The Epicentre of Scotch

Situated at the northeastern corner of Scotland, Speyside stretches from Inverness in the west to River Deveron in the east. It is named after River Spey, by some

The Well of Mary; or, Safe Haven

Covering approximately 78,000sqkm, Scotland has some 10,000km of coastline, in addition to nearly 800 islands around the perimeter of its mainland. Somewhat counterintuitively, those islands situated in the

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg IX

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg VIII” on 29 June 2018) This Württemberg series has come a long way since the publication of the first article on the estate

The High-Low Dilemma

Scotland’s Highland-Lowland divide manifests itself in numerous ways. To begin with, the Highland and Lowland are cultural and historic regions, not administrative or official divisions. Not all of

The Mull of Kintyre

By far the smallest amongst Scotland’s sextet of whisky regions, Campbeltown is said to be “the nearest place to nowhere, and the furthest from anywhere”. For all intents

The Emblem of Korea II

(Continued from “The Emblem of Korea” on 3 August 2018) Situated in eastern South Korea and the capital of North Gyeongsang Province, Andong is indubitably the spiritual

The Emblem of Korea

Covering some 220,000sqkm and shared uncomfortably by warring twins, the Korean Peninsula sits latitudinally on a par with the much less militarised Iberian Peninsula, but it is no

The Pride of Angus

Representing approximately half of Scotland’s formidable century of single malt distilleries, Speyside has been the heart of scotch since the 20th century. Meanwhile, possessing around 30 single malt distilleries,

The Icon of Serbia II

(Continued from “The Icon of Serbia” on 18 May 2018) Covering some 88,000 sqkm (with Kosovo) or 77,000 sqkm (without Kosovo) and with a population of just over 7

The Andean Steed

Due to various reasons, tasting barrel samples of wine is usually rarer than tasting barrel samples of spirits, e.g. brandy and whisky. For starters, brandy and whisky can theoretically age

The Alpine Bastion IV

(Continued from “The Alpine Bastion III” on 1 June 2018) Juxtaposed with German and French, which serve as sole or joint official languages in 21 and seven cantons respectively,

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg VIII

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg VII” on 2 March 2017) The love story between wine and oak can be traced back to time immemorial, but the

The Southern Pétrus

For oenophiles and even the most ardent Francophiles, Sud-Ouest remains the one unconquered territory lurking at the edge of the French realm. It would be futile to attempt

The Yellow Wine from France

The annual Le French GourMay tends to feature single wine regions as official themes, e.g. Bourgogne in 2013, Vallée du Rhône in 2014, Alsace in 2016 and Champagne in 2017,

The Coterie of Champions

Since its inception in 1984, the International Wine Challenge (“IWC”) has gradually established itself as one of the most authoritative tasting competitions in the world. Its insistence on

The Alpine Bastion III

(Continued from “The Alpine Bastion II” on 20 April 2018) Despite the upper hand French grape varieties and French-speaking cantons continue to enjoy in Swiss viticulture and

Rosé is the New Black

May is the month when trees, vines, parking tickets (at least in Macao) and women are blossoming. (Women are last on my list but first in my heart; I

The Icon of Serbia

Glancing over the map of Europe, one tends to take it for granted that wine belongs to the Catholic south, beer to the Protestant north and vodka to the

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