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  • 17th August 2018
    Help Support Scottish Association for Mental Health
    Two Scottish control systems companies, Elite Control Systems and Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd of Livingston, Scotland who normally provide systems integration and engineering support services and who recently provided a fully operational process control system for the new Macallan distillery have teamed up to help raise at least £1,000 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health to support its ongoing efforts to provide critical mental health support services, and reduce the rising rate of suicide. They are close to raising their target figure but need just a little more help.
  • 17th August 2018
    Distell Limited Release Malt Collection 2018
    Distell, owner of Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory/Ledaig distilleries has unveiled its first annual limited release Distell Malt Collection, and this first batch of annual releases will feature two unique expressions each from Bunnahabhain and Ledaig and one each from Deanston and Tobermory.
  • 17th August 2018
    Aberfeldy 16 & 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Travel Exclusive
    Aberfeldy has unveiled two new travel retail exclusive expressions, Aberfeldy 16 Year Old and Aberfeldy 21 Year Old both of which have been finished in Madeira casks.
  • 17th August 2018
    Compass Box Reveals Winner Of The Circle Bartender Competition
    Compass Box has revealed Rosey Mitchell as the winner of The Circle bartender competition, Rosey will now go on to collaborate with Compass Box in the creation of a new Compass Box Limited Edition Blend.

  • 17th August 2018
    Stefanie Anderson Named Talisker Race to Skye Champion 2018
    Following a tough fought competition over two days, Stefanie Anderson of Bon Vivant, Edinburgh has been crowned Talisker Race to Skye Champion 2018.

  • 16th August 2018
    Old Pulteney New Core Range
    Old Pulteney this week unveiled their new look core range which is made up of three new single malt whiskies plus one old favourite. The new core range line-up now consists of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old, Huddart, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old sitting at the top of the range.
  • 10th August 2018
    The Woodsman Scotch Blended Whisky From Whyte & Mackay
    The innovative folks at the Glasgow based whisky maker and blender Whyte & Mackay have been busy once again, last night they launched a new Scotch blended whisky called The Woodsman, described as a new modern Scotch blended whisky which gives traditional blended whisky flavours the chop.

  • 8th August 2018
    Chivas Teams Up With Manchester United
    Chivas has announced that they have teamed up with one of the world's biggest football clubs, Manchester United, in a three-year global partnership. The partnership will be revealed to Manchester United fans this Friday 10th August in advance of the Club’s first Premier League home game of the 2018/19 season. But you can view a video taster here.
  • 6th August 2018
    Fettercairn Relaunches With Four New Single Malts
    Fettercairn Distillery owners Whyte & Mackay has announced that they are relaunching the Fettercairn single malt with the release of four new single malt whiskies, Fettercairn 12 Year Old, followed by quite a step up in years to the Fettercairn 28 Year Old; then the Fettercairn 40 Year Old and sitting at the top of the new range is the Fettercairn 50 Year Old.
  • 3rd August 2018
    Whyte & Mackay Roaring Review Booth At Edinburgh Fringe
    If you will be lucky enough to be in Edinburgh this month during the Fringe Festival and you fancy yourself as a critic then pop along to the Whyte & Mackay Roaring Review Booth – a pop up build in Underbelly Bristo Square where festival goers can share their honest Fringe reviews on camera for a chance to win prizes throughout August.
  • 3rd August 2018
    Scotch Whisky Tourism Best Year Ever
    The 2017 annual survey compiled by the Scotch Whisky Association has revealed that Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2017, with 1.9million visits to Scotch Whisky distilleries from tourists from all over the world as well as from across the UK.
  • 3rd August 2018
    InchDairnie Plans For Next Five Years Of Wine Cask Seasoning
    Earlier this week the InchDairnie Distillery in Fife received a visit from Spanish cooperage Toneleria J.L. Rodriguez, the purpose of the visit was to inspect the quality of their Andalusian wine casks that were recently imported to the distillery from southern Spain and to agree plans for the next five years of cask production and seasoning.
  • 2nd August 2018
    New Mortlach Whisky Range Launched Again
    Mortlach has launched a new whisky range comprising of a 12, 16 and 20 year old expression after whisky drinkers had turned their back on the previous range which had been bottled in 50cl bottles and whisky drinkers had considered overpriced. The new Mortlach range will be presented in 70cl bottles and at least for the 12 and 16 year old at an accessible price for most.

  • 2nd August 2018
    Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition 2
    Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition 2 is the second and concluding edition of a two part series of cask strength Island region blended malts from Douglas Laing & Co. Edition 2 has taken a while in coming as the first edition was released over two years ago but hopefully it is a case of good things are worth waiting on.
  • 1st August 2018
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen
    Johnnie Walker has just unveiled the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen special edition, which is the second bottling in its Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series of special editions crafted using "Ghost" whiskies and other "Rare" whiskies from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label reserves.
  • 31st July 2018
    Whisky Fuelling Tourism Growth In Moray and Speyside
    The latest figures from Moray Speyside Tourism suggest that whisky is continuing to help fuel tourism in the region. The figures suggest that the economic impact of tourism rose by a massive £11 million in 2017, with an extra 50,000 visitors compared to the previous year thanks to a combination of Whisky, the TV series Outlander and growing awareness of the beauty of the Moray coast.
  • 30th July 2018
    New Grant's Blended Whisky Range Line-Up
    Grant's blended Scotch whisky has overhauled its whisky line-up, a move which sees its signature blend, Grant's Family Reserve, renamed Grant's Triple Wood. The overhaul will also see three new expressions joining the Grant's blended Scotch whisky line-up, joining Grant's Triple Wood, will be the new Grant's Triple Wood Smoky, Grant's Rum Cask Finish and Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish completing the new look range.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant's Rum Cask Finish Review
    Review of
    Grant's Rum Cask Finish blended Scotch whisky is one of three new additions to the recently overhauled Grant's blended whisky range. This really is delicious, the rum cask has given this blend a deliciously moreish quality, the sweet oak and spices build after a few mouthfuls and layered between the tropical fruits it has made for an outstanding blended Scotch whisky.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant’s Triple Wood Review
    Grant's Triple Wood is not an new whisky, it is the new name for Grant's iconic signature blend, Grant's Family Reserve. A new name but still the same quality and most importantly, enjoyable, everyday dramming whisky and you are unlikely to find a better Scotch blended whisky at this price point.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky
    Grant's Triple Wood Smoky is a soon to be released new permanent addition to the Grant's whisky range which I am sure will catch the interest of the smoky whisky fans amongst you.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish
    Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish is a soon to be released new permanent addition to the Grant's Cask Editions whisky range which I suppose you could say replaces the discontinued no age statement Grant's Sherry Cask Finish.
  • 26th July 2018
    Monkey Shoulder Made For Mixing
    This summer, Monkey Shoulder, the blended malt made for cocktails, is focusing on the ever increasing market of Global Travel Retail which will see large scale promotions across the world which will be heroing two great signature drinks that are easy to make; the ‘OMG’ Ginger Monkey (Monkey/ginger ale/ice/wedge of orange) and the Lazy Old Fashioned (Monkey/sugar syrup/angostura bitters/ice/twist of orange).
  • 26th July 2018
    Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Now In Travel Retail
    The Cotswolds Distillery which launched their first ever single malt whisky at the end of 2017 has now made its first foray into travel retail, travellers can now find the Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky, Dry Gin and Cream Liqueur available from World Duty Free stores at Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands airports.

  • 20th July 2018
    Glengoyne To Debut At Edinburgh Fringe Festival Next Month
    Glengoyne is set to debut at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival with ‘Unhurried – Glengoyne’s Inefficient Tradition’ a light-hearted look into Glengoyne’s astonishing stories and ways of whisky making.
  • 20th July 2018
    Monkey Shoulder Mixing It Up At JFK Airport This Summer
    If you will be lucky enough to be passing through New York JFK Terminal 4 this summer then look out for "The Monkey Mixer", a promotion from William Grants Monkey Shoulder Scotch blended malt whisky offering travellers the chance to taste the OMG (Orange/Monkey/Ginger) and the Lazy Old Fashioned – serves that can easily be recreated at home.
  • 17th July 2018
    Jura One For You 18 Year Old
    Jura One For You is the third and final instalment in a limited edition series from the Island distillery that celebrates community spirit, an 18 year old expression which has matured in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and further enhanced by virgin American White Oak quarter casks.
  • 16th July 2018
    Old Pulteney 21 Year Old & 1989 Vintage Twin Pack
    Old Pulteney today announced that they have paired together two of its highly rated single malt whiskies in a twin pack, the two whiskies are the outstanding Old Pulteney 21 Year old and the Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage. The pack contains the last UK stock of the classic Old Pulteney 21 year old which should prove desirable to whisky drinkers and collectors.
  • 16th July 2018
    Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden Makes It A Double
    Dr Bill Lumsden, the driving force behind Glenmorangie and Ardbeg’s acclaimed whisky creation, has just made it a double by picking up the International Spirits Challenge Distiller of the Year award for the second time.
  • 16th July 2018
    Lifetime Achievement Award For The Glenlivet's Alan Winchester
    The Glenlivet Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, has been honoured by the International Spirits Challenge 2018 awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 10th July 2018
    Rachel Barrie Honorary Doctorate From University of Edinburgh
    Rachel Barrie, who is known these days for creating single malt whiskies for the BenRiach, Glenglassaugh and The GlenDronach distilleries has been recognised by the University of Edinburgh for her expertise and service to the whisky industry. At a ceremony in Edinburgh yesterday, the University of Edinburgh presented Rachel with an honorary doctorate.
  • 7th July 2018
    Scallywag The Chocolate Edition Vintage 2009
    To mark World Chocolate Day, which is today, 7th July, the creative folks at Douglas Laing have revealed a special limited release Scallywag Chocolate Edition which has been created using whiskies which have matured predominantly in Spanish Sherry butts.
  • 5th July 2018
    Glenmorangie Begins Work On New Multi-Million-Pound Still House
    In a move to increase capacity inline with the ever increasing demand from whisky drinkers around the world Glenmorangie today broke ground on a new still house which will be part of a multi-million-pound expansion by the Highland distillery.
  • 5th July 2018
    Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet Sells For Record Breaking Price
    Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sells at auction for a record breaking £51,611. The bid came from Hong Kong based buyer and sets a new world record for this legendary bottle. It exceeds the previous mark of £4,200, which it achieved in 2014.

  • 3rd July 2018
    BenRiach Teams Up With Scottish Menswear Designer Kestin Hare
    It is always great to see quality Scottish brands collaborating to promote the best that Scotland has to offer and on this occasion The BenRiach distillery in Speyside has teamed up Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare in a partnership which will celebrate the creative approaches to whisky distilling and clothing design.
  • 2nd July 2018
    The Glenallachie Unveil Core Range
    Following the best part of a year assessing the maturing stock they acquired when they purchased the Glenallachie Distillery, the Billy Walker led Glenallachie consortium has unveiled a new core whisky range comprising of four single malt whiskies, a Glenallachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength, 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.

  • 2nd July 2018
    Chivas XV Grande Champagne Cognac Cask Finished Blend
    Here is one for you to look out for when passing through the airport this summer, Chivas Regal has unveiled a new addition to their travel retail range, Chivas XV, which is a 15 year old Scotch blended whisky which has been, as Chivas puts it, 'selectively' finished in Grande Champagne Cognac casks.
  • 2nd July 2018
    Diageo Begins Work On State Of The Art Whisky Technical Centre
    Diageo breaks ground on new £6.4 million state-of-the-art technical centre in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire for its whisky blending, science & technology and materials testing teams.

  • 2nd July 2018
    Arron Grendon Crowned 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion
    Following a hard fought five day long global final Arron Grendon from Tropic City in Bangkok, Thailand has been crowned the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion. If you fancy trying Arron's winning cocktail, The Grind, we have the list of ingredients you will need.

  • 2nd July 2018
    Benromach Distillery Launches Red Door Gin
    Introducing Red Door gin, a London Dry style gin which takes its name from the distinctive red doors at the Benromach Distillery where it is produced.

  • 28th June 2018
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 Review
    The GlenDronach distillery has just announced the release of The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7. As always it has been bottled straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and as its name tells you, at cask strength which in the case of batch 7 is 57.9% ABV.
  • 27th June 2018
    Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Port Dundas 40 Year Old Vintage 1978
    As Glasgow based whisky bottler and soon to be maker Douglas Laing continues their year of 70th anniversary celebrations they have unveiled their second Xtra Old Particular Platinum bottling, this time a single grain whisky, XOP Platinum Port Dundas 40 Year Old Vintage 1978.
  • 26th June 2018
    BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old Peated Review
    BenRiach has announced the release of a peaty new addition to it range, The BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old Peated which has BenRiach's signature sweet, fruit-laden style.
  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 1992 Cask No. 979 25 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 1992 Cask No. 979 25 Year Old, fully matured in a Port Hogshead cask and this is probably as good an example as you will find at this age.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old. It is fresh and vibrant and the sweet candied fruit is simply delicious. If you are after a sweet fruity easy drinking whisky to sit back and enjoy on a summers evening then you cant go wrong with this.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 2005 Cask No. 2682 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2005 Cask No. 2682 12 Year Old, this peated expression of the BenRiach was fully matured for 12 years in a Port cask. The nose doesn't quite let on about the fruity side of the pleasure that is to come in the mouth but the palate and lingering finish certainly lets you know what this whisky is about.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 2007 Cask No. 8737 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2007 Cask No. 8737 10 Year Old. It is hard to believe this is only a 10 year old cask strength whisky as it is so smooth, a fine example of a Moscatel matured whisky. If you are a fan of a Pedro Ximénez matured BenRiach then you should enjoy this as this Moscatel matured whisky is very similar in style to a PX matured whisky.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 2008 Cask No. 5807 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2008 Cask No. 5807 10 Year Old, distilled on 10th January 2008 and fully matured for 10 years in a Sauternes Barrique. No surprises here just what you would hope for a lovely sweet honeyed single malt with notes of peach, apricot and zesty lemon.

  • 20th June 2018
    Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2018
    After a two-day final which kicked off with a day of trials at the newly opened Edinburgh Grand Hotel, followed by a second day of challenges at Gleneagles, Daniel Warren from Last Chance, Nottingham, was crowned the winner of Diageo Reserve’s World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2018 competition.
  • 20th June 2018
    Rare Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet Expected To Fetch £25K
    A bottle of Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet which is set to go under the hammer in an online auction being held by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer is expected to fetch between £25,000 and £30,000.
  • 18th June 2018
    SMWS Mark 35th Anniversary With 21 Single Cask Bottles
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has revealed that they will mark their 35th Anniversary with the release of 21 single cask whiskies chosen by Charlie MacLean.

  • 18th June 2018
    Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018 - The 21 Finalists
    Chivas Regal has revealed the 21 national winners who will be heading to the United Kingdom to compete to be crowned Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018.
  • 15th June 2018
    Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition
    Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition is the latest annual Flask Collection release, a collaboration between Royal Salute’s Director of Blending, Sandy Hyslop, and esteemed perfumer Barnabé Fillion.

  • 15th June 2018
    Glencairn Crystal Whisky Glass Sales Continue To Grow
    Glasgow based Glencairn crystal company, makers of the iconic Glencairn whisky tasting glass break through the £10 million revenue sales barrier for the first time.

  • 13th June 2018
    Glasgow Distillery 1770 Inaugural Sells Out
    Following the sell out success of the 1770, the first single malt whisky from the Glasgow Distillery, the distillery has announced a £6 million investment which will double production.

  • 8th June 2018
    BenRiach Single Cask Batch 15
    BenRiach Distillery has unveiled Batch 15 in its popular series of single cask bottlings. The distillery is known for its experimental nature and this latest batch of single cask whiskies demonstrates this, once again offering whisky connoisseurs a multi-faceted range of casks in both unpeated and Highland peated styles. Batch 15 includes 17 casks: 11 unpeated and 6 Highland peated.
  • 7th June 2018
    SMWS 36.142 For A Dignified Dad Benrinnes Limited Edition Offer
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are offering a Fathers Day membership and bottle of whisky package. The whisky is a bottle of
    SMWS 36.142 ‘For a dignified dad’ a 20 year old single cask bottling of Benrinnes whisky, a limited release of only 190 bottles.
  • 6th June 2018
    Glenmorangie 175th Anniversary Distillery Exclusive Bottling
    The Glenmorangie distillery is marking its 175th anniversary with the release of a 16 year old single cask whisky. The first-fill ex-Bourbon cask matured whisky will only be available to those of you who make the pilgrimage to the Distillery in Tain.
  • 5th June 2018
    All Is Gold For Irish Distillers Prestige Whiskey Range
    It would seem that every whiskey Irish Distillers produces turns to Gold, the company has just picked up a remarkable 24 Gold or above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.
  • 4th June 2018
    Douglas Laing Provenance Coastal Collection Jura 12 Year Old
    Douglas Laing has unveiled the second limited release in a Single Cask series of four bottlings honouring Scotland’s Whisky producing islands, this time DL has released a Jura 12 Year Old Single Cask as part of their Provenance Coastal Collection.
  • 31st May 2018
    Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish
    Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish is the first of the two new Irish single pot still additions to the Irish whiskey range with an experimental nature. Initially matured in a combination of first-fill and re-fill American Bourbon oak barrels this single pot still whiskey was then finished in virgin Hungarian oak.

  • 31st May 2018
    Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask
    This Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still whiskey is the second recent limited edition release in the Method and Madness whiskey range. This really is a special limited edition in that rarely do we ever see a single pot still single cask whiskey of this age, and to add to its rarity and inline with the experimental nature of the brand it has had a rather off the normal beaten track journey of maturation.
  • 31st May 2018
    Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old Review
    Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old is the second release in a two part series from the Orkney distillery which have been bottled to celebrate the contrasting seasons on Orkney, it was matured in 100% refill American oak casks and bottled at 52.9% ABV.
  • 30th May 2018
    Plans For New Distillery At Craggan Unveiled
    Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd, the parent company of Gordon & MacPhail the family owned whisky specialist, wholesaler and retailer and owner of Benromach Distillery has unveiled plans to build a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey.
  • 30th May 2018
    Glen Scotia Roll Out 3 Limited Editions At Malts Festival
    Glen Scotia has rolled out 3 limited edition single malts at this years Campbeltown Malts Festival, including a peated Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 10 year old Limited Edition Ruby Port Finish which has been bottled at cask strength – 57.8% ABV and priced at £45.

  • 25th May 2018
    Annandale Man O’Words & Man O’Sword Single Cask Releases
    Annandale Distillery has announced a launch date for two single malt single cask whisky expressions, the unpeated Annandale Man O’Words and the peated Annandale Man O’Sword which they are in the process of bottling at the moment.
  • 24th May 2018
    Win A Bottle Of Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling
    I know I am a little late bringing this to your attention, but better late than never. To celebrate Benromach’s 20th anniversary, Benromach have been running an exciting prize draw on Instagram giving you the chance to win a bottle of the Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling.
  • 24th May 2018
    Mhor Festival 2018 - Glengoyne Supper Club & Mhor Gins
    If you are looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend then why not head up to the Mhor Festival taking place from the 25th-27th May near Balquhidder, set against the stunning backdrop of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There will be a gin launch as well as the Glengoyne Supper Club. This is a family festival and a day ticket is only £10.
  • 23rd May 2018
    Haig Club Limited Edition Hip Flask Gift Pack
    Haig Club Limited Edition Hip Flask pack, an easy drinking Father's Day whisky gift idea for Dad's new to whisky and wishing to explore it.

  • 22nd May 2018
    Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition
    I have to say there doesn't seem have been as many special limited edition whiskies released to mark the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle as we have seen in the past for other royal weddings but one very special whisky which stands out from the rest as always is the Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition.
  • 22nd May 2018
    New Look For The Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
    Chivas has just revealed a fresh new look for its Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch blended whisky, however fans of this iconic 18 year old blend need not worry, it is still the same whisky they will find in the bottle.
  • 21st May 2018
    Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old Sold Out In Six Hours
    If you managed to get hold of a bottle of Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old when it was launched exclusively to members of Redbreast's online whisky club 'The Birdhouse' on Saturday afternoon then you were one of the lucky ones as Irish Distillers tells me that 816 bottles sold out in just 6 hours of its release.
  • 21st May 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range
    Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled the new Discovery range, a flavour led range which will feature three flavour profiles of single malt whisky: Bourbon, Sherry and Smoky which will be presented in colour coded packaging for easy navigation of the range by whisky drinkers.

  • 21st May 2018
    Benromach Red Door Gin
    The Benromach Distillery Company announce that they are entering the gin business and plan to produce Red Door Gin following the installation of a new gin still at their Benromach distillery site.

  • 18th May 2018
    Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6
    Glengoyne has just released Cask Strength Batch 6, the first ever expression in the Cask Strength series that has been 100% matured in sherry oak casks.
    Created from a combination of first fill European oak sherry casks, American oak sherry butts and refill sherry butts.
  • 18th May 2018
    Talisker Race To Skye 2018
    Following the successful launch of the 'Talisker Race to Skye' bartender competition last year, Diageo Reserve has announced its ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition will return for a second year. To enter this years competition is simple; bartenders nationwide are invited to create a cocktail that evokes the spirit of Talisker’s Made By The Sea campaign.
  • 17th May 2018
    Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2018 Finalists Revealed
    Following an intense semi-final earlier this week in London which saw 35 of the top UK cocktail makers battle it out for a place in the Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2018 final. The 35 competitors were narrowed down to just 10 who will now go through to the 2018 final in Edinburgh.
  • 16th May 2018
    Scallywag 10 Year Old Limited Edition
    The folks at independent Glasgow based whisky specialists, Douglas Laing, have been busy once again in the blending lab, this time they have come up with Scallywag 10 Year Old, a limited edition blend of single malts from the Speyside whisky region.
  • 14th May 2018
    BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled Travel Retail Exclusive
    BenRiach has just launched a new expression exclusively in global travel retail, the BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled. This rare triple distilled whisky from Speyside has matured for at least ten years in a combination of first fill American Bourbon barrels and first fill Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks.
  • 14th May 2018
    Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Whiskies Strike Gold
    As the whisky awards season continues
    I have to say their are not many Scotch whisky brands that are capable of walking away from two prestigious industry competitions clutching a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals between them but that is exactly what Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have done.
  • 14th May 2018
    Glengoyne 21 Year Old & 25 Year Old Continue To Impress
    I am sure those of you who have add the pleasure of Glengoyne's outstanding 21, 25 and 30 year old whiskies will agree it is a whisky which gets very good with age but if you haven't had the pleasure yet you don't have to just take my word for it as the three sherried delights from Glengoyne have just picked up awards from two internationally acclaimed spirits competitions.
  • 14th May 2018
    Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 Double Gold At SFWSC 2018
    It seems that Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 which was launched in February this year may be worth having a look at, as the latest expression in the Tamdhu Batch Strength series has impressed the folks at both the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the International Spirits Challenge, picking up gold medals at each competition.
  • 10th May 2018
    Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old
    Following on from the World Whisky Day tasting of a cask sample of the Redbreast Dream Cask last year which I had the pleasure of being part of, Irish Distillers have announced that they will launch the stunning first-fill Oloroso sherry cask finished Redbreast Dream Cask 32 year old on World Whisky Day 2018.

  • 10th May 2018
    First Bottle Of Eden Mill Whisky Sells For £7,100 At Auction
    he first bottling of single malt whisky to be released from Eden Mill has sold at auction for a record-breaking price for a first release from a distillery. Bottle number 1 of 300 from the Limited Release First Bottling, the first drops of whisky to be distilled and bottled in St Andrews for nearly 160 years, achieved a record sale of £7,100 through Whisky Auctioneer.
  • 10th May 2018
    The SMWS Unveils Islay House Open Day Programme
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are set to kick of the Feis Ile, The Islay Festival of Music and Malt, by hosting a free relaxed garden party on the beautiful lawns of Islay House.

  • 10th May 2018
    Glen Moray Scoops Two 2018 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards
    At the end of this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival Glen Moray was thrilled to be awarded two out of the five whisky awards, with their Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask Finish winning the No Age category beating The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask Finish into second place. In the 13-20 year category the superb Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 18 year old took the honours with Aberlour 18 year old in second place.
  • 10th May 2018
    Cotswolds Distillery Fundraising Boosted By £145,000 Grant
    The Cotswolds Distillery has just had a massive boost to its fundraising for the construction of a new visitors’ centre at their site in the North Cotswolds. The distillery has just been awarded a lucrative £145,000 grant from the Rural Development Programme for England.
  • 2nd May 2018
    Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01
    Tamdhu launch first in a series of annual limited edition Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival bottlings, Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01.
    The name of the whisky is a nod to Dalbeallie train station, which closed 50 years ago, and the part the Victorian railway played in transporting Tamdhu's sherry oak casks from Spain.
  • 2nd May 2018
    The Singleton Of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection
    Singleton unveils its latest addition to its UK portfolio, The Singleton Of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection. I am told that the new single malt whisky offers a more delicate, slightly sweeter take on the classic Speyside style found in The Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old.

  • 2nd May 2018
    Big Peat Feis Ile 2018 Edition
    Douglas Laing unveil Big Peat Feis Ile 2018 Edition which offers fans of the peaty dram a chance to win a Taste of Islay hamper.
    This years Big Peat Feis Ile peat packed offering is a limited edition release of 3,000 bottles, bottled at 48% ABV and as you now expect from DL, naturally coloured and non chill-filtered.
  • 2nd May 2018
    The SMWS Win Big At San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018
    All seven whiskies entered by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 won double gold medals.
    Their gold haul included Cask No. 29.224 We arrived! (from the Laphroaig Distillery) being awarded a double gold medal and ‘Best in show’, beating approximately 1000 whiskies entered into the competition.

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