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  • 19th January 2017
    Midleton Distillery €10 Million Investment To Increase Production Capacity
    As the global demand for Irish whiskey continues to soar Midleton Distillery this week took delivery of three new copper pot stills as part of a €10million investment to increase production capacity at the Cork distillery by 30%.

  • 19th January 2017
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2017
    This years annual Vintages/LCBO sponsored "An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" event in Toronto, Canada saw Gordon & MacPhail present some very rare premium whiskies from their extensive range, our guest writer, Murray Cohen, a Member of the International Order of the Companions of the Quaich and Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Member was there to review the event and of course, the whiskies.

  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1952 59 Years 11 Months Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1952 which was matured in 1st Fill Sherry and refill Sherry butt for an remarkable 59 years and 11 months before being bottled at 40% ABV. This whisky just shy of 60 years old provides a pervasive aura of satisfaction that required almost a lifetime to establish, a mellow beauty of aromas and flavours.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Port Ellen 1980 35 Year Old Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Port Ellen which was matured in a refill American hogshead barrel and bottled at 46% ABV in 2016. Chewy and voluptuous, peppery and sweet simultaneously.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 25 Year Old Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 which was distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogshead barrels and bottled at 46% ABV in 2015. The sherry influence here is Picasso-like, juxtaposing and emphasizing aroma and taste elements.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Cask Strength 2004 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005, matured in a combination of First Fill and Refill Sherry Butts, peaty sweet with a sherry thrust; the sugary elements are like the icing on a single malt cake.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice Arran 2006 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Arran 2006, matured in 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels. A most enjoyable 8 year old whisky, light, fruit cocktail, mild spice, rum and raisin ice cream, buttermilk pancakes with an edge and candied pears.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish 2000 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish, matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV. Full bodied, chewy and syrupy. Dark over-ripened sweet plums land on the palate with a delightful thud.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 Year Old Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 year old, matured in Refill Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. This whisky entered the stage with a flurry of pleasantness but unfortunately a sulphur issue (experienced on my palate) has tied its hands.
  • 19th January 2017
    Benromach 15 Year Old Review
    Review of the popular Benromach 15 year old classic Speyside single malt.
    Aged in a combination of first fill bourbon and sherry casks, a meaty dram which seems to pull more weight than its 43% ABV.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 by Murray Cohen. Matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels and bottled on the 16th October 2014 at 46% ABV, this 17 year old is a solid dram with some building intensity.
  • 18th January 2017
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 Review
    Review of the
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 is the latest release in this popular series which offers whisky connoisseurs the opportunity to enjoy The GlenDronach as it is straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and, in the case of this batch, at 56.1% ABV cask strength.
  • 13th January 2017
    The Dalmore 50 Year Old
    The Dalmore has announced the forthcoming release of a new Dalmore 50 year old single malt whisky to mark its Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry. You will need deep pockets for this one at £50,000 but the official tasting note does sound very enticing.
  • 10th January 2017
    Whisky Distillers Cashing In on Gin Boom
    The demand for the new generation of not so traditional versions of Gin is booming and this booming demand has been a gift for Scotch whisky makers, including some new smaller craft distilleries that have anchored their business with gin revenues while waiting for their Scotch to mature.
  • 10th January 2017
    Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 Final Release
    Bowmore has released the last 50 bottles of its rare Bowmore 50 Year Old !961. Released in batches of 50 bottles over the past 4 years, the final bottles will forever be known as the last of their batch, but will also be the first of a six-part Bowmore 50 Year Old Collection Series which was distilled in the 1960's.
  • 6th January 2017
    Remy Cointreau Acquire Westland Distillery Company
    Rémy Cointreau owners of the Bruichladdich Distillery has once again expanded its single malt whisky portfolio with the acquisition of the Seattle, Washington State based Westland Distillery company for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of Westland follows Rémy's recent acquisition of the French whisky distiller Domaine des Hautes Glaces.
  • 21st December 2016
    Clan Denny Girvan 20 Year Vintage 1993 Single Grian Whisky Review
    Review of Douglas Laing's Clan Denny Girvan 20 Year Old 1993 Single Grain Single Cask whisky.
    This 20 year old shows a level of maturity releasing some pretty intense aromas and flavors.
  • 16th December 2016
    Whisky Live London 2017
    If you are in or around London or you fancy a trip down to the big smoke for a whisky break then tickets are now available for Whisky Live London 2017, which takes place this coming 31st March & 1st April, may be of interest to you.
  • 16th December 2016
    Liquid Academy Live & Kicking at ScotHot 2017
    I thought some of you may find this of interest, Liquid Academy Live has announced they are bringing their creative expertise and drinks innovations to ScotHot 2017 at the SECC Glasgow.
  • 15th December 2016
    Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990
    Glenmorangie has announced the launch of a new limited edition vintage collection, Bond House No.1. The inaugural expression in the new collection is Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 which was bottled 2016.
  • 12th December 2016
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram V
    Glengoyne has announced the release of the Glengoyne Teapot Dram V, the fifth release in a cracking limited release series that often passes under whisky drinkers radar. Bottled as all drams should be if it was a perfect world, naturally coloured, non chill-filtered and at a cask strength. Matured in first fill Oloroso sherry oak casks is sure to be on a few whisky drinkers Christmas lists.
  • 9th December 2016
    The Fake Whisky Problem
    Recent findings by the folks behind Rare 101 whisky will probably not come as much of a surprise to many of you but it is a good reminder to all to beware when buying previously owned bottles. Rare 101 Whisky recently exposed a fake bottle of Laphroaig 1903, potentially worth £100,000
    , and two fake part sets of Macallan Fine and Rare, one worth around £500,000 and the other worth around £250,000.
  • 6th December 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection
    If you have a taste for old & rare whisky then you will love the the new Speyside Collection which specialist independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail they have just launched a collection of 6 very old and very rare single malt whiskies from 6 of Speyside's finest distilleries which have been hand selected from Gordon & MacPhail's extensive selection of maturing whisky stock.
  • 5th December 2016
    International Beverage Named Whisky Distiller Of The Year
    International Beverage is celebrating being named Whisky Distiller of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland 2017 awards. International Beverage is perhaps a name that some of you are not familiar with but I am sure you will be familiar with the whisky brands they own such as Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Balblair and Speyburn, and their popular blend Hankey Bannister.
  • 2nd December 2016
    First Bottle of Strathearn Whisky Sells For £4,150
    Strathearn Distillery last night joined the ranks of Scotch whisky producers when they sold there first bottles of single malt whisky at auction. The distillery which is one of the smallest in Scotland launched their first 100 bottles of Strathearn single cask single malt whisky at auction last night with bottle No. 001 fetching an incredible £4,150.
  • 1st December 2016
    Benromach Heritage 1973
    Benromach Heritage 1973 is a very limited edition single cask whisky, available exclusively in the UK there are only only 52 bottles of this rare limited edition available. Described as having hints of dark chocolate and a peppery smooth finish.
  • 29th November 2016
    Famous Grouse Cocktails To Warm You Up Over The Festive Season
    With the festive season fast approaching and the cold weather now upon us I thought you may appreciate a few Famous Grouse cocktail recipes to warm you and your visitors up over the festive season ncluding the classic Hot Toddy but with a bit of added spice.
  • 25th November 2016
    BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish Review
    The BenRiach distillery are continuing their innovative limited edition whisky releases  with the release of a new BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish single malt. A deliciously rich elegant BenRiach which is packed full of flavour.
  • 25th November 2016
    GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish Review
    The GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish is the latest limited edition release in the GlenDronach wood finishes range. Described as being deliciously balanced, bringing ripe orchard fruits and delicate, sweet oak spices to the traditional, robust Highland character.
  • 24th November 2016
    The Macallan Edition No. 2 Review
    The Macallan Edition No.2 is the 2nd release in The Macallan's annual limited Edition series from the iconic Speyside distillery. A well constructed deliciously sherried Macallan were the 48.2% strength just adds to the enjoyment. A pleasure from nose to finish and definitely one for the sherry malt lovers.
  • 22nd November 2016
    William Grant & Sons Named IWSC Distiller of the Year
    William Grant & Sons, has just been named ‘Distiller of the Year’, the highest honour bestowed by the highly influential International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The Company was awarded a further prestigious accolade at the glittering event in London - ‘Scotch Producer of the Year’.
  • 22nd November 2016
    Behind The Scenes Of The Famous Grouse Christmas TV Adverts 2016
    Take a look behind the scenes of the two new Famous Grouse Christmas 2016 TV Ads and get an insight into the work involved in making them.

  • 18th November 2016
    GlenDronach 25 Year Old Grandeur - Batch 8
    GlenDronach's Master Distiller Billy Walker has selected some absolutely outstanding casks to go into previous releases of GlenDronach Grandeur and I expect this latest GlenDronach 25 year old Grandeur Batch 8 to be highly sought after by whisky connoisseurs.
  • 17th November 2016
    Elite Control Systems Awarded New Macallan Distillery Contract
    The opening of the new Macallan distillery took another step forward today when it was announced that Livingston based Elite Control Systems Ltd has been awarded the contract to provide a fully operational process control system for the new Macallan distillery.
  • 17th November 2016
    Douglas Laing Single Cask Bottlings Winter 2016
    Looking for a few Christmas whisky gift ideas off the beaten track of original distillery bottling's or perhaps you are looking for something to warm yourself up over the festive season then Glasgow based independent bottler Douglas Laing just may have something to interest you as they have just unveiled their 2016 festive line up of 22 single cask bottlings.
  • 15th November 2016
    Highland Park Fire Edition 15 Year Old
    I am sure the Highland Park fans amongst you have been anticipating this release but were probably not expecting to see it until early 2017, well I am pleased to tell you that the Highland Park FIRE Edition, the 2nd release in a two part limited edition mini series of whiskies form the Orkney distillery has arrived and just in time for Christmas.
  • 14th November 2016
    Beam Suntory Opens New Barrel Storage Warehouse In Franfort Kentucky
    Beam Suntory has opened its first new barrel storage warehouse in Frankfort Kentucky since 1968 to meet surging demand for its Jim Beam American whiskey.

  • 14th November 2016
    The Kincardine A Blend Of Scotch And Indian Whisky From Whisky Fusion
    The Kincardine is a blend of whisky from Scotland's Glen Elgin and Macallan distillery's and single malt whisky from India's Amrut distillery from the creative folks at Whisky Fusion.

  • 11th November 2016
    World Bartender Of The Year 2017 Search Begins
    The search for the World Bartender of the Year 2017 is set to get underway as the worlds most prestigious bartending competition returns for the ninth year. The 2017 World Class competition will launch with its first ever educational tour of Britain, kicking off on Monday 14th November in Manchester.
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2004 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2004 was matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels. A charming very enjoyable light bodied expression from a distillery which we see way too little of. It has a lovely touch of vanilla, honey and delicious spices which you would expect to find in Glen Spey.
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2002 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2002 was matured in Refill Sherry hogshead barrels. Some very good and quite lively refill sherry casks have been at work here, hard to believe they were not first fill sherry casks, I very much enjoyed this, a delicious sherry rich mature Inchgower. A lovely alternative dram for the Speyside sherry lovers.
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Strathisla 2005 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Strathisla 2005 was matured in First Fill Sherry Hogshead casks, it has obviously been a more delicate creamy sherry casks. Still a good sherried dram if you like some sweet creamy toffee with your whisky.
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005 was matured in First Fill Sherry Butts. Delicious Caol Ila smoke with just a gentle sherry cask influence, not quite the first fill sherry cask influence I was expecting but a quality dram all the same.
  • 9th November 2016
    Highland Park Midwinter Social Old Truman Brewery London
    Celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice at Highland Parks Midwinter Social at the Truman Brewery London and via Facebook live featuring live music sets from Kipps and Finnebassen, as well as a whisky tasting.

  • 9th November 2016
    Canadian Club 20 Year Old Review
    Murray Cohen takes a look at the Canadian Club 20 Year Old, a new limited edition release in Ontario which has not yet hit the LCBO website but is just now available in some of their outlets.
  • 9th November 2016
    Virginia Black Review
    Virginia Black American Whisky is a unique collaboration between the Virginia Black founder Brent Hocking and Drake, a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. This is what Murray Cohen thought of Virginia Black.
  • 4th November 2016
    anCnoc Stack Review
    anCnoc Stack is the latest limited edition release in the anCnoc Peaty Collection, anCnoc really are getting good at this peaty stuff, I already knew that peat works well with the anCnoc sweet fruity light malt style and I would say that this is definitely the peatiest and best whisky released in the peaty collection so far.
  • 4th November 2016
    New Glengoyne 20cl Gift Packs Just In Time For Christmas
    The folks at Glengoyne have announced the launch of a couple of excellent 20cl bottle gift packs just in time for Christmas which should be enough to fully explore the Highland distillery's whisky range.
  • 4th November 2016
    Ballantine's Goes Global With True Music Platform
    Ballantine’s has revealed a major new global music platform that expands and reinforces its commitment to ‘True Music’. For its first True Music campaign, Ballantine’s extends its global partnership with Boiler Room, working with electronic music artist Maya Jane Coles.

  • 3rd November 2016
    Redbreast Named Best Irish Whiskey In The Whisky Bible 2017
    With the enormous surge in popularity of Irish whiskey these days, there seems to be more and more new Irish whiskey's coming available from a number of new companies but it is the old hands such as Irish Distillers that are still picking up the top accolades such as Redbreast 21 year old which was recently named Best Irish Whiskey in the 2017 Whisky Bible.
  • 3rd November 2016
    Chivas Brothers To Build New £40 Million Bottling Plant
    Chivas Brothers has announced its intention to move its Paisley bottling plant to a new £40 million state-of-the-art facility at its Kilmalid site in Dumbarton. The move will happen over the next 3 years.
  • 1st November 2016
    Black Bowmore 50 Year Old
    Bowmore have launched the 5th and final edition of it famous 1964 Black Bowmore collection, the Black Bowmore 50 Year Old The Last Cask, which will set you back a cool £16,000 if you want to get your hands on a bottle.
  • 31st October 2016
    Yula 21 Year Old Review
    The Yula 21 year old Island region blended malt whisky is the second release in the Yula trilogy created by the innovative folks at Glasgow based Douglas Laing. It is still a deliciously smooth gentle smoky expression, perhaps a little spicier and sweeter than I recall Yula 20 being. Still a lovely, smooth, mature and well balanced Island malt with hints of Caol Ila and Talisker perhaps.
  • 28th October 2016
    Glenfiddich Celebrates Diwali With Win A Car Promo At Hyderabad Airport
    If you happen to passing through Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport this October and November then look out for an excellent promotion William Grant & Sons owned Glenfiddich is running to celebrate India’s Diwali festival, Glenfiddich are offering passengers the chance to win a Nissan Terrano car.
  • 27th October 2016
    The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
    Here is something very special for the Balvenie fans amongst you with deep pockets, the Balvenie has unveiled The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two, titled "The Influence of Oak", which features five rare single malt whiskies.
  • 26th October 2016
    £1 Million Whisky Leak At Loch Lomond Group Glen Catrine Facility
    The Loch Lomond Group has revealed that back in June 2016 over £1 million worth of blended Scotch whisky leaked from a storage vat at the groups Glen Catrine bonded warehouse storage facility in Ayrshire, some of it finding its way into the River Ayr.
  • 20th October 2016
    The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask Review
    The Macallan 12 year old Double Cask is a new permanent addition to the Macallan core range. A combination of Sherry-seasoned new American oak and European oak casks which has created a a well balanced deliciously sherried Macallan that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the fans of sherried Macallan.
  • 18th October 2016
    Booker's Rye Whiskey Named Whisky Bible 2017 World Whisky Of The Year
    It is that time of year again, Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017 is about to hit the shelves of the book shops and as usual just before it hits those shelves the list of whiskies picking up the top honours in Jim's latest edition of the Whisky Bible has been made available.
  • 18th October 2016
    Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky Review
    Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky was distilled and aged for three years in charred white oak casks and is the official spirit of the Trailer Park Boys a fictional Canadian TV series, which has been called a mockumentary. Is it a serious Canadian whisky? This is what our guest reviewer, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
  • 17th October 2016
    Famous Grouse TV Adverts Past & Present
    For over 20 years now Scotland's most famous bird, Gilbert The Famous Grouse, the iconic bird which adorns every bottle of Scotland's favourite blended whisky, has entertained us in numerous Famous Grouse TV Adverts. To mark the launch of the latest 2 new Famous Grouse TV ads I have edited together all the Famous Grouse TV adverts from over the years which I could get my hands on, 39 in total. Pour yourself a dram of Famous Grouse and sit back and enjoy.

  • 14th October 2016
    Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky Review
    Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is an Indian whisky like no other, distilled, matured and bottled in Uttar Pradesh the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a no age statement, non-chill filtered single malt from one of the oldest and one of the largest and most efficiently-run distilleries in India today. This is what I thought of it...
  • 13th October 2016
    Ballantine's Artists Series 2016 Limited Edition Gift Packs
    With Christmas on the horizon Ballantine's has announced the launched of a second limited edition Artists Series of gift packs. This year Ballantine's have teamed up with renowned music video director and photographer, Dave Ma, to launch three new limited edition gift packs for 2016 which showcase Dave Ma’s unique perspective of Scotland, the home of the whisky, in a series of stunning aerial photographs.
  • 12th October 2016
    New David Beckham Haig Club Clubman TV AD
    Following the launch of the new Haig Club Clubman back in August the House of Haig today launched a the first TV advertisement for the new Scotch Single Grain Whisky. Starring David Beckham the film entitled 'Make your own rules' is a vibrant bold and edgy take on traditional Scotch whisky etiquette.
  • 11th October 2016
    New Longmorn 23 Year Old & Revamped Longmorn 16 Year Old
    Longmorn adds a new 23 year old and replaces current 16 year old with a newly reconstructed 16 year old. the two new expressions oin the Longmorn The Distiller’s Choice, which launched earlier this year, to form what is now their core range of whisky.

  • 11th October 2016
    William Grant Appoint New Business Development Manager in Taiwan
    Some whisky business news, William Grant & Sons has announced the appointment of Joseph Liu as Business Development Manager based in its Taipei Office.
  • 11th October 2016
    Suntory Whisky Toki Review
    he Fall season seems to signal new whisky releases in Ontario, here we have the new Japanese blend, Suntory Whisky Toki, a blend of selected malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three Japanese distilleries: Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries. This is what our regular guest reviewer, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
  • 7th October 2016
    Isle of Jura Relocates To London
    Following a recent survey of Londoners where it emerged that over 70% of them had no idea where the the Isle of Jura was geographically the Jura distillery has decided to upsticks and head down to London and enlighten Londoners about the island of Jura as well as share with them the islands world famous export, Jura whisky. This month at at The Looking Glass London.
  • 6th October 2016
    A Marriage Made In Old Pulteney
    A love match between two Pulteney staff has led to a very special wedding at the Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick. Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre Manager Tanya Fraser and Assistant Distillery Manager Russell Angus first locked eyes over a barrel of single malt back in 2003, so when the couple tied the knot there could only be one place to do it, the Old Pulteney distillery in Wick.
  • 6th October 2016
    Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask
    The famous retired hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is already a well-known winery owner, the reason I mention him here is Wayne has now entered the world of whisky with the release of Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky, this is what our regular contributor, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
  • 4th October 2016
    Chivas Regal Ultis The First Blended Malt From Chivas
    Chivas Regal has announced the launched of its first ever Blended Malt whisky, Chivas Regal Ultis. Ultis is no standard blended malt either, this is coming in at the premium end of the whisky scale going by its £157 / US $200 retail recommended price.

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