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Billy Abbott

Drinks Writer

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I'm a drinks writer specialising in whisky and beer, but dabbling in all of the realms of booze.

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Spirited Matters
11/04/2015
Compass Box and the SWA: what's happened and what can we do?

The internet rumbles along, and the whisky corner of it continues to froth about the despicable Scotch Whisky Association and its treatment of Compass Box. I'm getting a bit bored of it, to be honest. However, along with being bored, I'm getting increasingly annoyed by people not understanding what has actually happened, what the issues are, and what can be done.

Spirited Matters
10/10/2017
Port Ellen and Brora: The Resurrection - Spirited Matters

Yesterday's announcement from Diageo about the 'reopening' of Port Ellen and Brora caught the whisky world unawares. At first, it made no sense to me, but after a day of mulling it over, and reading interviews and the internet, it's started to come together. Here's a round up of what we know and my thoughts.

Spirited Matters
03/13/2017
Fresh beer - the peril of imported IPAs - Spirited Matters

When it comes to big and hoppy beer, the USA has led the way. Back in 2000, my tiny mind was blown by a bottle of Sierra Nevada and my approach to beer changed. While I love traditional British beers, the evolution of the hop bomb has been one of my favourite things about the growing craft beer market.

Spirited Matters
10/22/2017
More whisky than whisky - Spirited Matters

There has been much discussion of late about the creations of Lost Spirits, a company working on speeding up the ageing of spirits. While the process and ideas, and the surrounding recent furore, are interesting, the discussion unearthed a few things for me that dig much deeper into the world of drinks.

Whisky Casks

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Blog
11/28/2014
Sherry casks part 1: what was a sherry cask?

Once you start getting into whisky, one of the first things you notice is the various types of cask that the spirit is matured in. While they all have their own distinctive character, the most common question we get asked is 'Was this matured in a sherry cask?'

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Blog
12/05/2014
Sherry casks part 2: what is a sherry cask?

If you missed it, here's part one: What was a sherry cask?] These days, the vast majority of sherry casks used to mature Scotch whisky are specifically built for the whisky industry. They are still usually constructed in the same way as a traditional sherry cask, whether it was used to mature sherry in a solera or transport it around the world.

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Blog
12/12/2014
Sherry casks part 3: what goes into a sherry cask?

You can find the first two parts of this series at: What was a sherry cask? and What is a sherry cask?] In the last post, I talked about how the type of wood that makes up a cask has a large effect on the spirit that goes into it.