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A New Whisky Crisis Looms – Scotch Distillers Running Out Of Names

October 30, 2014

We haven’t quite digested yesterdays’ news of Diageo freezing some of their expansion investements yet, and now another blow is hitting the Scotch whisky industry. The names for Scotch whisky are running out faster than expected.

Diageo And The Pitfalls Of Boom And Bust

October 29, 2014
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Some rather shocking whisky news came out today: Diageo has put their plans for certain distillery expansions on hold, including Teaninich, Mortlach and Clynelish.

Linkwood 28 yo 1985 Signatory for TWE

October 27, 2014
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The flavours are very dense and compact here which makes it hard to single out specific ones. It is a lovely whisky, but it needs time to open up. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig Select

October 20, 2014
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There really is not very much going on here, but I found the long aromatic finish very pleasant. – Rating: 82/100

Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

October 18, 2014
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The young age is quite obvious here, but the strong sherry does a good job in not letting this turn into an annoyance. – Rating: 84/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1999/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

October 16, 2014
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The typical Bowmore fruitiness is balanced by quite strong peat and spices here. Some water and time is need until it fully opens up. – Rating: 86/100

Whisky Myths Debunked #11 – Spelling Is Important

June 16, 2014
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Oh, how I wish I did not have to write this article

When Was Scotch Grain Whisky Invented?

April 12, 2014
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Grain whisky has been put on the agrnda by industry giants. But its history is far from well-known.

Whisky People #14 – Lawrence Graham

January 10, 2013
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Name: Lawrence Graham
Year of Birth: 1958
Place of Residence: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Whisky Involvement: Festival organizer, blogger

Whisky People #13 – Dave Broom

August 23, 2011
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Year of Birth: 1959
Place of Residence: Hove near Brighton
Profession: Writer
Whisky Involvement: books, magazine articles, masterclasses etc.

A New Whisky Crisis Looms – Scotch Distillers Running Out Of Names

October 30, 2014

We haven’t quite digested yesterdays’ news of Diageo freezing some of their expansion investements yet, and now another blow is hitting the Scotch whisky industry. The names for Scotch whisky are running out faster than expected.

Diageo And The Pitfalls Of Boom And Bust

October 29, 2014
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Some rather shocking whisky news came out today: Diageo has put their plans for certain distillery expansions on hold, including Teaninich, Mortlach and Clynelish.

Are You Being Priced Out Too?

July 23, 2014
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I haven’t been buying much whisky lately. Not because I did not want to, there are plenty of interesting bottles on the market.

It’s Only Whisky. Or Isn’t It?

July 6, 2014

Reflections on collected criticism of me and my blog.

Slyrs Revisited

June 23, 2014
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Last weekend I invited my fellow Malt Manaics to a barbecue. We were also invited by Slyrs to a special tour of their distillery.

Ardbeg Auriverdes Launch, Bar Gabányi, Munich

May 20, 2014
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It’s that time of year again, Ardbeg release their eagerly anticipated annual special bottling.

America Needs Better Whisky Regulations

September 18, 2014

The regulations are a jungle that has grown beyond control, and it needs someone with a regulatory machete to cut a new path through the thicket.

The Dark Side Of The Booze

August 29, 2014
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After the article about the environmental impact of alcohol this is about the impact that alcohol has on ourselves.

Whisky Christmas Dinner – Dessert: Whisky Soufflé

December 13, 2012
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The Soufflé au Grand Marnier is a French classic, so why not swap the orange liqueur for a nice whisky?

Whisky Christmas Dinner – Main Course: Fillet of Beef With Morel Sauce

December 12, 2012
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Another simple but not necessarily cheap and easy dish to help you to have enough time to enjoy the holidays.

The Dramming.com Whisky Survey Part 2 – Analysis

December 8, 2013

While the overview only showed the raw answers to the questions, in this part I will be looking at the information that can be gathered by combining several questions.

The Dramming.com Whisky Survey Part 1 – Overview

October 23, 2013
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One of the biggest projects ever on this blog has come to an end. From 5th May to 30th September 650 people have partcipated in a survey about their relationship with whisky.

John Lamond: Whiskey – Instant Expert – Book Review

October 1, 2013
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In the “Instant Expert” book series of US based publishers Princeton Architectural Press, the Scottish whisky expert John Lamond gas contributed a title about whisky

Davin de Kergommeaux: Canadian Whisky – The Portable Expert

May 19, 2012
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Canadian Malt Maniac Davin de Kergommeaux has done it again! After launching canadianwhisky.org, he continued his quest to make the world familiar with this drink by writing a book.

Master Of Malt Reference Series Update – E150a Influence

October 13, 2014
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Back in April Master of Malt released a special range of blended malt whiskies that they were going to use for experiments. Now there have been the first additions

How To Turn Ardbeg Into Bowmore

April 6, 2014
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Many of you will have heard about the FWP (“French Whore Perfume”) phenomenon of some Bowmores distilled in the 1980s. Now a cunning plan sprang into my mind.

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