10 best single malt scotch whiskies

A scotch single malt is a drink like no other, synonymous with the sophistication of James Bond yet sewn into the fabric of proud working class life. It’s a drink that demands appreciation and another glass. Mark Twain mused that “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough”, and we can’t help but agree. Despite a lot of competition in recent years from the Far East and elsewhere, we think there are still ample grounds to argue that there’s no beating the classic scotc

14 best American whiskies

The vastness of America, both in terms of geography and its taste for whiskey, means that there is a great, diverse array of spirits available. So, first things first: let’s get through some jargon. Bourbon is a whiskey made up of at least 51 per cent corn, rye whiskey must have at least 51 per cent rye, and a wheat whiskey needs to clock up at 51 per cent of – you guessed it – wheat. A corn whiskey, however, needs be at least 80 per cent corn.

9 best men's boots

The end of summer has come, no longer are we strolling in our sandals to drink Pimms at a barbecue, it's time to strap on some boots and plough into a Sunday roast. We’re in for a chilly few months, so it’s essential to have a pair of boots to trudge through the bad weather in. We’ve tested a wide range of footwear, giving each of them a thorough plodding. Ranging from classic Chelsea boots to modern monkstrap variations, from Friday night glamour to the early Sunday hike – we’ve got you cover

10 best single malt scotch whiskies

We are rapidly approaching the 31 of October, on an express train of spookiness and laments for summer nights; the advent of the end of October means one thing: Christmas is around the corner. You have completed an hours of circuit training in Lush shopping for mum, you picked up Nana’s favourite brandy, Dad has his new universal remote – now it’s time to make sure Grandad isn’t left out. A scotch single malt has been a failsafe Grandad present for generations, let’s not rock the boat. But he's

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8 best world whiskies

Gone are the days when Scotland and Ireland were the final word in whisky – everybody is having a pop now, from the Canadians to the Taiwanese. The whisky market has really opened up. The internet has helped smaller distilleries gain international distribution and recognition, as well as facilitating imports of the finest distilling equipment. So Scotland’sbeen knocked off its pedestal of whisky nirvana somewhat. Expert Jim Murray’s annual Whisky Bible has only named one Scotch winner of Whisky
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