Greener Scotch Whisky?

Last Wednesday night, I delayed my usual appointment with The Great British Bake Off and headed along to the launch of the Scotch whisky industry’s updated environmental strategy. The key word here is “updated” as the industry has taken great strides over the last seven years – since the first strategy was introduced in 2009
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Abhainn Dearg Distillery

Over the past five years or so, to cash-on on the increasing popularity of the craft beer, whisky producers both big and small have gradually started used the term “craft distilling”.  Ask many of these people what the term actual means, and I bet they’ll struggle to tell you, with many simply throwing it round
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Talisker Distillery

I’ve spent almost a decade talking and tasting Skye’s only whisky, but have never had the chance to visit the distillery itself.  But once my partner and I agreed to spend a couple of nights on Skye as part of our honeymoon, a visit to Talisker distillery was right at the top of my to do
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Foundry 39

Just prior to the start of the Edinburgh festivals (which feels like a LONG time ago now!) Queensferry Street welcomed a new restaurant in the form of Foundry 39.  The bar is located in the building which was home to the much loved Bar Roma for more than thirty years (along with a less loved
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HopScotch Whisky Bar

Last week, I nipped into HopScotch Bar on George Street, which has popped up as part of the Edinburgh festivals.  Located towards the west end of bustling street, the bar is Diageo’s first foray into the festival celebrations, designed to take visitors on their own journey of whisky discovery. On arrival, I was immediately greeted
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Dram & Smoke @ The Biscuit Factory

Pop-up bars are ten a penny during the Edinburgh festivals, as both parts of my round-up will attest.  However, pop-up restaurants are a slightly rarer creature, obviously due to the set-up and equipment required.  This hasn’t deterred London-based Dram & Smoke though, who have set themselves up in The Biscuit Factory, just off Bonnington Road,
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Top Edinburgh Festival Pop-up Bars 2016

The Edinburgh festivals are almost upon us, when world’s biggest arts festival sets up shop in the city I’m lucky enough to call home.  As well as having over 3,000 shows to pick from, the festivals also mean the city is awash with a whole range of pop-up bars and drinking holes.  And here’s your
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Scottish Juniper Festival 2016

A couple of weeks ago, one of my favourite boozy events of the year rolled round – the Scottish Juniper Festival.  Back for the third year in its spiritual home (pun very much intended!) of Edinburgh’s Summerhall arts venue, the event was bigger and better than ever. I counted 37 gin distillers present on the
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