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  • The Best Of The Black Friday 2019 Whisky Bargains
    The latest worth getting whisky bargains, discounts and offers that you will find online from Black Friday and in the weeks that follow up until Christmas -UPDATED DAILY!

     
  • 9th December 2019
    The Dalmore 60 Year Old 180th Anniversary Bottling
    To mark 180 years of creating whiskies, The Dalmore has unveiled a rare, limited edition 60 year old single malt whisky, created from two twin ex-sherry casks – the last casks of the great Mackenzie era - which were filled with spirit distilled on 7th June 1951 and have been lying in repose side by side in the Scottish Highlands.
     
  • 9th December 2019
    Kilchoman & ImpEx Beverages Take The Hit On US Scotch Tariffs
    US based Kilchoman whisky fans will be pleased to hear that Kilchoman & ImpEx Beverages have announced that they will be sharing the hit from the Trump administration 25% tariffs recently imposed on the all Scotch whisky entering the US.

     
  • 9th December 2019
    World's Largest Private Whisky Collection To Go Up For Auction
    The world's largest and most significant private collection of whisky ever to go to public auction has been unveiled today and is set to be auctioned off in the new year by Perthshire-based online whisky auction specialists, Whisky Auctioneer.

     
  • 6th December 2019
    The Three Drinkers do Scotch Whisky Part 2 Now Streaming
    Part 2 0f the Amazon Prime show, The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky is now streaming on Amazon Prime from today and features The Dalmore, Jura , Fettercairn, Glen Scotia, Loch Lomond , Glen Moray single malt whiskies as well as Firkin Gin and Master of Malt.

     
  • 6th December 2019
    The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated Review
    The GlenDronach distillery which is better known for its unpeated sherry cask maturation style recently announced the release of a new peated expression, The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated. It is certainly a different GlenDronach, I suspect it isn't that old, it could have benefitted from more good sherry matured peated whisky in the mix. I would guess that it is supposed to replace the old GlenDronach Peated, it is certainly different to it but I would say this would benefit from being heavier sherried and more heavily peated, still a very enjoyable dram as it is.
     
  • 6th December 2019
    Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks Review
    Review of Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks, the new English single malt whisky with generations of Polish distilling knowhow behind it.
    This really is rather impressive stuff for such a young whisky, still a young whisky though, time will tell how good this will get but for now this offers more than its youthful age would normally suggest, already a quite drammable whisky.
     
  • 6th December 2019
    Glasgow 1770 Peated Release N0.1 Review
    Review of of the peaty, sherried 1770 Peated No.1 release from the Glasgow distillery. Burnt oak and vanilla toffee with a brown sugared dark mildly sherried fruity edge and all infused with a delicious sweet and earthy peat smoke.

     
  • 3rd December 2019
    Kingsbarns Distillery Celebrates Five Year Milestone
    Kingsbarns Distillery who launched ‘Dream to Dram’ single malt, is toasting its fifth anniversary this week and the global success of its whisky to date. Opened in 2014 after the three year renovation of a derelict farm steading in the East Neuk of Fife, owners the Wemyss Family will gather their dedicated distillery team, along with friends, family and fans to celebrate the realisation of their dream to produce fine single malt in their home county.

     
  • 2nd December 2019
    Irish Distillers Named IWSC World Whiskey Producer Of The Year
    Irish Distillers who produces some of the best whiskey to come out of Ireland has unsurprisingly been named World Whiskey Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

     
  • 28th November 2019
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007 Review
    Review of the new Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007, this latest big sherried cask strength Teapot Dram contains the oldest selection of whiskies to date.
    I have had the pleasure of all 7 batches of the Teapot Dram and for me this one stands out above them all to date. There are some quality blemish free Oloroso sherry casks at play here and the addition of some slightly more mature whisky into the mix has created a stunning big sherried dram, some very talented creative blending/vatting has gone into this.
     
  • 26th November 2019
    Limited Edition Black Glencairn Glass To Celebrate Black Friday
    If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a whisky drinking friend or family member or indeed even for yourself then here is something a little different, Glencairn Crystal, the folks who produce the now iconic Glencairn whisky tasting glass are marking Black Friday, 29th November, by releasing just 1,000 Black Glencairn whisky glasses.
     
  • 25th November 2019
    Spirit of Speyside Top Whiskies Shortlist
    With Christmas fast approaching I thought that this would be of interest if you are looking to buy yourself something special to dram over the holiday season or perhaps buy a gift for a friend of family member, a panel of leading whisky experts has shortlisted eight Speyside single malt whiskies in the international Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards which will all now go forward for the people's vote.
     
  • 25th November 2019
    Worlds Most Valuable Whisky Collection
    A Vietnamese whisky collector has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the proud owner of the most valuable whisky collection, a collection of 535 of the world’s rarest, oldest and finest bottles of Scotch and Japanese whisky which has been valued at over £10 million.

     
  • 20th November 2019
    Glen Moray To Feature In Amazon Prime Show The Three Drinkers
    The Amazon Prime show 'The Three Drinkers' is set to return to screens with a second series in December, and this year the spirits experts - known as the Three Drinkers - Helena Nicklin, Aidy Smith and Colin Hampden-White pay a visit to the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside where they filmed part of their second series earlier this year.
     
  • 15th November 2019
    Gordon & MacPhail Unveil A Couple Of Unique Christmas Drams
    Just in time for the festive season Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled two new unique single malts under their Connoisseurs Choice banner, a Old Pulteney 1999 and a rarely seen independent bottling of The Glenlivet from 2004.

     
  • 15th November 2019
    New Distillery Manager At The Isle Of Arran Lochranza Distillery
    Isle of Arran Distillers has announced that David Livingstone will be taking over as the new Distillery Manager at their Lochranza Distillery, with James MacTaggart moving to take on the role of Director of Production & Operations for the company's Lochranza and recently opened Lagg distilleries on the Isle of Arran.
     
  • 15th November 2019
    Islay Whisky Collection Auction In Aid Of RNLI
    The Islay Sea Collection, a group of seven malt whiskies from each of Islay’s coastal distilleries presented in a one of a kind display case is set to go under the hammer in this month’s Just Whisky auction with all proceeds going to the Portrush and Islay volunteer lifeboat crews.
     
  • 14th November 2019
    The Glenrothes 40 Year Old
    The Glenrothes has released its first ever 40 year old expression, distilled and filled to cask in December 1978 this rare 40 year old was distilled in copper pot stills which were retired soon after. Maturation in a combination of sherry seasoned and ex bourbon oak casks it is described as  being exquisitely resinous and rich in sweetness with a spicy edge and naturally deep ruby colour.
     
  • 12th November 2019
    Just Whisky Valuation Roadshow & Guide To Fake Whisky
    The Just Whisky valuation roadshow is heading to Glasgow, Aberlour and Islay this month where they will also be advising you how to spot a fake whisky at the free to attend events.

     
  • 6th November 2019
    Rare Buffalo Trace Whiskey Auction Raises £1,670 for Charity
    A rare Buffalo Trace Sixth Millionth Barrel Bottle surpassed expectations in a recent Just Whisky charity auction in aid of the Scottish charity, Breast Friends & Family, which saw the rare bourbon whiskey raise £1,670 for the charity.

     
  • 1st November 2019
    Scottish Artist Brings The BenRiach Flavour Journey To Life
    BenRiach has teamed up with Ellis O’Connor, an award winning contemporary landscape artist from Dundee to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

     
  • 1st November 2019
    Woodford Reserve Brings Flavour To Old Fashioned Week Events
    Enjoy a Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned cocktail during Old Fashioned Week, the American Bourbon whiskey has partnered with 285 bars nationwide from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Cardiff.

     
  • 1st November 2019
    5 New Glen Moray Old Fashioned Recipes For Old Fashioned Week
    In the spirit of Old Fashioned Week, which celebrates the classic whisky cocktail, here are five Glen Moray Old Fashioned cocktail recipes created by Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison of World’s Best Spirits plus a couple of recipes of my own.

     
  • 1st November 2019
    Timorous Beastie 16 Year Old The Winter Edition
    With Christmas now firmly on the horizon the folks at Douglas Laing have announced a forthcoming festive themed release - Timorous Beastie 16 Year Old The Winter Edition.

     
  • 1st November 2019
    The Clydeside Distillery Named Distillery Visitor Centre Of The Year
    The Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Awards 2019 has awarded the Clydeside Distillery a Gold for Distillery Visitor Centre of the Year. The distillery only opened in 2017 but it has welcomed 1000's of visitors in that time which is testament to the quality of visitor experience it offers.
     
  • 31st October 2019
    Dr Kirstie McCallum Glen Moray's Head Of Whisky Creation
    Glen Moray has named Dr Kirstie McCallum as their Head of Whisky Creation, Kirstie joins the Speyside distillery from her role as Senior Blender for the Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Tobermory and Ledaig single malt whisky brands.

     
  • 30th October 2019
    Balblair Lifts Off Out Of Europe With Le Clos
    International Beverage has achieved a landmark listing for its single malt Scotch whisky brand Balblair, with Le Clos the prestigious fine wine and luxury spirits retailer. Le Clos is recognised for bringing rare and desirable products to market for its international clientele at the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai International, and Balblair is now part of its world-class portfolio.
     
  • 30th October 2019
    Smokehead Set To Unveil Customised Ducati 'The Smoker'
    You may recall in February this year Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky teamed up with Tyler Lunceford in a project to build a one-of-a-kind, customised Ducati, inspired by vintage motorcycles, well the time has now come to reveal the customised Ducati bike which they have christened ‘The Smoker’.
     
  • 30th October 2019
    The Single Malt Fund Targets UK Investors
    The Single Malt Fund, the world’s first regulated and publicly listed single malt whisky fund which is listed on the Nordic Growth Market exchange in Stockholm, Sweden and has been operational for six months is now targeting investors here in the UK.
     
  • 29th October 2019
    Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish Review
    Review of the new Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish which now sits at the top of the Speyside distillery's Heritage Collection range.
    The fruit element imparted by the port cask over its 2 year finish has made the deliciously smooth, clean, mature Glen Moray bourbon cask matured spirit a deliciously, juicy pleasure.
     
  • 26th October 2019
    Kilchoman 2010 Vintage Review
    The Kilchoman 2010 Vintage, a 9 year old whisky and similar to last years vintage release a vatting of fresh bourbon barrels and a few Oloroso sherry butts.
    To put it simply, this is an outstanding expression of the Kilchoman, I am pleased they repeated last years recipe for the Vintage release and kept a few sherry casks in the vatting, a stunning and very enjoyable vintage expression of the Kilchoman.
     
  • 25th October 2019
    Glen Scotia 45 Year Old
    One of Campbeltown’s three surviving distilleries, Glen Scotia, has released an exceptionally rare limited release single malt, in fact its oldest expression to date, a Glen Scotia 45 Year Old which has matured in refill Bourbon casks for around 37 years then finished for around 8 years in a first-fill bourbon cask.
     
  • 25th October 2019
    OBE For Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge
    Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Dr Jim Beveridge, received an OBE from Her Majesty The Queen today in recognition of his outstanding service to the Scotch Whisky industry throughout his 40 year career with Diageo.

     
  • 24th October 2019
    Douglas Laing Acquires Strathearn Distillery
    Douglas Laing, the family owned and run Glasgow based Scotch whisky firm announced today that they have taken ownership of the one of Scotland's smallest distillery's, the Strathearn Distillery located just west of Methven near Perth.
     
  • 24th October 2019
    Jura 21 Year Old Time Travel Retail Exclusive Review
    Review of the Jura 21 Year Old Time travel retail exclusive whisky, matured for 21 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels, then enhanced with a smoky finish in ex-peated malt casks which has created a lovely balanced mix of gentle peat smoke and Jura's delicate light, citrus and grassy notes.

     
  • 17th October 2019
    Whisky Bible 2020
    The just launched Whisky Bible 2020 has named the lesser known '1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon' as Jim's 'World Whisky Of The Year', in fact Jim has given the top three slots to American whiskey's this year.
     
  • 17th October 2019
    Diageo Special Releases 2019
    Diageo has unveiled its Special Releases 2019 line-up, eight cask strength, single malt, Scotch whiskies launched under a 'Rare By Nature' theme. The eight whiskies originate from the Cardhu, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin, Mortlach, Pittyvaich, Talisker and Glen Ord distillery's.
     
  • 17th October 2019
    Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1956 Mr George Centenary Edition
    Gordon & MacPhail honours one of their company's and single malts innovative and creative founding fathers with the release of a whisky bearing his name, Glen Grant 1956 62 Year Old Mr George Centenary Edition.

     
  • 17th October 2019
    Buffalo Trace Sixth Millionth Barrel Bottle Charity Auction
    Just Whisky auction are auctioning off a rare Buffalo Trace Sixth Millionth Barrel Bottle in aid of UK charity, Breast Friends and Family, biding is now open on the bottle and w
    ill take place up until Sunday 20th October so if you fancy grabbing a unique bottle of this American bourbon and helping a good cause get bidding.
     
  • 16th October 2019
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society To Open New Glasgow Venue
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has announced that they will be opening a new venue in Glasgow city centre, they have unveiled plans for a new Members’ Room which will be located at 38 Bath Street, Glasgow, which is scheduled to open at the end of January 2020 but members of the Society can have a preview of the new venue at a free tasting event on 31st October.
     
  • 15th October 2019
    The Glenrothes Make More Of The Halloween Edition 2019 Available
    I know I have mentioned this already but
    The Glenrothes has dropped me a line to let me know that even though The Glenrothes Halloween Edition 2019 sold out on the 13th October within 24 hours, due to the popularity and demand from whisky enthusiasts they will release 130 additional bottles this coming Friday 18th October from 9am BST at The Glenrothes website.
     
  • 14th October 2019
    Gordon and MacPhail Announced as a Master of the Quaich
    Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige and fourth-generation member of the family owned and run Elgin based independent whisky bottler and producer Gordon & MacPhail was announced as a Master of the Quaich at the biannual Keepers of the Quaich ceremony at Blair Castle, which recognises the outstanding commitment of those who produce or promote Scotch whisky.
     
  • 14th October 2019
    New Diageo Innovation and Research Centre Opens In Menstrie
    Diageo has opened a new state-of-the-art Innovation and Research Centre at Menstrie which will focus on science, technology and innovation projects across the drinks industry supply chain.

     
  • 11th October 2019
    Kininvie Works Releases Its First Three Trial Whiskies
    Kininvie Works the new experimental branch of the Speyside distillery has released three of its trial whiskies, KVSM001 Single Malt, KVSG002 Single Grain and KVSB003 a Blended whisky expression all created from different trials from Kininvie Works.

     
  • 8th October 2019
    Master Blender Rachel Barrie Inducted As Keeper Of The Quaich
    Master Blender Rachel Barrie has been recognised for her contribution to the Scotch whisky industry and has been inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich at a ceremony at Blair Castle this week.
    The ceremony was a bit of a star studded evening as Rachel got to enjoy the celebrations with Sam Heughan, the Scottish actor (and Scotch whisky lover), who plays Jamie Fraser in the show Outlander and who himself is set to launch his own whisky brand.
     
  • 7th October 2019
    Dalmore Unveils Three New Travel Retail Exclusive Whiskies
    Dalmore The Trio, The Quartet and The Quintet feature a 3-cask, 4-cask and 5-cask finish respectively and all three will be available exclusively in travel retail from July 2020.

     
  • 4th October 2019
    Midleton Very Rare 2019 Review
    Review of the Midleton Very Rare 2019 the 36th edition in this renowned series of mature pot still rich Irish blended whiskey's.
    To mark the release Irish Distillers has launched the ‘1825 Room’, a members’ website offering exclusive content and features about Midleton Very Rare, the site will also include an exclusive online store as well as the opportunity to purchase a bottle of the very first 1984 vintage at its 1984 price.
     
  • 4th October 2019
    The GlenAllachie Cask Strength 10 Year Old Batch 3
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    he GlenAllachie has unveiled the third release in its Cask Strength series, The GlenAllachie’s Cask Strength 10 Year Old single malt which has been specially selected by master distiller Billy Walker, bottled at 58.2% ABV, the whisky was matured in Speyside in a combination of first-fill and second-fill American Bourbon, PX puncheon, Oloroso hogshead and virgin oak casks.
     
  • 4th October 2019
    The GlenAllachie UK Exclusive Single Cask Collection
    Two years on since being bought by Billy Walker The GlenAllachie is launching a new collection of five UK exclusive single cask whiskies to mark the milestone.
     
  • 4th October 2019
    The Glenrothes 13 Year Old Halloween Edition 2019
    It is a historic fact that Scotland is actually the birthplace of Halloween and to mark the spooky event this year The Glenrothes distillery are launching The Glenrothes Halloween Edition 2019, a 13 Year Old (of course) limited release of 5,000 bottles, with a theme of ‘Ghosts and Guising’.

     
  • 3rd October 2019
    The Balvenie Stories Travel Retail Range
    The Balvenie has announced three new additions to its Balvenie Stories range - The Balvenie The Creation of a Classic, The Week of Peat 17 Year Old and The Second Red Rose 21 Year Old which will all be exclusively available in travel retail from June 2020.

     
  • 3rd October 2019
    Scotch Whisky To Face 25% US Tariff
    Scotch whisky exports to the United States which last year were worth £1bn ($1.3bn), with Scotch single malt whiskies accounting for a 33% of that figure, are set to face a tariff of 25% from 18 October, the new duty is part of a raft of measures being imposed by the US in retaliation against EU subsidies given to aircraft maker Airbus.
     
  • 2nd October 2019
    Rampur Double Cask
    Rampur Double Cask Indian single malt whisky is the latest release from the Indian distillery which is located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh, it was matured for two-thirds of its life in American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks.

     
  • 2nd October 2019
    Kirsteen Campbell Named New Macallan Master Whisky Maker
    A new era at The Macallan as former Famous Grouse Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell takes on the roll of The Macallan Master Whisky Maker.

     
  • 1st October 2019
    Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee Release
    First released in 2010 and most recently in 2015, fans of this peatiest of Ardbeg expressions will be pleased to hear that the distillery has announced the launch of the Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee Release which will be tomorrow 2nd October and this will not be followed up by a Ardbeg Supernova 2019 lower strength general public release later in 2019.
     

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