Interview: Royal Salute’s Director of Blending, Sandy Hylsop

Finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, the new expression is extra special to the brand

Many booze brands subscribe to the idea that if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. When you have a delicious elixir that the public clamors over, it seems mad to change it. But, the most interesting brands are curious, inventive and experimental. And Royal Salute, the storied, Speyside-based whiskey company, continues to innovate for those reasons, but also to set the bar within the industry. …

September Scotch: Knockdhu Distillery’s anCnoc

An unexpectedly delicious award-winning highland single malt whisky collection

Knockdhu Distillery rose up opposite Black Hill in Banffshire exactly 125 years ago. While it did not operate continually (producing straight from 1894 to 1931 and then lengthy stints on and off again until full-time whisky-making resumed in 1989) its authentic heritage is undeniable. Today, the distillery produces an award-winning single malt Scotch whisky range under the name anCnoc (pronounced “a-nock”), Gaelic for “the hill.” …

Uncle Nearest’s Forthcoming Distillery Contextualizes Whiskey History

As the project nears completion, the company's list of lesser-known initiatives surfaces—and tells a tale of love, respect and legacy

Lynchburg, Tennessee lies at the center of plenty of whiskey history. Today, there is Jack Daniel’s massive distillery, visitor’s center and adjacent attractions—Miss Mary Bobo’s included. But 20 minutes north in Shelbyville, there’s new whiskey to be served and even older history to tell. Far more than an amendment to America’s most storied spirits brand, Uncle Nearest Whiskey spotlights a rarely mentioned individual who this …