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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

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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.

What do you drink while watching the game?

Booze Hound

Luke McCarthy   A watered-down beer, or maybe overpriced spirits? How did it come to this?

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The perfect storm for cocktail lovers

Scorched Amaretto & Fig Sour

Janelle Carrigan   Melbourne's cocktail scene is coming of age with sophisticated offerings.

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Sweet redemption for new cocktail king

Charlie Ainsbury.

Steve Colquhoun   Bartender's ascension to become our top drink mixer has been seven years in the making.

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Sipping spirits: just add ... what, exactly?

 

Luke McCarthy   Picking your poison is half the battle, but it can still be lost on what you do next.

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Why Aussie spirit makers need a tax break

 

Sam Casey   They're kicking goals on quality but stymied by the heavy hand of the tax man.

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The vodka laced with drinkable gold

 

Steve Colquhoun   It's a golden age for premium vodka with brands clamouring for our attention.

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Sipping Japanese whisky is now a thing

Suntory Whisky

Simon McGoram   It's a case of 'land of the rising dram', but is there substance behind the hype?

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What type of whisky fan are you?

 

Stephen Lacey   Fans of the malt spirit wouldn't even consider drinking anything but their drop of choice.

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