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Review of Ardbeg Dark Cove 46.5% ABV
standard release which will launch
on May 28th. A marriage of sherry
cask and hallmark ex-bourbon cask
matured Ardbeg. The nose really is
deliciously rich and enticing, it
only hints at the lovely sherried
Ardbeg peat which follows on the
Brown-Forman To Buy The BenRiach
Distillery Company Limited
Jack Daniel's owner Brown-Forman has
reached an agreement to purchase The
BenRiach Distillery Company Limited
which for approximately £285
million. They are set to acquire
Glendronach, BenRiach, and
Glenglassaugh single malt brands.
William Grant Sets Sites On Japan
With the demand for exceptional Scotch malt whisky in Asia Pacific continuing to rise, William Grant & Sons will be focusing on two recent additions to their offer at TFWA Asia Pacific this year: Glenfiddich 21 year old in its new stand out packaging and . Also high on the agenda are the recently launched
William Grant & Sons Announce
Changes To European Travel Retail
William Grant & Sons has announced a couple of changes to its Global Travel Retail European team during April.
Marina Steel has joined as Business
Development Manager – Global Travel
Retail Europe, Jillie Cooper has
joined the team as Business
Four Roses Bourbon Announce New
After two months of
searching, Four Roses Bourbon have
named Benji Purslow as the face of
the cult bourbon brand. Benji will
fight their corner in the Bourbon
battle for supremacy in the
increasingly popular UK Bourbon
A few of you may have been
lucky enough to get hold of a bottle
of the superb pot still rich Irish
blended whiskey Jameson Crested Ten
in the past, a whiskey which has
rarely been seen outside of Ireland
and has acquired itself somewhat of
a cult following. I am pleased to
tell you that that Jameson have
announced the international launch
of Jameson Crested, note they have
dropped the word Ten from the title
of the whiskey.
Douglas Laing Launches The Epicurean
Lowland Blended Malt
Douglas Laing have once again
been busy assessing the maturing
stock in their warehouse and have
just announced the addition of
Douglas Laing's The Epicurean
Lowland blended malt Scotch whisky
to the firm’s Remarkable Regional
Glenmorangie Tarlogan Travel Retail
Glenmorangie Tarlogan is the
third and I believe final release in
the Glenmorangie travel retail
exclusive Legends series, it follows Duthac and the more recently released Tayne.
It was matured in a combination of American ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks and it was bottled at 43% ABV.
Laphroaig Lore Review
Laphroaig Lore labelled "the
richest of the rich". This really is
a deliciously peaty powerful beast
of a Laphroaig, Laphroaig as you
expect it to be, Laphroaig as you
want it to be, big powerful and
bold. I can't confirm the ages of 7
to 21 years for the contributing
whiskies in Lore but I can confirm
that it is a very well put together
mix of fiery youthful Laphroaig and
some more tamed mature Laphroaig
with a good helping of quality
Highland Park ICE Edition Triumphs
At Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Highland Park ICE Edition which was only just launched in March this year has been awarded Ultimate Spirits Challenge's highest award of excellence in the single malt Scotch category.
Tastival 2016 Line Up
You know spring is in the air
when Jura announces its annual Jura
whisky festival (aka Tastival) line
up. Once again they have put
together a great line up of tasting,
tours and more. As usual tickets are
expected to sell quickly so don't
Redbreast 21 Crowned SFWSC Best In
Going by the recent haul of awards,
Irish Distillers continues to lead the field in the production of quality Irish whiskey, the Irish whiskey producer has recently scooped top honours at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards.
Redbreast 21 year old was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, overcoming all other whiskeys – not only Irish. In an equally impressive feat, Green Spot Chateau Leoville
Barton, was crowned World’s Best
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey at
World Whiskies Awards.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016
Loch Gorm annual limited edition was first launched back in 2012, as fans of the small Islay farm distillery will know it is now
the time of year for another instalment of the deliciously sherried, peaty Islay dram.
Justin Rose Announced As
Glenmorangie Golf Ambassador
Glenmorangie are extending
their link to that other great Scottish creation, golf, they have announced that Justin Rose will be the whisky brand’s new
global golf ambassador.
Roses Bourbon Announce Brand
Ambassador Job Finalists
Spirit Cartel has now whittled down its search for the UK Four Roses Brand Ambassador to five talented finalists. The extensive nationwide search, a first for the brand, will see some of the country’s brightest bourbon buffs battle it out for the highly desirable title at the final on Monday 18th April.
Benromach Imperial Proof Picks Up
Benromach Imperial Proof which is
also known as the Benromach 100°
Proof picks up top award at the 2016
San Francisco World Spirits
Benromach Imperial Proof is
bottled at 57% ABV and has the same
classic Benromach style that draws
its influence from Speyside whiskies
of the pre-1960s.
Douglas Laing's Feis Ile 2016 Old
Particular Bowmore Vintage 1999
Douglas Laing has announced its commemorative bottling for Feis
Ile 2016, this year the Glasgow
based independent bottler has
selected a 1999 vintage single malt
whisky which was distilled at the
Bowmore distillery on Islay and
bottled under their Old Particular
House Of Hazelwood 18 Year Old
House of Hazelwood 18 year old is
the entry level whisky in William
Grant's new premium Scotch blended
whisky range. A delicious mature
blend with a fantastic nose. I am
guessing its component parts of
Kininvie and Girvan spent most of
there 18 years maturing in refill
House Of Hazelwood 21 Year Old
House of Hazelwood 21 year old is the second whisky in William Grant's new premium Scotch blended whisky range.
Dense yet very teasing light
sherried fruity notes mingle with
some gentle oak spices amidst a mild
House Of Hazelwood 25 Year Old
House of Hazelwood 25 year
old sits at the top of whisky in
William Grant's new premium Scotch
blended whisky range, just where it
belongs and not a bad price for a 25
year old. I would say this is one to
savour late at night sitting back in
your favourite chair with your feet
Peat's Feis Ile 2016 Commemorative
Douglas Laing have announced the launch of its first ever Big Peat Feis Ile Edition Islay Blended Malt Whisky.
The Big Peat Feis Ile 2016 edition
will be a limited release of 500
bottles, each bottle will be
How To Make The Perfect Irish Coffee
Perhaps you have enjoyed the
pleasure of an Irish Coffee after a
meal in a restaurant or evening out,
you maybe even had an Irish Coffee
during the recent St. Patricks Day
celebrations on the 17th of this
month, and perhaps you thought to
yourself, I should make myself one
of those at home if I knew how,
well here is how you do it, Jameson
The Glenrothes Alba Reserve
Rebranded As Bourbon Cask Reserve
Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits have announced the launch of The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve, although it is not a new whisky it is the existing Glenrothes Alba Reserve which they have renamed as The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve.
Kilchoman Sanaig Review
Kilchoman Sanaig is a marriage of
sherry and bourbon cask maturation.
This is a very enjoyable lightly
sherried peaty Kilchoman and the
good news is that it now part of the
Kilchoman core range. This is what I
thought of it...
Hibiki 21 Year Old Named WWA 2016
World's Best Blended Whisky
This won't come as a surprise to those of you that had the pleasure of tasting it, the Hibiki
21 Year Old from Suntory Spirits
Limited has picked up the
prestigious award World’s Best
Blended Whisky at the World Whiskies
Awards 2016 held by the Whisky
Suntory Chief Blender Koichi Inatomi
Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Koichi Inatomi, former Chief
Blender of Suntory Whisky (former
Director of Suntory Limited) has
been inducted into the Whisky
Magazine "Hall of Fame", becoming
only the second Japanese member of
the Hall of Fame.
Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage Crowned
WWA 'World’s Best Single Malt' 2016
The folks at Pulteney
Distillery in Wick are celebrating
this week following the Wick
distillery's latest triumph at the
World Whiskies Awards 2016 where the
Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage was
crowned the 'World’s Best Single
BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1
BenRiach has launched the first batch of its new no age statement cask strength
expression, which will be known as
(you may have already guessed) BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1.
Frankfurt Airport Shares The
Tullamore Spirit This St Patrick’s
Tullamore DEW shares the Spirit this
St. Patricks Day at Frankfurt
airport. If you are lucky enough to
be travelling through Frankfurt
Airport today, St. Patrick's Day you
will be treated to some interactive
and engaging Tullamore DEW
promotions, including the
sampling of Tullamore DEW
Highland Park ICE Edition 17 Year
Highland Park fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has launched a new limited edition named Highland Park ICE Edition 17 Year Old.
Naturally coloured with a very
respectable 53.9% ABV bottling
strength, this special edition has
been aged predominantly in
ex-bourbon casks and is limited
globally to 30,000 bottles.
Arran 18 Year
The Arran 18 year old has arrived!
Following the trilogy of limited
release expressions which were paved
the way for a new permanent core
range Arran 18 year old , the
distillery has now launched the 18
year old whisky.
New Master Blender At The Famous
Kirsteen Campbell has been appointed to the role of Master Blender for The Famous Grouse, taking over from current Master Blender Gordon Motion this month.
Ailsa Bay is the first release from
the new South Ayrshire distillery,
it is a deliciously sweet
peaty Lowlander. This is a new
generation of single malt which
breaks the boundaries of regional
style bringing Speyside and Islay
together in its own unique Lowland
way. The main
theme is the sweet peaty smoke,
everything else is hinted at making
this an outstanding and complex
The Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira
The Balvenie fans amongst you
who where lucky enough to get hold
of the outstanding limited edition
Balvenie 17 Year Old Madeira Cask
Finish a few years ago may want to
dust off your passports because this
week the Balvenie unveiled The
Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask
Finish at Singapore Changi Airport
Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th
Anniversary Limited Edition
Lagavulin launch limited edition 8
year old expression at a very
drinkable price to mark the
distillery's 200th anniversary. They
describe it as
having a magnificently full
on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow
even bigger than you expect.
Four Roses Bourbon Are On The Hunt
For A UK Brand Ambassador
Situation Vacant: Four Roses
Kentucky Bourbon are on the hunt for
a UK brand ambassador. The Brand
Ambassador will be an integral part
of our Four Roses campaign in 2016
and beyond, building momentum for a
brand that is rich in heritage and
Support The Compass Box Transparency
In Scotch Whisky Campaign
Do you want whisky companies
to be able to provide unbiased and
clear information on the age of
every component used in the whisky you
buy? Of course you do, then register
your support for the Compass Box
lead campaign for "Transparency In
Ledaig whisky which is produced at the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland has announced the release of Ledaig 1996, a limited edition
peated sherry cask matured vintage single malt Scotch whisky.
Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask
Angus Dundee have announced the launch of a the very rare Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask. Why is it called "Quadruple Cask"? It is because the whisky is made up of four American oak hogshead casks which have been maturing in the Tomintoul distillery warehouse since 1974.
Gordon & MacPhail Smith's Glenlivet
Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith's Glenlivet 1974 was matured in a combination of Refill American Bourbon & Refill Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV.
Mature distillery bottlings of The
Glenlivet are getting very rare and
expensive these days so bottlings
like this makes Glenlivet of this
age and maturity accessible to those
of us who don't want to take out a
2nd mortgage to taste a mature
Redbreast All Sherry Single Cask
The Irish Whiskey fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that
Redbreast has unveiled its first ever single cask single pot still whiskey, appropriately named Redbreast Single Cask.
Matured in a single Oloroso sherry cask,
this limited Single Cask expression
is sure to be popular even with its
£180 price tag.
GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 13
Includes Oldest Ever Release
GlenDronach has unveiled Batch 13
of its popular single cask bottlings
series and the headline grabbing
expression in Batch 13 is
undoubtedly the GlenDronach 1968
cask no. 5837 47 year old, which is
the oldest ever release from the
Jameson's St. Patrick’s Day 2016
Now an established Irish tradition itself, Jameson has unveiled its fifth limited edition bottle ahead of its St. Patrick’s 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. Patrick’s celebrations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a trip to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day 2017.
Global Scotch Whisky Market Outlook
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.
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.
Grant’s Elementary Premium Travel
Retail Exclusive Range
Grant’s 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.
Grant’s Elementary Copper 29 Year
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.
Grant’s Elementary Oxygen 8 Year Old
Review of Grant's Elementary Oxygen
8 Year Old Scotch blended grain
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
Grant’s Elementary Carbon 6 Year Old
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.
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.
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%.
The Denver & Liely Whisky Glass
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Highland Park Dark Origins Review
Review of Highland Park Dark
Origins. If this was Irish single
malt, it would be a leprechauns’
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
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
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 doesn’t shake the apple tree.
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.
Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin Review
Review of Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin.
here’s 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.
Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th
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
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.
Passport #UrbanArtProject Limited
Passport Scotch whisky has
collaborated with street artist Jim
Vision to create a colourful limited
edition bottle of Passport
Scotch blended whisky.
Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition
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.
Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Macallan
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old
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.
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.
Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
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.
For The Balvenie's David Stewart In
New Years Honours List
The remarkable career of The
Balvenie’s David Stewart has been
recognised in the New Year’s Honours
list with a MBE for services to the
Scotch whisky industry.
Inver House Scoop 5 Medals At New
Global Distillery Masters 2016
Inver House Distillers has scooped five awards in a new international drinks industry competition - Global Distillery Masters 2016. The Airdrie-based business’s five Scottish distilleries, Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu and Balmenach between them received an three gold and two silver medals.
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.
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