The Inside the Cask blog has been a passion of mine since its inception in 2016, and the number of visitors to the site and subscribers to the blog continues to grow. A big thank you to all my readers and followers out there. Here are the top 5 blog postings for 2020! Just click on the link for each of the posts in order to view the full blog.

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Number 5 – The World’s Oldest Scotch Whisky Distillery

The early history of alcoholic drinks brings up different scotch whisky distilleries that could lay claim to be the World’s Oldest. There are a number of claimants and no certainty given the limited evidence, so which distilleries could be deemed as the oldest?

Number 4 – How and Where to Buy a Cask of Scotch Whisky

For most of us, buying a bottle of a Single Cask scotch whisky (such as the Glen Scotia Single Malt single cask pictured below) is the closest we will get to purchasing an individual cask of whisky. But assuming you have the money to spare, is it even possible to buy a cask?

Having a dram with Iain McAllister (on the left) at the Glen Scotia dunnage warehouse

Number 3 – The Most Popular Alcohol Subscription Boxes

Monthly subscription boxes allows us to experience some of the best spirits the world has to offer as well as giving us access to hard to find new spirits, all this whilst also helping us create our own mixed cocktail drinks. Want to find a new way to impress your friends? Just check the list below and make your own choice based on budget, location and alcohol preference….

Number 2 – The Scotch Whisky History Timeline

Scotland has come a long way since the days of illicit whisky distilling, started as soon as the first official taxes on production were imposed by the government of the time. It is still hard to believe that back in 1780 there were only about eight legally licensed distilleries in operation, some of which are still in place today, such as Bowmore and Glenturret, whilst others have been lost to history, such as Littlemill, Canonmills, Yoker, Dundashill, Glenochil and Lochrin.

Number 1 – Top ‘Fictional’ Scotch whisky brands on TV and Films

From probably the most famous fictional scotch whisky brand, Glencallan, to others such as Glengoolie scotch whisky from the FX TV series ‘Archer’, these are just some of the many fake brands that have appeared on screen over the years. On Movies and TV shows they tend to be usually difficult to spot and generally only the region or the age is highlighted without mentioning a brand…here is a sample of the top fictional brands found using Scotch Cinema blog as the main source of material given that its founder, Curtis MacEachern, has been logging every dram appearance since 2011….

However….the Latest Jobs page continues to be incredibly popular, which I am delighted about as it helps those wanting to get back or get into the drinks industry. I hope quite a few people out there have found jobs with a very small help from my side…the jobs page is visited regularly by a high numbers of visitors.


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