Whisky Education

Whisky Education

Diaego Special Releases

Each year the Diageo Special Releases showcase impressive limited edition, usually cask strength bottlings of their Classic Malts alongside other rare and sought-after whiskies. Here is a selection of past releases.

Diaego Special Releases 2019

Diaego Special Releases 2013

Peat, Phenol and PPM

Amongst whisky enthusiasts, the terms Peat, Phenol and PPM are not well understood, this article by Dr P Brossard, will try to explain the meaning of these terms…

Old Photo, Peat Cutting

Peat, Phenol and PPM article

The Irish Whiskey Trail

Touring Guide to Ireland’s Distilleries, Best Whiskey Pubs, Bars & Shops.

The Irish Whisky Trail

Islay & Jura Distillery Tours

Local Islay brochure outlining the Distillery opening times and contact details for 2011. Also North, South & Jura Maps.

Islay & Jura Distillery Tour Information

Islay North Map

Islay South Map

Jura Map

Distilleries to visit in Scotland

From the source of the water to the shape of the still, a distillery tour will help to explain what makes every Scotch Whisky different. No two distilleries are the same. Each has a unique setting and story, as well as a distinctive way of doing things that has evolved over many years. Many distilleries welcome visits by members of the public. It is often necessary to make arrangements in advance, but many distilleries have extensive visitor facilities and do not require prior warning of a visit… Distilleries to visit in Scotland

Whisky Flavour Map

The Flavour Map will help you choose a single malt whisky based on its taste.

Whisky Flavour Map

The Whisky Tasting Wheel

The first systematic attempt to define the language of whisky tasting was undertaken in the late 1970s by a group of sensory scientists in Edinburgh, “Pentlands Scotch Whisky Research”. They displayed their findings in the form of a wheel. The wheel has eight segments and three tiers. Users can begin from the outside rim, with the kind of vague aroma description which often arises spontaneously during a tasting, and work inwards to the core aromas on the first tier, or vice versa. (wheel courtesy of whiskymag.com)

The Whisky Tasting Wheel

Production of Scotch and Irish whiskies : their history and evolution

Much to the chagrin of the Scotsman, it is likely that the first whisky was distilled not in Scotland, but in Ireland.

Scotch and Irish whiskies : their history and evolution

Irish Whiskey

The Irish are known for being fighters, and Irish whiskey is no exception to the rule…

Irish Whiskey

Whisky Tasting…run your own

Whisky Tasting…run your own guide

Oak and an Overview of its Influence on Maturation

Oak and an Overview of its Influence on Maturation

How to pronounce Scotch Whisky

How to pronounce 30 or so of the most commonly mispronounced brands, names and places in Scotch Whisky.

How to pronounce Scotch whisky #1 video

How to pronounce Scotch whisky #2 video