Whisky Kingdom Team


Dead Man’s Fingers – Changing the Image of Rum

In recent years, rum has experienced a renaissance, riding the wave of growing interest in unique and diverse spirits. While gin is for now the UK’s favourite spirit, rum is making a spirited comeback. According to a report from The Whisky Exchange, rum sales surged by an astounding 165% in the third quarter of 2019, marking the first time in half a decade that rum outpaced gin in sales growth. Before talking about the award-winning and iconic Dead Man’s Fingers, it’s worth considering some of the things which have held... Read More


Tomatin Distillery: A Most Human Whisky

At first glance, Tomatin seems alienating. Nestled in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness, the snowy, seemingly barren ranges and moors seem distant, inhospitable and even inhuman. Beware! Appearances are misleading. Tomatin is a place of much warmth, beauty and human history. Most of all, Tomatin is a story of surviving with much heart. Let’s tell the story from the beginning. It starts with illicit distilling. It is surprising to know this, but the story starts with gin. Tomatin means ‘juniper hill’ the main ingredient in gin and was... Read More


Edinburgh Gin: The Genesis of a Delicious Gin

It’s well-known that the Dutch who first created gin used it to give their soldiers courage hence the term ‘Dutch Courage’. In the 17th century, Leith, now part of Edinburgh, served as the main port of Scotland, and Jenever, a Dutch gin, was imported in vast quantities. Due to the Lowland Wars in Holland, less gin was imported, and Leith changed from an importer of gin to a producer of gin. In the 18th century, Leith had over 400 distilleries. In fact, the gin craze in Scotland was greater than... Read More


The Unique Characteristics of Highland Park Whisky: What Sets It Apart

Whisky is always full of surprises. Consider how local most whisky is. Whiskies are expressions of local barley, local spring water and a very particular microclimate. Yet, that is highly misleading. It’s misleading because a large part of whisky’s flavour comes from its maturation in seasoned casks. As Gordon Motion, Master Whisky Maker at Highland Park, says: ‘A mediocre whisky in an excellent cask will come out good. An excellent whisky in a poor cask will come out bad.’ These casks may come from America or Europe. They may be... Read More


Glenrothes – An Aristocratic Distillery

A Glenrothes single malt is not something you just share with anyone. It’s the kind of distillery that boasts that its secret is only known to a select few. What makes its single malts so exclusive? It’s about maturity and flavour but in a very unique way. Glenrothes Distillery insists that maturity matters more than an age statement. What happens to the whisky in the cask is far more important than the number of years spent in it. Glenrothes’s philosophy claims that ‘an eighteen-year-old can still be immature’. For example,... Read More


Diplomatico – Probably the Best Rum in the World

Diplomatico rums have taken the world by storm. Since the creation of the distillery in 2002 in Venezuela at the foot of the Andes, its rums have broken records in winning numerous awards. Most notably, Diplomatico has become the first super premium rum brand to have won Spirit Brand of the Year at Wine Enthusiast’s Awards 2018. What is their secret? They’ve introduced some major innovations in the rum industry such as small batch discontinuous distillation which creates very rich and complex aromas. Their use of smaller barrels during maturation... Read More


Toast the Rise of Irish Whiskey this St Patrick’s Day!

Whose side are you on, Irish or Scotch? For a good number of years now, the Irish whiskey industry has tried to claim the crown from Scotch. As we’ll see by the end of this short blog, there’s a specific and good reason why this may be the time of Irish whiskey. First a little interesting history. Believe it or not, in the 19th century, some Scottish distilleries tried to pass off their Scotch as Irish whiskey. That was because Irish whiskey was considered a premium product.  People forget that... Read More

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The Best Whisky for Burns Night

Every good whisky has an incredible story to tell. We think the following question deserves serious consideration: how do you choose the best whisky for Burns Night? The answer connects royalty to a farming lad. Some say the best whisky is what pairs nicely with haggis and other traditional foods eaten on Burns Night. Some just make lists of whiskies they prefer. We think it’s best to go a little deeper and choose a whisky that Burns himself may have enjoyed and perhaps even Bonnie Prince Charles and Sir Walter... Read More


A Wild Harmony: The History of Highland Park

Standing high above Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands is a distillery steeped in a rich heritage, Highland Park. The malt masters at Highland Park have been producing signature Scotch from the same site for more than two centuries. From an illicit still in 1798 to now being one of Scotland’s biggest globally recognised Scotch distilleries, the Highland Park journey is deep rooted in tradition and topography. Here at Whisky Kingdom, we’re proud to stock a large variety of outstanding bottles from the legendary Highland Park distillery. Let’s explore the history... Read More


The history of Rudolf Jelínek: Family feuds, troubled takeovers, and a revolutionary recovery

Known globally for the production of ​​slivovitz, a brandy made from damson plums, Rudolf Jelínek is a brand underpinned by a long and rich heritage. Producing the fruit spirit from Vizovice in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic for centuries, the Rudolf Jelínek journey has been turbulent yet inspiring. Here at Whisky Kingdom, we’re passionate about bringing you the widest selection of spirits, from tried and tested favourites to rare or up-and-coming labels – and knowing a thing or two about the brands behind the bottles makes sampling them... Read More