Denis Balibouse

2,433 Added | 3 Magazines | 9 Following | 91 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.

Fall in love with the Isle of Islay

Whether it's the island’s beautifully wild landscape, incredibly friendly locals, or the cask strength whisky, there is something about the Isle of …

Scotland

10 things you didn’t know about whisky

<i>If there’s a Diageo Special Releases tasting, then you know that whisky ambassador Colin Dunn will be involved. For our Whisky Exchange tasting in</i> …

Scotch Whisky

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Epic Tasting (Stripes, Batches 1 to 9) Review

Yesterday’s post on the 1815 got me in a Laphroaig mood, so here’s another Laphroaig review but this time it’s a special post recapping a special …

Whiskey

ralfy review 713 - Longrow Rundlets & Kilderkins 11yo

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In high spirits

The spirits were high on the British Club lawns (inside the British Deputy High Commission) on January 25 as members came together to celebrate the …

Robert Burns

Fourteen Whisky Distilleries on Islay

sponsored links<p>I was updating the Islay Whisky Distilleries Page on Islay Info today with an updated map, new photos and updated texts. While I was …

Wales

4 Cocktails To Make You Fall In Love With Scotch

Scotch is seen as the most sacred of the whisky family, and people can get pretty protective over what you do with it.<p>Contrary to popular belief, …

Whiskey

Mysterious ‘Malt Mill’ mini sells for £3,400

The 5cl bottle more than doubled its reserve of £1,500 when it sold via Scotch Whisky Auctions on Sunday (4 February).<p>However, as the miniature is so …

Scotch Whisky

Why whisky does work with food

Dear Neil,<p>I read with great interest your opinionated argument about the use of whisky in cooking. I know your post was published months ago and I …

Scotch Whisky

ralfy review 712 - Glenfiddich 12yo @ 40%vol re-reviewed 2018

Scotch Whisky

50-Year-Old Yamazaki Bottle Is Most Expensive Whisky Ever Sold

As whisky prices keep rising, and the market for luxury whisky rapidly expands, Japanese whisky hit a new milestone on January 30: A bottle of 50-year-old Yamazaki became the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold at auction, fetching a price of HK$2.3 million ($299,000).<p>Sold at the …

Sotheby's

How to Enjoy Yamazaki - Suntory Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky

At the heart of Yamazaki single malt whisky’s broad palate of flavours lies a succulently sweet and estery spirit. You’ll find that same flowery, …

Single Malt Whisky

Five minutes with: Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory

‘I was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, and my father was financial director for what was then Coats Patons – the sewing thread manufacturer. When I …

Whiskey

Glenmorangie Spios – Private Edition No.9

Dr Bill Lumsden and Brendan McCarron introducing their latest creation – Glenmorangie Spios<p>Glenmorangie‘s Dr Bill Lumsden – director of distillation …

Scotch Whisky

Priceless mini of rare ‘Malt Mill’ auctioned

The 5cl miniature, being sold by Glasgow-based Scotch Whisky Auctions, is believed to contain a sample of 10-year-old Malt Mill distilled in 1959 – …

Scotch Whisky

Glenmorangie expands as whisky demand rises

The Glenmorangie Company will construct a second stillhouse at its distillery near Tain in the Scottish Highlands which will house an additional two …

Scotch Whisky

Why young Scotch whisky is worth a chance | Scotch Whisky

Happy New Year, whisky friends – 2018 is upon us and I’m making the notoriously difficult month of January more unbearable by abstaining from all …

Whiskey

Reviewing the Whisky Club 28/10, Zurich Airport

<i>Today we have a guest post from a Shai, a friend who gets to travel around way more than me or the average person (or a dozen of them). If you have</i> …

Whiskey

Whisky industry to phase out plastic straws

Industry body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has pledged to cease its use of non-recyclable plastic products, and is encouraging all whisky …

Sustainability

Why You Should Be Buying Whisky From Independent Bottlers

You spot a great value bottle of your favorite single malt on the shelf. The price seems right, but the label is strangely unfamiliar. Chances are …

Whiskey

Karuizawa: bourbon casks are best

<b>Karuizawa</b> is an almost unobtainable whisky. I’m incredibly lucky in getting to try it from time to time, but I hold a strange opinion that gets me …

Scotch Whisky

ralfy review 711 - Brora 30yo @ 56.3%vol (4th release)

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Does whisky change in an unopened bottle?

Dear Prof,<p>At a recent whisky tasting I heard people talking about ‘OBE’. I initially believed that they were discussing Dennis Malcolm’s career, but …

As the demand for Japanese whisky continues to soar, <i>The Spirits Business</i> examines how such an unconventional category, which has no official …

Whiskey

Karuizawa Emerald Geishas

The Emerald Geishas <br>Single Cask Japanese Whiskies<p>Bottled by Elixir Distillers exclusively for The Whisky Exchange<p>Your chance to buy the world's …

Recipes

Zagatti Collection to go on public display

The Zagatti Collection will be displayed in a museum in the small Dutch village of Sassenheim, between Amsterdam and The Hague, which is due to open …

Scotch Whisky

If You’re a Purist About Scotch Whisky, You Might Find This Hard to Swallow

Secret documents outline effort by Diageo to buck long-held distilling traditions, prompting stiff opposition<p>LONDON—Here’s a neat story.<p>The documents involved are top secret. They detail a plot by a multinational company to challenge hundreds of years of tradition. Some find the suggestions so hard …

Scotch Whisky

Final Fantasy Celebrates 30th Anniversary With an Exclusive Whiskey

Whiskey the same age as the franchise.<p>Japanese liquor retailer Shinanoya has released a special edition whiskey to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the hit JRPG series <i>Final Fantasy</i>. Produced by renowned Scottish distillery Glenfarclas, the label features iconic <i>Final Fantasy</i> imagery, included …

Whiskey

Whisky Stories – my first trip to Islay

<i>All whisky drinkers have a story to share, whether it’s a visit to their favourite distillery or perhaps the day they opened a life-changing dram.</i> …

Scotch Whisky

Johnnie Walker to introduce Jane Walker

According to labels submitted to the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for approval this month, the Jane Walker Edition will be a …