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 I am delighted to announce that I am to take over as Editor of British-based drinks magazine The Spirits Business. The magazine is aimed at an international on trade readership and is the official magazine of the International Bartenders’ Association. It was launched and successfully edited by the formidable Patience Gould, who stood down recently. […]

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Whisky in Ice?

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky and history are natural partners, and one complements the other perfectly. So news that a cache of whisky had been found in a camp abandoned by Shackleton more than 100 years ago was cause for escitement and expectation. When you hear of the drama of Shackleton’s retreat from his […]

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Is Bill Samuels having a laugh?

You wouldn’t expect Bill Samuels to go out without having the last laugh, and it seems he hasn’t. Maker’s Mark’s manic mailman is approaching 70 and claims he’s about to hang up his hat ‘n boots and lay down his six shooter – but given the Ted Nugent of bourbon’s motormouth past and the track […]

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Do the World Whisky Awards have any value?

The World Whisky Awards are, for me, an annual treat, a great way to get through the depressing post Christmas drudge and misery. I am fortunate to be involved at every stage of judging, and as the contenders are narrowed down I am always amazed at the quality. This year, particularly, I was amazed at […]

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Laphroaig tasting at Purl

  You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer, more cosy or more intimate place to drink malt whisky than Purl. It’s a cool cellar bar not far from Baker Street station, oozing in retro charm. Here they study the science of drinks, glancing to London’s gin palace history and bringing to its recipes science […]

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Dalmore Rivers

Highly priced super premium whiskies have been receiving a fair amount of flak recently, most risibly from Born Again Buxton who has reinvented himself as a man of the people though he wasn’t above being paid to help market  Glenglassaugh 40 year old at £1400 plus a pop. Given my impeccable Socialist credentials (me and […]

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Whisky tastings

I am delighted to announce that I am to start holding occasional whisky tastings at the Maid’s Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich. I have always loved the venue and it is soaked in rich history. Eventually we may look at putting on whisky dinners, but for the time being I will hold a straightforward two […]

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England Expects

England’s only whisky distillery is entering its fifth year and its whiskies are already getting experts to sit up and take notice. The Whisky Tasting Club have launched a limited edition tasting of four of the English Whisky Co. expressions . I spoke to distiller David Fitt about these malts Q. The first release ( Chapter 6) […]

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Book tour part 8 – Movember charity bash

It was because of Chris and Lucas at the Edinburgh Whisky Blog that I signed up to grow a moustache to raise cash for Movember so it seemed logical to catch up with my mo bros in Edinburgh, sink a whisky or two, and maybe raise some money for the cause. I have to say […]

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Book Tour part 7: Edinburgh

It’s hard to walk west down Prince’s Street in Edinburgh when the sun is setting and the historic buildings and churches are silhouetted in front of you and the castle stares down high above to the left without feeling a dramatic sense of awe. And so it is this evening as I walk down to […]

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