Whisky – The Water of Afterlife

The Reincarnation of Whisky. To my simple mind, whisky proves the concept of reincarnation – yet not at the hand of any deity. The process of how whisky comes to be is a perfect, almost supernatural, coming together of nature and human ingenuity; creating a product not entirely of this world. At the hands of … [Read more…]

Whisky – Open Bottle Syndrome

I don’t have the whisky discipline. On a recent count, I had 116 bottles of whisky. That may sound like a wonderful and envious whisky collection but, I assure you, it’s not all it seems. For those not fully seduced by the power and magic of malt whisky, this amount of bottles will seem obscene. … [Read more…]

Tomatin and Cù Bòcan – The Devil Dug

Two hundred pounds is a lot for a bottle of anything. I can think of lots of precious liquids – perfume, champagne, fine wine – of which none would receive two-hundred of my pounds for a single bottle. Of course, with whisky it’s a little different. As an example, I consider my recent Glengoyne 25 year-old purchase … [Read more…]

Best Value Single Malt Whisky 2017

Top Performers for Maximum Return on Minimum Investment. Occasionally, as you’re enjoying a particular dram, there can be a stab of anxiety. This is perhaps due to the fact that your favourite bottles will always disappear magically fast, the special ones in particular. Perhaps to the point you’re convinced the whisky pixies come help themselves … [Read more…]

About Aqvavitae

Most of my favourite things in life, I once hated. Curry, wine, walking, olives, beer, golf*, seafood. Certainly, I once hated whisky. It’s a common tale. I hated the smell, the associations, the spirit burn and even the ‘whisky drinkers’ as I perceived them. And yes, in my younger days I had my painful introduction … [Read more…]