September Scotch: Orkney Islands’ Scapa Single Malt Whisky

With roots back to 1885, a brand revived in 2004 to produce luscious liquid

Spirits sometimes adopt the attributes of the land surrounding their distilleries. This holds particularly true with whisky, which (as many know) is left to age in barrel houses in temperamental climates. Of the many single malt-producing regions in Scotland, none are quite so harsh as the Orkney Islands. Unlike the islands of Islay and Jura, nestled between Scotland and Ireland, the remote Orkney archipelago juts …

September Scotch: Aberlour A’bunadh Alba

A spirited sibling for one of Speyside's cult-favorite single malts

Aberlour may be the sixth best selling single malt worldwide (and number one in France) but its presence in the US lingers only in the Glencairn glasses of those who know of its grandeur. From their historic Speyside, Scotland distillery, a core range includes several delectable age statement whiskies and the beloved no age statement, cask-strength A’bunadh (pronounced a-boone-ack). This award-winning product—produced in carefully monitored …

Artificial Tongue Detects Counterfeit Whisky

Designed to taste the subtle differences between whiskies—and ultimately detect counterfeit products—the University of Glasgow’s “artificial tongue” uses sub-microscopic slices of aluminum and gold as tastebuds. A checkerboard of these “buds” absorb light differently when in contact with different whiskies. They can identify individual liquids with 99% accuracy. As Slash Gear reports, this technology can also be used “in food safety testing, quality control, security, …