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Scotchmania rules the roost

July 9 2016

What never fails to amaze me is the enthusiasm for Scotch whisky I see in other countries. Indeed, Scotland sometimes seems to be the one nation that is losing pride and passion for its national drink — whereas, go overseas and in many places Scotchmania rules the roost.

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Japanese whiskies – some of the best in the world

June 11 2016

Whisky was first distilled in Japan around 1870 but the first “big” distillery, Yamazaki, was built in 1924 after Masataka Taketsuru spent several years working in the Scotch industry, learning whisky distilling from the ground up. Since then their whisky industry has grown like Topsy and is today dominated by two giants, Suntory and Nikka.

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It’s all in the hooter

May 21 2016

A few weeks ago, Famous Grouse joined the ranks of the big-name blends whose chief blender is a woman. She is Kirsteen Campbell, who has been in training for many years and has been chief blender for Cutty Sark for the past eight.

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The grain versus the grape

May 7 2016

It has long puzzled me why the French, who are singularly patriotic, indeed utterly chauvinistic, about their nation’s food and drink, are such big fans of Scotch whisky.

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Whisky galore no more

May 7 2016

One of the great joys for visitors to Scotland is to tour a distillery, or even several, and enjoy a dram of the house best at the end of the tour.

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