September 9, 2019

There are many ways to increase your knowledge about our favorite drink. One of them is reading books. Others are visiting whisky festivals, becoming a member of a whisky club, attending whisky tastings — or doing all of the above.

However, if you want to take it to a m...

June 5, 2019

If there is one island in the world that can claim the title “Whisky Island,” it is Islay, off the southwest coast of Scotland. Measuring 600 square kilometers with a stunning 130-mile long coastline, Islay is home to roughly 3,250 inhabitants proudly calling themselve...

April 3, 2019

The word clan is as interwoven with Scottish history as the tartan is woven in a kilt. On the surface that might not seem entirely just, or at least incomplete, since clanning appeared in many forms and in many countries in a “tribal” sense. The etymology of the word h...

March 6, 2019

The year 1987 marked the end of a monopoly in the Irish whiskey industry. For decades Irish Distillers (ID, currently owned by Pernod Ricard) had dominated production of Irish whiskey. Then that monopoly was broken by an Irish businessman named John Teeling.

During his...

February 6, 2019

In 1896, Matthew Gloag & Son (originally founded in 1800) introduced a blended Scotch simply named “The Grouse.” After many decades of covey rises, it became known as Famous Grouse and became a favorite tipple of the happy hunter. The brand is steeped in tradition. The...

January 9, 2019

The whiskey world has many interesting characters, not limited to the ones of bygone years and centuries. Time to meet a contemporary distiller “at arms” up-close and personal:  Mr. Andrew Lang, owner and operator of Leatherwood Distillery.

Andrew started brewing wine a...

December 5, 2018

Where Jim Beam might be called the King of Bourbon, Koko Taylor decidedly earned her nickname Queen of the Blues. There are plenty more comparisons to be made here. Beam is a long-lasting family affair with Beams still working at various places in the bourbon industry;...

November 1, 2018

Last summer we were invited by our New York publisher Workman to do a promotional tour for A Field Guide to Whisky. The route was planned beforehand and took us through a whopping 14 states — Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylv...

October 3, 2018

The town of Hawick (pronounce Hoyck) is proud home to a distillery since 2017. It is the first one in the Scottish Borders since 1837. Hawick was founded in the 12th century during the reign of King David I. It is located where the Siglit and Teviot Rivers meet and is...

September 5, 2018

The north coast of The Netherlands is protected from the North Sea by a series of barrier islands called the Wadden Islands. From west to east they are Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog, Rottum and Rottummeroog. Save for the last two, they are all...

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