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Venezuela's economic crisis a boon for traditional liquor

Bobare - Venezuela's traditional cocuy liquor is making a comeback due to the country's punishing economic crisis, which has put rum, whiskey and even beer financially out of reach for many.

World's 'largest collection' of rare whiskies on sale

London - Lovers of very expensive whisky will get the chance to bid on nearly 4,000 rare bottles acquired by a late US soft drink bottling company executive.

Climate change spells trouble for Scottish whisky production

Edinburgh - The impact of climate change is considerable, and beyond leading to environmental concerns like coastal erosion, it is impacting a multitude of industries. One industry that might not spring to mind is whisky.

Fine French wine fetches record-smashing $558,000 at auction

New York - A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record.

Rare bottle of Scotch whisky fetches record price

Edinburgh - An extremely rare bottle of whisky was sold for a new world record at auction in Edinburgh on Wednesday.The 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams for a total £848,750 (about $1.

Whisky sold for $10,000 a shot at Swiss bar was fake: report

Geneva - Talk about needing a refund. A shot of Macallan whisky purportedly made in 1878 that a Chinese man paid $10,000 for at a Swiss hotel was actually distilled between 1970 and 1972, local media reported Friday.

Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

Paris - Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true?

Chemists develop 'synthetic tongue' to test whisky

Aside from the connoisseur, companies that manufacture whisky rely upon traditional chemical techniques such as mass spectrometry to break down a mixture into the individual chemicals to assess quality. A new method takes a different approach.

The genome of barley reveals secrets of better beer

The beer and whisky industry represents big business and there are regular inquiries for improving efficiency. Recent details on the genome of barley, the most commonly used ingredient for the drinks, could help.

Thirsty Taiwan makes splash on global whisky scene

- An upstart Taiwanese whisky is outshining veteran brands on the global stage as the island fast earns a reputation as a stamping ground for connoisseurs.

Review: English whisky makes its mark Special

Thetford - Whisky and England haven't recently fitted together in terms of spirit production. This is slowly changing with the first English whisky distillery in 100 years recently opening. The distillery is also open to visitors, and Digital Journal paid a visit.

Review: Find out what a $3,500 whisky tastes like Special

London - It isn't often that a $3,500 whisky gets to be tasted. Digital Journal had this opportunity at an event in London. The whisky was pretty good. To find out what it was and what it tasted like, read on.

Latest whisky bottlings unveiled at Whisky Live 2016 Special

London - Whisky Live, the touring whisky road show, showcasing the best whiskies from around the word, returned to London. The focus of this year's event was speyside single malts, among other leading bottlings.

Review: Rare whiskies and fun at the Harrow Whisky Festival Special

Harrow - The inaugural Harrow Whisky Festival took place across January 15 and 16, 2016. The event included good food, entertainment, and a selection of fascinating whiskies from around the world.

Review: Inside a tasting of eclectic whiskies in London Special

Harrow - This week Digital Journal had the opportunity to taste eight very different whiskies, seven from Scotland and one from Ireland at the splendid Victorian manor house, the Grim's Dyke.

Whisky tastes better in space

Edinburgh - Scottish whisky distillers Ardbeg has revealed the results of a unique 'space whisky' experiment. The distillery that sent unmatured malt whisky into space to study the effect of near-zero gravity on flavor. The results are 'interesting.'

World's most expensive whisky sold at auction

Hong Kong - Recently the world's most expensive whisky was sold at auction. Sotheby’s, in Hong Kong, sold a bottle of The Macallan whisky for HK$4.9 million ($631,850). This set a world record, ratified by the Guinness Book of Records.

Review: Whisky Live serves up a great show in London Special

London - Whisky Live is an interactive event that tours a number of major cities. On display are a vast range of traditional and new whiskies. There are tastings, master classes and the the opportunity to discuss all things whisky with global experts.

Review: The mysterious Finlaggan whisky — An Islay gem Special

Edinburgh - Digital Journal presents its seventh selected whisky for review. After tasting the highly popular Glenlivet 12 year-old last time we're looking at something altogether rarer and more mysterious: Finlaggan.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #6: Glenlivet Special

Digital Journal presents its sixth whisky review and one just in time for the wintry festive season. This time up it is one of the most popular single malts in the world - Glenlivet 12 year-old.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #5: Monkey's Shoulder Special

With the fifth our whisky reviews we move into central Scotland to the region Speyside to try Monkey's Shoulder. This whisky is quite special, consisting of three whiskies blended together.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #4: Talisker Special

Full bodied and smoky is perhaps the best way to sum up Talisker ten year old. It is a strong tasting whisky from the Scottish islands. Read on to see what Digital Journal makes of this dram.

Turning whisky waste into fuel

A small independent company in Scotland is turning the waste products from the whisky industry into alcohol for use as a biofuel.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #3: Laphroaig 10 year old Special

Medicinal, iodine, peat, smoke, seaweed. These might sound like off-putting combinations, but when crafted as Laphroaig a unique and bold whisky is created.

'Whisky powered' cars being considered

Glasgow - The company Celtic Renewables has partnered with a Belgian pilot plant to bring its bio-fuel made from whisky production residue to an industrial scale.

Whiskylicious Toronto

Toronto - Toronto has plenty of alcohol inspired events that take place throughout the year, from beer and wine festivals to the harder libations. Now the city will have it's first self-guided Whiskey trail.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #2: Jameson Special

Dublin - In the second of our series of whisky reviews we're going to look at Jameson Irish Whiskey, a beautifully smooth blended whisky.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #1: Isle of Jura Special

In this first of a series of whisky reviews, the classic oily, briny characteristics of the 10-year-old Isle of Jura are sampled.

UK man turned away from Ryanair flight in Málaga due to whisky

Guy Horne treated himself to some duty-free Glenmorangie whisky at Málaga airport, but ran into a problem when trying to board his flight to Manchester and was not allowed to get on the plane.

Man who allegedly drank $102,000 of historic whiskey charged

Pittsburgh - A woman who owns a historic Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania has brought charges against the man who allegedly drank several cases of vintage whiskey. The man denied these allegations, but DNA tests show his DNA profile was present on the bottles.
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A close up of where the wort is produced. Here water of varying temperatures are used.
A close up of where the wort is produced. Here water of varying temperatures are used.
The bar at the fine Grim s Dyke hotel.
The bar at the fine Grim's Dyke hotel.
A happy crowd tasking whisky at Whisky Live 2016.
A happy crowd tasking whisky at Whisky Live 2016.
Over for another year  people leaving Whisky Live in London  2016.
Over for another year, people leaving Whisky Live in London, 2016.
A selection of offering from the Tomintoul whisky distillery.
A selection of offering from the Tomintoul whisky distillery.
The official logo of the English Whisky Company  on display on the main warehouse.
The official logo of the English Whisky Company, on display on the main warehouse.
A pop-up shop at the Harrow Whisky Festival. Some whiskies on offer were priced at $30  others at $3...
A pop-up shop at the Harrow Whisky Festival. Some whiskies on offer were priced at $30, others at $3,000!
A set of specialist whiskies on show  including Laphroaig. Laphroaig is a distillery whose malts are...
A set of specialist whiskies on show, including Laphroaig. Laphroaig is a distillery whose malts are massively individual and utterly distinctive.
A shot of the main area  where a sumptuous range of whiskies can be sampled. At Whisky Live 2013  Lo...
A shot of the main area, where a sumptuous range of whiskies can be sampled. At Whisky Live 2013, London.
Whiskies from the Netherlands  U.S. and Ireland  made from different grains  on show and ready for s...
Whiskies from the Netherlands, U.S. and Ireland, made from different grains, on show and ready for sampling at the Harrow Whisky Festival.
A selection of the whiskies for tasting. The evening was accompanied by a talk and slide show.
A selection of the whiskies for tasting. The evening was accompanied by a talk and slide show.
Whisky from Japan being sampled at Whisky Live 2016.Here Blends such as Hibiki and Nikka From the Ba...
Whisky from Japan being sampled at Whisky Live 2016.Here Blends such as Hibiki and Nikka From the Barrel are rightly lauded for their quality.
A selection of whiskies to be tasted from the Tomintoul whisky distillery.
A selection of whiskies to be tasted from the Tomintoul whisky distillery.
The mysterious Finlaggan whisky from Islay.
The mysterious Finlaggan whisky from Islay.
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This way to St. George s Distillery.
This way to St. George's Distillery.
One of the exhibition stands at Whisky Live  London 2015.
One of the exhibition stands at Whisky Live, London 2015.
One of the masterclasses at Whisky Live 2013  London.
One of the masterclasses at Whisky Live 2013, London.
The main processing area at St. George s Distillery  the two stills can be seen in the background.
The main processing area at St. George's Distillery, the two stills can be seen in the background.
A view of the main room of the Harrow Whisky Festival.
A view of the main room of the Harrow Whisky Festival.
Six Scottish whiskies ready for tasting at the master class. The whiskies were from Aran  Oba  Islay...
Six Scottish whiskies ready for tasting at the master class. The whiskies were from Aran, Oba, Islay and Mull.

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