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  • 15th September 2014
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection
    Fans of the The Glenlivet Nàdurra will be pleased to hear that The Glenlivet has unveiled a second new permanent addition to in its popular and highly rated Nàdurra range. The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection which was 100% matured in American White Oak casks. Read what I thought of the new whisky.
  • 15th September 2014
    Douglas Laing Timorous Beastie
    The team at Douglas Laing in Glasgow have once again been hard at it trying to keep us malt whisky drinkers entertained, this time they have come up with a new Highland Vatted Malt which they have named Timorous Beastie. This is my thoughts on the new whisky.
  • 12th September 2014
    The Balvenie Reveals Two New 50 Year Old Whiskies
    The Balvenie have revealed not one but two new Balvenie 50 Year Old whiskies. Both were matured for fifty years at the Balvenie distillery. Both were filled from the same distillation into the same type of cask on the same day in 1963, despite identical origins The Balvenie tells me the two new single cask releases of The Balvenie Fifty are markedly different in character.
  • 11th September
    Bowmore The Devil's Casks II
    Bowmore's launch The Devil’s Casks II, a devilish follow up to last years popular small batch limited release I have added my review of the new almost impossible to get hold of whisky.
  • 8th September 2014
    Ballantine’s Unveils Winning Night Market Bar Concept
    The Bar Project by Ballantine’s launched in France in February 2014, it offered French consumers the chance to create the bar of their dreams. A winner has now been selected and the bar has been brought to life at the popular Parisian nightspot "Le Chacha".
  • 5th September 2014
    anCnoc Cutter
    Introducing anCnoc Cutter the peatiest whisky yet in the anCnoc Peaty Collection. The launch of the anCnoc Cutter to the Peaty Collection also marks the start of a new anCnoc tradition, every year on the 1st September anCnoc whisky fans will see a new peated expression unveiled.

  • 5th September 2014
    Kilchoman Port Cask Matured
    Today Kilchoman released the limited edition Kilchoman Port Cask Matured, this is the first of its kind from the distillery were the whisky was 100% matured in ex Ruby Port casks allowing for the full influence of the port casks to be imparted into the whisky.
  • 2nd September 2014
    Johnnie Walker Houses Open In India And Taiwan Airports
    Following on from the success of the Johnnie Walker House launches in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul Johnnie Walker are continuing the brand’s mantra of ‘Keep Walking’ with the opening of new Johnnie Walker Houses in Mumbai and Taipei airports.
  • 1st September 2014
    Thomson Manuka Smoke Whisky
    Following the New Zealand whisky company Thomson
    Whiskys recent shift from ‘Independent Bottlers’ to ‘Distillers’ they have produced the world’s first Manuka smoked whisky.
  • 29th August 2014
    Ardbeg Supernova 2014
    Save the date! Ardbeg Supernova 2014 is set to be released on 12th September. It is being launched to
    mark the return of Ardbeg’s pioneering research experiment in space and t will be available exclusively to the 100,000 Ardbeg Committee members.
  • 29th August 2014
    Tullamore DEW Distillery Nears Completion
    Irish whiskey fans will be pleased to hear that whiskey production at Tullamore has moved a very significant step closer with the recent installation of the custom-made Tullamore Distillery Spirit Safe.

  • 25th August 2014
    New Macallan Distillery To Be Powered By Government Backed Energy Plant
    The British government and the Green Investment Bank plan to invest in a new renewable energy plant in Scotland, which will help power The Macallan whisky distillery in Speyside.

  • 22nd August 2014
    Jim Beam 150th Birthday Party
    In recognition of legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150 birthday, Jim Beam Bourbon is inviting anyone named Jim Beam (who is of legal drinking age) to join a once-in-a-lifetime birthday party at the world's No. 1 bourbon's historic distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.
  • 21st August 2014
    Jura Brooklyn
    Jura have released a second batch of Jura Brooklyn, this time it is available throughout the US. Jura Brooklyn has been aged up to 16 years in American White Oak Bourbon, Amoroso Sherry and Pinot Noir cask.
  • 18th August 2014 (updated 11th September)
    Bowmore The Devil's Casks II
    Bowmore has announced the launch of The Devil’s Casks II, a devilish follow up to last years popular small batch limited release. Like the first batch  this second release in what is now The Devil's Casks Series has also been matured exclusively for 10 years in first fill sherry casks.
  • 14th August 2014
    Drambuie Summer Hut At The  Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    I thought I would give this a mention for those of you who are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh this month during the Fringe Festival. Why not stop by the ’Drambuie Summer Hut’ which can be found in the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • 14th August 2014
    BenRiach Batch 11 Single Cask Bottlings
    BenRiach has today announced the release of Batch 11 of its popular and highly rated single cask bottlings. This eleventh batch of BenRiach comprises of fourteen single casks that were bottled in July 2014 and all are available as of today.
  • 14th August 2014
    Scottish Craft Distillers Association Launched
    Scottish Craft Distillers Association launched to support the rapidly increasing number of craft distillers across Scotland.

  • 13th August 2014
    Gold Rush For Chivas Brothers Whisky Brands
    Leading the way for the Chivas Brothers whisky brands at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition was the premium Scotch whisky, Chivas 18 which scooped the prestigious ‘Blended Scotch Whisky’ trophy. There was further success across the Chivas Brothers portfolio of Scotch whisky with nine gold /gold outstanding medals awarded to expressions from Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Passport, reinforcing the consistent and outstanding quality of Chivas Brothers’ comprehensive range of Scotch whiskies.
  • 13th August 2014
    Ardbeg Crop Circles Appear In Cheshire
    Shortie the Ardbeg distillery Jack Russell Terrier mascot has been honoured with his own 200ft diameter crop circle in a field near Macclesfield. Overlooked by the Jodrell Bank Observatory, the installation marks the imminent return of Ardbeg Single Malt Whisky from Space.

  • 11th August 2014
    Work Starts On Teeling Distillery In Dublin
    Following the official announcement in January this year of The Teeling Whiskey Company's plans to bring whiskey making back to Irelands capitol with the construction of a new whiskey distillery located in Dublin’s Newmarket in The Liberties, Dublin 8 they today announced that work has commenced on their new whiskey distillery.
  • 5th August 2014
    New £100m Macallan Distillery Gets The Go Ahead
    You may recall that back in November 2013 The Macallan announced its plans to build a new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan, it has taken a while to get through the planning stages but today The Macallan have been granted planning permission by The Moray Council for a new £100m iconic distillery and visitor centre on The Macallan Estate in Speyside.
  • 4th August 2014
    GlenDronach 18 Year Old Tawny Port Finish
    GlenDronach announced today the launch of a new addition to their popular wood finish range the new GlenDronach 18 year old Tawny Port Finish which replaces the existing 15 year old Tawny Port finish expression.
  • 1st August 2014
    Teeling Scoops Gold At The Irish Whiskey Masters
    The Teeling Whiskey Company continues to impress judges at spirits competitions around the world. So far this year the independent Irish whiskey company has scooped a 16 medals for its range of premium Irish whiskeys at spirits competitions around the world.
  • 30th July 2014
    Arran The Devils Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale
    Today Arran released the third and final chapter of The Devil's Punchbowl trilogy of limited edition single malt whiskies. The Arran The Devils Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale is the final instalment in this very popular trilogy is a marriage of 21 casks, including 8 Sherry Butts, 8 French Oak Barriques and 5 Bourbon Barrels.
  • 29th July 2014
    The BenRiach Distillery Company Wins 11 medals In the 2014 IWSC
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has picked up 11 medals at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition, including two Gold Outstanding medals, across its three single malt whisky brands BenRiach, GlenDronach and its more recently acquired Glenglassaugh.
  • 27th July 2014
    Tullamore D.E.W. Raises A Toast
    Share your 'Parting Moment' with Tullamore D.E.W. for a chance to win a trip to their exclusive VIP opening party in Ireland. In preparation for the opening of its new distillery this September, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey has launched the 'Parting Glass' campaign, a global online search for the best toasts to mark the beginning of life's new chapters.

  • 24th July 2014
    Kininvie 17 Year Old Batch No.1 Travel Retail Exclusive
    Whisky connoisseurs will be pleased to hear that the rarely seen Kininvie Speyside single malt whisky has announced the release of a new Global Travel Retail exclusive Kininvie 17 year old.
  • 23rd July 2014
    The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge Harrods
    The Macallan single malt whisky took over windows five and six at Harrods on Brompton Road London from 2nd – 10th July and created a gentleman’s lounge in the window display of the world’s most famous luxury department store.
  • 18th July 2014
    Chivas Regal Announces The First Chivas Master
    American bartender, Masahiro Urushido, has been revealed as Chivas Regal’s first ever Chivas Master, winning the iconic whisky brand’s inaugural bartender competition in style at the NoMad hotel in New York.
  • 18th July 2014
    Glenmorangie Pride 1978
    Glenmorangie has revealed its rarest whisky creation to date, Glenmorangie Pride 1978, which has enjoyed the longest extra-maturation period of any single malt produced by the distiller in its 171-year history.
  • 18th July 2014
    The Famous Grouse 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Limited Edition
    Whisky fans will be thrilled to hear that The Famous Grouse the official whisky provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has announced the release of a limited-edition Glenturret 28 year old single malt whisky to mark its sponsorship of this momentous sporting event.
  • 17th July 2014
    Midleton Very Rare 2014 Unveiled
    Fans of the popular and highly rated Midleton Very Rare series of blended Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers has unveiled the 2014 edition of the prestigious whiskey, the first to be hand selected by Master Distiller, Brian Nation, following his appointment in 2013.
  • 14th July 2014
    GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 10
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 10 of its very popular single cask bottlings. Batch 10 ranges in age from 12 years old up to a 1990 distilled 24 year old and as you would expect all share GlenDronach's typically sherry rich signature taste.
  • 10th July 2014
    Highland Park Dark Origins
    Highland Park Dark Origins is the latest addition to the Highland Park Core range of whiskies. It was produced using twice as many first fill sherry casks than is used in the classic Highland Park 12 year old making it a deeper, darker and deliciously richer Highland Park. This is what I thought of it...
  • 2nd July 2014
    Bushmills The Artist's Reserve THE 1975 and TIRED PONY Single Malts
    Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland has handcrafted two exclusive single malt whiskies for Bushmills Live headliners THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup TIRED PONY. They are
    probably the most exclusive Bushmills Irish single malt whiskies that you are ever likely to hear of and probably never get the chance to taste.
  • 2nd July 2014
    The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old Review
    You will recall that just over a month ago
    The Balvenie announced a new addition to their single cask range, The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old which has been matured exclusively in a single European oak Oloroso sherry butt. Well I finally got to taste it and this is what I thought...
  • 25th June 2014
    Old Pulteney 35 Year Old
    The folks at the Pulteney Distillery in Wick have just announced the release of a new rare limited edition expression, Old Pulteney 35 Year Old. A limited release of only 2700 bottles will rolled be out worldwide.
  • 19th June 2014
    Ardbeg Kildalton 2014
    Ardbeg Kildalton is a new expression from Ardbeg which has been launched to help raise funds to support Islay's hard working rural community groups. Currently only available from the distillery
    shop but will be available to purchase online from Autumn 2014 in the UK and selected European markets. I got the chance to taste the new Ardbeg Kildalton this week, this is what I thought of it.
  • 13th June 2014
    The Glenfiddich Fathers Day Gifting Collection
    With Fathers Day in only a couple of days time I have saw a big increase in visitors to this site looking for ideas and suggestions for a special single malt whisky to get their Dad. One whisky brand that I have no hesitation in suggesting is Glenfiddich, the worlds number one selling single malt whisky, and just to make your gift just that little bit more special Glenfiddich have launched a range of gift packs for Father’s Day.
  • 13th June 2014
    THE 1975 and TIRED PONY Rock Bushmills Live Whiskey & Music Festival
    Global stars including THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck’s supergroup TIRED PONY came together along with friends of Bushmills to complete an unforgettable day at ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ yestredy - the festival of handcrafted whiskey and music that took place yesterday at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland’s north coast.
  • 12th June 2014
    Bowmore Tempest Batch 5
    Fans of Bowmore Islay single malt whisky will be pleased to hear that Batch 5 of the popular limited edition Bowmore Tempest 10 year old series is now on the shelves of specialist whisky shops.
  • 12th June 2014
    Fathers Day Whisky Gift Ideas
    With Fathers Day just a few days away there are numerous offers available in the big High Street supermarkets on both Scotch single malts and blended whiskies so I thought I would make a few suggestions for those gift buyers looking for something special to hand their Dad this coming Sunday.
  • 11th June 2014
    GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old Batch 5
    GlenDronach today launched Batch 5 of Grandeur 24 year old. Designed for the serious connoisseur, GlenDronach tell me that the Grandeur 24 Year Old is yet another example of the sweet, gutsy, full-bodied style for which award-winning GlenDronach is renowned.
  • 10th June 2014
    Grant's Signature A New Rich Malty Blended Whisky
    As the growth of blended Scotch looks set to accelerate and more and more whisky drinkers are looking to try something new William Grant's have announced the launch of Grant's Signature, a new blended whisky which is packed with malty character.
  • 9th June 2014
    Bowmore Black Rock Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Members Tasting
    Following the recent launch of the new travel retail exclusive Bowmore Black Rock I asked a a number of knowledgeable whisky drinking members of this sites Scotch Malt Whisky Forum to sample and submit a review of the new whisky, this is what they thought of it.
  • 9th June 2014
    New Bowmore Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    Bowmore has launched a new travel retail range.
    The expressions in the new range are Bowmore Black Rock, Bowmore Gold Reef, Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old, the three new whiskies join the existing Bowmore Spring Tide which sits at the top of the range.

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