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Whisky News Archive 2016


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Whisky News Archives


  • 21st December 2016
    Clan Denny Girvan 20 Year Vintage 1993 Single Grian Whisky Review
    Review of Douglas Laing's Clan Denny Girvan 20 Year Old 1993 Single Grain Single Cask whisky.
    This 20 year old shows a level of maturity releasing some pretty intense aromas and flavors.
     
  • 16th December 2016
    Whisky Live London 2017
    If you are in or around London or you fancy a trip down to the big smoke for a whisky break then tickets are now available for Whisky Live London 2017, which takes place this coming 31st March & 1st April, may be of interest to you.
     
  • 16th December 2016
    Liquid Academy Live & Kicking at ScotHot 2017
    I thought some of you may find this of interest, Liquid Academy Live has announced they are bringing their creative expertise and drinks innovations to ScotHot 2017 at the SECC Glasgow.
     
  • 15th December 2016
    Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990
    Glenmorangie has announced the launch of a new limited edition vintage collection, Bond House No.1. The inaugural expression in the new collection is Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 which was bottled 2016.
     
  • 12th December 2016
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram V
    Glengoyne has announced the release of the Glengoyne Teapot Dram V, the fifth release in a cracking limited release series that often passes under whisky drinkers radar. Bottled as all drams should be if it was a perfect world, naturally coloured, non chill-filtered and at a cask strength. Matured in first fill Oloroso sherry oak casks is sure to be on a few whisky drinkers Christmas lists.
     
  • 9th December 2016
    The Fake Whisky Problem
    Recent findings by the folks behind Rare 101 whisky will probably not come as much of a surprise to many of you but it is a good reminder to all to beware when buying previously owned bottles. Rare 101 Whisky recently exposed a fake bottle of Laphroaig 1903, potentially worth £100,000
    , and two fake part sets of Macallan Fine and Rare, one worth around £500,000 and the other worth around £250,000.
     
  • 6th December 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection
    If you have a taste for old & rare whisky then you will love the the new Speyside Collection which specialist independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail they have just launched a collection of 6 very old and very rare single malt whiskies from 6 of Speyside's finest distilleries which have been hand selected from Gordon & MacPhail's extensive selection of maturing whisky stock.
     
  • 5th December 2016
    International Beverage Named Whisky Distiller Of The Year
    International Beverage is celebrating being named Whisky Distiller of the Year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland 2017 awards. International Beverage is perhaps a name that some of you are not familiar with but I am sure you will be familiar with the whisky brands they own such as Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Balblair and Speyburn, and their popular blend Hankey Bannister.
     
  • 2nd December 2016
    First Bottle of Strathearn Whisky Sells For £4,150
    Strathearn Distillery last night joined the ranks of Scotch whisky producers when they sold there first bottles of single malt whisky at auction. The distillery which is one of the smallest in Scotland launched their first 100 bottles of Strathearn single cask single malt whisky at auction last night with bottle No. 001 fetching an incredible £4,150.
     
  • 1st December 2016
    Benromach Heritage 1973
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    Benromach Heritage 1973 is a very limited edition single cask whisky, available exclusively in the UK there are only only 52 bottles of this rare limited edition available. Described as having hints of dark chocolate and a peppery smooth finish.
     
  • 29th November 2016
    Famous Grouse Cocktails To Warm You Up Over The Festive Season
    With the festive season fast approaching and the cold weather now upon us I thought you may appreciate a few Famous Grouse cocktail recipes to warm you and your visitors up over the festive season ncluding the classic Hot Toddy but with a bit of added spice.
     
  • 25th November 2016
    BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish Review
    The BenRiach distillery are continuing their innovative limited edition whisky releases  with the release of a new BenRiach 22 Year Old Moscatel Wood Finish single malt. A deliciously rich elegant BenRiach which is packed full of flavour.
     
  • 25th November 2016
    GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish Review
    The GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish is the latest limited edition release in the GlenDronach wood finishes range. Described as being deliciously balanced, bringing ripe orchard fruits and delicate, sweet oak spices to the traditional, robust Highland character.
     
  • 24th November 2016
    The Macallan Edition No. 2 Review
    The Macallan Edition No.2 is the 2nd release in The Macallan's annual limited Edition series from the iconic Speyside distillery. A well constructed deliciously sherried Macallan were the 48.2% strength just adds to the enjoyment. A pleasure from nose to finish and definitely one for the sherry malt lovers.
     
  • 22nd November 2016
    William Grant & Sons Named IWSC Distiller of the Year
    William Grant & Sons, has just been named ‘Distiller of the Year’, the highest honour bestowed by the highly influential International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The Company was awarded a further prestigious accolade at the glittering event in London - ‘Scotch Producer of the Year’.
     
  • 22nd November 2016
    Behind The Scenes Of The Famous Grouse Christmas TV Adverts 2016
    Take a look behind the scenes of the two new Famous Grouse Christmas 2016 TV Ads and get an insight into the work involved in making them.

     
  • 18th November 2016
    GlenDronach 25 Year Old Grandeur - Batch 8
    GlenDronach's Master Distiller Billy Walker has selected some absolutely outstanding casks to go into previous releases of GlenDronach Grandeur and I expect this latest GlenDronach 25 year old Grandeur Batch 8 to be highly sought after by whisky connoisseurs.
     
  • 17th November 2016
    Elite Control Systems Awarded New Macallan Distillery Contract
    The opening of the new Macallan distillery took another step forward today when it was announced that Livingston based Elite Control Systems Ltd has been awarded the contract to provide a fully operational process control system for the new Macallan distillery.
     
  • 17th November 2016
    Douglas Laing Single Cask Bottlings Winter 2016
    Looking for a few Christmas whisky gift ideas off the beaten track of original distillery bottling's or perhaps you are looking for something to warm yourself up over the festive season then Glasgow based independent bottler Douglas Laing just may have something to interest you as they have just unveiled their 2016 festive line up of 22 single cask bottlings.
     
  • 15th November 2016
    Highland Park Fire Edition 15 Year Old
    I am sure the Highland Park fans amongst you have been anticipating this release but were probably not expecting to see it until early 2017, well I am pleased to tell you that the Highland Park FIRE Edition, the 2nd release in a two part limited edition mini series of whiskies form the Orkney distillery has arrived and just in time for Christmas.
     
  • 14th November 2016
    Beam Suntory Opens New Barrel Storage Warehouse In Franfort Kentucky
    Beam Suntory has opened its first new barrel storage warehouse in Frankfort Kentucky since 1968 to meet surging demand for its Jim Beam American whiskey.

     
  • 14th November 2016
    The Kincardine A Blend Of Scotch And Indian Whisky From Whisky Fusion
    The Kincardine is a blend of whisky from Scotland's Glen Elgin and Macallan distillery's and single malt whisky from India's Amrut distillery from the creative folks at Whisky Fusion.

     
  • 11th November 2016
    World Bartender Of The Year 2017 Search Begins
    The search for the World Bartender of the Year 2017 is set to get underway as the worlds most prestigious bartending competition returns for the ninth year. The 2017 World Class competition will launch with its first ever educational tour of Britain, kicking off on Monday 14th November in Manchester.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2004 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2004 was matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels. A charming very enjoyable light bodied expression from a distillery which we see way too little of. It has a lovely touch of vanilla, honey and delicious spices which you would expect to find in Glen Spey.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2002 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2002 was matured in Refill Sherry hogshead barrels. Some very good and quite lively refill sherry casks have been at work here, hard to believe they were not first fill sherry casks, I very much enjoyed this, a delicious sherry rich mature Inchgower. A lovely alternative dram for the Speyside sherry lovers.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Strathisla 2005 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Strathisla 2005 was matured in First Fill Sherry Hogshead casks, it has obviously been a more delicate creamy sherry casks. Still a good sherried dram if you like some sweet creamy toffee with your whisky.
     
  • 10th November 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2005 was matured in First Fill Sherry Butts. Delicious Caol Ila smoke with just a gentle sherry cask influence, not quite the first fill sherry cask influence I was expecting but a quality dram all the same.
     
  • 9th November 2016
    Highland Park Midwinter Social Old Truman Brewery London
    Celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice at Highland Parks Midwinter Social at the Truman Brewery London and via Facebook live featuring live music sets from Kipps and Finnebassen, as well as a whisky tasting.

     
  • 9th November 2016
    Canadian Club 20 Year Old Review
    Murray Cohen takes a look at the Canadian Club 20 Year Old, a new limited edition release in Ontario which has not yet hit the LCBO website but is just now available in some of their outlets.
     
  • 9th November 2016
    Virginia Black Review
    Virginia Black American Whisky is a unique collaboration between the Virginia Black founder Brent Hocking and Drake, a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. This is what Murray Cohen thought of Virginia Black.
     
  • 4th November 2016
    anCnoc Stack Review
    anCnoc Stack is the latest limited edition release in the anCnoc Peaty Collection, anCnoc really are getting good at this peaty stuff, I already knew that peat works well with the anCnoc sweet fruity light malt style and I would say that this is definitely the peatiest and best whisky released in the peaty collection so far.
     
  • 4th November 2016
    New Glengoyne 20cl Gift Packs Just In Time For Christmas
    The folks at Glengoyne have announced the launch of a couple of excellent 20cl bottle gift packs just in time for Christmas which should be enough to fully explore the Highland distillery's whisky range.
     
  • 4th November 2016
    Ballantine's Goes Global With True Music Platform
    Ballantine’s has revealed a major new global music platform that expands and reinforces its commitment to ‘True Music’. For its first True Music campaign, Ballantine’s extends its global partnership with Boiler Room, working with electronic music artist Maya Jane Coles.

     
  • 3rd November 2016
    Redbreast Named Best Irish Whiskey In The Whisky Bible 2017
    With the enormous surge in popularity of Irish whiskey these days, there seems to be more and more new Irish whiskey's coming available from a number of new companies but it is the old hands such as Irish Distillers that are still picking up the top accolades such as Redbreast 21 year old which was recently named Best Irish Whiskey in the 2017 Whisky Bible.
     
  • 3rd November 2016
    Chivas Brothers To Build New £40 Million Bottling Plant
    Chivas Brothers has announced its intention to move its Paisley bottling plant to a new £40 million state-of-the-art facility at its Kilmalid site in Dumbarton. The move will happen over the next 3 years.
     
  • 1st November 2016
    Black Bowmore 50 Year Old
    Bowmore have launched the 5th and final edition of it famous 1964 Black Bowmore collection, the Black Bowmore 50 Year Old The Last Cask, which will set you back a cool £16,000 if you want to get your hands on a bottle.
     
  • 31st October 2016
    Yula 21 Year Old Review
    The Yula 21 year old Island region blended malt whisky is the second release in the Yula trilogy created by the innovative folks at Glasgow based Douglas Laing. It is still a deliciously smooth gentle smoky expression, perhaps a little spicier and sweeter than I recall Yula 20 being. Still a lovely, smooth, mature and well balanced Island malt with hints of Caol Ila and Talisker perhaps.
     
  • 28th October 2016
    Glenfiddich Celebrates Diwali With Win A Car Promo At Hyderabad Airport
    If you happen to passing through Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport this October and November then look out for an excellent promotion William Grant & Sons owned Glenfiddich is running to celebrate India’s Diwali festival, Glenfiddich are offering passengers the chance to win a Nissan Terrano car.
     
  • 27th October 2016
    The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two
    Here is something very special for the Balvenie fans amongst you with deep pockets, the Balvenie has unveiled The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two, titled "The Influence of Oak", which features five rare single malt whiskies.
     
  • 26th October 2016
    £1 Million Whisky Leak At Loch Lomond Group Glen Catrine Facility
    The Loch Lomond Group has revealed that back in June 2016 over £1 million worth of blended Scotch whisky leaked from a storage vat at the groups Glen Catrine bonded warehouse storage facility in Ayrshire, some of it finding its way into the River Ayr.
     
  • 20th October 2016
    The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask Review
    The Macallan 12 year old Double Cask is a new permanent addition to the Macallan core range. A combination of Sherry-seasoned new American oak and European oak casks which has created a a well balanced deliciously sherried Macallan that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the fans of sherried Macallan.
     
  • 18th October 2016
    Booker's Rye Whiskey Named Whisky Bible 2017 World Whisky Of The Year
    It is that time of year again, Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017 is about to hit the shelves of the book shops and as usual just before it hits those shelves the list of whiskies picking up the top honours in Jim's latest edition of the Whisky Bible has been made available.
     
  • 18th October 2016
    Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky Review
    Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky was distilled and aged for three years in charred white oak casks and is the official spirit of the Trailer Park Boys a fictional Canadian TV series, which has been called a mockumentary. Is it a serious Canadian whisky? This is what our guest reviewer, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
     
  • 17th October 2016
    Famous Grouse TV Adverts Past & Present
    For over 20 years now Scotland's most famous bird, Gilbert The Famous Grouse, the iconic bird which adorns every bottle of Scotland's favourite blended whisky, has entertained us in numerous Famous Grouse TV Adverts. To mark the launch of the latest 2 new Famous Grouse TV ads I have edited together all the Famous Grouse TV adverts from over the years which I could get my hands on, 39 in total. Pour yourself a dram of Famous Grouse and sit back and enjoy.

     
  • 14th October 2016
    Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky Review
    Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is an Indian whisky like no other, distilled, matured and bottled in Uttar Pradesh the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a no age statement, non-chill filtered single malt from one of the oldest and one of the largest and most efficiently-run distilleries in India today. This is what I thought of it...
     
  • 13th October 2016
    Ballantine's Artists Series 2016 Limited Edition Gift Packs
    With Christmas on the horizon Ballantine's has announced the launched of a second limited edition Artists Series of gift packs. This year Ballantine's have teamed up with renowned music video director and photographer, Dave Ma, to launch three new limited edition gift packs for 2016 which showcase Dave Ma’s unique perspective of Scotland, the home of the whisky, in a series of stunning aerial photographs.
     
  • 12th October 2016
    New David Beckham Haig Club Clubman TV AD
    Following the launch of the new Haig Club Clubman back in August the House of Haig today launched a the first TV advertisement for the new Scotch Single Grain Whisky. Starring David Beckham the film entitled 'Make your own rules' is a vibrant bold and edgy take on traditional Scotch whisky etiquette.
     
  • 11th October 2016
    New Longmorn 23 Year Old & Revamped Longmorn 16 Year Old
    Longmorn adds a new 23 year old and replaces current 16 year old with a newly reconstructed 16 year old. the two new expressions oin the Longmorn The Distiller’s Choice, which launched earlier this year, to form what is now their core range of whisky.

     
  • 11th October 2016
    William Grant Appoint New Business Development Manager in Taiwan
    Some whisky business news, William Grant & Sons has announced the appointment of Joseph Liu as Business Development Manager based in its Taipei Office.
     
  • 11th October 2016
    Suntory Whisky Toki Review
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    he Fall season seems to signal new whisky releases in Ontario, here we have the new Japanese blend, Suntory Whisky Toki, a blend of selected malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three Japanese distilleries: Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries. This is what our regular guest reviewer, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
     
  • 7th October 2016
    Isle of Jura Relocates To London
    Following a recent survey of Londoners where it emerged that over 70% of them had no idea where the the Isle of Jura was geographically the Jura distillery has decided to upsticks and head down to London and enlighten Londoners about the island of Jura as well as share with them the islands world famous export, Jura whisky. This month at at The Looking Glass London.
     
  • 6th October 2016
    A Marriage Made In Old Pulteney
    A love match between two Pulteney staff has led to a very special wedding at the Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick. Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre Manager Tanya Fraser and Assistant Distillery Manager Russell Angus first locked eyes over a barrel of single malt back in 2003, so when the couple tied the knot there could only be one place to do it, the Old Pulteney distillery in Wick.
     
  • 6th October 2016
    Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask
    The famous retired hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is already a well-known winery owner, the reason I mention him here is Wayne has now entered the world of whisky with the release of Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky, this is what our regular contributor, Canadian based, Murray Cohen thought of it.
     
  • 4th October 2016
    Chivas Regal Ultis The First Blended Malt From Chivas
    Chivas Regal has announced the launched of its first ever Blended Malt whisky, Chivas Regal Ultis. Ultis is no standard blended malt either, this is coming in at the premium end of the whisky scale going by its £157 / US $200 retail recommended price.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Winter Edition
    Diageo has announced the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Winter Edition bottle design, a limited release of 940 bottles in the UK and with Christmas now on the horizon, the individuality of the Winter Edition bottle design should appeal to gift buyers, it will be available from October.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    The Glenlivet 1966 50 Year Old Winchester Collection
    The Glenlivet has announced that this October they will be releasing the 2nd edition in its series of rare 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies. this year sees the launch of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 50 year old.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    France’s Jennifer Le Nechet Crowned World Class Bartender of the Year
    After a four day battle in Miami which saw 56 of the worlds best bar tenders narrowed done to just one, the winner of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2016 has been crowned and this year see's the first ever female bartender taking the title, France's Jennifer Le Nechet.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    Old Weller Antique Original 107 Straight Bourbon Review
    Murray Cohen takes a look at the original wheated bourbon Old Weller Antique Original 107 Straight Bourbon. A rather difficult bourbon whiskey to get hold of due to the rave reviews it has had, this is what Murray thought of it...
     
  • 30th September 2016
    The Diageo World Class Future Of Cocktails Report
    I am sure many of you have noticed when out on the town that the cocktail culture is booming, particularly cocktails made with premium spirits such as single malt whisky and this boom is showing no signs of slowing, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits.
     
  • 30th September 2016
    Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott UK Visit
    Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, is visiting the UK for the first time to mark his first anniversary in the role of heading up the distilling team at the cult bourbon brand. During his visit he is set to unveil Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2016 at Harrods.

     
  • 29th September 2016
    Redbreast Lustau Edition Review
    Fans of Irish single pot still whiskey, and I count myself as one of those, will be pleased to hear that Redbreast has added a new permanent addition to their range of whiskey, the new Redbreast Lustau Edition, an Oloroso sherry finished whiskey has just joined the Irish Single Pot Still line up.
     
  • 28th September 2016
    Call The Shots - Ballantine's Interactive Golf Instructional Video
    Here is something that the golf enthusiasts amongst you will enjoy, Call The Shots in Ballantine's interactive golf video and also have a chance of winning a trip to Scotland and playing a round with Ballantine’s Golf Club Captain and Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley.

     
  • 27th September 2016
    Chivas Regal Partners With LSTN Sound Co
    Chivas Regal has teamed up with premium audio producers LSTN Sound Co., to craft a range of very unique whisky and music accessories. The initiative – Generosity: Amplified – features a range of activity aimed to raise funds for Starkey Hearing Foundation, including a limited edition Chivas 12 gift tin, a line of limited edition headphones crafted using cask wood in which whisky has matured and a custom-designed luxury record console.
     
  • 26th September 2016
    Bacardi Appoint Georgie Bell As Global Malt Whisky Ambassador
    Bacardi have appointed Georgie Bell as Global Malts Ambassador for its range of single malt Scotch whiskies which includes Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla.
     
  • 26th September 2016
    World Class Bartender of the Year Competition 2016 Final
    Watch the worlds best bartenders battle it out for the crown of World Class Bartender of the Year competition. 56 of the worlds most talented bartenders have descended on Miami to participate in the prestigious World Class Bartender competition, watch the live stream from Miami.
     
  • 23rd September 2016
    New Look For Glenfiddich Cask Collection Travel Retail Exclusive
    Glenfiddich have unveiled a fresh new look for its travel retail Glenfiddich Cask Collection which is made up of 3 single malt whiskies each of which have very different single malt profiles.
     
  • 23rd September 2016
    Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns
    Royal Salute which is known for its premium Scotch blended whiskies has just unveiled a new rare expression, the  Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns which will be available exclusively in travel retail.
     
  • 22nd September 2016
    Decline In Travel Retail Scotch Whisky Sales
    The IWSR Magazine has just released its annual Travel Retail Top 100, and while Scotch whisky dominates 27 of the top 100 brands (the most of any single category), half of these brands suffered declines in 2015. The exceptions to this negative trend were largely Scotch malt whiskies, such as The Macallan, The Singleton, Laphroaig and The Balvenie.
     
  • 22nd September 2016
    The Dalmore 35 Year Old
    Richard Paterson, The Dalmore Master Distiller who this month celebrates his 50th year in the whisky industry has unveiled his latest creation, The Dalmore 35 which he describes as truly special.

     
  • 20th September 2016
    Scapa Glansa A New Peated Single Malt???
    Chivas Brothers has announced a new addition to its Scapa distillery core range, the Scapa Glansa, what makes this interesting is they are hailing Scapa Glansa as the first peated single malt whisky from the Orkney distillery but I have to say in my eyes a peated cask finish doesn't make a whisky a peated single malt
     
  • 20th September 2016
    £14,000 Of Whisky Stolen From Tullibardine Distillery Shop
    Between 5pm Saturday, September 17 and 9.25am on Sunday, September 18 the Tullibardine Distillery shop on Stirling Street in Blackford, Perth and Kinross was broken into and seven bottles of whisky were taken including a rare bottle of Tullibardine worth £12,000.
     
  • 20th September 2016
    anCnoc 2005 Single Cask 427 La Maison du Whisky Anniversary Bottling
    anCnoc is set to release its first ever single cask bottling to mark 60 years of French whisky specialists La Maison du Whisky. anCnoc 2005 Single Cask 427 will officially become available at Whisky Live Paris on 24th-26th September.
     
  • 16th September 2016
    Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Pininfarina Chapter 3
    Chivas Regal has once again teamed up with Pininfarina, they have announced the next chapter in their ongoing partnership with the release of the Chivas 18 by Pininfarina Chapter 3.
     
  • 14th September 2016
    Diageo Special Releases 2016
    This year Diageo has announced the release of ten specially selected limited edition Scotch whiskies to make up their Diageo Special Releases 2016 and as we have come to expect, amongst them are some among the rarest and most sought after whiskies around.
     
  • 14th September 2016
    James Eadie - A Newly Resurrected Independent Bottler
    Introducing a newly launched independent whisky range launched under the 150 year old James Eadie label.
    Rupert Patrick, CEO of Whisky Invest Direct Ltd has announced that he is resurrecting the 150 year old whisky brand James Eadie which was established by his great-great grandfather.
     
  • 14th September 2016
    Rare Scotch Traded In First Half Of 2016 Exceeds £5 Million
    According to figures published by whisky analyst, broker and investment company Rare Whisky 101 the value of collectable bottles of Scotch whisky traded within a half year period continues to rise and has surpassed £5 million for the first time since records began in 2008.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer Challenge
    Ardbeg last week launched a whisky challenge like no other on Ardbeg’s remote Scottish island home - Islay. Ten contestants from six different countries converged on the island to compete in the world’s most daring whisky challenge, The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer challenge.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    Ardbeg Twenty One Committee Exclusive Release
    The Ardbeg fans amongst you will be very pleased to hear that the distillery has announced the forthcoming release of Ardbeg Twenty One limited edition which will be available exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    Ian Macleod Distillers Acquires Spencerfield Spirit Company
    Ian Macleod Distillers today announced that it has taken ownership of the well-established and fast-growing Spencerfield Spirit Company, including its flagship brand, Edinburgh Gin and its popular whisky range of Pig’s Nose, Sheep Dip and The Feathery.
     
  • 13th September 2016
    The Chivas Brothers Blending Team
    Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, today announced new roles for revered Master Blenders Colin Scott and Sandy Hyslop. The move coincides with the unveiling of an enhanced Chivas Brothers Blending Team.
     
  • 9th September 2016
    Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured
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    his week Kilchoman launched their first ever Sauternes Cask Matured single malt, 100% matured for over five years in Sauternes casks from Bordeaux. it is a limited release of 6000 bottles worldwide.
     
  • 9th September 2016
    The Macallan Gold & Amber Gift Packs
    It is certainly starting to look a lot like Christmas is coming around here, next up with their Christmas 2016 whisky gift offering is The Macallan who has unveiled their new limited edition Macallan Gold & Macallan Amber gift packs.
     
  • 8th September 2016
    Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years in the Whisky Industry
    This month one of the most well known figures in the Scotch whisky industry celebrates 50 years of creating some of the worlds most coveted and iconic whiskies, that person is Richard Paterson who is renowned for his role as Master Distiller at The Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
     
  • 5th September 2016
    Big Peat Christmas 2016 Edition
    I know its still summer but it looks like Christmas is coming as Douglas Laing announce the release of Big Peat Christmas 2016 Edition.

     
  • 2nd September 2016
    Jura One For The Road 22 Year Old
    Jura marks distillery manager Willie Cochrane's retirement with Jura One For The Road 22 year old Pinot Noir finish limited edition which Willie will be introducing to us during a farewell European tour.

     
  • 1st September 2016
    Benromach Hermitage 2007
    Benromach has announced the launch the latest expression in its Benromach Wood Finish range, Benromach Hermitage 2007.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Review Of The Feather's Pub & Single Malt Bar Toronto Canada
    Murray Cohen reviews
    The Feather’s Pub, a friendly Toronto single malt haven for all Scotch whisky aficionados.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Brora 1981 18 Year Old Review
    Review of Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Brora 1981 18 Year Old. Medicine cabinet explosion with seaweed salad and salt water galore. This is a unique dram that moans the loss of a truly wonderful distillery.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Murray McDavid Lochside 1981 20 Year Old Review
    Review of Murray McDavid Lochside 1981 20 Year Old. Dark fruit with concentrated syrupy sweetness and mild caramel fudge. Full-bodied and somewhat drying. There is intensity to this whisky that entices.

     
  • 1st September 2016
    Glen Garioch 15 Year Old Review
    Review of Glen Garioch 15 Year Old. A tale of two cities between nose and palate yielding a very satisfying if not dramatic dram.

     
  • 1st September 2016
    Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 100 Proof Review
    Review of Glenmorangie 10 Year Old 100 Proof. This whisky is made to impress. A magnificent dram that spreads its wings from start to finish. This is a Glenmo to remember.
     
  • 1st September 2016
    Oban 14 Year Old Review
    Review of Oban 14 Year Old. One of the six classic malts. Short with faint traces of dark chocolate and a mild astringent quality with not much in the epilogue other than some residual sweetness.

     
  • 22nd August 2016
    Live Online Chat With The Famous Grouse Master Blender
    The Famous Grouse has announced that they will be hosting a special online ‘live chat’ with its Master Blender, Kirsteen Campbell this coming Thursday 25th August (18:00-18:30 UK time). They are inviting fans of the Famous dram from around the world to put their questions direct to Kirsteen, which you will be able to watch live via The Famous Grouse You Tube channel or The Famous Grouse Facebook page.
     
  • 19th August 2016
    BenRiach Single Cask Batch 13
    BenRiach Distillery today released Batch 13 of its popular single cask bottlings. This thirteenth batch of BenRiach comprises of twelve single casks that were bottled in June 2016.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    GlenDronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak Wood Finish
    GlenDronach has launched a new special edition 14 year old Virgin Oak Wood Finish, well it is actually a re-release of the critically-acclaimed 14 year old Virgin Oak first released back in July 2010.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    BenRiach 17 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish
    BenRiach release 17 year old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish.
    Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels and finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks sourced from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain, it replaces the 15 year old expression.
     
  • 18th August 2016
    BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood Finish
    BenRiach today released a new BenRiach 21 Year Old Tawny Port Wood Finish which replaces the 15 year old. Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels and then finished in a small batch of Tawny Port casks sourced from the Douro region in the north of Portugal.
     
  • 17th August 2016
    Holyrood Park Distillery In Edinburgh Gets Go Ahead
    Single malt whisky distilling is set to return to Edinburgh as Holyrood Park Distillery's
    application to develop the Engine Shed building and site on St Leonard’s Lane into a single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre was approved by Edinburgh City Council.
     
  • 17th August 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Juliette Buchan Becomes Keeper of the Quaich
    Juliette Buchan, a French woman married to a Scot, has been inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich.
    Juliette, who has worked at Gordon & MacPhail for more than nine years, is Gordon & MacPhail's regional export sales manager, working largely in Europe. Her job involves extensive travel as she meets customers and conducts numerous tastings, whisky tutorials and master classes.
     
  • 10th August 2016
    Strathearn Distillery To Make Its Debut At The Whisky Fringe
    This August Strathearn Distillery will make its debut at The Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh. Their spirit is now nearing full maturation and visitors to this years Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh from 12-14th August will be able to taste limited batch Uisge Beathas.
     
  • 10th August 2016
    Gold For Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997
    It comes as no surprise to me after recently reviewing it myself that the Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 has scooped a gold medal at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition.
     
  • 9th August 2016
    Haig Club Clubman Review
    Haig Club Clubman is the new expression from Haig Club single grain whisky the chosen dram of David Beckham, it has a gentle Kentucky Bourbon character with a lovely balance of mild coconut sweetness and creamy vanilla toffee and you will be pleased to hear it is sensibly priced.
     
  • 4th August 2016
    Benromach Cask No. 757 Distillery Only Exclusive
    The Benromach Distillery has announced the release of a 2nd Distillery Exclusive whisky which will be available exclusively at the distillery's visitor centre. Benromach Cask Number 757, is a single cask bottling which was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2016. A limited release of only 238 bottles.
     
  • 3rd August 2016
    Big Peat Edinburgh Edition
    The folks at Douglas Laing have announced the release of a special Big Peat, the Big Peat Edinburgh Edition, a limited release of just 180 bottles, to coincide with Scotland's capital city’s world-famous Fringe Festival.
     
  • 3rd August 2016
    The Famous Grouse House Headline Acts At This Years Edinburgh Festival
    If you will be lucky enough to be visiting Edinburgh this month during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival then look out for the winners of The Famous Grouse ‘Famous Fridays’ headliner competition which was launched to discover unsigned artists to headline The Famous Grouse House pop up venue at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    International Beverage Whisky Brands IWSC 2016 Medal Haul
    International Beverage has announced an extraordinary medal haul from the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016. The company has scooped 31 at one of the world’s toughest and most established industry challenges.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    The BenRiach Distillery Company Scoops 16 Medals At IWSC 2016
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has once again walked away from the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 with a barrel load of medals, 16 medals in total to be exact, including 3 Gold medals.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    anCnoc 12 Year Old Wins Gold At IWSC 2016
    Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky anCnoc has announced that its popular 12 year old expression from its core range has won Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016.
     
  • 2nd August 2016
    Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender Opens Pop Up In New York
    Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender 2016 opens Pop Up in New York City for one evening only.

     
  • 2nd August 2016
    Chivas Regal's Max Warner Crowned Best International Brand Ambassador
    Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal has been crowned the Best International Brand Ambassador at the 10th annual Spirited Awards.

     
  • 7th July 2016
    Tobermory 42 Year Old
    Tobermory, has unveiled a rare 42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky which will be available exclusively through Global Retail Travel, this joins the Tobermory 42 year old currently available in specialist whisky shops.
     
  • 7th July 2016
    Tomatin 1971 44 Year Old Warehouse 6 Collection
    Tomatin has  unveiled an extremely rare single malt whisky, the Tomatin 1971 distilled which is a 44 year old single cask release and the first release in the Tomatin luxury Warehouse 6 Collection which the distillery say will include some of their most refined spirits.
     
  • 5th July 2016
    #RaiseADram To Congratulate The Balvenie’s David Stewart On His MBE
    The remarkable career of The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart will be recognised today when he will be presented with his MBE medal by a member of the royal family for services to the Scotch whisky industry. To congratulate David head over to Twitter tonight at 19.45 and #RaiseADram to David.
     
  • 5th July 2016
    Work Begins On New Lindores Abbey Distillery
    Whisky enthusiasts will perhaps know Lindores Abbey as the ‘spiritual home’ of Scotch whisky thanks to Friar John Cor, well work has now begun to construct a new multi million pound Lindores Abbey Distillery with the first whisky expected to be available by 2023.
     
  • 4th July 2016
    Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition
    Continuing with its bicentennial celebrations, Lagavulin has announced the forthcoming release of the Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition bottling which will be a release of 8,000 exclusively sherry cask matured bottles worldwide.
     
  • 4th July 2016
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish 10 year old is the first in a series of limited edition wood finished Scotch blended whiskies, launched last year in the US it is now available in travel retail here in the UK.
     
  • 1st July 2016
    New Whisky Galore Movie Watch The Trailer
    If the whisky drinking cinema goers amongst you are looking for an evenings entertainment this summer you might just appreciate the recently launched remake of Whisky Galore the classic story of whisky, drama, romance and comedy which has been brought to life once again and is in cinemas now.
     
  • 1st July 2016
    Scotch Whisky Associations Response To EU Referedum Result
    The Scotch Whisky Association responds to the recent referendum where the UK voted to leave the European Union and they comment on the challenges ahead.

     
  • 30th June 2016
    Highland Park Midsummer Solstice Lights Up Dalston Roof Park in London
    Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky last week celebrated Midsummer Solstice with events for over 200 consumers. The brand hosted its Midsummer Social events on June 21 and 22 at Dalston Roof Park in London to mark the official start of summer, although there is little sign of summer arriving yet.
     
  • 28th June 2016
    Glenfiddich Distillery Virtual Reality Tour At Paris Duty Free
    Journey into the Mind of the Malt Master with a Glenfiddich Virtual Reality Tour which is being premiered at Buy Paris Duty Free. The Virtual Reality experience is an ambitious project that takes viewers from Paris directly into the heart and soul of the Glenfiddich distillery, highlighting the mastery and craft of single malt whisky production.
     
  • 27th June 2016
    Mexican Bartender Crowned Chivas Masters 2016 Winner
    Chivas Regal has crowned Mexican bartender Alejandro Millan Ponce de Leon from Instituto Culinario de Mexico and Bootlegger in Puebla, Mexico as the 2016 Chivas Master.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson The Blender’s Dog Review
    What better way too mark Ireland's success against Italy last night and their progression to the next round of Euro 2016 than with not one, but nine reviews of Jameson's mostly outstanding Irish blended whiskey's. First up is Jameson The Blender’s Dog, the other eight reviews are below.


    Jameson The Blender’s Dog celebrates the role of Jameson Head Blender, Billy Leighton; a master at matching whiskeys across ages and characters. A deliciously rich, sweet well constructed Irish blended whiskey. Whiskey is for pleasure and Irish blended whiskey's don't come much more pleasurable than this.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson The Cooper’s Croze Review
    Jameson The Cooper’s Croze showcases the role of Jameson’s Head Cooper, Ger Buckley, and explores the influence that maturation in casks has on whiskey. A deliciously creamy vanilla'd Jameson which gets spicier with each mouthful, with just a delicate influence from the sherry casks.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson The Distiller’s Safe Review
    Jameson The Distiller's Safe celebrates the role of Jameson’s Head Distiller, Brian Nation, and is billed as a showcase of the original copper pot still distillate. A mouth watering barley sugar sweet Irish blended whiskey with a refreshingly long sweet finish. An outstanding blend.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Black Barrel Review
    Jameson Black Barrel is a triple-distilled Irish whiskey that pays tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels for a second time. An outstanding Irish blended whiskey, loads going on from the contributions made from the grain and pot still whiskeys as well as American oak, sherry casks and double-charred bourbon barrels. A delicious dram.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Signature Review
    Jameson Signature is not a new whiskey more a repackaging of an existing travel retail favourite of mine. It is another delicious quality easy to drink Jameson blended whiskey, normally found on shelves at airports and certainly worth seeking out when on your travels.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Crested Review
    Jameson Crested launched in April this year, a blended whiskey containing a high percentage of rich pot still Irish whiskey. Its a cracker, creamy vanilla, layers of gentle sherried fruit and pot still spices, coconut, a lovely gentle Demerara sweetness.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Bold Review
    Jameson Bold is influenced by pot still whiskey, not as bold on the nose as its name suggests, the pot still spices and fruit is certainly bold on delivery but don't hang around very long. Could have done with a cask or two in the mix to sweeten up the somewhat dull experience.
     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Lively Review
    Jameson Lively is another travel retail exclusive, it is influenced by grain whiskey, shy on the nose, this is all about the taste and finish. I was expecting something much sweeter given it is supposed to have a a big grain whiskey influence.

     
  • 23rd June 2016
    Jameson Round Review
    Jameson Round is influenced by the wood contribution, another extremely enjoyable rich easy drinking blend from Jameson which wont bust the bank. It is exclusive to travel retail so one to remember if you are off on you holidays or for a good dramming whiskey if visiting friends of family.

     
  • 22nd June 2016
    The Famous Grouse House Edinburgh Festival Competition
    To celebrate, Scotland’s favourite whisky will be launching ‘Famous Fridays’ headliner competition giving 4 lucky artists or bands the chance to win a headline slot like no other and earn the right to say they have played at the Edinburgh Festival at the famous venue!
     
  • 20th June 2016
    Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 Review
    The Balvenie amongst you will be pleased to hear that the Speyside distillery has unveiled the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 and what a cracker it is. An absolutely stunning, mature, deliciously sherry rich, honeyed Balvenie.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Malt, Grain and Blend Launch In Uk & Europe
    The Exceptional Malt, Grain and Blend originally exclusive to the US launch in the UK & Europe.
    The Exceptional whiskies are the creation of Don Sutcliffe, managing director of Craft Distillers, and Willie Phillips, former managing director of The Macallan who have joined forces to create a series of exceptional small batch Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Grain 3rd Edition Review
    The Exceptional Grain 3rd Edition from Sutcliffe & Son is a blend of a selection Scotch grain whiskies from the North British, Loch Lomond, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge and Carsebridge distilleries, blended and married in first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts. A lovely delicate sherry influence which becomes more apparent on the finish after a few mouthfuls.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Malt 2nd Edition Review
    The Exceptional Malt 2nd Edition from Sutcliffe & Son is a blend of an extraordinary range of mature single malt casks, including Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Balvenie, Kininvie, Glenfiddich, Alt-a’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Speyside and The Macallan. A lovely sherried dram which has been influenced by some of the most iconic Speyside distilleries.
     
  • 17th June 2016
    The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition Review
    The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition from Sutcliffe & Son is a exemplary selection of mature grain and malt casks from North British, Strathclyde, Cameronbridge, Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Balvenie, Kininvie, Glenfiddich, Alt-a’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Glenallachie, Westport, Speyside and The Macallan distilleries. A lovely sherry rich, balanced mature blended Scotch whisky.
     
  • 14th June 2016
    Chivas Masters 2016 Shanghai Finalists Named
    Chivas Regal has announced the 15 international bartenders that will compete in the Chivas Masters Global Final in Shanghai on 19th-22nd June – the first time a major bartending competition has held its finals in the city.
     
  • 13th June 2016
    Benromach 1974 Single Cask
    The Benromach distillery today unveiled a very rare single cask Scotch whisky, the Benromach 1974 which has spent 41 years maturing in a sherry butt.
     
  • 10th June 2016
    Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016
    After a three day final event Aidan Bowie of Dandelyanwas crowned Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016. Aidan will now go on to represent Great Britain in the global Diageo World Class competition final will be held in Miami in September 2016.
     
  • 9th June 2016
    Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish Review
    The new Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish launches this July, it was matured in American oak casks before being finished in Oloroso sherry casks for a minimum of 8 months. Yes it is young but it is also fun and very enjoyable, some decent sherry casks at work here and at £22 a bottle you just have to!
     
  • 9th June 2016
    Glen Moray Classic The 6th Best Selling Single Malt In The UK
    Glen Moray whisky sales continue to see steady growth and the distillery owners are building on that success with a expansion which will see production and storage capacity double. The distillery is also building on its success by launching the new Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish.
     
  • 9th June 2016
    William Grant Appoint New Managing Director for Global Travel Retail
    William Grant & Sons has announced the appointment of Ed Cottrell as Managing Director for Global Travel Retail.
     
  • 8th June 2016
    Jameson Gets New Look And New Whiskey's
    The folks at Jameson Irish whiskey appear to have been very busy as they have announced that they have restructured their whiskey range as well as adding a few new whiskeys to their now very impressive range of Irish whiskey. The new portfolio is made up of The Whiskey Makers Series, the range of Heritage Whiskeys and The Deconstructed Series with the original Jameson Irish Whiskey at the core.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Octaves Peated
    Glenglassaugh today launched two new expressions, the Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and the Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated single malts. Both of the new whiskies have been matured in octave casks, which are made from staves of a used cask and are approximately 1/8th the size of a butt.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask
    The BenRiach Distillery today launched The BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask, a peated expression of its Single Malt Scotch Whisky matured in quarter casks which the distillery is hailing as "a peaty fruit bomb.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    Glenmorangie Old Fashioned Week
    Glenmorangie, which is now firmly established as the Spirit of the British Open Golf Championship, is launching its very first "Old Fashioned Week" ahead of this year’s British Open at Royal Troon. This year they are in search of perfect cocktail created using Glenmorangie’s Extra Matured Range to celebrate the Greatest Finishes campaign.
     
  • 7th June 2016
    SIA Blended Whisky Review & Discount Code For US Customers
    It isn't often I get the chance to offer you a discount code but I thought the sites US based visitors would be interested in saving $10 or getting free shipping on a bottle of SIA Scotch blended whisky which is currently exclusively available in the US and just to help you make up your mind I have reviewed the whisky.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant Gets New Look And Launches Three New Whiskies
    Glen Grant has unveiled a new look for its whisky range and they have also expanded the range by adding three new whiskies to the current range, these are the Glen Grant 12 Year Old and Glen Grant 18 Year Old which will join the core range and the Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered which will be exclusively available in travel retail.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant 18 Year Old Review
    The new Glen Grant 18 year old launches this month
    and now sits at the top of the new look Glen Grant core range, it is light bodied, complex, gentle and vibrant with layers of delicate fruit.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered Review
    The new
    Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered is available exclusively in  travel retail. Loved it, it is malty with a little spicy kick to the delivery, the barley sugar has a gentle coating of oak spice, creamy vanilla, pear, orange.
     
  • 6th June 2016
    Glen Grant 12 Year Old Review
    The Glen Grant 12 Year Old slots into the Glen Grant core range just above the existing 10 year old. A wonderful, very enjoyable lighter style Speyside whisky which is sure to please, a lovely tangy fruitiness, barley sugar sweetness, gentle spiciness.
     
  • 3rd June 2016
    A few Fathers Day Whisky Ideas From Gordon & MacPhail
    At this time of year I get inundated with requests for suggestions for Fathers Day Whisky Gifts. Everyone one is looking for the perfect gift, something special, something their Dad hasn't tried before so here are a few Fathers Day whisky gift ideas from Gordon & MacPhail that is sure to make your Dads Day.
     
  • 3rd June 2016
    BenRiach's Managing Director Billy Walker Named Entrepreneur of the Year
    BenRiach’s Managing Director Billy Walker has capped an amazing year in the Scotch whisky industry by being named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016.
     
  • 3rd June 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies Pick Up Top Awards
    The folks at family-owned Scotch malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail are celebrating an award winning year, so far, the Elgin based independent whisky maker and bottler has been presented with both a gold and silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge, and a Master and silver award at the Scotch Whisky Masters.
     
  • 2nd June 2016
    Scapa Jutland Commemorates Battle And Raises £45,000 For RNLI
    Scapa Jutland 16 Year Old Memorial Edition
    is a new single cask single malt Scotch whisky crafted by the Orkney Islands distillery to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 2016. Scapa was used as a base by the British naval fleet during the First World War and the artisanal island single malt distillery has released 249 bottles of Scapa Jutland with all profits from their sale which is estimated at over £45,000, to be donated by Chivas Brothers to the RNLI.
     
  • 2nd June 2016
    Highland Park Midsummer Social at Dalston Roof Park
    Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Highland Park's mid-summer social at the Dalston Roof Park London 21st - 22nd June.
    Guests can fully immerse themselves in Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, enjoy great cocktails, food and music whilst celebrating the official start of summer.
     
  • 1st June 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 1967 Review
    The
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 1967 was matured in 1st Fill Sherry butts. I just love these old mature sherried drams and this is a classic example of just that. The sherried fruit, oak and spice are all big contributors, keeping each other in check and not letting the other overwhelm, complimenting and balancing each other.
     
  • 27th May 2016
    Pub Burgundy Lion - A Montreal Whisky Experience
    Review of Pub Burgundy Lion Montreal, a Montreal hotspot on Notre Dame St. The pub experience is highlighted by a grand collection of almost 600 whiskies, boasting a wide range of single malt Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whiskies.

     
  • 27th May 2016
    Linkwood 22 Year Old Hart Brothers Review
    Review of Hart Brothers Linkwood 22 Year Old. The Linkwood 22 is a connoisseur’s dram. It has a sense of being cured, like a fine steak aged to the point of pure delectability.

     
  • 27th May 2016
    Highland Park 23 Year Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Review
    Review of Highland Park 23 Year Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask. This 23 year old expression is a wonderful surprise coming at one from different angles creating a real masterpiece.

     
  • 27th May 2016
    Clan Denny Dumbarton 46 Year Old Single Grain Whisky Review
    Review of Clan Denny Dumbarton 46 Year Old Single Grain Whisky. This single grain scotch is essentially and basically perfect from nose to palate to finish. The almost 50 years in barrel has only served to augment this dram and create character.

     
  • 25th May 2016
    Jura Tastival 2016 Limited Edition
    Jura Whisky today unveiled its Tastival 2016 bottling, a new limited edition expression to mark the distillery’s annual island whisky festival. Jura Tastival celebrates new and exciting ways to enjoy whisky and the creation of this year’s festival edition is no exception, say the distillery, with a triple sherry finish, using hand-selected casks.
     
  • 24th May 2016
    The Balvenie Craftsmen’s Dinner With Michel Roux Jr
    Some of The Balvenie fans amongst you may have already been following The Balvenie's Craftsmen's Dinner six part short film series with Michel Roux Jr. This final episode in the series culminates with Michel creating the mouth-watering Craftsmen's Dinner for each of the craftsmen who featured in the series.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1997 was matured in Refill Bourbon Barrels. A cracking example of just how enjoyable this distillery can be when matured in quality casks. Considering the age and quality of this whisky, for the price I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tormore 1997 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tormore 1997 was matured in 1st Fill Bourbon barrels. So many whisky producers are trying to substitute age with 1st Fill Bourbon barrels these days but when you get a whisky that has been matured for a decent number of years in 1st Fill Bourbon, around 17 years in this case, you end up with and very complex and in this case very good whisky confirming Gordon & MacPhail's philosophy that it is the wood that makes the whisky but also the time spent in the wood.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1997 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1997 was matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead casks which have imparted just a delicate sherry influence on this 1997 vintage whisky, but the oak still has a big say in its profile.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 1999 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 1999 was matured in Refill remade Hogshead casks.
    The choice of casks has made this quite different to the original distillery bottling offerings as independent bottlings should be. The peat has been tamed a little in the years it has spent in the cask which you expect, this a good example of this peaty dram from the Tobermory distillery.
     
  • 23rd May 2016
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 2006 Review
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 2006 was matured in a combination of First Fill and Refill Sherry Hogsheads casks. A young and fun sherried Bunna and an excellent affordable everyday dramming unpeated expression from the Islay distillery.
     
  • 20th May 2016
    The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Pullman Train Collection
    The Glenlivet has launched three special limited edition single cask Glenlivet whiskies exclusively in the US market. The three single cask bottlings are The Glenlivet Pullman Club Car, Pullman Twentieth Century Limited and Pullman Water Level Route.
     
  • 20th May 2016
    Eva Longoria Announced As Judge Of Chivas The Venture Competition
    World-renowned actress, businesswoman and philanthropist, Eva Longoria, has been announced as a judge for The Venture – Chivas Regal’s search to find and support the most innovative startups from across the world.
     
  • 20th May 2016
    The Macallan 65 Year Old in Lalique Six Pillars Collection
    Here is something very special and very rare for The Macallan fans amongst you with deep pockets, The Macallan 65 Year Old in Lalique. which is the sixth and final release from their prestigious The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection and has a price tag of £23,500 with 450 bottles available worldwide.
     
  • 19th May 2016
    Bell's Queens 90th Birthday Decanter
    As whisky drinkers and Bells whisky decanter collectors have come to expect on a special royal occasion, Bell’s whisky has launched of a bespoke, limited edition ‘Royal Birthday Decanter’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
     
  • 18th May 2016
    Glenmorangie Distillery May Open Weekend
    Glenmorangie’s are inviting you to share the secrets of their single malt at the Distillery’s open weekend, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May, they will open the doors of the Distillery for FREE, offering visitors unprecedented access to Glenmorangie’s innovative whisky making and an insight into the Distillery’s pioneering work to protect its environment and heritage.
     
  • 18th May 2016
    Douglas Laing Unleash Scallywag Cask Strength Limited Edition No.2
    Douglas Laing today unleashed a second cask strength limited edition of its Scallywag Speyside vatted malt. This 2nd limited release has been created using an impressive line up Speyside Single Malts, including those distilled at Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes Distilleries.
     
  • 17th May 2016
    Suntory The Chita Japanese Single Grain Whisky
    Up until now Suntory The Chita Japanese Single Grain whisky has only been available exclusively in the Japanese domestic market but from July this year The Chita will be available from global travel retail.
     
  • 17th May 2016
    Jura Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane Retires
    Another era at the Isle of Jura distillery came to an end this week when Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane, retired after an incredible 39 year career.
     
  • 12th May 2016
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Edition
    Just in time for summer, Kilchoman today released the 6th edition of their excellent, easy drinking, lower peated level, Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Edition,  the only single malt produced on-site from barley to bottle.
     
  • 12th May 2016
    Rocket Cat Scotch Whisky Based Cinnamon Infused Spirit Drink
    Independent family-owned Ian Macleod Distillers, who are more well known for their Scotch single malt and blended whiskies has entered the spirit drink market with the launch of a new Scotch whisky based, cinnamon infused spicy party drink called Rocket Cat.
     
  • 10th May 2016
    Take The Tomatin Caledonian Sleeper To Scotland
    Are you looking for a break north of the border and want to avoid the hassle of airport queues and of course if you enjoy a we dram or two then the overnight Caledonian Sleeper and Tomatin have the thing for you.
     
  • 9th May 2016
    Johnnie Walker Island Green
    Diageo have announced the launch of Johnnie Walker Island Green blended malt whisky which will be exclusive to travel retail.
     
  • 6th May 2016
    Gold For Glengoyne 21 & 25 At Asian Spirits Masters
    Glengoyne are celebrating after bringing picking up two Gold medals from this year’s Asian Spirits Masters for their Glengoyne 21 Year Old and their outstanding Glengoyne 25 Year Old expressions.
     
  • 5th May 2016
    Diageo Reserve Announce Finalists For 2016 World Class Competition
    The finalists have been announced following two very competitive UK Diageo Reserve World Class Competition semi finals which saw 100 competitors narrowed down to 11 finalists who will now compete to be crowned 2016 UK Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year. You can try out the 11 semi final winning cocktails at home, I have listed them HERE.
     
  • 3rd May 2016
    Jim Beam Reaches 14 Million Barrel Milestone
    Jim Beam Bourbon, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, made history this week when it filled its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
     
  • 29th April 2016
    Compass Box Enlightenment
    Compass Box Enlightenment a fruity Scotch blended malt whisky from the innovative whisky creators at Compass Box. Described as fresh, vibrant and uplifting with a mouthfeel that is moreish and mouth-watering.
     
  • 29th April 2016
    Compass Box The Circus
    Compass Box The Circus is the latest premium blended whisky from the innovative folks at Compass Box. The Circus is built around a core of old Blended Scotch and Blended Grain whisky parcels that were aged pre-blended in sherry butts for many years.
     
  • 28th April 2016
    Ardbeg Dark Cove
    Review of Ardbeg Dark Cove 46.5% ABV standard release which will launch on May 28th. A marriage of sherry cask and hallmark ex-bourbon cask matured Ardbeg. The nose really is deliciously rich and enticing, it only hints at the lovely sherried Ardbeg peat which follows on the palate.

     
  • 27th April 2016
    Brown-Forman To Buy The BenRiach Distillery Company Limited 
    Jack Daniel's owner Brown-Forman has reached an agreement to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Company Limited which for approximately £285 million. They are set to acquire Glendronach, BenRiach, and Glenglassaugh single malt brands.

     
  • 27th April 2016
    William Grant Sets Sites On Japan
    With the demand for exceptional Scotch malt whisky in Asia Pacific continuing to rise, William Grant & Sons will be focusing on two recent additions to their offer at TFWA Asia Pacific this year: Glenfiddich 21 year old in its new stand out packaging and Balvenie 21 year old Madeira Cask. Also high on the agenda are the recently launched House of Hazelwood.
     
  • 27th April 2016
    William Grant & Sons Announce Changes To European Travel Retail Team
    William Grant & Sons has announced a couple of changes to its Global Travel Retail European team during April. Marina Steel has joined as Business Development Manager – Global Travel Retail Europe, Jillie Cooper has joined the team as Business Development Executive.
     
  • 25th April 2016
    Four Roses Bourbon Announce New Brand Ambassador
    After two months of searching, Four Roses Bourbon have named Benji Purslow as the face of the cult bourbon brand. Benji will fight their corner in the Bourbon battle for supremacy in the increasingly popular UK Bourbon marketplace.
     
  • 21st April 2016
    Jameson Crested Review
    A few of you may have been lucky enough to get hold of a bottle of the superb pot still rich Irish blended whiskey Jameson Crested Ten in the past, a whiskey which has rarely been seen outside of Ireland and has acquired itself somewhat of a cult following. I am pleased to tell you that that Jameson have announced the international launch of Jameson Crested, note they have dropped the word Ten from the title of the whiskey.
     
  • 20th April 2016
    Douglas Laing Launches The Epicurean Lowland Blended Malt
    Douglas Laing have once again been busy assessing the maturing stock in their warehouse and have just announced the addition of Douglas Laing's The Epicurean Lowland blended malt Scotch whisky to the firm’s Remarkable Regional Malts collection.
     
  • 15th April 2016
    Glenmorangie Tarlogan Travel Retail Exclusive
    Glenmorangie Tarlogan is the third and I believe final release in the Glenmorangie travel retail exclusive Legends series, it follows Duthac and the more recently released Tayne. It was matured in a combination of American ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks and it was bottled at 43% ABV.
     
  • 14th April 2016
    Laphroaig Lore Review
    Laphroaig Lore labelled "the richest of the rich". This really is a deliciously peaty powerful beast of a Laphroaig, Laphroaig as you expect it to be, Laphroaig as you want it to be, big powerful and bold. I can't confirm the ages of 7 to 21 years for the contributing whiskies in Lore but I can confirm that it is a very well put together mix of fiery youthful Laphroaig and some more tamed mature Laphroaig with a good helping of quality sherried Laphroaig.
     
  • 13th April 2016
    Highland Park ICE Edition Triumphs At Ultimate Spirits Challenge
    Highland Park ICE Edition which was only just launched in March this year has been awarded Ultimate Spirits Challenge's highest award of excellence in the single malt Scotch category.
     
  • 12th April 2016
    Jura Tastival 2016 Line Up
    You know spring is in the air when Jura announces its annual Jura whisky festival (aka Tastival) line up. Once again they have put together a great line up of tasting, tours and more. As usual tickets are expected to sell quickly so don't hang around.
     
  • 8th April 2016
    Redbreast 21 Crowned SFWSC Best In Show
    Going by the recent haul of awards, Irish Distillers continues to lead the field in the production of quality Irish whiskey, the Irish whiskey producer has recently scooped top honours at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards. The outstanding Redbreast 21 year old was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, overcoming all other whiskeys – not only Irish. In an equally impressive feat, Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton, was crowned World’s Best Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey at World Whiskies Awards.
     
  • 8th April 2016
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm annual limited edition was first launched back in 2012, as fans of the small Islay farm distillery will know it is now the time of year for another instalment of the deliciously sherried, peaty Islay dram.
     
  • 8th April 2016
    Justin Rose Announced As Glenmorangie Golf Ambassador
    Glenmorangie are extending their link to that other great Scottish creation, golf, they have announced that Justin Rose will be the whisky brand’s new global golf ambassador.
     
  • 6th April 2016
    Four Roses Bourbon Announce Brand Ambassador Job Finalists
    Spirit Cartel has now whittled down its search for the UK Four Roses Brand Ambassador to five talented finalists. The extensive nationwide search, a first for the brand, will see some of the country’s brightest bourbon buffs battle it out for the highly desirable title at the final on Monday 18th April.
     
  • 6th April 2016
    Benromach Imperial Proof Picks Up Top Award
    Benromach Imperial Proof which is also known as the Benromach 100° Proof picks up top award at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
    Benromach Imperial Proof is bottled at 57% ABV and has the same classic Benromach style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies of the pre-1960s.
     
  • 31st March 2016
    Douglas Laing's Feis Ile 2016 Old Particular Bowmore Vintage 1999
    Douglas Laing has announced its commemorative bottling for Feis Ile 2016, this year the Glasgow based independent bottler has selected a 1999 vintage single malt whisky which was distilled at the Bowmore distillery on Islay and bottled under their Old Particular label.
     
  • 24th March 2016
    House Of Hazelwood 18 Year Old Review
    House of Hazelwood 18 year old is the entry level whisky in William Grant's new premium Scotch blended whisky range. A delicious mature blend with a fantastic nose. I am guessing its component parts of Kininvie and Girvan spent most of there 18 years maturing in refill Bourbon casks.

     
  • 24th March 2016
    House Of Hazelwood 21 Year Old Review
    House of Hazelwood 21 year old is the second whisky in William Grant's new premium Scotch blended whisky range. Dense yet very teasing light sherried fruity notes mingle with some gentle oak spices amidst a mild vanilla sweetness.
     
  • 24th March 2016
    House Of Hazelwood 25 Year Old Review
    House of Hazelwood 25 year old sits at the top of whisky in William Grant's new premium Scotch blended whisky range, just where it belongs and not a bad price for a 25 year old. I would say this is one to savour late at night sitting back in your favourite chair with your feet up.
     
  • 24th March 2016
    Big Peat's Feis Ile 2016 Commemorative Bottling
    Douglas Laing have announced the launch of its first ever Big Peat Feis Ile Edition Islay Blended Malt Whisky. The Big Peat Feis Ile 2016 edition will be a limited release of 500 bottles, each bottle will be individually numbered.
     
  • 23rd March 2016
    How To Make The Perfect Irish Coffee
    Perhaps you have enjoyed the pleasure of an Irish Coffee after a meal in a restaurant or evening out, you maybe even had an Irish Coffee during the recent St. Patricks Day celebrations on the 17th of this month, and perhaps you thought to yourself, I should make myself one of those at home if I knew how, well here is how you do it, Jameson Style.
     
  • 21st March 2016
    The Glenrothes Alba Reserve Rebranded As Bourbon Cask Reserve
    Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits have announced the launch of The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve, although it is not a new whisky it is the existing Glenrothes Alba Reserve which they have renamed as The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve.
     
  • 21st March 2016
    Kilchoman Sanaig Review
    Kilchoman Sanaig is a marriage of sherry and bourbon cask maturation. This is a very enjoyable lightly sherried peaty Kilchoman and the good news is that it now part of the Kilchoman core range. This is what I thought of it...

     
  • 21st March 2016
    Hibiki 21 Year Old Named WWA 2016 World's Best Blended Whisky
    This won't come as a surprise to those of you that had the pleasure of tasting it, the Hibiki 21 Year Old from Suntory Spirits Limited has picked up the prestigious award World’s Best Blended Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards 2016 held by the Whisky Magazine.
     
  • 21st March 2016
    Suntory Chief Blender Koichi Inatomi Inducted Into Hall of Fame
    Koichi Inatomi, former Chief Blender of Suntory Whisky (former Director of Suntory Limited) has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine "Hall of Fame", becoming only the second Japanese member of the Hall of Fame.
     
  • 21st March 2016
    Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage Crowned WWA 'World’s Best Single Malt' 2016
    The folks at Pulteney Distillery in Wick are celebrating this week following the Wick distillery's latest triumph at the World Whiskies Awards 2016 where the Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage was crowned the 'World’s Best Single Malt'.
     
  • 18th March 2016
    BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1
    BenRiach has launched the first batch of its new no age statement cask strength expression, which will be known as (you may have already guessed) BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1.
     
  • 17th March 2016
    Frankfurt Airport Shares The Tullamore Spirit This St Patrick’s Day
    Tullamore DEW shares the Spirit this St. Patricks Day at Frankfurt airport. If you are lucky enough to be travelling through Frankfurt Airport today, St. Patrick's Day you will be treated to some interactive and engaging Tullamore DEW promotions, including the
    sampling of Tullamore DEW Phoenix.
     
  • 11th March 2016
    Highland Park ICE Edition 17 Year Old
    The Highland Park fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has launched a new limited edition named Highland Park ICE Edition 17 Year Old. Naturally coloured with a very respectable 53.9% ABV bottling strength, this special edition has been aged predominantly in ex-bourbon casks and is limited globally to 30,000 bottles.
     
  • 11th March 2016
    Arran 18 Year Old
    The Arran 18 year old has arrived! Following the trilogy of limited release expressions which were paved the way for a new permanent core range Arran 18 year old , the distillery has now launched the 18 year old whisky.

     
  • 11th March 2016
    New Master Blender At The Famous Grouse
    Kirsteen Campbell has been appointed to the role of Master Blender for The Famous Grouse, taking over from current Master Blender Gordon Motion this month.
     
  • 4th March 2016
    Ailsa Bay Review
    Ailsa Bay is the first release from the new South Ayrshire distillery, it is
    a deliciously sweet peaty Lowlander. This is a new generation of single malt which breaks the boundaries of regional style bringing Speyside and Islay together in its own unique Lowland way. The main theme is the sweet peaty smoke, everything else is hinted at making this an outstanding and complex dram.
     
  • 4th March 2016
    The Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish
    The Balvenie fans amongst you who where lucky enough to get hold of the outstanding limited edition Balvenie 17 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish a few years ago may want to dust off your passports because this week the Balvenie unveiled The Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish at Singapore Changi Airport
     
  • 1st March 2016
    Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition
    Lagavulin launch limited edition 8 year old expression at a very drinkable price to mark the distillery's 200th anniversary. They describe it as
    having a magnificently full on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow even bigger than you expect.
     
  • 1st March 2016
    Four Roses Bourbon Are On The Hunt For A UK Brand Ambassador
    Situation Vacant: Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon are on the hunt for a UK brand ambassador. The Brand Ambassador will be an integral part of our Four Roses campaign in 2016 and beyond, building momentum for a brand that is rich in heritage and provenance.
     
  • 22nd February 2016
    Support The Compass Box Transparency In Scotch Whisky Campaign
    Do you want whisky companies to be able to provide unbiased and clear information on the age of every component used in the whisky you buy? Of course you do, then register your support for the Compass Box lead campaign for "Transparency In Scotch Whisky".
     
  • 19th February 2016
    Ledaig 1996
    Ledaig whisky which is produced at the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland has announced the release of Ledaig 1996, a limited edition peated sherry cask matured vintage single malt Scotch whisky.
     
  • 19th February 2016
    Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask
    Angus Dundee have announced the launch of a the very rare Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask. Why is it called "Quadruple Cask"? It is because the whisky is made up of four American oak hogshead casks which have been maturing in the Tomintoul distillery warehouse since 1974.
     
  • 18th February 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Smith's Glenlivet 1974 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith's Glenlivet 1974 was matured in a combination of Refill American Bourbon & Refill Sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV. Mature distillery bottlings of The Glenlivet are getting very rare and expensive these days so bottlings like this makes Glenlivet of this age and maturity accessible to those of us who don't want to take out a 2nd mortgage to taste a mature Glenlivet.
     
  • 17th February 2016
    Redbreast All Sherry Single Cask
    The Irish Whiskey fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that Redbreast has unveiled its first ever single cask single pot still whiskey, appropriately named Redbreast Single Cask. Matured in a single Oloroso sherry cask, this limited Single Cask expression is sure to be popular even with its £180 price tag.
     
  • 17th February 2016
    GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 13 Includes Oldest Ever Release
    GlenDronach has unveiled Batch 13 of its popular single cask bottlings series and the headline grabbing expression in Batch 13 is undoubtedly the GlenDronach 1968 cask no. 5837 47 year old, which is the oldest ever release from the Speyside distillery.
     
  • 11th February 2016
    Jameson's St. Patrick’s Day 2016 Limited Edition
    Now an established Irish tradition itself, Jameson has unveiled its fifth limited edition bottle ahead of its St. Patrick’s Day 2016 celebrations. This year the special limited edition label design was created by Dublin street artist, James Earley. This year Jameson encouraging fans to share their original and authentic St. Patrick’s celebrations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a trip to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day 2017.
     
  • 10th February 2016
    Global Scotch Whisky Market Outlook 2015-2019
    Global Scotch whisky market outlook 2015-2019 report predicts the market to witness a steady growth at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 5% and for the market to witness a reduction in product prices due to the increasing competition among vendors.

     
  • 10th February 2016
    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye
    With the increasing popularity of American Whiskey there is an emerging trend for Rye Whiskey and Jack Daniel's are now getting on that trending bandwagon with the launch of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye in the US.
     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grant’s Elementary Premium Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    Grant’s Elementary range lifts the lid on science with the launch of Grant's Carbon 6 year old, Oxygen 8 year old and Copper 29 year old.

     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grant’s Elementary Copper 29 Year Old Review
    Review of Grant's Elementary Copper 29 Year Old Scotch blended whisky. A lovely mature, complex Scotch blended whisky fit to rival any mature single malts. The grain whisky has its say first on the palate but not without a contribution from the malt whisky in the blend and after 29 years in a cask the oak has its say also.
     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grant’s Elementary Oxygen 8 Year Old Review
    Review of Grant's Elementary Oxygen 8 Year Old Scotch blended grain whisky.
    No surprises, except for how good this is, this is a young blended grain whisky and a very good one. Exceptionally creamy smooth on the palate which fades slowly to leave some energetic young oak spices.
     
  • 8th February 2016
    Grant’s Elementary Carbon 6 Year Old Review
    Review of Grant's Elementary Carbon 6 Year Old Scotch blended whisky.
    The lovely musty, almost smoky oak lingers but doesn't overpower as it is kept in check by the sweet vanilla and very delicate but persistent orange.
     
  • 5th February 2016
    Gordon & MacPhail Named Drinks Wholesaler Of The Year
    Gordon & MacPhail continues their good work as they are once again named Drinks Wholesaler of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2016.

     
  • 5th February 2016
    Liquid Gold - Rare Whisky Outperforms Gold, Wine and Equities
    Rare Whisky investment is outperforming gold, wine and equities according to whisky analyst, broker and investment company Rare Whisky 101.
    In a record year for the rare whisky market, the Rare Whisky Apex 1000 Index (an in index created by Rare Whisky 101 to track the value of rare whisky) closed 2015 up 14%.
     
  • 5th February 2016
    The Denver & Liely Whisky Glass Review
    I put the new Denver & Liely whisky tasting glass through its paces, a new whisky tasting glass for those who like the traditional tumbler style of whisky glass.
     
  • 3rd February 2016
    New Look For Douglas Laing Provenance Single Cask Range
    Douglas Laing today unveiled a new look for its young Provenance Single Cask Scotch Whisky range. The new look branding launches with 14 Provenance bottlings, each bottled at 46% ABV, unchill filtered, natural colour.
     
  • 3rd February 2016
    World Whisky Awards Stage 1 Gold For BenRiach & GlenDronach
    BenRiach 10 and GlenDronach Cask Strength batch 5 win stage 1 Gold in the 2016 World Whisky Awards.
    Each entry in the World Whisky Awards is tasted blind and marked to an agreed and strictly enforced marking system. In addition to nose, palate and finish, the judges will look for balance, character, complexity, quality and functionality.
     
  • 2nd February 2016
    Douglas Laing To Distribute The Glenturret Single Malt
    Douglas Laing today announced that it is taking on a new role as European Distributor for The Glenturret Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
     
  • 1st February 2016
    Benromach 35 Year Old Revealed
    The Benromach Distillery Company today revealed one of their rarest expressions to date, the first fill sherry cask matured Benromach 35 Years Old. Described as a most satisfying Speysider with cinnamon hints and beeswax polish, stewed pear and a delicate charred Oak edge.
     
  • 29th January 2016
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity At The National Club Toronto Canada
    International Order of the Companions of the Quaich and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Member Murray Cohen attended An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity in Toronto Canada this week where he had the pleasure of no less than 8 whiskies including some rarely reviewed drams such as The Macallan No.6 Lalique and The Macallan Rare Cask.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    The Macallan Rare Cask Review
    Review of The Macallan Rare Cask. The Rare Cask clearly turns any doubters to believers in this NAS expression. Here we have a magic carpet ride from start to finish. There is a depth to this whisky that both caresses and impresses.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    The Macallan No.6 Lalique Review
    Review of The Macallan No.6 Lalique. This is the Rolls Royce of whiskies if you like. A 15 layered torta cake has nothing on this one for pure complexity. Get ready for a journey through The Macallan's history with familiar and new accents, exceptional quality and much to remember.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Highland Park Dark Origins Review
    Review of Highland Park Dark Origins. If this was Irish single malt, it would be a leprechauns’ promise unfulfilled. I was expecting more from this dram. A better balance from nose to finish would have achieved more. My detection of sulphur taint ruined my experience. This one needs a refit in my opinion.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Highland Park 21 Year Old Review
    Review of Highland Park 21 Year Old. A most enjoyable dram but does not rise to the level of the 25 or 30 year old. It seems like a distant cousin.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old Review
    Review of Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old. I tried a piece of dark chocolate with this one. Everything was enhanced in a wanted bitter and sweet flavor experience. A respectable dram which satisfies but it doesn’t shake the apple tree.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Bowmore 25 Year Old Review
    Review of Bowmore 25 Year Old. The 25 Year is not what you would expect in a Bowmore. It is not the earthy, peaty, smoky beast but rather a tuxedo clad dram with subtle aromas and flavors. A great summer dram.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin Review
    Review of Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin. here’s a lot going on here with the 51.2% ABV and it works. The flow from nose to finish is inviting. There is a sense of some age here.

     
  • 29th January 2016
    Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary Review
    Review of Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary edition. This presents as a classy dessert dram with light and refreshing qualities. Much more delicate and delectable than expected; impresses all the way.

     
  • 28th January 2016
    Douglas Laing Launch Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition
    Glasgow independent bottler Douglas Laing has added another Cask Strength edition to their popular Remarkable Regional Malts range. They have just announced the release of Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition, a blended malt whisky.
     
  • 26th January 2016
    Passport #UrbanArtProject Limited Edition
    Passport Scotch whisky has collaborated with street artist Jim Vision to create a colourful limited edition bottle of Passport
    #UrbanArtProject Scotch blended whisky.
     
  • 25th January 2016
    Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition Review
    It wouldn't be a new year without a new addition to the Glenmorangie Private Edition range and this year the latest expression to be added to the popular limited release range is Glenmorangie Milsean, this is what I thought of the new whisky.
     
  • 25th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Macallan 2006 Review
    Review of Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Macallan 2006. A smooth very mildly sherried dram with orange, vanilla and mild oak spice, just a wee touch of bitterness.
    For the money this is a decent enough off the beaten track alternative to the original distillery bottlings for any Macallan fan.
     
  • 25th December 2015
    The MacPhail's Collection Glenrothes 8 Year Old Review
    Review of The MacPhail's Collection Glenrothes 8 Year Old. Sweet silky smooth delivery of mouth coating vanilla tablet and honey, the sweetness is soon balanced by the marmalade bitterness.
    A decent enough example of what I expect from the Glenrothes distillery.
     
  • 22nd January 2016
    A Burns Night Ode to Laphroaig
    With Burns Night fast approaching on Monday 25th January I thought you may appreciate this video of Scottish poet Elvis McGonagall giving an ode to Laphroaig whisky in the style of Robert Burns for Burns Night.
     
  • 21st January 2016
    Hunter Laing Reveal Plans To Build New Islay Distillery
    Independent whisky bottler Hunter Laing & Co have submitted an application to Argyll and Bute Council to build a new malt whisky distillery on Islay at Ardnahoe, on the North East coast of the island.
     
  • 21st January 2016
    The Macallan Edition No. 1
    The Macallan Edition is the start of an annual limited edition series from the iconic Speyside distillery and the very aptly named The Macallan Edition No. 1 is the debut expression in the Edition Series.
     
  • 20th January 2016
    GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old Batch 7
    GlenDronach has launched GlenDronach Grandeur 25 Year Old which is batch 7 of the limited edition GlenDronach Grandeur series. The limited edition expression has been exclusively matured for over 25 years in Oloroso sherry casks.
     
  • 13th January 2016
    Talisker Neist Point
    Talisker Neist Point (pronounced "Neest") is a new premium no age statement travel retail exclusive single malt whisky. Bottled at the usual Talisker strength of 45.8% ABV and you will be pleased to hear it is non chill-filtered.
     
  • 13th January 2016
    Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition
    Fans of the Japanese limited edition Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask single malt whisky will be pleased to hear that despite reported shortages of stock of the Japanese single malt whisky Suntory has announced the release of a Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition which will be available from 1st February, 2016.
     
  • 6th January 2016
    MBE For The Balvenie's David Stewart In New Years Honours List
    The remarkable career of The Balvenie’s David Stewart has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list with a MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

     
  • 5th January 2016
    Inver House Scoop 5 Medals At New Global Distillery Masters 2016 Awards
    Inver House Distillers has scooped five awards in a new international drinks industry competition - Global Distillery Masters 2016. The Airdrie-based business’s five Scottish distilleries, Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu and Balmenach between them received an three gold and two silver medals.
     
  • 5th January 2016
    Glengoyne Continues Support For The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
    Glengoyne has announced the continuation of its very successful relationship with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust including the support their latest campaign to save the endangered Greenland white-fronted goose.

 

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