Do You Know the Difference Between Scotch Single Malt Whisky and Scotch Blended Whisky?

Do You Know the Difference Between Scotch Single Malt Whisky and Scotch Blended Whisky?

When you get down to it, Scotch whisky is the most diverse category of whisky in the world. A wide variety of grains, barrels, stills, and techniques go into the thousands of products produced in Scotland. And that’s a problem—namely because, for novice Scotch drinkers, there’s a lot of uncertainty.

Say you and I tried scotch for the first time this week: My experience sipping smoky, roiling Lagavulin would be totally different from your finessed, easy-drinking Dewar’s. We both had Scotch, yes, but we had two very different styles of Scotch: one a single malt, one a blend.

In a legal sense, anything labeled Scotch whisky must be made from grain that’s been distilled (in Scotland) and aged in oak barrels (again, in Scotland) for at least three years. But after that, the road forks in a few … Read the rest

15 Lagers That Should Be in Your Cooler This Summer

15 Lagers That Should Be in Your Cooler This Summer

From the craft beer movement’s earliest days, ales dominated. And there was a good reason for that.

“Craft beer started as a reaction to what was normal, which at that time—back in the early and mid-1980s—was macro-type lagers,” says Phil Markowski, brew master and co-founder of Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company.

By “macro-type lagers,” Markowski is referring to domestic heavyweights like Budweiser and European imports like Becks. Apart from Guinness stout (which is a type of ale), lagers had the U.S. market cornered.

Producing ales—and in particular, bitter and hoppy India pale ale—was the best way for those early craft beer pioneers to differentiate themselves and compete with the Budweisers of the world. “The IPA movement is still going strong, but now some craft brewers that want to stand out are doing lagers,” Markowski says.

At the same … Read the rest

Whiskey, Mussels, and World-Class Golf: The 4-Day Weekend in Edinburgh

Whiskey, Mussels, and World-Class Golf: The 4-Day Weekend in Edinburgh

Scotland is the ancestral home to two of humankind’s greatest achievements—golf and whiskey. Fans could easily spend a decade or more playing courses and sampling drams without getting bored. But if you only have four days, Edinburgh is the place to start. A bustling city with a continental cosmopolitan flavor, the Scottish capital is not only a great base to explore some of eastern Scotland’s finest golf courses, but also one of the best places in the UK to eat and drink.

You’ll need to rent a car to get back and forth to the golf courses, but you’ll want to leave it in the hotel garage while exploring in Edinburgh. The city is eminently walkable, and when you’re worn out, cabs are plentiful.

Driving on the left (also known as the wrong side) takes about a … Read the rest

The MJ5: Kyle Chandler on His Favorite Drink, Gear, Travel Spot, and More

The MJ5: Kyle Chandler on His Favorite Drink, Gear, Travel Spot, and More

For the June issue of Men’s Journal, cover star Kyle Chandler took a road trip from his hometown in Texas all the way to the California coast. During his ride, we sat down with the star of Catch-22 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters to talk about some of his all-time favorite stuff for the MJ5, including his favorite piece of gear, his favorite place to travel, and the best advice he’s ever received.

On His Favorite Gear: When Chandler’s taking a trip, as he did for his feature story, he always makes sure to have a pocket knife handy, as well as a piece of paper and a pencil so he can write down any notes if inspiration strikes him.

On His Favorite Meal: If he wants to whip up his favorite meal when he’s home in Texas, he … Read the rest