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Champion blow for coughing Peddlers

One of the potentially most informative and certainly most anticipated clashes ahead of next month's Cheltenham Festival is off. The unbeaten Peddlers Cross was yesterday ruled out of any Champion Hurdle prep at the weekend after giving a warning sign at morning exercise that his health was not 100 per cent. "He gave a cough as he came off the gallops," said his trainer, Donald McCain, "and that has scuppered our plans."

Shackleton's whisky goes home

A case of whisky left behind by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and buried under the Antarctic ice for more than a century is being returned to Scotland by an Indian businessman who hopes to recreate the historic tipple.

Errors & Omissions: Making the point using a metaphor can be a painful experience

The phrase "not to put too fine a point on it" has always puzzled me. In a broad sense, the meaning is reasonably clear: "I am about to say something you won't like." But what has the "fine point" to do with it?

The ten best whiskies

Whether you want to savour a single malt or add a splash to a cocktail, this virtual drinks cabinet of warming whiskies can help.

Audio books for Christmas: I've heard so much about you

Old (and new) favourites excel in their aural exam

Lab Notes: The chilling science behind a warming shot

Single malt whisky is one of the finer fruits of fermentation science. At this time of year particularly, there is nothing like the sensory pleasure of feeling the aromatic flavours of a Scotch malt as it rolls around the palate – sending warm tingles down the chilliest of winter spines.

Charity toasts record whisky sale

In Gaelic whisky means "water of life" - now a rare bottle has raised £286,000 for a charity that provides safe drinking water in developing countries.

Scotch exports worth £1.5bn

Exports of Scotch whisky grew at their highest rate for a decade in the first half of the year, the Scotch Whisky Association said yesterday, with status-conscious drinkers in emerging markets providing a major boost.

The Hacker: A card-wrecking 14 means I lose my bottle but the Scotch tastes sweet for Candy man

The big scorers were out in force last weekend, merrily hacking their way around the course and racking up soaring totals on their medal cards.

Johnnie Walker popularity helps Diageo to toast profits

Diageo, the world's largest maker of spirits, forecast better profits in the year ahead after suffering a performance hangover in North America and Europe in its latest results.

Bottle of whisky sells for £25,000

A rare single malt has sold for just over £25,000, making it one of the world's most expensive bottles of whisky, auctioneers said today.

Rankin captures a taste of single malt whisky

Sepia tone snapshots by famous Scottish photographer Rankin, inspired by a famous Scottish whisky, have been published in a book which forms a “photographic essay” of the beautiful three-hundred-year-old estate responsible for Macallan Single Malt Whisky.

Shackleton's whisky found – with ice of course

Explorer abandoned Scotch in 1909 after failed South Pole expedition

The Whisky Taster, The Bush, London

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