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  • 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.
     
  • 22nd December 2014
    The Whisky Affair By Michael J Gill
    The Whisky Affair, a intoxicating fictional novel, a story of conspiracy, murder, and an intriguing mix of whisky facts and fiction. If you like a good read it is perfect to accompany the dram in your glass on a cold winters night.
     
  • 22nd December 2014
    Johnnie Walker XR 21 Year Old
    The Johnnie Walker XR 21 year old blend contains whiskies sourced from the private 'reserves' of the Johnnie Walker Master Blender, including some very rare and highly sought after single malt whisky from the Brora distillery which closed back in March 1983.
     
  • 18th December 2014
    BenRiach Picks Up 11 Medals At The  Malt Maniacs Awards 2014
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has come away from the Malt Maniacs 2014 Awards with 11 medals this year for its three whisky brands BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh. Leading the way in this years awards was the superb 29 year old BenRiach 1984 Peated Tawny Port Finish which picked up a Best Peated Whisky award.
     
  • 11th December 2014
    The Glenlivet 12 New Limited Edition Gift Packs For Christmas
    Those of you who may be looking for a Christmas malt whisky gift idea for a malt whisky drinker just may like this, The Glenlivet have launched some special limited edition Glenlivet 12 year old gift packs.
     
  • 11th December 2014
    BenRiach Distillery Company is the 2015 “Whisky Distiller of the Year”
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has received the prestigious accolade of Whisky Distiller of the Year 2015 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland 2015 Awards presented by Whisky Magazine.
     
  • 8th December 2014
    Gordon & MacPhail Celebrates Icons of Whisky Awards Success
    Whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail are toasting triple success in the prestigious Icons of Whisky Awards 2014. The Elgin-based whisky specialists won the Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year and Whisky Retailer of the Year – Single Outlet awards, while recently retired managing director Michael Urquhart was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
     
  • 5th December 2014
    Teeling Whiskey Distillery Take Delivery Of New Pot Stills
    The production of the first Irish whiskey produced in Dublin in over 125 years got one step closer this week when the new Teeling Distillery located in Dublin’s Newmarket in The Liberties took delivery of three new, handcrafted copper pot stills.
     
  • 5th December 2014
    Three New Special Releases From BenRiach & GlenDronach
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    he BenRiach Distillery Company have announced three new special releases – the BenRiach 10th Anniversary bottling, the BenRiach 35 year old and completing the trio of special releases is the 24 year old Batch 6 of GlenDronach’s Grandeur series.
     
  • 5th December 2014
    Johnnie Walker Giving Safe Rides Home Over The Festive Season
    As part of the Johnnie Walker global responsible drinking programme, Join the Pact, the world’s leading Scotch Whisky, today said it was giving away 250,000 kilometres of safe rides around the world during the festive season to encourage people not to drink and drive.
     
  • 4th December 2014
    Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old
    Glenglassaugh today announced the launch of the extremely rare Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old single malt. Master Distiller Billy Walker specially selected the whisky which he describes as rich and flavoursome.
     
  • 4th December 2014
    Work Begins On The New Macallan Distillery
    Edrington has marked the official start of works on a £100m iconic new distillery and visitor centre for luxury single malt whisky brand The Macallan. In partnership with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Robertson and Forsyths, the new home of The Macallan is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2017.

     
  • 3rd December 2014
    Glenfiddich The Original
    Glenfiddich The Original is a unique limited edition expression inspired by the 1963 Straight Malt, the first ever single malt to be actively marketed internationally. It will be available exclusively in the US, Australia and Taiwan.
     
  • 3rd December 2014
    Tamdhu Welcomes New Distillery Manager
    Another era has come to an end at the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside as Sandy Coutts one of the whisky industry’s longest serving distillery managers steps down after over 40 years service. Sandy Coutt's retirement makes way for his replacement Sandy McIntyre as the new distillery manager.
     
  • 28th November 2014
    Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 2nd Release
    If you are looking to spoil yourself this Christmas and you have deep pockets then this just may interest you Bowmore has announced the 2nd release of the extremely rare Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 which will be launching on 1st December, it will set you back a cool £16,000.
     
  • 27th November 2014
    Speyburn Aids Spey Foundation Charity To Complete Mackalea Burn Project
    Speyburn is celebrating the completion of a sustainable environmental project to increase fish populations in the Mackalea Burn a tributary of the River Fiddich.
    The scheme was led by Scottish charity the Spey Foundation, in collaboration with Moray Council and Speyburn.
     
  • 26th November 2014
    GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish
    The GlenDronach distillery today launched the new GlenDronach 12 year old Sauternes Cask Finish, the new expression replaces the highly acclaimed 14 year old Sauternes wood finish expression which was launched four years ago and has now been discontinued.
     
  • 26th November 2014
    The New Craigellachie Single Malt Whisky Range
    John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of single malts from the little heard from Craigellachie distillery,
    the new expressions in the range are Craigellachie 13 Year Old, Craigellachie 17 Year Old and Craigellachie 23 Year Old, they have also launched the Craigellachie 19 Year Old which which is exclusive to travel retail. This is what I thought of the four new whiskies...
     
  • 26th November 2014
    John Dewar & Sons Launch The Last Great Malts Of Scotland
    John Dewars & Co have launched what they are calling "The Last Great Malts of Scotland", a range of new expressions, including some never before released single malts from five of John Dewar & Sons malt whisky distilleries - Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla.

     
  • 24th November 2014
    The Nth Whisky Show 2015 Las Vegas
    Tickets are now available for the 5th annual Nth Whisky Show in Las Vegas. Nth 2015 will be an unparalleled event showcasing the best whiskies and brands in the world. Taste, savour, discuss and learn more about fine, rare whiskies at the always luxurious Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
     
  • 24th November 2014
    Kilchoman Club 3rd Edition Madeira Cask
    Kilchoman fans will be pleased to hear that the distillery has announced the release of one last treat for 2014, the Kilchoman Club 3rd Edition, a Madeira Cask matured bottling which will be released on the 1st December, just in time for Christmas.
     
  • 24th November 2014
    Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish and Château Cissac Wood Finish
    The folks at Benromach today announced the launch of two exciting new limited edition whiskies, the Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish and Château Cissac Wood Finish.
     
  • 21st November 2014
    The Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength
    William Grant have announced a fourth addition to their Girvan Patent Still single grain whisky range. The Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength.
     
  • 20th November 2014
    Maker’s Mark Treasure Trove Cocktail Nights Come To Edinburgh
    Enjoy a unique taste of Kentucky in Edinburgh this month at The Maker’s Mark Treasure Trove cocktail nights in The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh.
    Taste the Hanakotoba Punch, a unique cocktail serve cooked up by Tim Pryde from The Voodoo Rooms, winner of the Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove cocktail competition.
     
  • 19th November 2014
    New Store Concept Sees Whisky Sales Rise At Schiphol Airport
    A new sales approach by Schiphol Airport Retail and William Grant & Sons sees single malt sales grow an incredible 33.8% in test store.

     
  • 18th November 2014
    Two More Awards Round Off A Good Year For Glengoyne
    Glengoyne round off a record breaking award winning year with a double win for its excellent Glengoyne 25 year old.

     
  • 12th November 2014
    The Macallan Masters of Photography Mario Testino Edition
    The Macallan today unveiled the fifth Master of Photography edition in the series, The Macallan Masters of Photography Mario Testino Edition. The whisky brings together a combination six of Spanish and American 100% sherry seasoned oak butt and puncheon casks.
     
  • 12th November 2014
    Glenmorangie Dornoch
    Dust off your passport if you want to get hold of this one as Glenmorangie has announced the release of Glenmorangie Dornoch a new limited edition bottling which will be available exclusively in travel retail from Wednesday 26th November.
     
  • 10th November 2014
    Label 5 Gold Heritage
    Label 5 launch Gold Heritage a new premium expression of the popular blend.
    What makes Label 5 a premium blend is some of the component single malts in the blend are aged more than 20 years. This is what I thought of it.
     
  • 10th November 2014
    Douglas Laing's XOP Single Casks
    Glasgow based independent Scotch whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co have announced the release of an extension of their Old Particular single cask malt whisky range with the release of their older & rarer "XOP" Xtra Old Particular single cask range.
     
  • 8th November 2014
    Arran Orkney Bere Barley 10 Year Old
    Arran has announced the release of a 2nd limited edition of the Arran Orkney Bere Barley. Fans of The Arran Malt will be pleased to hear that the new Arran Orkney Bere Barley 10 year old has been bottled at cask strength.
     
  • 7th November 2014
    anCnoc 18 Year Old
    anCnoc have announced a new addition to their core range of whiskies, the anCnoc 18 year old. Matured in a combination of hand picked Spanish oak ex-sherry casks and American oak ex-bourbon casks, there will initially be 6000 bottles available worldwide with more to follow.
     
  • 7th November 2014
    Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Exclusive Travellers Edition
    Here is one for the Johnnie Walker fans amongst you to look out for on your travels, Johnnie Walker has just launched a limited edition bottle design exclusive to travel retail - the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Exclusive Travellers Edition.
     
  • 6th November 2014
    Glengoyne The First Fill 25 Year Old
    Glengoyne has rounded off a year of award wins with three top prizes at The Spirits Business Travel Retail Masters 2014. The Glengoyne The First Fill 25 Year Old beat stiff competition in the Ultra Premium Scotch category to secure the top Master award for its "exceptional complexity".
     
  • 5th November 2014
    Diageo Delays Distillery Expansion Plans
    Just over two years into Diageo's £1 billion Scotch whisky expansion plan there appears to be a global economic slowdown in the world's demand for whisky and Diageo have decided to delay their plans to expand its production capacity in Scotland.
     
  • 5th November 2014
    Diageo Swap Bushmills Irish Whiskey For Mexican Don Julio Tequila
    Diageo has agreed to swap its Bushmills Irish whiskey label for full ownership of the high-end Don Julio tequila, as the British drinks group seeks to regain its leading position in tequila and build a bigger portfolio of reserve brands.
     
  • 4th November 2014
    Whisky Bible 2015
    In Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 you will find there are no Scotch whiskies in Jim’s top five whiskies this year, this year the top spot goes to the limited release Japanese whisky single  malt Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013.
     

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