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What do Aston Martin, Burberry, Cartier and our November whisky have in common?

Other than impeccable taste of course, they all carry Royal Warrants from the British Royal Family. For all of us less familiar with the ins and outs of British society, a Royal Warrant is a formal system of recognising official suppliers to the royal household, established way back in the 12th century. A very prestigious…

World’s 15 Best Whiskies

For the past 15 years whisky guru Jim Murray has passed judgment on the world’s whiskies in his annual Whisky Bible. While some may disagree with his judgments, nobody can argue with the effect that his ratings have on sales: his top rated whiskies never fail to experience huge demand and soaring prices following announcement…

The 18 top selling Scotch whiskies of 2014

Every year the Spirits Business, the world’s leading publication for the global spirits trade, produces a report entitled Brand Champions that analyses the previous year’s sales data by brand to determine who had a good, and who had a bad, year. The data is based on volume sales of 9 litre cases (12 x 750ml…

Scotland’s ten most picturesque distilleries

Planning your next pilgrimage to the holy land of whisky? In addition to whisky, Scotland boasts some of the most dramatic scenery on the planet and for whisky enthusiasts making the trip it’s as much about the whisky as the raw beauty of nature. Here, in no particular order, are ten of Scotland’s most beautiful,…

Who owns what you drink? Does it even matter?

Luke McCarthy, drinks columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and stalwart of Melbourne bar Whisky & Alement, delves into the murky world of who owns what we drink. You’ve just walked into a bar. You look around, size it up, and then make your way to the service area. When you get…

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