Whisky - A Recycling Nightmare?

Matt Chambers | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

Whisky packaging has been named and shamed as one of the top villains for recycling in a new report from The Recycling Association, the UK's largest network of independent waste and recycling operators.

Can Rum Be Collectable?

Matt Chambers | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

We are now at the stage where brands are seemingly trying to out do each other with each super premium release. You are now no longer simply paying for the liquid in the bottle but the design of the bottle itself, the craftsmanship of the cabinet/box that it is housed in, the specially commissioned commemorative book and the precious metal adornments.

How Did You Get In To Whisky?

Matt Chambers | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

What turned you on to whisky? Was there one experience or a particular whisky you tried that got you hooked? What made the biggest first impression on you? How did you get in to whisky? These are questions that I get asked on a regular basis.

Is Rum The New Whisky?

Matt Chambers | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

A few weeks ago, someone asked me about which spirit would be the 'next whisky'. By that they meant, which spirit would come out of the shadows in a similar way that whisky started to do about ten years ago? Whisky has become the 'new Cognac'. My prediction skills have never been good, but after some discussion we came to our conclusion - rum.

Alcohol Might Get Through Brexit... But Not In The Way You Think

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

If you have a sentimental attachment to a dusty Dalwhinnie or a spurned Suntory, don't feel obliged to flog it just because you fear the worst of Brexit; more lucrative times may yet lie ahead for the humble single malt. As with selling anything vintage, how much it will be worth is likely to be something of a crapshoot. If you have a copy of The Hangover III on DVD or blu-ray on the other hand...

Why Is Old Whisky So Expensive?

Matt Chambers | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

The whisky in question was the fifth and final installment of the now legendary Black Bowmore series with a recommended retail price of £16,000 per bottle. So, what are the reasons for this pricing and why do people get so annoyed by the cost of luxury items?

Another Day, Another Distillery...

Matt Chambers | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

Ardnahoe distillery - image copyright of Hunter Laing & Co. Recently, the news of a new single malt whisky distillery in Scotland was greeted with un...

The Bacon Roll Challenge

Mike Gerrard | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

I never knew whisky could be so much fun. The previous afternoon I was pairing whisky with chocolate truffles, and now here it is, 11 o'clock in the m...

Blending Like a Master

Mike Gerrard | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Outside the distillery it's an idyllic rural scene. Birds are tweeting and flying around the dark stone buildings of the distillery, which was founded in 1824 by a whisky smuggler, John Cumming. In the green fields around, cows are contentedly munching.

Is Scotch Whisky Dead?

Matt Chambers | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Chambers

The publication of a book last Autumn created a serious stir amongst the whisky community. In fact, it created a stir in the wider world with issues raised and tackled by the UK and global media.

A 90 Year-Old Cocktail Mystery.. And Top Christmas Tipples

Victoria Ferran | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

Buried deep inside the walls of The Savoy Hotel's American Bar lies a 90 year-old cocktail shaker filled with Plymouth Gin, Cointreau and lemon juice: The White Lady cocktail. It was lovingly laid down in 1927 by Harry Craddock - then head bartender - during an Art Deco refurb at the height of the Jazz Age. But despite many attempts to locate the ancient silver vessel, it has never been found.

Meet The Entrepreneur Who's Just Solved Your 'What Do I Buy A Guy For Christmas?' Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The whole "what do I buy for my boyfriend, dad, brother" for Christmas question has been a conundrum which rears its head every year. Enter David G...

Love Scotch? You Need to Visit Islay, Scotland's Whisky Island

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, Islay – known as the Queen of the Hebrides – is a picturesque destination known for its...

Whisky, Wildlife and Weaving - A Long Weekend in Islay

Rebecca Williams | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

There's something magical about Islay (prounounced I-la). It has some of the best beaches in Britain, whisky by the barrel-load and fish so fresh you...

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Whisky Tasting

The Huffington Post | Claudia Canavan | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Put down the beer folks, there’s a new go-to beverage in town – and it’s one you need to get acquainted with. We’re talking, of course, ab...

A Taste of Orkney

Mike Gerrard | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

In a concrete hut in the shadow of the Neolithic standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar on Orkney is a stuffed fish. No ordinary fish, though, as it was the record trout then caught in British waters and weighed 29lb 8 oz. The average trout caught in Stenness Loch, from where it was pulled out, is 1 lb. My gillie for the morning, Stewart Wood, is sceptical, though.

As Slow as Possible as Fast as Necessary

Lara Platman | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Lara Platman

It is by some miracle that I am once again in the land that I love so much, Scotland, on this occasion, Islay. I am here to drive a selection of Land Rovers from the Series 1 of 1948 through to today's modern Defender. Why Islay though? Surely a spot nearer to home would suffice?

The Art Of Drinking Whisky - Here's How

Claudia Canavan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Want to sound like a pro at the bar? Order a whisky. The deep, golden and well-matured liquid is having a moment; cooler than vodka, more complex ...

Here's Your Chance To Win One Of 25 Bottles Of Select Laphroaig Whisky

The Huffington Post | Jo Carrigan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When you’ve been distilling whisky on a remote Scottish Island for over two hundred years, you’re certainly used to a little pain and punishment. ...

For Some, The Greatest Space Experiment In History Has Come To An End

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Tech

We realise that headline might not be relevant to everyone, but then when you're talking about a subject as divisive as whisky, it's all subjective. ...

Suntory Is Sending Its Best Whisky To Be Aged In....Space!?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Tech

Japanese whisky distillery Suntory has unveiled an all-new location where it'll start ageing its finest whiskies: Outer space. That's right, Suntor...

Chivas Defies 'Whisky Loch' Fears With New Speyside Distillery

Ian Fraser | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Ian Fraser

The production plant's glass-fronted still room houses eight copper pot stills, with tulip shapes used for the wash stills and onion shapes used for the spirit stills, replicating those used at the Imperial Distillery. In a departure from distillery tradition, the stills are arranged in a circular pattern, which gives an unusual feeling of spaciousness in the still room.

Win One of Five Bottles of Chivas 18 With Personalised Engraving

Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

Here's your chance to win five bottles of Chivas engraved with a personal message of your choice. Chivas 18 is meticulously blended by Master Blen...

What's So Special About A Single Malt Whisky?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK

When 'Mad Men's Don Draper reaches for the bottle in his desk drawer, you know the chasm between his public persona and private self has come perilous...

This Whisky Glass Plays Audio Through Your Jaw

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Tech

Johnnie Walker might be one of the oldest whisky brands, but that hasn't stopped it from trying to reinvent the way we drink the good stuff. Its la...