The flipside of the Islay whisky boom

Islay is ‘whisky island’ – home to no fewer than nine distilleries, with more on the way. Whisky has brought investment and jobs to the Queen of the Hebrides, but there are challenges too, including crumbling roads and an inadequate ferry service. Back from the dead: The revived Port Ellen is one of many new... Continue Reading →

Whisky Wit & Wisdom – Dramming

'Dramming' was theoretically illegal, but excise officers usually turned a blind eye to the practice. It consisted of regularly supplying the distillery workforce with glasses of whisky which they drank while on duty.The size of the drams and the frequency with which they were distributed depended on the brewer and the distillery manager, and there... Continue Reading →

First Highland Whisky Festival announced

Eight Highland whisky producers have teamed up with VisitScotland to create the first Highland Whisky Festival, a ‘celebration of the region’s finest distilleries’ set to run from 12-20 May 2019. Each of the distilleries involved –  Balblair, Clynelish, Glenmorangie, Pulteney, Dalmore, Glen Ord, Tomatin and Wolfburn – will host an open day during the festival’s... Continue Reading →

Has the Era of Instant Whisky Arrived?

In an industrial section of Los Angeles, a fantasy jungle grows inside a warehouse. Populated by animatronic topiary dinosaurs, talking plastic parrots, and an autonomous AI personality named Tessa, this steampunk theme park houses Lost Spirits Distillery. Here, ideas about whisky—and whisky itself—are deliberately challenged, broken apart, and remade. Lost Spirits founder Bryan Davis ushers... Continue Reading →

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