Tag Archives: Scotland

• First you drink your scotch, then you make a bicycle!

First you drink your scotch, then you make a bicycle!

The beautifully grained bike is constructed from about 15 staves taken from second-fill Glenmorangie whiskey casks. The Glenmorangie Original by Renovo bicycle, a collaboration between the famous Scotch whisky producer and Oregon-based wooden bicycle manufacturer Renovo, the unique new bikes can be yours for $7000. They are the first in the world to feature a frame constructed […]

• Not Fake News: Your Vintage Whisky Could Be Counterfeit

Not Fake News: Your Vintage Whisky Could Be Counterfeit

Whisky.Auction, an online spirits auctioneer, uncovered what they call an “extremely sophisticated” counterfeiting operation. While this large-scale counterfeit whisky operation is in England, if you purchased vintage whisky at auction, there’s a very good chance it may be fake. “In a statement to sister publication The Spirits Business, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police commented: “Detectives from […]

• What’ll you bid for rare Donald Trump Single Malt Whisky?

What’ll you bid for rare Donald Trump Single Malt Whisky?

Yes, Virginia, there is a single cask of Glendronach made especially for Trump’s golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Here are the deets: 26-Year-Old, only 500 bottles released, sherry cask, BOX SIGNED BY DONALD J. TRUMP! Hurry, hurry! This bottle is going to auction on January 13 at McTear’s in Glasgow, Scotland. “After his recent elevation […]

• Oh no! Here’s how Brexit could impact scotch imports!

Oh no! Here’s how Brexit could impact scotch imports!

Most liquor exports and imports between the UK and US have been tax-free for 22 years. Brexit might send that into a tailspin. “Leaving the EU would be a leap in the dark for our great British food and drink industry and could lead to years of negotiations on new trade deals – with no […]

• Ex-Diageo Director to Launch Whisky Investment Firm

Ex-Diageo Director to Launch Whisky Investment Firm

A former Diageo commercial director is to launch a new platform designed to give investors the chance to profit from maturing whisky, having raised more than £1 million through crowdfunding. Founded by Paul Tustain, the CEO and founder of BullionVault, and ex-Commercial Director of Diageo, Rupert Patrick, Whisky Investment Direct achieved its funding target of £1,002,972 via […]

• Scotland Retains Top Spot in Drink Brands

Scotland Retains Top Spot in Drink Brands

THE United States is closing in on Scotland’s number one position for producing the world’s most powerful drinks brands according to a report. For the tenth year running, spirits brands including Johnnie Walker helped Scotland maintain its top position in the Power 100 league table compiled by brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business. But the report […]

• Will Tequila Learn from Scotch Whisky’s Marketing Mistakes?

Will Tequila Learn from Scotch Whisky’s Marketing Mistakes?

Despite the market split, the Tequila category is on the cusp of its own boomtime. But, the positioning of the mixto sector compared to 100% agave carries echoes of Scotch whisky past-tendency to hype single malts to the expense of blends. And now, Scotch volumes are suffering. Will Tequila make the same mistake? Richard Woodard […]

• Female distillers know their alcohol – and always have

Female distillers know their alcohol – and always have

A new generation of distillery trailblazers navigates a checkered history of sexism to stake a claim in the traditionally male-dominated industry. Bridget Firtle interrupts our interview when an alarm sounds. The water has reached the right temperature for the next stage of making mash. I watch as she drives a forklift truck carrying 3,200lb of […]

• How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

The idea of tasting a whiskey that comes straight from the barrel has been an enticing selling point in recent years, but the growing popularity of “cask strength” spirits is a bit more than just a nebulous term meant to conjure images of tough men, dark wood, and stiff drinks. If we put you on the spot, […]

• No-Age-Statement Scotches Latest Trend

No-Age-Statement Scotches Latest Trend

You don’t have to choose your Scotch by the numbers. Increasingly, distillers are dispensing with age statements and focusing on the many other factors that make their spirits sing. IN SCOTCH AISLES across the country, a reformation is quietly under way. Among the stolid contingent of age-emblazoned single-malts—the Glenlivet 12, the Macallan 15, Talisker 18—a […]

• A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

GQ meets up with Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, to talk through the do’s and don’ts of Scotch whisky. First things first. To call itself a scotch whisky, a potential scotch whisky has a few hoops to jump through before it earns the moniker. It must be made from malted barley, it […]

• Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Latest edition of Jim Murray’s (pictured) Whisky Bible created a bit of a tumult, with not a single Scotch whisky in the top five. Putting together the Whisky Bible is not the hedonistic career it sounds to be. “People tell me I’ve got the luckiest job in the world,” Jim Murray says, in the lobby […]

• 20 Top Whiskies At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

20 Top Whiskies At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

The results are in from the world’s most prestigious spirits competition. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition took place last month, showcasing the very best of some 1,500 liquors.  In all, nearly 50 bottles won awards – but we know what you’re here for, so we compiled a list of this year’s top whiskeys. From the […]

• Macallan M Imperiale Whisky Sold for $628,000 at Auction

Macallan M Imperiale Whisky Sold for $628,000 at Auction

The good-to-the-last-drop award should certainly go to The Macallan award-winning single malt whisky – just recently Guinness World Records awarded the famous whisky the accolade of “most expensive whisky sold at auction,” for the second time when the The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique fine crystal decanter sold at Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong for […]

• Scottish Brewery Releases ‘Performance Enhancing’ Ale

Scottish Brewery Releases ‘Performance Enhancing’ Ale

In light of the recent 50 Shades of Grey movie release, Scottish brewery, Innis & Gunn, has released a beer brewed with 50 different kinds of hops. Innis & Gunn claim that 50 Shades of Green will “arouse tastebuds and raise temperatures in households across the country.” As if the huge hop variety wasn’t enticing enough, […]