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Israel special part one – Whisky Live Tel Aviv

Israel special part one – Whisky Live Tel Aviv Whisky Live Israel’s organiser has a a poker face – almost impossible to read. If I had to guess, though, I’d say he was worrying. Quite why, though, only he knows. Because the plain facts are that after three days of Whisky Live in Tel Aviv, […]

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We’re talking about a revolution – Whisky Live Israel

I’m not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn’t this. I’m at the opening of Whisky Live Israel, standing in front of 20 members of the Israeli press – and it’s like a scene from a recurring nightmare. I have introduced myself, stated how delighted I am to be in Israel and thanked […]

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Dom promised a second piece on Non Age Statement whiskies. Here it is. sort of.  I sat down this morning and tried to write the second part of my Non Age Statement whisky blog. But I couldn’t do it. I didn’t know where to start. For two hours I wrote nothing, staring morosely in to […]


Living the whiskey dream: an interview with Bernard Walsh

Bernard Walsh is the man behind The Irishman and Writer’s Tears but now he’s building a large whiskey distillery in the South East of  Ireland. People talk a lot about the luck of the Irish, and it does plays a major role in the country’s culture. So you can forgive whiskey producer Bernard Walsh for […]

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Recently a feature appeared on line about Non age Statements. the writer had swallowed e dry line thrown to him by the Scotch whisky industry and it was poisonously wrong. Dom isn’t happy… A couple of weeks ago I read an online feature on Non Age Statements and wrote that it was complete tosh and […]


Irish whiskey is liquid gold

You know the landscape has changed a lot when an Irish whiskey maker welcomes investment from a Scottish whisky company. Go back through Irish whiskey’s history and you will discover a once very healthy whiskey industry that was taken to pieces. Back then Scotland did a lot of investing in Irish distilleries – so it […]

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Interview with Heartwood owner Tim Duckett

Independent bottler of the Year: Heartwood, Tasmania, Australia World Whisky Review has featured Heartwood and its irrepressible owner before and although it’s nearly impossible to get its whisky (due to the size of the company and the demand for the malt Down Under), I am a big fan. But Heartwood’s releases are the Mitchell Johnson […]

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Northern Ireland’s Bushmills Distillery has held off fierce competition from Irish Distillers and Teeling to take the title of Wizards of Whisky Irish Distiller of the Year in what proved to be the closest contest of the Awards so far. Seven gold medals and four silver medals were shared by the three main producers of […]

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Interview with Barry Bernstein, co-owner of Still Waters Distillery

CANADIAN DISTILLER OF THE YEAR:   STILL WATERS, ONTARIO These are early days for Ontario’s first micro-distillery –  but all the signs are we’re seeing  the birth of another world class whisky maker. Still Waters is the creation of two Barrys – Stein and Bernstein – and the distillery only bottled its first single malt whisky […]

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Interview with Tom Holder, The NZ Whisky Co

WIZARDS OF WHISKY AUSTRALASIAN DISTILLER OF THE YEAR: THE NZ WHISKY COMPANY This year sees New Zealand’s All Blacks defend their world rugby title -and 2015 will no doubt mark another significant step forward for the New Zealand Whisky Company. When The All Blacks triumphed in 2011 Tasmanian Greg Ramsay, having bought up existing stocks […]

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