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  • 14th April 2015
    Whisky Stramash 2015
    Whisky Stramash returns for its 4th year at the Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. This year sees the addition of a Friday night event on the 22nd May followed by the usual Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May sessions.
  • 13th April 2015
    Amrut Naarangi
    Amrut Naarangi, the new orange flavoured single malt from Amrut, but is it controversial?
    Will this be the start of a new method to flavour whisky and still be able to call it whisky?
  • 13th April 2015
    Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman's Reserve 10 Year Old
    Amrut Distilleries, India, have launched Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 10 years old which is a limited edition of only 320 bottles worldwide. This is the first 10 year old single malt to ever come out of India and is also India’s most expensive whisky so far.
  • 9th April 2015
    New Core Range BenRiach 10 Year Old
    BenRiach have launched the BenRiach 10 year old, the first core range whisky produced from spirit distilled under The BenRiach Distillery Company’s ownership.

  • 9th April 2015
    UK's Busiest Malt Whisky Ferry Wins International Safety Award
    Those of you who visit Islay by ferry will be pleased to hear that you are in safe hands when you do so as the ferry you are most likely to travel on, the Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Finlaggan ferry has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council.
  • 9th April 2015
    Jura’s Tastival Schedule For Feis Ile festival 2015
    The Isle of Jura distillery has announced a packed schedule of tastings and tours for the Jura Tastival 2015, inviting whisky fans from across the globe to discover the unique flavours of Jura as part of the annual Feis Ile festival. Tickets are now on sale for Jura’s annual whisky festival, Tastival, a two day island celebration on 27th & 28th May 2015. Part of the annual Feis Ile festival.
  • 2nd April 2015
    Bacardi Buys Angel’s Envy Bourbon
    Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has now entered the American Bourbon market with the purchase of Louisville-based Angel’s Share Brands, its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co., and its Angel's Envy Bourbon.
  • 2nd April 2015
    Jameson Empire Awards
    Jameson Irish Whiskey welcomed the Hollywood elite to London this week, where the best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by readers of Empire magazine and global film fans, were honoured at the 20th Jameson Empire Awards.
  • 1st April 2015
    Scotch Whisky Exports Down 7% In 2014
    The figures were published today for Scotch Whisky Exports in 2014, they show that the value of Scotch whisky exports were down 7% while the volume of exports was down 3% indicating a slight drop in the average price paid for a bottle of whisky but I doubt that many of you have noticed this drop.
  • 1st April 2015
    Tamdhu Has Looks As Well As Taste
    According to the World Whisky Awards, Tamdhu whisky not only looks good it tastes good also. The awards which is run by the Whisky Magazine recently recognised Tamdhu as a whisky that’s got it all in terms of taste and design with two major awards for its 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt.
  • 1st April 2015
    Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Whiskies Scoop Top Whisky Awards
    The Glenmorangie Company have a few more trophies to polish in their trophy cabinet following the companies recent triumphs at a couple of the top whisky competitions. They have just picked up two awards at this year’s World Whiskies Awards in London and four double gold medals at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 1st April 2015
    Old Pulteney Raise Funds For The Mission to Seafarers Charity
    Look out for special charity packs of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old which will be on shelves in the UK and other markets from May. The Maritime Malt will donate £1 from every bottle of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old sold in 2015 to the The Mission to Seafarers charity, with an aim of raising £30,000.

  • 31st March 2015
    Glenmorangie Sells The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
    The Glenmorangie Company has sold the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) to a group of private investors

  • 27th March 2015
    Win A Unique Limited Edition Ballantine’s Finest Original Sin Bottling
    Ballantine’s Finest this week launched a collection of just 12 very unique limited edition bottles, which have been hand painted by the world’s leading GIF-ITI and fine artist INSA. Ballantines are offering visitors to the Original Sin bar in East London the chance to win the bottles via twitter.
  • 25th March 2015
    Diageo To Provide Nutrition and Alcohol Content Info Per Alcohol Serving
    Want to know whether the age, ABV, type of cask used to mature whisky make any significant difference to the nutrition of the whisky then your in luck Diageo have committed to provide nutrition info for every one of their whiskies.
  • 25th March 2015
    BenRiach Named Icons Of Whisky Global Distiller Of The Year 2015
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has been named Global Whisky Distiller of the Year at the 2015 Icons of Whisky Awards.
  • 25th March 2015
    Teeling Whiskey Continue To Pick Up Top International Awards
    Teeling Whiskey continues to be recognised for its quality in the Irish Whiskey category. The company which was founded in 2012 has picked up awards from the World Whiskies Awards and San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 23rd March 2015
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015
    The Kilchoman distillery which is now in its 10th anniversary year (how time fly's) have today released their first new bottling of the year the sherry cask matured limited edition Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015.
  • 13th March 2015
    BenRiach Inspires Britain
    The London Stock Exchange Group has released its list of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and The BenRiach Distillery Company is featured for the first time.
  • 13th March 2015
    Bottle Your Own Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel
    Fans of Jameson Irish Whiskey will be pleased to hear that you will be now be able to "Bottle Your Own" whiskey when visiting the Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin, and the Jameson Experience Midleton in Cork. It is no standard bottle of Jameson which you get the chance to bottle, the new initiative gives whiskey fans the chance to personally fill a bottle of Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel from a live bourbon cask.
  • 10th March 2015
    BenRiach Distillery Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur
    With the increasing popularity of flavoured whiskies and Scotch cream liqueurs The BenRiach Distillery Company has entered the Scotch Cream Liqueur market with the launch of their Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur.
  • 10th March 2015
    The Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition 2015
    Following the success of the inaugural Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition last year, Chivas are doing it all again this year. Hong Kong will be the first of 12 countries to hold national finals, before the competition culminates in a two-day grand final in New York City in July which will be judged by a distinguished panel of leading bartenders and industry experts.
  • 6th March 2015
    The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Review
    The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is the new whisky which is replacing the Glenlivet 12 year old in a number of markets. The Glenlivet have complimented the signature Glenlivet fruity notes we are familiar with, with a creaminess and sweetness from the addition of First Fill American oak casks, resulting in a very enjoyable easy to drink exceptionally smooth single malt whisky. This is what I thought of it...
  • 5th March 2015
    Arran 18 Year Old Limited Edition
    Its finally here, Arran whisky have announced the release of a Arran 18 year old expression. As fans of the island distillery will know the Arran 18 year old is the 3rd and final release in a limited edition trilogy which has paved the way for an official bottling of Arran 18 year old joining the Arran core range of whiskies this spring.
  • 26th February 2015
    Macallan The Worlds Most Expensive Whisky
    Guinness World Records name The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique decanter the most expensive whisky in the world sold at auction.

  • 25th February 2015
    New Look For William Grant's 25 Year Old
    William Grant & Sons excellent Grant's 25 Year Old premium blended whisky launched back in 2009 has recently been given a new look but don't worry it is still the same Grant's 25 year old that you will find in the bottle.
  • 24th February 2015
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Cities Collection Dubai Edition
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label honours famous city landscapes of the world with limited edition design exclusive to travel retail. The first edition in the collection is the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Cities Collection, Dubai Edition.

  • 23rd February 2015
    Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship 2015
    Monkey Shoulder tour the UK in search of the next generation of bar owners The winner gets a week-long pop bar up at London. Cocktail Week, built, stocked, and promoted by Monkey Shoulder.

  • 23rd February 2015
    Teeling Irish Single Grain Whiskey Released In US
    The innovative bunch at the Teeling Whiskey Company have already released their award winning Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask finished Irish whiskey to critical acclaim in the US and they have now announced they are now launching their new Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey into the American market.
  • 20th February 2015
    Two New BenRiach And A New GlenDronach Cask Finish
    The BenRiach Distillery Company have unveiled three new cask finish whiskies, from the BenRiach distillery itself come two intriguing single malts – the BenRiach 15 year old Sauternes finish and the BenRiach 18 year old Albariza which is a peated whisky finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from Southern Spain. From its sister distillery GlenDronach comes a new GlenDronach 18 year old Marsala Cask Finish.

  • 20th February 2015
    The Macallan 1824 Masters Series
    The new Macallan 1824 Masters Series Rare Cask, Reflexion, No.6 & M has started appearing on the shelves of the specialist whisky shops, stunning packaged but with no age to indicate its rarity will the new whiskies be sought after by whisky connoisseurs and collectors.
  • 16th February 2015
    Highland Park Odin The Final Valhalla Collection Release
    Highland Park today released the 4th and final instalment of the Valhalla Collection, the Highland Park Odin which takes its name from the leader of the all Norse gods. I would advise you not to hang around if you want to get hold of a bottle or two.
  • 10th February 2015
    Have A Look Inside Talisker, Lagavulin, Cardhu & Glen Ord Distilleries
    Those of you who have never had the chance to visit a Scotch whisky distillery will be pleased to hear that you can now take a virtual tour around Talisker, Lagavulin, Cardhu & Glen Ord Distilleries.

  • 9th February 2015
    The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1968
    Berry Bros & Rudd owners of The Glenrothes single malt whisky have announced the release of The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1968 Cask No. 13507 the third edition in its rare Extraordinary Cask Collection series.
  • 3rd February 2015
    Redbreast Mano a Lámh
    Fans of the superb Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that they have announced the release of the limited edition Redbreast Mano a Lámh, this is the first expression released in the Redbreast range which has been 100% matured in sherry casks.
  • 30th January 2015
    The New Aultmore Single Malt Whisky Range
    John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of single malts from the little heard from Aultmore distillery,
    the three new expressions in the range are the Aultmore 12 Year Old and Aultmore 25 Year Old and they have also launched the Aultmore 21 Year Old which which is exclusive to travel retail. This is what I thought of the three new whiskies...
  • 29th January 2015
    GlenDronach Single Casks Batch 11
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 11 of its very popular single cask bottlings, selected as always by Master Blender Billy Walker.  The nine new expressions range in age from a 1996 distilled 18 year old up to a very rare 1971 distilled 43 year old.
  • 26th January 2015
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity with Georgie Bell and Stuart Brown
    Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 reviews "An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" and the whiskies presented during the evening in Toronto last week by Mortlach whisky ambassador Georgie Bell and Diageo premium whisky ambassador Stuart Brown.

    The whiskies were Mortlach Rare Old, Mortlach 18 Year Old, Mortlach 25 Year Old, John Walker & Sons Odyssey, Glen Ord 30 Year Old and The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old.
  • 23rd January 2015
    Smokehead Celebrates Gold Awards At India's Prestigious Ambrosia Awards
    Smokehead has always caused debate amongst whisky drinkers as to its distillery of origin but all whisky drinkers who have a taste for a peated Islay single malt agree about one thing, it is a quality dram. It appears that the mysterious unnamed distillery Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is now being noticed in India, after picking up a duo of Gold awards at this year’s prestigious Ambrosia Awards.
  • 22nd January 2015
    Jameson St. Patricks Day 2015 Limited Edition
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    ameson has unveiled its 5th annual limited edition bottle as it gears up for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. The Jameson St. Patricks Day 2015 Limited Edition was designed by award-winning, Dublin-based illustrator, Steve Simpson, the bottle forms the flagship of Jameson’s much-anticipated ‘Hello Dublin’ celebrations in Dublin and around the world this March.
  • 15th January 2015
    Jameson Good Workers Great Whiskey Limited Edition
    Jameson Good Workers, Great Whiskey, the first release in a new limited edition series of innovative packaging which celebrate the whiskeys rich heritage.
    This first release celebrates the craftspeople at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork where the whiskey is produced today.
  • 12th January 2015
    "Rock Oyster" Island Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing
    Douglas Laing & Co. the Glasgow based whisky specialists today announced the release of "Rock Oyster" Island Vatted Malt Whisky. Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using a selection of single malts sourced from distilleries on the Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.
  • 9th January 2015
    Isle of Skye Limited Edition 18 and 21 Year Old
    Fans of the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky will be pleased to hear that to toast the start of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink they have announced the launch of two new limited edition expressions, an Isle of Skye 18 year old and Isle of Skye 21 Year Old.

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