The Chance Creation of Ardbeg Fermutation Scotch Whisky

In November 2007, a boiler breakdown birthed this unexpected limited release

Every so often a whisky comes along that’s been produced by a process that defies the typical time-tested, centuries-old craft. Such is the case with Islay darling Ardbeg‘s recently released 13-year-old limited edition expression, Fermutation—the pungent and funky result of an accident prior to distillation. It’s unlikely that scotch aficionados have tried anything quite like it, as its extended fermentation period is far from common. This …

Uncle Nearest Whiskey Honors a Forgotten History

Led by CEO Fawn Weaver, the young brand tells an important story in the development of US distillation

Bucking the misconception that whiskey has historically been a Caucasian craft, Uncle Nearest appeared on shelves in 2017 with a new narrative: Jack Daniel wasn’t actually taught how to make whiskey by his white preacher, but rather a slave that worked on the preacher’s property, Nathan “Nearest” Green. Daniel took an interest in his preacher’s still, but was taught to use it by Green—a piece of …

September Scotch: Three Times Distilled Auchentoshan Single Malts

How the process affects flavor, and why it's OK to use this whisky in cocktails

The distillery for single malt Scotch brand Auchentoshan (pronounced “AWK-EN-TOSH-EN”) can be considered geographically distinct for an uncommon reason. Yes, it’s a Lowland Scotch (as opposed to the Highland and Islay whiskies we’ve thus far explored in our September Scotch series), but more importantly it’s produced on the outskirts of a massive city, namely Scotland’s largest: Glasgow. The distillery origins date back to 1823, but …