in the …

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An enchanting whisky getaway with The Lost Distillery Company


Remember, I already introduced you guys to the historical approach of The Lost Distillery Co. in a previous article earlier this summer (don’t tell me you don’t remember – you went all crazy for this giveaway – thanks again for being so numerous to enter btw!). And as I’ve been roaming around Scotland since a few weeks, I gladly took the opportunity to visit the …

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Sharing a few drams at Douglas Laing HQ


I recently paid a wee visit to the team at Douglas Laing HQ and had the pleasure/privilege to dive into some of their finest expressions while listening to the stories of their passionate ambassador Jan Beckers (pssst! Follow him here & here for all things Douglas Laing!) – comfortably seated in their beautifully-decorated Sample Room (which kind of reminded me of Cragganmore’s Club Room & …

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Spirit of Speyside Distilled: More Details Revealed


Hey whisky lovers, I’ve got a good news for you today! Tickets are about to go on sale (15th of July) for a brand new drinks festival that unites, for the very first time, Speyside’s famous whiskies with the region’s award-winning brewers, gin makers and food producers. Spirit of Speyside: Distilled, from the world-renowned Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, will bring together an array of …

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Yes, whisky & tea pairing is very much a thing


First of all, could you please tell us a bit more about you: where do you come from, what’s your career background and how did you end up creating Benjamin & Blum luxury tea company? I was born in the UK, but have lived and travelled around the world, recently leaving an international career in law to set up Benjamin & Blum. I have always …

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Spirit of Speyside: 5 senses – 5 Highlights


As you may have noticed reading my social media updates lately, I had the chance to attend the 2016 edition of the famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which was a very first time for me ! And this year’ SOSWF surely didn’t disappoint… AT ALL ! I first wanted to provide you with a proper « day by day » diary of my festival experience but I finally …

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