The launch tasting with Alasdair Day (centre) and Calum Gillies (right)

Raasay Revival

There were beads of sweat running down our ever-reddening faces. Not because of any crisis, or misspoken words,…

Labels and Trust, the new Japanese agreement

Sone thoughts on the new labelling agreement for Japanese whiskies. A positive move that has been deservedly welcomed,…

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Native Grains

Whisky is a cereal-based drink, but the majority is made from two types: corn and barley, with some…

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THREE STEPPS TO … (part 2)

  The continuation of my first whisky job. Part one is here.  We pick up the story as…

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THREE STEPPS TO … (part 1)

THREE STEPPS TO … This piece about my introduction to the whisky world appeared in a festschrift for…

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Glasgow: rum and slavery

As part of this week’s look at rum and in anticipation of the first Scottish Rum Festival, a…

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Bloomsday: soap, whiskey and Ulysses

Today is Bloomsday, so let’s wash our hands with lemon-scented soap, pour ourselves some whiskey, pick up Ulysses…

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Agave and Cinco de Mayo

It’s Cinco de Mayo today, so it seemed the right time to write something about agave. It was…

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Virtual Speyside Whisky Fest 3: Walking the Speyside Way

Yesterday’s musings on this virtual Speyside Whisky Fest looked at what ‘Speyside’ means. It brought back memories from…

Virtual Speyside Whisky festival 2: Identity

‘What is Speyside?’ I asked George Grant at the recent DramFest. He gave me a slightly old-fashioned look.…