Whisky Connoisseur - Index Page
Arthur J A Bell
"Would You Like a Dram?"
This is the index page for information and illustrations on a large number of informative and thoughtful articles by the well known Whisky Connoisseur and author Arthur J. A. Bell CBE, BSc, Hon FIDM, FRSA, FFICS. He graduated in Politics and Economics Degree at Edinburgh University and also conducted one of the world's longest pub crawls. After drinking in 597 pubs, he wrote "A Complete Edinburgh Pub Guide" which sold 20,000 copies. He has continued to communicate his enthusiasm for "the water of life" ever since.
In 1973 he established the direct marketing business Scotland Direct Ltd, in the then almost ruined village of New Lanark. Today New Lanark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of only a handful in Scotland. He was also a Director of Bell Lawrie Developments Ltd, but is now retired from most of his business activities.
In addition to his business interests he became known as "The Whisky Connoisseur" and wrote many articles and books on the subject. In 1986, Arthur Bell was the subject of a historic court case when the giant Guinness plc. took him to court for selling whisky under his own name, after they had purchased the "Arthur Bell's of Perth" distillery . The Court of Session upheld Arthur Bell's "inalienable right" to trade under his own name.
These pages, mainly of essays on aspects of Scotch whisky, were previously included on the former "Scottish Radiance" Web site. But Sharma Krauskopf, who began that site in 1997, has kindly given permission for the content to be included in Rampant Scotland.
NOTE 1 - this index is a "work-in-progress" and further pages will be added soon - so make sure you bookmark this page and check back for more articles from the "Whisky Connoisseur".
- Life After Death The rebirth of Benromach distillery 15 years after it had been closed.
- Take a Dash of Malt Spice up your recipes with a dash of whisky!
- A Toast to "a Weel-Loved Friend" Toasts by Scottish poets to Whisky.
- The Drink of Kings The royal pedigree of "The Glenlivet"
- Fine and Fiery Here are some recommendations on books about whisky written by a wide range of authors.
- A Rum Tale of Celtic Brews The long history of heather ale, a brew made from a plant found all over Scotland.
- Talisker The history and qualities of Skye's only whisky distillery, Talisker
- Bell's v Bell's How a small, independent whisky firm fought - and won - a copyright case against a multi-national giant.
- How to Taste Whisky Add water or not? And some notes on how whisky experts describe the aroma, bouquet and the taste of the "water of life."
- Caskmaster's Selection No 1 The magical history of Banffshire Highland Spirit matured in a cask from the Ozark Mountains, Missouri.
- Magic Golden Moments The magic of Highland Park whisky from Orkney.
- A Dram Good Christmas and a Spirited New Year! What a Whisky Connoisseur serves up to his house guests at Christmas
- An Alphabet of Whisky A-L It's as easy as ABC….studying whisky that is. Definitions of words associated with the "water of life" from A to L.
- An Alphabet of Whisky M-Z It's as easy as ABC….studying whisky that is. Definitions of words associated with the "water of life" from M to Z.
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