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Whisky News Archive 2014


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Whisky News Archives


  • 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.
     
  • 28th November 2014
    Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 2nd Release
    If you are looking to spoil yourself this Christmas and you have deep pockets then this just may interest you Bowmore has announced the 2nd release of the extremely rare Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961 which will be launching on 1st December, it will set you back a cool £16,000.
     
  • 27th November 2014
    Speyburn Aids Spey Foundation Charity To Complete Mackalea Burn Project
    Speyburn is celebrating the completion of a sustainable environmental project to increase fish populations in the Mackalea Burn a tributary of the River Fiddich.
    The scheme was led by Scottish charity the Spey Foundation, in collaboration with Moray Council and Speyburn.
     
  • 26th November 2014
    GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish
    The GlenDronach distillery today launched the new GlenDronach 12 year old Sauternes Cask Finish, the new expression replaces the highly acclaimed 14 year old Sauternes wood finish expression which was launched four years ago and has now been discontinued.
     
  • 26th November 2014
    The New Craigellachie Single Malt Whisky Range
    John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of single malts from the little heard from Craigellachie distillery,
    the new expressions in the range are Craigellachie 13 Year Old, Craigellachie 17 Year Old and Craigellachie 23 Year Old, they have also launched the Craigellachie 19 Year Old which which is exclusive to travel retail. This is what I thought of the four new whiskies...
     
  • 26th November 2014
    John Dewar & Sons Launch The Last Great Malts Of Scotland
    John Dewars & Co have launched what they are calling "The Last Great Malts of Scotland", a range of new expressions, including some never before released single malts from five of John Dewar & Sons malt whisky distilleries - Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla.

     
  • 24th November 2014
    The Nth Whisky Show 2015 Las Vegas
    Tickets are now available for the 5th annual Nth Whisky Show in Las Vegas. Nth 2015 will be an unparalleled event showcasing the best whiskies and brands in the world. Taste, savour, discuss and learn more about fine, rare whiskies at the always luxurious Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
     
  • 24th November 2014
    Kilchoman Club 3rd Edition Madeira Cask
    Kilchoman fans will be pleased to hear that the distillery has announced the release of one last treat for 2014, the Kilchoman Club 3rd Edition, a Madeira Cask matured bottling which will be released on the 1st December, just in time for Christmas.
     
  • 24th November 2014
    Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish and Château Cissac Wood Finish
    The folks at Benromach today announced the launch of two exciting new limited edition whiskies, the Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish and Château Cissac Wood Finish.
     
  • 21st November 2014
    The Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength
    William Grant have announced a fourth addition to their Girvan Patent Still single grain whisky range. The Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength.
     
  • 20th November 2014
    Maker’s Mark Treasure Trove Cocktail Nights Come To Edinburgh
    Enjoy a unique taste of Kentucky in Edinburgh this month at The Maker’s Mark Treasure Trove cocktail nights in The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh.
    Taste the Hanakotoba Punch, a unique cocktail serve cooked up by Tim Pryde from The Voodoo Rooms, winner of the Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove cocktail competition.
     
  • 19th November 2014
    New Store Concept Sees Whisky Sales Rise At Schiphol Airport
    A new sales approach by Schiphol Airport Retail and William Grant & Sons sees single malt sales grow an incredible 33.8% in test store.

     
  • 18th November 2014
    Two More Awards Round Off A Good Year For Glengoyne
    Glengoyne round off a record breaking award winning year with a double win for its excellent Glengoyne 25 year old.

     
  • 12th November 2014
    The Macallan Masters of Photography Mario Testino Edition
    The Macallan today unveiled the fifth Master of Photography edition in the series, The Macallan Masters of Photography Mario Testino Edition. The whisky brings together a combination six of Spanish and American 100% sherry seasoned oak butt and puncheon casks.
     
  • 12th November 2014
    Glenmorangie Dornoch
    Dust off your passport if you want to get hold of this one as Glenmorangie has announced the release of Glenmorangie Dornoch a new limited edition bottling which will be available exclusively in travel retail from Wednesday 26th November.
     
  • 10th November 2014
    Label 5 Gold Heritage
    Label 5 launch Gold Heritage a new premium expression of the popular blend.
    What makes Label 5 a premium blend is some of the component single malts in the blend are aged more than 20 years. This is what I thought of it.
     
  • 10th November 2014
    Douglas Laing's XOP Single Casks
    Glasgow based independent Scotch whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co have announced the release of an extension of their Old Particular single cask malt whisky range with the release of their older & rarer "XOP" Xtra Old Particular single cask range.
     
  • 8th November 2014
    Arran Orkney Bere Barley 10 Year Old
    Arran has announced the release of a 2nd limited edition of the Arran Orkney Bere Barley. Fans of The Arran Malt will be pleased to hear that the new Arran Orkney Bere Barley 10 year old has been bottled at cask strength.
     
  • 7th November 2014
    anCnoc 18 Year Old
    anCnoc have announced a new addition to their core range of whiskies, the anCnoc 18 year old. Matured in a combination of hand picked Spanish oak ex-sherry casks and American oak ex-bourbon casks, there will initially be 6000 bottles available worldwide with more to follow.
     
  • 7th November 2014
    Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Exclusive Travellers Edition
    Here is one for the Johnnie Walker fans amongst you to look out for on your travels, Johnnie Walker has just launched a limited edition bottle design exclusive to travel retail - the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Exclusive Travellers Edition.
     
  • 6th November 2014
    Glengoyne The First Fill 25 Year Old
    Glengoyne has rounded off a year of award wins with three top prizes at The Spirits Business Travel Retail Masters 2014. The Glengoyne The First Fill 25 Year Old beat stiff competition in the Ultra Premium Scotch category to secure the top Master award for its "exceptional complexity".
     
  • 5th November 2014
    Diageo Delays Distillery Expansion Plans
    Just over two years into Diageo's £1 billion Scotch whisky expansion plan there appears to be a global economic slowdown in the world's demand for whisky and Diageo have decided to delay their plans to expand its production capacity in Scotland.
     
  • 5th November 2014
    Diageo Swap Bushmills Irish Whiskey For Mexican Don Julio Tequila
    Diageo has agreed to swap its Bushmills Irish whiskey label for full ownership of the high-end Don Julio tequila, as the British drinks group seeks to regain its leading position in tequila and build a bigger portfolio of reserve brands.
     
  • 4th November 2014
    Whisky Bible 2015
    In Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 you will find there are no Scotch whiskies in Jim’s top five whiskies this year, this year the top spot goes to the limited release Japanese whisky single  malt Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013.
     
  • 31st October 2014
    The Dalmore Fortune Merita Collection
    The Dalmore distillery has revealed the travel retail exclusive Fortuna Merita Collection which comprises of three new sherry cask matured single malt whiskies, The Dalmore Regalis, Luceo and Dominium.

     
  • 31st October 2014
    SIA Blended Whisky
    SIA is a new affordable premium Scotch blended whisky which was created by Scotch whisky enthusiast Carin Luna-Ostaseski. Currently available throughout California and areas of Illinois.
     
  • 30th October 2014
    The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
    The Glenlivet have unveiled a new permanent No Age Statement addition to its core range of single malt whiskies, The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve.
    The Glenlivet tell me that house style that we are familiar with is complimented with a creaminess and sweetness from the addition of First Fill American oak casks.
     
  • 29th October 2014
    Ballantine’s Golf Club
    Ballantine's launch the unique and innovative free-to-join online Ballantine's Golf Club for golf and whisky fans. The club offers members
    exclusive content, invitational events, whisky tastings, VIP hospitality and a range of member rewards, as well as the coveted opportunity to learn from top players and its all FREE.
     
  • 29th October 2014
    The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel
    The Balvenie have released the third and final addition to The Balvenie Single Barrel range with the release of The Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Traditional Oak. The 25 year old malt as the whisky's title suggests was matured exclusively in traditional American oak casks that have already been used to mature Scotch whisky.
     
  • 28th October 2014
    Dalmore Cocktail  - 'The Real Red Stag'
    The Dalmore has partnered with a mixologist from Jamie Oliver’s barbecue steakhouse Barbecoa, to create a new Dalmore cocktail named ‘The Real Red Stag’. Mirka Kohutova who works as a mixologist at the UK’s first barbecue steakhouse, developed the drink in honour of The Dalmore 15 years old.
     
  • 28th October 2014
    Ballantine's Sponsor Kolon Korea Open
    Whisky and golf partner once again as Ballantine's announce three year sponsorship of the Kolon Korea Open and launch Ballantine's Golf Club a unique and innovative online Golf Club aimed at those who share an appreciation of golf and a love of fine whisky.

     
  • 27th October 2014
    Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition
    The Midleton Distillery has unveiled Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition; an exclusive, very limited edition created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the expression.
     
  • 27th October 2014
    Glenmorangie Renew Partnership With Golf’s Open Championship
    Two of Scotland's most iconic exports today announced a three-year continuation of their successful partnership. Glenmorangie and golf’s Open Championship which are both steeped in history and enjoyed all over the world will continue their partnership for a further three years.
     
  • 27th October 2014
    Jameson Barrel Aged Cocktails At Hixter Bankside
    Renowned London bartender, Myles Davies, of the recently opened Hixter Bankside has collaborated with Jameson Irish Whiskey to launch new Jameson Barrel Aged Cocktails.
     
  • 27th October 2014
    Teeling Whiskey Takes Three Top Irish Whiskey Awards
    The Teeling Whiskey Company has continued to build on its reputation as the leading independent Irish whiskey company by picking up three top awards for its range of premium Irish whiskeys at the second annual Irish Whiskey Awards.

     
  • 24th October 2014
    The Neat Glass
    The Neat Glass is quite a different looking whisky tasting glass compared to the Glencairn or copita style whisky glass which would be the glass of choice for most single malt whisky drinkers. The NEAT Glass was invented in America and from today it will be available in the UK and Ireland, so I thought I would take a look at it and put it through its paces as I am a bit of a sucker for different shapes and styles of whisky glasses.
     
  • 23rd October 2014
    The Balvenie 40 Year Old George Cleverley Whisky Travel Box
    The Balvenie 40 Year Old George Cleverly travel box isn't a new expression of the whisky but a very exclusive presentation of this very rare whisky, in fact it is a one off presentation of The Balvenie 40 Year Old.
     
  • 18th October 2014
    Great King Street Glasgow Blend
    Great King Street Glasgow Blend is the latest permanent addition to the Compass Box range of Great King Street blends. With the great city of Glasgow being one of the biggest cities in the UK and the biggest city in Scotland it is sure to attract both whisky drinkers and gift buyers to this new blended whisky both here in Scotland and throughout the four corners of world where Glaswegians have made their home.
     
  • 18th October 2014
    Compass Box The Lost Blend
    The Lost Blend is a new limited edition blended malt release from innovative Scotch Whisky Creator Compass Box. The Compass Box Lost Blend is a marriage of three single malts, namely Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and 20% peated Caol Ila Islay single malt.
     
  • 17th October 2014
    Teeling Single Malt Whiskey
    Teeling Whiskey Company, the Independent Irish whiskey company has announced the release of a quite unique new bottling of Irish Single Malt whiskey. Teeling Single Malt as it is named is a unique combination of five different wine cask matured Irish whiskies.
     
  • 15th October 2014
    The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
    The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve comprises of 10 different vintages which span the last three decades, from 1989 to 2007. The combination of the different Vintages aged in a variety of casks has created a balanced whisky with mature experience and vibrant youth.
     
  • 15th October 2014
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair
    The Glenlivet has unveiled the latest innovation from its Nàdurra range, no its not a new expression of the Nàdurra which has been finished in some exotic cask, it is The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair which is the result of a collaboration with award-winning British designer, Gareth Neal.
     
  • 13th October 2014
    Bowmore Small Batch
    Initially launched in the UK back in May 2012, the Bowmore Small Batch Reserve, or Bowmore Small Batch as it is now known (they appear to have dropped "Reserve" from its title), will now be available globally including the US from this month.
     
  • 13th October 2014
    New Dalmunach Distillery Opens In Speyside
    Chivas Brothers has completed the construction of its new Speyside malt whisky distillery, the new Dalmunach Distillery which will have a massive 10 million litre capacity was constructed on the site of the now demolished Imperial Distillery.
     
  • 9th October 2014
    The Balvenie Tun 1509
    I tasted the newly released replacement for the Balvenie Tun 1401, The Balvenie Tun 1509. Like its predecessor the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 1 is a skilful marriage of some of the rarest treasures from the Balvenie distillery’s warehouses, this is what I thought of the new whisky.
     
  • 9th October 2014
    Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra
    Gordon & MacPhail  launch four rare very old whiskies to mark transition from 3rd to 4th generation of family owners.​The four whiskies are Linkwood 61 Year Old, Glenlivet 62 Year Old, Mortlach 63 Year Old and Strathisla 57 Year Old.

     
  • 9th October 2014
    Chivas The Venture
    Chivas Regal are looking for exceptional start-ups and start-up ideas that use business innovatively to transform communities and solve global challenges. Whatever your idea or start-up, if it's brilliant, Chivas want to hear about it. The most promising start-ups will have the chance to win a share of a $1Million fund and receive mentoring from world famous business experts.

     
  • 9th October 2014
    Kilchoman Original Cask Strength
    Kilchoman have revealed their last release for 2014, the Kilchoman Original Cask Strength. It has been bottled at 59.3% ABV and is certainly a whisky to keep you warm as the cold winter nights draw in.
     
  • 8th October 2014
    The Irish Whiskey Academy Opens Its Doors
    Irish whiskey enthusiasts or indeed Scotch whisky enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers have announced that they will be opening the doors of its acclaimed Irish Whiskey Academy to the general public for the first time, offering enthusiasts in-depth courses which will be available from December this year.
     
  • 8th October 2014
    The Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Gets A New Look
    The Glenfiddich 18 year old Speyside single malt whisky has been given a new look but don't worry it is the same Glenfiddich 18 year old that you will find in the bottle.
     
  • 3rd October 2014
    Benromach 100° Proof 10 Year Old
    Fans of the superb Benromach 10 year old will be very pleased to hear that the distillery has unveiled a 100° Proof expression its popular sherried 10 year old. The new Benromach 100° Proof is bottled at 57% ABV – the old Imperial measure.
     
  • 3rd October 2014
    anCnoc 2000 Vintage
    To remind us that anCnoc hasn't gone completely down the Peaty road with their limited releases they have released the latest addition to their portfolio, the anCnoc 2000 Vintage. Matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon barrels.
     
  • 1st October 2014
    Arran Release Machrie Moor Cask Strength Edition
    Arran whisky fans will be pleased to hear that this year the expected autumn release of the 5th edition of the peaty Arran Machrie Moor will be accompanied by the first edition of Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength.
     
  • 29th September 2014
    Chivas 12 Made for Gentlemen by Bremont
    Chivas Regal have revealed the next release in their popular Made for Gentlemen Limited Edition collection. This time (pardon the pun) the premium Scotch whisky brand has collaborated with the luxury British watch brand, Bremont. This year’s release will be accompanied by 12 Chivalry watches, created by Bremont which will be auctioned off in aid of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    The Ardmore Legacy
    Ardmore's owners have decided to have a bit of a shake-up and are replacing the Ardmore Traditional, Ardmore's only core single malt expression with a new bottling called The Ardmore Legacy.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old
    The Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old is the latest premium expression from the iconic family run Speyside distiller, it was matured exclusively in American Oak Bourbon casks for a minimum of 26 years.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 Year Old
    The Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 year old was launched exclusively in travel retail initially in Singapore earlier this year and has now been rolled out in travel retail outlets worldwide, an enticingly rich expression packed with complex aromas and flavours.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    The Glenlivet 1964 50 Year Old Winchester Collection
    The Glenlivet have announced the release of a very rare expression, The Glenlivet 1964 50 Year Old. This rare 50 year old is the inaugural release from "The Winchester Collection", the world’s first series of rare and precious 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 26th September 2014
    Glenmorangie Taghta
    It has been over a year in the coming but today Glenmorangie finally unveiled the limited edition Glenmorangie Taghta to their crowd of whisky fans around the world who helped source the single malt.
     
  • 25th September 2014
    European Johnnie Walker Mini Golf Ryder Cup Victory
    European journalists lead by Colin Montgomerie enjoy a narrow win over their American counterparts in a Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup mini golf tournament. Could it be an early predictor of this year’s Ryder Cup result at Gleneagles.

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

     
  • 22nd September 2014
    The Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondola Placed In Five More Locations
    The Glenfiddich have placed more of their impressive iconic Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondolas in five key airport locations operated by Nuance. Travellers passing through Zurich, Lisbon, Antalya, St Petersburg, and Arlanda airports will now be able to see The Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondola.
     
  • 18th September 2014
    Kilchoman Port Cask Matured
    Today Kilchoman released the limited edition Kilchoman Port Cask Matured, this is the first of its kind from the distillery were the whisky was 100% matured in ex Ruby Port casks allowing for the full influence of the port casks to be imparted into the whisky.
     
  • 17th September 2014
    Tullamore Distillery Producing Whiskey Once Again
    William Grant & Sons Ltd. today officially opened its new €35 million state-of-the-art whiskey distillery in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland. This milestone marks the return of whiskey production to Tullamore 60 years after the original distillery closed its doors.

     
  • 17th September 2014
    Join Johnnie Walker At The Ryder Cup For A Whisky & Golf Experience
    Fans of whisky and golf are in for a treat when the spectacular Johnnie Walker Experience opens its doors at this year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. While the professionals battle it out on the PGA Centenary course a short walk away, guests of the Johnnie Walker Experience can test their own golfing prowess by playing the four holes of the bespoke Johnnie Walker Mini Golf Course, which is located inside the exclusive venue.
     
  • 15th September 2014
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection
    Fans of the The Glenlivet Nàdurra will be pleased to hear that The Glenlivet has unveiled a second new permanent addition to in its popular and highly rated Nàdurra range. The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection which was 100% matured in American White Oak casks. Read what I thought of the new whisky.
     
  • 15th September 2014
    Douglas Laing Timorous Beastie
    The team at Douglas Laing in Glasgow have once again been hard at it trying to keep us malt whisky drinkers entertained, this time they have come up with a new Highland Vatted Malt which they have named Timorous Beastie. This is my thoughts on the new whisky.
     
  • 12th September 2014
    The Balvenie Reveals Two New 50 Year Old Whiskies
    The Balvenie have revealed not one but two new Balvenie 50 Year Old whiskies. Both were matured for fifty years at the Balvenie distillery. Both were filled from the same distillation into the same type of cask on the same day in 1963, despite identical origins The Balvenie tells me the two new single cask releases of The Balvenie Fifty are markedly different in character.
     
  • 11th September
    Bowmore The Devil's Casks II
    Following
    Bowmore's launch The Devil’s Casks II, a devilish follow up to last years popular small batch limited release I have added my review of the new almost impossible to get hold of whisky.
     
  • 8th September 2014
    Ballantine’s Unveils Winning Night Market Bar Concept
    The Bar Project by Ballantine’s launched in France in February 2014, it offered French consumers the chance to create the bar of their dreams. A winner has now been selected and the bar has been brought to life at the popular Parisian nightspot "Le Chacha".
     
  • 5th September 2014
    anCnoc Cutter
    Introducing anCnoc Cutter the peatiest whisky yet in the anCnoc Peaty Collection. The launch of the anCnoc Cutter to the Peaty Collection also marks the start of a new anCnoc tradition, every year on the 1st September anCnoc whisky fans will see a new peated expression unveiled.

     
  • 2nd September 2014
    Johnnie Walker Houses Open In India And Taiwan Airports
    Following on from the success of the Johnnie Walker House launches in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul Johnnie Walker are continuing the brand’s mantra of ‘Keep Walking’ with the opening of new Johnnie Walker Houses in Mumbai and Taipei airports.
     
  • 1st September 2014
    Thomson Manuka Smoke Whisky
    Following the New Zealand whisky company Thomson
    Whiskys recent shift from ‘Independent Bottlers’ to ‘Distillers’ they have produced the world’s first Manuka smoked whisky.
     
  • 29th August 2014
    Ardbeg Supernova 2014
    Save the date! Ardbeg Supernova 2014 is set to be released on 12th September. It is being launched to
    mark the return of Ardbeg’s pioneering research experiment in space and t will be available exclusively to the 100,000 Ardbeg Committee members.
     
  • 29th August 2014
    Tullamore DEW Distillery Nears Completion
    Irish whiskey fans will be pleased to hear that whiskey production at Tullamore has moved a very significant step closer with the recent installation of the custom-made Tullamore Distillery Spirit Safe.

     
  • 25th August 2014
    New Macallan Distillery To Be Powered By Government Backed Energy Plant
    The British government and the Green Investment Bank plan to invest in a new renewable energy plant in Scotland, which will help power The Macallan whisky distillery in Speyside.

     
  • 22nd August 2014
    Jim Beam 150th Birthday Party
    In recognition of legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150 birthday, Jim Beam Bourbon is inviting anyone named Jim Beam (who is of legal drinking age) to join a once-in-a-lifetime birthday party at the world's No. 1 bourbon's historic distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.
     
  • 21st August 2014
    Jura Brooklyn
    Jura have released a second batch of Jura Brooklyn, this time it is available throughout the US. Jura Brooklyn has been aged up to 16 years in American White Oak Bourbon, Amoroso Sherry and Pinot Noir cask.
     
  • 18th August 2014 (updated 11th September)
    Bowmore The Devil's Casks II
    Bowmore has announced the launch of The Devil’s Casks II, a devilish follow up to last years popular small batch limited release. Like the first batch  this second release in what is now The Devil's Casks Series has also been matured exclusively for 10 years in first fill sherry casks.
     
  • 14th August 2014
    Drambuie Summer Hut At The  Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    I thought I would give this a mention for those of you who are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh this month during the Fringe Festival. Why not stop by the ’Drambuie Summer Hut’ which can be found in the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
     
  • 14th August 2014
    BenRiach Batch 11 Single Cask Bottlings
    BenRiach has today announced the release of Batch 11 of its popular and highly rated single cask bottlings. This eleventh batch of BenRiach comprises of fourteen single casks that were bottled in July 2014 and all are available as of today.
     
  • 14th August 2014
    Scottish Craft Distillers Association Launched
    Scottish Craft Distillers Association launched to support the rapidly increasing number of craft distillers across Scotland.

     
  • 13th August 2014
    Gold Rush For Chivas Brothers Whisky Brands
    Leading the way for the Chivas Brothers whisky brands at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition was the premium Scotch whisky, Chivas 18 which scooped the prestigious ‘Blended Scotch Whisky’ trophy. There was further success across the Chivas Brothers portfolio of Scotch whisky with nine gold /gold outstanding medals awarded to expressions from Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Passport, reinforcing the consistent and outstanding quality of Chivas Brothers’ comprehensive range of Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 13th August 2014
    Ardbeg Crop Circles Appear In Cheshire
    Shortie the Ardbeg distillery Jack Russell Terrier mascot has been honoured with his own 200ft diameter crop circle in a field near Macclesfield. Overlooked by the Jodrell Bank Observatory, the installation marks the imminent return of Ardbeg Single Malt Whisky from Space.

     
  • 11th August 2014
    Work Starts On Teeling Distillery In Dublin
    Following the official announcement in January this year of The Teeling Whiskey Company's plans to bring whiskey making back to Irelands capitol with the construction of a new whiskey distillery located in Dublin’s Newmarket in The Liberties, Dublin 8 they today announced that work has commenced on their new whiskey distillery.
     
  • 5th August 2014
    New £100m Macallan Distillery Gets The Go Ahead
    You may recall that back in November 2013 The Macallan announced its plans to build a new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan, it has taken a while to get through the planning stages but today The Macallan have been granted planning permission by The Moray Council for a new £100m iconic distillery and visitor centre on The Macallan Estate in Speyside.
     
  • 4th August 2014
    GlenDronach 18 Year Old Tawny Port Finish
    GlenDronach announced today the launch of a new addition to their popular wood finish range the new GlenDronach 18 year old Tawny Port Finish which replaces the existing 15 year old Tawny Port finish expression.
     
  • 1st August 2014
    Teeling Scoops Gold At The Irish Whiskey Masters
    The Teeling Whiskey Company continues to impress judges at spirits competitions around the world. So far this year the independent Irish whiskey company has scooped a 16 medals for its range of premium Irish whiskeys at spirits competitions around the world.
     
  • 30th July 2014
    Arran The Devils Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale
    Today Arran released the third and final chapter of The Devil's Punchbowl trilogy of limited edition single malt whiskies. The Arran The Devils Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale is the final instalment in this very popular trilogy is a marriage of 21 casks, including 8 Sherry Butts, 8 French Oak Barriques and 5 Bourbon Barrels.
     
  • 29th July 2014
    The BenRiach Distillery Company Wins 11 medals In the 2014 IWSC
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has picked up 11 medals at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition, including two Gold Outstanding medals, across its three single malt whisky brands BenRiach, GlenDronach and its more recently acquired Glenglassaugh.
     
  • 27th July 2014
    Tullamore D.E.W. Raises A Toast
    Share your 'Parting Moment' with Tullamore D.E.W. for a chance to win a trip to their exclusive VIP opening party in Ireland. In preparation for the opening of its new distillery this September, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey has launched the 'Parting Glass' campaign, a global online search for the best toasts to mark the beginning of life's new chapters.

     
  • 24th July 2014
    Kininvie 17 Year Old Batch No.1 Travel Retail Exclusive
    Whisky connoisseurs will be pleased to hear that the rarely seen Kininvie Speyside single malt whisky has announced the release of a new Global Travel Retail exclusive Kininvie 17 year old.
     
  • 23rd July 2014
    The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge Harrods
    The Macallan single malt whisky took over windows five and six at Harrods on Brompton Road London from 2nd – 10th July and created a gentleman’s lounge in the window display of the world’s most famous luxury department store.
     
  • 18th July 2014
    Chivas Regal Announces The First Chivas Master
    American bartender, Masahiro Urushido, has been revealed as Chivas Regal’s first ever Chivas Master, winning the iconic whisky brand’s inaugural bartender competition in style at the NoMad hotel in New York.
     
  • 18th July 2014
    Glenmorangie Pride 1978
    Glenmorangie has revealed its rarest whisky creation to date, Glenmorangie Pride 1978, which has enjoyed the longest extra-maturation period of any single malt produced by the distiller in its 171-year history.
     
  • 18th July 2014
    The Famous Grouse 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Limited Edition
    Whisky fans will be thrilled to hear that The Famous Grouse the official whisky provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has announced the release of a limited-edition Glenturret 28 year old single malt whisky to mark its sponsorship of this momentous sporting event.
     
  • 17th July 2014
    Midleton Very Rare 2014 Unveiled
    Fans of the popular and highly rated Midleton Very Rare series of blended Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers has unveiled the 2014 edition of the prestigious whiskey, the first to be hand selected by Master Distiller, Brian Nation, following his appointment in 2013.
     
  • 14th July 2014
    GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 10
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 10 of its very popular single cask bottlings. Batch 10 ranges in age from 12 years old up to a 1990 distilled 24 year old and as you would expect all share GlenDronach's typically sherry rich signature taste.
     
  • 10th July 2014
    Highland Park Dark Origins
    Highland Park Dark Origins is the latest addition to the Highland Park Core range of whiskies. It was produced using twice as many first fill sherry casks than is used in the classic Highland Park 12 year old making it a deeper, darker and deliciously richer Highland Park. This is what I thought of it...
     
  • 2nd July 2014
    Bushmills The Artist's Reserve THE 1975 and TIRED PONY Single Malts
    Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland has handcrafted two exclusive single malt whiskies for Bushmills Live headliners THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup TIRED PONY. They are
    probably the most exclusive Bushmills Irish single malt whiskies that you are ever likely to hear of and probably never get the chance to taste.
     
  • 2nd July 2014
    The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old Review
    You will recall that just over a month ago
    The Balvenie announced a new addition to their single cask range, The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old which has been matured exclusively in a single European oak Oloroso sherry butt. Well I finally got to taste it and this is what I thought...
     
  • 25th June 2014
    Old Pulteney 35 Year Old
    The folks at the Pulteney Distillery in Wick have just announced the release of a new rare limited edition expression, Old Pulteney 35 Year Old. A limited release of only 2700 bottles will rolled be out worldwide.
     
  • 19th June 2014
    Ardbeg Kildalton 2014
    Ardbeg Kildalton is a new expression from Ardbeg which has been launched to help raise funds to support Islay's hard working rural community groups. Currently only available from the distillery
    shop but will be available to purchase online from Autumn 2014 in the UK and selected European markets. I got the chance to taste the new Ardbeg Kildalton this week, this is what I thought of it.
     
  • 13th June 2014
    The Glenfiddich Fathers Day Gifting Collection
    With Fathers Day in only a couple of days time I have saw a big increase in visitors to this site looking for ideas and suggestions for a special single malt whisky to get their Dad. One whisky brand that I have no hesitation in suggesting is Glenfiddich, the worlds number one selling single malt whisky, and just to make your gift just that little bit more special Glenfiddich have launched a range of gift packs for Father’s Day.
     
  • 13th June 2014
    THE 1975 and TIRED PONY Rock Bushmills Live Whiskey & Music Festival
    Global stars including THE 1975 and Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck’s supergroup TIRED PONY came together along with friends of Bushmills to complete an unforgettable day at ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ yestredy - the festival of handcrafted whiskey and music that took place yesterday at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland’s north coast.
     
  • 12th June 2014
    Bowmore Tempest Batch 5
    Fans of Bowmore Islay single malt whisky will be pleased to hear that Batch 5 of the popular limited edition Bowmore Tempest 10 year old series is now on the shelves of specialist whisky shops.
     
  • 12th June 2014
    Fathers Day Whisky Gift Ideas
    With Fathers Day just a few days away there are numerous offers available in the big High Street supermarkets on both Scotch single malts and blended whiskies so I thought I would make a few suggestions for those gift buyers looking for something special to hand their Dad this coming Sunday.
     
  • 11th June 2014
    GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old Batch 5
    GlenDronach today launched Batch 5 of Grandeur 24 year old. Designed for the serious connoisseur, GlenDronach tell me that the Grandeur 24 Year Old is yet another example of the sweet, gutsy, full-bodied style for which award-winning GlenDronach is renowned.
     
  • 10th June 2014
    Grant's Signature A New Rich Malty Blended Whisky
    As the growth of blended Scotch looks set to accelerate and more and more whisky drinkers are looking to try something new William Grant's have announced the launch of Grant's Signature, a new blended whisky which is packed with malty character.
     
  • 9th June 2014
    Bowmore Black Rock Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Members Tasting
    Following the recent launch of the new travel retail exclusive Bowmore Black Rock I asked a a number of knowledgeable whisky drinking members of this sites Scotch Malt Whisky Forum to sample and submit a review of the new whisky, this is what they thought of it.
     
  • 9th June 2014
    New Bowmore Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    Bowmore has launched a new travel retail range.
    The expressions in the new range are Bowmore Black Rock, Bowmore Gold Reef, Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old, the three new whiskies join the existing Bowmore Spring Tide which sits at the top of the range.
     
  • 29th May 2014
    Glenglassaugh Add Two New Whiskies To Its Massandra Connection Series
    Glenglassaugh has added two whiskies to its renewed Massandra Connection series. They are a Glenglassaugh 35 Year Old Madeira Wood finish and a Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old Sherry Wood finish, and are available worldwide as of today.
     
  • 29th May 2014
    William & Kate Officially Re-open Scotlands Oldest Distillery
    Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s oldest and most visited whisky distillery and home to The Famous Grouse Experience was officially re-opened today by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.
     
  • 28th May 2014
    The Hudson City Kit
    William Grant & Sons has announced a campaign to bring more awareness to the Hudson Whiskey brand with the launch of the Hudson City Kit in selected bars here in the UK.
     
  • 25th May 2014
    Laphroaig Select
    Fans of Laphroaig will be pleased to hear that Laphroaig have revealed a new addition to their portfolio, the Laphroaig Select which Laphroaig tell me has a subtle blending of peat, oak and sweetness.
     
  • 24th May 2014
    The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old
    The Balvenie fans amongst you will be very happy to hear that they have announced a new addition to their single cask range, The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old which has been matured exclusively in a single European oak Oloroso sherry butt.
     
  • 23rd May 2014
    Islay Festival 2014 Lagavulin & Caol Ila Bottlings
    To mark this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music, Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries have now announced details of their special Festival natural cask strength bottlings available only to visitors.
     
  • 20th May 2014
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition Review
    Kilchoman have launched the 4th limited edition of its popular lighter peated 100% Islay malt. For this 4th edition the folks at Kilchoman have selected 40 first fill bourbon barrels, 32 five year old and 8 four year old barrels.
    This is what I thought of it...
     
  • 20th May 2014
    New Gift Packs For Grants Family Reserve
    I know this site gets a lot of visitors from savvy gift buyers who looking for recommendations for which whisky to buy so with Fathers Day fast approaching I thought i would mention the new Grants Family Reserve gift pack, in my opinion in its price range Grants Family Reserve is one of the best Scotch blended whisky's you can buy.
     
  • 20th May 2014
    BenRiach Appoints New Regional Sales Manager
    The BenRiach Distillery Company, owners of the award-winning BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh whisky distilleries, is beefing up its sales team with the appointment of Nigel Robinson as Regional Sales Manager.
     
  • 16th May 2014
    Auchentoshan Whisky Lounge Comes To Glasgows Princes Square
    Get a taste of Glasgow culture at the Auchentoshan Whisky Lounge at Glasgow's Prince's Square which runs from 16th to 18th May (11am – 8pm).

     
  • 7th May 2014
    BenRiach 12 Wins Top Award At Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
    It’s been voted the best in China and now a BenRiach single malt has won a top award in Speyside! The BenRiach 12 year old Sherry Wood Matured is the winner of the 12 year old and under category in this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.
     
  • 7th May 2014
    Ian Macleod Distillers Pick Up 5 Medals At The Asian Spirits Masters
    Ian Macleod Distillers was the biggest winner in the whisky category at The Asian Spirits Masters after taking five out of a possible nine medals in the category.

     
  • 7th May 2014
    Teeling Whiskey Release Some Of The Oldest Irish Single Malt In The World
    Teeling Whiskey have unveiled some of the World’s most exclusive Irish Whiskey, a Teeling 30 Year Old Platinum Vintage Reserve Irish Single Malt and a Teeling 26 Year Old Gold Reserve.

     
  • 2nd May 2014
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
    Fans of the The Glenlivet Nàdurra will be pleased to hear that The Glenlivet is expanding the brand into a range featuring different cask experiences. The first new permanent addition to the Nàdurra range is the first-fill, ex-Oloroso sherry cask matured Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso.
     
  • 2nd May 2014
    The Glenlivet Kymah Travel Retail Exclusive
    The Glenlivet has unveiled the latest of its much-anticipated, limited edition Single Cask Editions – The Glenlivet Kymah. This travel retail exclusive edition is limited to 528 hand written and individually numbered bottles and is launching exclusively with Heinemann Duty Free at Frankfurt airport.
     
  • 2nd May 2014
    The Glenfiddich Cask Collection Launches In Las Vegas
    William Grant & Sons has launched its Glenfiddich Cask Collection at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas. Read my review of the three new whiskies which were produced using Glenfiddich's innovative Solera Vat process.
     
  • 1st May 2014
    Aberlour Outdoor Whisky Art Gallery
    Those of you with a taste for art and who are lucky enough to be attending this springs Spirit of Speyside Festival may want to stop by the Aberlour Distillery as the distillery have announced the opening of the world’s first outdoor whisky art gallery; a unique photography exhibition set in the heart of the Scottish countryside, which brilliantly captures the individual elements that together result in one of Scotland’s most famous exports; Whisky!
     
  • 1st May 2014
    Whisky Stramash Gets Set To Headline Whisky Month
    Whisky Month has arrived so you can expect to see, smell and taste plenty of our national drink this month. But it’s not all nosings and tastings. Edinburgh’s Whisky Stramash has prided itself on being unconventional and set apart from the rest since its conception in 2012, and this year is set to be more madcap than ever.
     
  • 1st May 2014
    Diageo Whisky Brands Pick Up 29 Medals At World Spirits Competition
    Diageo whisk(e)y brands have been recognised across the board for their excellence at the 14th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition, securing 29 medals in total.
     
  • 29th April 2014
    BenRiach 10 Year Old Anniversary Expression
    The BenRiach Distillery Company celebrates its 10th birthday today, the company has come a long way in those 10 years and today offers a fantastic core range of single malts and equally superb  limited edition releases. Fans of BenRiach will be pleased to hear that the company plans to mark the exciting milestone with a special BenRiach 10 year old anniversary expression from the first distillation which will be available later this year.
     
  • 29th April 2014
    Tormore 14 & 16 Year Old
    Tormore single malt whisky is not a whisky we hear malt whisky drinkers mention often but that may change with Chivas Brothers announcement of the release of two new small batch, single malt whiskies from its Tormore distillery in Speyside, the Tormore 14 Year Old and Tormore 16 Year Old.
     
  • 24th April 2014
    George Wills Joins The Kilchoman Family Business
    George Wills has joined his two brothers James and Peter, plus parents Anthony and Kathy Wills at the Kilchoman Distillery which now has the full complement of the Wills’ family working at Scotland’s only farm distillery, on Islay.
     
  • 24th April 2014
    Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Glentauchers Edition
    Ballantine’s today announced the release of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Glentauchers Edition. This special blend completes a set of four limited editions, each of which has been created to demonstrate the unique structure of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old and how this is achieved.
     
  • 16th April 2014
    The Girvan Patent Still Unveils 30 Year Old & No.4 Apps Expressions
    Following on from last years release of The Girvan Patent Still 25 Year Old which was launched exclusively in the UK William Grants & Sons have announced the release of two more single grain whiskies. The two new single grain expressions are The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps and 30 Year Old.

     
  • 15th April 2014
    Supergroup Tired Pony added to Bushmills Live 2014 Line-up
    Music fans will be thrilled to hear that the critically-acclaimed supergroup Tired Pony, which was created by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody have been confirmed to appear at the intimate ‘Bushmills Live’ festival on Ireland’s north coast on June 12th, 2014.
     
  • 15th April 2014
    Glengoyne and Tamdhu Take Double Gold
    Ian Macleod Distillers brands’ Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky have been have each been awarded a DOUBLE GOLD Medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
     
  • 15th April 2014
    Ballantine's 17 & 21 Year Old Limited Edition 2014 Golf Packs
    With the 2014 golf season well under way, Ballantine’s has announced the 2014 release of its popular Limited Edition Golf Packs, available for its outstanding 17 and 21 Year Old blends.
     
  • 11th April 2014
    Glengoyne 25 Year Old
    Glengoyne adds a £250 25 year old to its core range of whiskies!
    Matured exclusively in hand-selected European oak sherry casks for a quarter of a century the 25 year old will sit at the top of the Glengoyne core range of whiskies.
     
  • 10th April 2014
    The Royal Brackla 35 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    John Dewar & Sons (Bacardi) have released a very limited edition Royal Brackla 35 year old Highland single malt Scotch whisky which was hand-selected to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of The Royal Brackla distillery.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    The Chivas Masters Bartender Cocktail Competition
    Chivas Regal is celebrating the craftsmanship at the heart of bartending with the launch of its first-ever global cocktail competition, The Chivas Masters, which will culminate in the finalists travelling to New York to compete in the grand final.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Laphroaig distillery Crowned Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year
    The Laphroaig whisky distillery on Islay has once again been recognised for its superb visitor centre and overall visitor experience which it offer to whisky fans from throughout the world. This time it has been awarded the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s global Icons of Whisky 2014 competition.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Grant Neave New Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador
    With Monkey Shoulder currently seeing a huge growth in sales in the on-licence trade of a massive 51% and off-licence of 17% they have appointed professional bartender Grant Neave as their full time UK brand ambassador.
     
  • 9th April 2014
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release
    Kilchoman have announced the 2014 release of its 2nd limited edition 5 year old sherry cask matured expression Kilchoman Loch Gorm Single Malt Whisky.
     
  • 8th April 2014
    Haig Club Single Grain Whisky
    Diageo announced today the global launch of Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky, in partnership with global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Haig Club is single grain whisky from the Cameronbridge Distillery which has been crafted using a unique process that combines grain whisky from three cask types.
     
  • 8th April 2014
    The Macallan Masters of Taste
    The Macallan have unveiled its latest exciting collaboration - The Macallan Masters of Taste – bringing together the supreme craft and innovation of two of the world’s leading masters to create the ultimate taste experience. The Ultimate Dinner with The Macallan and Roca, six prestigious charity dinners held at El Celler de Can Roca will involve the most exquisite combination of gastronomy and whisky making. From exclusively designed dishes to an outstanding range of The Macallan whiskies from unreleased single cask malts through to M, the world’s most expensive whisky, The Macallan in Lalique 62 year old and the oldest single malt ever released by The Macallan distillery.
     
  • 7th April 2014
    Jack Daniels Owners Eye Up Whyte & Mackay
    Jack Daniels owners, U.S. drinks company Brown-Forman is one of several parties considering second-round bids for the Whyte & Mackay whisky business which is expected to fetch around £350 million pounds which is considerably less than the $1.2 billion industrialist Vijay Mallya paid for Glasgow-based Whyte & Mackay in 2007.
     
  • 4th April 2014
    Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases Batch 1
    Glenglassaugh today announced the release of the Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases Batch 1. This first batch is made up of eight single cask treasures which have been uncovered in the dark corners of the Glenglassaugh warehouses by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker and vary in age from a 28 year old to a very rare 45 year old.
     
  • 4th April 2014
    Benromach 10 Year Old Gets A New Look
    The Benromach Distillery Company today unveiled a new look for its flagship Benromach 10 Year Old but fans of the Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky needn't worry as it is still the same quality Benromach 10 year old single malt whisky that we know that is still in the bottle.
     
  • 1st April 2014
    William Grant Appoint Justin Weston As Managing Director Of Travel Retail
    William Grant & Sons have announced the appointment of Justin Weston as Managing Director, Global Travel Retail. Justin takes over leadership of the William Grant & Sons Global Travel Retail business unit at a critical time as William Grants launch the new Glenfiddich Cask Collection.
     
  • 27th March 2014
    Introducing anCnoc Flaughter, Rutter and Tushkar
    anCnoc have introduced their first peaty expressions in modern times with the release of three new limited edition peaty expressions of anCnoc named Rutter, Flaughter and Tushkar which were revealed yesterday evening at a launch event in Glasgow.

     
  • 27th March 2014
    Douglas Laing Scoop Design Awards For Scallywag & Old Particular
    Douglas Laing's Old Particular Single Cask series and Scallywag blended Speyside Malt have  been awarded Best Packaging for their categories at the World Whiskies Design Awards.

     
  • 26th March 2014
    New York City Explorers Club Sues Johnnie Walker Owners Diageo
    New York City's Explorers Club is suing Diageo, the parent company of Johnnie Walker for using its name on its Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection travel retail exclusive range of blended whisky which it launched with Johnnie Walker Spice Road in 2012.
     
  • 26th March 2014
    Global Market For Non-Scotch Whisk(e)y Continues To Grow
    The global market for non-Scotch whisk(e)y has continued to swell significantly over the past eight years with Irish whiskey showing real momentum.
     
  • 26th March 2014
    Johnnie Walker Remains World’s No. 1 Spirit By Value
    Diageo's brands lead Impact Databank's Top 100 Spirits lists where Johnnie Walker remains the world’s number one spirit by value and becomes the number two by volume.

     
  • 26th March 2014
    Beam Stockholders Approve Acquisition By Suntory
    At a special meeting yesterday, stockholders of Beam Inc. formally approved the pending $16 billion acquisition of Beam by Suntory Holdings. Suntory acquisition of Beam on track for completion during week of April 28th.
     
  • 25th March 2014
    Diageo Named Distiller Of The Year By The Whisky Magazine
    Diageo has been named Distiller of the Year 2014 by Whisky Magazine in recognition of the company’s investment in its Scotch whisky business.

     
  • 25th March 2014
    Barry Crockett Joins The Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    Barry Crockett, former Master Distiller at the Midleton Distillery, has become the 17th inductee into the coveted Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.

     
  • 21st March 2014
    Glenglassaugh Torfa
    Glenglassaugh Torfa is a new richly peated Highland single malt that will now be part of the Glenglassaugh core range along with Revival and Evolution.
     
  • 21st March 2014
    Rob Allanson Named As New Global Ambassador For Grant's Whisky
    William Grant & Sons have announced that they have appointed Rob Allanson as new global ambassador for their Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky. You may recognise Rob from his role as editor of the Whisky Magazine over the past 8 years.
     
  • 21st March 2014
    Teeling Whiskeys Named World’s Best at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards
    Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey was awarded the title of "World’s Best Grain Whiskey" and the Teeling 21 year old Single Malt Silver Reserve was awarded the title of "World’s Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey" at yesterday 2014 World Whiskies Awards.
     
  • 20th March 2014
    Glen Grant 50 Year Old
    Glen Grant have announced the release of an exceptionally rare limited edition of its Speyside single malt, the Glen Grant 50 Year Old.
     
  • 19th March 2014
    Chancellor Scraps Alcohol Escalator Tax & Whisky Duty Frozen
    In today's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne showed that he had listened to businesses and consumers by not only scrapping the escalator, which has increased duty on Scotch Whisky by 2% above the rate of RPI every year since 2008, but also by freezing excise duty on whisky.
     
  • 12th March 2014
    Kilchoman Coull Point
    Kilchoman single malt whisky is making its debut in the travel retail market with the release of Kilchoman Coull Point.

     
  • 12th March 2014
    Bushmills Live 2014
    The music loving whiskey makers at the Old Bushmills Distillery have handmade the world’s largest barrel oak headphones to launch this year’s ‘Bushmills Live 2014’ indie music festival.
     
  • 11th March 2014
    Edinburgh Whisky Stramash 2014
    The Edinburgh Whisky Stramash returns to the famous Surgeon’s Hall in the heart of the Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, celebrating Scotland’s national drink, the two day event takes place on 24th and 25th May.
     
  • 6th March 2014
    The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire & Sunray
    The Singleton of Dufftown has added two new expressions to its range of single malt whisky, The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire and Sunray. Both Tailfire and Sunray have been created using specially selected casks to enhance particular elements of the flavour profile of this classic Speyside malt whisky.
     
  • 5th March 2014
    Four New Mortlach Whiskies Revealed
    Mortlach distillery which is known for its unusual partial-triple distillation process has announced not one but four new limited availability single malt whiskies which includes Mortlach Rare Old, Mortlach 18 & 25 Year Olds and a travel retail exclusive Mortlach Special Strength.
     
  • 27th February 2014
    Brora 40 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Diageo release Brora 40 year old, the oldest and rarest expression of Brora ever released and their most expensive single malt whisky released to date at £6,995.

     
  • 25th February 2014
    Cardhu Amber Rock
    Cardhu Single Malt Scotch Whisky is adding a new expression to its range of Speyside whiskies with the launch Cardhu Amber Rock which has been double matured in toasted American Oak casks, to deliver richer notes of vanilla and spice.
     
  • 25th February 2014
    The Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition
    Chivas celebrates the skill of the master bartender with the launch of The Chivas Masters, a exclusive new worldwide cocktail competition
    which will challenge the world’s finest bartenders to ‘travel back through time’, re-discovering the classic cocktails of the past and giving them a modern interpretation with Chivas.
     
  • 25th February 2014
    Speyburn Distillery £4 Million Expansion
    Speyburn Distillery has unveiled a £4 Million expansion programme to meet the growing global demand for its whisky. The £4 Million distillery investment will more than double Speyburn’s current production as well as significantly reduce the distillery’s energy consumption per litre of alcohol and improve its carbon footprint.

     
  • 24th February 2014
    Arran 17 Year Old Limited Edition
    Arran whisky have announced their first new release of 2014, a limited edition Arran 17 year old. This limited edition of 9,000 bottles worldwide follows last years release the Arran 16 year old. This is the 2nd release in the trilogy which will eventually lead to an official bottling of Arran 18 year old.
     
  • 24th February 2014
    Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year Old
    Jim Beam Bourbon is expanding its UK range the launch of Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 year old. First launched in the US last year this premium expression of Jim Beam was crafted by 7th generation Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe.
     
  • 21st February 2014
    Memorial To Charles Grant Gordon 'Mr. Scotch Whisky'
    International memorial services mark the passing of Scotch Whisky Giant, Charles Grant Gordon. Charles
    contribution to the worldwide drinks trade was huge, he played a pivotal role in the global development of Scotch whisky, and fittingly, Glenfiddich, the single malt that he was instrumental in launching to international acclaim, this launch marked the beginning of the single malt whisky category as we know it today.
     
  • 20th February 2014
    GlenDronach Grandeur 24 Year Old
    GlenDronach today announced the release of the GlenDronach Grandeur 24 year old which they tell me is another exquisite long-aged representation of the smooth, complex and full-bodied style for which GlenDronach Distillery is famous for worldwide.
     
  • 19th February 2014
    The Glenrothes 1969 Single Cask
    The Glenrothes 1969 Cask #11485 is the 2nd expression released in the Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask collection.

     
  • 18th February 2014
    Diageo Launches £5 million Youth Training & Employment Programme
    Diageo today announced the launch of Diageo Learning for Life, Scotland - a new, landmark £5 million training programme to help equip young, unemployed people with the skills to succeed in some of Scotland's most vibrant sectors.
     
  • 12th February 2014
    Ballantine’s Team Up With Online Music Phenomena Boiler Room
    Ballantine’s Scotch whisky is teaming up with online music phenomena, Boiler Room to present 'Stay True Journeys' - a series of live-broadcast events headlined by past, present and future legends of the world’s most authentic music scenes.
     
  • 10th February 2014
    Jameson St. Patricks Day 2014 Limited Edition
    Jameson have unveiled the Jameson St Patricks Day 2014 Limited Edition design for its iconic whiskey. The design on this years release was inspired by the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Jameson's hometown, Dublin.
     
  • 10th February 2014
    Aberlour As You Have Never Saw It Before
    So you think you know your whisky? Well well perhaps you should think again as Aberlour are giving you a chance to have a closer look at their premium single malt whisky. In a world-first series of super-macro images Aberlour shows us what lies beyond the glass and cask and have allowed us an insight into the natural elements and distillers’ craft which are vital to the creation of this enigmatic single malt.
     
  • 10th February 2014
    Ballantine’s Bar Project - Create The Bar Of Your Dreams
    Ballantine’s is aiming to capture the imagination of aspiring entrepreneurs with the launch of The Bar Project, which is a competition which offers you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the bar of your dreams brought to life in Paris later this year. The Bar Project by Ballantine’s is being piloted in France so is only open to those 18 years and reside in France at the time of entry.
     
  • 1st February 2014
    Highland Park Freya
    Highland Park has announced the release of Highland Park Freya the third and penultimate bottling in the acclaimed Valhalla Collection.
     
  • 31st January 2014
    Ballantine's Unveil A Digital Whisky Tshirt
    Ballantine’s have unveiled a 2nd edition of their innovative tshirtOS 2.0 - the world’s first scrunchable and washable digital t-shirt which allows wearers to display text of their choice and animation in real time.
     
  • 29th January 2014
    Teeling Whiskey To Build New Dublin Whiskey Distillery
    The Teeling Whiskey Company are set to revive whiskey making in Dublin with the announcement of a new €10m Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin's Newmarket Square in The Liberties.

     
  • 28th January 2014
    Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts Limited Edition Review
    Review of the new triple cask matured Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts limited edition which is
    exclusively available to Diageo's ever expanding online community of Scotch single malt whisky drinkers, Friends of the Classic Malts.
     
  • 28th January 2014
    Royal Lochnagar Friends of the Classic Malts Limited Edition Review
    Review of the new triple cask matured
    Royal Lochnagar Friends of the Classic Malts limited edition. I have to say this one surprised me, a deliciously rich well balanced whisky. This really is an outstanding example of how good this distillery can be.
     
  • 23rd January 2014
    Glenmorangie Launch Photography Stage Of The Cask Masters Programme
    Glenmorangie launches the photography stage of the Cask Masters programme were renowned photographer will create iconic launch photography inspired by images submitted by Glenmorangie whisky fans.

     
  • 20th January 2014
    Macallan M Sells For World Record Price
    Saturday 18th January saw the sale of a very rare 6 litre "Imperiale" version of the Macallan M which was contained within a beautifully designed and meticulously crafted Lalique crystal decanter, for a world record auction price of US$628,000 / GBP£381,620 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
     
  • 17th January 2014
    Highland Park Create A Burns Night With A Twist
    Highland Park have teamed up with Executive Chef William Drabble to create a Burns night with a twist. Visitors to Drabble’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Seven Park Place London, will be able to enjoy an exclusive Scottish six-course tasting menu paired with a dram of Highland Park single malt whisky.

     
  • 16th January 2014
    Glen Ord Gets New Stills As Part Of £25million Expansion Plan
    Following Diageo’s announcement today of the investment at Clynelish Distillery, Glen Ord is now seeing the delivery and installation of new stills as part of the £25 million expansion plan for the distillery, which is seeing its capacity doubled to over 10 million litres per annum.
     
  • 16th January 2014
    £30million Expansion Plan For Clynelish Distillery Unveiled
    In the latest major milestone in Diageo’s £1billion programme to increase Scotch whisky production they announced today plans for a £30million expansion of its Clynelish Distillery in Sutherland, in the North-East of Scotland.
     
  • 15th January 2014
    British Pair Win The Talisker Atlantic Challenge
    British rowers Mike Burton and Tom Salt have beaten 15 international teams to win the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest rowing race. They completed the gruelling 3,000 mile race from La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Antigua in 41 days, 2 hours and 38 minutes.

     
  • 13th January 2014
    Japan's Suntory To Buy US Beam In $9.7 Billion Deal
    Japanese spirits producer Suntory Holdings have announced that they have entered an agreement to buy US spirits producer Beam Inc in a £9.7 billion deal making the Japanese company the world's third-largest maker of distilled drinks.
     
  • 10th January 2014
    New Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme
    Consumers of Scotch Whisky around the world are being given even greater reassurance that what they buy is the genuine article, thanks to a new verification regime. The scheme ensures that every part of the Scotch Whisky supply chain, from distiller to consumer, within Scotland or beyond, is mapped by the industry, registered with the UK Government and inspected to ensure it complies fully with all the rules on the production of Scotch.
     
  • 9th January 2014
    Glenmorangie Companta
    Glenmorangie have announced the release of the fifth annual limited edition bottling in its highly rated Private Edition range. This years bottling is Glenmorangie Companta which has been extra-matured in a selection of ex-French wine casks.
     
  • 9th January 2014
    The Macallan To Auction Six Litre "Imperiale" Decanter of Macallan 'M'
    The Macallan is to auction a 6 litre “Imperiale” version of the highly sought after Macallan M which is contained within a beautifully designed and meticulously crafted crystal decanter. The impressive 6 litre decanter will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on Saturday, 18 January 2014 with the net proceeds going to a number of worthy charities in Hong Kong.
     
  • 9th January 2014
    Teeling Whiskey Appoint Infinium Spirits as Exclusive US Importer
    Teeling Whiskey, the leading independent Irish whiskey company, has appointed Infinium Spirits as their exclusive importer of the Teeling Whiskey portfolio of premium Irish whiskey brands to the fast growing US market.

 

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