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Diageo celebrates the reopening of its ghost distillery with the Brora Triptych set

Brora might’ve shuttered her small distillery in 1983, but time does magical things to Scotch whisky, even the ones that have been left to its own devices since the last of its workers walked away almost four decades ago. Despite being a ghost distillery, Brora remains to be one of Scotch whisky’s most important — more so after it once took over production of heavily peated whisky for blending when Islay experienced a shortage from a four-year-long drought until 1973. Since then, the lightly peated Highland style that it’s come to be known for today has become a firm favourite. Over the years,...

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The making of Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak: Adventurist James Aiken on the distillery’s latest and oldest release

In January 2020, as the pandemic first began to unravel, James Aiken embarked on a solo expedition across the Atlantic Ocean. He was to single-handedly traverse the same route taken by the rowers of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, where competitors race across more than 3,000 miles of untamed sea from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Antigua. Onboard his boat The Oaken Yard were wooden staves, which Aiken would place on deck at various stages of his 24-day voyage. These staves, licked by the sea and kissed by the sun, later became part of the 10 special casks made to finish Talisker’s newest...

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Discover some of the world’s top whiskies with Diageo’s Rare and Exceptional portfolio

On Planet Whisky, few can beat the clout of Diageo. In Scotland, Diageo owns 50 out of the 130-odd whisky distilleries. Cult names like Caol Ila, Talisker and Mortlach are amongst them. It also holds one of the largest inventories of whisky stocks in the world, some of which come from shuttered (but soon-to-be-resurrected) distilleries like Port Ellen and Brora. Sitting at the pinnacle of Diageo’s massive whisky empire is the Rare and Exceptional, a portfolio of the company’s most-prized liquids. “On average we see fewer than 10 Rare & Exceptional releases a year,” says Adam Brewer, in...

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Up-and-coming Benriach Distillery launches its portfolio of single malt whiskies in Singapore

Benriach is a 123-year-old distillery and one of just two in Speyside that still practises traditional floor malting — but why haven’t you heard of the whisky label yet? Its unusual, troubled past reads like A Series of Unfortunate Events: two years after Benriach started operations in 1898, it was hit by the Pattison Crash, in which plummeting whisky prices brought the Scotch industry to its knees. The distillery was subsequently mothballed for the next 65 years, though it continued to provide malted barley for its neighbour Longmorn during this time. In the ‘60s, Benriach came under Glenlivet,...

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The Macallan unveils its oldest and rarest single malt Scotch whiskies in The Red Collection

We’ve been seeing red lately — in a good way. The colour red symbolises love and passion. In many Asian cultures, red represents joy and good fortune. It is also a colour of celebration and ceremony: crimson carpets are used to welcome distinguished guests at ceremonial and formal occasions; seats in prestigious opera houses and theatres are swathed in the shade of burgundy; and Father Christmas wears a cosy, scarlet suit. For The Macallan, the colour red carries a deeper significance. Its founder Alexander Reid’s last name translates to ‘the red one’ in old Scots, a moniker originally associated...

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Kindred Spirits: A profile of whisky’s many personalities

Today’s world of whisky is a complex one, with the spirit’s explosion in popularity bringing to light several different characters, from the simple drinker to the collector, the investor and the dreaded “whisky flipper”. Wind the clock back 10 to 15 years, when things were less complicated. Sure, people collected whisky, drank whisky and invested in whisky, but these were simpler pursuits, and the hobby was significantly less mainstream. Japanese whiskies were still relatively unknown, new whisky releases didn’t cause websites to crash due to excessive traffic (or road blockages due to actual...

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