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  • 11th February 2016
    Jameson's St. Patrickís Day 2016 Limited Edition
    Now an established Irish tradition itself, Jameson has unveiled its fifth limited edition bottle ahead of its St. Patrickís Day 2016 celebrations. This year the special limited edition label design was created by Dublin street artist, James Earley. This year Jameson encouraging fans to share their original and authentic St. Patrickís celebrations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a trip to Dublin for St. Patrickís Day 2017.
     
  • 10th February 2016
    Global Scotch Whisky Market Outlook 2015-2019
    Global Scotch whisky market outlook 2015-2019 report predicts the market to witness a steady growth at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 5% and for the market to witness a reduction in product prices due to the increasing competition among vendors.

     
  • 10th February 2016
    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye
    With the increasing popularity of American Whiskey there is an emerging trend for Rye Whiskey and Jack Daniel's are now getting on that trending bandwagon with the launch of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye in the US.
     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grantís Elementary Premium Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    Grantís Elementary range lifts the lid on science with the launch of Grant's Carbon 6 year old, Oxygen 8 year old and Copper 29 year old.

     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grantís Elementary Copper 29 Year Old Review
    Review of Grant's Elementary Copper 29 Year Old Scotch blended whisky. A lovely mature, complex Scotch blended whisky fit to rival any mature single malts. The grain whisky has its say first on the palate but not without a contribution from the malt whisky in the blend and after 29 years in a cask the oak has its say also.
     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grantís Elementary Oxygen 8 Year Old Review
    Review of Grant's Elementary Oxygen 8 Year Old Scotch blended grain whisky.
    No surprises, except for how good this is, this is a young blended grain whisky and a very good one. Exceptionally creamy smooth on the palate which fades slowly to leave some energetic young oak spices.
     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grantís Elementary Carbon 6 Year Old Review
    Review of Grant's Elementary Carbon 6 Year Old Scotch blended whisky.
    The lovely musty, almost smoky oak lingers but doesn't overpower as it is kept in check by the sweet vanilla and very delicate but persistent orange.
     
  • 5th February 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Named Drinks Wholesaler Of The Year
    Gordon & MacPhail continues their good work as they are once again named Drinks Wholesaler of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2016.

     
  • 5th February 2016
    Liquid Gold - Rare Whisky Outperforms Gold, Wine and Equities
    Rare Whisky investment is outperforming gold, wine and equities according to whisky analyst, broker and investment company Rare Whisky 101.
    In a record year for the rare whisky market, the Rare Whisky Apex 1000 Index (an in index created by Rare Whisky 101 to track the value of rare whisky) closed 2015 up 14%.
     
  • 5th February 2016
    The Denver & Liely Whisky Glass Review
    I put the new Denver & Liely whisky tasting glass through its paces, a new whisky tasting glass for those who like the traditional tumbler style of whisky glass.
     
  • 3rd February 2016
    New Look For Douglas Laing Provenance Single Cask Range
    Douglas Laing today unveiled a new look for its young Provenance Single Cask Scotch Whisky range. The new look branding launches with 14 Provenance bottlings, each bottled at 46% ABV, unchill filtered, natural colour.
     
  • 3rd February 2016
    World Whisky Awards Stage 1 Gold For BenRiach & GlenDronach
    BenRiach 10 and GlenDronach Cask Strength batch 5 win stage 1 Gold in the 2016 World Whisky Awards.
    Each entry in the World Whisky Awards is tasted blind and marked to an agreed and strictly enforced marking system. In addition to nose, palate and finish, the judges will look for balance, character, complexity, quality and functionality.
     
  • 2nd February 2016
    Douglas Laing To Distribute The Glenturret Single Malt
    Douglas Laing today announced that it is taking on a new role as European Distributor for The Glenturret Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
     
  • 1st February 2016
    Benromach 35 Year Old Revealed
    The Benromach Distillery Company today revealed one of their rarest expressions to date, the first fill sherry cask matured Benromach 35 Years Old. Described as a most satisfying Speysider with cinnamon hints and beeswax polish, stewed pear and a delicate charred Oak edge.
     
  • 29th January 2016
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity At The National Club Toronto Canada
    International Order of the Companions of the Quaich and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Member Murray Cohen attended An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity in Toronto Canada this week where he had the pleasure of no less than 8 whiskies including some rarely reviewed drams such as The Macallan No.6 Lalique and The Macallan Rare Cask.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    The Macallan Rare Cask Review
    Review of The Macallan Rare Cask. The Rare Cask clearly turns any doubters to believers in this NAS expression. Here we have a magic carpet ride from start to finish. There is a depth to this whisky that both caresses and impresses.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    The Macallan No.6 Lalique Review
    Review of The Macallan No.6 Lalique. This is the Rolls Royce of whiskies if you like. A 15 layered torta cake has nothing on this one for pure complexity. Get ready for a journey through The Macallan's history with familiar and new accents, exceptional quality and much to remember.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Highland Park Dark Origins Review
    Review of Highland Park Dark Origins. If this was Irish single malt, it would be a leprechaunsí promise unfulfilled. I was expecting more from this dram. A better balance from nose to finish would have achieved more. My detection of sulphur taint ruined my experience. This one needs a refit in my opinion.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Highland Park 21 Year Old Review
    Review of Highland Park 21 Year Old. A most enjoyable dram but does not rise to the level of the 25 or 30 year old. It seems like a distant cousin.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old Review
    Review of Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old. I tried a piece of dark chocolate with this one. Everything was enhanced in a wanted bitter and sweet flavor experience. A respectable dram which satisfies but it doesnít shake the apple tree.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Bowmore 25 Year Old Review
    Review of Bowmore 25 Year Old. The 25 Year is not what you would expect in a Bowmore. It is not the earthy, peaty, smoky beast but rather a tuxedo clad dram with subtle aromas and flavors. A great summer dram.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin Review
    Review of Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin. hereís a lot going on here with the 51.2% ABV and it works. The flow from nose to finish is inviting. There is a sense of some age here.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary Review
    Review of Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary edition. This presents as a classy dessert dram with light and refreshing qualities. Much more delicate and delectable than expected; impresses all the way.

     
  • 28th January 2016
    Douglas Laing Launch Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition
    Glasgow independent bottler Douglas Laing has added another Cask Strength edition to their popular Remarkable Regional Malts range. They have just announced the release of Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition, a blended malt whisky.
     
  • 26th January 2016
    Passport #UrbanArtProject Limited Edition
    Passport Scotch whisky has collaborated with street artist Jim Vision to create a colourful limited edition bottle of Passport
    #UrbanArtProject Scotch blended whisky.
     
  • 25th January 2016
    Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition Review
    It wouldn't be a new year without a new addition to the Glenmorangie Private Edition range and this year the latest expression to be added to the popular limited release range is Glenmorangie Milsean, this is what I thought of the new whisky.
     
  • 25th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Macallan 2006 Review
    Review of Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Macallan 2006. A smooth very mildly sherried dram with orange, vanilla and mild oak spice, just a wee touch of bitterness.
    For the money this is a decent enough off the beaten track alternative to the original distillery bottlings for any Macallan fan.
     
  • 25th December 2015
    The MacPhail's Collection Glenrothes 8 Year Old Review
    Review of The MacPhail's Collection Glenrothes 8 Year Old. Sweet silky smooth delivery of mouth coating vanilla tablet and honey, the sweetness is soon balanced by the marmalade bitterness.
    A decent enough example of what I expect from the Glenrothes distillery.
     
  • 22nd January 2016
    A Burns Night Ode to Laphroaig
    With Burns Night fast approaching on Monday 25th January I thought you may appreciate this video of Scottish poet Elvis McGonagall giving an ode to Laphroaig whisky in the style of Robert Burns for Burns Night.
     
  • 21st January 2016
    Hunter Laing Reveal Plans To Build New Islay Distillery
    Independent whisky bottler Hunter Laing & Co have submitted an application to Argyll and Bute Council to build a new malt whisky distillery on Islay at Ardnahoe, on the North East coast of the island.
     
  • 21st January 2016
    The Macallan Edition No. 1
    The Macallan Edition is the start of an annual limited edition series from the iconic Speyside distillery and the very aptly named The Macallan Edition No. 1 is the debut expression in the Edition Series.
     
  • 20th January 2016
    GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old Batch 7
    GlenDronach has launched GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old which is batch 7 of the limited edition GlenDronach Grandeur series. The limited edition expression has been exclusively matured for over 25 years in Oloroso sherry casks.
     
  • 13th January 2016
    Talisker Neist Point
    Talisker Neist Point (pronounced "Neest") is a new premium no age statement travel retail exclusive single malt whisky. Bottled at the usual Talisker strength of 45.8% ABV and you will be pleased to hear it is non chill-filtered.
     
  • 13th January 2016
    Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition
    Fans of the Japanese limited edition Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask single malt whisky will be pleased to hear that despite reported shortages of stock of the Japanese single malt whisky Suntory has announced the release of a Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition which will be available from 1st February, 2016.
     
  • 6th January 2016
    MBE For The Balvenie's David Stewart In New Years Honours List
    The remarkable career of The Balvenieís David Stewart has been recognised in the New Yearís Honours list with a MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

     
  • 5th January 2016
    Inver House Scoop 5 Medals At New Global Distillery Masters 2016 Awards
    Inver House Distillers has scooped five awards in a new international drinks industry competition - Global Distillery Masters 2016. The Airdrie-based businessís five Scottish distilleries, Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu and Balmenach between them received an three gold and two silver medals.
     
  • 5th January 2016
    Glengoyne Continues Support For The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
    Glengoyne has announced the continuation of its very successful relationship with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust including the support their latest campaign to save the endangered Greenland white-fronted goose.
     
  • 18th December 2015
    William Grant & Sons Chief Executive Stella David Steps Down
    Change at the top for William Grant & Sons as CEO Stella David has decided to step down at the end of February 2016, Stella will be succeeded by current Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Hunt.

     
  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail ĎThe Wood Makes the Whiskyí
    To highlight the importance of wood in the creation of Scotch Single Malt Whisky independent  bottler Gordon & MacPhail has recently launched a campaign to inform whisky drinkers both new and old about the importance of wood and the huge influence it can have on the flavour profile of a whisky even a brand of whisky you think your are 100% familiar with.
     
  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 was matured in 1st Fill Sherry Casks. I have had the pleasure of a few very mature outstanding G & M bottlings over the years and this is right up there with them in quality.

     
  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Speyburn 1991 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Speyburn 1991 was matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead casks. I didn't expect the glorious fizzy spices and pepper, no doubt a contribution made by the casks used for maturation. Not as sugar laden as the Glenlivet Nadurra but reminds me of the Glenlivet it in some ways.

     
  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Ardmore 1996 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Ardmore 1996 was matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead casks. Exactly what an independent bottling should be, off the beaten track of the original distillery bottlings, still displaying the Ardmore DNA but with added influence from the choice of wood the whisky has matured in.

     
  • 17th December 2015
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old Review
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old from Gordon & MacPhail was matured in Refill Sherry Butts. A long time favourite of mine, in my opinion a young Bunnahabhain is best served peated and the MacPhail's Collection serves a cracking extremely enjoyable Bunnahabhain 8 year old.

     
  • 17th December 2015
    Peated Malts of Distinction Smoky Miniature Gift Set
    Looking for a single malt whisky stocking filler? Peated Malts of Distinction is a smoky single malt whisky miniature gift set which brings together The Ardmore Legacy, Connemara Original, Bowmore Small Batch and Laphroaig Select in one box set.

     
  • 17th December 2015
    Tamdhu Batch Strength Whisky Advocate Speyside Malt Of The Year
    Tamdhu Batch Strength Speyside single malt whisky has been awarded Speyside Single Malt of the Year at the 22nd Annual Whisky Advocate (formerly Malt Advocate) Awards.
     
  • 16th December 2015
    Lucky 13 For BenRiach Distillery Company At Malt Maniacs Awards
    BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh single malts have won a total of thirteen medals in the 2015 Malt Maniacs Awards. The Edinburgh-headquartered company headed by industry veteran Billy Walker took six silver and seven bronze medals in this yearís competition. Here is the complete list of winners.
     
  • 16th December 2015
    Travel Retail Whisky Gifts To Look Out For This Christmas
    With Christmas fast approaching, finding that perfect gift for family, friends or colleagues is quickly becoming top of our to-do lists. And for those of you who may be passing through an airport in the run up to Christmas or indeed lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere for Christmas I thought I would mention a few whiskies which you will find in available from travel retail shops.
     
  • 15th December 2015
    Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Series Batch 2
    Glenglassaugh has released Batch 2 of  its critically acclaimed Glenglassaugh Rare Cask single cask bottlings. This second batch is made up of eight single cask treasures. There are certainly no youngsters amongst this second batch, the eight new single cask whiskies vary in age from a 36 year old to a very rare 42 year old.
     
  • 14th December 2015
    Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Limited Edition
    Since launching back in 2000 the Compass Box Whisky Company have always aimed to experiment, to innovate and to explore. Along the way they have ruffled a few feathers and they have also created some outstanding complex and very enjoyable whisky's to entertain us whisky drinkers including the deliciously rich and complex limited edition Compass Box Flaming Heart so it is appropriate that they have released a special limited edition Flaming Heart to mark their 15th anniversary.
     
  • 14th December 2015
    Haig Club Limited Edition Launched In Travel Retail
    This Christmas Diageo have released a special 1 litre edition of of Haig Club, the the smooth, easy drinking Single Grain Scotch Whisky 1 litre bottle will be available exclusively in travel retail where over the holiday season gifting spend reaches over $1bn on spirits alone. Of this, whisky occupies the top spot with 44% of travellers.
     
  • 14th December 2015
    Glenfiddich Distillery Expansion To Meet Global Demand
    Glenfiddich has announced multi-million pound expansion plans to increase the capacity of its distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Their are plans for a new still house, tun rooms, external storage tanks and equipment as well as some landscaping features.
     
  • 3rd December 2015
    Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Single Cask HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
    Glenmorangie has just announced a very exclusive collaboration with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Prince has selected a single malt that will bear his name. The rare, single-cask whisky, bottled in his honour, will be sold to raise funds for environmental conservation, a cause dear to the Prince and echoed by Glenmorangie.
     
  • 3rd December 2015
    Aberfeldy 16 Year Old Review
    John Dewar's & Sons has revealed the latest addition to its Aberfeldy core range of whiskies, the Aberfeldy 16 year old. The new whisky has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 40% ABV. This is what I thought of it.
     
  • 2nd December 2015
    International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards Results 2015
    The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) announced the winners of 2015 at its Annual Awards Banquet which took place at the Guildhall, London, last week. One winner on the night which I am sure most whisky drinkers are familiar with was The Whisky Exchange who was named 2015 Online Retailer of the Year for its informative, customer-centric approach.
     
  • 2nd December 2015
    Chivas Regal Start Search For 2016 Global Chivas Master
    Chivas Regal has commenced the search for the 2016 Global Chivas Master, where competitors this year will be judged not only on their bartending abilities but also on their demonstration of Chivasí values of brotherhood and generosity. This month sees national heats start around the world, which will for the first time culminate with the grand final in Shanghai in July 2016.
     
  • 2nd December 2015
    The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11483
    The Glenrothes distillery are set to release The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11483, the fourth release in the Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask Series. To complement the 1969 Vintage and to demonstrate a link back to the year the whisky was created The Glenrothes introduced a new tasting platform, The Vintage Vinyl Sessions.
     
  • 1st December 2015
    The Ardmore Port Wood Finish Review
    Review of
    The Ardmore Port Wood Finish 12 year old, the newest addition to the expanding Ardmore whisky range. Matured for 12 years in American white oak and finished in small European half port pipes, this is what I thought of it.
     
  • 1st December 2015
    Ballantineís 21 Year Old Signature Oak Edition - European Oak Review
    Being a long time fan of the outstanding Ballantine's 21 year old I was pleased when Ballantineís contacted me to announce the release of Ballantineís 21 Year Old Signature Oak Edition - European Oak, which is the first of two new limited editions exclusive to Global Travel Retail. The release of an additional Signature Edition created with American oak will follow to complete the special pair of bottlings. This is what I thought of the European Oak.
     
  • 1st December 2015
    Old Forester Whisky Tasting At The Whisky Shop Piccadilly London
    Those of you in or around London on the 7th December may be interested to hear that Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky is partnering with The Whisky Shop's flagship Piccadilly store to offer a unique opportunity to meet the Old Forester Brand President, Campbell Brown and enjoy a Free exclusive tasting.
     
  • 30th November 2015
    Kilchoman Auction First Ever 10 Year Old For Charity
    Kilchoman Islayís farm distillery have announced that they will auction their first ever 10 year old whisky in aid of The Beatson Cancer Charity. The online auction will take place between the 7th and 14th of December.
     
  • 27th November 2015
    The International Wine & Spirit Competition Announce 2016 President
    The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has announced their 2016 President: Matteo Bruno Lunelli, C.E.O. of Ferrari Winery and of the Lunelli Group.
     
  • 19th November 2015
    Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
    Following the announcement of the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye being named as the Whisky Bible 2016 #1 World Whisky for 2016 our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member Murray Cohen has kindly submitted his review of the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye.
     
  • 17th November 2015
    Benromach Scoops Top Prize In Hong Kong Competion
    Those of you familiar with the outstanding Benromach whisky range wont be surprised to hear at this yearís Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition the outstanding Benromach 100į Proof won the award for Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky Ė 15 Years and Under.
     
  • 17th November 2015
    Monkey Shoulder Invite Travellers To "Take Home a Monkey"
    In the leading up to the Chinese New Year 2016, Year of the Monkey, Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky has launched a rather unique "Take Home a Monkey Today" promotion in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Two Arrivals during October
     
  • 13th November 2015
    The Deveron
    Just in time for Christmas, John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of The Deveron single malts from their MacDuff distillery,
    the new expressions in the range are The Deveron 12 Year Old, The Deveron 18 Year Old and The Deveron 10 Year Old which will only be available in France. This is what I thought of the new whiskies...
     
  • 12th November 2015
    GlenDronach Peated
    Fans of the very popular and highly rated GlenDronach distillery will be intrigued to hear that the distillery has just launched its first ever peated release, simply called, GlenDronach Peated.
     
  • 12th November 2015
    GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira Cask Finish
    GlenDronach tell me that their new GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira Cask Finish is a dram bursting with ripe summer fruits and warm spices. Bottled at 46%, non chill filtered and with natural colour, the GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira Cask Finish was initially matured in European oak casks and thereafter finished its maturation in a very small batch of superior Madeira hogsheads.
     
  • 12th November 2015
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5
    Just another quick announcement for the GlenDronach fans amongst you which I know there are a few. Completing a hat-trick of new releases from the Aberdeenshire distillery this week is the GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5.
     
  • 11th November 2015
    William Grants Rugby World Cup Promotion A Winner At Auckland Airport
    With the Rugby World Cup 2015 a hot topic of conversation and disappointment for many travellers earlier this year, William Grant & Sons took advantage of this globally loved sport to launch its own Rugby World Cup activation at New Zealandís Auckland International Airport.

     
  • 9th November 2015
    Glenmorangie House Final Whisky Weekend Of 2015
    Glenmorangie House boutique hotel has announced the final date for its 2015 series of whisky weekends. These whisky weekends have often been hailed as the pinnacle of a whisky loverís calendar, the Weekends are a perfect way to be introduced to whisky, its history and heritage, all enjoyed in the luxurious surroundings of Glenmorangie House.
     
  • 4th November 2015
    Ardbeg Best Single Malt Whisky Under $100
    Ardbeg whisky brand has swept the board in a review of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under US$100 in the Whisky Advocate magazine.
     
  • 4th November 2015
    Ballantine's Hard Fired
    Ballantine's has launched Ballantine's Hard Fired, an innovative new expression that that has been created using a bespoke process in the production of the popular whisky brand, the new whisky showcases the results that American oak and fire produce on Scotch whisky.
     
  • 2nd November 2015
    House Of Hazelwood
    William Grant & Sons has revealed a new premium blended Scotch whisky brand named House of Hazelwood which will initially launch with three premium age statement expressions, the House of Hazelwood 18, 21 and 25 year old. William Grant describe the new brand as an elegant and vivacious new blended Scotch whisky.
     
  • 2nd November 2015
    The Latest Douglas Laing XOP Bottling
    Just a quick announcement for those of you looking for something a little extra special that is off the beaten track of the original distillery bottlings. Glasgow independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co. has announced the release of seven particularly special Single Cask Whiskies, including the firmís oldest ever Port Ellen Distillery release bottled at 36 Years Old.
     

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