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Best Scotch for a Special Occasion

“What is the best scotch for a special occasion?” A reader recently emailed me that question and I absolutely loved it. In Chinese culture (and many many others), alcohol features prominently in celebrations of any kind. Almost every family has … Continue reading

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Should I Worry About Condensation in a Whisky Bottle or Decanter?

Usually not. Think about the last time you took a cold soda or beer out into the warm air. After a minute or so, the outside was covered in condensation right? That’s because the temperature of the can was lower … Continue reading

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What should I do if my scotch whisky smells moldy?

Have you ever removed the cork from a bottle of scotch or wine and thought it smelled a little off? Have you poured out some of the elixir and found it to have something off about it? Maybe it’s a … Continue reading

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Is Johnnie Walker Blue Worth It?

Find any random person off the street and ask them what the most expensive bottle of scotch is… chances are they will say Johnnie Walker Blue. It’s well known, it’s generally well regarded, and people know it’s expensive. Heck, walk … Continue reading

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Enter to Win a Set of Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Tasting Glasses

Who doesn’t love a giveaway? I’ve had the pleasure of running a blog about my favorite hobby, scotch, for many years (first post was December 2008) and I’ve never run a giveaway. Stunning, right? Well, today that ends. For the … Continue reading

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What would you do with $631,850?

If you had $631,850, what would you buy? Think about that for a moment. It’s not enough to get a Bugatti Veyron… … but you could easily get a Maserati, Bentley, or a Porsche (or several). Me? I’d probably get … Continue reading

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Who Owns What in Whisky

(Click to enlarge) American Public Media’s Marketplace created an interesting graphic last week, a chart that shows which conglomerate owns which whiskies. Knowing what I do about whiskies, it’s obvious that they started the chart with the four big companies … Continue reading

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Bourbon: Scotch Whisky’s Cheaper But Still Awesome Cousin

There’s a reason why a lot of folks think scotch drinkers are snobs – it’s a (relatively) pricey dram. But so is anything that’s been stored in a warehouse for 12+ years and then exported over the Atlantic ocean. The … Continue reading

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How to Start a Fire in a Fireplace

I absolutely love sitting in front of a roaring fire on my comfy leather couch, a dram of whisky in my hand and a few hours to rest and relax. There’s something about flickering of the flames, the hint of … Continue reading

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How to Drink Whisky with Richard Paterson

Great video with Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay teaching duty free staff how to drink whisky (first two minutes cover the how, the rest cover tasting notes for some of their brands). When I first started drinking whisky, I … Continue reading

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