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  • 13th December 2018
    Glengoyne Behind The Scenes Tickets Sell Out In 24Hrs
    Tickets to a closed doors, behind the scenes experience at Glengoyne Distillery which I only told you about on here yesterday have sold out within 24 hours after single malt fans from around the world rushed to pick up the bucket-list experience and keys to the distillery.
     
  • 12th December 2018
    Douglas Laing 70th Anniversary Year XOP Port Ellen & Big Peat 26
    Douglas Laing has just unveiled two rather special "Platinum" themed whiskies to round off their 70th anniversary year, a XOP Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage Single Cask and the second release of Big Peat’s aged limited edition trilogy; the Platinum Edition Aged 26 Years Old.
     
  • 11th December 2018
    Go Behind The Scenes At The Glengoyne Distillery
    The Glengoyne distillery is offering whisky enthusiasts the chance to go behind the scenes at the distillery. There are 36 places available for whisky fans to effectively get the keys to the distillery for one day to get a deeper insight than ever before into how Glengoyne’s single malt is crafted.
     
  • 11th December 2018
    World Class 2019 Bartending Global Final Coming To Glasgow
    Diageo Reserve has announced that Glasgow will be the location for the 2019 World Class Global Final, the world's biggest bartending competition. The worlds brightest and best bartenders will descend on Scotland’s cultural capital, Glasgow, in September 2019 to battle it out to be crowned the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year.
     
  • 10th December 2018
    J & B Rare Review And 'A Rare Discovery' Christmas Cocktail
    Review of the often overlooked J & B Rare
    a quality easy drinking Speyside style blend that could easily rival some of the entry level Speyside single malts and in keeping with the festive season and given the increasing popularity of whisky cocktails I thought you would appreciate this J & B Rare Christmas cocktail idea which was created by a bartender from Drake & Morgan’s The Parlour in London, called 'A Rare Discovery'.
     
  • 10th December 2018
    The Three Wise Men Of Loch Lomond Christmas Whisky Cocktails
    Review of the Loch Lomond 12 year old, Inchmurrin 12 year old and Inchmoan 12 year old and three Christmas whisky cocktails ideas which utilises these three single malt whiskies from the Loch Lomond distillery.

     
  • 10th December 2018
    Rachel Barrie First Female To Join Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    Rachel Barrie Master Blender for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries has become the first woman to be inducted into the Whisky Magazine's Hall of Fame.

     
  • 10th December 2018
    #JOINTHEPACT Anti Drink Driving Campaign Returns To Edinburgh
    Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Trams joined F1’s Mika Häkkinen on Friday 7th December to urge Scots to #JOINTHEPACT and pledge to never drink and drive.
    The two-times F1 World Drivers’ Champion also brought the Johnnie Walker Caparo T1 supercar to the Airport as part of a series of events in Edinburgh to promote the #JOINTHEPACT Never Drink and Drive campaign over the festive season.
     
  • 10th December 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies Scoops 3 Design & Packaging Awards
    It seems that the folks at Elgin based whisky creators Gordon & MacPhail not only creates whisky that tastes good but also looks good as the family owned and run business has just been recognised for its premium portfolio of exclusive single malt whiskies at The Spirits Business 2018 Design & Packaging Masters, securing three ‘Master’ accolades.
     
  • 6th December 2018
    Get Your Face On The Big Peat’s Pals Feis Ile Edition 2019
    Douglas Laing calls on whisky fans to submit their photos for inclusion on the Big Peat’s Pals Feis Ile Edition 2019.

     
  • 5th December 2018
    Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old
    Following on from the popularity of previous 1970's single cask vintage releases from Benromach the distillery today unveiled another rare single cask limited edition expression which was laid down in the 1970's, the Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old which has been fully matured in a single Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask No. 2608.
     
  • 5th December 2018
    Isle of Arran 21 Year Old Unveiled
    The Isle of Arran distillery has unveiled there latest and oldest expression of single malt whisky to join its core range to date, the Arran 21 Year Old, matured in a combination of of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks before being bottled at 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and natural colour.
     
  • 5th December 2018
    Glenmorangie Commission Piece For National Museum of Scotland
    Glenmorangie has once again teamed up with the National Museum of Scotland, on this occasion the Scotch malt whisky maker has commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
     
  • 4th December 2018
    The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk 1954 - 2003
    Following on from their incredibly popular Family Cask Collection, the Glenfarclas distillery has unveiled The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk which contains every single vintage from 1954 to 2003. The unique collection of fifty 200ml bottles, one from each year from 1954 to 2003, are presented in a custom made trunk which will be available worldwide with a RRP of £100,000.
     
  • 4th December 2018
    The SMWS Brings The Festive Spirit To Edinburgh Christmas Parties
    Those festive folks at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh are offering businesses in the city the chance to bring some festive spirit to their Christmas party celebrations. So why not crap your usual humdrum office party traditions this Christmas by having an expert from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society hand-deliver exceptional drams right to your desk.
     
  • 4th December 2018
    Win Prizes In The Benromach Online Advent Calendar
    The Benromach distillery is giving whisky fans the chance to win prizes in their Benromach online Advent Calendar 2018. Packed with fun facts, helpful tips and insights into how Benromach is handcrafted and it offers whisky fans opportunities to win prizes ranging from a bottle of the flagship Benromach 10 Year Old to a limited edition Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling.

     
  • 4th December 2018
    Glenmorangie Festive Pop Up At The Devonshire Club London
    In the run up to Christmas Glenmorangie has teamed up with The Devonshire Club in the London to bring a whisky and wood inspired festive pop-up experience to life. The ephemeral bar will be open to all whisky lovers – both members and non-members of the Club - serving bespoke cocktails using Glenmorangie’s whisky range. In addition to whisky cocktails and drams, guests will also be able to enjoy warming Glenmorangie Hot Toddies, unctuous hot chocolate made by award-winning chocolatier William Curley and hand-made bespoke chocolates created to pair perfectly with Glenmorangie.
     
  • 30th November 2018
    Red Spot 15 Year Old Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Review
    Irish Distillers has added a 15 year old expression to their single pot still 'Spot' range, the Red Spot 15 Year Old whiskey is not exactly a new expression but it hasn't been seen since the 1960's. Deliciously rich and complex and if you are able to get hold of this where you are, I am sure you wont be disappointed to find this rich Marsala wine influenced, spicy Irish single pot still in you Christmas stocking.
     
  • 27th November 2018
    Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak Review
    Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak is the latest addition to the Speyside distillery's core range, matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in heavily charred American Oak casks. No surprises, just what you would expect from this type of maturation, a delicious balance of sweet and spice and a nice touch of fruit, a cracking Speyside whisky for your money and a very welcome addition to the Glen Moray range.
     
  • 26th November 2018
    Deanston Makes TV Debut In The Three Drinkers On Amazon Prime
    After making its big screen Hollywood debut back in 2012 in the movie The Angels' Share, Deanston distillery is set to hit small screens in a brand new series on Amazon Prime called ‘The Three Drinkers’, with the highland single malt launching the first episode of the series, which will premiere today.
     
  • 23rd November 2018
    Douglas Laing Unveils Final Scallywag Red-Nosed Reindeer Edition
    Those festive folks at Douglas Laing today unveiled the the third and final Scallywag 12 Year Old Red Nosed Reindeer Edition. Expect an explosion of Christmas character on the palate thanks to 100% Sherry maturation over 12 Years, a limited release of only 450 bottles.
     
  • 23rd November 2018
    Master Blender Billy Leighton Joins Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    In recognition of his 42 years in the industry and contribution to the growth of the Irish whiskey category with Irish Distillers, Middleton distillery Master Blender Billy Leighton has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at The Dean Hotel, Dublin.
     
  • 22nd November 2018
    Ex-Chief Executive Of Cadbury Joins Cotswolds Distillery Board
    We often hear of whisky and chocolate pairings that really work well, but here is a slightly different whisky and chocolate pairing, The Cotswolds Distillery has announced that Sir Dominic Cadbury, previously Chief Executive and Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes, has joined the board of directors at The Cotswolds Distillery.
     
  • 21st November 2018
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 006
    Its that time of year once again, Glengoyne has just announced the release of the Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 6, the sixth release in this highly rated and very popular series of big sherried cask strength drams from the Highland distillery.
     
  • 21st November 2018
    Diageo Reserve Appoints Jason Clark As Talisker Brand Ambassador
    Those of you who have had the pleasure of attending premium whisky events and tastings will have no doubt come across dedicated whisky brand ambassadors for many of the whisky brands available but strangely Diageo who owns 28 Scotch malt whisky distilleries has very few ambassadors dedicated to just one of their whisky brands so it is good news to hear that Diageo Reserve has appointed Jason Clark as the new Brand Ambassador for its premium Scotch whisky, Talisker.
     
  • 16th November 2018
    Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke Review
    Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke is a new whisky from William Grant & Sons, it follows and replaces the inaugural release of Ailsa Bay launched back in early 2016. I loved the inaugural release from Ailsa Bay and this 1.2 is every bit as good, with a delicious smooth delivery of clean sweet peat and creamy vanilla, I would say that it has an extra maturity about it which has simply added to the pleasure.
     
  • 15th November 2018
    The Clydeside Distillery Whisky & Chocolate Tour
    The Clydeside Distillery has introduced two brand new tours as part of its visitor experience, the Whisky & Chocolate Tour and the Distillery Manager Tour which will take you behind the scenes at he distillery.
     
  • 15th November 2018
    William Grant & Sons Makes It A Double At The IWSC Awards 2018
    Last night, independent family distillers William Grant & Sons made it a double when they picked up the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition awards for Distiller of the Year award and Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year.
     
  • 14th November 2018
    New Look For Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Range
    Douglas Laing today unveiled a new look for it Premier Barrel Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky range. The range will still be presented in the now familiar ceramic decanter but the labelling has had a makeover. The new look launches with a Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old, Dailuaine 10 Year Old, Glen Garioch 8 Year Old and Craigellachie 10 Year Old.
     
  • 14th November 2018
    Caol Ila Distillery Plans To Transform Visitor Centre
    Diageo has submitted plans to the Argyll & Bute Council transform the visitor experience at the Islay distillery. The detailed Planning Application which was submitted today sets out proposals to significantly expand and enhance the experience the distillery offers to tourists from around the world.
     
  • 12th November 2018
    Johnnie Walker Opens Experiential Retail Store In Madrid
    Johnnie Walker has opened its first flagship experiential retail store in Madrid, the cutting-edge store is located on Calle de Serrano - adjacent to the Puerta de Alcalá. The exciting new space plays host to a wide variety of immersive experiences, including whisky appreciation classes and tastings designed to help people explore the world of Johnnie Walker and Scotch.
     
  • 8th November 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail ‘Private Collection’ Range Gets A New Look
    Gordon & MacPhail debuts new Private Collection range look with rare Inverleven 1985 33 Year Old and Glenrothes 1974 44 Year Old single malt whiskies.

     
  • 8th November 2018
    John Walker & Sons Private Collection 28 Year Old Midnight Blend
    Johnnie Walker has launched John Walker & Sons Private Collection 28 Year Old Midnight Blend, the fifth and final edition in the John Walker & Sons Private Collection. A limited release of 3,888 individually numbered decanters.
     
  • 7th November 2018
    Highland Park Viking Tribe Amazon Exclusive
    Highland Park Viking Tribe single malt whisky is a new expression from the Orkney Island distillery which will be available exclusively from Amazon. Bottled at its marrying strength, 46% ABV, which they say has resulted in intensified flavours of citrus fruits, sweet vanilla and peppery spices, balanced with Highland Park's characteristic aromatic smokiness.
     
  • 6th November 2018
    Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010
    The Benromach Distillery has just unveiled the Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 the latest limited release addition to their popular series of vintage wood finish whiskies.
     
  • 5th November 2018
    The Glasgow Distillery Hosts Opera World Premiere
    On Friday 2n and Saturday 3rd November The Glasgow Distillery Company, producer of the new 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky, hosted the world premiere of the brand new whisky industry inspired opera, Navigate the Blood, with two sold-out performances.
     
  • 2nd November 2018
    3  Differently Finished SMWS The Jazz Trio Macallan 22 Year Olds
    The SMWS has released 3 differently finished 22 year Macallan whiskies named The Jazz Trio which were all originally matured in the same sherry puncheon for over 20 years, sold as a set I doubt they will be available for long so dont hang around if you are interested.
     
  • 31st October 2018
    Arran Tuscan Wine Cask Matured Royal Mile Whiskies Exclusive
    Arran Tuscan Wine Cask Matured is a new small batch release from the Isle of Arran distillery which they have bottled in collaboration with Royal Mile Whiskies and Edinburgh bar Nauticus.
     
  • 30th October 2018
    Glencairn Named Distilled Spirits Council Official Tasting Glass
    Things just continue to go from strength to strength for the family owned, Glasgow based, Glencairn crystal company as the company today announced that its iconic Glencairn whisky tasting glass, which I am sure most of you are familiar with, has been selected by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States to be the esteemed organisation’s official tasting glass for this year.
     
  • 26th October 2018
    Smokehead Sherry Bomb
    I am sure this one will be of great interest to those of you who enjoy a big peated sherried whisky, Smokehead today launched a new heavily peated limited edition Islay single malt called Smokehead Sherry Bomb which they tell me is a heavily peated Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks.
     
  • 26th October 2018
    The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4
    The Balvenie has unveiled the fourth chapter of its DCS Compendium series of single cask whiskies and the theme of this years series is 'Expecting The Unexpected'. The Balvenie 1971 47 Year Old is the oldest expression in the Chapter 4 line-up, with the most unexpected in the line-up being a peaty Balvenie 2009 9 Year Old.

     
  • 26th October 2018
    Win A Chance To Taste The Craigellachie 51 Year Old For Free
    Craigellachie gives whisky enthusiasts the chance to taste the new Craigellachie 51 year old single cask whisky for FREE!
    Craigellachie will host a tiny pop-up called Bar 51 located in London’s oldest whisky shop, Milroy’s of Soho where 150 lucky whisky enthusiasts can taste the 51 year old whisky for FREE!
     
  • 26th October 2018
    Balvenie Tasting Dinner Cannonball House Edinburgh's Royal Mile
    On
    Wednesday 31st October, The Balvenie Brand Ambassador Alwynne Gwilt will be hosting a unique Tasting Dinner at Edinburgh’s historic Cannonball Restaurant & Bar on Castlehill at the top of the Royal Mile. Being Halloween it is unclear whether Alwynne will be appearing in fancy dress but I am sure she wont mind if you you turn up in your Halloween costume.
     
  • 25th October 2018
    Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Octaves Peated Batch 2 Reviews
    Review of the
    recently released Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated Batch 2, two similarly matured whiskies but what a difference some peat makes.
     
  • 24th October 2018
    Glen Moray Cider Cask Project
    Glen Moray Distillery has announced the launch of the Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a small batch single malt whisky expression finished in whisky casks used to mature Thistly Cross Cider, one of Scotland’s most highly awarded cider brands. This is the first release from the new Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range.
     
  • 24th October 2018
    North British 58 Year Old 1960 Incorporation Edition
    The North British Distillery which was incorporated on this very day, October 24th, in 1885, has joined forces with Scotch Whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co to release a one-off 58 year old limited edition of only 222 bottles, distilled in July 1960. This 1960 vintage limited edition is the first commercial bottling from the distillery since its incorporation in 1885.
     
  • 24th October 2018
    Bowmore 19 Year Old French Oak Amazon Exclusive
    Bowmore release a 19 year old French Oak matured limited edition single malt exclusively available from Amazon.
    I suspect this will not be available for very long and is one which we will see appearing on the auction sites in the not too distant future so if you want to get hold of a bottle of the Bowmore 19 Year Old French Oak which is currently priced at £129 don't hang around.
     
  • 24th October 2018
    The John Walker Masters' Edition 50 Year Old
    John Walker Masters' Edition 50 Year Old a rare blend of Glen Albyn, Glenury Royal, Blair Athol single malts and Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas single grain whiskies. Only 100 bottles available.
     
  • 23rd October 2018
    Haig Club & David Beckham New ‘Make Your Own Rules’ Campaign
    Haig Club has once again teamed up with David Beckham in their latest print campaign, ‘Make Your Own Rules’. The new print campaign builds on the Haig Club “Make Your Own Rules” TV commercial released last year, the print campaign continues to challenge some of the more traditional myths surrounding Scotch, encouraging people of legal purchase age to consider whisky in new ways and occasions.
     
  • 22nd October 2018
    Glasgow Distillery Signs Distribution Deal In France With Dugas
    The Glasgow Distillery Company has announced that they have signed a new international distribution deal with French drinks specialists, Dugas which will see its 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Whisky distributed throughout France.

     
  • 19th October 2018
    New Whisky Lounge At Aberdeen's Chop Grill & Bar
    Whisky fans in and around Aberdeen or indeed anyone with plans to visit the granite city will be pleased to hear that today the first premium whisky lounge launched in the city, located within Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel, it offers whisky connoisseurs a new place to drink the water of life in the heart of Aberdeen city centre.
     
  • 19th October 2018
    Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey
    I know the price tag of £86 for the Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength can put some people off trying it but I can tell you it is a seriously good Irish single pot still whiskey and well worth trying and you don't need to take my word for it as Jim Murray has just named the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch B1/17 his Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey, scoring it with an impressive 97 out of 100 points.
     
  • 17th October 2018
    Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne 10 Year Old
    Glengoyne team up with Glasgow School of Art graduate, John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo) for ‘Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne’, the third in a series of specially commissioned seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery.

     
  • 17th October 2018
    Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts With A Twist 10 Year Old
    Douglas Laing continue to celebrate their 70th anniversary year this time with a limited edition multi regional vatted malt - Remarkable Regional Malts With A Twist 10 Year Old.

     
  • 16th September 2018
    Alan McConnochie Inducted As Keeper of the Quaich
    Alan McConnochie Distillery Manager for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh has been recognised for his 45 years of service in the Scotch whisky industry and inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich.

     
  • 15th October 2018
    Irish Distillers Announce €150 Million Expansion In Cork and Dublin
    As the demand for Irish whiskey continues to soar worldwide, Irish Distiller's, who produce a number of the most popular Irish whiskies on the market, have announced that they are to invest more than €150 million into their Midleton Distillery and Dungourney maturation site in Co. Cork, and Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin over the next two years.
     
  • 15th October 2018
    BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the outstanding BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old which recently made a very welcome return to the BenRiach core range
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  • 15th October 2018
    BenRiach 10 Year Old Review
    Review of The BenRiach 10 Year Old, a lovely malty and fruity introduction to BenRiach without the peat and a must try when exploring what BenRiach has to offer.
     
  • 15th October 2018
    Benromach’s Susan Colville Becomes a Keeper of the Quaich
    Benromach Distillery’s brand home manager, Susan Colville, who is the latest member of the Forres distillery team to become a Keeper of the Quaich; an international and select society which recognises those who have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch whisky industry.
     
  • 12th October 2018
    Glenmorangie Recreates Extinct Oyster Reefs In The Dornoch Firth
    A ground-breaking project backed by Glenmorangie to restore oyster reefs which were fished to extinction a century ago will see 20,000 oysters introduced into the sea in the Dornoch Firth, near Glenmorangie’s Highland home.
     
  • 11th October 2018
    100 SMWS Partner Bars To Offer A Taste Of Cask No. 64.97
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is celebrating its partner bar network this October by offering every one of them and their whisky lovers an exclusive Society whisky to be sold by the dram, a single cask Mannochmore SMWS Cask No. 64.97: A sunny day in late summer.
     
  • 11th October 2018
    Glenkinchie Distillery Submits Plans To Transform Visitor Centre
    The Glenkinchie Distillery has unveiled plans to transform the visitor experience at the East Lothian distillery. The distillery has formally submitted a detailed planning application to the East Lothian Council setting out proposals that will significantly expand and enhance the experience the distillery offers to tourists from around the world.
     
  • 11th October 2018
    Navigate the Blood - NOISE Opera Live At The Glen Scotia Distillery
    Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown is set to host one of the first performances of an exciting new opera set in a distillery, Navigate The Blood - NOISE Opera featuring music by Scot indie stars Admiral Fallow.
     
  • 10th October 2018
    Brora Distillery Resurrection Given Planning Permission
    Diageo's plans to reopen the Brora Distillery has taken another step forward after Highland planners granted permission to the landmark project. Painstaking work will now begin to restore the original buildings, which date back almost two centuries to 1819, bringing the site back to life as a working distillery.
     
  • 10th October 2018
    Whisky Bible 2019 World Whiskies Of The Year Winners
    Jim Murray has once again named an American Bourbon whiskey as his World Whisky Of The Year in the latest edition of his Whisky Bible. Jim has chosen the American Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 'William Larue Weller 128.2 Proof' as his top whisky in his Whisky Bible 2019.
     
  • 9th October 2018
    Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Octaves Peated Batch 2
    I am sure those of you that were lucky enough to have the pleasure of the limited release Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated back in 2016 when it was launched will be pleased to hear that the Glenglassaugh distillery today announced the release of Batch 2 of the Glenglassaugh Octave cask expressions, Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Peated.
     
  • 8th October 2018
    New SMWS Venue In Clapham Opens Its Doors To All
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be opening a new whisky and cocktail pop-up in London on Friday 12th October, in celebration of its 35th anniversary. The venue will also be open to the general public, giving whisky enthusiasts in the city the opportunity to experience the world’s most colourful whisky club. However, members will receive additional benefits including exclusive access to the latest SMWS Outturn stock, reserved seating options and special tasting events.

     
  • 8th October 2018
    Tamdhu From Spain To Speyside
    Following on from the announcement last week from the Tamdhu distillery that they are replacing their Tamdhu 10 Year Old expression with a new Tamdhu 12 Year Old Oloroso sherry cask matured single malt the distillery has launched a new social media ‘Spain to Speyside – journey of the sherry cask’ campaign to celebrate its strong links with Spain in time for International Sherry Week (8-14 October).
     
  • 5th October 2018
    Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Review
    Review of Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. The brandy cask has undoubtedly added a delicious fruity dimension to the Deanston spirit, a fantastic nose and the fruits are intense at first on the palate. Finishes a bit quickly but easily remedied with another mouthful.

     
  • 5th October 2018
    Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish Review
    Review of Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. An outstanding irresistible Bunna! It isn't often we see Palo Cortado sherry casks used to mature or finish a whisky, and the casks used here have been of the highest quality and they have given this deliciously mature Bunna a light Oloroso sherry type influence.

     
  • 5th October 2018
    Bunnahabhain 2008 9 YO Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Review
    Review of Bunnahabhain 2008 9 Year Old Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. The smoke which is more powerful than the nose let on coats the palate, it has a lovely peppery edge to it and is infused with toasted raisin, cherry and a little toffee.

     
  • 5th October 2018
    Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Review
    Review of Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. Orange and lemon infused smoky bacon leads leads the charge then gives way to some spice and some bittersweet dark chocolate and some nuttiness.

     
  • 5th October 2018
    Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish Review
    Review of Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. The grape, vanilla and oak spice combine wonderfully, a great example of just how good this distillery can be at his age.

     
  • 5th October 2018
    Tobermory 2005 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish Review
    Review of Tobermory 2005 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. A lovely rich Tobermory which gets spicier with each mouthful and demonstrates just how good Tobermory can be at this age, the bottling strength 55.1% has clearly added to the flavour and pleasure.

     
  • 4th October 2018
    Aerstone Single Malt Scotch Whisky From William Grant & Sons
    Aerstone Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a new single malt whisky range from William Grant & Sons which they recently launched with two very different 10 Year Old expressions the ‘Rich and Smoky’ Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old and the ‘Smooth and Easy’ Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old. Aerstone aims to simplify the taste messaging in the single malt category.
     
  • 4th October 2018
    Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the new William Grant's Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old, a delicious new single malt whisky from William Grant that breaks down Scotch whisky regional boundaries and merges the traditional Speyside and Islay styles of whisky together in the form of Aerstone Land Cask, and they have done it exceptionally well.

     
  • 4th October 2018
    Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the new William Grant's Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old, a deliciously moreish lighter style sweet Speyside single malt with a lovely, light, smooth, malty delivery with a delicious mix of vanilla icing, barley sugar and sugared almonds, followed by a little candied orange and gentle oak joining the party.

     
  • 3rd October 2018
    Midleton Very Rare 2018
    Midleton Very Rare 2018 is believe it or not the 35th edition of the special annual Vintage release from the Midleton distillery. The whiskeys that have gone into the Vintage 2018 blend have been matured exclusively in lightly-charred ex-Bourbon American oak barrels for between 12 and 28 years.
     
  • 3rd October 2018
    Douglas Laing The Gauldrons Batch 3
    Just in time for Halloween, Douglas Laing has announced the release of The Gauldrons Batch 3, a dark and moody, sweet and peaty, vatting of Single Malts exclusively from Campbeltown.
     
  • 3rd October 2018
    White Walker By Johnnie Walker (Game Of Thrones)
    Johnnie Walker has unveiled White Walker by Johnnie Walker, a limited edition blended Scotch whisky which they have specially created in collaboration with HBO and their cult TV series Game of Thrones. White Walker is the first limited release in the Johnnie Walker Game of Thrones whisky collection.
     
  • 3rd October 2018
    Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Coming To The Shelves Of Waitrose
    Following on from the Cotswolds single malt whisky launching in World Duty Free stores at Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands airports during the summer, the English single malt whisky has now secured itself its first national retail listing with a place on the shelves of Waitrose.
     
  • 2nd October 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Twin Longmorn Single Cask Whiskies
    Seeing double as Gordon & MacPhail release twin single Longmorn 1961 whiskies as part of their extremely rare ‘Private Collection’ range. The two single cask Longmorn 1961 whiskies were rather appropriately selected for bottling by two members of the family owned whisky creator, identical twin brothers Stuart and Richard Urquhart.

     
  • 2nd October 2018
    All's Gold For The Glenmorangie Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    The frequent travellers amongst you may already know that Glenmorangie has a knack of turning out some very impressive stuff in travel retail so it will come as no surprise to hear that every whisky in Glenmorangie's exclusive Travel Retail range has been lauded in a recent industry competition which rewards excellence in the category.
     
  • 1st October 2018
    Old Pulteney Unveils New Travel Retail Exclusive Collection
    Old Pulteney today revealed three expressions, two new and one existing expression, which will make up their new Old Pulteney Travel Retail Collection. The new look travel retail collection which sees a return to age statements comprises of the Old Pulteney 10 Year Old, 2006 Vintage and 16 Year Old.
     
  • 1st October 2018
    Tamdhu 12 Year Old
    Tamdhu has unveiled a new Tamdhu 12 Year Old expression which will replace the existing Tamdhu 10 Year Old. The new Tamdhu 12 Year Old Oloroso sherry cask matured single malt is rolling out globally now and is expected to be available in the UK in 2019.
     
  • 29th September 2018
    The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the new travel retail exclusive expression, The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old, the first ever travel retail exclusive expression from the Speyside distillery but I hear it will be joined by a 16 year old travel retail expression but meanwhile this is what I thought of the new GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old.
     
  • 28th September 2018
    The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Review
    Following the announcement earlier this month of the return of the GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival I have managed to get hold of some and it is still an absolutely delicious sherried Speyside dram.
     
  • 28th September 2018
    The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Review
    Review of The GlenDronach 12 Year Old, a deliciously rich smooth delivery of lovely sherried fruit, this is simply one of the best quality core range sherried Speyside drams of this age that you can buy, if you haven't yet tried this then why not!

     
  • 27th September 2018
    The Johnnie Walker Grand Voyage At Oblix East
    The Johnnie Walker Grand Voyage is a new immersive experience at the experiential drinking and dining destination Oblix East, London, which is located on the 32nd floor of The Shard. It invites you to taste premium whiskies and luxury cocktails infused with global flavours. The eight different Johnnie Walker blends will be matched with small plates that reflect the flavours highlighted throughout the journey.
     
  • 25th September 2018
    Old Pulteney 1997 Single Cask Exclusively At Edinburgh Airport
    Old Pulteney has announced the release of Old Pulteney 1997 Single Cask No. 1082, a 20 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky available as an airport exclusive in partnership with Dufry Group for their World Duty Free operated World of Whiskies shop at Edinburgh International Airport.
     
  • 25th September 2018
    Speyburn 16 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Following the successful launch of the travel exclusive Speyburn Hopkins Reserve and 10 Year Old whiskies the distillery has announced that they are adding a third expression to its exclusive traveller range, the Speyburn 16 Year Old. Wholly matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for 16 years, the result, they tell me, is a liquid bursting with notes of zesty fruit and creamy vanilla.
     
  • 24th September 2018
    Allt-A-Bhainne Sweetly Peated
    Chivas Brothers has just launched the first official distillery bottling, simply named Allt-A-Bhainne (pronounced 'Alta-Vayne'), which they describe as 'The Sweetly Peated Single Malt'.
     
  • 21st September 2018
    SFA & Diageo Team Up To For Responsible Drinking Campaign
    The Scottish Football Association has teamed up with distilling company, Diageo in a major new alcohol education campaign with the goal of reaching a million Scots with responsible drinking messaging.
     
  • 20th September 2018
    New Highland Park Travel Retail Collection
    Introducing the new Highland Park Travel Retail Collection, four new whiskies with clear age statements and bottling strengths which step up as you move through the range.

     
  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition Review
    The Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition sits at the top of the new Highland Park travel retail exclusive range, deliciously rich. Honey infused with orange, cherries, apricots and raisins, some lovely dark chocolate coated toffee, a little pepper and cinnamon and of course Highland Park smoke.

     
  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park 16 Year Old Wings Of The Eagle Review
    Review of the new Highland Park 16 Year Old Wings Of The Eagle travel retail exclusive whisky, it has a fabulous nose and it is richer, fruitier and spicier than the two other new Highland Park travel retail animals (Bear & Wolf), its a pity they bottled it in a 70cl bottle as it is the best of the animal trio.

     
  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park 14 Year Old Loyalty of the Wolf Review
    Review of the new Highland Park 14 Year Old Loyalty of the Wolf travel retail exclusive whisky, matured in a combination of sherry-seasoned American oak casks and American oak ex-Bourbon casks. A hit of mild smoke and spice leads followed closely by a little bitter zesty orange, green apple, a little nutmeg and cinnamon and some vanilla sweetening things up but just a little.

     
  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park Spirit Of The Bear Review
    The new Highland Park Spirit Of The Bear travel retail exclusive whisky, primarily matured in sherry seasoned American Oak casks. It does appear a little young from nose to finish but still, and most importantly, an enjoyable enough dramming whisky from nose to finish.

     
  • 18th September 2018
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 35th Anniversary Virtual Tasting
    As part of their ongoing 35th Anniversary celebrations, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be bringing their spiritual home in Edinburgh, The Vaults, to members across the world through a unique live virtual tasting of five specially selected drams and they are offering you the chance to join in via a special membership offer for £89 which will include the £40 five dram 35th Anniversary tasting pack.

     
  • 17th September 2018
    Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series No 4
    Introducing Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series No 4, a smoky whisky which has been finished in sweet rum casks, expect a mix of campfire smoke and sweet toffee.

     
  • 14th September 2018
    The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary
    The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Edition is a new limited release to mark 25 years since The Balvenie distillery first released the DoubleWood 12 year old, back in 1993. With around 3,600 bottles available worldwide I don't think this will be on the shelves for long.
     
  • 13th September 2018
    Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year Old
    As Douglas Laing continues their year of 70th anniversary celebrations they have unveiled the third of four special XOP Platinum bottlings which they are releasing throughout the year, this time the Glasgow whisky bottler and soon to be maker has released a limited edition Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1993 Vintage single cask, single malt.

     
  • 12th September 2018
    BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old Returns
    I am sure many of you will be pleased to hear that The BenRiach distillery has announced that the outstanding BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood is making a return to the distillery's core range.
     
  • 12th September 2018
    Glenmorangie Handmade Wooden Surfboard
    In the latest of its Beyond the Cask creative collaborations, Glenmorangie takes to the waves in partnership with Grain Surfboards of Maine, New England USA – visionary creators of hand-built wooden surfboards.

     
  • 11th September 2018
    The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Here is one which you will have to dust off your passport to get a hold of, The GlenDronach Distillery has unveiled its first ever travel retail exclusive expression, The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old.
     
  • 11th September 2018
    Jameson Cold Brew
    The folks behind Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers at the Midleton Distillery near Cork, Ireland have been getting creative once again, this time they have come up with Jameson Cold Brew, an innovative take on the classic combination of Irish whiskey and coffee.
     
  • 10th September 2018
    Whyte & Mackay Unveil Tamnavulin & Fettercairn In Travel Retail
    Glasgow based whisky maker and blender Whyte & Mackay are set to present two of their major new malt whisky collections, from Tamnavulin and Fettercairn, at this year’s TFWA Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes, including the new travel retail exclusive Tamnavulin Tempranillo.
     
  • 7th September 2018
    The North British Distillery Appoints New Board Member
    In Whisky Business news The North British Distillery in Gorgie, Edinburgh has announced the appointment of Pamela Scott to the company’s board of directors. Pamela takes on this responsibility alongside her role as Global Operations Excellence Director - Strategy and Standards at Diageo.
     
  • 6th September 2018
    The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Returns
    T
    he GlenDronach fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has announced that the once revered rich sherry cask matured GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival is making a return.
     
  • 5th September 2018
    Big Peat Christmas 2018
    Just as summer is drawing to a close once again those festive folks at Douglas Laing today unveiled the latest instalment of their Big Peat Christmas Series of deliciously peaty Islay blended malts, the Big Peat Christmas 2018 Cask Strength Limited Edition which is the 8th annual release.
     
  • 4th September 2018
    BenRiach 1998 Cask No 10299 120th Anniversary Bottling
    BenRiach Distillery is marking its 120th anniversary with a commemorative cask selected from Warehouse 13, the oldest dunnage warehouse at the heart of the distillery. BenRiach Marsala Hogshead Cask No.10299 has been bottled at cask strength and will be available exclusively from the distillery shop.
     
  • 3rd September 2018
    Benromach Cask No 1 To Be Sold In Aid Of Charitable Causes
    Benromach
    distillery today announced that they will release Benromach Cask No 1, the first cask that was laid down when the distillery reopened after many years of closure. The cask itself was signed by HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles, during the distillery’s official reopening ceremony and all profits from the sale will be donated to charitable causes.
     

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