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.
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.