Keeping spirits high

Much as we’d love to be back out and about, clinking glasses and swapping drams – remember that? – there’s not much we can do at the moment other than try and make the most of our continuing online existence.

With that in mind, we’re looking this month at how the whisky world has adapted to its ongoing virtual reality, how best to engage with online tastings, and – on a positive note – how the Society is doing its bit to foster online friendships and connections.

Elsewhere, we hear from our national ambassador for Australia, Matt Bailey, about how we’re planning to keep spirits high this year, whatever it brings. Perfume maker Imogen Russon-Taylor provides a beautifully scented lift with her whisky-inspired range of perfumes. And we take you on a virtual tour of the recently renovated Glenkinchie distillery, spruced up and ready to welcome visitors as and when we’re allowed to travel.

It’s always a pleasure to hear from Society members and ambassadors, and this month we’ve got a couple of cracking stories from both: member David Daly takes us on his world tour of new whisky-producing countries, and ambassador David Smith has the heart-warming tale of bringing a ruined small oak barrel back to life with a Society-inspired blend.

There’s all that and plenty more, including a deep dive into what factors might influence our sense of taste and how it is subject to change. Jump in, enjoy, and we’ll see you again online soon.