Just as famous paintings rarely greet visitors at gallery entrances, stellar destinations are rarely quick to reveal themselves at first blush. But all things great—truly great—take some getting to. Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses an apt exhibit of the first instance; the country in which it lives is the second.
The craft of whisky making has not changed much in the Balvenie’s production during the past century, and the distillery is one of the last in Scotland to boast in-house floor maltings that use locally hand-cut peat.
Scotland may have been dominating headlines as of late for its political referendum, but its art scene is well worth some ink as well, particularly in its capital city. As cultures become increasingly global, art that examines them assumes a new, multi-layered relevance.
Johnnie Walker is ubiquitous, stocked in the finest bars in the world and also found down dirt roads in Cambodia. People have been sipping it neat for close to 200 years.
The holidays often signal a time for travel, whether discovering new ski trails on foreign slopes, or escaping the winter chill for a warm destination. Over last 15 years, we have travelled to the far corners of the globe and brought home sentimental and unexpected insights. Here, a vicarious visual journey.
The very stones of Edinburgh are steeped in literature. The city vibrates with the lives and words of its revered authors.
Whisky à la Glenmorangie always warms the soul. A favourite from the Scottish distillery is Nectar D’Òr, given the name of gold—in Gaelic—because it’s basically as good as it gets.
“Whisky runs in my blood,” says Richard Paterson, spirited ambassador for the Dalmore and a third-generation whisky man. Paterson’s skill at tasting, assessing, and blending whiskies has become so acute he is affectionately known in the trade as “the Nose”.
Since 1843, the Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its famous whisky on the shores of the Dornoch Firth.