September 30, 2020

An author, a bar, a blended whisky and a musician have a connection. Is this ringing a bell? And if so, which one? That depends in no small part on who answers the question. The whisky enthusiast will probably choose a dram, but the music lover may think of a famous ja...

September 3, 2020

The growth in micro and craft distilleries throughout the world has swept through the Netherlands. Since 2004, the Dutch have had Frysk Hynder Single Malt from Us Heit in Bolsward (in the province of Friesland, also spelled Fryslân*) and Millstone Single Malt from the...

July 1, 2020

Third in a series on the centennial of prohibition

Following our last two installments on the centennial of prohibition in America, we are now in the heart of the period. Private clubs and speakeasies blossomed as never before, though “officially” the entire country was...

June 3, 2020

Part II on the Prohibition Centennial

A considerable number of counties in the United States turned “dry” as the temperance lobby influenced local politicians and subsequently local laws in their favor. Maps from 1910 illustrate the many counties where alcohol was entir...

May 6, 2020

Part I of a special series on the centennial of prohibition

Andrew Volstead, namesake of the Volstead Act. 

Starting one century ago — from 1920 to 1933 — it was illegal in the United States to manufacture, sell or transport intoxicating liquors (above .5 percent al...

April 1, 2020

Recently we were in Louisville, Kentucky to visit a few distilleries, to do photography and interviews for some new articles. Through a dear friend who should definitely be mentioned — Penryn Craig, the last descendant of Elijah Craig and owner of the original Craig fa...

January 8, 2020

Rupert Patrick, great-great-grandson of James Eadie, is responsible for the resurrection of a whisky brand his ancestor established more than a century and a half ago. At that time a large St. Andrews Cross was depicted on the label, in reference to the street where dr...

December 5, 2019

Jazz was born in a whiskey barrel

Jazz was born in a whisky barrel — so said jazz clarinetist Artie Shaw. When scrutinizing whisky and jazz some interesting comparisons may be made. Both were crafted under the suppression of a neighboring majority that looked down upon...

November 6, 2019

The Netherlands is considered a mature whisky country by various whisky producers and importers. Hans and Becky tour the “low country” and show us a few reasons why. — Ed.

Picture a country of about 13,000 square miles, densely populated with 17 million inhabitants. For...

October 2, 2019

During their summer vacation in Germany, our intrepid Whisky Couple experiences an unexpected whisky surprise. Here’s their story, with a Scottish twist at the end.

Since we spend a good deal of time sitting at airports and in airplanes, we prefer to take our annual vac...

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