The Alchemist’s Magic

Legally defined by Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 s.3(2) as “a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies”, blended


People often seem to think that the sommelier’s main job is to laugh out loud at any wine suggestion a customer might have. Au contraire, the main

Vine & Wine

The biggest catastrophe that the wine world has had to face was the infection of a tiny bug called phylloxera, originally from northwest America, which nearly wiped out

The German Connection

That Alentejo has been one of the spearheads of Portugal’s vinous renaissance over the past 40 years is not without good reasons. Covering nearly one third of Portugal’s

Faulty Wines

A disappointing yet possible scenario is to be at the best restaurant in the world, order their top wine, and when the sommelier gives you a taste, to

The Eclectic Malt

Whisky laws and regulations differ from country to country, but patterns and trends can be observed, e.g. barley and extended maturation are held in high regard in the Old

Tasting III

David Rouault At last the moment you were all waiting for: the third and final part of our tasting which is…the tasting. After the look ( Take a sip of wine and swirl

The Patriarch of Germany II

(Continued from “The Patriarch of Germany” on 18 August 2017) Steeped in history and tradition, Rheingau possesses arguably the highest concentration of aristocratic and monastic wine estates

Tasting II

After the visual part of the tasting (, we now have an idea about the strength of the wine: flavours, alcohol, age, even if it is from a

The Spanish Principality

Covering just over 10,000 sqkm and with just over 1 million people, Asturias – officially the Principality of Asturias (Principado de Asturias) – is one of the smaller

Tasting I

Now that we have Wine tasting involves three out of our five senses: sight, smell and taste. Or from up to down: eyes, nose and mouth.

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg IV

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg III” on 4 August 2017) Amongst Germany’s 13 wine regions, Württemberg has a particularly diverse portfolio of grape varieties, contrasting with

Wine Pairing

From time to time when you are in a restaurant with friends and everyone has ordered food, there is an awkward moment when it comes to ordering wine.

The Patriarch of Germany

With 3,200ha under vine, Rheingau constitutes merely 3 percent of all vineyards in Germany, but reputation-wise, it is arguably primus inter pares (first amongst equals) and the spiritual

The Confidante of Cognac

Cognac is to brandy what Champagne is to sparkling wine, and its prominence is as such that it often overshadows other worthy spirits, e.g. Armagnac from southwestern France,

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg III

(Continued from “The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg II” on 7 July 2017) By the 2nd half of the 20th century, Baden-Württemberg has developed into one of the Four

Carafe versus decanter

Oxygen has a very important role in the wine process; from production, through ageing in the bottle, to consumption. Oxygenation, allowing the wine to “breathe”, can totally transform

The Ebullient North

For its fame, price, stature and ceremony, Champagne can be overbearing at times, overshadowing other worthy sparkling wines not just in France, e.g. various blanquettes, clairettes, crémants and

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