Ode to the Islay Whisky Academy

An Ode to the Islay Whisky Academy Islay Whisky Academy Kinship Host, Neill Murphy, reflects on a magical Spring Residential Diploma. The Islay Whisky Academy Residential Diploma for Spring 2024 has wrapped. It doesn’t quite seem real. Those six days spent on the...

A Trip to Aberfeldy

A Trip to Aberfeldy Islay Whisky Academy Kinship Host, Neill Murphy, reflects on a visit to Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery in Highland Perthshire. Scotch whisky is at its finest when it reflects something of the place it comes from. The landscape, the climate, the...

Women of the Kinship

Women of the Kinship The Islay Whisky Academy is a feminist business and always has been. Founder Rachel MacNeill lay the foundations through her work on the Whisky For Girls (& Guys) blog before creating the Academy to teach people to think differently about all...

Biblegate & Scotch is Sexy

BIBLEGATE & SCOTCH IS SEXYI believe there are many strands of intention at play in the JM/BP saga. Or Biblegate, as I’m now calling it.  We need to differentiate between talking about whisky as sexy and/or talking about whisky and women as being...

Cork or Screw Top for your Scotch?

Cork or Screw Top?     Plastic and screw cap are only used and considered because they are cheaper. Not at all because they are better.  Cork forests support wild life, a way of living and a traditional industry.  There are different types of cork stoppers made ~...

Glasswear… Does it really matter? Yes, of course!

https://islaywhiskyacademy.scot/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Glasswear.mp4   Glasswear. Does it really matter…? Well, YES. And no! There is not one type of glass for enjoying whisky – because we enjoy Scotch many different ways and in many different places....