De keuken in met whisky

Fine dining is often paired with fine wine, where whisky is mostly overlooked or not even brought up because “the high alcohol percentage of whisky would kill the dish”. Accepting these prejudices as a challenge, the Whisky Couple – Hans and Becky Offringa, joined forces with the Gastronomic Couple – Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, to…

Whisky van de Lage Landen

Traveling through the world of whisky, mainly in and around the promised land – Scotland, WhiskySpeller has also visited a handful of distilleries in our home country the Netherlands, and our southern neighbours in Belgium. While still putting together our list of distilleries to visit next, we received an invitation to a book launch mid-June…

Still Stories – From Kentucky to Kilbeggan

Still Stories – From Kentucky to Kilbeggan was first published in 2014 as a semi-sequel to The Road to Craigellachie. Written in the same style but with the big difference that where The Road had two timelines over a span over 30 years woven together, Still Stories covers the 10 years period after the Road…

The Road to Craigellachie

The Road to Craigellachie starts with Hans sipping his first whisky in 1974 and falling in love with the spirit put in front of him. From this moment on, Hans’ adventures into the world of whisky starts with his first trip to the UK after his studies, not exactly knowing what to do next and…

The Angels’ Share

James Markert recently contacted us to let us know about his latest book The Angels’ Share, a novel where he combines his passion for bourbon with his background in history. During his first tour to a bourbon distillery, he knew then and there the two needed to be combined into this book, bearing this title….

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

Wandering through the world of whisky, one can not easily avoid stumbling into the American alternative; Bourbon. After journeying back and forth between the many different brands, styles and expressions, we got interested in the drink and found the book Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick, whetting our…

The Malt Whisky Yearbook

Since we started to appreciate whisky and wanted to learn more about this intriguing amber spirit and the many distilleries the world has to offer, we swiftly learned about a book that would fit our needs perfectly, and was added to our collection. The Malt Whisky Yearbook was first published in 2006 and every autumn…

WhiskySpeller – News Update

A lot has happened since our last update at the beginning of November. Next to the stories we usually share about our trips and distillery visits, we have added book reviews to our revamped site and started sharing tasting notes on a daily basis from the Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars. On top of…

Whisky – the Manual

Whisky – the Manual is a book by the hand of Dave Broom, starting its introduction with debunking the most known myths in the whisky world we all know about: whisky is an old fashioned drink and for old men, should only been drunk neat as an after dinner dram, single malts are better than…

à table: whisky from glass to plate

  Books have always been a very important source of entertainment and information for the both of us since we were able to read, we have started dating through our mutual love for the same authors, and with our passion for cooking, the shelves quickly piled up with numerous cookbooks. During our journey to learn…