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Jameson's St. Patrickís Day 2016
Now an established Irish tradition itself, Jameson has unveiled its fifth limited edition bottle ahead of its St. Patrickís 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. Patrickís celebrations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a trip to Dublin for St. Patrickís 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.
Grantís Elementary Premium Travel
Retail Exclusive Range
Grantís 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.
Grantís 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.
Grantís 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
Grantís 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 leprechaunsí
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 doesnít 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.
hereís 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
Balvenieís David Stewart has been
recognised in the New Yearís 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 businessís 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.
William Grant & Sons Chief Executive
Stella David Steps Down
Change at the top for William Grant
& Sons as CEO Stella David has
decided to step down at the end of
February 2016, Stella will be
succeeded by current Chief
Commercial Officer, Simon Hunt.
Gordon & MacPhail ĎThe Wood Makes
To highlight the importance of wood in the creation of Scotch Single Malt Whisky independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has recently launched a campaign to inform whisky drinkers both new and old about the importance of wood and the huge influence it can have on the flavour profile of a whisky even a brand of whisky you think your are 100% familiar with.
MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant
Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen
Grant 1954 was matured in 1st Fill
Sherry Casks. I have had the
pleasure of a few very mature
outstanding G & M bottlings over the
years and this is right up there
with them in quality.
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs
Choice Speyburn 1991 Review
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs
Choice Speyburn 1991 was matured in
Refill Sherry Hogshead casks. I
didn't expect the glorious fizzy
spices and pepper, no doubt a
contribution made by the casks used
for maturation. Not as sugar laden
as the Glenlivet Nadurra but reminds
me of the Glenlivet it in some ways.
Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels
Ardmore 1996 Review
Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels
Ardmore 1996 was matured in Refill
Sherry Hogshead casks. Exactly what
an independent bottling should be,
off the beaten track of the original
distillery bottlings, still
displaying the Ardmore DNA but with
added influence from the choice of
wood the whisky has matured in.
The MacPhail's Collection
Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old Review
The MacPhail's Collection
Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old from Gordon
& MacPhail was matured in Refill
Sherry Butts. A long time favourite
of mine, in my opinion a young
Bunnahabhain is best served peated
and the MacPhail's Collection serves
a cracking extremely enjoyable
Bunnahabhain 8 year old.
Peated Malts of Distinction Smoky
Miniature Gift Set
Looking for a single malt whisky
stocking filler? Peated Malts of
Distinction is a smoky single malt
whisky miniature gift set which
brings together The Ardmore Legacy,
Connemara Original, Bowmore Small
Batch and Laphroaig Select in one
Tamdhu Batch Strength Whisky
Advocate Speyside Malt Of The Year
Tamdhu Batch Strength Speyside single malt whisky has been awarded Speyside Single Malt of the Year at the 22nd Annual Whisky Advocate
(formerly Malt Advocate) Awards.
Lucky 13 For BenRiach Distillery
Company At Malt Maniacs Awards
BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh single malts have won a total of thirteen medals in the 2015 Malt Maniacs Awards.
The Edinburgh-headquartered company headed by industry veteran Billy Walker took six silver and seven bronze medals in this yearís competition.
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Travel Retail Whisky Gifts To Look
Out For This Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, finding that perfect gift for family, friends or colleagues is quickly becoming top of our to-do lists. And for those of you who may be passing through an airport in the run up to Christmas or indeed lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere for Christmas I thought I would mention a few whiskies which you will find in available from travel retail shops.
Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Series Batch
Glenglassaugh has released
Batch 2 of its critically
acclaimed Glenglassaugh Rare Cask
single cask bottlings. This second
batch is made up of eight single
cask treasures. There are certainly
no youngsters amongst this second
batch, the eight new single cask
whiskies vary in age from a 36 year
old to a very rare 42 year old.
Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th
Anniversary Limited Edition
Since launching back in 2000 the Compass Box Whisky Company have always aimed to experiment, to innovate and to explore.
Along the way they have ruffled a
few feathers and they have also
created some outstanding complex and
very enjoyable whisky's to entertain
us whisky drinkers including the
deliciously rich and complex limited
edition Compass Box Flaming Heart so
it is appropriate that they have
released a special limited edition
Flaming Heart to mark their 15th
Haig Club Limited Edition Launched
In Travel Retail
This Christmas Diageo have
released a special 1 litre edition
of of Haig Club, the the smooth,
easy drinking Single Grain Scotch
Whisky 1 litre bottle will be
available exclusively in travel
retail where over the holiday season
gifting spend reaches over $1bn on
spirits alone. Of this, whisky
occupies the top spot with 44% of
Glenfiddich Distillery Expansion To
Meet Global Demand
Glenfiddich has announced multi-million pound expansion plans to increase the capacity of its distillery in Speyside, Scotland.
Their are plans for a new still
house, tun rooms, external storage
tanks and equipment as well as some
Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Single Cask
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
Glenmorangie has just
announced a very exclusive
collaboration with His Serene
Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco,
the Prince has selected a single
malt that will bear his name. The
rare, single-cask whisky, bottled in
his honour, will be sold to raise
funds for environmental
conservation, a cause dear to the
Prince and echoed by Glenmorangie.
Aberfeldy 16 Year Old Review
John Dewar's & Sons has
revealed the latest addition to its Aberfeldy core range of whiskies, the Aberfeldy 16 year old. The new whisky has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 40% ABV.
This is what I thought of it.
International Wine and Spirit
Competition Awards Results 2015
The International Wine and
Spirit Competition (IWSC) announced
the winners of 2015 at its Annual
Awards Banquet which took place at
the Guildhall, London, last week.
One winner on the night which I am sure most whisky drinkers are familiar with was
The Whisky Exchange
who was named 2015 Online Retailer
of the Year for its informative,
Chivas Regal Start Search For 2016
Global Chivas Master
Chivas Regal has commenced the search for the 2016 Global Chivas Master, where competitors this year will be judged
not only on their bartending
abilities but also on their
demonstration of Chivasí values of
brotherhood and generosity. This
month sees national heats start
around the world, which will for the
first time culminate with the grand
final in Shanghai in July 2016.
The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969
The Glenrothes distillery are
set to release The Glenrothes Single
Cask 1969 #11483, the fourth release
in the Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask
Series. To complement the 1969
Vintage and to demonstrate a link
back to the year the whisky was
created The Glenrothes introduced a
new tasting platform, The Vintage
The Ardmore Port Wood Finish Review
The Ardmore Port Wood Finish
12 year old, the newest addition to
the expanding Ardmore whisky range.
Matured for 12 years in American
white oak and finished in small
European half port pipes, this is
what I thought of it.
Ballantineís 21 Year Old Signature
Oak Edition - European Oak Review
Being a long time fan of the
outstanding Ballantine's 21 year old
I was pleased when Ballantineís
contacted me to announce the release
of Ballantineís 21 Year Old
Signature Oak Edition - European
Oak, which is the first of two new
limited editions exclusive to Global
Travel Retail. The release of an
additional Signature Edition created
with American oak will follow to
complete the special pair of
bottlings. This is what I thought of
the European Oak.
Old Forester Whisky Tasting At The
Whisky Shop Piccadilly London
Those of you in or around
London on the 7th December may be
interested to hear that Old Forester
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky is
partnering with The Whisky Shop's
flagship Piccadilly store to offer a
unique opportunity to meet the Old
Forester Brand President, Campbell
Brown and enjoy a Free exclusive
Kilchoman Auction First Ever 10 Year
Old For Charity
Kilchoman Islayís farm distillery have announced that they will auction their first ever 10 year old whisky in aid of The Beatson
Cancer Charity. The online auction
will take place between the 7th and
14th of December.
International Wine & Spirit
Competition Announce 2016 President
The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has announced their 2016 President: Matteo Bruno Lunelli, C.E.O. of Ferrari Winery and of the Lunelli Group.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Following the announcement of
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
being named as the
#1 World Whisky for 2016 our very
Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member Murray
Cohen has kindly submitted his
review of the Crown Royal Northern
Benromach Scoops Top Prize In Hong
Those of you familiar with the outstanding Benromach whisky range wont be surprised to hear
at this yearís Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition the outstanding Benromach 100į Proof won the award for Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky Ė 15 Years and Under.
Monkey Shoulder Invite Travellers To
"Take Home a Monkey"
In the leading up to the
Chinese New Year 2016, Year of the
Monkey, Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt
Whisky has launched a rather unique
"Take Home a Monkey Today" promotion
in Kuala Lumpur International
Airport Two Arrivals during October
Just in time for Christmas, John
Dewars & Co have launched a whole
new range of The Deveron single
malts from their MacDuff distillery,
the new expressions in the range are
Deveron 12 Year Old,
Deveron 18 Year Old
and The Deveron
10 Year Old which will only be
available in France.
This is what I thought of the new
Fans of the very popular and highly rated GlenDronach distillery will be intrigued to hear that the distillery has just launched its first ever peated release, simply called, GlenDronach Peated.
GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira
GlenDronach tell me that
their new GlenDronach 19 Years Old
Madeira Cask Finish is a dram
bursting with ripe summer fruits and
warm spices. Bottled at 46%, non
chill filtered and with natural
colour, the GlenDronach 19 Years Old
Madeira Cask Finish was initially
matured in European oak casks and
thereafter finished its maturation
in a very small batch of superior
GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5
Just another quick
announcement for the GlenDronach
fans amongst you which I know there
are a few. Completing a hat-trick of new releases from the Aberdeenshire distillery this week is the GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5.
William Grants Rugby World Cup
Promotion A Winner At Auckland
With the Rugby World Cup 2015 a hot
topic of conversation and
disappointment for many travellers
earlier this year, William Grant &
Sons took advantage of this globally
loved sport to launch its own Rugby
World Cup activation at New
Zealandís Auckland International
Glenmorangie House Final Whisky
Weekend Of 2015
Glenmorangie House boutique
hotel has announced the final date
for its 2015 series of whisky
weekends. These whisky weekends have
often been hailed as the pinnacle of
a whisky loverís calendar, the
Weekends are a perfect way to be
introduced to whisky, its history
and heritage, all enjoyed in the
luxurious surroundings of
Ardbeg Best Single Malt Whisky Under
Ardbeg whisky brand has swept
the board in a review of the best
single malt Scotch whiskies under
US$100 in the Whisky Advocate
Ballantine's Hard Fired
Ballantine's has launched
Ballantine's Hard Fired, an
innovative new expression that that
has been created using a bespoke
process in the production of the
popular whisky brand, the new whisky
showcases the results that American
oak and fire produce on Scotch
William Grant & Sons has
revealed a new premium blended
Scotch whisky brand named House of
Hazelwood which will initially
launch with three premium age
statement expressions, the House of
Hazelwood 18, 21 and 25 year old.
William Grant describe the new brand
as an elegant and vivacious new
blended Scotch whisky.
The Latest Douglas Laing XOP
Just a quick announcement for
those of you looking for something a
little extra special that is off the
beaten track of the original
distillery bottlings. Glasgow
independent bottler Douglas Laing &
Co. has announced the release of
seven particularly special Single
Cask Whiskies, including the firmís
oldest ever Port Ellen Distillery
release bottled at 36 Years Old.
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