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.

The beautiful Laphroaig Distillery on Islay

The beautiful Laphroaig Distillery on Islay

Why you need a whisky holiday

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!

Man evaluating a glass of whisky

Hold your glass like this, everyone will think you really know your stuff

How to sound like a whisky expert

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. 

Scottish parliament

The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

Scottish government vs Scotch whisky

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.

David C. Stewart MBE and Kelsey McKechnie

The torch has been passed from David C. Stewart MBE to Kelsey McKechnie

Balvenie Revelation of Cask review

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. 

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 12

Here it is: The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 12!

Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 12 review

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. 

Favourite posts of 2023 - Lot 40 Rye

Like a whisky bargain? Look to Canada, home of Lot 40

Guide to cheap whisky

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. 

Daniel Szor founder of The Cotswolds Distillery

Mr Cotswolds whisky himself, Daniel Szor!

Inside the new Cotswolds Distillery

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.