What’s special about 25-year-old whisky? Sarah Halford looks into the quarter-of-a-century time capsule. Time and tide may tarry for no man or woman but, for whisky drinkers and investors, the tide is at record highs for the vintage dram. The appeal of a vastly aged whisky like a 50-year-old isContinue Reading

Dutch courage, mother’s ruin, divine nectar… whatever you call it, gin is back in fashion. Paul Trow salutes its current pre-eminence while harking back to a time when, if possible, it was even more popular than today. From London to Manchester to Plymouth, and most street corners in between, ginContinue Reading

A spirited breed of independent new distillers is looking for a new England in whisky terms. Sarah Halford charts a history in the making as English distilleries begin to redraw the global whisky map.  ‘What has England ever done for us?’ is an understandable question for dedicatees of the dram.Continue Reading

Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery and furnished with antique wooden rails that sit above an earthen floor, Warehouse 6 houses Tomatin’s most treasured casks. Among them is the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection. Distilled on 8th December 1975, the spirit has spent the last 43 years gently maturingContinue Reading

With house prices in the pre-Brexit doldrums and the classic car boom almost certainly over, investors are casting around for the next big thing – and some are now looking at rare whisky as a safe place to put their money. For those lucky enough to have £20,000/$25,000 to invest,Continue Reading

The Bordeaux region, with its historic vineyards, superb destination hotels and numerous gastronomic specialties is an unsurpassed (long) weekend destination for lovers of great food, scenery and drink, says James Lawrence. Bordeaux La Belle Au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty) scarcely sleeps at all in the 21st century. Its gloriously handsomeContinue Reading

Now commanding international respect and record prices, the Scotch whisky industry has undergone a major transformation, says Craig MacLellan Scotch remains popular in the United States and Canada, as well as mainland Europe, but it is in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and Mexico where the whisky industryContinue Reading

That London is now the world’s leading culinary centre is yesterday’s news. Every year our capital celebrates a rash of new openings, with 2018 destined to be no exception to this established trend. Yet, what is less commonly reported is that in recent years London has become the cocktail centreContinue Reading

Whisky holds many secrets, one of which is investing, where a small outlay can reap big rewards Whisky’s worldwide status has increased over the past decade, with it emerging as a credible alternative to more traditional forms of investment, such as stocks and shares or even gold, so why notContinue Reading