Video Tasting: Blair Bowman and Nikki Welch's Whisky Tube Map Tasting

Scotsman Food & Drink editor Sean Murphy is joined by Blair Bowman (author of A Pocket Guide to Whisky feat. The Whisky Tube Map) and Nikki Welch, creator of the sister guide and the Wine Tube Map for a whisky tasting with a difference.

Published 5th Feb 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Whisky consultant and World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman has teamed up with drinks writer Nikki Welch - who had previously created the Wine Tube Map - to produce new book  The Pocket Guide to Whisky and create the Whisky Tube Map, which the pair describe as a new and accessible way of navigating whisky.

Blair said: "The map and guide arrange selected whiskies on ‘lines’ according to flavour, to allow both the whisky novice and the connoisseur to navigate the world of whisky by taste. Interchange stations allow adventurous drinkers to venture further afield with confidence. The Pocket Guide to Whisky explores every kind of whisky, from the well-known Scottish giants, to the exotic Japanese Hibiki. The guide also connects bourbon, rye and the growing and hotly debated variety of premier blended whiskies to the renowned great malts."

For the tasting, the pair brought along a Dewar's 12-years-old, an Aberfeldy 12 and a Talisker 10, which Nikki explained represented several key areas of the Tube Map.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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