Old Pulteney was crowned World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible. It is a single malt distilled in one of Scotland’s most remote distilleries. The Whisky expert Mr. Murray named it as the world’s best whisky.
The 21-year-old single malt scored a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100. The whisky is matured in American oak casks and bottled at the Pulteney distillery in Wick, Caithness. It took Mr Murray to taste more than 1,200 new drams before deciding on the winner. Take in for a Scotch Whisky experience in Edinburgh. Continue reading
Making a remarkable footprint for the Scotland Hotels Industry, Scottish food and drink exports during 2010 reached a record increase. The food exports alone reached a £1 billion barrier for the first time ever. The largest share of food exports was in the fish and seafood sector, with international sales hitting £620 million.
The figures which were taken from the HMRC export statistics for 2010 show that food exports grew by almost 14% to £1.06 billion, with the combined total international sales for Scottish food and Scotch whisky increasing by 11 percent to £4.51 billion during last year. Continue reading
At a time when it seems as though the economic end of the world is nigh, its nice to know that the pessimist’s liquor of choice is scotch whisky. Sales of the single malts (aka real whisky) have shot up by 13.4% over the past year. Commentators are suggesting this is fallout from the run of period dramas on TV which feature whisky sozzled actors at every turn.
I don’t subscribe to that theory. At a time when everything is going wrong and is promising to go even more wrong in the near future, there is but nothing more comforting than a dram of pure malt. The fact that it looks like gold which the rich have been fortunate to buy and the rest of us regret not being able to is just an extra part of it charm! Long live whisky! maybe the angels will be drinking it on the day of judgement.
The growing need from the students across the globe to learn about Scotch Whisky has finally come true. The Moray College UHI, in partnership with Gordon & MacPhail, the World’s Leading Malt Whisky Specialist, is organising a 20 hour online course that can be studied anytime, anywhere with an internet access. The course is designed to give an understanding of Scotch whisky for students who are interested.
The course aims to introduce students to the Scotch whisky industry and covers the history of whisky making, the production process and marketing. A section on whiskies from around the world, including Canada and Japan, is also covered to highlight the differences across the globe. Delivered along with eight whisky miniatures and three sampling glasses the course also helps to develop skills in nosing and tasting, so students can appreciate the general characteristics of different styles and types of whisky, including single and blended malts.
Moray College UHI originally joined forces with Gordon & MacPhail to develop a residential whisky course, which was then developed into an open learning course available as a CD- Rom. Following growing registration from students overseas, from Austria to Australia, it is now available as an interactive, online course – making it even more accessible.