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  • 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.
     
  • 29th September 2014
    Chivas 12 Made for Gentlemen by Bremont
    Chivas Regal have revealed the next release in their popular Made for Gentlemen Limited Edition collection. This time (pardon the pun) the premium Scotch whisky brand has collaborated with the luxury British watch brand, Bremont. This year’s release will be accompanied by 12 Chivalry watches, created by Bremont which will be auctioned off in aid of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    The Ardmore Legacy
    Ardmore's owners have decided to have a bit of a shake-up and are replacing the Ardmore Traditional, Ardmore's only core single malt expression with a new bottling called The Ardmore Legacy.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
    The Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old is the latest premium expression from the iconic family run Speyside distiller, it was matured exclusively in American Oak Bourbon casks for a minimum of 26 years.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 Year Old
    The Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 year old was launched exclusively in travel retail initially in Singapore earlier this year and has now been rolled out in travel retail outlets worldwide, an enticingly rich expression packed with complex aromas and flavours.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    The Glenlivet 1964 50 Year Old Winchester Collection
    The Glenlivet have announced the release of a very rare expression, The Glenlivet 1964 50 Year Old. This rare 50 year old is the inaugural release from "The Winchester Collection", the world’s first series of rare and precious 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    Glenmorangie Taghta
    It has been over a year in the coming but today Glenmorangie finally unveiled the limited edition Glenmorangie Taghta to their crowd of whisky fans around the world who helped source the single malt.
     
  • 25th September 2014
    European Johnnie Walker Mini Golf Ryder Cup Victory
    European journalists lead by Colin Montgomerie enjoy a narrow win over their American counterparts in a Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup mini golf tournament. Could it be an early predictor of this year’s Ryder Cup result at Gleneagles.

     
  • 24th September 2014
    Scotch Whisky Exports Down In First Half Of 2014
    While Scotch Whisky exports to some key markets, such as France and Taiwan, increased in the first six months of 2014, the overall trend was downwards with economic headwinds and uncertainty having an impact.
     
  • 23rd September 2014
    Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind Bartender Competition 2014
    Calling all bartenders! Glenfiddich have announced the launch of the Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind Bartender Competition 2014. This year entrants are being asked to
    showcase their flair and creativity by crafting a signature serve using Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old or Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition.
     
  • 22nd September 2014
    McGibbon’s Golf Range Small Batch Scotch Whiskies
    Independent Glasgow based Scotch whisky specialist Douglas Laing have announced the re-launch of their McGibbon's Golf Range which happens to coincide with the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The range features the Special Reserve ceramic Golf Club decanter and the Premium Reserve ceramic Golf Bag decanter.
     
  • 22nd September 2014
    Mika Häkkinen’s Drive For Responsible Drinking At The Ryder Cup 2014
    Mika Häkkinen Johnnie Walker Responsible Drinking Ambassador will be at the Ryder Cup 2014 at Gleneagles to encourage 25000 golf fans to Join the Pact.

     
  • 22nd September 2014
    The Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondola Placed In Five More Locations
    The Glenfiddich have placed more of their impressive iconic Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondolas in five key airport locations operated by Nuance. Travellers passing through Zurich, Lisbon, Antalya, St Petersburg, and Arlanda airports will now be able to see The Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondola.
     
  • 18th 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.
     
  • 17th September 2014
    Tullamore Distillery Producing Whiskey Once Again
    William Grant & Sons Ltd. today officially opened its new €35 million state-of-the-art whiskey distillery in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland. This milestone marks the return of whiskey production to Tullamore 60 years after the original distillery closed its doors.

     
  • 17th September 2014
    Join Johnnie Walker At The Ryder Cup For A Whisky & Golf Experience
    Fans of whisky and golf are in for a treat when the spectacular Johnnie Walker Experience opens its doors at this year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. While the professionals battle it out on the PGA Centenary course a short walk away, guests of the Johnnie Walker Experience can test their own golfing prowess by playing the four holes of the bespoke Johnnie Walker Mini Golf Course, which is located inside the exclusive venue.
     
  • 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
    Following
    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.

     
  • 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.
     

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