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  • 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
    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.
  • 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.

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