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Can you age whisky in just one day with a stick?

Just add a stick: Can a piece of wood add three years' ageing to whisky in just 24 hours?

Asta Thrastardottir   Time-honoured barrel ageing process under threat from innovative start-up.

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Who wins the Bledisloe Cup of whisky?

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Steve Colquhoun   Rugby's most coveted prize may be lost, but another set of bragging rights is up for grabs.

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Does drinking work in your workplace?

Alcohol can add an extra x-factor to any work-related situation.

Luke McCarthy   Long business lunches, Friday drinks, or a team blowout - what's the impact?

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Ten things you do that annoy your bartender

Want service with a smile? Don't take him for granted.

Megan Willett   Are you being served? Here are 10 commandments of drink-ordering etiquette.

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Who decides what you drink?

Taste is a personal experience, and no one can definitively say yours is wrong.

Luke McCarthy   Taste is totally subjective, so is anyone ever really right or wrong about any given tipple?

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What's your favourite craft-brewed drop?

There's never been more choice for discerning beer drinkers.

Luke McCarthy   Once basic and highly generic, beer is now taking on wine for complexity and versatility.

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Do whisky and chocolate go together?

Worlds collide: what does happen when whisky and chocolate come together?

Greg Clarke   Can two very different taste experiences combine for an even better one?

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Put your Grange to the ultimate test

Greg Kilner with three bottles of the extremely rare 1951 Grange, all of which were examined and certified.

Rachelle Unreich   The Penfolds recorking clinic can bring tears of joy or sadness to owners of Australia's favourite drop.

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What do all those gold medals really mean?

Is a gold medal a guarantee of quality? It depends who has awarded it.

Luke McCarthy   Do gold medal-winning drops represent the pinnacle of their craft, or marketing hype?

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For peat's sake: A frolic through the Glenfarclas range

The Glenfarclas phalanx.

Patrick O'Neil   When you decide to write a whisky column ostensibly to educate yourself - but really just to tipple gratis - it's wonderful what can unfold.

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11 of Australia's most interesting spirits

Bill Lark of Lark Distillery, one of several Tasmanian nominations among Australian spirit makers on the rise.

Steve Colquhoun   With Father's Day looming, consider a spirited gift with a strong local flavour.

Inside the PM's 'tragic' wine cellar


Phillip Thomson   Critic bewildered as Tony Abbott's "random assortment" of wines is revealed.

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Should you invest in top-shelf whisky?

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Simon Evans, Nassim Khadem   You'll probably never get to drink it, and there are plenty of risks. So why do it?

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The question that polarises whisky drinkers

Peated or unpeated? There's typically no happy medium for whisky drinkers.

Luke McCarthy   What is the elemental difference that some aficionados swear by, yet others swear at?

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Unravel the web's sipping secrets

Some of the best bottle shops are just a click away.

Luke McCarthy   Everything you need to know about drinks culture is in the palm of your hand.

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Is this the most complicated drink on earth?

Mal Spence's Commonwealth Cocktail.

Jill Comoletti   The Commonwealth Cocktail has 71 ingredients - one per country at the Games.

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Australian spirits versus the world’s best


Luke McCarthy   A blind taste test puts old prejudices to the sternest test, with a shock result.

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Scottish pride meets the art of whisky


Hannah Tattersall   For the release of its rarest creation, Glenmorangie forged a unique artistic experience.

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What wine works best with your in-flight meal?


Barry Smith   Your sense of taste changes markedly at cruising altitude. So, what'll it be?

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Making Australia's only rye whisky

Tasmanian rye whisky maker Peter Bignall.

Jeremy Loadman   One Australian whisky maker is looking to change old habits.


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