Aldi scores with cheap whisky

It is certainly advisable to invest in good whiskeys. But a good whiskey does not have to be expensive at all. This has been proven by two whiskeys of budget-supermarket chain Aldi. During the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Master 2018, a competition by The Spirits Business magazine, the expert jury awarded Aldi's whiskeys with no less... Continue Reading →

Whisky Societies: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

In my previous post, I discussed the illustrious Keepers of the Quaich. Today it's time to shed a light on another global whisky society. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)began in the late 1970's when Phillip 'Pip' Hills bought a quarter cask of Glenfarclas single-cask Scotch malt whisky.  He shared his experience with university friends and... Continue Reading →

Whisky Societies: Keepers of the Quaich

Whisky is becoming a more popular drink worldwide. Friends who plan whisky tastings together, more restaurants and bars are promoting whisky along with food pairings and new whisky brands and types are introduced regularly. You name it! Also societies around whiskies are becoming more of interest and are getting more members. In the two coming... Continue Reading →

Diageo

Maybe you have heard of Diageo when reading an article about whisky or saw it somewhere in an advertisement. But what is it? Diageo plc, established in 1997, is a British multinational alcoholic beverages company with a London-based headquarters.  The company was formed by the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan and the name of... Continue Reading →

The fine art of making whisky

In my opinion, distilling whisky is a fine art. Quite magical as well; creating something so sophisticated with just water and barley. How do they do that? In this blog I will tell you all about the steps of making whisky; from raw materials, to malting, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and finally maturing. Poor yourself a wee dram, sit... Continue Reading →

Nice to peat you!

It was on a cold winter's evening, when me and some mates sat down by a nice roaring fire and I first tasted a peaty whisky that one of the guys brought along. It was a 10-year old Talisker Single Malt. I was instantly hooked by the smokey taste of the Talisker, something I've never... Continue Reading →

The Angel’s Share & Devil’s Cut

During the maturing process of whisky, about 2% of the liquid evaporates from the barrel each year. Two percent doesn't seem much, but the longer the whisky is maturing in the barrel, the more will be lost. For example, a 20-year old whisky can lose up to 40% of its contents due to evaporation. The... Continue Reading →

Facts about whisky

The exact origin of whisky is unknown, it's existence was first documented in Ireland in the early 1300s. The Red Book of Ossory, written at Kilkenny Cathedral, provides the first references to distillation and to Aqua Vitae, the water of life. Here are some more facts about whisky. Did you know that... there are two... Continue Reading →

Welcome, whisky-lovers!

It has been an incredible week in Wigtown, Galloway and Dumfries, Scotland. Wigtown is also known as Scotland's national book town. My fiancé booked the apartment above The Open Book two years ago via AirBnB. This bookshop is now already fully booked for the coming 3 years! Ok, this blog is not about books. However... Continue Reading →

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