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Gin -

Gin is found all over the world, but many people, even those who love gin, don’t understand what makes gin such an exceptional, versatile, and internationally renowned spirit. What is Gin? Most of us recognize gin by its distinct flavor and aroma, but don’t know what gives the spirit that distinct flavor and aroma. The answer: juniper, a small, berry-like botanical. In fact, a beverage can’t be called gin unless it has juniper in it.  While there can and often are other ingredients in gin, many of which we describe below, and while juniper’s sometimes barely detectable, the berry is...

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Highland, Islands, Islay, Lowland, Speyside -

ISLAY Islay (pronounced eye-La) is a whisky producing island off the West coast of Scotland. Some of the most famous whiskies in the world are produced here and visitors flock to the island every year to visit distilleries and have a dram with the locals. Islay holds an annual Malt and Music Festival every May and this is a great time to visit, as there are plenty of tastings on offer, as well as limited edition bottles for sale. Sometimes the sunshine even makes an appearance. Much of Islay’s whisky can be distinguished by its peaty, smoky flavours and its...

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Scotch whisky is a distilled alcoholic beverage made at distilleries exclusively in Scotland. The earliest record of whisky making is at Lindores Abbey in the Kingdom of Fife in 1494. Today, there are over 100 distilleries operating in Scotland and this number continues to grow as new scotch whisky distilleries are being built. Water, grain and yeast are mixed to form a weak beer which is then distilled in copper stills. The resulting clear spirit is then filled into oak casks where the spirit matures into whisky. It is this interaction between spirit and oak over many years that gives Scotch it's...

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