Denis Balibouse

2,615 Flips | 3 Magazines | 2 Likes | 9 Following | 112 Followers | @denisbalibouse | Staff photographer for Reuters in Switzerland. Landscape photographer at heart and incurable news addict. Whisky lover, mostly Peat monsters from Islay starting with an L and finishing with g.

Proper No. Twelve

Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. Famous, pretty faces sell and brands know this, which is why they will often pay large sums of money to …

Ryan Reynolds

How can rare whisky be more inclusive?

I live a spoiled life, I know that. Every time I complain about some aspect of my work, one of my friends will stop me and say: ‘But you have the …

Scotch Whisky

Why was Scotch whisky ‘better’ in the 1960s? | Scotch Whisky

Dear Prof,<p>I keep reading about distilleries saying they would like to recreate the style of whisky made in the 1960s, which apparently isn’t being …

Scotch Whisky

The Collectors: Christophe ‘Billy’ Van Gysel

To describe Christophe ‘Billy’ Van Gysel, it is probably appropriate to begin with the smile and work outwards – a big, broad and hearty grin around …

Wine & Spirits

The mutual attraction of Celebrities and Liquor Brands

Celebrities are attracted to the liquor business, whether by representing a brand, owning bars and restaurants (click here for blog post on top …

George Clooney

Conor McGregor unveils Proper No. 12 whiskey

The whiskey is produced by the mixed martial artist’s company Eire Born Spirits at the Old Bushmills distillery in Ulster, Northern Ireland.<p>Created …

Conor McGregor

112-year-old woman credits her long life to whisky

Grace Jones, the oldest person in Britain, is celebrating her 112th birthday tomorrow.<p>She’s known to her friends as ‘Amazing Grace’ and she says that …

Wine & Spirits

Does music modify the taste of whisky?

Music is a funny old thing. It has the power to stir vivid emotions in us through the slightest shift in pitch, tempo and melody, and speak volumes …

Wine & Spirits

Whisky Coin | Lux Coins

Whisky Coin is one of three gold coins from the Spirit Coins series. This coin hides inside a capsule with a drop of the oldest whisky in the world – …

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Calling out whisky marketing bull

<i>On receiving a press release announcing Chivas Brothers’ launch of Allt-a-Bhainne as a single malt, Dave Broom imagines a conversation with the</i> …

Bay City

The New Glenrothes Whisky Range

the next grape adventure<p>Speyside distillery The Glenrothes has long been known for weighty, sherry-aged whiskies that are released as vintages. Now, …

AUGUST AUCTION RESULTS 2018 - Whisky

Our latest auction closed with more than a few surprises. Not least around the upper end of the sale where the top lot was, unsurprisingly, a …

An Interview with Mark Reynier - Renegade Rum

Both the names of Mark Reynier and Renegade Rum may already be familiar to many of you readers. Undoubtedly more famous in the Whisk(e)y world than …

Whiskey

Number of Scots whisky distilleries grows to highest level in 70 years

With global demand for Scotch greater than ever before, the latest SWA figures show there are now 128 distillers across Scotland’s five different …

Scotland

Glendronach Revival 15 Year Old returns

The single malt has been matured in a combination of ex-oloroso and PX Spanish oak casks from Andalucía for 15 years, before being bottled at 46% abv.<p>…

Scotch Whisky

A bottle of 12-year-old Port Ellen Scotch whisky, thought to be the only official bottling released when the distillery was active, has sold for a …

Whiskey

Diageo Special Releases 2018 – First Look

This year’s Diageo Special Releases have been a bundle of surprises. First, they were announced months earlier than usual, popping up in April in an …

Whiskey

Prices of rare Scotch rocket in online sale

© Supplied<p>Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Bottles of whisky which brought a corner of Moray to a standstill have gone under the hammer – selling for …

Selling

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 2018 range - 50 years in the making

Fifty years in the making<p>Against a backdrop of seismic social and political change around the world, George Urquhart decided in 1968 to go against …

Siblings

New Single Malts From Gordon & MacPhail Continue To Redefine The Scotch Whisky Market

Specialty Scotch whisky bottler Gordon & MacPhail is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its <i>Connoisseurs Choice</i> with a special release of vintage whiskies, several of them over 30 years old. The family-owned, specialty bottler has long been a force in the world of specialty Scotch whiskies and …

Whiskey

Whisky body to join Theresa May on first official visit to Africa

The trip - which begins on Tuesday - is aimed at building new investment, trade and export ties with emerging markets.<p>They will visit South Africa, …

South Africa

Highland Park: Scotch Whisky's Viking Heritage

The Highland Park distillery has historically been considered Scotland’s northernmost distillery. That claim is subject to interpretation, however. Technically the northernmost distillery on mainland Scotland is the Old Pulteney distillery in Wick. That town is just twenty miles south of John …

Whiskey

Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up

For more than two years now — from the second floor of a repurposed warehouse in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco — the young scientists and chemists at Ava Winery have been attempting to save the planet and conduct commerce by producing wine without grapes or fermentation. Recently, the …

The psychology of whisky collecting

Evolutionary theorists suggest a collection was a way for a man to attract potential mates by signalling his ability to accumulate resources. Well, …

Whisky Writing: Transactions Tribulations

<i>A special treat for you all this week, blogfans, as the whisky writer, nocturnal acoustic guitarist, Speyburn aficionado, trout mask replicant and</i> …

Fake Suntory Hibiki Whisky Sellers Arrested In Japan

As demand for rare whisky expressions rises, more fake expressions are appearing on the market, some almost identical to the originals. Now the movement of whisky forgeries has reached as far as Japan, a country with some of the lowest crime rates in the world, with the recent sale of some rare …

The Collectors: Helena Hugo, Bredaryds Wärdshus

Helena Hugo is in many ways the personification of Swedish whisky passion: she is lively, bright and openly enthusiastic about her subject. Crucially …

Accused whisky counterfeiter ‘on the run’

A man accused of running a large-scale counterfeit spirits operation uncovered by Whisky.Auction has skipped bail and is thought to be on the run …

Yamazaki 50 YO breaks Japanese whisky record

A rare bottle of 50YO Yamazaki whisky has sold for HK$2.659 million (US$343,000) at Bonhams in Hong Kong, breaking the record for the most expensive …

E150a coloring in Scotch Whisky

By Matthew ‘Son of Whisky’ Fergusson-Stewart, Regional Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador – Asia Pacific<p>A lot of people like to criticise Scotch whisky for …