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  • 21st February 2020
    Kilmarnock Museum Hosts Rare Johnnie Walker Artefacts Exhibition
    Treasured historical artefacts from the roots of the world’s number one Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker, are to go on public display for the first time in Kilmarnock - the town where the story began 200 years ago.
  • 21st February 2020
    Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender Competition 2020
    Calling all bartenders, Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender Competition 2020 is now open for entries but don't hang around as the closing date for entries is the 9th March.

  • 20th February 2020
    Ardbeg Blaaack - Committee 20th Anniversary Limited Editon
    Ardbeg to mark the 20th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee with the release of Ardbeg Blaaack which has been matured in New Zealand Pinot Noir casks. Ardbeg Blaaack Committee 20th Anniversary Limited Edition bottled at 50.7% ABV will be available to buy on 4th March.
  • 20th February 2020
    Douglas Laing XOP The Black Series, Port Ellen Vintage 1979
    Douglas Laing announce the release of XOP The Black Series, Port Ellen Vintage 1979, the oldest expression of Port Ellen from the Glasgow whisky company to date and as you can imagine you will need very deep pockets if you want to taste this one with an expected retail price of £3500.

  • 20th February 2020
    Four New Bimber Distillery Exclusive Whiskies
    Bimber unveil three single cask distillery exclusive bottling's as well as a filling strength new make spirit distillery exclusive bottling.

  • 20th February 2020
    The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Unveils 2020 Programme
    The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has announced its 2020 programme of events, which will bring the best of the iconic whisky region to the public this spring. This year’s Festival will be the biggest yet and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Speyside in celebration of all things Scotch.
  • 14th February 2020
    The Dalmore Unveils Rare 51 Year Old
    If you are looking for a last minute Valentine's whisky gift idea for that special someone in your life then how about this rare single malt whisky which The Dalmore unveiled yesterday, but bare in mind you will need deep pockets to express your love with this one. It is The Dalmore Aged 51 Years, which is a very limited edition release of only 51 bottles worldwide and as you can imagine it has a eye watering price tag of £55,000, but can you really put a price on love.
  • 11th February 2020
    Glenkinchie 19 YO To Be Bottled For My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
    Doddie Weir has visited the Glenkinchie distillery and selected a 19 Year Old single sherry cask to be bottled for his 'My Name’5 Doddie Foundation' which raises money to support research into finding a cure for Motor Neuron Disease.

  • 10th February 2020
    Rosebank Set To Release Two 1993 Single Cask Whiskies
    Ian Macleod Distillers announce the release of two single cask 1993 vintage Rosebank single malt whiskies, each has been matured in a refill Bourbon Hogshead cask but are said to have their own completely distinct and unique character.
    Only 100 bottles of whisky from each cask will initially be released and will be available to purchase via ballot.
  • 7th February 2020
    £1 Million Whisky Collection Goes Under The Hammer
    Bidding gets underway for the worlds largest private whisky collection which is estimated to fetch £1 Million. Consisting primarily of single malt Scotch whisky, the collection of over 3,900 bottles will be sold across two auctions, the first part of which gets underway at 12:00pm GMT today.

  • 4th February 2020
    Jameson's St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Limited Edition
    Jameson has unveiled their St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Limited Edition bottle which this year inspires Jameson fans to get creative themselves and create their own label.

  • 31st January 2020
    The Spirit of Speyside Festivals 2020
    The popular Spirit of Speyside Festivals are set to return in 2020 and will feature over 700 ticketed whisky themed activities. The Spring Speyside Festival kicks off on 29 April - 4 May at venues across Speyside tickets and tickets will go on sale at noon on 12th February.

  • 29th January 2020
    Old Particular Elements Series Jura 12 Years Old Water Edition
    Douglas Laing concludes the Old Particular Elements series with the release of the final element, 'Water', a Jura 12 Year Old single cask, cask strength whisky which was finished in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry butt.

  • 27th January 2020
    Big Peat The Black Edition Completes Limited Edition Trilogy
    Douglas Laing has announced the release of the Big Peat The Black Edition 27 Year Old, the third and final release in their Big Peat Limited Edition Trilogy collection.
  • 27th January 2020
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2020 by Murray Cohen
    This years annual Vintages/LCBO sponsored 'An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity' event in Toronto, Canada saw Stuart Brown, the first Canadian whisky ambassador for Johnnie Walker and Diageo whisky present the Diageo Special Releases 2019 line-up as well as the premium John Walker & Sons King George V blend and once again our guest writer, Murray Cohen was there to review the event and of course, the whiskies.

  • 24th January 2020
    Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest
    Irish Distillers has unveiled the third release in their so far very highly rated Dair Ghaelach collection, the new release is Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest which has been finished in barrels made from virgin Irish oak grown in Knockrath Forest, County Wicklow. The virgin oak casks were filled with Irish pot still whiskeys ranging in age from 13-26 years and further matured for another two years.
  • 24th January 2020
    The SMWS Edinburgh Burns Night Cocktail Menu
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society venue at Queen Street, Edinburgh are celebrating Burns Night with a huge menu of Bobby Burns cocktails, using some of the rarest single malt whisky in their collection.

  • 22nd January 2020
    The SMWS Glasgow Burns Night Haggis Hunt
    In celebration of their forthcoming new venue opening in Glasgow The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are offering you the chance to win an annual membership in their Burns Night Haggis Hunt in Glasgow.

  • 21st January 2020
    Diageo Donates Glenkinchie Cask To My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
    Rugby legend and inspirational Motor Neuron Disease campaigner Doddie Weir visited Diageo’s new Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh yesterday (Monday 20 January) to accept the donation of a cask of Scotch whisky to raise money for his My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease.
  • 17th January 2020
    Highland Park 2020 The New Year Ahead
    An insight into what's new at the Highland Park distillery on the Orkney Islands and what new bottlings we can expect to see in the coming year ahead including a new Highland Park Cask Strength permanent expression which is scheduled for early summer.

  • 17th January 2020
    Burns Night With BenRiach Painting By Tasting Notes
    With Burns Night fast approaching I am certain that a few of you will be looking for a good dram to celebrate the occasion whether you will be dancing the night away, tucking into a plate of Haggis & Neeps at a Burns supper, or simply sitting by the fire and raising a glass of Scotland's finest whisky to celebrate Scotland's national bard, Rabbie Burns birthday. But if you are in or around London do you fancy toasting Scotland's national bard at a Burns Night tasting event with a artistic BenRiach twist.

  • 15th January 2020
    Diageo Promotes Inclusion and Diversity As Part Of INC Week
    Over 2000 Diageo employees are taking part in series of events across Scotland this week to champion inclusion and diversity as part of INC Week. During the week Gail Porter will be amongst the inspiring voices leading sessions.
  • 4th January 2020
    Restoration Of Binns Clock At Johnnie Walker Visitor Experience
    The famous cantilever clock on the corner of Edinburgh’s Princes Street and Hope Street is to be lovingly restored as part of the project to create the Johnnie Walker Princes Street global visitor attraction in the heart of Scotland’s capital.
  • 13th December 2019
    Benromach 15 Named TWE Customers Whisky Of The Year 2020
    The customer knows best as Benromach 15 Year Old is named The Whisky Exchange customers Whisky of the Year 2020 the runner up was Kavalan Classic Single Malt closely followed by the Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask, Glenallachie 12 Year Old, Lagavulin 16 Year Old and Port Askaig 8 Year Old.

  • 11th December 2019
    Big Peat Christmas 2019 Review
    Review of the festive cask strength winter warmer from Douglas Laing, the Big Peat Christmas 2019 edition
    . I don't think you will ever find a more Christmassy looking bottle of whisky to give as a gift anywhere and as always it is another quality peaty dram this year.
  • 11th December 2019
    Douglas Laing Rock Island 21 Year Old Review
    Review of Douglas Laings smoky, fruity, maritime blended malt, mature Rock Island 21 Year Old. Created using a blend of single malts distilled on the Whisky Islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island 21 is said to encapsulate the archetypal salty, smoky, peppery warmth that Island Whiskies are famed for.

  • 11th December 2019
    The Best Of The Black Friday 2019 Whisky Bargains
    The latest worth getting whisky bargains, discounts and offers that you will find online from Black Friday and in the weeks that follow up until Christmas -UPDATED DAILY!

  • 9th December 2019
    The Dalmore 60 Year Old 180th Anniversary Bottling
    To mark 180 years of creating whiskies, The Dalmore has unveiled a rare, limited edition 60 year old single malt whisky, created from two twin ex-sherry casks – the last casks of the great Mackenzie era - which were filled with spirit distilled on 7th June 1951 and have been lying in repose side by side in the Scottish Highlands.
  • 9th December 2019
    Kilchoman & ImpEx Beverages Take The Hit On US Scotch Tariffs
    US based Kilchoman whisky fans will be pleased to hear that Kilchoman & ImpEx Beverages have announced that they will be sharing the hit from the Trump administration 25% tariffs recently imposed on the all Scotch whisky entering the US.

  • 9th December 2019
    World's Largest Private Whisky Collection To Go Up For Auction
    The world's largest and most significant private collection of whisky ever to go to public auction has been unveiled today and is set to be auctioned off in the new year by Perthshire-based online whisky auction specialists, Whisky Auctioneer.

  • 6th December 2019
    The Three Drinkers do Scotch Whisky Part 2 Now Streaming
    Part 2 0f the Amazon Prime show, The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky is now streaming on Amazon Prime from today and features The Dalmore, Jura , Fettercairn, Glen Scotia, Loch Lomond , Glen Moray single malt whiskies as well as Firkin Gin and Master of Malt.

  • 6th December 2019
    The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated Review
    The GlenDronach distillery which is better known for its unpeated sherry cask maturation style recently announced the release of a new peated expression, The GlenDronach Traditionally Peated. It is certainly a different GlenDronach, I suspect it isn't that old, it could have benefitted from more good sherry matured peated whisky in the mix. I would guess that it is supposed to replace the old GlenDronach Peated, it is certainly different to it but I would say this would benefit from being heavier sherried and more heavily peated, still a very enjoyable dram as it is.
  • 6th December 2019
    Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks Review
    Review of Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks, the new English single malt whisky with generations of Polish distilling knowhow behind it.
    This really is rather impressive stuff for such a young whisky, still a young whisky though, time will tell how good this will get but for now this offers more than its youthful age would normally suggest, already a quite drammable whisky.
  • 6th December 2019
    Glasgow 1770 Peated Release N0.1 Review
    Review of of the peaty, sherried 1770 Peated No.1 release from the Glasgow distillery. Burnt oak and vanilla toffee with a brown sugared dark mildly sherried fruity edge and all infused with a delicious sweet and earthy peat smoke.

  • 3rd December 2019
    Kingsbarns Distillery Celebrates Five Year Milestone
    Kingsbarns Distillery who launched ‘Dream to Dram’ single malt, is toasting its fifth anniversary this week and the global success of its whisky to date. Opened in 2014 after the three year renovation of a derelict farm steading in the East Neuk of Fife, owners the Wemyss Family will gather their dedicated distillery team, along with friends, family and fans to celebrate the realisation of their dream to produce fine single malt in their home county.

  • 2nd December 2019
    Irish Distillers Named IWSC World Whiskey Producer Of The Year
    Irish Distillers who produces some of the best whiskey to come out of Ireland has unsurprisingly been named World Whiskey Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

  • 28th November 2019
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007 Review
    Review of the new Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007, this latest big sherried cask strength Teapot Dram contains the oldest selection of whiskies to date.
    I have had the pleasure of all 7 batches of the Teapot Dram and for me this one stands out above them all to date. There are some quality blemish free Oloroso sherry casks at play here and the addition of some slightly more mature whisky into the mix has created a stunning big sherried dram, some very talented creative blending/vatting has gone into this.
  • 26th November 2019
    Limited Edition Black Glencairn Glass To Celebrate Black Friday
    If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a whisky drinking friend or family member or indeed even for yourself then here is something a little different, Glencairn Crystal, the folks who produce the now iconic Glencairn whisky tasting glass are marking Black Friday, 29th November, by releasing just 1,000 Black Glencairn whisky glasses.
  • 25th November 2019
    Spirit of Speyside Top Whiskies Shortlist
    With Christmas fast approaching I thought that this would be of interest if you are looking to buy yourself something special to dram over the holiday season or perhaps buy a gift for a friend of family member, a panel of leading whisky experts has shortlisted eight Speyside single malt whiskies in the international Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards which will all now go forward for the people's vote.
  • 25th November 2019
    Worlds Most Valuable Whisky Collection
    A Vietnamese whisky collector has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the proud owner of the most valuable whisky collection, a collection of 535 of the world’s rarest, oldest and finest bottles of Scotch and Japanese whisky which has been valued at over £10 million.

  • 20th November 2019
    Glen Moray To Feature In Amazon Prime Show The Three Drinkers
    The Amazon Prime show 'The Three Drinkers' is set to return to screens with a second series in December, and this year the spirits experts - known as the Three Drinkers - Helena Nicklin, Aidy Smith and Colin Hampden-White pay a visit to the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside where they filmed part of their second series earlier this year.
  • 15th November 2019
    Gordon & MacPhail Unveil A Couple Of Unique Christmas Drams
    Just in time for the festive season Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled two new unique single malts under their Connoisseurs Choice banner, a Old Pulteney 1999 and a rarely seen independent bottling of The Glenlivet from 2004.

  • 15th November 2019
    New Distillery Manager At The Isle Of Arran Lochranza Distillery
    Isle of Arran Distillers has announced that David Livingstone will be taking over as the new Distillery Manager at their Lochranza Distillery, with James MacTaggart moving to take on the role of Director of Production & Operations for the company's Lochranza and recently opened Lagg distilleries on the Isle of Arran.
  • 15th November 2019
    Islay Whisky Collection Auction In Aid Of RNLI
    The Islay Sea Collection, a group of seven malt whiskies from each of Islay’s coastal distilleries presented in a one of a kind display case is set to go under the hammer in this month’s Just Whisky auction with all proceeds going to the Portrush and Islay volunteer lifeboat crews.
  • 14th November 2019
    The Glenrothes 40 Year Old
    The Glenrothes has released its first ever 40 year old expression, distilled and filled to cask in December 1978 this rare 40 year old was distilled in copper pot stills which were retired soon after. Maturation in a combination of sherry seasoned and ex bourbon oak casks it is described as  being exquisitely resinous and rich in sweetness with a spicy edge and naturally deep ruby colour.
  • 12th November 2019
    Just Whisky Valuation Roadshow & Guide To Fake Whisky
    The Just Whisky valuation roadshow is heading to Glasgow, Aberlour and Islay this month where they will also be advising you how to spot a fake whisky at the free to attend events.

  • 6th November 2019
    Rare Buffalo Trace Whiskey Auction Raises £1,670 for Charity
    A rare Buffalo Trace Sixth Millionth Barrel Bottle surpassed expectations in a recent Just Whisky charity auction in aid of the Scottish charity, Breast Friends & Family, which saw the rare bourbon whiskey raise £1,670 for the charity.

  • 1st November 2019
    Scottish Artist Brings The BenRiach Flavour Journey To Life
    BenRiach has teamed up with Ellis O’Connor, an award winning contemporary landscape artist from Dundee to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

  • 1st November 2019
    Woodford Reserve Brings Flavour To Old Fashioned Week Events
    Enjoy a Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned cocktail during Old Fashioned Week, the American Bourbon whiskey has partnered with 285 bars nationwide from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Cardiff.

  • 1st November 2019
    5 New Glen Moray Old Fashioned Recipes For Old Fashioned Week
    In the spirit of Old Fashioned Week, which celebrates the classic whisky cocktail, here are five Glen Moray Old Fashioned cocktail recipes created by Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison of World’s Best Spirits plus a couple of recipes of my own.

  • 1st November 2019
    Timorous Beastie 16 Year Old The Winter Edition
    With Christmas now firmly on the horizon the folks at Douglas Laing have announced a forthcoming festive themed release - Timorous Beastie 16 Year Old The Winter Edition.

  • 1st November 2019
    The Clydeside Distillery Named Distillery Visitor Centre Of The Year
    The Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Awards 2019 has awarded the Clydeside Distillery a Gold for Distillery Visitor Centre of the Year. The distillery only opened in 2017 but it has welcomed 1000's of visitors in that time which is testament to the quality of visitor experience it offers.

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