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A replica Scotch is one that was created to recreate the experience of a famous bottle. Do you remember a few years back when they discovered three crates of Scotch whisky underneath the Ernest Shackleton hut in Antactica? Ernest Shackleton … Continue reading
When I was in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, I stopped by their duty free shop (the one right through the security checkpoint) to see what they had. It was a beautifully set up little area for single malt scotches. I wish … Continue reading
Smoke! Peat! Phenols! Once you enjoy a peaty scotch in front of a roaring fire, there are fewer things better. There’s just something about staring at the flicker of the flames and enjoying a dram. Chances are you’ve had some … Continue reading
Auchentoshan bills itself (the Long Version explanation is absolutely fascinating) as the only triple distilled single malt scotch. It’s one of those phrases that gets used in marketing and I never really knew what impact it had on whisky. The … Continue reading
Yes! Peaty-ness, or more accurately smokiness (the smoke comes from the burning of peat as a fuel source to heat to dry the barley), is measured in parts per million (ppm) of phenols in the barley before it’s been milled. … Continue reading
If you’re a fan of red wine, you’ll know that one of the tips to help “open up” a bottle of red wine is to aerate it or decant it. Aerate simply means to introduce air to the wine, usually … Continue reading
I’ve always considered The Macallan to be the BMW of scotch whisky (or, if you prefer, the Apple iPhone). There is no doubt that Macallan puts out a great scotch whisky but you’re paying for a lot of brand name, … Continue reading
I like looking at the results of the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) each year. I don’t put a tremendous amount of credence to the awards themselves but I do like looking at which malts scored highly because it … Continue reading
1-2 years. If it’s sealed and kept in the right conditions, it could last forever. In fact, famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton abandoned an Antarctic expedition in 1907. That expedition included several bottles of Mackinlay’s and three were discovered over … Continue reading
I stumbled upon this little nugget of trivia the other day: What is the earliest historic record of the distillation of Scotch whisky? The earliest historical reference to distilling in Scotland appears in the Scottish Exchequer Rolls for 1494, where … Continue reading