September Scotch: Whisky From the Isle of Jura

"Highland Island"-style spirit from a blustery, remote Scottish island

The Isle of Jura isn’t the only Scottish island with conditions that stoke the imagination into believing one stands somewhere near the end of the earth. It does, however, carry the exclusive honor of being acknowledged by author George Orwell as the “most un-get-at-able place.” (Orwell spent much time on the island, in a very remote cottage, while working on 1984.) The frequently shifting climate and …

September Scotch: The Craigellachie Hotel’s Copper Dog

The story behind one iconic HIghland hotel's blended whisky

To traverse the Speyside region, trekking within a portion of the Scotch whisky trail known for light and distilled liquid, means coming upon The Craigellachie Hotel. Within, one will find The Quaich (founded way back in 1893). It’s a bar that possesses one of the most exquisite collections of single malt Scotch whiskies in the world (with more than 900 available)—but blended whisky and, to be honest, just …

Spirited Design: Sugarlands Distilling Company’s Roaming Man Whiskey

A spirit that shines from first glance to final drop

In the world of spirits, the contents take precedence—if whatever is inside is merely no good (or, sadly, in an abundant of cases, horrid) then stellar packaging cannot save it. Same goes for beer or wine or any other consumable good. But, when that rare moment arises, the instance that something happens to both look and taste good, we cherish it dearly—and praise it so that it …

September Scotch: Willam Grant & Sons’ Fistful of Bourbon

One of Scotland's most acclaimed master blenders delivers an American whiskey

For all the exquisite and under-serviced single malts aging right now across Scotland, why would a publication expend words in a column dedicated to Scotch on a new bourbon? Because there’s simply so much binding both categories together in the just-released Fistful of Bourbon. From the innovation division of family-owned, global spirits powerhouse William Grant & Sons (known for prestigious Scotch brands The Balvenie and Glenfiddich, …

September Scotch: The Orkney Island’s Highland Park

From a new 50-year-old spirit to refreshed design language, a whisky brand like no other

If you’re a whisky drinker, chances are you’ve tried Highland Park 12—or you’ve seen it. Despite its origins on the remote Orkney Islands, off the northeastern coast of Scotland, the whisky has made its way around the world and back again. It’s also picked up quite a dedicated following along the way. All of this can be attributed several things, but most important on the list …