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  • 26th February 2015
    Macallan The Worlds Most Expensive Whisky
    Guinness World Records name The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique decanter the most expensive whisky in the world sold at auction.

     
  • 25th February 2015
    New Look For William Grant's 25 Year Old
    William Grant & Sons excellent Grant's 25 Year Old premium blended whisky launched back in 2009 has recently been given a new look but don't worry it is still the same Grant's 25 year old that you will find in the bottle.
     
  • 24th February 2015
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Cities Collection Dubai Edition
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label honours famous city landscapes of the world with limited edition design exclusive to travel retail. The first edition in the collection is the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Cities Collection, Dubai Edition.

     
  • 23rd February 2015
    Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship 2015
    Monkey Shoulder tour the UK in search of the next generation of bar owners The winner gets a week-long pop bar up at London. Cocktail Week, built, stocked, and promoted by Monkey Shoulder.

     
  • 23rd February 2015
    Teeling Irish Single Grain Whiskey Released In US
    The innovative bunch at the Teeling Whiskey Company have already released their award winning Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask finished Irish whiskey to critical acclaim in the US and they have now announced they are now launching their new Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey into the American market.
     
  • 20th February 2015
    Two New BenRiach And A New GlenDronach Cask Finish
    The BenRiach Distillery Company have unveiled three new cask finish whiskies, from the BenRiach distillery itself come two intriguing single malts – the BenRiach 15 year old Sauternes finish and the BenRiach 18 year old Albariza which is a peated whisky finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from Southern Spain. From its sister distillery GlenDronach comes a new GlenDronach 18 year old Marsala Cask Finish.

     
  • 20th February 2015
    The Macallan 1824 Masters Series
    The new Macallan 1824 Masters Series Rare Cask, Reflexion, No.6 & M has started appearing on the shelves of the specialist whisky shops, stunning packaged but with no age to indicate its rarity will the new whiskies be sought after by whisky connoisseurs and collectors.
     
  • 16th February 2015
    Highland Park Odin The Final Valhalla Collection Release
    Highland Park today released the 4th and final instalment of the Valhalla Collection, the Highland Park Odin which takes its name from the leader of the all Norse gods. I would advise you not to hang around if you want to get hold of a bottle or two.
     
  • 10th February 2015
    Have A Look Inside Talisker, Lagavulin, Cardhu & Glen Ord Distilleries
    Those of you who have never had the chance to visit a Scotch whisky distillery will be pleased to hear that you can now take a virtual tour around Talisker, Lagavulin, Cardhu & Glen Ord Distilleries.

     
  • 9th February 2015
    The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1968
    Berry Bros & Rudd owners of The Glenrothes single malt whisky have announced the release of The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1968 Cask No. 13507 the third edition in its rare Extraordinary Cask Collection series.
     
  • 3rd February 2015
    Redbreast Mano a Lámh
    Fans of the superb Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that they have announced the release of the limited edition Redbreast Mano a Lámh, this is the first expression released in the Redbreast range which has been 100% matured in sherry casks.
     
  • 30th January 2015
    The New Aultmore Single Malt Whisky Range
    John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of single malts from the little heard from Aultmore distillery,
    the three new expressions in the range are the Aultmore 12 Year Old and Aultmore 25 Year Old and they have also launched the Aultmore 21 Year Old which which is exclusive to travel retail. This is what I thought of the three new whiskies...
     
  • 29th January 2015
    GlenDronach Single Casks Batch 11
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 11 of its very popular single cask bottlings, selected as always by Master Blender Billy Walker.  The nine new expressions range in age from a 1996 distilled 18 year old up to a very rare 1971 distilled 43 year old.
     
  • 26th January 2015
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity with Georgie Bell and Stuart Brown
    Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 reviews "An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" and the whiskies presented during the evening in Toronto last week by Mortlach whisky ambassador Georgie Bell and Diageo premium whisky ambassador Stuart Brown.

    The whiskies were Mortlach Rare Old, Mortlach 18 Year Old, Mortlach 25 Year Old, John Walker & Sons Odyssey, Glen Ord 30 Year Old and The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old.
     
  • 23rd January 2015
    Smokehead Celebrates Gold Awards At India's Prestigious Ambrosia Awards
    Smokehead has always caused debate amongst whisky drinkers as to its distillery of origin but all whisky drinkers who have a taste for a peated Islay single malt agree about one thing, it is a quality dram. It appears that the mysterious unnamed distillery Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is now being noticed in India, after picking up a duo of Gold awards at this year’s prestigious Ambrosia Awards.
     
  • 22nd January 2015
    Jameson St. Patricks Day 2015 Limited Edition
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    ameson has unveiled its 5th annual limited edition bottle as it gears up for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. The Jameson St. Patricks Day 2015 Limited Edition was designed by award-winning, Dublin-based illustrator, Steve Simpson, the bottle forms the flagship of Jameson’s much-anticipated ‘Hello Dublin’ celebrations in Dublin and around the world this March.
     
  • 15th January 2015
    Jameson Good Workers Great Whiskey Limited Edition
    Jameson Good Workers, Great Whiskey, the first release in a new limited edition series of innovative packaging which celebrate the whiskeys rich heritage.
    This first release celebrates the craftspeople at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork where the whiskey is produced today.
     
  • 12th January 2015
    "Rock Oyster" Island Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing
    Douglas Laing & Co. the Glasgow based whisky specialists today announced the release of "Rock Oyster" Island Vatted Malt Whisky. Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using a selection of single malts sourced from distilleries on the Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.
     
  • 9th January 2015
    Isle of Skye Limited Edition 18 and 21 Year Old
    Fans of the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky will be pleased to hear that to toast the start of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink they have announced the launch of two new limited edition expressions, an Isle of Skye 18 year old and Isle of Skye 21 Year Old.
     
  • 22nd December 2014
    The Whisky Affair By Michael J Gill
    The Whisky Affair, a intoxicating fictional novel, a story of conspiracy, murder, and an intriguing mix of whisky facts and fiction. If you like a good read it is perfect to accompany the dram in your glass on a cold winters night.
     
  • 22nd December 2014
    Johnnie Walker XR 21 Year Old
    The Johnnie Walker XR 21 year old blend contains whiskies sourced from the private 'reserves' of the Johnnie Walker Master Blender, including some very rare and highly sought after single malt whisky from the Brora distillery which closed back in March 1983.
     
  • 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.
     

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