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  • 21st February 2017
    Bonham's Inaugural Online Auction Dedicated To The Macallan
    Bonham's is hosting its first ever online only whisky auction, the auction which is offering more than 70 lots of The Macallan is based in Hong Kong and started on Friday 17th February and will run until 10th March 2017.
  • 21st February 2017
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) Bottlings Get A New Look
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), which is a rather unique international whisky club which is approaching its 35th anniversary has given its iconic green bottle a bit of a makeover.
  • 20th February 2017
    Master Blender Rachel Barrie Joins The  BenRiach Distillery Company
    Brown-Forman the new owners of The BenRiach Distillery Company have announced that they have appointed Rachel Barrie as whisky maker for their Scotch whisky portfolio which includes The BenRiach, The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh distilleries. Rachel will take the reigns on March 1st from Billy Walker who was a was a key part of the growth of the BenRiach Distillery Company.
  • 17th February 2017
    John Walker Private Collection 2017 Mastery of Oak
    Diageo has unveiled the 4th edition of its super premium John Walker & Sons Private Collection blend, the John Walker Private Collection 2017 Mastery of Oak. John Walker Private Collection 2017 focuses on the wood and combinations of casking which influences whisky.
  • 16th February 2017
    Donald Trump Proposed US Border Tax Would Hit US Whisky Drinkers
    Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricard CEO, has warned that a proposed 20% US tax on imported goods which could hit Scotch whisky would have to be passed on to consumers.
  • 15th February 2017
    Jameson's St. Patrick’s Day 2017 Limited Edition
    I know a few of you now anticipate this special release every year, well its that time of year once again when Jameson unveil its limited edition Jameson St. Patrick's Day 2017 bottling ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day 2017 celebrations. This year the special limited edition label design has been inspired by the Jameson family motto, Sine Metu – or without fear.
  • 14th February 2017
    Dalwhinnie Distillery Welcomed Scottish Whisky Bar Workers
    Last Friday 10th February, the inaugural "International Scotch Day" the Dalwhinnie Distillery, Scotland's highest distillery at 326 metres above sea level, opened it doors for free to welcome a group of 25 representatives from some of Scotland’s traditional whisky bars and five-star hotels for a distillery tour.
  • 9th February 2017
    Glen Moray Celebrates 120th Anniversary Year
    The Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Company Limited was formed on the 27th January, 1897 and Glen Moray is set to mark its 120th anniversary year with the release of a special limited edition, Glen Moray Mastery.
  • 9th February 2017
    International Scotch Day February 10
    To mark the inaugural International Scotch Day tomorrow Diageo are opening the doors to its distillery visitor centres and it whisky archive. There will also be official International Scotch Day celebrations taking place all over the world, and fronting the proceedings is world-renowned supermodel, Coco Rocha and award-winning actress, Freida Pinto.
  • 8th February 2017
    Douglas Laing Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection
    The folks in the marketing department at independent Glasgow based whisky bottlers Douglas Laing have been busy once again coming up with something to attract our hard earned whisky pounds, today they launched the Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection with the Laphroaig 18 Year Old Queen of the Hebrides.
  • 7th February 2017
    Mossburn & Jedhart Distilleries Get Go Ahead From Scottish Government
    The Scottish government has given the go ahead for the £40 million Jedhart and Mossburn distilleries at the former site of the Jedforest hotel in the Scottish Borders.

  • 6th February 2017
    The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare Collection
    The Macallan 1991 has been unveiled as this years addition to the Fine & Rare Collection,
    a collection which was created to identify the very best of The Macallan’s finest maturing stock. The Macallan 1991 joins some of the rarest vintage Macallan single malts ever released.
  • 6th February 2017
    Laphroaig Four Oak Travel Retail Exclusive
    Laphroaig Four Oak is a new travel retail exclusive expression, as its name suggests the new whisky from the Islay distillery has been matured in four different casks but hopefully the new Four Oak is not a case of taking the Laphroaig Triple Cask one cask too far.
  • 6th February 2017
    Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition Travel Retail Exclusive
    Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition is a new travel retail exclusive expression, the creation of the current Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell, it doesn't carry an age statement and it was matured in first-fill American Bourbon barrels then it was finished in larger new European oak hogsheads.
  • 1st February 2017
    Tobermory Distillery To Close For two Years For Refurbishment
    The Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull will stop production on 31st March 2017 to enable refurbishment work to the distillery to go ahead. The refurbishment will see the distillery stills replaced but the production capacity will not be increased. The refurbishment will also be focused on improving the visitor facilities.
  • 31st January 2017
    Diageo To Launch Roe & Co Irish Blended Whiskey
    Diageo has announced that they are returning to the booming Irish whiskey market with the launch of a brand new premium Irish blended whiskey named Roe & Co. They have also revealed plans for a £18.6 million investment at the Guinness Power House site, St James’s Gate, Dublin to convert it to a whiskey distillery which will one day produce whiskey which will go into the new Roe & Co whiskey brand.
  • 31st January 2017
    Glenmorangie Bacalta The Latest Private Edition Release
    The Glenmorangie Bacalta is the latest release in the Private Edition series, finished in Malmsey Madeira casks this is sure to catch the interest of Glenmorangie fans around the world given Glenmorangie's
    excellent track record with previous Private Edition releases.
  • 30th January 2017
    William Grant Sees Positive Results In A Challenging Market
    Despite a very challenging environment in 2016, William Grant & Sons says its business enjoyed a very healthy growth in many Global Travel Retail European markets in 2016, which is ahead of the trend and their competition.
  • 30th January 2017
    The Spirit Cartel Adds Two New Members To Its Gang
    The Spirit Cartel agency, based in London, represents some of the world’s most premium spirits, including Four Roses Kentucky bourbon has just added two new members to its gang, a tight knit bunch of hoods hell-bent on importing, flogging and drinking the best spirits from around the world.
  • 27th January 2017
    Talisker Atlantic Challenge Team Break World Record
    A team of American and British rowers have combined efforts to break the world record for the fastest four-man crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as the world's toughest row.
  • 27th January 2017
    Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye Named Canadian Whisky of the Year 2017
    The 7th annual Canadian Whisky Awards held this month in Victoria, B.C. has named Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye as the Canadian Whisky of the Year 2017. Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye is produced from a 100% rye mash which is quite uncommon even for a Canadian whisky.
  • 27th January 2017
    Chivas Starts Search For 2017 Global Chivas Master
    Chivas Regal has began their worldwide search for the 2017 Chivas Master, the annual competition tests the cocktail making skills of the worlds best bartenders and celebrates the innovation and the craftsmanship at the heart of mixology.

  • 25th January 2017
    Scotch Whisky Association Calls For 2% Excise Duty Cut
    As Scotland and many whisky drinkers around the world raise a glass to Scotland's bard Rabbie Burns tonight the Scotch Whisky Association has called for a 2% spirits excise duty cut to boost the Scotch whisky industry. The Scotch Whisky Association are urging the government to reduce the current tax of 77% on an average priced bottle of Scotch.

  • 19th January 2017
    Midleton Distillery €10 Million Investment To Increase Production Capacity
    As the global demand for Irish whiskey continues to soar Midleton Distillery this week took delivery of three new copper pot stills as part of a €10million investment to increase production capacity at the Cork distillery by 30%.

  • 19th January 2017
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2017
    This years annual Vintages/LCBO sponsored "An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" event in Toronto, Canada saw Gordon & MacPhail present some very rare premium whiskies from their extensive range, our guest writer, Murray Cohen, a Member of the International Order of the Companions of the Quaich and Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Member was there to review the event and of course, the whiskies.

  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1952 59 Years 11 Months Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1952 which was matured in 1st Fill Sherry and refill Sherry butt for an remarkable 59 years and 11 months before being bottled at 40% ABV. This whisky just shy of 60 years old provides a pervasive aura of satisfaction that required almost a lifetime to establish, a mellow beauty of aromas and flavours.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Port Ellen 1980 35 Year Old Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Port Ellen which was matured in a refill American hogshead barrel and bottled at 46% ABV in 2016. Chewy and voluptuous, peppery and sweet simultaneously.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 25 Year Old Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 which was distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogshead barrels and bottled at 46% ABV in 2015. The sherry influence here is Picasso-like, juxtaposing and emphasizing aroma and taste elements.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Cask Strength 2004 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005, matured in a combination of First Fill and Refill Sherry Butts, peaty sweet with a sherry thrust; the sugary elements are like the icing on a single malt cake.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice Arran 2006 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Arran 2006, matured in 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels. A most enjoyable 8 year old whisky, light, fruit cocktail, mild spice, rum and raisin ice cream, buttermilk pancakes with an edge and candied pears.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish 2000 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish, matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV. Full bodied, chewy and syrupy. Dark over-ripened sweet plums land on the palate with a delightful thud.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 Year Old Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 year old, matured in Refill Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. This whisky entered the stage with a flurry of pleasantness but unfortunately a sulphur issue (experienced on my palate) has tied its hands.
  • 19th January 2017
    Benromach 15 Year Old Review
    Review of the popular Benromach 15 year old classic Speyside single malt.
    Aged in a combination of first fill bourbon and sherry casks, a meaty dram which seems to pull more weight than its 43% ABV.
  • 19th January 2017
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 Review
    Review of the
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 by Murray Cohen. Matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels and bottled on the 16th October 2014 at 46% ABV, this 17 year old is a solid dram with some building intensity.
  • 18th January 2017
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 Review
    Review of the
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 is the latest release in this popular series which offers whisky connoisseurs the opportunity to enjoy The GlenDronach as it is straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and, in the case of this batch, at 56.1% ABV cask strength.
  • 13th January 2017
    The Dalmore 50 Year Old
    The Dalmore has announced the forthcoming release of a new Dalmore 50 year old single malt whisky to mark its Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry. You will need deep pockets for this one at £50,000 but the official tasting note does sound very enticing.
  • 10th January 2017
    Whisky Distillers Cashing In on Gin Boom
    The demand for the new generation of not so traditional versions of Gin is booming and this booming demand has been a gift for Scotch whisky makers, including some new smaller craft distilleries that have anchored their business with gin revenues while waiting for their Scotch to mature.
  • 10th January 2017
    Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 Final Release
    Bowmore has released the last 50 bottles of its rare Bowmore 50 Year Old !961. Released in batches of 50 bottles over the past 4 years, the final bottles will forever be known as the last of their batch, but will also be the first of a six-part Bowmore 50 Year Old Collection Series which was distilled in the 1960's.
  • 6th January 2017
    Remy Cointreau Acquire Westland Distillery Company
    Rémy Cointreau owners of the Bruichladdich Distillery has once again expanded its single malt whisky portfolio with the acquisition of the Seattle, Washington State based Westland Distillery company for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of Westland follows Rémy's recent acquisition of the French whisky distiller Domaine des Hautes Glaces.
  • 21st December 2016
    Clan Denny Girvan 20 Year Vintage 1993 Single Grian Whisky Review
    Review of Douglas Laing's Clan Denny Girvan 20 Year Old 1993 Single Grain Single Cask whisky.
    This 20 year old shows a level of maturity releasing some pretty intense aromas and flavors.
  • 16th December 2016
    Whisky Live London 2017
    If you are in or around London or you fancy a trip down to the big smoke for a whisky break then tickets are now available for Whisky Live London 2017, which takes place this coming 31st March & 1st April, may be of interest to you.
  • 16th December 2016
    Liquid Academy Live & Kicking at ScotHot 2017
    I thought some of you may find this of interest, Liquid Academy Live has announced they are bringing their creative expertise and drinks innovations to ScotHot 2017 at the SECC Glasgow.
  • 15th December 2016
    Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990
    Glenmorangie has announced the launch of a new limited edition vintage collection, Bond House No.1. The inaugural expression in the new collection is Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 which was bottled 2016.
  • 12th December 2016
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram V
    Glengoyne has announced the release of the Glengoyne Teapot Dram V, the fifth release in a cracking limited release series that often passes under whisky drinkers radar. Bottled as all drams should be if it was a perfect world, naturally coloured, non chill-filtered and at a cask strength. Matured in first fill Oloroso sherry oak casks is sure to be on a few whisky drinkers Christmas lists.
  • 9th December 2016
    The Fake Whisky Problem
    Recent findings by the folks behind Rare 101 whisky will probably not come as much of a surprise to many of you but it is a good reminder to all to beware when buying previously owned bottles. Rare 101 Whisky recently exposed a fake bottle of Laphroaig 1903, potentially worth £100,000
    , and two fake part sets of Macallan Fine and Rare, one worth around £500,000 and the other worth around £250,000.
  • 6th December 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection
    If you have a taste for old & rare whisky then you will love the the new Speyside Collection which specialist independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail they have just launched a collection of 6 very old and very rare single malt whiskies from 6 of Speyside's finest distilleries which have been hand selected from Gordon & MacPhail's extensive selection of maturing whisky stock.
  • 5th December 2016
    International Beverage Named Whisky Distiller Of The Year
    International Beverage is celebrating being named Whisky Distiller of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland 2017 awards. International Beverage is perhaps a name that some of you are not familiar with but I am sure you will be familiar with the whisky brands they own such as Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Balblair and Speyburn, and their popular blend Hankey Bannister.
  • 2nd December 2016
    First Bottle of Strathearn Whisky Sells For £4,150
    Strathearn Distillery last night joined the ranks of Scotch whisky producers when they sold there first bottles of single malt whisky at auction. The distillery which is one of the smallest in Scotland launched their first 100 bottles of Strathearn single cask single malt whisky at auction last night with bottle No. 001 fetching an incredible £4,150.
  • 1st December 2016
    Benromach Heritage 1973
    Benromach Heritage 1973 is a very limited edition single cask whisky, available exclusively in the UK there are only only 52 bottles of this rare limited edition available. Described as having hints of dark chocolate and a peppery smooth finish.

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