A beginner’s guide to Scotch whisky

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 25th January 2014:

Scotch is undoubtedly some of the best whisky in the world. A bottle of Macallan “M” was recently sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for a staggering $628,205, making it the world’s most expensive single malt sold at auction.

What made this particular whisky so in demand was the fact that it was a blend of whiskies from seven different casks, out of a possible 200,000 at Macallan, that’s aged between 25 to 75 years old. Added to the rarity of the whisky was the six litre crystal decanter made by luxury glass designer Lalique which held the spirit.

That was a whisk for the record books but thankfully, most whiskies are not quite so expensive.

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Cask finished whiskies that you must try

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 10th May 2013:

A recent trip to the Isle of Skye revealed a whole new side of whiskies for me – the cask finished whiskies.

By law, all whiskies are aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. A select few also go on to be “finished” in special casks, which would impart additional flavours to the whisky. Majority of the casks were from sweet or fortified wines, giving the finished whisky a sweeter and fruitier note. Some, like Auchentoshan Three Wood, are even aged in three different types of casks.

I was in Skye for the unveiling of the Talisker Port Ruighe – the latest and permanent addition to the Talisker portfolio. Port Ruighe is the classic Talisker 10 finished in a port cask, a process which gave it a caramel hue, softened smoke and fruitier notes. Some might say, Talisker for the ladies.

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Beginners’ guide to whisky for women

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 29th November 2012:

Pouring whisky at Glen Garioch

If there’s one distillate that’s thought of as the man’s spirit, it’s whisky. Its high alcohol content and unyielding distinctive character creates a very masculine profile. Throw in cigars and poker and you have the ultimate boys’ night in.

But whisky is something that can and should be enjoyed by men and women; and not just on Burn’s Night either. Want to know why? Here’s a guide to get you started:

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