Ranging from Highland Park on Orkney in the north to Bladnoch in the Borders in the south, there are over 120 whisky distilleries in Scotland.
Here are 13 of the most picturesque, you’ll want to visit again and again.
Turnover in Scotland’s food and drink sector has grown to a record £14.8 billion, Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary said.
Fergus Ewing announced it had grown by £836m from 2016 to reach its highest ever total the following year.
For a span of several months last year, Jim Murray, a whisky writer and reviewer, was unable to walk, stand, and even sit comfortably because of a simple and very telling mistake: for upward of twenty years, he’d spent full days spitting whisky out of his mouth into a spittoon that sat on his right-hand side. His whisky-spitting motion had become so one-sided that he’d shriveled a muscle in his back and thrown his spine out of alignment.
Murray is a principled whisky taster. He achieved some notoriety a few years ago for admitting during an interview that he does not kiss anyone during the writing of his annual whiskey tome, Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible. He says the germs run the risk of making him sick, which would trash his tasting schedule of up to 30 whiskeys a day. When I watched him give a tasting on Texas bourbons recently, he nearly inspired an uprising among a cadre of Southerners by barring any swallowing at all for nearly two hours, and also stringently enforcing a “no talking” rule. “Listen to the whiskey,” he said. Eventually, most of the Texans came to heel, and later began self-policing in so zealous a manner that it was obvious they’d become disciples.
Scotch Whisky’s contribution to the UK economy has grown by 10% since 2016 to £5.5 billion, according to a new report by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
The report, which builds on research carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), also reveals Scotland’s national drink generates two-thirds of all spirits Gross Value Added (GVA) in the UK.
The industry has also been buoyed by record exports reaching £4.7 billion in 2018, and several new distilleries beginning production and opening their doors to tourists.
The Macallan Boutique is to be the first-ever permanent, monobrand luxury spirits boutique at Dubai International (DXB).
Edrington EMEA Travel Retail and Le Clos – the Dubai-based fine wine and luxury spirits retailer – is writing the next chapter in their record-breaking partnership with the unveiling of a new luxury retail concept for The Macallan.
The Macallan Boutique design is a bespoke concept which draws heavily from the passion, vision and beauty of The Macallan Estate, including the new £140m distillery and visitor centre in Speyside, unveiled last June.
Along with a strong focus on consumer engagement and storytelling, the boutique will also feature exclusive products, complementing Le Clos’ world-class portfolio of fine wines and spirits.
The most extensive and famous private whisky collection in the world is set to stay in Scotland for another ten years.
The Diageo Claive Vidiz Collection has been the focal point of the Scotch Whisky Experience on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile since it first went on display in 2009.
The European Commission has approved a geographical indication (GI) protecting the methods of producing Irish whiskey.
The Irish government submitted a technical file outlining specifications for producing spirits that can be sold as ‘Irish whiskey’ in October 2014.
It’s being advertised as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is hosting a first-ever auction of two rare vintage bottles of Macallan Fine and Rare Series scotch
“We were extremely fortunate to receive these highly sought-after products, which are very difficult to find across the world, let alone in the U.S., and we look forward to making one or two scotch enthusiasts very, very happy,” said Tim Holden, PLCB chairman.
Scotland’s Bladnoch distillery, as it gets ready to open its doors later this year to visitors, is continuing to release older single malt whisky expressions. The latest of these is a new 17 year old Scotch that was finished in ex-California red wine casks.
The new Bladnoch 17 Year Old, according to those behind it, is a limited edition release which was first filled into ex-bourbon barrels in 2001.
Angela Cochrane und Kirsty Olychick betreten als erste Frauen einen Bereich der Whiskyindustrie, der bisher noch immer ausschließlich in männlicher Hand war: Sie beginnen eine Ausbildung zum Küfer (oder vielmehr wohl zur Küferin) an der Cambus Cooperage von Diageo in Clackmannashire.
Einen Caol Ila, der mehr als 30 Jahre im Fass verbracht hat, wird man nicht gerade kistenweise bei sich daheim stehen haben. Eigentlich schade, dass das nicht geht, denn mit einer langen Reifung tendiert Caol Ila dazu, umwerfend komplex zu werden, ohne dabei die ausgeprägte Rauchigkeit zu verlieren. Nicht immer, aber doch oft genug, um große Augen zu bekommen, wenn man solche gereiften Abfüllungen sieht – zum Beispiel auf Messen. Das sind dann Zeitpunkte, wo man auch mal für einen Dram tiefer in die Tasche greifen kann.
The final 20 bottles of the Duke of Rothesay’s own whisky will be auctioned off to raise money for the Ballater community. They are Royal Lochnagar 30-year-old single malt from the Duke’s 1988 cask, which was produced at the local distillery. The recent auction of bottle number one of the Prince’s single malt raised £9,100, and the foundation is releasing the remaining bottles for auction this month.
Every whisky event I work, there is at least one bloviating male who explains whisky to me. Every auction, conference, and fundraiser—I stand at my booth, hired to conduct tastings, and educate the consumer on what they’re drinking. This type of man is quick to tell me what he does, but never asks about my job. He assumes he knows more about whisky than I do. Men who do not understand what I do have explained my job to me, scores of times...