Whisky Mystery – The Glenlivet Cipher

If you read about whisky anywhere close to half as much as you drink it, you’ll have noticed not one but several brouhahas recently. A notable one is the rise of ‘non-age statement single malts’: i.e. non-blended whiskies that eschew the tradition of specifying a year, instead choosing to name their expressions after monosyllabic natural occurrences, elements…
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New Whisky Resolutions

The onset of Winter chill thinly veils an excuse to seek out new whiskies, although in all honesty I’d have to be set on fire before considering turning down a wee dram.   A crisp Winter morning and aboard the 90 year old Thames barge ‘Will’, I eye up the coal fire both warily and…
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Safe Jacker

JD and Oak – the perfect mix. At least it is when the wood in question has been in the form of one very special Jack Daniel’s barrel. Not just any barrel of Jack Daniel’s is granted the status of Single Barrel. Every so often, the Jack Daniel’s Master Tasting Panel discover a barrel of…
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The Law of Averages: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Presents The Gentleman’s Wager II

Jude Law impressed us with his fancy footwork in short film A Gentleman’s Wager last year, and now he’s making a return to his debonair, asset-acquiring ways, this time preparing to race a Delahaye 135S classic from Rome to Monaco by noon the following day in order to win both the car and Giannini’s villa.…
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WIN! A £200 Bottle Of The Macallan Rare Cask

With family festivities approaching, you’d be wise to bring some ammunition with you to impress the in-laws. Perfect timing because Lusso is offering you the chance to win a bottle of The Macallan Rare Cask, an appropriately complex whisky with a level of clout that will sway the most stiff necked of fathers-in-law. Just as the name implies, Rare Cask isn’t your everyday single malt. Crafted from…
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Gordon & MacPhail: World’s Most Exclusive Whisky Unveiled

Contrary to popular belief, my lunchtimes rarely involve strings of Martinis punctuated by amuse-bouches, but rather a more conventional sandwich or perhaps an impromptu reformulating of last night’s culinary experiment (dinner).  On Wednesday the 2nd of September however, I had the pleasure of being invited to a somewhat hush-hush unveiling at the Royal Opera House,…
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Karen Krizanovich: Amateur Dram-atics

‘It’s whisky without an e,” he says. “Single malt. Never served with ice but with a drop of cool water, preferably from the Highlands.’ This is not some orthorexic neurotic alcoholic who has to have things just so. This is a normal person who happens to really like single malt whisky and who drinks enough…
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The Singleton Sensorium: Sensory Experiment and Whisky Masterclass

Tasting is smelling is seeing in the world of immersive whisky. A blustery Tuesday evening in Soho, and I’m ushered up the creaky staircase of the Riflemaker’s Arms and squeezed into a small dark room full of chatter, familiar faces from the spirits biz and the distinctive smell of The Singleton single malt Scotch. I’m…
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Rare “James Bond” Macallan Fetches £9.6k at Auction

Peer back through the mists of Scottish folklore and whisky has always been an integral part of Gaelic life, a tradable by-product of monasteries and farms. Medicinal ‘aqua vitae’. Then disgruntled English gin-drinkers imposed their levy’s in the early 1700’s, and suddenly illicit distilling was all the rage; tartan-clad moonshiners with undercover ways and means. When armies of…
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Suntory’s Yamazaki Cask Collection

We’re aware that Christmas is still a good few months away, but trust us, it’s going to sneak up on you and you ought to be prepared. Preparation in our books generally involves stock-piling a good amount of alcohol. So, whether you invest in this super special, limited edition liquor as a gift for a…
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