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  • 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 October 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.
     
  • 31st October 2014
    The Dalmore Fortune Merita Collection
    The Dalmore distillery has revealed the travel retail exclusive Fortuna Merita Collection which comprises of three new sherry cask matured single malt whiskies, The Dalmore Regalis, Luceo and Dominium.

     
  • 31st October 2014
    SIA Blended Whisky
    SIA is a new affordable premium Scotch blended whisky which was created by Scotch whisky enthusiast Carin Luna-Ostaseski. Currently available throughout California and areas of Illinois.
     
  • 30th October 2014
    The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
    The Glenlivet have unveiled a new permanent No Age Statement addition to its core range of single malt whiskies, The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve.
    The Glenlivet tell me that house style that we are familiar with is complimented with a creaminess and sweetness from the addition of First Fill American oak casks.
     
  • 29th October 2014
    Ballantine’s Golf Club
    Ballantine's launch the unique and innovative free-to-join online Ballantine's Golf Club for golf and whisky fans. The club offers members
    exclusive content, invitational events, whisky tastings, VIP hospitality and a range of member rewards, as well as the coveted opportunity to learn from top players and its all FREE.
     
  • 29th October 2014
    The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel
    The Balvenie have released the third and final addition to The Balvenie Single Barrel range with the release of The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak. The 25 year old malt as the whisky's title suggests was matured exclusively in traditional American oak casks that have already been used to mature Scotch whisky.
     
  • 28th October 2014
    Dalmore Cocktail  - 'The Real Red Stag'
    The Dalmore has partnered with a mixologist from Jamie Oliver’s barbecue steakhouse Barbecoa, to create a new Dalmore cocktail named ‘The Real Red Stag’. Mirka Kohutova who works as a mixologist at the UK’s first barbecue steakhouse, developed the drink in honour of The Dalmore 15 years old.
     
  • 28th October 2014
    Ballantine's Sponsor Kolon Korea Open
    Whisky and golf partner once again as Ballantine's announce three year sponsorship of the Kolon Korea Open and launch Ballantine's Golf Club a unique and innovative online Golf Club aimed at those who share an appreciation of golf and a love of fine whisky.

     
  • 27th October 2014
    Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition
    The Midleton Distillery has unveiled Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition; an exclusive, very limited edition created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the expression.
     
  • 27th October 2014
    Glenmorangie Renew Partnership With Golf’s Open Championship
    Two of Scotland's most iconic exports today announced a three-year continuation of their successful partnership. Glenmorangie and golf’s Open Championship which are both steeped in history and enjoyed all over the world will continue their partnership for a further three years.
     
  • 27th October 2014
    Jameson Barrel Aged Cocktails At Hixter Bankside
    Renowned London bartender, Myles Davies, of the recently opened Hixter Bankside has collaborated with Jameson Irish Whiskey to launch new Jameson Barrel Aged Cocktails.
     
  • 27th October 2014
    Teeling Whiskey Takes Three Top Irish Whiskey Awards
    The Teeling Whiskey Company has continued to build on its reputation as the leading independent Irish whiskey company by picking up three top awards for its range of premium Irish whiskeys at the second annual Irish Whiskey Awards.

     
  • 24th October 2014
    The Neat Glass
    The Neat Glass is quite a different looking whisky tasting glass compared to the Glencairn or copita style whisky glass which would be the glass of choice for most single malt whisky drinkers. The NEAT Glass was invented in America and from today it will be available in the UK and Ireland, so I thought I would take a look at it and put it through its paces as I am a bit of a sucker for different shapes and styles of whisky glasses.
     
  • 23rd October 2014
    The Balvenie 40 Year Old George Cleverley Whisky Travel Box
    The Balvenie 40 Year Old George Cleverly travel box isn't a new expression of the whisky but a very exclusive presentation of this very rare whisky, in fact it is a one off presentation of The Balvenie 40 Year Old.
     
  • 18th October 2014
    Great King Street Glasgow Blend
    Great King Street Glasgow Blend is the latest permanent addition to the Compass Box range of Great King Street blends. With the great city of Glasgow being one of the biggest cities in the UK and the biggest city in Scotland it is sure to attract both whisky drinkers and gift buyers to this new blended whisky both here in Scotland and throughout the four corners of world where Glaswegians have made their home.
     
  • 18th October 2014
    Compass Box The Lost Blend
    The Lost Blend is a new limited edition blended malt release from innovative Scotch Whisky Creator Compass Box. The Compass Box Lost Blend is a marriage of three single malts, namely Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and 20% peated Caol Ila Islay single malt.
     
  • 17th October 2014
    Teeling Single Malt Whiskey
    Teeling Whiskey Company, the Independent Irish whiskey company has announced the release of a quite unique new bottling of Irish Single Malt whiskey. Teeling Single Malt as it is named is a unique combination of five different wine cask matured Irish whiskies.
     
  • 15th October 2014
    The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
    The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve comprises of 10 different vintages which span the last three decades, from 1989 to 2007. The combination of the different Vintages aged in a variety of casks has created a balanced whisky with mature experience and vibrant youth.
     
  • 15th October 2014
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair
    The Glenlivet has unveiled the latest innovation from its Nàdurra range, no its not a new expression of the Nàdurra which has been finished in some exotic cask, it is The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair which is the result of a collaboration with award-winning British designer, Gareth Neal.
     
  • 13th October 2014
    Bowmore Small Batch
    Initially launched in the UK back in May 2012, the Bowmore Small Batch Reserve, or Bowmore Small Batch as it is now known (they appear to have dropped "Reserve" from its title), will now be available globally including the US from this month.
     
  • 13th October 2014
    New Dalmunach Distillery Opens In Speyside
    Chivas Brothers has completed the construction of its new Speyside malt whisky distillery, the new Dalmunach Distillery which will have a massive 10 million litre capacity was constructed on the site of the now demolished Imperial Distillery.
     
  • 9th October 2014
    The Balvenie Tun 1509
    I tasted the newly released replacement for the Balvenie Tun 1401, The Balvenie Tun 1509. Like its predecessor the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 1 is a skilful marriage of some of the rarest treasures from the Balvenie distillery’s warehouses, this is what I thought of the new whisky.
     
  • 9th October 2014
    Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra
    Gordon & MacPhail  launch four rare very old whiskies to mark transition from 3rd to 4th generation of family owners.​The four whiskies are Linkwood 61 Year Old, Glenlivet 62 Year Old, Mortlach 63 Year Old and Strathisla 57 Year Old.

     
  • 9th October 2014
    Chivas The Venture
    Chivas Regal are looking for exceptional start-ups and start-up ideas that use business innovatively to transform communities and solve global challenges. Whatever your idea or start-up, if it's brilliant, Chivas want to hear about it. The most promising start-ups will have the chance to win a share of a $1Million fund and receive mentoring from world famous business experts.

     
  • 9th October 2014
    Kilchoman Original Cask Strength
    Kilchoman have revealed their last release for 2014, the Kilchoman Original Cask Strength. It has been bottled at 59.3% ABV and is certainly a whisky to keep you warm as the cold winter nights draw in.
     
  • 8th October 2014
    The Irish Whiskey Academy Opens Its Doors
    Irish whiskey enthusiasts or indeed Scotch whisky enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers have announced that they will be opening the doors of its acclaimed Irish Whiskey Academy to the general public for the first time, offering enthusiasts in-depth courses which will be available from December this year.
     
  • 8th October 2014
    The Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Gets A New Look
    The Glenfiddich 18 year old Speyside single malt whisky has been given a new look but don't worry it is the same Glenfiddich 18 year old that you will find in the bottle.
     
  • 3rd October 2014
    Benromach 100° Proof 10 Year Old
    Fans of the superb Benromach 10 year old will be very pleased to hear that the distillery has unveiled a 100° Proof expression its popular sherried 10 year old. The new Benromach 100° Proof is bottled at 57% ABV – the old Imperial measure.
     
  • 3rd October 2014
    anCnoc 2000 Vintage
    To remind us that anCnoc hasn't gone completely down the Peaty road with their limited releases they have released the latest addition to their portfolio, the anCnoc 2000 Vintage. Matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon barrels.
     
  • 1st October 2014
    Arran Release Machrie Moor Cask Strength Edition
    Arran whisky fans will be pleased to hear that this year the expected autumn release of the 5th edition of the peaty Arran Machrie Moor will be accompanied by the first edition of Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength.
     

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