5 Drinking ‘Rules’ to Banish Forever

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VENTURE OUT to your local bar and you’ll soon stumble across a self-appointed ‘expert’ eager to unload their personal drinks rulebook on lesser mortals.

With the greatest respect, those guys suck. It’s time to do away with life-limiting traditions – as they say, rules are made to be broken…

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Why Some Distilleries Use Fire-Heated Stills

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Scotch rarity: Only three distilleries continue to heat their stills with fire, but why?

THERE WAS a time when all Scottish distilleries heated their stills over gas or coal fires, but only a handful continue to employ the method. Here’s how steam-heated stills became the norm, and how the two methods affect whisky’s flavour.

Heating a still over live flame is a rare occurrence these days. In Scotland, only Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich and Springbank continue to use this method, as did Dornoch until early 2019 when it switched to direct electric.

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BEST YEAST IS BACK! Limited Xmas Supply of Global Express Fast & Clean

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Legendary Global Express Fast & Clean Distillers Yeast is back for a limited time only

IN A SURPRISE move, Global Flavors has secured a limited supply of the popular sold-out Global Express Fast & Clean Distillers Yeast, just in time for Christmas.

Global Flavors’ tastemeister Keith Emms announced today that a limited run of 400 sachets (150g) of the yeast has been secured for loyal Global Flavors customers.

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How Are Casks Made?

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THE CONCEPT of the wooden cask hasn’t changed much since it first came into being, but the practice of making it has gradually been refined over the past few millennia.

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Column Still Distillation: How a Column Still Works

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The column still at New Riff Distillery / Photo Credit: New Riff Distillery

NOT LONG ago, we took a look at the beautiful simplicity of the pot still. We explained its inner-workings, and why so many great spirits pour forth from them. Now let’s take a dive into the world of continuous column stills.

Column stills have been around for roughly two centuries, with former Irish exciseman Aeneas Coffey having invented his Coffey still in the 1830s.

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BEGINNERS GEMS #10: Distillation Hints & Tips

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IN THIS BEGINNER'S Gems for Home Distillers, we explore a few hints and tips to help you in your distilling processes.

Our previous Beginners’ Gems posts containing helpful hints, tips and techniques for home distillers, include the following:

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