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  • 30th July 2014
    Arran The Devils Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale
    Today Arran released the third and final chapter of The Devil's Punchbowl trilogy of limited edition single malt whiskies. The Arran The Devils Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale is the final instalment in this very popular trilogy is a marriage of 21 casks, including 8 Sherry Butts, 8 French Oak Barriques and 5 Bourbon Barrels.
     
  • 29th July 2014
    The BenRiach Distillery Company Wins 11 medals In the 2014 IWSC
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has picked up 11 medals at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition, including two Gold Outstanding medals, across its three single malt whisky brands BenRiach, GlenDronach and its more recently acquired Glenglassaugh.
     
  • 27th July 2014
    Tullamore D.E.W. Raises A Toast
    Share your 'Parting Moment' with Tullamore D.E.W. for a chance to win a trip to their exclusive VIP opening party in Ireland. In preparation for the opening of its new distillery this September, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey has launched the 'Parting Glass' campaign, a global online search for the best toasts to mark the beginning of life's new chapters.

     
  • 24th July 2014
    Kininvie 17 Year Old Batch No.1 Travel Retail Exclusive
    Whisky connoisseurs will be pleased to hear that the rarely seen Kininvie Speyside single malt whisky has announced the release of a new Global Travel Retail exclusive Kininvie 17 year old.
     
  • 23rd July 2014
    The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge Harrods
    The Macallan single malt whisky took over windows five and six at Harrods on Brompton Road London from 2nd – 10th July and created a gentleman’s lounge in the window display of the world’s most famous luxury department store.
     
  • 18th July 2014
    Chivas Regal Announces The First Chivas Master
    American bartender, Masahiro Urushido, has been revealed as Chivas Regal’s first ever Chivas Master, winning the iconic whisky brand’s inaugural bartender competition in style at the NoMad hotel in New York.
     
  • 18th July 2014
    Glenmorangie Pride 1978
    Glenmorangie has revealed its rarest whisky creation to date, Glenmorangie Pride 1978, which has enjoyed the longest extra-maturation period of any single malt produced by the distiller in its 171-year history.
     
  • 18th July 2014
    The Famous Grouse 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Limited Edition
    Whisky fans will be thrilled to hear that The Famous Grouse the official whisky provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has announced the release of a limited-edition Glenturret 28 year old single malt whisky to mark its sponsorship of this momentous sporting event.
     
  • 17th July 2014
    Midleton Very Rare 2014 Unveiled
    Fans of the popular and highly rated Midleton Very Rare series of blended Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers has unveiled the 2014 edition of the prestigious whiskey, the first to be hand selected by Master Distiller, Brian Nation, following his appointment in 2013.
     
  • 14th July 2014
    GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 10
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 10 of its very popular single cask bottlings. Batch 10 ranges in age from 12 years old up to a 1990 distilled 24 year old and as you would expect all share GlenDronach's typically sherry rich signature taste.
     
  • 10th July 2014
    Highland Park Dark Origins
    Highland Park Dark Origins is the latest addition to the Highland Park Core range of whiskies. It was produced using twice as many first fill sherry casks than is used in the classic Highland Park 12 year old making it a deeper, darker and deliciously richer Highland Park. This is what I thought of it...
     
  • 2nd July 2014
    Bushmills The Artist's Reserve THE 1975 and TIRED PONY Single Malts
    Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland has handcrafted two exclusive single malt whiskies for Bushmills Live headliners THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup TIRED PONY. They are
    probably the most exclusive Bushmills Irish single malt whiskies that you are ever likely to hear of and probably never get the chance to taste.
     
  • 2nd July 2014
    The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old Review
    You will recall that just over a month ago
    The Balvenie announced a new addition to their single cask range, The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old which has been matured exclusively in a single European oak Oloroso sherry butt. Well I finally got to taste it and this is what I thought...
     
  • 25th June 2014
    Old Pulteney 35 Year Old
    The folks at the Pulteney Distillery in Wick have just announced the release of a new rare limited edition expression, Old Pulteney 35 Year Old. A limited release of only 2700 bottles will rolled be out worldwide.
     
  • 19th June 2014
    Ardbeg Kildalton 2014
    Ardbeg Kildalton is a new expression from Ardbeg which has been launched to help raise funds to support Islay's hard working rural community groups. Currently only available from the distillery
    shop but will be available to purchase online from Autumn 2014 in the UK and selected European markets. I got the chance to taste the new Ardbeg Kildalton this week, this is what I thought of it.
     
  • 13th June 2014
    The Glenfiddich Fathers Day Gifting Collection
    With Fathers Day in only a couple of days time I have saw a big increase in visitors to this site looking for ideas and suggestions for a special single malt whisky to get their Dad. One whisky brand that I have no hesitation in suggesting is Glenfiddich, the worlds number one selling single malt whisky, and just to make your gift just that little bit more special Glenfiddich have launched a range of gift packs for Father’s Day.
     
  • 13th June 2014
    THE 1975 and TIRED PONY Rock Bushmills Live Whiskey & Music Festival
    Global stars including THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck’s supergroup TIRED PONY came together along with friends of Bushmills to complete an unforgettable day at ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ yestredy - the festival of handcrafted whiskey and music that took place yesterday at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland’s north coast.
     
  • 12th June 2014
    Bowmore Tempest Batch 5
    Fans of Bowmore Islay single malt whisky will be pleased to hear that Batch 5 of the popular limited edition Bowmore Tempest 10 year old series is now on the shelves of specialist whisky shops.
     
  • 12th June 2014
    Fathers Day Whisky Gift Ideas
    With Fathers Day just a few days away there are numerous offers available in the big High Street supermarkets on both Scotch single malts and blended whiskies so I thought I would make a few suggestions for those gift buyers looking for something special to hand their Dad this coming Sunday.
     
  • 11th June 2014
    GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old Batch 5
    GlenDronach today launched Batch 5 of Grandeur 24 year old. Designed for the serious connoisseur, GlenDronach tell me that the Grandeur 24 Year Old is yet another example of the sweet, gutsy, full-bodied style for which award-winning GlenDronach is renowned.
     
  • 10th June 2014
    Grant's Signature A New Rich Malty Blended Whisky
    As the growth of blended Scotch looks set to accelerate and more and more whisky drinkers are looking to try something new William Grant's have announced the launch of Grant's Signature, a new blended whisky which is packed with malty character.
     
  • 9th June 2014
    Bowmore Black Rock Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Members Tasting
    Following the recent launch of the new travel retail exclusive Bowmore Black Rock I asked a a number of knowledgeable whisky drinking members of this sites Scotch Malt Whisky Forum to sample and submit a review of the new whisky, this is what they thought of it.
     
  • 9th June 2014
    New Bowmore Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    Bowmore has launched a new travel retail range.
    The expressions in the new range are Bowmore Black Rock, Bowmore Gold Reef, Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old, the three new whiskies join the existing Bowmore Spring Tide which sits at the top of the range.
     
  • 29th May 2014
    Glenglassaugh Add Two New Whiskies To Its Massandra Connection Series
    Glenglassaugh has added two whiskies to its renewed Massandra Connection series. They are a Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old Madeira Wood finish and a Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old Sherry Wood finish, and are available worldwide as of today.
     
  • 29th May 2014
    William & Kate Officially Re-open Scotlands Oldest Distillery
    Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s oldest and most visited whisky distillery and home to The Famous Grouse Experience was officially re-opened today by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.
     
  • 28th May 2014
    The Hudson City Kit
    William Grant & Sons has announced a campaign to bring more awareness to the Hudson Whiskey brand with the launch of the Hudson City Kit in selected bars here in the UK.
     
  • 25th May 2014
    Laphroaig Select
    Fans of Laphroaig will be pleased to hear that Laphroaig have revealed a new addition to their portfolio, the Laphroaig Select which Laphroaig tell me has a subtle blending of peat, oak and sweetness.
     
  • 24th May 2014
    The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old
    The Balvenie fans amongst you will be very happy to hear that they have announced a new addition to their single cask range, The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old which has been matured exclusively in a single European oak Oloroso sherry butt.
     
  • 23rd May 2014
    Islay Festival 2014 Lagavulin & Caol Ila Bottlings
    To mark this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music, Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries have now announced details of their special Festival natural cask strength bottlings available only to visitors.
     
  • 20th May 2014
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition Review
    Kilchoman have launched the 4th limited edition of its popular lighter peated 100% Islay malt. For this 4th edition the folks at Kilchoman have selected 40 first fill bourbon barrels, 32 five year old and 8 four year old barrels.
    This is what I thought of it...
     
  • 20th May 2014
    New Gift Packs For Grants Family Reserve
    I know this site gets a lot of visitors from savvy gift buyers who looking for recommendations for which whisky to buy so with Fathers Day fast approaching I thought i would mention the new Grants Family Reserve gift pack, in my opinion in its price range Grants Family Reserve is one of the best Scotch blended whisky's you can buy.
     
  • 20th May 2014
    BenRiach Appoints New Regional Sales Manager
    The BenRiach Distillery Company, owners of the award-winning BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh whisky distilleries, is beefing up its sales team with the appointment of Nigel Robinson as Regional Sales Manager.
     
  • 16th May 2014
    Auchentoshan Whisky Lounge Comes To Glasgows Princes Square
    Get a taste of Glasgow culture at the Auchentoshan Whisky Lounge at Glasgow's Prince's Square which runs from 16th to 18th May (11am – 8pm).

     
  • 7th May 2014
    BenRiach 12 Wins Top Award At Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
    It’s been voted the best in China and now a BenRiach single malt has won a top award in Speyside! The BenRiach 12 year old Sherry Wood Matured is the winner of the 12 year old and under category in this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.
     
  • 7th May 2014
    Ian Macleod Distillers Pick Up 5 Medals At The Asian Spirits Masters
    Ian Macleod Distillers was the biggest winner in the whisky category at The Asian Spirits Masters after taking five out of a possible nine medals in the category.

     
  • 7th May 2014
    Teeling Whiskey Release Some Of The Oldest Irish Single Malt In The World
    Teeling Whiskey have unveiled some of the World’s most exclusive Irish Whiskey, a Teeling 30 Year Old Platinum Vintage Reserve Irish Single Malt and a Teeling 26 Year Old Gold Reserve.

     
  • 2nd May 2014
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
    Fans of the The Glenlivet Nàdurra will be pleased to hear that The Glenlivet is expanding the brand into a range featuring different cask experiences. The first new permanent addition to the Nàdurra range is the first-fill, ex-Oloroso sherry cask matured Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso.
     
  • 2nd May 2014
    The Glenlivet Kymah Travel Retail Exclusive
    The Glenlivet has unveiled the latest of its much-anticipated, limited edition Single Cask Editions – The Glenlivet Kymah. This travel retail exclusive edition is limited to 528 hand written and individually numbered bottles and is launching exclusively with Heinemann Duty Free at Frankfurt airport.
     
  • 2nd May 2014
    The Glenfiddich Cask Collection Launches In Las Vegas
    William Grant & Sons has launched its Glenfiddich Cask Collection at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas. Read my review of the three new whiskies which were produced using Glenfiddich's innovative Solera Vat process.
     
  • 1st May 2014
    Aberlour Outdoor Whisky Art Gallery
    Those of you with a taste for art and who are lucky enough to be attending this springs Spirit of Speyside Festival may want to stop by the Aberlour Distillery as the distillery have announced the opening of the world’s first outdoor whisky art gallery; a unique photography exhibition set in the heart of the Scottish countryside, which brilliantly captures the individual elements that together result in one of Scotland’s most famous exports; Whisky!
     
  • 1st May 2014
    Whisky Stramash Gets Set To Headline Whisky Month
    Whisky Month has arrived so you can expect to see, smell and taste plenty of our national drink this month. But it’s not all nosings and tastings. Edinburgh’s Whisky Stramash has prided itself on being unconventional and set apart from the rest since its conception in 2012, and this year is set to be more madcap than ever.
     
  • 1st May 2014
    Diageo Whisky Brands Pick Up 29 Medals At World Spirits Competition
    Diageo whisk(e)y brands have been recognised across the board for their excellence at the 14th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition, securing 29 medals in total.
     
  • 29th April 2014
    BenRiach 10 Year Old Anniversary Expression
    The BenRiach Distillery Company celebrates its 10th birthday today, the company has come a long way in those 10 years and today offers a fantastic core range of single malts and equally superb  limited edition releases. Fans of BenRiach will be pleased to hear that the company plans to mark the exciting milestone with a special BenRiach 10 year old anniversary expression from the first distillation which will be available later this year.
     
  • 29th April 2014
    Tormore 14 & 16 Year Old
    Tormore single malt whisky is not a whisky we hear malt whisky drinkers mention often but that may change with Chivas Brothers announcement of the release of two new small batch, single malt whiskies from its Tormore distillery in Speyside, the Tormore 14 Year Old and Tormore 16 Year Old.
     
  • 24th April 2014
    George Wills Joins The Kilchoman Family Business
    George Wills has joined his two brothers James and Peter, plus parents Anthony and Kathy Wills at the Kilchoman Distillery which now has the full complement of the Wills’ family working at Scotland’s only farm distillery, on Islay.
     
  • 24th April 2014
    Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Glentauchers Edition
    Ballantine’s today announced the release of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Glentauchers Edition. This special blend completes a set of four limited editions, each of which has been created to demonstrate the unique structure of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old and how this is achieved.
     
  • 16th April 2014
    The Girvan Patent Still Unveils 30 Year Old & No.4 Apps Expressions
    Following on from last years release of The Girvan Patent Still 25 Year Old which was launched exclusively in the UK William Grants & Sons have announced the release of two more single grain whiskies. The two new single grain expressions are The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps and 30 Year Old.

     
  • 15th April 2014
    Supergroup Tired Pony added to Bushmills Live 2014 Line-up
    Music fans will be thrilled to hear that the critically-acclaimed supergroup Tired Pony, which was created by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody have been confirmed to appear at the intimate ‘Bushmills Live’ festival on Ireland’s north coast on June 12th, 2014.
     
  • 15th April 2014
    Glengoyne and Tamdhu Take Double Gold
    Ian Macleod Distillers brands’ Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky have been have each been awarded a DOUBLE GOLD Medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
     
  • 15th April 2014
    Ballantine's 17 & 21 Year Old Limited Edition 2014 Golf Packs
    With the 2014 golf season well under way, Ballantine’s has announced the 2014 release of its popular Limited Edition Golf Packs, available for its outstanding 17 and 21 Year Old blends.
     
  • 11th April 2014
    Glengoyne 25 Year Old
    Glengoyne adds a £250 25 year old to its core range of whiskies!
    Matured exclusively in hand-selected European oak sherry casks for a quarter of a century the 25 year old will sit at the top of the Glengoyne core range of whiskies.
     
  • 10th April 2014
    The Royal Brackla 35 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    John Dewar & Sons (Bacardi) have released a very limited edition Royal Brackla 35 year old Highland single malt Scotch whisky which was hand-selected to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of The Royal Brackla distillery.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    The Chivas Masters Bartender Cocktail Competition
    Chivas Regal is celebrating the craftsmanship at the heart of bartending with the launch of its first-ever global cocktail competition, The Chivas Masters, which will culminate in the finalists travelling to New York to compete in the grand final.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Laphroaig distillery Crowned Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year
    The Laphroaig whisky distillery on Islay has once again been recognised for its superb visitor centre and overall visitor experience which it offer to whisky fans from throughout the world. This time it has been awarded the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s global Icons of Whisky 2014 competition.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Grant Neave New Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador
    With Monkey Shoulder currently seeing a huge growth in sales in the on-licence trade of a massive 51% and off-licence of 17% they have appointed professional bartender Grant Neave as their full time UK brand ambassador.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release
    Kilchoman have announced the 2014 release of its 2nd limited edition 5 year old sherry cask matured expression Kilchoman Loch Gorm Single Malt Whisky.
     
  • 8th April 2014
    Haig Club Single Grain Whisky
    Diageo announced today the global launch of Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky, in partnership with global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Haig Club is single grain whisky from the Cameronbridge Distillery which has been crafted using a unique process that combines grain whisky from three cask types.
     
  • 8th April 2014
    The Macallan Masters of Taste
    The Macallan have unveiled its latest exciting collaboration - The Macallan Masters of Taste – bringing together the supreme craft and innovation of two of the world’s leading masters to create the ultimate taste experience. The Ultimate Dinner with The Macallan and Roca, six prestigious charity dinners held at El Celler de Can Roca will involve the most exquisite combination of gastronomy and whisky making. From exclusively designed dishes to an outstanding range of The Macallan whiskies from unreleased single cask malts through to M, the world’s most expensive whisky, The Macallan in Lalique 62 year old and the oldest single malt ever released by The Macallan distillery.
     
  • 7th April 2014
    Jack Daniels Owners Eye Up Whyte & Mackay
    Jack Daniels owners, U.S. drinks company Brown-Forman is one of several parties considering second-round bids for the Whyte & Mackay whisky business which is expected to fetch around £350 million pounds which is considerably less than the $1.2 billion industrialist Vijay Mallya paid for Glasgow-based Whyte & Mackay in 2007.
     
  • 4th April 2014
    Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases Batch 1
    Glenglassaugh today announced the release of the Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases Batch 1. This first batch is made up of eight single cask treasures which have been uncovered in the dark corners of the Glenglassaugh warehouses by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker and vary in age from a 28 year old to a very rare 45 year old.
     
  • 4th April 2014
    Benromach 10 Year Old Gets A New Look
    The Benromach Distillery Company today unveiled a new look for its flagship Benromach 10 Year Old but fans of the Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky needn't worry as it is still the same quality Benromach 10 year old single malt whisky that we know that is still in the bottle.
     
  • 1st April 2014
    William Grant Appoint Justin Weston As Managing Director Of Travel Retail
    William Grant & Sons have announced the appointment of Justin Weston as Managing Director, Global Travel Retail. Justin takes over leadership of the William Grant & Sons Global Travel Retail business unit at a critical time as William Grants launch the new Glenfiddich Cask Collection.

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