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Lesser Known Distilleries Can Offer You Great Whiskies Too!

Lesser Known Distilleries Can Offer You Great Whiskies Too!

Lesser Known Distilleries Can Offer You Great Whiskies Too!   Whilst I started my career in whisky with William Grant & Sons, one of the advantages of working for a smaller independent bottler is that at work I get to sample whiskies from almost every distillery in Scotland.  I'm not saying that the big companies don't make good whisky, (think of all those luscious, honeyed Balvenies), rather that lesser known ones make good whisky as well. In this Blog I am going to introduce you to some distilleries that are not so well known, but still can provide you with...

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Whisky Festivals and how to survive them!

Whisky Festivals and how to survive them!

As DuncanTaylor's Whisky Ambassador, I attend many Festivals and Events. As we enter the new year and the number of events keeps increasing, here are some of my tips for getting the best out of them. The two main types of event, can be classed as either "free pour" or "token purchase". The first is where after paying for entry, all the whisky is free. This is obviously a type of event that can be abused by the visitors, as the temptation will be to drink as much whisky as possible. This type of event is not well looked at...

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What's caused Gin to become an on-trend drink? We asked the experts...

What's caused Gin to become an on-trend drink? We asked the experts...

Everybody is talking about gin. The history of this juniper based spirit dates back for centuries, but in recent years has seen its popularity wain. Until now that is. Gin has suddenly blown up, becoming a "trendy" drink with new bars dedicated entirely to the spirit opening up across the UK. But what has sparked this? Why is everyone suddenly enjoying gin a lot more than they used to? And with all these different types and flavours of gin popping up across the world from distilleries big and small, what do people look for as their ideals of gin? Who...

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Rum: An underrated spirit that deserves more attention?

Rum: An underrated spirit that deserves more attention?

Rum isn’t really one of the products at the forefront of the spirit world. Whisky has a huge following and a big number of dedicated enthusiasts, while vodka is a fairly common option in bars around the world, and gin is building up a more and more “trendy” image. Rum however isn’t a spirit you often hear getting discussed, but its contribution to the drinks sector is probably quite undervalued. So, what actually is rum? While other spirits are made from distilling particular grains, rum is made differently. Distillation is still a key part of the process, but it’s what...

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What makes a good whisky? What the experts say...

What makes a good whisky? What the experts say...

How do you define a “good whisky”? There are so many methods, traditions, standards and processes that go into making a bottle of whisky, that vary across the thousands of distilleries around the world. From your single malt scotches to your American bourbons, and from household names such as Jack Daniels, to rarities produced for centuries on the smallest of the Scottish Isles, there are so many elements that go towards choosing the ‘perfect’ whisky. Of all the spirits, whisky seems to be the one that comes with the most passionate, enthusiastic drinkers, with a particularly busy online world filled...

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