Well, it looks like 2023 is finally coming to an end, thank God, so we’re doing a traditional look back at some of the things that we’ve enjoyed most on the blog. These range from wonderful whiskies that we had the privilege of trying to amusing articles on how to bullshit your way through tastings. TL;DR, just say ‘petrichor.’
Right, without further ado, beating about the bush etc, here are five of our favourite posts of 2023, in no particular order. Tomorrow we’ll look at the most-read articles 2023.
Here Adam gets all lyrical after a trip to Islay, happens to us all, with an ode to the joys of visiting disrilleries and finding much in common with fellow whisky enthusiasts. I’m wellin’ up!
You’ll never be at a loss of what to say when the spotlight shines on you during a whisky tasting after reading this. In fact, everyone will gasp at your astute tasting prowess.
Ian Buxton looks at the uneasy relationship between Scotland’s biggest export industry and the government in Holyrood. Thankfully the much-maligned deposit return scheme seems to have been shelved for now.
Adam got to taste some fantastic whiskies this year, not least this very special Balvenie released to coincide with David Stewart stepping aside as malt master, a role he’d had since 1974. As you can imagine, it was quite special.
Cask strength Glendronach is always a great favourite here at Master of Malt and, according to Adam, Batch 12 was up to this great distillery’s usual high standards.
Despite the ever-increasing cost of certain age statement single malts, mentioning no names, you can still drink well on a budget. Here we reveal where the bargains can be found.
Cotswolds English single malt has proved so successful that founder Daniel Szor had to build a whole new distillery to keep up with demand. But the project has not been without its problems as I discovered.