A lovely trip to The Glenlivet distillery in Scotland.
This year's batch of cocktail and spirits books - all put together in one big list to make your gift list (or your own wish list) easy to see.
Should you distill a whisky in Scotland and export it for additional aging it is no longer scotch whisky. Here are a couple of new products that do just that.
Four new drink books have arrived of late: One a literary account of great drinking, one a visual account of great spirits branding, a third a historical/visual account of a great brand, and the fourth a visual/contextual tour of Scotland's distilleries.
For years I'd heard about the Islay Festival of Music and Malt aka Feis Ile, and last year I finally was able to attend courtesy of Bunnahabhain. (All pictures on this post of from Bunnahabhain's distillery day.) During Feis Ile, each of the distilleries on the island hosts a party one day, with live music, food, special tastings, demonstrations, and tours. Each distillery also puts out a special edition of whisky just for the festival and usually only available for purchase by attendees. During Bunnahabhain's distillery day, I had a chocolate and whisky tasting as well as a whisky and...
They call Bunnahabhain "the welcoming taste of Islay" because unlike other Islay scotch whiskies, most Bunnahabhain is not smoky. Here are is how the whisky is made.
A visit to the Deanston single malt scotch whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
Burn Stewart Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan, was charged with creating a product which would be more in keeping with its original north east recipe. The result is a slightly smoky taste that maintains the distinctiveness of Black Bottle.