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Meet the Educator: Daniel Whittington

Daniel Whittington is our Approved Course Provider in Austin, Texas. He teaches EWA courses on the campus of Wizard Academy and Whisky Marketing School.

Meet the Educator: Samantha De Noia

Samantha De Noia, founder of creative whisky agency 9 Smoking Barrels, is our Approved Course Provider in Madrid. Tel...

Meet the Educator: Joe Cabassa

Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Joe Cabassa is our Approved Course Provider for Latin America. He is the founder of whisky and spirits education company, Academia De Whisky.

Definition

Whisky Words: Spirit Still

Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers says: “A spirit still is the second still used for making single malt Scotch...

Yeast & the Scotch Whisky Production Process

Yeast is a single-celled organism which feeds on sugar, producing alcohol, carbon dioxide, heat and flavour compounds...

Whisky Words: Water

Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers says: “Water is one of the main raw materials that we use in making single m...

Explainer

How is Scotch whisky made?

While each distillery in Scotland will have their own nuances regarding production, malt Scotch whisky is made through a meticulous process that typically involves six key steps.

Explainer: Toasting

While toasting might conjure images of raising a glass in celebration, in the Scotch whisky world, it refers to a spe...

Michael Walsh on Edinburgh Whisky Academy’s Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel

Our Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel offers a guided journey through the sensory delights of the category and prompts conversation with either yourself or others as Michael Walsh explains in this video.

Feature

Categories of Irish Whiskey: The Legal Definition & Classifications

The legal definition of Irish whiskey is governed by both Irish law and European Union regulations, specifically the ...

A History of Glenlivet (the place)

Whisky writer Iain Russell explores the rich record of this sparsely populated glen which has, over the years, contributed so much to the broader story of Scotch.

A day in the life of a cooper at The Balvenie Distillery

20 barrels a day? Nae bother! We had the pleasure of chatting to Barry, a cooper at The Balvenie Distillery, about what a typical day in his job involves, from repairing casks to helping the apprentices.

Jobs

Meet the Maker: Matthew Paterson, Malt Man at The Balvenie

We recently visited The Balvenie Distillery to film some updated explainer videos for our Certificate in Scotch Whisk...

Whisky Jobs… Gillian Kirkland on being a Bar Owner

Edinburgh Whisky Alumni Gillian Kirkland runs The Piper Bar in Glasgow. We asked her to tell us more about the day-to...

Whisky Jobs… Gary Taylor on being a Cooper

As a cooper at Speyside Cooperage, it’s Gary Taylor’s job to check, repair and re-finish casks of all descriptions,...

News

Approved Course Provider Tulleeho deliver their first Certificate in Scotch Whisky course in Delhi

Congratulations to Tulleeho, our Approved Course Provider in India, for successfully delivering their first Certificate in Scotch Whisky course in Delhi (28 April 2024). 

"Making Sense of Whisky" with Ann Miller at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Attendees of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival can look forward to a fun and interactive introduction to the wonders of sensory appreciation with Ann Miller, aka The Dram Queen.

Whisky Words: Valinch

A valinch is a tool used in the Scotch whisky industry for extracting samples directly from casks during the aging pr...

Opinion

Old, Older, Oldest? Iain Russell unpicks tales from the Scotch whisky industry

Marketers cannot resist an opportunity to bestow the title ‘first’ or ‘oldest’ upon their whisky brand’s distillery. ...

Why learn about whisky?

Ever wondered whether whisky is really a worthwhile topic for study? We brought together a group of whisky experts and asked them why they love to learn more about whisky.

Peaty Scotch whisky, is it possible to taste terroir?

When it comes to making peaty Scotch whisky, there are different sources – peat bogs – available to distillers from l...

Whisky Myths

Whisky myths: colour = flavour

While it may seem that a darker whisky would have more flavour than a lighter whisky, this just isn’t the case.  A wh...

Whisky myths: Drink it neat or not at all, right?

Wrong! How you enjoy your whisky is entirely up to you. If you prefer it neat, drink it neat. If you like to add wate...

Whisky myths: Does blend = bad?

No, it does not! Seemingly one of the hardest whisky myths to shake is that blended whisky is of an inferior quality....
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