New: Scottish Whisky Distillery Map

Have you ever wondered where all Scottish distilleries are located, or which distilleries still are independent? With our new Scottish Distillery Map, it’s very easy to find out. You can filter by owner, owner country, size, age and even by prominent flavours. Read More

Age Stated Whiskies that have been (or will be) replaced by NAS versions

It seems to be the trend to replace Age Stated Whiskies, like The Glenlivet 12 Years Old, by NAS (No Age Statement) expressions. In The Glenlivet’s example, it will be a new ‘Founder’s Reserve’. Moving away from whiskies with an age statement offers distilleries more freedom in deciding how long to let a whisky age. If they deem the quality of their Scotch high enough at 10 or 11 years, it can be bottled without having to alter the name and label. The Macallan, for example, has replaced the majority of their aged range by NAS whiskies. While many… Read More

The Most Typical Islay Whisky is… Not From Islay

With the addition of our new regional flavour profiles, like this Islay profile, we got very curious to find out which whiskies have the most similarity to these regional profiles. So we did some math. The most interesting find is that the whisky that shows the most similarities with the average Islay profile, actually isn’t an Islay whisky! It’s an Islander: Talisker 10 Year Old. Its smoky, peaty character matches the average Islay flavour profile slightly better than Ardbeg 10 Year Old, a real Islay whisky. Most similar whisky The whisky that represents its region the best… Read More

Flavoured whiskies

We personally enjoy our whisky without any added flavours. But when you either still are getting acquainted with whisky, or when you’ve already tasted just about everything, you might want to try a whiskey with a twist. And with the wide range of flavored whiskies you can currently choose from, you’re definitely not the only one. Most of these flavored whiskies are produced in the United States. The reason for this is quite simple: Scottish regulation do not allow any additional flavors to be added to whisky. If anything else than E150 (caramel coloring) is added, it is not allowed… Read More

Not-so-common cask finishes

A whisky that has been ‘cask finished’ spent its last maturation time in a cask that has previously been filled with something else. This transfers some part of the ‘old’ flavour to the whisky, which results in a more full, unique flavour. A sherry cask finish is probably the most well-known type of maturation, but whiskies that have been finished in sauternes casks (French white wine) or port casks (Portugese red wine) are also quite common. Some other types of double maturation, however, are very unique. Benromach 21 Year Old, Tokaji Finish Unique Tokaji wines are produced in a very… Read More

Unique Whisky Bottle Designs

The design of a whisky bottle is very important. For branding and sales of the distiller, but the bottle design can also even influence the way you experience a whisky. The designers of these whisky bottles made sure that their bottles stand out from the crowd. Simple & stylish Sometimes less is more. Elegant lines, simplicity and subtle details are often part of the most beautiful designs. Octomore Angel’s Envy Imperial Kavalan Single Malt Gouden Carolus   Fabrics & wood Unconventional combinations of glass, wood and fabrics sure make for a unique whisky bottle. Read More