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  • 15th February 2018
    Loch Lomond Whisky Teams Up With The Open Golf Championship
    Two of Scotland's most iconic exports, whisky and golf, are coming together as independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, announces that they have agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, the oldest and most prestigious international Major Golf Championship in the world.
  • 13th February 2018
    Mumbai Duty Free First In India To Offer Glenfiddich 50 Year Old
    Mumbai Duty Free, located at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, has list one of just 50 bottles of Glenfiddich 50 Year Old released globally this year.
  • 12th February 2018
    The Single Malt Fund The World’s First Regulated Whisky Fund
    A Swedish entrepreneur and whisky enthusiast, Christian Svantesson, is offering investors with a passion for whisky an opportunity to invest in the world’s first regulated single malt whisky fund.
  • 12th February 2018
    Whisky Sold At Auction In UK Exceeds £25 Million For First Time In A Year
    Rare Whisky 101, the whisky analyst, broker and investment company has revealed that whisky sold at auction here in the UK in 2017 has exceeded £25M in a single year for the first time as global demand for liquid gold soars.
  • 9th February 2018
    Glenmorangie Spios Private Edition 9th Release
    Glenmorangie Spios is the latest release in the Private Edition series and the first Glenmorangie whisky which has been fully matured in first fill American ex-rye whiskey casks.

  • 8th February 2018
    Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old Review
    Released at the end of last year, Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old is the first of a pair of new limited releases from the Orkney distillery, a release of 28,000 bottles, matured in sherry seasoned European oak casks which have lent a lovely sherry richness to this mature Highland Park.
  • 8th February 2018
    The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9
    he GlenDronach Distillery has announced the next release of in their premium Grandeur series, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24 Year Old which has been created using just a handful of Spanish oak sherry butts distilled in 1990, 1992 and 1993 which have been hand picked by The GlenDronach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, to create this latest limited edition in the series.
  • 8th February 2018
    Glenmorangie Supports National Museum of Scotland Tour Of Scotland
    A major exhibition supported by The Glenmorangie Company and produced by National Museums Scotland will tour Scotland this year – as the two organisations celebrate the renewal of their award-winning archaeological research partnership.
  • 8th February 2018
    Cotswolds Distillery Named Craft Producer Of The Year
    The Cotswolds Distillery which only launched its first ever single malt whisky, the limited edition Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release, late last year has begun its first full year of whisky sales with a ground-breaking win in the annual Icons of Whisky Awards. The distillery, which only began production in September 2014, has been named ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ in the awards’ ‘Rest of World’ category.
  • 5th February 2018
    Jameson's St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Limited Edition
    Jameson unveil their St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Limited Edition which this year has been inspired by the Fianna; Irish mythological warriors known for valuing loyalty and bravery – the foundation of every strong friendship.

  • 2nd February 2018
    Rare Corti Brothers Scotch Whisky Collection Up For Auction
    This week we see the world’s largest known selection of rare and collectable Corti Brothers whiskies go under the hammer in an online auction currently being held by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer. Amongst the lots on offer are a bottle of Highland Park 1963, Jura 1966, Springbank 1958, Bowmore 1964 and arguably the most sought after of all, a very rare 1965 Clynelish.
  • 1st February 2018
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2018
    Guest writer, Murray Cohen, reviews An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2018 and the whiskies presented by Chivas Brothers Brand Ambassadors Ian Logan and Frank Biskupek. The whiskies reviewed include the Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old, Aberlour 18 year old and Longmorn 23 Year Old as well as some rare Glenlivet single cask bottlings.

  • 26th January 2018
    Record Number Of Visitors At Diageo Distilleries
    cotch whisky tourism is in good spirits at the turn of 2018, as the latest figures reveal a record year of visitors to Diageo distilleries across Scotland, according to new figures released this week.
  • 26th January 2018
    Black Bowmore Fetches £11,900 At Auction
    Those of you that were lucky enough to buy a bottle of Black Bowmore 1964 2nd release from Oddbins for £93 back in 1994 when it was first released and then drunk it may just want to stop reading now as a bottle of the Black Bowmore 1964 30 Year Old 2nd Edition has just sold at auction for £11,900. I bought 2 bottles when it was first released which have long since past by my tonsils.
  • 19th January 2018
    Burns Night At The Permit Room Edinburgh
    Edinburgh cocktail bar The Permit Room, which you will find hidden beneath the kitchen of Dishoom in St. Andrew Square, will be celebrating Burns Night with a cocktail that pays homage to a lovely Bombay-Edinburgh connection.
  • 10th January 2018
    Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish
    Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is the latest expression to come from Johnnie Walkers ongoing experiments to deliver unique flavours and serves. This is the seventh release from the Blenders’ Batch series and the first to launch exclusively in travel retail.
  • 9th January 2018
    Diageo Opens Its Doors For International Scotch Day 2018
    Now in its second year, International Scotch Day is celebrated worldwide and not least in the the country where the worlds favourite whisky is made, Scotland. Once again Diageo is opening the doors to its distillery visitor centres for free as well as opening the doors to the Diageo Archive located in Menstrie.
  • 8th January 2018
    Glenmorangie Cadboll Joins Travel Retail Legends Collection
    Glenmorangie have unveiled the latest addition to their so far impressive travel retail exclusive Legends Collection. This month we see the new Glenmorangie Cadboll join the Legends Collection, a permanent addition to the Legends Collection which should appeal to most palates as it was aged in ex-American Bourbon casks and finished in barriques which previously held sweet French wines such as those of Muscat and Sémillon grapes.
  • 3rd January 2018
    Timorous Beastie 10 Year Old Special Edition
    The first new whisky to first foot my mail box in 2018 is a new whisky from the Glasgow based family run whisky company Douglas Laing, they have just announced the release of Timorous Beastie 10 Year Old Limited Edition Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.
  • 18th December 2017
    2017 A Record Year For Whisky Sales At Bonhams Scotland
    Sales figures for 2017 recently revealed by Bonhams Whisky department in Edinburgh has confirmed that the passion from rare whisky connoisseurs, collectors and investors from across the world is not showing any sign of letting up. Bonhams has confirmed that 2017 has been its most successful year ever, with total sales of £919,000 lead by The Dalmore and The Macallan whisky brands.
  • 15th December 2017
    Lagavulin 16 Year Old Nick Offerman's 'Perfect Gift' For Christmas
    I just couldn't resist posting these videos which sees American comedy actor Nick Offerman suggest Lagavulin 16 as the 'Perfect Gift' for Christmas, I am sure will bring a smile to your face and perhaps even suggest to you that you should have a bottle of Lagavulin 16 year old on your Christmas list.
  • 15th December 2017
    Diageo Join The Pact Campaign Meets Target One Year Early
    Diageo has hit its goal for its anti drink driving campaign, #JoinThePact, a year early and have announced a tenfold increase in its next target - aiming to secure 50 million pledges by 2025.

  • 15th December 2017
    Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017
    The world's toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017 is underway once again. On December 12th, 28 teams from around the world left the shores of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to English Harbour, Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017.

  • 14th December 2017
    Rare Wartime Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 Wins Packaging Award
    It seems that the folks and Gordon & MacPhail are not only good at bottling award winning whisky but they are also pretty creative when it comes to designing the packaging as the Elgin based independent whisky bottler has just picked up a Gold award in the Scotch whisky category of The Spirits Design Masters 2017 for it Glenlivet 1943 70 Year Old.
  • 14th December 2017
    Survey Indentifies Private Whisky Collections Worth £75 Million
    A recent survey of 1,542 rare whisky connoisseurs, collectors and investors from across the world carried out by Rare Whisky 101 in partnership with Whisky Auctioneer has revealed private whisky collections worth an estimated £75million, and with an average value of £50,000.
  • 12th December 2017
    Glen Moray Classic Peated Review
    The distillery launched the Glen Moray Classic Peated in 2015 which would have, a couple of more years on and with Christmas fast approaching I thought I would revisit this peaty Speysider that offers whisky drinkers a hit of peat at a very pocket friendly price in comparison to the ever increasing prices of Islay peated whiskies.
  • 11th December 2017
    BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks Review
    BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks is a rather unconventional release from the Speyside distillery in that it is a combination of four types of cask: bourbon barrels, virgin oak, Pedro Ximenez and red wine casks. I loved the nose on this and the four different oak woods are certainly each making a contribution.
  • 11th December 2017
    Glenglassaugh Rare Vintage Cask Collection Batch 3
    Glenglassaugh distillery has unveiled Batch 3 in their Glenglassaugh Rare Vintage Cask Collection. This latest collection of 8 vintage Glenglassaugh single cask bottlings was distilled between 1965 and 1986 and was hand selected by former Glenglassaugh Master Distiller Billy Walker before he moved on to pastures new. The collection provides a rare glimpse into the history of Glenglassaugh and the 8 whiskies are likely to be the last Glenglassaugh expressions selected by Billy Walker who we already know had the ability to select some very special whiskies to be bottled as single cask bottlings.
  • 7th December 2017
    Whisky Industry Veteran Joins The Cotswolds Distillery Board of Directors
    he Cotswolds Distillery have announced the appointment of Wine & Spirits industry veteran Richard Watling to its Board of Directors. Richard will serve as Director of Sales & Marketing Strategy, helping the award-winning young distillery continue its growth in both national and international markets.
  • 7th December 2017
    InchDairnie Distillery’s First Release To Be A Scotch Rye Whisky
    With a £10 million investment behind InchDairnie it took only 18 months to get the modern technically advanced and energy efficient distillery distillery up an running and this week the distillery underlined its innovative intentions with the news that its first release, Ryelaw, will be a groundbreaking ‘rye whisky’ that brings together elements of Scotch whisky and American rye whiskey.

  • 6th December 2017
    Benromach Add An Assistant Distillery Manager To The Distillery Team
    With the ever increasing global popularity of Benromach single malt whisky the Forres distillery has announced that they have expanded their distillery team with the appointment of Jessica Haworth in the position of assistant distillery manager.
  • 1st December 2017
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare
    Diageo has announced the launch of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare the first edition in a new series of Special Releases. Crafted using just 8 whiskies including irreplaceable whiskies from 'ghost' distilleries that have long since closed. At the heart of this first edition is Brora single malt which was last produced back in 1983.

  • 1st December 2017
    Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Goes Global
    Following on from a successful trial run in Ireland in September this year Irish Distillers has announced that they are now launching their new Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition worldwide. Finished in the specially crafted IPA casks the whiskey features the signature smoothness of Jameson alongside hints of light hops, fresh citrus and floral notes.
  • 29th November 2017
    Bowmore 1966 50 Year Old
    Bowmore unveil Bowmore 1966 50 Year Old, the third edition in the Bowmore 50 Year Old Vault Legends Collection. It is one of those whisky's which mere mortals such as myself can only dream about and only those of you with very deep pockets or lottery winners will ever get to experience and if you are one of those people be aware there are only 74 bottle available worldwide and it will be in whisky shops from December.

  • 29th November 2017
    First Female Apprentice Coppersmith Begins Training
    The traditional craft of a coppersmith is hundreds of years old but up until now in Scotland it has always been a male dominated craft but I am pleased to say that this most traditional of crafts has achieved a new first with a female apprentice taking up the coppersmith’s hammer and torch, Rebecca Weir, 18, from Alloa has been recruited by Diageo Abercrombie as a first year Modern Apprentice.
  • 28th November 2017
    BenRiach 30 Year Old Authenticus
    You may have spotted this one on the shelves of the whisky shops already, The BenRiach 30 Year Old Authenticus is the latest addition to the Speyside distillery's peaty Authenticus series. This new 30 year old Authenticus replaces the 25 year old which had itself replaced the 21 year old Authenticus.
  • 24th November 2017
    Highland Park Full Volume Review
    Highland Park have turned up the first fill bourbon volume with the new limited edition Highland Park Full Volume. With no sherry influence on this whisky, Full Volume really does show what a high quality whisky they produce at Highland Park.

  • 23rd November 2017
    The Clydeside Distillery Now Open To Visitors
    Whisky production returned to the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow on the 7th November when the first spirit flowed from the stills of The Clydeside Distillery and today The Clydeside officially opened its doors to visitors for the first time.
  • 17th November 2017
    Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Edition
    Midleton has unveiled the next chapter in their virgin Irish oak finish collection, Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Edition. I am sure those of you who had the pleasure of the outstanding Grinsell’s Wood release will be keen to try this new batch of virgin Irish oak finished  pot still whiskey.
  • 17th November 2017
    Construction Work Begins On New Ardross Distillery
    Work is now underway on the new Ardross distillery in the Averon Valley near Inverness. Planning permission for the new £15 million distillery was given the go ahead by The Highland Council in February this year and with construction now underway it estimated that the Ardross distillery will go into production by summer 2018.
  • 16th November 2017
    Ardgowan Distillery Secures £1 Million Government Grant
    A project to build Ardgowan distillery, a new lowland malt whisky distillery and visitor centre in Inverclyde was given a substantial boost this week with the award of nearly £1 million from the Scottish Government.
  • 16th November 2017
    New Glenglassaugh Wood Finish Range
    The new Glenglassaugh Wood Finish range represents a new chapter for the highland distillery, they are the first wood finish whiskies ever released by the distillery and the range is also Whisky Maker, Rachel Barrie's and Brown Forman's first new expressions since taking the reigns at Glenglassaugh.
  • 16th November 2017
    Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish Review
    Peat and Port can make for a very enjoyable dram when the balance is right and I would say they have got the length of the port finish for this young peated Glenglassaugh spot on.
  • 16th November 2017
    Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish Review
    The Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish is an outstanding new addition to the Glenglassaugh range, a very enjoyable well balanced wood finish from Glenglassaugh. The light peat smoke and delicious sugars entertain from nose to finish with the virgin oak adding its touch to the pleasure. It is gentle but certainly not docile, a delightful whisky.

  • 16th November 2017
    Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish Review
    The Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish is a delicious, enjoyable, juicy port finished whisky, likely around 8 years old. The fruit has more to say than the oak but this works well, it is a lovely balance of grape and oak.

  • 16th November 2017
    Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish Review
    The Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish is a cracking young PX cask finished whisky, definitely one for the sherried whisky lovers, a lovely smooth sherried dram with delicious rum and raisin fudge, vanilla and oak spice.

  • 16th November 2017
    Old Particular Consortium of Cards Ace Of Spades Mortlach 13 Year Old
    Independent bottler Douglas Laing has unveiled the fourth and final planned bottling in their Old Particular Consortium of Cards Single Cask series this year, they are finishing the year with the
    Old Particular Ace of Spades Mortlach 13 Year Old.
  • 14th November 2017
    Aldi Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old Review
    The annual limited release of a few special premium limited edition whiskies from the  budget supermarket Aldi has now become a Christmas tradition that is anticipated by whisky enthusiasts every year now. This year their premium Scotch single malt offering which has gotten the whisky community excited is the Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old. This is what I thought of this years offering.
  • 13th November 2017
    Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release Review
    The Cotswolds distillery have launched their first ever single malt whisky, the limited edition Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release. An outstanding young whisky with a lovely first fill bourbon influence combining well with some delicious fruit from the ex-red wine cask.
  • 13th November 2017
    The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Review
    The GlenDronach distillery have announced the release of the GlenDronach Peated Port Wood. Made from malted barley dried with Highland peat, the peated whisky has undergone a final maturation in the port pipes, sourced from the Douro Valley in Portugal.
  • 13th November 2017
    Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition
    It seems Big Peat has come of age, as Glasgow independent bottler Douglas Laing, the creative folks behind this popular peaty Islay Blended Malt whisky has announced the launch of Big Peat 25 Year Old Gold Edition.
  • 3rd November 2017
    Highland Park Single Cask Series Launches In Asia Travel Retail
    The Highland Park Single Cask Series proved overwhelmingly popular when it was first launched in travel retail at London Heathrow airport in May this year. Highland Park have now launched two 15 year old Single Cask bottlings in Asia with DFS at Singapore Changi Airport.
  • 3rd November 2017
    anCnoc Peatheart
    anCnoc Peatheart is Batch 1 of the latest addition to the so far outstanding anCnoc Peaty Collection range of whiskies. Matured for more than 10 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels it has a phenols content level of 12.8 PPM.
  • 3rd November 2017
    Rare Macallan 1878 Exposed As A Fake
    A rare bottle of The Macallan 1878, one of the world’s only known bottles of the whisky still in circulation which had been on sale for £7,700 a glass in the Waldhaus Hotel Am See in St Moritz has been officially exposed as a fake following an investigation by Rare Whisky 101.
  • 3rd November 2017
    North Hop Festival Returns To Aviemore For 2nd Time This Year
    Following the overwhelming success of the North Hop Festival in Aviemore in February the festival is returning to Aviemore for the 2nd time this year to do it all over again. The festival, which will be hosted by STV’s Nicola McAlley, will showcase Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry as well as highlighting some of the great local musical talent.
  • 2nd November 2017
    Thomson Family May Sell Largest Private Collection Of Whisky Casks
    The Thomson family, owners of one of Scotland's largest private collections of rare Scotch whisky casks have said that they may sell all or part of their collection if the offer is right. The announcement follows the recent record breaking sale where a full cask of The Macallan 30 Year Old whisky, owned by the Thomson family, sold for £285,000.

  • 1st November 2017
    The Famous Grouse Offers Free Distillery Tours To Military Personnel
    In support of Poppyscotland The Famous Grouse Experience visitor attraction is offering 'FREE' Distillery and Tasting Experience tours for serving and retired military personnel during the month of November.

  • 1st November 2017
    Diageo Reserve 10th World Class Bartender of the Year Competition
    Calling all talented bartenders, Diageo Reserve is kicking off their 10th World Class Bartender of the Year Competition with a nationwide roadshow – World Class Studios.

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