Whisky Galore

Writers of fiction are generally advised to ‘write what they know’ and journalists to write what they have learned or observed.  Where does that leave the reviewer of a whisky-tasting event whose previous tasting of whisky can be counted on the fingers of one hand? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Angel’s Share (3)

Stephen Penman is our expert on scotch whisky

I have had a nose now, and not a particularly inconspicuous one, for as long as I can remember. Wherever I go the old proboscis tends to lead the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Angel’s Share (2)

Stephen Penman is our expert on scotch whisky

In my first article on whisky in Lothian Life, I differentiated between the three different kinds of Scotch whisky that are produced. These are malt whisky, made using malted barley in a pot still, grain whisky, made from grains such as wheat and corn in a continuous still, and blended whisky, a combination of malts and grains. Here I’m going to look a little further at each type.
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The Angel’s Share (1)

Stephen Penman is our expert on scotch whisky

Scotch whisky may be the world’s favourite spirit, but to many, it is rather confusing as to what Scotch whisky actually is. We regularly hear of malt whisky and blended whisky but what exactly are they, and what are the differences between them? In fact when we refer to a ‘blended whisky’ we are talking about a marriage between two different spirits: malt whisky and grain whisky. It is important in talking about whisky that the fundamental differences between them are understood. So let’s start with what is often referred to as ‘the real stuff’, Scotch malt whisky. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here’s a Whisky to Watch

Usually whisky connoisseurs are a bit sniffy about grain whiskies so when I invited a couple of the lads to a blind tasting they were a bit taken aback when I confessed that they were being offered a North British Distillery single grain whisky. They perked up at the news that it was aged 21 years in a bourbon cask and had an ABV of 56.8%

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Whisky and the Net

The chances are that if you are reading this article you have embraced the new technology of the information revolution. Also you will have an interest in whisky. Putting the two together deserves investigation.

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