Scotland

Think of Islay whiskies and most likely the first words that come to mind are peat and smoke. Islay is known, after all, for its peated malts—which means the barley used in distillation has been...
You can be among the only people in the world to taste this extremely rare spirit…
Among the more than 100 single-malt distilleries in Scotland, the Glenrothes has made a name for itself.
Scotch whisky was originally called uisge beatha, a Scottish Gaelic phrase meaning “water of life.”
It stands to reason that Johnnie Walker’s master blender, Jim Beveridge would have quite a challenge if he wanted to select just three of these casks from which to make a superpremium, super-refined...
David Stewart, the longest-reigning malt master in Scotland, has been with the Balvenie for over 50 years, so he knows the Speyside distillery like few others.
Eagle-eyed observers traveling through duty-free shops around the world recently may have noticed an eye-catching gold metallic bottle displayed among the other Johnnie Walker Scotch brands. This was...
The Macallan is pouring five of its rarest vintages—the 12 Year, 15 Year, 17 Year, 18 Year, and 21 Year—for an exclusive whisky tasting at the Hotel Bel-Air. Open to just 12 guests ($85 per person),...
Glenfiddich 50 Year Old, one of the rarest single-malt whiskies ever released by the scotch distillery, will be available to taste for one night only, Wednesday, September 4, at the San Antonio...
Of all the countless classifications of spirits, those with the widest spectrum of flavors are the single-malt whiskies from Scotland. Whether they come from the Highlands, the Lowlands, Campbeltown...
Back in 1998, The Dalmore became the first distillery to create a single-malt scotch specifically for cigar smokers. Of course, this made perfect sense, as there was a cigar boom going on in America—...
Little has changed since William Grant & Sons, now one of Scotland’s few remaining family-owned distillers, built The Balvenie distillery in 1892. The Balvenie still performs every aspect of its...
The Macallan has commissioned photographer Annie Leibovitz to create a series of photos inspired by four rare single-cask whiskies—drawn from the distillery’s oldest maturing blends—which it’s...
Highland Park , located on the Orkney Islands, was once a favored haunt of the Vikings. Now Scotland’s northernmost distillery is paying tribute to its Nordic heritage with the release of Thor ($199...
Most single-malt Scotch is aged in either ex-bourbon barrels or sherry casks, or a combination of both. Depending on the geographic origin of the oak, each imparts its own distinctive flavors to the...
Since 1994, under the guidance of Dr. Bill Lumsden, master distiller and head of whisky creation for Glenmorangie , this Speyside distillery has been producing a series of highly successful “wood...
Three bottles of the recently released Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky 1907 are included in the Alfred Dunhill Antarctic Whisky Cabinet ( www.dunhill.com ). The Mackinlay has the flavor and...
Be forewarned: this is not your typical Laphroaig , an Islay single malt usually known for its rock ’em–sock ’em, heavily iodined smoky characteristics. Your first hint is the bottle itself, which is...
When it comes to single malt, most people think of the Scottish Highlands. However, Scotland’s three remaining Lowland distilleries typically produce much gentler whiskies. Most notable of these is...
Those who favor ice in their Scotch will no doubt find a kinship with this replicated bottle of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky, the spirit Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton selected to...
When the famous Highland distillery of Glen Garioch (pronounced “Glen Geery”) was mothballed in 1995 after 198 years of operation, it ended a legacy of producing lightly peated, honeyed single-malt...
With Johnnie Walker’s first release since launching its top-of-the-line Blue Label King George V edition in 2007, the blended-Scotch-whisky maker is taking new strides. The Johnnie Walker Double...
If the taste of a whisky literally reflected the topography of the place where it was made, then one would expect a dram of Laphroaig to be lean, even austere. The south coast of Islay, after all, is...
Highland Park , the northernmost distillery in Scotland, recently unveiled its oldest and most expensive whisky to date, the unparalleled Highland Park 50 Year Old ($17,500), a vatting (combining) of...
One has to admire the “out-of-the-snifter” approach of Courvoisier , founded in 1834 and one of the four leading Cognac houses, which has now taken this classic digestif from an after-dinner setting...
The single malts from Talisker has been nicknamed “the lava of the Cuillins” for the spirits’ trademark peppery character, as well as the 181-year-old distillery’s solitary location in the jagged...
John MacDonald, distillery manager for Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, releases whisky from casks for bottling only when the spirit reaches its optimal maturation. For this reason,...
Two of the most intense malt-whisky flavor components are new American oak—which imparts vanillin characteristics—and peat, which, when used to dry malted barley, produces a smoky taste. In his quest...
Lightly peated and distilled two-and-a-half times (thanks to the unique design of its copper pot stills), Springbank is the pride of Campbeltown, as well as of collectors and connoisseurs the world...
In 1263 the chief of the Clan Mackenzie saved King Alexander’s life; in gratitude, the king granted the clan permission to portray the royal stag’s head, which appears on every bottle of The Dalmore...

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