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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.


What is an aroma?

An aroma (noun) is typically defined as a distinctive, pervasive and usually pleasant or savoury smell. When apprecia...

Whisky Words: Faraday Still

Penderyn's unique Faraday Still, is a single copper pot attached to a column installed with perforated plates. As the...

Whisky Words: Angels’ Share

The Angels' Share refers to the amount of ethanol and water that is lost due to evaporation during ageing. During mat...


Different whisky warehousing systems

Once a cask is filled with new make spirit, it must be matured for a minimum of three years before it can be called Scotch whisky. Here are three types of warehousing systems used in Scotland.

Barley and the Scotch whisky production process

Make sense of how barley – a cereal packed with starch – is used by distillers in the Scotch whisky production process in this barley explainer video from one of our whisky lecturers, Vic Cameron.

The importance of copper contact in whisky distillation

All pot stills used in the Scotch whisky industry are made from copper. This easy to shape common metal is an effecti...


Was Alfred Barnard the original whisky influencer?

Dr Gordon Steele discusses Alfred Barnard’s "Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" and its lasting influence with historian Fionnán O’Connor.

Grain Whisky Distilleries in Scotland

There are currently seven grain whisky distilleries in Scotland, all of which are much larger in scale than traditi...

Welsh Whisky Distilleries

1. Penderyn Distillery Penderyn produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the foothills of the Breco...


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,...


Fionnán O’Connor announces second Irish whiskey book, Créatúr

Certificate in Irish Whiskey teacher and passionate whiskey historian Fionnán O’Connor has announced his second book, Créatúr, alongside a community cask share venture.

EWA Educator Ann Miller inducted as Master of the Quaich

Many congratulations to Ann Miller, who’s been inducted as a Master of the Quaich at the Keepers of the Quaich Banque...

Is the Definition of Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Changing?

Single Pot Still Whiskey is one of the most iconic styles of whiskey to come from the Emerald Isle, known for its rob...


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...

Edinburgh Whisky Academy reviews: January 2023 round-up

We love reading your Edinburgh Whisky Academy reviews. This month, we’ve already welcomed 180+ new candidates, with 4...

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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