I have often pondered, how exactly do you measure the “success” of a whisky, particularly a single malt? For instance, certain whiskies sell zillions of bottles a year worldwide, yet rarely if ever win gold medals or top prizes in whisky and spirits competitions.
For generations Scotland has been famous, or should one say notorious, for rain. But 2017 is turning into one of the driest years on record — and is already affecting several distilleries and may well hit a whole swathe of them as the dry spell continues.
One of my pet hobby horses is lost distilleries. Nothing intrigues me more than when I find a reference to, or artefact from, a distillery I haven’t heard of before.
For centuries, alcoholic drinks made in these islands were primarily malt-based beers and spirits, plus some cider.