A New Chapter for Laphroaig Veteran John Campbell

At the end of September it was announced that John Campbell was leaving Laphroaig after 27 years as their Distillery Manager. While he wanted to be closer to his family on the mainland, he hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet – family owned and independently operated Lochlea Distillery (located just below Glasgow) isContinue reading “A New Chapter for Laphroaig Veteran John Campbell”

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The Lowlands

The Lowlands of Scotland may not see the prestige and powerhouse appeal like regions such as Speyside and Islay, but it’s an area that produces some quality spirit. Simply outlined, the Lowlands encompass everything south of Edinburgh (although you can look at the map for a more accurate idea). The diving line was originally decidedContinue reading “The Lowlands”

Glenfiddich Powers Lorries with Green Biogas

Ever at the forefront of sustainability practices, Glenfiddich is looking beyond just their distillery and is now outfitting their delivery fleet of lorries to run on green biogas – fuel created from distillery waste. This technology was created by parent company William Grant and Sons, and Glenfiddich is the first to use it for vehicularContinue reading “Glenfiddich Powers Lorries with Green Biogas”

Kelsey McKechnie – Apprentice Malt Master at Balvenie

In 2018, at the age of 26, Kelsey McKechnie became one of the youngest women to ever achieve the rank of Apprentice Malt Master, studying the craft under David Stewart (one of the longest serving Malt Masters in the industry). She’d only been working for William Grant & Sons (parent company of Balvenie) for aContinue reading “Kelsey McKechnie – Apprentice Malt Master at Balvenie”

Glenmorangie X

Glenmorangie has just released a new single malt specially crafted to be used for mixing! This newest whisky is a combination of malts aged in ex-bourbon and newly charred oak casks, which highlight the signature sweet and fruit forward style of the brand. Why make a single malt specifically for mixing? Dr. Bill Lumsden saidContinue reading “Glenmorangie X”

US Suspends Scotch Whisky Tariffs

You’ve probably heard that the US has suspended tariffs on UK goods, including those imposed on Single Malt Whisky. In a tariff battle that has raged for years, and was sparked by the aviation industry, consumers were particularly dismayed when our beloved whisky was one of the categories caught up in the fracas. Not onlyContinue reading “US Suspends Scotch Whisky Tariffs”

Julieann Fernandez – From Criminal Science to Whisky Blender

At just 29 years old, Julieann Fernandez is the Master Blender for the Distell Group, which includes Bunnahabhain, Deanston, and Tobermory distilleries. Always interested in science, she went to university with an eye towards becoming a forensic scientist, but when doing her placement between her 3rd and 4th year, she was drawn to a labContinue reading “Julieann Fernandez – From Criminal Science to Whisky Blender”

Fake Whisky

Did you hear the one about the man who paid over $10,000 for a single shot of an 1878 Macallan? This was reportedly the most money ever paid for a dram and turns out, the Scotch was a fake! The Chinese millionaire bought the drink from a Swiss luxury hotel, which has a place inContinue reading “Fake Whisky”

Maureen Robinson – Master Blender for Diageo

Diageo is the world’s biggest whisky producer (although they provide other drinks, as well) with over 200 brands under their umbrella. Maureen Robinson has been working in the whisky industry, and with Diageo, for over 40 years. She is Diageo’s Master Blender and oversees Single Malts, blends, as well as their yearly Special Releases, whichContinue reading “Maureen Robinson – Master Blender for Diageo”

First Lady of Scotch

Dr. Rachel Barrie has worked in the whisky industry for nearly 30 years, is one of only a few women master blenders in the world, has been inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame, and is the Keeper of the Quaich. In 1991, Dr. Barrie started as a research scientist at The Scotch Whisky ResearchContinue reading “First Lady of Scotch”