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  • 6th December 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection
    If you have a taste for old & rare whisky then you will love the the new Speyside Collection which specialist independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail they have just launched a collection of 6 very old and very rare single malt whiskies from 6 of Speyside's finest distilleries which have been hand selected from Gordon & MacPhail's extensive selection of maturing whisky stock.
     
  • 5th December 2016
    International Beverage Named Whisky Distiller Of The Year
    International Beverage is celebrating being named Whisky Distiller of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland 2017 awards. International Beverage is perhaps a name that some of you are not familiar with but I am sure you will be familiar with the whisky brands they own such as Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Balblair and Speyburn, and their popular blend Hankey Bannister.
     
  • 2nd December 2016
    First Bottle of Strathearn Whisky Sells For £4,150
    Strathearn Distillery last night joined the ranks of Scotch whisky producers when they sold there first bottles of single malt whisky at auction. The distillery which is one of the smallest in Scotland launched their first 100 bottles of Strathearn single cask single malt whisky at auction last night with bottle No. 001 fetching an incredible £4,150.
     
  • 1st December 2016
    Benromach Heritage 1973
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    Benromach Heritage 1973 is a very limited edition single cask whisky, available exclusively in the UK there are only only 52 bottles of this rare limited edition available. Described as having hints of dark chocolate and a peppery smooth finish.
     
  • 29th November 2016
    Famous Grouse Cocktails To Warm You Up Over The Festive Season
    With the festive season fast approaching and the cold weather now upon us I thought you may appreciate a few Famous Grouse cocktail recipes to warm you and your visitors up over the festive season ncluding the classic Hot Toddy but with a bit of added spice.
     
  • 25th November 2016
    BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish Review
    The BenRiach distillery are continuing their innovative limited edition whisky releases  with the release of a new BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish single malt. A deliciously rich elegant BenRiach which is packed full of flavour.
     
  • 25th November 2016
    GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish Review
    The GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish is the latest limited edition release in the GlenDronach wood finishes range. Described as being deliciously balanced, bringing ripe orchard fruits and delicate, sweet oak spices to the traditional, robust Highland character.
     
  • 24th November 2016
    The Macallan Edition No. 2 Review
    The Macallan Edition No.2 is the 2nd release in The Macallan's annual limited Edition series from the iconic Speyside distillery. A well constructed deliciously sherried Macallan were the 48.2% strength just adds to the enjoyment. A pleasure from nose to finish and definitely one for the sherry malt lovers.
     
  • 22nd November 2016
    William Grant & Sons Named IWSC Distiller of the Year
    William Grant & Sons, has just been named ‘Distiller of the Year’, the highest honour bestowed by the highly influential International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The Company was awarded a further prestigious accolade at the glittering event in London - ‘Scotch Producer of the Year’.
     
  • 22nd November 2016
    Behind The Scenes Of The Famous Grouse Christmas TV Adverts 2016
    Take a look behind the scenes of the two new Famous Grouse Christmas 2016 TV Ads and get an insight into the work involved in making them.

     
  • 18th November 2016
    GlenDronach 25 Year Old Grandeur - Batch 8
    GlenDronach's Master Distiller Billy Walker has selected some absolutely outstanding casks to go into previous releases of GlenDronach Grandeur and I expect this latest GlenDronach 25 year old Grandeur Batch 8 to be highly sought after by whisky connoisseurs.
     
  • 18th November 2016
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 is the latest release in this popular series which offers whisky connoisseurs the opportunity to enjoy The GlenDronach as it is straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and, in the case of this batch, at 56.1% ABV cask strength.
     
  • 17th November 2016
    Elite Control Systems Awarded New Macallan Distillery Contract
    The opening of the new Macallan distillery took another step forward today when it was announced that Livingston based Elite Control Systems Ltd has been awarded the contract to provide a fully operational process control system for the new Macallan distillery.
     
  • 17th November 2016
    Douglas Laing Single Cask Bottlings Winter 2016
    Looking for a few Christmas whisky gift ideas off the beaten track of original distillery bottling's or perhaps you are looking for something to warm yourself up over the festive season then Glasgow based independent bottler Douglas Laing just may have something to interest you as they have just unveiled their 2016 festive line up of 22 single cask bottlings.
     
  • 15th November 2016
    Highland Park Fire Edition 15 Year Old
    I am sure the Highland Park fans amongst you have been anticipating this release but were probably not expecting to see it until early 2017, well I am pleased to tell you that the Highland Park FIRE Edition, the 2nd release in a two part limited edition mini series of whiskies form the Orkney distillery has arrived and just in time for Christmas.
     
  • 14th November 2016
    Beam Suntory Opens New Barrel Storage Warehouse In Franfort Kentucky
    Beam Suntory has opened its first new barrel storage warehouse in Frankfort Kentucky since 1968 to meet surging demand for its Jim Beam American whiskey.

     
  • 14th November 2016
    The Kincardine A Blend Of Scotch And Indian Whisky From Whisky Fusion
    The Kincardine is a blend of whisky from Scotland's Glen Elgin and Macallan distillery's and single malt whisky from India's Amrut distillery from the creative folks at Whisky Fusion.

     
  • 11th November 2016
    World Bartender Of The Year 2017 Search Begins
    The search for the World Bartender of the Year 2017 is set to get underway as the worlds most prestigious bartending competition returns for the ninth year. The 2017 World Class competition will launch with its first ever educational tour of Britain, kicking off on Monday 14th November in Manchester.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2004 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2004 was matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels. A charming very enjoyable light bodied expression from a distillery which we see way too little of. It has a lovely touch of vanilla, honey and delicious spices which you would expect to find in Glen Spey.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2002 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2002 was matured in Refill Sherry hogshead barrels. Some very good and quite lively refill sherry casks have been at work here, hard to believe they were not first fill sherry casks, I very much enjoyed this, a delicious sherry rich mature Inchgower. A lovely alternative dram for the Speyside sherry lovers.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Strathisla 2005 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Strathisla 2005 was matured in First Fill Sherry Hogshead casks, it has obviously been a more delicate creamy sherry casks. Still a good sherried dram if you like some sweet creamy toffee with your whisky.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005 was matured in First Fill Sherry Butts. Delicious Caol Ila smoke with just a gentle sherry cask influence, not quite the first fill sherry cask influence I was expecting but a quality dram all the same.
     
  • 9th November 2016
    Highland Park Midwinter Social Old Truman Brewery London
    Celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice at Highland Parks Midwinter Social at the Truman Brewery London and via Facebook live featuring live music sets from Kipps and Finnebassen, as well as a whisky tasting.

     
  • 9th November 2016
    Canadian Club 20 Year Old Review
    Murray Cohen takes a look at the Canadian Club 20 Year Old, a new limited edition release in Ontario which has not yet hit the LCBO website but is just now available in some of their outlets.
     
  • 9th November 2016
    Virginia Black Review
    Virginia Black American Whisky is a unique collaboration between the Virginia Black founder Brent Hocking and Drake, a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. This is what Murray Cohen thought of Virginia Black.
     
  • 4th November 2016
    anCnoc Stack Review
    anCnoc Stack is the latest limited edition release in the anCnoc Peaty Collection, anCnoc really are getting good at this peaty stuff, I already knew that peat works well with the anCnoc sweet fruity light malt style and I would say that this is definitely the peatiest and best whisky released in the peaty collection so far.
     
  • 4th November 2016
    New Glengoyne 20cl Gift Packs Just In Time For Christmas
    The folks at Glengoyne have announced the launch of a couple of excellent 20cl bottle gift packs just in time for Christmas which should be enough to fully explore the Highland distillery's whisky range.
     
  • 4th November 2016
    Ballantine's Goes Global With True Music Platform
    Ballantine’s has revealed a major new global music platform that expands and reinforces its commitment to ‘True Music’. For its first True Music campaign, Ballantine’s extends its global partnership with Boiler Room, working with electronic music artist Maya Jane Coles.

     
  • 3rd November 2016
    Redbreast Named Best Irish Whiskey In The Whisky Bible 2017
    With the enormous surge in popularity of Irish whiskey these days, there seems to be more and more new Irish whiskey's coming available from a number of new companies but it is the old hands such as Irish Distillers that are still picking up the top accolades such as Redbreast 21 year old which was recently named Best Irish Whiskey in the 2017 Whisky Bible.
     
  • 3rd November 2016
    Chivas Brothers To Build New £40 Million Bottling Plant
    Chivas Brothers has announced its intention to move its Paisley bottling plant to a new £40 million state-of-the-art facility at its Kilmalid site in Dumbarton. The move will happen over the next 3 years.
     
  • 1st November 2016
    Black Bowmore 50 Year Old
    Bowmore have launched the 5th and final edition of it famous 1964 Black Bowmore collection, the Black Bowmore 50 Year Old The Last Cask, which will set you back a cool £16,000 if you want to get your hands on a bottle.
     
  • 31st October 2016
    Yula 21 Year Old Review
    The Yula 21 year old Island region blended malt whisky is the second release in the Yula trilogy created by the innovative folks at Glasgow based Douglas Laing. It is still a deliciously smooth gentle smoky expression, perhaps a little spicier and sweeter than I recall Yula 20 being. Still a lovely, smooth, mature and well balanced Island malt with hints of Caol Ila and Talisker perhaps.
     
  • 28th October 2016
    Glenfiddich Celebrates Diwali With Win A Car Promo At Hyderabad Airport
    If you happen to passing through Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport this October and November then look out for an excellent promotion William Grant & Sons owned Glenfiddich is running to celebrate India’s Diwali festival, Glenfiddich are offering passengers the chance to win a Nissan Terrano car.
     
  • 27th October 2016
    The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
    Here is something very special for the Balvenie fans amongst you with deep pockets, the Balvenie has unveiled The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two, titled "The Influence of Oak", which features five rare single malt whiskies.
     
  • 26th October 2016
    £1 Million Whisky Leak At Loch Lomond Group Glen Catrine Facility
    The Loch Lomond Group has revealed that back in June 2016 over £1 million worth of blended Scotch whisky leaked from a storage vat at the groups Glen Catrine bonded warehouse storage facility in Ayrshire, some of it finding its way into the River Ayr.
     
  • 20th October 2016
    The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask Review
    The Macallan 12 year old Double Cask is a new permanent addition to the Macallan core range. A combination of Sherry-seasoned new American oak and European oak casks which has created a a well balanced deliciously sherried Macallan that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the fans of sherried Macallan.
     
  • 18th October 2016
    Booker's Rye Whiskey Named Whisky Bible 2017 World Whisky Of The Year
    It is that time of year again, Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017 is about to hit the shelves of the book shops and as usual just before it hits those shelves the list of whiskies picking up the top honours in Jim's latest edition of the Whisky Bible has been made available.
     
  • 18th October 2016
    Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky Review
    Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky was distilled and aged for three years in charred white oak casks and is the official spirit of the Trailer Park Boys a fictional Canadian TV series, which has been called a mockumentary. Is it a serious Canadian whisky? This is what our guest reviewer, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
     
  • 17th October 2016
    Famous Grouse TV Adverts Past & Present
    For over 20 years now Scotland's most famous bird, Gilbert The Famous Grouse, the iconic bird which adorns every bottle of Scotland's favourite blended whisky, has entertained us in numerous Famous Grouse TV Adverts. To mark the launch of the latest 2 new Famous Grouse TV ads I have edited together all the Famous Grouse TV adverts from over the years which I could get my hands on, 39 in total. Pour yourself a dram of Famous Grouse and sit back and enjoy.

     
  • 14th October 2016
    Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky Review
    Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is an Indian whisky like no other, distilled, matured and bottled in Uttar Pradesh the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a no age statement, non-chill filtered single malt from one of the oldest and one of the largest and most efficiently-run distilleries in India today. This is what I thought of it...
     
  • 13th October 2016
    Ballantine's Artists Series 2016 Limited Edition Gift Packs
    With Christmas on the horizon Ballantine's has announced the launched of a second limited edition Artists Series of gift packs. This year Ballantine's have teamed up with renowned music video director and photographer, Dave Ma, to launch three new limited edition gift packs for 2016 which showcase Dave Ma’s unique perspective of Scotland, the home of the whisky, in a series of stunning aerial photographs.
     
  • 12th October 2016
    New David Beckham Haig Club Clubman TV AD
    Following the launch of the new Haig Club Clubman back in August the House of Haig today launched a the first TV advertisement for the new Scotch Single Grain Whisky. Starring David Beckham the film entitled 'Make your own rules' is a vibrant bold and edgy take on traditional Scotch whisky etiquette.
     
  • 11th October 2016
    New Longmorn 23 Year Old & Revamped Longmorn 16 Year Old
    Longmorn adds a new 23 year old and replaces current 16 year old with a newly reconstructed 16 year old. the two new expressions oin the Longmorn The Distiller’s Choice, which launched earlier this year, to form what is now their core range of whisky.

     
  • 11th October 2016
    William Grant Appoint New Business Development Manager in Taiwan
    Some whisky business news, William Grant & Sons has announced the appointment of Joseph Liu as Business Development Manager based in its Taipei Office.
     
  • 11th October 2016
    Suntory Whisky Toki Review
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    he Fall season seems to signal new whisky releases in Ontario, here we have the new Japanese blend, Suntory Whisky Toki, a blend of selected malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three Japanese distilleries: Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries. This is what our regular guest reviewer, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
     
  • 7th October 2016
    Isle of Jura Relocates To London
    Following a recent survey of Londoners where it emerged that over 70% of them had no idea where the the Isle of Jura was geographically the Jura distillery has decided to upsticks and head down to London and enlighten Londoners about the island of Jura as well as share with them the islands world famous export, Jura whisky. This month at at The Looking Glass London.
     
  • 6th October 2016
    A Marriage Made In Old Pulteney
    A love match between two Pulteney staff has led to a very special wedding at the Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick. Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre Manager Tanya Fraser and Assistant Distillery Manager Russell Angus first locked eyes over a barrel of single malt back in 2003, so when the couple tied the knot there could only be one place to do it, the Old Pulteney distillery in Wick.
     
  • 6th October 2016
    Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask
    The famous retired hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is already a well-known winery owner, the reason I mention him here is Wayne has now entered the world of whisky with the release of Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky, this is what our regular contributor, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
     
  • 4th October 2016
    Chivas Regal Ultis The First Blended Malt From Chivas
    Chivas Regal has announced the launched of its first ever Blended Malt whisky, Chivas Regal Ultis. Ultis is no standard blended malt either, this is coming in at the premium end of the whisky scale going by its £157 / US $200 retail recommended price.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Winter Edition
    Diageo has announced the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Winter Edition bottle design, a limited release of 940 bottles in the UK and with Christmas now on the horizon, the individuality of the Winter Edition bottle design should appeal to gift buyers, it will be available from October.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    The Glenlivet 1966 50 Year Old Winchester Collection
    The Glenlivet has announced that this October they will be releasing the 2nd edition in its series of rare 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies. this year sees the launch of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 50 year old.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    France’s Jennifer Le Nechet Crowned World Class Bartender of the Year
    After a four day battle in Miami which saw 56 of the worlds best bar tenders narrowed done to just one, the winner of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2016 has been crowned and this year see's the first ever female bartender taking the title, France's Jennifer Le Nechet.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    Old Weller Antique Original 107 Straight Bourbon Review
    Murray Cohen takes a look at the original wheated bourbon Old Weller Antique Original 107 Straight Bourbon. A rather difficult bourbon whiskey to get hold of due to the rave reviews it has had, this is what Murray thought of it...
     
  • 30th September 2016
    The Diageo World Class Future Of Cocktails Report
    I am sure many of you have noticed when out on the town that the cocktail culture is booming, particularly cocktails made with premium spirits such as single malt whisky and this boom is showing no signs of slowing, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott UK Visit
    Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, is visiting the UK for the first time to mark his first anniversary in the role of heading up the distilling team at the cult bourbon brand. During his visit he is set to unveil Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2016 at Harrods.

     
  • 29th September 2016
    Redbreast Lustau Edition Review
    Fans of Irish single pot still whiskey, and I count myself as one of those, will be pleased to hear that Redbreast has added a new permanent addition to their range of whiskey, the new Redbreast Lustau Edition, an Oloroso sherry finished whiskey has just joined the Irish Single Pot Still line up.
     
  • 28th September 2016
    Call The Shots - Ballantine's Interactive Golf Instructional Video
    Here is something that the golf enthusiasts amongst you will enjoy, Call The Shots in Ballantine's interactive golf video and also have a chance of winning a trip to Scotland and playing a round with Ballantine’s Golf Club Captain and Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley.

     
  • 27th September 2016
    Chivas Regal Partners With LSTN Sound Co
    Chivas Regal has teamed up with premium audio producers LSTN Sound Co., to craft a range of very unique whisky and music accessories. The initiative – Generosity: Amplified – features a range of activity aimed to raise funds for Starkey Hearing Foundation, including a limited edition Chivas 12 gift tin, a line of limited edition headphones crafted using cask wood in which whisky has matured and a custom-designed luxury record console.
     
  • 26th September 2016
    Bacardi Appoint Georgie Bell As Global Malt Whisky Ambassador
    Bacardi have appointed Georgie Bell as Global Malts Ambassador for its range of single malt Scotch whiskies which includes Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla.
     
  • 26th September 2016
    World Class Bartender of the Year Competition 2016 Final
    Watch the worlds best bartenders battle it out for the crown of World Class Bartender of the Year competition. 56 of the worlds most talented bartenders have descended on Miami to participate in the prestigious World Class Bartender competition, watch the live stream from Miami.
     
  • 23rd September 2016
    New Look For Glenfiddich Cask Collection Travel Retail Exclusive
    Glenfiddich have unveiled a fresh new look for its travel retail Glenfiddich Cask Collection which is made up of 3 single malt whiskies each of which have very different single malt profiles.
     
  • 23rd September 2016
    Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns
    Royal Salute which is known for its premium Scotch blended whiskies has just unveiled a new rare expression, the  Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns which will be available exclusively in travel retail.
     
  • 22nd September 2016
    Decline In Travel Retail Scotch Whisky Sales
    The IWSR Magazine has just released its annual Travel Retail Top 100, and while Scotch whisky dominates 27 of the top 100 brands (the most of any single category), half of these brands suffered declines in 2015. The exceptions to this negative trend were largely Scotch malt whiskies, such as The Macallan, The Singleton, Laphroaig and The Balvenie.
     
  • 22nd September 2016
    The Dalmore 35 Year Old
    Richard Paterson, The Dalmore Master Distiller who this month celebrates his 50th year in the whisky industry has unveiled his latest creation, The Dalmore 35 which he describes as truly special.

     
  • 20th September 2016
    Scapa Glansa A New Peated Single Malt???
    Chivas Brothers has announced a new addition to its Scapa distillery core range, the Scapa Glansa, what makes this interesting is they are hailing Scapa Glansa as the first peated single malt whisky from the Orkney distillery but I have to say in my eyes a peated cask finish doesn't make a whisky a peated single malt
     
  • 20th September 2016
    £14,000 Of Whisky Stolen From Tullibardine Distillery Shop
    Between 5pm Saturday, September 17 and 9.25am on Sunday, September 18 the Tullibardine Distillery shop on Stirling Street in Blackford, Perth and Kinross was broken into and seven bottles of whisky were taken including a rare bottle of Tullibardine worth £12,000.
     
  • 20th September 2016
    anCnoc 2005 Single Cask 427 La Maison du Whisky Anniversary Bottling
    anCnoc is set to release its first ever single cask bottling to mark 60 years of French whisky specialists La Maison du Whisky. anCnoc 2005 Single Cask 427 will officially become available at Whisky Live Paris on 24th-26th September.
     
  • 16th September 2016
    Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Pininfarina Chapter 3
    Chivas Regal has once again teamed up with Pininfarina, they have announced the next chapter in their ongoing partnership with the release of the Chivas 18 by Pininfarina Chapter 3.
     
  • 14th September 2016
    Diageo Special Releases 2016
    This year Diageo has announced the release of ten specially selected limited edition Scotch whiskies to make up their Diageo Special Releases 2016 and as we have come to expect, amongst them are some among the rarest and most sought after whiskies around.
     
  • 14th September 2016
    James Eadie - A Newly Resurrected Independent Bottler
    Introducing a newly launched independent whisky range launched under the 150 year old James Eadie label.
    Rupert Patrick, CEO of Whisky Invest Direct Ltd has announced that he is resurrecting the 150 year old whisky brand James Eadie which was established by his great-great grandfather.
     
  • 14th September 2016
    Rare Scotch Traded In First Half Of 2016 Exceeds £5 Million
    According to figures published by whisky analyst, broker and investment company Rare Whisky 101 the value of collectable bottles of Scotch whisky traded within a half year period continues to rise and has surpassed £5 million for the first time since records began in 2008.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer Challenge
    Ardbeg last week launched a whisky challenge like no other on Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home - Islay. Ten contestants from six different countries converged on the island to compete in the world’s most daring whisky challenge, The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer challenge.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    Ardbeg Twenty One Committee Exclusive Release
    The Ardbeg fans amongst you will be very pleased to hear that the distillery has announced the forthcoming release of Ardbeg Twenty One limited edition which will be available exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    Ian Macleod Distillers Acquires Spencerfield Spirit Company
    Ian Macleod Distillers today announced that it has taken ownership of the well-established and fast-growing Spencerfield Spirit Company, including its flagship brand, Edinburgh Gin and its popular whisky range of Pig’s Nose, Sheep Dip and The Feathery.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    The Chivas Brothers Blending Team
    Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, today announced new roles for revered Master Blenders Colin Scott and Sandy Hyslop. The move coincides with the unveiling of an enhanced Chivas Brothers Blending Team.
     
  • 9th September 2016
    Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured
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    his week Kilchoman launched their first ever Sauternes Cask Matured single malt, 100% matured for over five years in Sauternes casks from Bordeaux. it is a limited release of 6000 bottles worldwide.
     
  • 9th September 2016
    The Macallan Gold & Amber Gift Packs
    It is certainly starting to look a lot like Christmas is coming around here, next up with their Christmas 2016 whisky gift offering is The Macallan who has unveiled their new limited edition Macallan Gold & Macallan Amber gift packs.
     
  • 8th September 2016
    Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years in the Whisky Industry
    This month one of the most well known figures in the Scotch whisky industry celebrates 50 years of creating some of the worlds most coveted and iconic whiskies, that person is Richard Paterson who is renowned for his role as Master Distiller at The Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
     
  • 5th September 2016
    Big Peat Christmas 2016 Edition
    I know its still summer but it looks like Christmas is coming as Douglas Laing announce the release of Big Peat Christmas 2016 Edition.

     
  • 2nd September 2016
    Jura One For The Road 22 Year Old
    Jura marks distillery manager Willie Cochrane's retirement with Jura One For The Road 22 year old Pinot Noir finish limited edition which Willie will be introducing to us during a farewell European tour.

     
  • 1st September 2016
    Benromach Hermitage 2007
    Benromach has announced the launch the latest expression in its Benromach Wood Finish range, Benromach Hermitage 2007.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Review Of The Feather's Pub & Single Malt Bar Toronto Canada
    Murray Cohen reviews
    The Feather’s Pub, a friendly Toronto single malt haven for all Scotch whisky aficionados.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Brora 1981 18 Year Old Review
    Review of Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Brora 1981 18 Year Old. Medicine cabinet explosion with seaweed salad and salt water galore. This is a unique dram that moans the loss of a truly wonderful distillery.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Murray McDavid Lochside 1981 20 Year Old Review
    Review of Murray McDavid Lochside 1981 20 Year Old. Dark fruit with concentrated syrupy sweetness and mild caramel fudge. Full-bodied and somewhat drying. There is intensity to this whisky that entices.

     
  • 1st September 2016
    Glen Garioch 15 Year Old Review
    Review of Glen Garioch 15 Year Old. A tale of two cities between nose and palate yielding a very satisfying if not dramatic dram.

     
  • 1st September 2016
    Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 100 Proof Review
    Review of Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 100 Proof. This whisky is made to impress. A magnificent dram that spreads its wings from start to finish. This is a Glenmo to remember.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Oban 14 Year Old Review
    Review of Oban 14 Year Old. One of the six classic malts. Short with faint traces of dark chocolate and a mild astringent quality with not much in the epilogue other than some residual sweetness.

     
  • 22nd August 2016
    Live Online Chat With The Famous Grouse Master Blender
    The Famous Grouse has announced that they will be hosting a special online ‘live chat’ with its Master Blender, Kirsteen Campbell this coming Thursday 25th August (18:00-18:30 UK time). They are inviting fans of the Famous dram from around the world to put their questions direct to Kirsteen, which you will be able to watch live via The Famous Grouse You Tube channel or The Famous Grouse Facebook page.
     
  • 19th August 2016
    BenRiach Single Cask Batch 13
    BenRiach Distillery today released Batch 13 of its popular single cask bottlings. This thirteenth batch of BenRiach comprises of twelve single casks that were bottled in June 2016.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    GlenDronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak Wood Finish
    GlenDronach has launched a new special edition 14 year old Virgin Oak Wood Finish, well it is actually a re-release of the critically-acclaimed 14 year old Virgin Oak first released back in July 2010.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish
    BenRiach release 17 year old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish.
    Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels and finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks sourced from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain, it replaces the 15 year old expression.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood Finish
    BenRiach today released a new BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood Finish which replaces the 15 year old. Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels and then finished in a small batch of Tawny Port casks sourced from the Douro region in the north of Portugal.
     
  • 17th August 2016
    Holyrood Park Distillery In Edinburgh Gets Go Ahead
    Single malt whisky distilling is set to return to Edinburgh as Holyrood Park Distillery's
    application to develop the Engine Shed building and site on St Leonard’s Lane into a single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre was approved by Edinburgh City Council.
     
  • 17th August 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Juliette Buchan Becomes Keeper of the Quaich
    Juliette Buchan, a French woman married to a Scot, has been inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich.
    Juliette, who has worked at Gordon & MacPhail for more than nine years, is Gordon & MacPhail's regional export sales manager, working largely in Europe. Her job involves extensive travel as she meets customers and conducts numerous tastings, whisky tutorials and master classes.
     
  • 10th August 2016
    Strathearn Distillery To Make Its Debut At The Whisky Fringe
    This August Strathearn Distillery will make its debut at The Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh. Their spirit is now nearing full maturation and visitors to this years Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh from 12-14th August will be able to taste limited batch Uisge Beathas.
     
  • 10th August 2016
    Gold For Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997
    It comes as no surprise to me after recently reviewing it myself that the Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 has scooped a gold medal at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition.
     
  • 9th August 2016
    Haig Club Clubman Review
    Haig Club Clubman is the new expression from Haig Club single grain whisky the chosen dram of David Beckham, it has a gentle Kentucky Bourbon character with a lovely balance of mild coconut sweetness and creamy vanilla toffee and you will be pleased to hear it is sensibly priced.
     
  • 4th August 2016
    Benromach Cask No. 757 Distillery Only Exclusive
    The Benromach Distillery has announced the release of a 2nd Distillery Exclusive whisky which will be available exclusively at the distillery's visitor centre. Benromach Cask Number 757, is a single cask bottling which was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2016. A limited release of only 238 bottles.
     
  • 3rd August 2016
    Big Peat Edinburgh Edition
    The folks at Douglas Laing have announced the release of a special Big Peat, the Big Peat Edinburgh Edition, a limited release of just 180 bottles, to coincide with Scotland's capital city’s world-famous Fringe Festival.
     
  • 3rd August 2016
    The Famous Grouse House Headline Acts At This Years Edinburgh Festival
    If you will be lucky enough to be visiting Edinburgh this month during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival then look out for the winners of The Famous Grouse ‘Famous Fridays’ headliner competition which was launched to discover unsigned artists to headline The Famous Grouse House pop up venue at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    International Beverage Whisky Brands IWSC 2016 Medal Haul
    International Beverage has announced an extraordinary medal haul from the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016. The company has scooped 31 at one of the world’s toughest and most established industry challenges.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    The BenRiach Distillery Company Scoops 16 Medals At IWSC 2016
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has once again walked away from the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 with a barrel load of medals, 16 medals in total to be exact, including 3 Gold medals.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    anCnoc 12 Year Old Wins Gold At IWSC 2016
    Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky anCnoc has announced that its popular 12 year old expression from its core range has won Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender Opens Pop Up In New York
    Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender 2016 opens Pop Up in New York City for one evening only.

     
  • 2nd August 2016
    Chivas Regal's Max Warner Crowned Best International Brand Ambassador
    Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal has been crowned the Best International Brand Ambassador at the 10th annual Spirited Awards.

     

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