The Thorny Issue

The use of caramel colour is probably the single most controversial subject in the world of whisky. Unlike sulphite in wine, which can be naturally occurring, caramel colour

The Marmite Issue

It is almost unfair that Marmite remains the most widely accepted shorthand, in English at least, for something that is either loved to death or loathed with passion,

The Insular Powerhouses

Despite its cool-headed name, chill filtering is no doubt one of the most hotly debated topics amongst whisky lovers, newcomers and old-timers alike. Detractors, often puritanical, argue that this

The Coastal Tours de Force

Maturation is not the prerogative of scotch; it is an important factor and process in a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. However, scotch has arguably the most exacting and

The Mistaken Identity

Like the plot straight out of a book from the Romantic era, sometimes it takes a masqueraded or mistaken identity to survive. In the vinous world, the protagonist

The Musqué Mutation

Along with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer is easily one of the most distinctive grape varieties in the world, instantly identifiable by its signature lychee and rose petal aromas, full body

The Little Rascal

Literally “little rascal” in the local dialect, Arneis is a rather finicky grape variety originating from Piemonte, still largely restricted thereto, apart from pockets of cultivation in the New

The Epicentre of Scotch II

(Continued from “The Epicentre of Scotch” on 14 September 2018) Not for nothing is scotch hailed as the gentleman’s drink, or indeed compared to the making of a gentleman.

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

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