Whisky bluff to whisky buff: everything you need to know about sherry cask whisky


If you’ve ever read the Whisky Foundation blog, you’ll know that we’re huge fans of sherry cask whisky. We’ve written articles about our favourite sherry cask whiskies, have a huge selection available to purchase and – best of all – some of us like to end the day with a sherry cask whisky. And, according […]

Nose, palate, finish: a beginner’s guide to whisky tasting

If you’ve just started your journey towards an appreciation of whisky and are starting to think about how to improve your whisky tasting, then welcome to the club. But, before we begin talking about oaks and peats, remember: it doesn’t matter how you got to this stage. Don’t feel embarrassed by not knowing much about whisky […]

The Whisky Foundation Guide to Pairing up your Whisky and Chocolate.

whisky and chocolate

Chocolate-lovers of the world unite, for today is International Chocolate Day, a day to celebrate everything that is great and glorious about chocolate. (Fun fact, this year it’ll be the 467th anniversary of the year that chocolate was introduced to Europe.) Now, while we love chocolate here at Whisky Foundation, there’s something that’s even better: […]

Independence Day Drams: Our favourite whiskies aged in bourbon casks


With Independence Day coming up, we thought it was only right that we celebrate the influence that our whisky brethren across the pond have had on our beloved Scotch. Like Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville and even Uncle Sam himself, these whiskies are the perfect result of Scottish heritage meeting American culture; distilled in the […]

Women and Whisky Part II: why is whisky considered a man’s drink?

If you read our last instalment in the Women and Whisky series, you’ll know that women have a long and important history with our most precious of liquids. They invented the alembic still, they ran bootlegging operations and they repealed Prohibition. Many of them also burnt at the stake for selling whisky during the Middle […]

Whisky Foundation Picks: Our favourite summer whisky cocktails

whisky cocktails

Dear readers, we have a confession to make. Brace yourselves. On occasion, when the weather is hot, we treat ourselves to a couple of summer whisky cocktails. Now, we know that to a lot of you, this is the ultimate sacrilege (‘Scotch should be drunk straight!’ we hear you cry.) but hear us out. When […]

Independent Bottling of the Month: Benrinnes 18 Year (Maltman, 1997)


Before we start, here’s a quick recap of what this series of blog posts is all about, just in case you missed last month’s entry: As you know, at Whisky Foundation, we’re all about the independent bottlings. And, while reading about malts, casks and behind-the-scenes stuff is all well and good, it doesn’t quite compare […]

Scotch 101: What is floor malting? (And does it make any difference?)


If you’re new to the world of malts and peats, then you might never have heard of floor malting. And there’s good reason for this – it’s not common practice anymore. It hasn’t been for the past half a century. The vast majority of distilleries stopped the process in the 1960s and have moved on […]

Getting your dad some whisky for Father’s Day? Here are our recommendations.


Socks. Something to do with sheds. A power tool. A DVD compilation of the 100 Greatest Premier League goals. A book on the history of World War II. A musical tie. A ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug. We’re willing to bet you’ve resorted to buying your Dad at least one of these things for Father’s Day […]

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