5 single malts to try to know your whisky

Washed, dried, powdered, fermented, and distilled; each bottle of whisky is perfected to make each sip an indelible moment. Whiskies are of many kinds, based on the base product, alcoholic content and quality.  Malt, grain, single malt, blended malt, cask, single cask etc. roughly make up the whisky family.

Whisky has been in the world for a long time, precisely from the second century BC. It is first believed to have brewed in Mesopotamia. The art of distillation spread to Ireland and Scotland in about the fifteenth century but this was used for medicinal purposes. Even in medieval India, alcohol was reported to be used as an anaesthetic for surgical purposes.  Even though it was considered a taboo to consume alcohol in the Britain and other parts of Europe, it was finally James IV of Scotland who broke the ice by ordering several gallons of whisky from the monasteries, who monopolised the art of distilling. But with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VII, distilling and whisky making moved to homes. Even then whiskies were not allowed to age and thus had a bitter taste.  Finally in the year of 1606, the Bushmill old distillery was given the license to brew the Irish whisky and the distillation later evolved into a much sought out fashion and whiskies became a daily business with the Act of Union which officially brought forth the United Kingdom.

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A Master Distiller’s Guide to Burns Night

With Christmas, a distant memory and spring a long way off, the end of January isn’t a traditionally cheerful time unless you follow Scottish tradition and throw a party to rival Hogmanay on the 25th. Burns Night is a celebration of the great Robert Burns, national hero and Scotland’s most beloved poet, and a great excuse to shake off the winter blues.

James McTaggart, Master Distiller at Isle of Arran Distillers who produce the world’s only official Robert Burns Malt, is well versed in how to throw a brilliant Burns Night celebration. Here he shares his top choice of whiskies to accompany the festivities.

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Auchentoshan, ‘the triple distilled Lowland Malt’, introduceert American Oak

American Oak Bottle-hiAuchentoshan, ‘the triple distilled Lowland Malt’, lanceert dit voorjaar in Nederland zijn American Oak.

Aan de rijping van het drievoudig gestookte distillaat op ‘first fill’ bourbon vaten van Amerikaanse Eiken dankt Auchentoshan American Oak zijn naam.

Door ‘triple distillation’ produceert Auchentoshan het sterkste ‘new spirit’ distillaat van alle Schotse distilleerderijen, op 81 % alc. Auchentoshan is de enige distilleerderij in Schotland die elke druppel drie keer distilleert.

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