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  • 22nd August 2016
    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.
     
  • 19th August 2016
    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 2016.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    GlenDronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak Wood Finish
    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.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    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 expression.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood Finish
    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 Portugal.
     
  • 17th August 2016
    Holyrood Park Distillery In Edinburgh Gets Go Ahead
    Single malt whisky distilling is set to return to Edinburgh as Holyrood Park Distillery's
    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 Council.
     
  • 17th August 2016
    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.
     
  • 10th August 2016
    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.
     
  • 10th August 2016
    Gold 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 Spirit Competition.
     
  • 9th August 2016
    Haig 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.
     
  • 4th August 2016
    Benromach Cask No. 757 Distillery Only Exclusive
    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 bottles.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 3rd August 2016
    The Famous Grouse House Headline Acts At This Years Edinburgh Festival
    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.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    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.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    The 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.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    anCnoc 12 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.
     
  • 2nd August 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 only.

     
  • 2nd August 2016
    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 Spirited Awards.

     
  • 7th July 2016
    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.
     
  • 7th July 2016
    Tomatin 1971 44 Year Old Warehouse 6 Collection
    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.
     
  • 5th July 2016
    #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.
     
  • 5th July 2016
    Work Begins On New Lindores Abbey Distillery
    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 2023.
     
  • 4th July 2016
    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.
     
  • 4th July 2016
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish
    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.
     
  • 1st July 2016
    New Whisky Galore Movie Watch The Trailer
    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.
     
  • 1st July 2016
    Scotch Whisky Associations Response To EU Referedum Result
    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.

     
  • 30th June 2016
    Highland Park Midsummer Solstice Lights Up Dalston Roof Park in London
    Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky last week celebrated Midsummer Solstice with events for over 200 consumers. The brand hosted its Midsummer Social events on June 21 and 22 at Dalston Roof Park in London to mark the official start of summer, although there is little sign of summer arriving yet.
     
  • 28th June 2016
    Glenfiddich Distillery Virtual Reality Tour At Paris Duty Free
    Journey into the Mind of the Malt Master with a Glenfiddich Virtual Reality Tour which is being premiered at Buy Paris Duty Free. The Virtual Reality experience is an ambitious project that takes viewers from Paris directly into the heart and soul of the Glenfiddich distillery, highlighting the mastery and craft of single malt whisky production.
     
  • 27th June 2016
    Mexican Bartender Crowned Chivas Masters 2016 Winner
    Chivas Regal has crowned Mexican bartender Alejandro Millan Ponce de Leon from Instituto Culinario de Mexico and Bootlegger in Puebla, Mexico as the 2016 Chivas Master.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson The Blender’s Dog Review
    What better way too mark Ireland's success against Italy last night and their progression to the next round of Euro 2016 than with not one, but nine reviews of Jameson's mostly outstanding Irish blended whiskey's. First up is Jameson The Blender’s Dog, the other eight reviews are below.


    Jameson The Blender’s Dog celebrates the role of Jameson Head Blender, Billy Leighton; a master at matching whiskeys across ages and characters. A deliciously rich, sweet well constructed Irish blended whiskey. Whiskey is for pleasure and Irish blended whiskey's don't come much more pleasurable than this.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson The Cooper’s Croze Review
    Jameson The Cooper’s Croze showcases the role of Jameson’s Head Cooper, Ger Buckley, and explores the influence that maturation in casks has on whiskey. A deliciously creamy vanilla'd Jameson which gets spicier with each mouthful, with just a delicate influence from the sherry casks.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson The Distiller’s Safe Review
    Jameson The Distiller's Safe celebrates the role of Jameson’s Head Distiller, Brian Nation, and is billed as a showcase of the original copper pot still distillate. A mouth watering barley sugar sweet Irish blended whiskey with a refreshingly long sweet finish. An outstanding blend.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Black Barrel Review
    Jameson Black Barrel is a triple-distilled Irish whiskey that pays tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels for a second time. An outstanding Irish blended whiskey, loads going on from the contributions made from the grain and pot still whiskeys as well as American oak, sherry casks and double-charred bourbon barrels. A delicious dram.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Signature Review
    Jameson Signature is not a new whiskey more a repackaging of an existing travel retail favourite of mine. It is another delicious quality easy to drink Jameson blended whiskey, normally found on shelves at airports and certainly worth seeking out when on your travels.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Crested Review
    Jameson Crested launched in April this year, a blended whiskey containing a high percentage of rich pot still Irish whiskey. Its a cracker, creamy vanilla, layers of gentle sherried fruit and pot still spices, coconut, a lovely gentle Demerara sweetness.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Bold Review
    Jameson Bold is influenced by pot still whiskey, not as bold on the nose as its name suggests, the pot still spices and fruit is certainly bold on delivery but don't hang around very long. Could have done with a cask or two in the mix to sweeten up the somewhat dull experience.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Lively Review
    Jameson Lively is another travel retail exclusive, it is influenced by grain whiskey, shy on the nose, this is all about the taste and finish. I was expecting something much sweeter given it is supposed to have a a big grain whiskey influence.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Round Review
    Jameson Round is influenced by the wood contribution, another extremely enjoyable rich easy drinking blend from Jameson which wont bust the bank. It is exclusive to travel retail so one to remember if you are off on you holidays or for a good dramming whiskey if visiting friends of family.

     
  • 22nd June 2016
    The Famous Grouse House Edinburgh Festival Competition
    To celebrate, Scotland’s favourite whisky will be launching ‘Famous Fridays’ headliner competition giving 4 lucky artists or bands the chance to win a headline slot like no other and earn the right to say they have played at the Edinburgh Festival at the famous venue!
     
  • 20th June 2016
    Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 Review
    The Balvenie amongst you will be pleased to hear that the Speyside distillery has unveiled the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 and what a cracker it is. An absolutely stunning, mature, deliciously sherry rich, honeyed Balvenie.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Malt, Grain and Blend Launch In Uk & Europe
    The Exceptional Malt, Grain and Blend originally exclusive to the US launch in the UK & Europe.
    The Exceptional whiskies are the creation of Don Sutcliffe, managing director of Craft Distillers, and Willie Phillips, former managing director of The Macallan who have joined forces to create a series of exceptional small batch Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Grain 3rd Edition Review
    The Exceptional Grain 3rd Edition from Sutcliffe & Son is a blend of a selection Scotch grain whiskies from the North British, Loch Lomond, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge and Carsebridge distilleries, blended and married in first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts. A lovely delicate sherry influence which becomes more apparent on the finish after a few mouthfuls.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Malt 2nd Edition Review
    The Exceptional Malt 2nd Edition from Sutcliffe & Son is a blend of an extraordinary range of mature single malt casks, including Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Balvenie, Kininvie, Glenfiddich, Alt-a’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Speyside and The Macallan. A lovely sherried dram which has been influenced by some of the most iconic Speyside distilleries.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition Review
    The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition from Sutcliffe & Son is a exemplary selection of mature grain and malt casks from North British, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge, Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Balvenie, Kininvie, Glenfiddich, Alt-a’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Speyside and The Macallan distilleries. A lovely sherry rich, balanced mature blended Scotch whisky.
     
  • 14th June 2016
    Chivas Masters 2016 Shanghai Finalists Named
    Chivas Regal has announced the 15 international bartenders that will compete in the Chivas Masters Global Final in Shanghai on 19th-22nd June – the first time a major bartending competition has held its finals in the city.
     
  • 13th June 2016
    Benromach 1974 Single Cask
    The Benromach distillery today unveiled a very rare single cask Scotch whisky, the Benromach 1974 which has spent 41 years maturing in a sherry butt.
     
  • 10th June 2016
    Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016
    After a three day final event Aidan Bowie of Dandelyanwas crowned Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016. Aidan will now go on to represent Great Britain in the global Diageo World Class competition final will be held in Miami in September 2016.
     
  • 9th June 2016
    Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish Review
    The new Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish launches this July, it was matured in American oak casks before being finished in Oloroso sherry casks for a minimum of 8 months. Yes it is young but it is also fun and very enjoyable, some decent sherry casks at work here and at £22 a bottle you just have to!
     
  • 9th June 2016
    Glen Moray Classic The 6th Best Selling Single Malt In The UK
    Glen Moray whisky sales continue to see steady growth and the distillery owners are building on that success with a expansion which will see production and storage capacity double. The distillery is also building on its success by launching the new Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish.
     
  • 9th June 2016
    William Grant Appoint New Managing Director for Global Travel Retail
    William Grant & Sons has announced the appointment of Ed Cottrell as Managing Director for Global Travel Retail.
     
  • 8th June 2016
    Jameson Gets New Look And New Whiskey's
    The folks at Jameson Irish whiskey appear to have been very busy as they have announced that they have restructured their whiskey range as well as adding a few new whiskeys to their now very impressive range of Irish whiskey. The new portfolio is made up of The Whiskey Makers Series, the range of Heritage Whiskeys and The Deconstructed Series with the original Jameson Irish Whiskey at the core.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Octaves Peated
    Glenglassaugh today launched two new expressions, the Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and the Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated single malts. Both of the new whiskies have been matured in octave casks, which are made from staves of a used cask and are approximately 1/8th the size of a butt.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask
    The BenRiach Distillery today launched The BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask, a peated expression of its Single Malt Scotch Whisky matured in quarter casks which the distillery is hailing as "a peaty fruit bomb.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    Glenmorangie Old Fashioned Week
    Glenmorangie, which is now firmly established as the Spirit of the British Open Golf Championship, is launching its very first "Old Fashioned Week" ahead of this year’s British Open at Royal Troon. This year they are in search of perfect cocktail created using Glenmorangie’s Extra Matured Range to celebrate the Greatest Finishes campaign.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    SIA Blended Whisky Review & Discount Code For US Customers
    It isn't often I get the chance to offer you a discount code but I thought the sites US based visitors would be interested in saving $10 or getting free shipping on a bottle of SIA Scotch blended whisky which is currently exclusively available in the US and just to help you make up your mind I have reviewed the whisky.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant Gets New Look And Launches Three New Whiskies
    Glen Grant has unveiled a new look for its whisky range and they have also expanded the range by adding three new whiskies to the current range, these are the Glen Grant 12 Year Old and Glen Grant 18 Year Old which will join the core range and the Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered which will be exclusively available in travel retail.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant 18 Year Old Review
    The new Glen Grant 18 year old launches this month
    and now sits at the top of the new look Glen Grant core range, it is light bodied, complex, gentle and vibrant with layers of delicate fruit.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered Review
    The new
    Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered is available exclusively in  travel retail. Loved it, it is malty with a little spicy kick to the delivery, the barley sugar has a gentle coating of oak spice, creamy vanilla, pear, orange.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant 12 Year Old Review
    The Glen Grant 12 Year Old slots into the Glen Grant core range just above the existing 10 year old. A wonderful, very enjoyable lighter style Speyside whisky which is sure to please, a lovely tangy fruitiness, barley sugar sweetness, gentle spiciness.
     
  • 3rd June 2016
    A few Fathers Day Whisky Ideas From Gordon & MacPhail
    At this time of year I get inundated with requests for suggestions for Fathers Day Whisky Gifts. Everyone one is looking for the perfect gift, something special, something their Dad hasn't tried before so here are a few Fathers Day whisky gift ideas from Gordon & MacPhail that is sure to make your Dads Day.
     
  • 3rd June 2016
    BenRiach's Managing Director Billy Walker Named Entrepreneur of the Year
    BenRiach’s Managing Director Billy Walker has capped an amazing year in the Scotch whisky industry by being named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016.
     
  • 3rd June 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies Pick Up Top Awards
    The folks at family-owned Scotch malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail are celebrating an award winning year, so far, the Elgin based independent whisky maker and bottler has been presented with both a gold and silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge, and a Master and silver award at the Scotch Whisky Masters.
     
  • 2nd June 2016
    Scapa Jutland Commemorates Battle And Raises £45,000 For RNLI
    Scapa Jutland 16 Year Old Memorial Edition
    is a new single cask single malt Scotch whisky crafted by the Orkney Islands distillery to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 2016. Scapa was used as a base by the British naval fleet during the First World War and the artisanal island single malt distillery has released 249 bottles of Scapa Jutland with all profits from their sale which is estimated at over £45,000, to be donated by Chivas Brothers to the RNLI.
     
  • 2nd June 2016
    Highland Park Midsummer Social at Dalston Roof Park
    Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Highland Park's mid-summer social at the Dalston Roof Park London 21st - 22nd June.
    Guests can fully immerse themselves in Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, enjoy great cocktails, food and music whilst celebrating the official start of summer.
     
  • 1st June 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 1967 Review
    The
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 1967 was matured in 1st Fill Sherry butts. I just love these old mature sherried drams and this is a classic example of just that. The sherried fruit, oak and spice are all big contributors, keeping each other in check and not letting the other overwhelm, complimenting and balancing each other.
     
  • 27th May 2016
    Pub Burgundy Lion - A Montreal Whisky Experience
    Review of Pub Burgundy Lion Montreal, a Montreal hotspot on Notre Dame St. The pub experience is highlighted by a grand collection of almost 600 whiskies, boasting a wide range of single malt Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whiskies.

     
  • 27th May 2016
    Linkwood 22 Year Old Hart Brothers Review
    Review of Hart Brothers Linkwood 22 Year Old. The Linkwood 22 is a connoisseur’s dram. It has a sense of being cured, like a fine steak aged to the point of pure delectability.

     
  • 27th May 2016
    Highland Park 23 Year Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Review
    Review of Highland Park 23 Year Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask. This 23 year old expression is a wonderful surprise coming at one from different angles creating a real masterpiece.

     
  • 27th May 2016
    Clan Denny Dumbarton 46 Year Old Single Grain Whisky Review
    Review of Clan Denny Dumbarton 46 Year Old Single Grain Whisky. This single grain scotch is essentially and basically perfect from nose to palate to finish. The almost 50 years in barrel has only served to augment this dram and create character.

     
  • 25th May 2016
    Jura Tastival 2016 Limited Edition
    Jura Whisky today unveiled its Tastival 2016 bottling, a new limited edition expression to mark the distillery’s annual island whisky festival. Jura Tastival celebrates new and exciting ways to enjoy whisky and the creation of this year’s festival edition is no exception, say the distillery, with a triple sherry finish, using hand-selected casks.
     
  • 24th May 2016
    The Balvenie Craftsmen’s Dinner With Michel Roux Jr
    Some of The Balvenie fans amongst you may have already been following The Balvenie's Craftsmen's Dinner six part short film series with Michel Roux Jr. This final episode in the series culminates with Michel creating the mouth-watering Craftsmen's Dinner for each of the craftsmen who featured in the series.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 was matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels. A cracking example of just how enjoyable this distillery can be when matured in quality casks. Considering the age and quality of this whisky, for the price I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tormore 1997 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tormore 1997 was matured in 1st Fill Bourbon barrels. So many whisky producers are trying to substitute age with 1st Fill Bourbon barrels these days but when you get a whisky that has been matured for a decent number of years in 1st Fill Bourbon, around 17 years in this case, you end up with and very complex and in this case very good whisky confirming Gordon & MacPhail's philosophy that it is the wood that makes the whisky but also the time spent in the wood.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1997 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1997 was matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead casks which have imparted just a delicate sherry influence on this 1997 vintage whisky, but the oak still has a big say in its profile.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 1999 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 1999 was matured in Refill remade Hogshead casks.
    The choice of casks has made this quite different to the original distillery bottling offerings as independent bottlings should be. The peat has been tamed a little in the years it has spent in the cask which you expect, this a good example of this peaty dram from the Tobermory distillery.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 2006 Review
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 2006 was matured in a combination of First Fill and Refill Sherry Hogsheads casks. A young and fun sherried Bunna and an excellent affordable everyday dramming unpeated expression from the Islay distillery.
     
  • 20th May 2016
    The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Pullman Train Collection
    The Glenlivet has launched three special limited edition single cask Glenlivet whiskies exclusively in the US market. The three single cask bottlings are The Glenlivet Pullman Club Car, Pullman Twentieth Century Limited and Pullman Water Level Route.
     
  • 20th May 2016
    Eva Longoria Announced As Judge Of Chivas The Venture Competition
    World-renowned actress, businesswoman and philanthropist, Eva Longoria, has been announced as a judge for The Venture – Chivas Regal’s search to find and support the most innovative startups from across the world.
     
  • 20th May 2016
    The Macallan 65 Year Old in Lalique Six Pillars Collection
    Here is something very special and very rare for The Macallan fans amongst you with deep pockets, The Macallan 65 Year Old in Lalique. which is the sixth and final release from their prestigious The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection and has a price tag of £23,500 with 450 bottles available worldwide.
     
  • 19th May 2016
    Bell's Queens 90th Birthday Decanter
    As whisky drinkers and Bells whisky decanter collectors have come to expect on a special royal occasion, Bell’s whisky has launched of a bespoke, limited edition ‘Royal Birthday Decanter’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
     
  • 18th May 2016
    Glenmorangie Distillery May Open Weekend
    Glenmorangie’s are inviting you to share the secrets of their single malt at the Distillery’s open weekend, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May, they will open the doors of the Distillery for FREE, offering visitors unprecedented access to Glenmorangie’s innovative whisky making and an insight into the Distillery’s pioneering work to protect its environment and heritage.
     
  • 18th May 2016
    Douglas Laing Unleash Scallywag Cask Strength Limited Edition No.2
    Douglas Laing today unleashed a second cask strength limited edition of its Scallywag Speyside vatted malt. This 2nd limited release has been created using an impressive line up Speyside Single Malts, including those distilled at Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes Distilleries.
     
  • 17th May 2016
    Suntory The Chita Japanese Single Grain Whisky
    Up until now Suntory The Chita Japanese Single Grain whisky has only been available exclusively in the Japanese domestic market but from July this year The Chita will be available from global travel retail.
     
  • 17th May 2016
    Jura Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane Retires
    Another era at the Isle of Jura distillery came to an end this week when Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane, retired after an incredible 39 year career.
     
  • 12th May 2016
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Edition
    Just in time for summer, Kilchoman today released the 6th edition of their excellent, easy drinking, lower peated level, Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Edition,  the only single malt produced on-site from barley to bottle.
     
  • 12th May 2016
    Rocket Cat Scotch Whisky Based Cinnamon Infused Spirit Drink
    Independent family-owned Ian Macleod Distillers, who are more well known for their Scotch single malt and blended whiskies has entered the spirit drink market with the launch of a new Scotch whisky based, cinnamon infused spicy party drink called Rocket Cat.
     
  • 10th May 2016
    Take The Tomatin Caledonian Sleeper To Scotland
    Are you looking for a break north of the border and want to avoid the hassle of airport queues and of course if you enjoy a we dram or two then the overnight Caledonian Sleeper and Tomatin have the thing for you.
     
  • 9th May 2016
    Johnnie Walker Island Green
    Diageo have announced the launch of Johnnie Walker Island Green blended malt whisky which will be exclusive to travel retail.
     
  • 6th May 2016
    Gold For Glengoyne 21 & 25 At Asian Spirits Masters
    Glengoyne are celebrating after bringing picking up two Gold medals from this year’s Asian Spirits Masters for their Glengoyne 21 Year Old and their outstanding Glengoyne 25 Year Old expressions.
     
  • 5th May 2016
    Diageo Reserve Announce Finalists For 2016 World Class Competition
    The finalists have been announced following two very competitive UK Diageo Reserve World Class Competition semi finals which saw 100 competitors narrowed down to 11 finalists who will now compete to be crowned 2016 UK Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year. You can try out the 11 semi final winning cocktails at home, I have listed them HERE.
     
  • 3rd May 2016
    Jim Beam Reaches 14 Million Barrel Milestone
    Jim Beam Bourbon, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, made history this week when it filled its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
     

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