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Whisky News Archive 2012


Welcome to Whisky News archive 2012 where you can browse through old whisky news articles, reviews and more.

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  • 20th December 2012
    GlenDronach 7th Batch of Single Cask Bottlings
    GlenDronach releases 7th batch of single cask bottlings.
    Ranging from 18 to 40 years old, they are now available in the UK and will be released in export markets from January 2013.
     
  • 19th December 2012
    Bowmore 1957 Sells For £100,000
    A bottle of Bowmore 1957 54 year old, the oldest ever Islay single malt whisky has sold for £100,000. Five Scottish Charities will each receive £11,000 for Christmas from this sale.

     
  • 19th December 2012
    Glenfiddich Bottle Christmas Tree
    Glenfiddich distillery workers mark 125th anniversary of the original Christmas spirit with a Glenfiddich bottle Christmas tree.

     
  • 18th December 2012
    The Bowmore Room At The Caledonian Club
    Raise a dram with Bowmore to celebrate the arrival of The Bowmore Room at the Caledonian Club in the heart of London, London's only Scottish private members club.

     
  • 14th December 2012
    BenRiach & GlenDronach Malt Maniacs Awards
    The BenRiach Distillery Company, which produces the award-winning BenRiach and GlenDronach single malts, has won two main awards and eight medals in the 2012 “Malt Maniacs” Awards.
     
  • 14th December 2012
    Glenfarclas Appoints New Distillery Manager
    J. & G. Grant have announced the appointment of Callum Fraser as the new Production Manager at the Glenfarclas Distillery.
     
  • 13th December 2012
    The Balvenie Fifty Now Available At LAX
    Continuing the celebration of Malt Master David Stewart's 50th year at The Balvenie distillery, on November 27th The Balvenie Fifty was unveiled at Los Angeles International Airport.
     
  • 13th December 2012
    Teeling Whiskey Company Releases Premium Poitín
    Independent Irish whiskey maker, the Teeling Whiskey Company, has launched a new Premium Poitín bottling to showcase the Original Spirit of Ireland.
     
  • 13th December 2012
    Facundo Pieres Signs With Royal Salute
    Facundo Pieres, son of legendary polo player Gonzalo Pieres Sr. has signed with Royal Salute, after leading the Ellerstina team to victory in the 119th Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo in Buenos Aires last week.
     
  • 10th December 2012
    Glenfiddich Celebration 125th Anniversary Edition
    William Grant have launched the Glenfiddich Celebration 125th Anniversary Edition, a new travel retail exclusive limited edition bottling to mark the 125th anniversary of the Glenfiddich.
     
  • 7th December 2012
    Diageo Sponsor Free New Years Eve Travel
    This
    Hogmanay Diageo will be once again be sponsoring free travel in London and for the first time free travel in Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations.
     
  • 7th December 2012
    Johnnie Walker The Spice Road
    Johnnie Walker have launched Johnnie Walker The Spice Road the first release in the new Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection, a new range which is exclusive to travel retail.
     
  • 6th December 2012
    Auchentoshan Unveils Three New Expressions
    Auchentoshan, the only triple distilled Single Malt Scotch Whisky, have recently released three new limited editions - the very rare Auchentoshan 1966 and Auchentoshan 1979, and the second small batch release of the Auchentoshan Valinch 2012.
     
  • 4th December 2012
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 1
    In a first for GlenDronach, the award-winning Aberdeenshire distillery has produced a new cask strength expression
     
  • 30th November 2012
    The Balvenie Triple Cask 12, 16 & 25 Year Old
    Introducing the new Balvenie Triple Cask range which will be exclusive to travel retail. The Balvenie Triple Cask range comprises of a 12 year old, 16 year old and 25 year old expression.

     
  • 30th November 2012
    Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Finds Home In Zurich
    Glenfiddich Crystal Stag has found its next home in the Nuance Duty Free Store at Zurich Airport. This is the
    seventh Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondola to be unveiled by William Grant & Sons.
     
  • 29th November 2012
    Benromach Gift Packs For Whisky Lovers
    Speyside’s smallest distillery, Benromach, has launched a gift pack which will allow whisky lovers to get the most out of Benromach’s flagship single malt, the 10 Years Old.
     
  • 29th November 2012
    Ballantine's Leave An Impression Campaign
    Ballantine’s is highlighting its associations with music and personal expression with the launch of Ballantine’s Loud Blue, a social media platform that invites brand fans worldwide to ‘leave an impression through music in a unique and creative way’.
     
  • 28th November 2012
    Glenfiddich 2012 Malt Mastermind Winner
    Lee Potter Cavanagh of Mark’s Bar at HIX in London has emerged victorious at this year’s Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition. Now in its third year and with more than double the entries to last year, the final which was held this week at The Savoy was more competitive than ever.
     
  • 27th November 2012
    Ballantine's Christmas Reserve In Demand
    Ballantine’s, the No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe, is rolling out Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve Limited Edition to more markets than ever before this year, due to increased demand from markets looking to capitalise on the lucrative festive season.
     
  • 23rd November 2012
    Jameson Hits 4 Million Cases
    Jameson Irish Whiskey has reinforced its position as the world’s No 1 Irish whiskey with the announcement today that it has reached the significant landmark of four million case sales globally.
     
  • 23rd November 2012
    William Grant & Sons Crowned Grand Spirit Master
    William Grant & Sons has won the Grand Spirit Master for the second consecutive year and the Scotch Whisky Grand Master awards for its premium drinks brands at this year’s Spirits Masters, a highly respected drinks competition by The Spirit Business.
     
  • 21st November 2012
    Glenmorangie Named World's Best Distiller
    The Glenmorangie Company was the toast of the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition this week after being named 2012 Distiller of the Year.
     
  • 21st November 2012
    Jameson First Shot Short Film Competition 2013
    Building on the success of its inaugural year, Jameson is launching ‘Jameson First Shot’ short film competition for 2013, with two major Hollywood actors now involved in the project.
     
  • 21st November 2012
    Chivas Brothers Appoints M&C Saatchi
    Chivas Brothers has announced the appointment of M&C Saatchi as the new global advertising agency for Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, and the world’s No. 2 Scotch whisky by volume.
     
  • 16th November 2012
    GlenDronach Picks Up Top Scottish Field Award
    A GlenDronach 1990 single cask bottling has won three top awards in this year’s prestigious Scottish Field Whisky Challenge.

     
  • 16th November 2012
    Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind Finalists 2012
    Now in its third year the Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind cocktail competition 2012 final will be held at the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy on Monday 26th November. Eight talented finalists will be creating their twist on the classic whisky cocktail ‘Blood & Sand’ as well as their own signature serve using either Glenfiddich 12, 15 or 18 Year Old Single Malt.
     
  • 15th November 2012
    The Balvenie Dipping Dog
    The Balvenie has introduced The Balvenie Dipping Dog, a new way of serving its premium whisky brand. The Balvenie Dipping Dog can be found in a number of high-end bars and restaurants.
     
  • 13th November 2012
    Remaining Glenlivet 70 Year Old Released In UK
    The last remaining bottles of the world’s joint oldest single malt Scotch whisky, Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 year old go on sale worldwide today.
     
  • 10th November 2012
    Dewar's The Drinking Man's Scotch
    Dewar's have announced a break from the tired conventions of the category for the launch of its new campaign – "Dewar's: The Drinking Man's Scotch." The new Dewar's campaign will challenge the norm by bringing sensual taste, intellectual stimulation in a new advert featuring a beautiful, alluring and mysterious woman played by Claire Forlani.
     
  • 10th November 2012
    Crown Royal Introduces Maple Finished Whisky
    Crown Royal have added another branch to the family tree with the announcement of the brand's first foray into the rapidly growing flavoured whisky category with the release of Crown Royal Maple Finished.
     
  • 9th November 2012
    Diageo Take 27% Shareholding In United Spirits
    Diageo plc, United Breweries (Holdings) Limited and United Spirits Limited have today announced agreements under which Diageo would acquire a 27.4% stake in USL, the leading spirits company in India.
     
  • 9th November 2012
    Hankey Bannister Named Supreme Champion Spirit
    Earlier this week the premium Scotch blended whisky Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old was named ‘Supreme Champion Spirit’ in the prestigious International Spirits Challenge 2012.
     
  • 7th November 2012
    BenRiach Re-starts Its Own Maltings
    BenRiach started making its own malt again this week which means the Elgin distillery is now one of only a handful of distilleries in Scotland with its own maltings.
     
  • 6th November 2012
    Jura Whisky 'Penny' Treasure Hunt in UK Cities
    Jura Whisky has today launched a penny treasure hunt in four cities across the UK, with forty bottles of Jura Superstition to be given away to the forty lucky finders.
     
  • 5th November 2012
    Rare Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old
    Bunnahabhain distillery has announced that it will release a one-off rare limited edition Bunnahabhain 40 year old single malt.
     
  • 1st November 2012
    Irish Whiskey Society Single Cask Whiskey
    Irish distillers and the Irish Whiskey Society unveil exclusive bottling of Single Cask Whiskey. The Irish Whiskey Society Single Cask Whiskey is a 17 Year Old Single Pot Still Whiskey.

     
  • 1st November 2012
    Ballantine's Change The Plan
    Ballantine's encourages consumers to Change the Plan with new advertising campaign and the release of this
    new Ballantine's Change the Plan television commercial.
     
  • 1st November 2012
    Benromach 10 Scoops Top Award In Hong Kong
    Benromach 10 year old scooped a top award at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.

     
  • 31st October 2012
    Malt Whisky Yearbook 2013 Review
    Beautifully illustrated with over 500 photographs and most of them new since last years edition, the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2013 is more than just a reference guide for any serious whisky drinker it is also a fascinating look into the world of whisky and the people who make it. A book that any whisky enthusiast, whether a beginner or connoisseur can read for pleasure.
     
  • 29th October 2012
    Great King Street New York Blend
    Compass Box have announced the release of the first in a series of one-off, regional Scotch whisky blends under their Great King Street label - the Great King Street New York Blend.
     
  • 27th October 2012
    Mackinlay's Shackleton 2nd Edition The Journey
    Whyte & Mackay yesterday launched a new version of its world famous Mackinlay’s malt at Whisky Fest in New York - the Mackinlay's Shackleton 2nd Edition is called Mackinlay’s The Journey.
     
  • 27th October 2012
    Jura Whisky Win a Million Pennies Competition
    Jura Whisky has launched its biggest ever online competition, providing its legion of honorary Diurachs across the UK with the chance to win £10,000.
     
  • 26th October 2012
    The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6
    The Balvenie has introduced another whisky in to the Tun 1401 range, The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6 is available exclusively in the United States.
     
  • 25th October 2012
    Benromach Launch 20cl Triple Gift Pack
    Benromach, has launched a gift pack which will allow whisky lovers to sample three of its most popular expressions - Benromach 10 year old, Benromach Peat Smoke and the Benromach Organic.
     
  • 25th October 2012
    Benromach Supports Arts & Business Awards
    Speyside’s smallest whisky distillery, Benromach, celebrated two of Scotland’s best assets, whisky and the arts with its sponsorship of the Arts and Business Awards 2012.
     
  • 25th October 2012
    Glen Ord Distillery Expansion Plan
    Diageo have submitted a planning application for the expansion of the Glen Ord distillery near Muir of Ord. The expansion plan will double the current production capacity of 5 million litres of alcohol per annum.
     
  • 24th October 2012
    Old Pulteney 40 Year Old
    Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky has unveiled its oldest expression to date – a new limited edition Old Pulteney 40 Year Old single malt.

     
  • 22nd October 2012
    Gordon & MacPhail Adds To Its Private Collection
    Independent whisky bottler Gordon & MacPhail adds a Ledaig St Joseph Wood Finish and Balblair Crozes-Hermitage Wood Finish to its Private Collection.

     
  • 18th October 2012
    Chivas Brothers Planning New Speyside Distillery
    Chivas Brothers has announced its intention to build a new malt whisky distillery and has begun the planning process for a site in Speyside. The company is consulting the local community and planners regarding a location on the banks of the River Spey near Carron on the site of the silent Imperial distillery.
     
  • 18th October 2012
    New Teeling Hybrid Malt Whiskey
    The Teeling Whiskey Company has announced its entry in to the marketplace by creating a whole new whiskey category with the launch of Hybrid Malt Whiskey made up of Cooley and Bruichladdich whisky.

     
  • 18th October 2012
    Glengoyne New Range Unveiled
    The team at Glengoyne have been hard at work over the past 18 months creating a new range of Glengoyne Whisky for us to enjoy. The new look Glengoyne range includes a number of new whiskies as well as some old favourites that you already know.
     
  • 17th October 2012
    Balvenie Launches 17 Year Old DoubleWood
    The Balvenie range of single malt whiskies has just gotten bigger with the addition of The Balvenie 17 year old Doublewood. So has the Doublewood come of age, read on.

     
  • 12th October 2012
    Octomore 10 Year Old
    The world’s peatiest whisky comes of age. Octomore 10 year old is a landmark and highly limited release of the cult Islay spirit and for the first time at 10 aged years.

     
  • 12th October 2012
    Port Charlotte 10 Year Old
    This release of Port Charlotte 10 year old is a milestone for the Bruichladdich distillery, rather than just a limited edition the Port Charlotte 10 year old joins the core range of whiskies from the Bruichladdich distillery and is here to stay.
     
  • 12th October 2012
    Octomore 5 Fifth Annual Release
    The world’s peatiest whisky just got peatier. Octomore 5 is the fifth annual release is peated to an extraordinary 169ppm. The iron fist in a velvet glove.
     
  • 11th October 2012
    Ballantine's Unveils Premium Gift Offerings
    Christmas is coming as Ballantine's unveils premium offerings for the gifting season
    with the launch of a trio of stylish gift packs for its Ballantine’s Finest and Ballantine’s 12 year old expressions ahead of the festive period.
     
  • 9th October 2012
    Glenlivet Master Distiller Receives Top Award
    Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester's contribution to Speyside and whisky has been recognised by the industry and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Alan is this year’s recipient of the Ambassador of the Year Award.

     
  • 8th October 2012
    Rare 1974 AOIBHINN Ardbeg Sells For £27000
    St Columba’s Hospice Live Life Ball raises £400k including £27,000 for exclusive bottle of rare 1974 ‘AOIBHINN’ Ardbeg Reserve.

     
  • 8th October 2012
    Jura Standing Stone 30 Year Old
    Jura are set to launch Jura Standing Stone 30 year old in time for Christmas.

     
  • 3rd October 2012
    Scotch Whisky Exports Remain at Record Levels
    Scotch whisky exports remain at record levels. There was a 13% boost in demand from the US, while sales were also up strongly to Russia and Venezuela. But with the eurozone economy struggling, exports to Spain fell by 24%.

     
  • 2nd October 2012
    Sazerac Caribou Crossing Single Barrel
    Sazerac Caribou Crossing Single Barrel is a luxury Canadian whisky brand which is turning heads in the whisky world.

     
  • 1st October 2012
    The Chivas Brothers Blend
    Chivas Regal today launched The Chivas Brothers’ Blend, the new whisky is exclusively to the global travel retail channel. This unique 12 year old blend uses a carefully selected range of malt whiskies including Strathisla and Longmorn.
     
  • 28th September 2012
    Tullibardine To Make Whisky Fuel For Cars
    Tullibardine is aiming to turn its by-products into biofuel and become the world's first whisky distillery to fuel car and trucks in a move which could see Scotland's 100-plus distilleries feed a new 60-million-pound industry.

     
  • 28th September 2012
    Diageo In Talks For Stake Of United Spirits
    Diageo is in talks to acquire a stake in Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya's United Spirits Ltd, reviving an on-again, off-again courtship that would ramp up its presence in the world's largest whisky market. However there is no certainty that these discussions will lead to a transaction.

     
  • 20th September 2012
    Last Remaining Glenlivet 70 Year Old Goes On Sale
    The last remaining bottles of one of the world’s oldest and most exclusive single malt Scotch whiskies The Glenlivet 70 year old from Gordon & MacPhail is set to go on sale at a special event in Canada today
    at Vancouver International Airport.
     
  • 19th September 2012
    The Age Matters Debate - Great Things Take Time
    'The Age Matters Debate' took place to coincide with the unveiling of a new global education campaign from Chivas Brothers, 'Great Things Take Time' aimed at informing consumers about the true value of high aged Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 19th September 2012
    Whisky Age Statement Knowledge Gap
    Chivas Brothers, who has more than 85% of the market share of Scotch whisky sold aged 21 years old and over commissioned independent market research into consumers opinions of age statements and found a considerable knowledge gap.

     
  • 17th September 2012
    Bowmore 1957 Oldest Ever Islay Whisky Released
    Bowmore have today announced the forthcoming release of its oldest ever expression this October; the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957 54 Years Old. Not only is this the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released, it is also the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released.
     
  • 17th September 2012
    Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Made for Gentlemen
    Chivas Regal has teamed up with British luxury shoe designer, Tim Little, to launch a limited edition collectible tin. Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Made for Gentlemen by Tim Little is the first in a series of annual collaborations with modern craftsmen who share a passion for style, discernment, heritage and creativity.
     
  • 14th September 2012
    Rare Bowmore Whisky Coming Soon (Part Three)
    Here is part three of a teaser video this time focusing on the craftsmanship that went into the hand blown glass bottle that will hold the soon to be released rare expression of Bowmore whisky.
     
  • 13th September 2012
    Compass Box Flaming Heart 4th Release
    I know many of you, like myself will be very pleased to hear that the guys at Compass Box have bottled and released their fourth edition of the outstanding blended malt Scotch whisky Flaming Heart.
     
  • 12th September 2012
    anCnoc Peter Arkle Second Edition Release
    The remARKabLE Partnership Continues with
    the second in the series of Limited Edition releases from its collaboration with internationally renowned Scottish illustrator, Peter Arkle.
     
  • 10th September 2012
    Rare Bowmore Whisky Coming Soon (Part Two)
    As
    I have already mentioned, later this month Bowmore will launch a very rare whisky and here is part two of a teaser video this time focusing on the craftsmanship of the box that will contain the new rare Bowmore whisky.
     
  • 10th September 2012
    Lagavulin Islay Jazz Ferstival 2012
    Following last year’s exceptionally well-received limited edition release of Lagavulin to mark the Islay Jazz Festival, a special limited-edition bottling of Lagavulin will be released again this year, sourced from a single Refill Sherry Butt filled on 7th May 1997.
     
  • 10th September 2012
    Johnnie Walker Where Flavour Is King
    Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Blended Scotch Whisky, is this week launching a new global advertising campaign. Entitled ‘Where Flavour Is King’, the campaign focuses on the array of rich and intense flavours that are found in each blend of Johnnie Walker whisky.

     
  • 10th September 2012
    Rare Bowmore Whisky Coming Soon (Part One)
    I have been informed that later this month Bowmore will launch a very rare whisky but meanwhile here is part one of a teaser video.
     
  • 6th September 2012
    St Columba’s Hospice Auctions Rare Ardbeg Whisky
    AOIBHINN, a rare Ardbeg 1974 Single Malt Scotch whisky bottled in a unique bottle designed by Maeve Gillies is to be auctioned to raise funds for an essential rebuild of St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh.
     
  • 5th September 2012
    Balvenie 50 Marks Half Century For David Stewart
    Exactly 50 years to the day that David joined the Balvenie distillery as a seventeen year old apprentice, The Balvenie have released a rare cask of The Balvenie single malt distilled in 1962. Just 88 bottles of The Balvenie 50 year old will be available.
     
  • 5th September 2012
    Johnnie Walker Launch New App On Facebook Page
    Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling whisky brand, is launching a new application on its global Facebook page this September which is set to give Instagram photos hidden in people’s pockets an audience of millions.

     
  • 4th September 2012
    Chivas Introduce The Night Magnum
    Chivas Regal has launched a permanent bottle exclusively for the on-trade – Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Night Magnum.
     
  • 1st September 2012
    Ardbeg Galileo Has Lift Off
    You have heard the rumours about a new out of this world bottling from Ardbeg, well it has arrived the Ardbeg Galileo has lift off. The Ardbeg Galileo has been launched today to celebrate Ardbeg’s first ever experiment in space.
     
  • 30th August 2012
    A Strong Year for Chivas Brothers Whisky
    Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard have confirmed strong performances for all of its strategic brands over the last financial year.
     
  • 30th August 2012
    Bowmore Partners with River Cottage's Chef
    Bowmore whisky has teamed up with John Wright, the UK’s leading foraging expert, and top chef Gill Meller, both from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, to launch a series of delicious seafood and dessert recipes to match perfectly with Islay’s first Single Malt.
     
  • 29th August 2012
    Scotch Whisky Industry Now In A Golden Age
    Billy Walker, the scotch whisky veteran who resurrected the fortunes of BenRiach and GlenDronach, believes the industry has entered "a golden age".
     
  • 28th August 2012
    Diageo 2012 Special Releases
    Diageo has announced its Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to be released in limited edition this autumn in the Special Releases series.
     
  • 24th August 2012
    Glenfiddich Sponsor Harrys Mountain Heroes
    ITN Productions has produced Glenfiddich's first ever television sponsorship idents for the upcoming documentary Harry’s Mountain Heroes, which airs on 27th August at 9pm on ITV1.

     
  • 20th August 2012
    Nico Hülkenberg Gets a Bespoke Birthday Gift
    Sahara Force India Formula One Team driver Nico Hülkenberg celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday with a bespoke bottle of Whyte & Mackay whisky that was personally crafted for him by Master Blender Richard Paterson.
     
  • 16th August 2012
    SWA Staff Use Pedal Power For Charity
    Employees from the SWA's Edinburgh head office are taking on the challenge of cycling to all 108 distilleries in Scotland to raise money for two nominated charities, Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland and WaterAid.
     
  • 16th August 2012
    Whisky - Local Hero or International Ambassador?
    The event Scotch Whisky - Local Hero or International Ambassador?, from the Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Scotch Whisky, is being held at the Parliament in Edinburgh on Friday 17 August.
     
  • 15th August 2012
    Whisky Luxe Edinburgh 2012
    Whisky Luxe is the new luxury whisky tasting event for passionate whisky drinkers, whisky enthusiasts and collectors. The new event launches of September 7th at The Scotch Whisky Experience which is located just minutes from Edinburgh Castle.
     
  • 15th August 2012
    Trace Your Family Tree With Grant's Whisky
    Grant's whisky tells its own family story and offers you a £10 voucher to family history website, findmypast.co.uk to help trace your story.

     
  • 9th August 2012
    Jameson Great Urban Escapes Limited Edition
    Jameson highlights the World’s Greatest Urban Escapes with the launch of a new travel retail exclusive limited edition bottling.

     
  • 8th August 2012
    Gold Medal Rush For Chivas Brothers Whiskies
    Chivas Brothers has scooped an impressive total of 16 Gold medals at two of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions: the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2012, and the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2012.
     
  • 7th August 2012
    BenRiach Latest Batch of Single Cask Bottlings
    BenRiach has released the latest batch, its ninth, of single cask bottlings. Ranging from 22 to 35 years, the release demonstrates the range of multi-layered expressions for which BenRiach is renowned.
     
  • 7th August 2012
    Diageo Whiskies Pick Up 12 Golds At IWSC
    The Singleton of Glen Ord 15 year old scored a Trophy - the ultimate prize - and a Gold Outstanding citation, and other Diageo whiskies walked away with 12 Gold and Gold Outstanding Medals and 23 Silver and Silver Outstanding Medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition
     
  • 31st July 2012
    The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
    The Balvenie today announced the latest addition to its collection of award-winning single malts in the UK – The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask.
     
  • 31st July 2012
    Glenfiddich Scoops Six Gold Medals at IWSC 2012
    Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been awarded a total of six ‘gold outstanding’ and ‘gold’ medals in the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
     
  • 30th July 2012
    Bowmore 1964 & 1985  Limited Editions
    Bowmore have announced the release of two prized limited editions, the very rare Bowmore 1964 and Bowmore 1985 which joins the acclaimed 1980s Vintage Series.
     
  • 30th July 2012
    Special RAF Whisky Raises £10k For Charity
    The Last Hunter is an exclusive blended malt whisky produced by independent bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail, to commemorate RAF Kinloss has raised £10,000 for charities. The Limited Edition Blended Malt ‘The Last Hunter’ was produced and named to mark the closure of RAF Kinloss.
     
  • 30th July 2012
    First Dalmore Constellation Collection Sold
    The world’s first Dalmore Constellation Collection has been sold through The Whisky Shop in the UK to a US based investor, Mahesh Patel.
     
  • 20th July 2012
    Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage Limited Edition
    The Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage Limited Edition single malt whisky is the latest exclusive from Glenfiddich, a UK travel retail exclusive Glenfiddich vintage to celebrate 2012.
     
  • 18th July 2012
    Bunnahabhain Toiteach Is Released In the US
    Bunnahabhain Toiteach the first heavily peated distillery bottling of Bunnahabhain is to be introduced in the United States.

     
  • 16th July 2012
    Ballantine’s 40 Year Old
    Ballantine’s is celebrating craftsmanship and expertise with the global launch of Ballantine’s 40 Year Old, its most exclusive blended Scotch whisky ever created.
     
  • 16th July 2012
    Port Charlotte The Peat Project
    Available from the end of July, Port Charlotte The Peat Project replaces the previous releases of 3D, PEAT and An Turas Mor bottlings.
     
  • 16th July 2012
    Ballantine's Toast 30 Years of Scottish Open
    Ballantine’s celebrated its sixth successful year as an Official Sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at the weekend, as India’s Jeev Milkha Singh was named the overall winner of the tournament.
     
  • 13th July 2012
    Glendronach Latest Batch of Single Cask Whisky
    GlenDronach today, released its  latest batch of single cask bottlings. This is the sixth batch of GlenDronach single casks to be released by the award-winning Aberdeenshire distillery.
     
  • 13th July 2012
    First Drinks Reports On Market Trends
    First Drinks has published its annual Market Report which looks at the spirits and Champagne categories in the UK. The second report of its kind released by the company, takes a look at current trends and dynamics impacting the on and off-trade.
     
  • 11th July 2012
    Benromach's Stillmen
    Two Scottish distillery workers have been penned by the Scottish illustrator, Jill Calder, to feature at the heart of a new design concept set to showcase the secret of Benromach, Speyside’s smallest distillery.
     
  • 10th July 2012
    Glenfiddich Partners With Institute Of Directors
    Glenfiddich will mark its 125th anniversary by partnering with the Institute of Directors (IoD) to sponsor the prestigious Director of the Year awards 2012.
     
  • 9th July 2012
    Remy Cointreau In Negotiations With Bruichladdich
    French spirits group Remy Cointreau is in exclusive talks to buy Scottish whisky maker Bruichladdich Distillery as it looks to tap booming demand for premium whisky from emerging markets in Asia.
     
  • 6th July 2012
    Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006 Dunlossit Farm
    The latest edition of Bruichladdich's Islay Barley Series, this one from Dunlossit Farm, was released today.

     
  • 6th July 2012
    Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind Competition Returns
    Glenfiddich is calling for the on-trade’s most passionate malt enthusiasts to come forward and enter its annual competition - Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind – a chance for individuals to showcase their knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for whisky.
     
  • 5th July 2012
    GlenDronach 1993 Single Cask Distillery Exclusives
    The GlenDronach distillery has just bottled its latest distillery exclusive, a single cask 1993.
    Also new at GlenDronach this summer is the latest Distillery Manager’s cask, also a 1993 vintage which visitors can hand-fill their own bottle at the distillery.
     
  • 4th July 2012
    Success Leads To Expansion At Glencairn Crystal
    Demand from luxury drinks market leads to success and expansion for family firm Glencairn Crystal.

     
  • 4th July 2012
    Lifetime Achievement Award For David Urquhart
    Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, David Urquhart, has been honoured by his industry peers with a lifetime achievement award for his services to the Scottish Licensed Trade.
     
  • 3rd July 2012
    Auchentoshan Presents Events For 2012
    Auchentoshan Presents started life as a series of parties in 2010. For 2012, the events have evolved. This series will bring to life Auchentoshan's Classically Modern platform by working alongside partners who have, like the whisky, mixed the very best of the past with the very best of the future. From pop-up barbershops, to supper clubs, to a workshop in fashion. Events will be taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, London and Brighton.

     
  • 2nd July 2012
    Dalmore The Worlds Fastest Growing Malt
    The Dalmore is officially the world’s fastest growing single malt, according to new figures from leading research analysts IWSR.
     
  • 28th June 2012
    The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
    The latest release from David Stewart, Scotch whisky’s most experienced Malt Master, is The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5, a single malt married from just nine casks of the distillery’s characteristic spirit.
     
  • 27th June 2012
    Old Pulteney WK217 Spectrum
    Old Pulteney launch WK217 Spectrum, the latest and final limited edition in the Old Pulteney "WK" series for travel retail.

     
  • 26th June 2012
    Compass Box The World Record That Wasn’t
    You may recall last month we told you about Compass Box and The Whisky Shop teaming up in an attempt to set a whisky tasting world record, well this is how it went.
     
  • 26th June 2012
    Priceless Bottle Of Malt Mill Whisky Unveiled
    The world's only known bottle of Malt Mill new-make spirit was unveiled yesterday Monday 25th June for enthusiasts and whisky pilgrims at the Lagavulin distillery. Thought to have disappeared forever, Malt Mill is the basis of the plot for the award-winning Ken Loach film, The Angels' Share.

     
  • 26th June 2012
    SWA Celebrates 100 Years Through Verse
    The Scotch Whisky Association have launched its Centenary celebrations with the reading of a specially-commissioned poem "Freedom an Whisky gang thegither" by the Makar, or Scottish National Poet, Liz Lochhead.

     
  • 22nd June 2012
    Winning Year For Morrison Bowmore Distillers
    Since leaving the blended scotch market in 2006, Morrison Bowmore Distillers has focused solely on the development of its Single Malt brands. This year a series of prestigious industry awards for its spirits has further exemplified MBD's company vision as the Single Malt Specialist.
     
  • 19th June 2012
    Drama At Benromach Speyside's Smallest Distillery
    The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart returns to Scotland hot from US performances, the production will now perform for the first time at a distillery venue with two new dates (Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July 2012) set for the Benromach Visitor Centre in Forres.
     
  • 15th June 2012
    Diageo Leads Pernod In Race Into New Markets
    Diageo is leading the race into emerging markets ahead of French rival Pernod Ricard and looks set to be first to get half its sales from these growth areas as it serves drinkers from Moscow to Mumbai.
     
  • 11th June 2012
    Jura Whisky Photography Competition
    Jura whisky, in partnership with Olympus, is launching an online photography competition to find images from across the world that best embody the theme of ‘community spirit’.
     
  • 8th June 2012
    Diageo Acquires Cabin Fever Maple Whisky
    Diageo targets the flavoured whisky and craft distilling trends in the US with the acquisition of Cabin Fever Maple Whisky.

     
  • 8th June 2012
    GlenDronach’s Cask In A Van Heads For Belgium
    For the fourth year running, award-winning GlenDronach has selected a rare single cask from its Aberdeenshire distillery and will tour it around Belgium next week…in the back of a small van!
     
  • 6th June 2012
    Diageo To Invest £1 Billion In Scotch Whisky
    Diageo has set out a £1billion Scotch whisky investment plan which includes a new malt whisky distillery and major expansion of existing distilleries, substantial warehousing expansion to store maturing spirit and hundreds of jobs created in Diageo and wider Scottish economy.

     
  • 31st May 2012
    Chivas Brothers Invests for a Bright Future
    With a new luxury bottling plant and plans to reopen Glen Keith distillery Chivas Brothers is predicting a bright future for Scotch as consumers are showing a thirst for premium spirits.

     
  • 31st May 2012
    Compass Box Goes For Whisky Tasting Record
    Compass Box is embarking on a journey from Inverness to Brighton, via 8 cities, 8 Whisky Shops and 8 different tastings, in an attempt to set a whisky tasting world record and raise money for charity along the way. The twist? The whole tour will happen in just ONE day. Do you want to be part of it?

     
  • 31st May 2012
    Lagavulin Gets Behind Islay Jazz Festival Again
    Lagavulin will once again be the headline sponsor of the Islay Jazz Festival in 2012, the brand’s owner Diageo has announced, following its highly successful and widely welcomed sponsorship of the event in the last two years.
     
  • 30th May 2012
    First Drinks Team Walk For Charity
    Well done to the First Drinks staff who have successfully participated in a virtual walk from the company’s Head Office in Hook, Hampshire to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland – all in aid of the Walking With The Wounded charity.
     
  • 28th May 2012
    New Packaging For The Dalmore Core Range
    More new packaging. The Dalmore is introducing new packaging across its core range  – 12, 15, 18, Cigar Malt Reserve and King Alexander III.
     
  • 28th May 2012
    New Look for Isle of Skye Blend
    Independent bottlers and distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers, has revealed a new design for the core expressions of its award-winning Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky range.
     
  • 28th May 2012
    Cuba Gooding Jr Backs Chivas FilmAid Campaign
    Cuba Gooding Jr. backs Chivas Regal’s campaign to raise awareness of FilmAid International.
     
  • 25th May 2012
    The Balvenie Masters of Craft
    The Balvenie Masters of Craft is back for a second year to once again look for the most talented craftspeople from across the United Kingdom. The awards are designed to celebrate the varied range of handcrafted skills that are currently thriving across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Only one week left for nominations!
     
  • 25th May 2012
    Jura Whisky Festival Going Live
    The Jura whisky festival, part of the 26th annual Feis Ile, will be broadcast live from the Isle of Jura for the very first time this year.
     
  • 24th May 2012
    Yellow Spot Pot Still Irish Whiskey Returns
    Irish Distillers has announced a return to the fold for the Yellow Spot 12 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which has been recreated by the team at Midleton Distillery in Cork.
     
  • 23rd May 2012
    Lagavulin & Caol Ila 2012 Islay Festival Bottlings
    The 2012 Islay Festival bottlings will be a Lagavulin 14 year old and a Caol Ila 11 year old. The two limited edition single-cask individually numbered bottlings will be released for the 2012 Islay Festival this weekend, Diageo has announced.
     
  • 23rd May 2012
    BenRiach Appoints First Brand Ambassador
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has appointed Dumbarton-born Stewart Buchanan as its first own Brand Ambassador.
     
  • 22nd May 2012
    Peter Capaldi Performs At Whisky Stramash
    As the final touches are being put in place for 2012’s most unique whisky event, the inaugural Edinburgh Whisky Stramash, which takes place at Surgeons’ Hall on 26th & 27th May it has been announced that Peter Capaldi will perform at the Whisky Stramash.

     
  • 22nd May 2012
    Belfast Crumlin Prison Reinvented As A Distillery
    A notorious Belfast prison that held Irish Republican Army inmates during the worst of the city's sectarian strife is to be transformed into a Whiskey distillery.
     
  • 18th May 2012
    The Angels' Share - The Movie
    View a trailer of The Angels' Share, a new movie from Ken Loach. It has been dubbed Scotland’s answer to the Full Monty.

     
  • 17th May 2012
    Short Film by Chivas Regal to be Unveiled in Cannes
    A short film by Chivas Regal is to be unveiled in Cannes. The film is part of new plans to raise awareness of FilmAid International.

     
  • 17th May 2012
    Glengoyne Auld Enemy Diamond Jubilee Golf Day
    Glengoyne is encouraging people to tee off for England or Scotland in the Glengoyne Auld Enemy Diamond Jubilee Golf Day and Black Tie Gala Dinner on 24th August 2012, to help raise money for Help for Heroes.
     
  • 16th May 2012
    Awards For Benromach Peat Smoke and Organic
    Benromach has another duo of top awards to celebrate, its Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, Benromach Peat Smoke and Organic, has won a gold and silver medal respectively in the Scotch Whisky Masters 2012 competition.
     
  • 11th May 2012
    Ballantine's Partners With Designer Lee Broom
    Ballantine's 12 year old launches second partnership with British Designer of the Year Lee Broom.

     
  • 10th May 2012
    Bowmore Small Batch Reserve
    Bowmore launches new expression, Bowmore Small Batch Reserve. Created from a selection of the first- and second-fill bourbon casks, and brought together for an extended period of maturation.

     
  • 10th May 2012
    Glenlivet 70 Nominated For Excellence Award
    The Glenlivet 70 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Generations range is the only whisky to be shortlisted in this year’s Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

     
  • 8th May 2012
    World's Highest Whisky Tasting
    The world's highest whisky tasting will be broadcast live from Everest Base Camp, as Walking With The Wounded team take part in ground-breaking broadcast from The Glenfiddich Yurt.

     
  • 3rd May 2012
    Ardbeg Distillery Launches U.S. Rocket Tour
    Following on from the space experiment the Ardbeg Distillery have announced the U.S. Ardbeg Rocket Tour. The tour, which will showcase a life-size rocket will stop in 22 states in 28 weeks.
     
  • 2nd May 2012
    The Macallan 1824 MMXII
    The Macallan 1824 Collection Limited Release MMXII, the third in this elite series, consists of just 1,824 decanters of a single malt whisky that has been selected from some of the rarest casks which have been maturing at The Macallan Estate.

     
  • 1st May 2012
    Highland Park Adds To Its Vintage Collection
    Highland Park introduces two new travel retail exclusives to there Vintage Collection, the Highland Park 1991 and 2001 will replace the 1990 and 1998.

     
  • 1st May 2012
    The Dalmore Constellation Collection
    Launching exclusively today with World Duty Free The Dalmore Constellation Collection brings together, for the first time, a spectrum of vintages created at the Dalmore Highland distillery between the years 1964 and 1992.
     
  • 30th April 2012
    Wiesberger Toasts Maiden Victory With Ballantine’s
    Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger toasts maiden victory with rare Ballantine’s 2012 Championship Blend.

     
  • 30th April 2012
    New Chairman For William Grant & Sons
    Global premium spirits business and independent family distillers William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd has announced the appointment of Glenn Gordon as its new non-Executive Chairman.
     
  • 30th April 2012
    The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
    Benromach Single Malt Whisky is set to go overseas with the National Theatre of Scotland as it continues to sponsor an international tour of the Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart in America.

     
  • 26th April 2012
    Ballantine’s Championship Tee's Off Today
    British Open champion Darren Clarke and YE Yang, the first Asian to win a Major, headlined a gallery of stars at the official photo call ahead of this week’s €2.2 million Ballantine’s Championship, which teed off today.
     
  • 25th April 2012
    New Managers For Highland Park & The Macallan
    The Edrington Group has announced two significant changes in personnel for its single malt brands with the appointment of new distillery managers for both Highland Park and The Macallan.
     
  • 25th April 2012
    Isle of Skye Winner At The Scottish Grand National
    Scotland’s number one National Hunt trainer, Lucinda Russell, owner of Arlary House Stables was presented with the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Scottish Jump Trainers’ Championship Award at Saturday’s Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
     
  • 24th April 2012
    Royal Salute Partners With Historic Royal Palaces
    Royal Salute Scotch Whisky has become the first ever brand to be officially associated with the Royal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London. The partnership will support the work of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for the Tower of London.
     
  • 18th April 2012
    Chivas Presents The Art of Hosting
    Chivas Regal has teamed up with the founders of Le Baron nightclubs, to create a limited edition pack which was designed to provide you with the tools to perfectly master the art of hosting at home.
     
  • 17th April 2012
    Bell's Diamond Jubilee Decanter 2012
    Bell's Decanters has a tradition of releasing limited edition decanters to commemorate Royal occasions and to mark Queen Elizabeth II 60th year on the throne Bells have released the Bells 2012 Diamond Jubilee Decanter.
     
  • 17th April 2012
    Highland Park 21 Year Old Returns To UK Market
    Originally created exclusively for global travel retail and duty free markets, Highland Park have reintroduced its 21 year old single malt in the UK two years after it was removed from global distribution.
     
  • 10th April 2012
    Glenlivet Release Rare Single Cask Editions
    The Glenlivet is to release a series of rare expressions as part of its Single Cask Editions range, highlighting the subtle, complex and elegant style of The Glenlivet. The new range will include The Glenlivet Guardians, Helios, Josie, Inveravon, Kilimanjaro and Legacy Single Cask Editions.
     
  • 10th April 2012
    Ardbeg Out of This World
    Ardbeg Distillery on Islay provides crafted molecules in a World First Space Experiment. Pioneering research project on board International Space Station set to be unveiled at Edinburgh’s International Science Festival today Tuesday 10 April.

     
  • 3rd April 2012
    Chivas Regal Supports Cannes Film Festival
    Chivas Regal is set to reinforce its role as official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, after extending its support of the iconic event until at least 2014. Cannes 2012 will also see Chivas Regal reaffirm its commitment to the charity FilmAid.
     
  • 2nd April 2012
    Laphroaig PX Cask Travel Retail Exclusive
    The Laphroaig PX Cask is a travel retail exclusive bottling and the first Laphroaig single malt whisky to be matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

     
  • 2nd April 2012
    Benromach Putting The Dram Into Drama
    Benromach is building on its successful partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland as it continues to sponsor a UK tour of the Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart 2012 tour, following its support of the production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.
     
  • 2nd April 2012
    Edrington Group Focuses On Middle East
    The Edrington Group is reorganising the senior management responsible for duty free and travel retail in the Middle East to assist the development of its portfolio of premium brands in the region.
     
  • 30th March 2012
    Scotch Whisky Distillers Make Whisky In US
    Three of Scotland’s top whisky distillers took part in a whisky making and barrel filling ceremony at George Washington’s Distillery in the US this week to celebrate the Centenary of the Scotch Whisky Association.
     
  • 30th March 2012
    Dunkeld Atholl Brose Voted World’s Best Liqueur
    Elgin based whisky, wine and spirit merchant, Gordon & MacPhail have announced that Dunkeld Atholl Brose has been crowned ‘World’s Best Whisky Liqueur’ at the World Whisky Awards 2012.
     
  • 30th March 2012
    Ballantine's Marks Championship With Rare Blend
    Ballantine's launches the Ballantine’s 2012 Championship Blend which contains a selection of the rarest whiskies, aged for at least 41 years. Only 10 individually numbered bottles of the whisky will be produced.
     
  • 28th March 2012
    New Tullamore Dew Distillery To Be Built
    William Grant the owner of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey have announced it will invest in a new, state of the art pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery in Tullamore, bringing whiskey production back to the town for the first time since the original distillery closed in 1954.
     
  • 27th March 2012
    Scotch Whisky Exports Break New Records
    Scotch Whisky exports continued to grow last year hitting a record £4.2billion in shipment value, up 23% on 2010 according to figures unveiled today by the Scotch Whisky Association. Exports to USA break £600m mark for first time.
     
  • 27th March 2012
    Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee Limited Edition
    Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute is this year continuing with tradition by celebrating the Queen’s 60 year reign with the launch of the Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee Limited Edition.
     
  • 26th March 2012
    Irish Distillers Sweeps The Board
    Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson, has been named Whiskey Distiller of the Year and Whiskey Brand Innovator of the Year at the Icons of Whiskey Awards 2012. Single pot still whiskey Powers John’s Lane Release was also recognised, scooping the prize for Best Pot Still Whiskey.
     
  • 23rd March 2012
    Join Bowmore on a Theatrical & Immersive Journey
    This year Bowmore is launching an exciting marketing campaign Magic Happens on the ‘Darkest’ Nights to support the growth of its multi-award winning core expression, Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’. The new integrated campaign will see a series of innovative activities rolled out globally. (Details on first event below).

     
  • 23rd March 2012
    Bowmore “Magic Happens on the Darkest Nights”
    If you are in or around London on this April 25th or 26th then why not join Bowmore on a theatrical and immersive journey that brings to life the essence of Bowmore 15 Years Old Darkest in this the first of Bowmore's planned events to promote its popular 15 year old expression.

     
  • 23rd March 2012
    Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail
    Monkey Shoulder has announced the launch of its Chocolate Trail, a subversive take on the traditional Easter-egg hunt. The Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail will be held at 63 Broadwick Street, Soho, London for four days over Easter Friday 6th to Monday 9th April.
     
  • 22nd March 2012
    Glenfiddich 1974 Vintage Reserve Review
    This is the third premium Glenfiddich whisky I have tasted this week and this is the by far rarest of the three. It is a deliciously inviting rich, smooth, sweet, fruity, spicy whisky plus amazingly fresh for a whisky of 36 years.
     
  • 22nd March 2012
    A Mixed Budget For Whisky Distillers
    Disappointment at excise duty rise in the 2012 budget but distillers welcome corporation tax reduction.

     
  • 21st March 2012
    BenRiach Goes Back To The Future
    Over the last few months, the BenRiach distillery has been working to come up with a revamped, definitive range of four peated expressions that will be available on an ongoing basis. The final line-up can now be confirmed as Birnie Moss, Curiositas aged 10 year old, Septendecim aged 17 year old and Authenticus aged 25 year old.
     
  • 21st March 2012
    Glenfiddich 19 Age Of Discovery Review
    After spending a year exclusive to travel retail the Glenfiddich 19 Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish has now gone on general release so I thought I would take a look at it.

     
  • 20th March 2012
    Glenfiddich 21 Gran Reserva Review
    This is not a review of a new whisky, the Glenfiddich 21 year old has been around for some time now. I thought as Glenfiddich have recently updated the packaging for the Glenfiddich 21 year old I would take another look at it including what is now in the bottle.
     
  • 19th March 2012
    Glenfiddich Breaks World Record at Auction
    A bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve sells for a record breaking US$94,000 (£59,000) at exclusive charity auction hosted by Adrian Grenier.

     
  • 16th March 2012
    Benromach Peat Smoke Bold And Beautiful
    Benromach Peat Smoke has been described as a ‘bold and beautiful malt’, scoring 93 points out of 100 in the Single Malt Scotch Whisky category of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2012.
     
  • 16th March 2012
    St Patricks Day - What Will You Be Drinking
    With St Patricks Day tomorrow 17th March and with Irish whiskey having something of a renaissance in recent times I thought we would take a look at the whiskey Ireland has to offer.
     
  • 15th March 2012
    Johnnie Walker Platinum Label
    Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is the latest addition to Diageo's popular Johnnie Walker whisky range.
     
  • 15th March 2012
    Ballantine’s Golf Limited Edition Pack
    Ballantine’s is set to launch a new Ballantine’s Golf Limited Edition pack for its 17 and 21 Year Old blends. The pack will reinforce the brand’s strong association with world-class golf ahead of the fifth consecutive Ballantine’s Championship, one of Asia’s most prestigious golfing events.
     
  • 12th March 2012
    Benromach European Pipe Band Championships
    The beautiful market town of Forres is set to host the Benromach European Pipe Band Championships for three consecutive years, bringing a projected £1.2 million of economic benefits to the town and the surrounding area.
     
  • 12th March 2012
    Prince Harry Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Prince Harry’s first visit to Brazil culminated in triumph yesterday at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which took place at Haras Larissa, Campinas, São Paulo.
     
  • 9th March 2012
    Bowmore Spring Tide Review
    We take a look at Bowmore Spring Tide, Bowmore's new premium entry into their travel retail range.
     
  • 9th March 2012
    Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof Review
    We take a look at Bowmore's new cask strength un-chillfiltered whisky which is one of three new travel retail exclusive expressions released in March 2012 by Bowmore.
     
  • 8th March 2012
    anCnoc 1998 Vintage
    anCnoc 1998 Vintage is a new addition to Knockdhu Distillery’s Limited Edition Vintage release series.
     
  • 7th March 2012
    Scotch Whisky Association Celebrates 100 Years
    The Scotch Whisky Association roots date back to October 1912 therefore it will be celebrating its centenary this year. One of the highlights is set to be a major exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, in the Scottish Parliament.
     
  • 5th March 2012
    Compass Box And Albannach Join Forces
    Compass Box Whisky Co. and Albannach join forces to raise funds & awareness for The Girl Effect at “Whisky and Women Unite” celebration.
    A whisky and cocktail party open to the public will be held at Albannach, a stylish temple to whisky overlooking Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. Guests can purchase International Women’s Day Compass Box cocktails created by the Albannach team.
     
  • 2nd March 2012
    Five New Auchentoshan Travel Retail Whiskies
    Auchentoshan, Scotland’s only triple distilled Single Malt whisky, will launch a new and exclusive range for the travel retail sector, consisting of four core permanent expressions supplemented by two limited editions released each year. The new Auchentoashan travel retail range is:

    Auchentoshan Springwood
    Auchentoshan Heartwood
    Auchentoshan Cooper’s Reserve
    Auchentoshan Solera
    Auchentoshan Silveroak (Limited Edition)
     
  • 2nd March 2012
    Glenfiddich 1974 Vintage Reserve
    Glenfiddich has unveiled its first-ever vatted vintage reserve the Glenfiddich 1974 Vintage Reserve which was selected by a global panel of 16 Glenfiddich experts.

     
  • 2nd March 2012
    Whisky Outperforms Gold
    The market for Investment Grade Scotch (IGS) is continuing to outperform other alternative investments and commodities such as gold, according to new figures to be released today by whisky valuation experts.
     
  • 2nd March 2012
    New Look For Glenfiddich 21 Year Old
    Glenfiddich has unveiled stunning new packaging for its 21 Year Old Gran Reserva.
     
  • 29th February 2012
    Smokehead The Rock Edition
    Smokehead the official drinks sponsor of The Marshall Ultimate Band Contest has released Smokehead The  Rock Edition which is a new limited edition design of Smokeheads existing metal presentation tin to celebrate its credentials as the rock n’ roll spirit of choice for 2012.
     
  • 22nd February 2012
    Ballantine’s New Signature Distillery Editions
    Ballantine’s is set to unveil two Signature Distillery Editions of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old as part of a new four-strong collection of innovative whiskies that highlight the influence of the signature malts that provide the depth to Ballantine’s 17 Year Old. The first two editions - Scapa and Glenburgie will be followed by Miltonduff and Glentauchers each limited edition aims to showcase the unique contribution to the Ballantine’s blend by accentuating their characteristics within the limited edition blend.
     
  • 22nd February 2012
    Royal Salute Targets China
    Royal Salute launches majestic advertising campaign in China.
    The world’s leading luxury Scotch whisky, has unveiled a new television advertising campaign in China to further underline the brand’s luxury status.
     
  • 22nd February 2012
    Ballantine’s Championship Fifth Anniversary
    Stars set to toast Ballantine’s Championship. Major Champions Darren Clarke and YE Yang will help toast the fifth anniversary of the Ballantine’s Championship when they headline an impressive blend of star names at Blackstone Golf Club, in the Korea.

     
  • 22nd February 2012
    Kilchoman Machir Bay
    Kilchoman launch Machir Bay, the first general release from the Islays newest distillery.
    It will be available throughout 2012.
     
  • 20th February 2012
    Jura Whisky Pursuit
    Jura launches "Whisky Pursuit" to win a free bottle every week for a year. It is the second version of Jura's Pub Quiz aimed at testing the knowledge of its
    community of honorary Diurachs.
     
  • 17th February 2012
    St Patrick's Day Celebrations With Jameson
    St Patrick's Day celebrations go global with Jameson
    as fans from around the world are being encouraged to party with the Irish this St Patrick’s Day. Jameson have unveiled an exciting line-up of activities as well a limited edition St Patrick’s Day bottle which they first introduced last year.
     
  • 17th February 2012
    Benromach Three Tens Continues for Fifth Year
    Benromach has been announced by No Fuss Events as headline sponsor for the legendry Three Ten Series cross country mountain bike races for the fifth consecutive year.
     
  • 16th February 2012
    Balvenie Once-in-a-lifetime Rare Craft Fellowship
    The Balvenie have announced the launch of The Balvenie Rare Craft Fellowship – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for American craftsmen across the US to earn a money-can't-buy trip to Scotland.
     
  • 13th February 2012
    Icons Of Arran The Eagle
    Isle of Arran whisky have announced the fourth and final bottling in there popular Icons of Arran series, The Eagle.
     
  • 13th February 2012
    Do Valentine’s The Ballantine’s Way
    Ballantine’s gives the traditional Valentine’s Day card a make-over.
    Valentine’s Day should be a day to share with everyone you love, including friends, so for those looking to rise above the clichéd messages and send something fun, Ballantine’s have created two light-hearted alternative Valentine’s Day e-cards.
     
  • 13th February 2012
    Glengoyne Auld Enemy Dram
    Scotland rugby legend Scott Hastings has teamed up with Glengoyne to launch a new limited edition Glengoyne Auld Enemy Dram in aid of charity.
     
  • 13th February 2012
    Glenfiddich Auction Raises £44000
    Glenfiddich raised an extraordinary £44,000 for the charity Walking with the Wounded on Friday, when it auctioned off the second bottle of one of its rarest-ever whiskies, the Glenfiddich 55 year old Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve Whisky.
     
  • 9th February 2012
    Auchentoshan - A Look Back At 2011
    As 2011 has drawn to an end, Auchentoshan looks back at the successes and of course the whisky of 2011.

     
  • 8th February 2012
    Gordon & MacPhail Drinks Wholesaler of the Year
    Well done to
    Elgin based whisky, wine and spirit merchant, Gordon & MacPhail, who has been named Drinks Wholesaler of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2012.
     
  • 7th February 2012
    Glen Grant 60 Year Old Diamond Jubilee
    Gordon & MacPhail release a rare Glen Grant 60 year old whisky in honour and celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

     
  • 6th February 2012
    Diamond Jubilee By John Walker & Sons
    Today, Monday 6th February 2012 in Royal Deeside, Scotland, sixty years to the day since The Queen's accession, John Walker & Sons celebrates the occasion with the bottling of Diamond Jubilee By John Walker & Sons.
     
  • 6th February 2012
    Bowmore Whisky Range Gets A New Look
    Bowmore today unveiled brand new packaging for its entire domestic and global travel retail / duty free range.
     
  • 6th February 2012
    Bowmore Three New Travel Retail Expressions
    Bowmore has also announced three new additions exclusive to the global travel retail sector - Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof, Bowmore Spring Tide and the limited edition Bowmore 1983.
     
  • 6th February 2012
    The Dalmore Cromartie
    The Dalmore has released Cromartie, the third in a series of limited edition releases, named after the spiritual heartland of the Mackenzie clan.
     
  • 3rd February 2012
    Chichibu The First Released
    Chichibu The First is the first whisky to be released from Ichiro Akuto's Chichibu distillery, Japans newest distillery.
     
  • 2nd February 2012
    Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve Auction
    Glenfiddich are to host a UK charity auction for one of its rarest-ever single malt Scotch whiskies – the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 Year Old will be auctioned
    all in aid of Walking With The Wounded.
     
  • 2nd February 2012
    Ardbeg Day Islay-limpics 2012
    Forget the London Olympics 2012 now is the time for all Ardbeggians to get into training for the Ardbeg Day Islay-limpics 2012.
     
  • 2nd February 2012
    Glenmorangie and The Open Championship
    Scotland is celebrated the world over for whisky and golf, so what could be more appropriate than today’s announcement of a three year partnership, that will see Scotland’s favourite single malt whisky Glenmorangie, team up with golf’s most famous competition - The Open Championship.
     
  • 1st February 2012
    Bowmore - A Look Back At 2011
    As 2012 kicks off with a flurry of planning and preparation Bowmore looks back at the successes and of course the whisky of 2011.
     
  • 1st February 2012
    The Dalmore Zenith
    The Dalmore Zenith is the latest malt to be released from the distillery, it is crafted from three very old Dalmore whiskies; The Dalmore 1964, The Dalmore 1951 and a historic 52 year old Dalmore distilled back in 1926, which were brought together and further finessed in Oloroso Sherry casks.
     
  • 1st February 2012
    Royal Salute Polo Cup Brazil 2012
    Prince Harry’s first official visit to Brazil will include a game of international polo, with the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup on Sunday 11th March marking the finale of the royal tour.
     
  • 26th January 2012
    Highland Park Thor 16 Year Old
    Thursday, the perfect day of the week to tell you about the new Highland Park Thor (Thursday is named after Thor - "Thor’s day") which is the first release in the new Highland Park Valhalla Collection and like its namesake, shares many of the legendary Norse god’s larger-than-life characteristics.
     
  • 24th January 2012
    Cutty Sark Tam o' Shanter 25 Year Old
    Cutty Sark have just launched their first special limited edition, Cutty Sark Tam o' Shanter 25 year old Blend - an ideal dram to celebrate at a Burns Night supper!
     
  • 23rd January 2012
    Jura Whisky And Jura Coffee The Perfect Blend
    Jura single malt whisky has teamed up with Jura, the Swiss coffee specialists, to create a range of whisky and coffee pairings for the ultimate in indulgent after dinner experiences.
     
  • 19th January 2012
    BenRiach Septendecim Richly Peated
    BenRiach Septendecim 17 year old, is BenRiach's newest addition to its celebrated peated range, it will be available worldwide later this month, the distillery announced today.
     
  • 19th January 2012
    The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
    Fans of the old The Dalmore Cigar malt will be pleased to hear that The Dalmore are launching a new expression, The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve is aimed to please cigar-loving whisky drinkers.
     
  • 10th January 2012
    Morrison Bowmore Appoints Rachel Barrie
    Morrison Bowmore Distillers, one of the major names in Scotch Whisky and producers of Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glen Garioch Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, announces the appointment of Rachel Barrie to the newly created position of Master Blender effective immediately.
     
  • 4th January 2012
    Glenmorangie Artein Unveiled
    Glenmorangie have announced the release of Glenmorangie Artein, the third release in its award winning Private Edition range. It is an intriguing assemblage of 15 and 21 year old Glenmorangie, extra matured in ‘Super Tuscan’ wine casks.

 

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