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The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter
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.
£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.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
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.
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.
Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian
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
Famous Grouse TV Adverts Past &
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
Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky
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...
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.
New David Beckham Haig Club Clubman
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.
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
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.
Suntory Whisky Toki Review
The 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Winter
Diageo has announced the
release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Winter Edition bottle design, a
limited release of 940 bottles in
the UK and with Christmas now on the
horizon, the individuality of the
Winter Edition bottle design should
appeal to gift buyers, it will be
available from October.
The Glenlivet 1966 50 Year Old
The Glenlivet has announced that this October they will be releasing the 2nd edition in its series of rare 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies. this year sees the launch of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 50 year old.
France’s Jennifer Le Nechet Crowned
World Class Bartender of the Year
After a four day battle in Miami which saw 56 of the worlds best bar tenders narrowed done to just one, the winner of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2016 has been crowned and this year see's the first ever female bartender taking the title, France's Jennifer Le Nechet.
Old Weller Antique Original 107
Straight Bourbon Review
Murray Cohen takes a look at
the original wheated bourbon Old
Weller Antique Original 107 Straight
Bourbon. A rather difficult bourbon
whiskey to get hold of due to the
rave reviews it has had, this is
what Murray thought of it...
The Diageo World Class Future Of
I am sure many of you have noticed when out on the town that the cocktail culture is booming, particularly cocktails made with premium spirits such as single malt whisky and this boom is showing no signs of slowing, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits.
Four Roses Master Distiller Brent
Elliott UK Visit
Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent
Elliott, is visiting the UK for the
first time to mark his first
anniversary in the role of heading
up the distilling team at the cult
bourbon brand. During his visit he
is set to unveil Four Roses Limited
Edition Small Batch 2016 at Harrods.
Redbreast Lustau Edition Review
Fans of Irish single pot still whiskey, and I count myself as one of those, will be pleased to
hear that Redbreast has added a new permanent addition to their range of whiskey, the new Redbreast Lustau Edition,
an Oloroso sherry finished whiskey has just joined the Irish Single Pot Still line up.
Call The Shots - Ballantine's
Interactive Golf Instructional Video
Here is something that the golf
enthusiasts amongst you will enjoy,
Call The Shots in Ballantine's
interactive golf video and also have
a chance of winning a trip to
Scotland and playing a round with
Ballantine’s Golf Club Captain and
Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley.
Chivas Regal Partners With LSTN
Chivas Regal has teamed up with premium
audio producers LSTN Sound Co., to craft a range of very unique whisky and music accessories.
The initiative – Generosity: Amplified – features a range of activity aimed to raise funds for Starkey Hearing Foundation, including a limited edition Chivas 12 gift tin, a line of limited edition headphones crafted using cask wood in which whisky has matured and a custom-designed luxury record console.
Bacardi Appoint Georgie Bell As
Global Malt Whisky Ambassador
Bacardi have appointed Georgie Bell as Global Malts Ambassador for its range of single malt Scotch whiskies which includes Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla.
World Class Bartender of the Year
Competition 2016 Final
Watch the worlds best
bartenders battle it out for the
crown of World Class Bartender of
the Year competition. 56 of the
worlds most talented bartenders have
descended on Miami to participate in
the prestigious World Class
Bartender competition, watch the
live stream from Miami.
New Look For Glenfiddich Cask
Collection Travel Retail Exclusive
Glenfiddich have unveiled a fresh new look for its travel retail Glenfiddich Cask Collection which is made up of 3 single malt whiskies each of which have very different single malt profiles.
Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of
Royal Salute which is known
for its premium Scotch blended
whiskies has just unveiled a new
rare expression, the Royal
Salute 32 Year Old Union of the
Crowns which will be available
exclusively in travel retail.
Decline In Travel Retail Scotch
IWSR Magazine has just released its
annual Travel Retail Top 100, and while
Scotch whisky dominates 27 of the top
100 brands (the most of any single
category), half of these brands suffered
declines in 2015. The exceptions to this
negative trend were largely Scotch malt
whiskies, such as The Macallan, The
Singleton, Laphroaig and The
35 Year Old
Richard Paterson, The Dalmore Master
Distiller who this month celebrates
his 50th year in the whisky industry
has unveiled his latest creation,
The Dalmore 35 which he describes as
Glansa A New Peated Single Malt???
Chivas Brothers has announced
a new addition to its Scapa
distillery core range, the Scapa
Glansa, what makes this interesting
is they are hailing Scapa Glansa as
the first peated single malt whisky
from the Orkney distillery but I
have to say in my eyes a peated cask
finish doesn't make a whisky a
peated single malt
£14,000 Of Whisky Stolen From
Tullibardine Distillery Shop
Between 5pm Saturday, September 17
and 9.25am on Sunday, September 18 the
Tullibardine Distillery shop on Stirling
Street in Blackford, Perth and Kinross was broken into and
seven bottles of whisky were taken
including a rare bottle of Tullibardine
anCnoc 2005 Single Cask 427 La
Maison du Whisky Anniversary
is set to release its first ever single
cask bottling to mark 60 years of French
whisky specialists La Maison du Whisky.
anCnoc 2005 Single Cask 427 will
officially become available at
Whisky Live Paris on 24th-26th
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Pininfarina
Chivas Regal has once again teamed up
with Pininfarina, they have announced
the next chapter in their ongoing
partnership with the release of the
Chivas 18 by Pininfarina Chapter 3.
Diageo Special Releases 2016
This year Diageo has announced the
release of ten specially selected limited
edition Scotch whiskies to make up their
Diageo Special Releases 2016 and as we
have come to expect, amongst them are
some among the rarest and most sought
after whiskies around.
Eadie - A Newly Resurrected
Introducing a newly launched
independent whisky range launched
under the 150 year old James Eadie
Rupert Patrick, CEO of Whisky Invest Direct Ltd has announced that he is resurrecting the 150 year old whisky brand James Eadie which was established by his great-great grandfather.
Rare Scotch Traded In First Half Of
2016 Exceeds £5 Million
According to figures published by whisky analyst, broker and investment company Rare Whisky 101 the value of collectable bottles of Scotch whisky traded within a half year period continues to rise and has surpassed £5 million for the first time since records began in 2008.
Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer
Ardbeg last week launched a
whisky challenge like no other on
Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home
- Islay. Ten contestants from six
different countries converged on the
island to compete in the world’s
most daring whisky challenge, The
Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer
Twenty One Committee Exclusive
The Ardbeg fans amongst you
will be very pleased to hear that
the distillery has announced the
forthcoming release of Ardbeg Twenty
One limited edition which will be
available exclusively to Ardbeg
Ian Macleod Distillers Acquires
Spencerfield Spirit Company
Ian Macleod Distillers today
announced that it has taken
ownership of the well-established
and fast-growing Spencerfield Spirit
Company, including its flagship
brand, Edinburgh Gin and its popular
whisky range of Pig’s Nose, Sheep
Dip and The Feathery.
Chivas Brothers Blending Team
Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, today announced new roles for revered Master Blenders Colin Scott and Sandy Hyslop.
The move coincides with the
unveiling of an enhanced Chivas
Brothers Blending Team.
Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured
This week Kilchoman launched
their first ever Sauternes Cask
Matured single malt, 100% matured
for over five years in Sauternes
casks from Bordeaux. it is a limited
release of 6000 bottles worldwide.
Macallan Gold & Amber Gift Packs
It is certainly starting to
look a lot like Christmas is coming
around here, next up with their
Christmas 2016 whisky gift offering
is The Macallan who has unveiled
their new limited edition Macallan
Gold & Macallan Amber gift packs.
Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years
in the Whisky Industry
This month one of the most well known figures in the Scotch whisky industry celebrates 50 years of creating some of the worlds most coveted and iconic whiskies, that person is Richard Paterson who is renowned for his role as Master Distiller at The Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
Big Peat Christmas 2016 Edition
I know its still summer but it looks
like Christmas is coming as Douglas
Laing announce the release of Big
Peat Christmas 2016 Edition.
One For The Road 22 Year Old
Jura marks distillery manager Willie
Cochrane's retirement with Jura One
For The Road 22 year old Pinot Noir
finish limited edition which Willie
will be introducing to us during a
farewell European tour.
Benromach Hermitage 2007
Benromach has announced the
launch the latest expression in its
Benromach Wood Finish range,
Benromach Hermitage 2007.
Review Of The Feather's Pub & Single
Malt Bar Toronto Canada
Murray Cohen reviews
The Feather’s Pub, a friendly
Toronto single malt haven for all
Scotch whisky aficionados.
Laing Old Malt Cask Brora 1981 18
Year Old Review
Review of Douglas Laing Old
Malt Cask Brora 1981 18 Year Old.
Medicine cabinet explosion with
seaweed salad and salt water galore.
This is a unique dram that moans the
loss of a truly wonderful
Murray McDavid Lochside 1981 20 Year
Review of Murray McDavid Lochside
1981 20 Year Old. Dark fruit with
concentrated syrupy sweetness and
mild caramel fudge. Full-bodied and
somewhat drying. There is intensity
to this whisky that entices.
Glen Garioch 15 Year Old Review
Review of Glen Garioch 15 Year Old.
A tale of two cities between nose
and palate yielding a very
satisfying if not dramatic dram.
Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 100 Proof
Review of Glenmorangie 10
Year Old 100 Proof. This whisky is
made to impress. A magnificent dram
that spreads its wings from start to
finish. This is a Glenmo to
Year Old Review
Review of Oban 14 Year Old. One of
the six classic malts. Short with
faint traces of dark chocolate and a
mild astringent quality with not
much in the epilogue other than some
Live Online Chat With The Famous
Grouse Master Blender
The Famous Grouse has announced that
they will be hosting a special online
‘live chat’ with its Master Blender,
Kirsteen Campbell this coming Thursday
25th August (18:00-18:30 UK time).
They are inviting fans of the Famous
dram from around the world to put their
questions direct to Kirsteen, which you
will be able to watch live via The Famous Grouse You
Tube channel or
The Famous Grouse Facebook page.
BenRiach Single Cask Batch 13
BenRiach Distillery today released
Batch 13 of its popular single cask
bottlings. This thirteenth batch of
BenRiach comprises of twelve single
casks that were bottled in June
GlenDronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak
GlenDronach has launched a new special edition 14 year old Virgin Oak Wood Finish, well it is actually a re-release of the critically-acclaimed 14 year old Virgin Oak first released back in July 2010.
BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximenez
Sherry Wood Finish
BenRiach release 17 year old Pedro
Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish.
Matured in the traditional
style in American bourbon barrels
and finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry
casks sourced from the bodegas of
Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern
Spain, it replaces the 15 year old
BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood
BenRiach today released a new
BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood
Finish which replaces the 15 year
old. Matured in the traditional
style in American bourbon barrels
and then finished in a small batch
of Tawny Port casks sourced from the
Douro region in the north of
Holyrood Park Distillery In
Edinburgh Gets Go Ahead
Single malt whisky distilling is set
to return to Edinburgh as Holyrood
application to develop the
Engine Shed building and site on St
Leonard’s Lane into a single malt
whisky distillery and visitor centre
was approved by Edinburgh City
Gordon & MacPhail Juliette Buchan
Becomes Keeper of the Quaich
Juliette Buchan, a French woman
married to a Scot, has been inducted
into the Keepers of the Quaich.
Juliette, who has worked at Gordon & MacPhail for more than nine years, is Gordon & MacPhail's regional export sales manager, working largely in Europe. Her job involves extensive travel as she meets customers and conducts numerous tastings, whisky tutorials and master classes.
Strathearn Distillery To Make Its
Debut At The Whisky Fringe
This August Strathearn
Distillery will make its debut at
The Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh.
Their spirit is now nearing full
maturation and visitors to this
years Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh
from 12-14th August will be able to
taste limited batch Uisge Beathas.
For Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs
Choice Tomatin 1997
It comes as no surprise to me
after recently reviewing it myself
that the Gordon & MacPhail
Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 has
scooped a gold medal at the
prestigious International Wine and
Club Clubman Review
Haig Club Clubman is the new
expression from Haig Club single
grain whisky the chosen dram of
David Beckham, it has a gentle
Kentucky Bourbon character with a
lovely balance of mild coconut
sweetness and creamy vanilla toffee
and you will be pleased to hear it
is sensibly priced.
Benromach Cask No. 757 Distillery
The Benromach Distillery has
announced the release of a 2nd
Distillery Exclusive whisky which
will be available exclusively at the
distillery's visitor centre.
Benromach Cask Number 757, is a
single cask bottling which was
distilled in 2000 and bottled in
2016. A limited release of only 238
- 3rd August 2016
Big Peat Edinburgh Edition
The folks at Douglas Laing have
announced the release of a special Big Peat,
the Big Peat Edinburgh Edition, a limited release of just 180 bottles, to coincide with Scotland's capital city’s world-famous Fringe Festival.
The Famous Grouse House Headline
Acts At This Years Edinburgh
If you will be lucky enough
to be visiting Edinburgh this month
during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
then look out for the winners of The
Famous Grouse ‘Famous Fridays’
headliner competition which was
launched to discover unsigned
artists to headline The Famous
Grouse House pop up venue at this
year’s Edinburgh Festival.
International Beverage Whisky Brands
IWSC 2016 Medal Haul
International Beverage has
announced an extraordinary medal
haul from the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016. The company has scooped 31 at one of the world’s toughest and most established industry challenges.
BenRiach Distillery Company Scoops
16 Medals At IWSC 2016
The BenRiach Distillery Company has once again walked away from the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 with a barrel load of medals, 16 medals in total to be exact, including 3 Gold medals.
Year Old Wins Gold At IWSC 2016
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky anCnoc has announced that its popular 12 year old expression from its core range has won Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016.
Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender Opens Pop Up In New York
Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve’s GB
World Class Bartender 2016 opens Pop
Up in New York City for one evening
Chivas Regal's Max Warner Crowned
Best International Brand Ambassador
Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador
for Chivas Regal has been crowned
the Best International Brand
Ambassador at the 10th annual
Tobermory 42 Year Old
Tobermory, has unveiled a
rare 42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Whisky which will be available
exclusively through Global Retail
Travel, this joins the Tobermory 42
year old currently available in
specialist whisky shops.
1971 44 Year Old Warehouse 6
Tomatin has unveiled an extremely rare single malt whisky, the Tomatin 1971 distilled which is a 44 year old single cask release and the first release in the Tomatin luxury Warehouse 6 Collection which the distillery say will include some of their most refined spirits.
#RaiseADram To Congratulate The
Balvenie’s David Stewart On His MBE
The remarkable career of The
Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart
will be recognised today when he
will be presented with his MBE medal
by a member of the royal family for
services to the Scotch whisky
industry. To congratulate David head
over to Twitter tonight at 19.45 and
#RaiseADram to David.
Work Begins On New Lindores Abbey
Whisky enthusiasts will perhaps know
Lindores Abbey as the ‘spiritual home’ of Scotch whisky thanks to Friar John Cor,
well work has now begun to construct
a new multi million pound Lindores
Abbey Distillery with the first
whisky expected to be available by
Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th
Anniversary Limited Edition
Continuing with its
bicentennial celebrations, Lagavulin
has announced the forthcoming
release of the Lagavulin 25 Year Old
200th Anniversary Limited Edition
bottling which will be a release of
8,000 exclusively sherry cask
matured bottles worldwide.
Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask
Johnnie Walker Select Casks
Rye Cask Finish 10 year old is the
first in a series of limited edition
wood finished Scotch blended
whiskies, launched last year in the
US it is now available in travel
retail here in the UK.
New Whisky Galore Movie Watch The
If the whisky drinking cinema
goers amongst you are looking for an
evenings entertainment this summer
you might just appreciate the
recently launched remake of Whisky
Galore the classic story of whisky,
drama, romance and comedy which has
been brought to life once again and
is in cinemas now.
Whisky Associations Response To EU
The Scotch Whisky Association
responds to the recent referendum
where the UK voted to leave the
European Union and they comment on
the challenges ahead.
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