We spirits-lovers have never had it so good. We are in the midst of an apparently unstoppable gin revolution and on the cusp of what I predict to be a similarly irresistible rum revival. Sales of fine whiskey, cognac, tequila and vodka are also soaring, craft distilleries are popping up all over the place and our collective thirst for classic and quirky cocktails shows no sign at all of abating.
From the central belt to Speyside and beyond, we take a look at the best whisky bars from around Scotland, just in time for World Whisky Day on 18 May.
When we think of summer spirits, our thoughts tend to take us to rum, tequila, vodka, and gin. But there’s one more spirit on the market that’s perfect for summer mixing (and sipping) — white whiskey. If you’ve never heard of white whiskey, you might know it by its other moniker, moonshine.
For a category that seemed to be on its last legs 20 years ago, the resurrection of Bourbon has been nothing short of staggering.
New brands appearing, old brands revived, classics reaching crazy prices – there’s always something going on with Bourbon and the thirst for it looks unquenchable, especially in its home market.
After a cold whiskey winter, gin is flowing once again as bars debut spring menus focused on herb- and fruit-forward cocktails made with clear spirits. Make no mistake, gin is legitimately back in fashion, with distilleries all over the world crafting versions of this centuries-old spirit that capture the character of the individual locales from which they derive. Gin is mother’s ruin no more, and this shift has been a long time in the making.
When pairing cigars with spirits, the first thing you think of is probably whiskey – and for good reason. Bourbon and single malt scotch do pair particularly well with a fine cigar; the oak, vanilla, and sometimes smoky flavors complement the complex layering that unfolds with each puff.
A study carried out by the University of Sigulda in Latvia found that gin may have a positive effect on our metabolism by helping to burn calories more efficiently.
With Cinco de Mayo coming up, you may find yourself wondering, what is the difference between tequila and mezcal? They’re both made from agave, sure, but …
The proper way to drink Scotch is with a splash of water to awaken the whisky’s flavor and smooth the bite of the alcohol. Or so they say in Scotland. But not all of …