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  • 10th July 2019
    Jameson Triple Triple
    Jameson Triple Triple is a new travel retail exclusive whiskey which has been triple distilled and blended from a combination of ex-bourbon, sherry and fortified wine casks from Malaga.

  • 10th July 2019
    Loch Lomond Three Wood Matured 25 Year Old
    Loch Lomond Whiskies, The Official Spirit of The Open, has release 25 Year Old single triple cask matured single malt Scotch whisky in association with Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie.

  • 5th July 2019
    The GlenAllachie Wood Finish Range
    The GlenAllachie Distillery has announced that it is extending its range of whiskies with the launch of its first-ever range of limited edition wood finishes which comprises of the GlenAllachie 8 year old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish; 10 year old Port Wood Finish; and 12 year old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish.
  • 5th July 2019
    Scallywag The Chocolate Edition #2 Vintage 2009
    Here is one for those of you that like to pair a sherried dram with some chocolate, Douglas Laing has announced the release of Scallywag The Chocolate Edition #2 blended malt whisky and just in time for World Chocolate Day on the 7th of July.
  • 4th July 2019
    Lightning Strike Blamed For Jim Beam Warehouse Fire
    A massive fire that destroyed a Kentucky Jim Beam bourbon warehouse containing some 45,000 barrels of whiskey on Wednesday may have been caused by a lightning strike.
  • 4th July 2019
    Douglas Laing Announces Two New Rock Island Blended Malts
    Douglas Laing has revealed two new blended malt whiskies under their Rock Island brand, the first is Rock Island 21 Year Old which is a limited release expression and the second is Rock Island 10 Year Old which is a permanent addition to the Rock Island range and will be a continually available offering.
  • 4th July 2019
    Talisker Bodega Series 41 Year Old
    Diageo has unveiled a Talisker 41 Year Old expression as the second release in its Talisker Bodega Series. The oldest official bottling of Talisker to have ever been released, a limited release of 2,000 bottles which has been finished in six Manzanilla casks which were sourced from Spain's Bodega Delgado Zuleta.
  • 4th July 2019
    Inverhouse Reports Rise In Profits Led By Single Malts
    Inver House Distillers, the Scotch Whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings Ltd which owns the Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn single malts has reported a sales increase of 7.4% for the year to September 2018. This reflects a period of significant growth for its core brands, with sales of Inver House Single Malts growing by over 12% in the year.
  • 3rd July 2019
    The Secret Speyside Collection From Chivas Brothers
    Chivas Brothers has released its biggest Single Malt collection to date with the launch of fifteen Scotch Single Malt whiskies aged between 18 - 30 year old from four seldom-seen Speyside distilleries - Longmorn, Caperdonich, Braes of Glenlivet and Glen Keith.
  • 3rd July 2019
    Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series
    Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series is a travel retail limited edition collection of 4 new Johnnie Walker 12 Year Old Black label expressions, 3 blended malt whiskies and 1 blended whisky each of which representing one of the four main whisky regions of Scotland.

  • 3rd July 2019
    Distell No Age Statement Whiskies Impress At Singapore Comp
    Distell’s Bunnahabhain and Deanston No Age Statement whiskies triumph at the inaugural Singapore World Spirits Competition with
    Bunnahabhain Toiteach A' Dhà and Deanston Virgin Oak received Double Gold and Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair collected Silver from the judges.
  • 3rd July 2019
    Lagg Distillery On The Isle of Arran Now Open To The Public
    The new Lagg Distillery located on the south side of the Isle of Arran has officially opened its doors to the public and is now welcoming visitors. The state of the art building is said to focus on the visitor experience.
  • 2nd July 2019
    MacNair's Lum Reek Peated Review
    MacNair's Lum Reek Peated is the no age statement entry whisky in the Lum Reek range, a peated blended malt Scotch whisky which has been created by folks behind the GlenAllachie distillery, namely Master Distiller Billy Walker.
  • 2nd July 2019
    MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old Review
    MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old s a combination of whiskies from first fill Bourbon, Red Wine and Pedro Ximenez casks which were blended together to produce it A little peatier than expected on the palate after nosing it but the peat doesn't hang around for long on the finish.
  • 2nd July 2019
    MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 21 Year Old Review
    Sitting at the top of the Lum Reek blended malt whisky range is MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 21 Year Old, a blend of some undisclosed Islay and Speyside peated malts combined with GlenAllachie as you would expect as it is from the folks behind the GlenAllachie distillery.
  • 1st July 2019
    BenRiach 2009 Cask No. 6095 9 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2009 Cask No. 6095 9 Year Old Virgin Oak Cask Matured single cask whisky. A young and simply delicious sweet malt whisky candied expression from the BenRiach and an outstanding example of how good a combination of quality spirit and a good virgin oak cask can turn out.

  • 1st July 2019
    BenRiach 2005 Cask No. 3791 14 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2005 Cask No. 3791 14 Year Old Port Pipe matured single cask whisky, a delicious peated port pipe matured dram that you would be hard pushed to better, I will be seeking out more of this for myself.

  • 1st July 2019
    BenRiach 1993 Cask No. 7881 25 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 1993 Cask No. 7881 25 Year Old Rioja Hogshead Cask matured single cask whisky, matured in a Rioja cask, it offers a good balance of bitter/sweet.

  • 27th June 2019
    Distell Unveil Limited Release Malt Collection 2019
    Distell, owner of Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory/Ledaig distilleries has unveiled its second batch of annual releases and this year the line up features three unique expressions from Bunnahabhain, three from Deanston and one each from Tobermory and Ledaig.
  • 27th June 2019
    Bunnahabhain 2007 Port Pipe Finish Review
    Review of the Bunnahabhain 2007 11 Year Old Port Pipe Finish Distell Limited Release 2019 Malt Whisky Collection, initially matured in whisky refill hogshead casks and then filled into port pipes in 2016 for a final 2 years of maturation. Deliciously moreish is how I would best describe this Bunna, the final two years maturation has certainly had a big say in how this Bunna has turned out.

  • 27th June 2019
    Bunnahabhain 2007 French Brandy Finish Review
    Review of the Bunnahabhain 2007 11 Year Old French Brandy Finish Distell Limited Release 2019 Malt Whisky Collection, initially filled into whisky refill casks then finished for 2.5 years in French brandy butts. The brandy cask has certainly added a fruity element to this Bunnahabhain, it is a quality dram which has a lovely nose which is worth taking time to savour.

  • 27th June 2019
    Bunnahabhain 1988 Marsala Finish Review
    Review of the Bunnahabhain 1988 31 Year Old which sits at the top of the trio of Bunnahabhain releases in Distell's Limited Release Malt Whisky Collection 2019.
    The addition of the Marsala fruit to the mature fruity Bunnahabhain spirit has made this a pleasure from nose to finish.
  • 27th June 2019
    Deanston 2002 Organic Oloroso Finish Review
    Review of the Deanston 2002 16 Year Old Organic Oloroso Finish, matured in rechared organic ex-Bourbon casks for 14 years then finished for 2 final years in organic Oloroso sherry casks.
    This really is a delicious sherried dram that wouldn't be out of place on a cold winters night but will be equally enjoyable anytime.
  • 27th June 2019
    Deanston 1997 Palo Cortado Finish Review
    Review of the Deanston 1997 21 Year Old Palo Cortado Finish Distell, which was initially matured for 19 years in ex-Bourbon casks and then transferred into Palo Cortado hogsheads for a final 2 years maturation. Another delicious Deanston sherried dram. It isn't often we see Palo Cortado sherry casks used to mature or finish a whisky, it is very Oloroso sherry like and the casks used here have been very high quality.

  • 27th June 2019
    Deanston 2006 Fino Finish Review
    Review of the Deanston 2006 12 Year Old Fino Finish Distell, initially matured in bourbon casks for 9 and a half years, then transferred to Fino sherry casks for a further 2 and a half years. I particularly enjoyed this one and I would say quality for price this is the the bargain buy from this years Distell Malt Collection.

  • 27th June 2019
    Tobermory 1999 Marsala Finish Review
    Review of the Tobermory 1999 19 Year Old Marsala Finish, initially filled into whisky refill hogsheads in December 1999 followed by just over 2 years finishing in Marsala casks. It has a lovely orange note from nose to finish which starts sweet and gets spicier. It certainly shows how good Tobermory can be with more years in the cask.

  • 27th June 2019
    Ledaig 1997 Manzanilla Finish Review
    Review of the Ledaig 1997 22 Year Old Manzanilla Finish Distell, matured in whisky refill hogsheads then finished in Manzanilla hogsheads for just over 2 years. A sweet peaty delight and so smooth even at a cask strength of 58.9% ABV. A very high quality peaty dram, such a pity they only released this one Ledaig whisky in this 2019 Malt Whisky Collection.

  • 26th June 2019
    BenRiach Single Cask Batch 16
    BenRiach today unveiled Batch 16 in its popular series of single cask bottlings, this latest batch includes 16 unpeated and 8 peated cask bottlings aged from 7 to 33 years which have matured in a selection of cask types sourced from around the world. As usual do not hang around if you want to get hold of a particular bottle as these usually sell quickly.
  • 25th June 2019
    Cameron Attfield Crowned World Class GB Bartender of the Year
    Following a challenging finale which took place at Taste of London last week, Cameron Attfield of Disrepute, London has been crowned Diageo Reserve’s World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2019. Cameron now goes on to represent GB in the global final in Glasgow.
  • 19th June 2019
    Glenfiddich Unveils New Look For It Flagship Range
    Glenfiddich has just unveiled a new look for it flagship 12 and 15 Year Old expressions but don't worry it will still be the same Glenfiddich 12 and 15 Year Old which you will find in the new look bottles. The new packaging will be rolled out here in the UK and in the US from yesterday, 18th June 2019, with the Glenfiddich Small Batch 18 Year Old following suit in 2020.
  • 18th June 2019
    Ardbeg Masters Of Smoke Bartender Education Programme
    Ardbeg is set to share the power of smoke with a new Ardbeg Masters of Smoke training programme for bartenders, their
    mission is to spread the word about the 'delicious possibilities' of smoke, through the new programme. So if you are a bartender sign up for free today.
  • 18th June 2019
    Ardbeg Masters Of Smoke Bartender Education Programme
    Ardbeg is set to share the power of smoke with a new Ardbeg Masters of Smoke training programme for bartenders, their
    mission is to spread the word about the 'delicious possibilities' of smoke, through the new programme. So if you are a bartender sign up for free today.
  • 17th June 2019
    Glen Scotia Rum Cask Finish Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019
    The Glen Scotia 2003 Rum Cask Finish is a new limited edition single malt from the Glen Scotia distillery which they released to mark its Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 programme.
  • 17th June 2019
    Smokehead Folk Music Session At The Black Cat In Edinburgh
    Just a quick heads up for those of you who will be in or around Edinburgh this Thursday, Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky will be throwing a one-off night that’s not for everyone at The Black Cat in Edinburgh. A high voltage folk music session which will kick off 9:30pm on Thursday, June 20th as well as a fiery show from Beltane organiser Lasadh at 10pm. Smokehead serves will be on offer throughout the night.
  • 14th June 2019
    The GlenDronach Port Wood Review
    Review of The GlenDronach Port Wood, matured in the distillery’s signature Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks for 7 years, this was then followed by a second maturation period of 3 years in port pipes.

  • 13th June 2019
    Douglas Laing Unveils XOP The Black Series
    Douglas Laing today unveiled a brand extension to its Xtra Old Particular Single Cask Scotch Whisky range: XOP The Black Series which launches with an ex-Sherry hogshead, distilled at the Springbank Distillery in 1994.
  • 13th June 2019
    Tamdhu Sherried Single Malts Make It A Double
    Tamdhu, the exclusively sherry cask matured Speyside single malt whisky has made it a double after clinching two top industry accolades in The Scotch Whisky Masters 2019. Tamdhu 15 Year Old and Tamdhu Batch Strength 004 each picked up top awards in their categories.
  • 12th June 2019
    The Singleton’s ‘Supper With A Side of Humour’
    Over the next couple of weeks Diageo Reserve’s Single Malt Whisky, The Singleton, will be hosting a series of supper clubs, designed to bring fun, humility and a sense of humour to the world of whisky cocktails and gourmet dining. The supper clubs with take place at Hackney Coffee Company in East London and will feature The Singleton of Dufftown whisky.
  • 12th June 2019
    Benromach Distillery Father’s Day Competition
    Benromach distillery has launched a Father's Day campaign which offers one whisky fan and their guest the opportunity to win an exclusive experience at the distillery in Forres.

  • 11th June 2019
    Production Begins At Roe & Co Distillery
    Diageo has announced that their conversion of the old Guinness Power House site at St James’s Gate, Dublin is now complete and the new Roe & Co Distillery which is located in the former Guinness Power House has began production of Irish single malt spirit ahead of the doors opening to visitors later this month.
  • 7th June 2019
    Ichiro’s Malt Card Full Deck Tasting
    Swedish whisky enthusiast Pye Palm set to host the worlds most expensive whisky tasting, a tasting of the complete Ichiro’s Malt Card Collection. The event will take palce between 1 - 3 November this year in Gothenburg, Sweden with the cost of a single ticket approaching $21,000.

  • 7th June 2019
    Bunnahabhain Whisky Range Continues To Impress
    Bunnahabhain distillery turns out a varied and impressive range of single malt whiskies these days for us whisky lovers to enjoy and you don't need to just take my word for it as the distillery has recently picked up a host of awards including Double Gold at International Spirits Challenge 2019 for its outstanding Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old.
  • 31st May 2019
    Glenmorangie Cask 1784 Distillery Visitor Exclusive
    Glenmorangie release the first of four distillery visitor exclusive whiskies, the Glenmorangie Cask 1784, a 16 year old American bourbon matured whisky which has been finished for 6 years in a single first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry butt, Cask 1784.

  • 31st May 2019
    Diageo Reserve Announce GB World Class Top 20 Finalists
    Diageo Reserve has announced its 2019 GB World Class Top 20 finalists who will be competing in June for the coveted title of GB World Class bartender of the year 2019. The winner will represent GB in the World Class Global Final hosted in Glasgow in September.
  • 30th May 2019
    BBQ Pioneer Teams Up With Johnnie Walker Black
    If you are in or around London this week (National BBQ Week) then why not get yourself down to Berber & Q this to experience their Johnnie Walker Johnnie & Ginger; a perfect pre-dinner drink for your BBQ banquet!
  • 29th May 2019
    Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Sells Out In 14 Minutes
    It seems that fans of Redbreast single pot still whiskey just cant get enough of the stuff, as the limited-edition Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition, released to mark World Whisky Day 2019, and was only released to purchase on the 27th May sold out in just 14 minutes.
  • 24th May 2019
    Scottish Locations Floodlit with Responsible Drinking Message
    Some of Scotland’s top landmarks were illuminated last night to highlight a responsible drinking message to football fans ahead of Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Hearts and Celtic at Hampden Park Stadium Glasgow.
  • 24th May 2019
    The GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year Old Travel Exclusive Review
    Review of the GlenDronach Boynsmill 16 Year Old travel exclusive, a combination of Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez and Port casks so something a little different as you would hope to find in the airport shops when you are on your travels.

  • 24th May 2019
    Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo Review
    Review of the Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo, the Spanish Rioja wine has certainly added its twist to this Highland Park, not a big in your face twist but enough to offer us a different Highland Park.
  • 23rd May 2019
    The Balvenie Stories Range
    The Balvenie has announced the launch of the The Balvenie Stories range, a collection of three single malt whiskies each of which are - The Balvenie The Sweet Toast of American Oak, aged 12 years, The Balvenie The Week of Peat, aged 14 years and The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley, aged 26 years.
  • 21st May 2019
    Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Edition
    Redbreast continues its Birdhouse private members only Dream Cask series with the release of a 20 year old Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Edition which will be available to purchase from 27th May.

  • 21st May 2019
    Glenmorangie Backs Return Of Oysters To Europes Seas
    Following on from the successful Glenmorangie backed project to return to restore oyster reefs n the Dornoch Firth, near Glenmorangie’s Highland home they highland whisky maker is now getting behind a project which could eventually see millions of native oysters (Ostrea edulis) returned to the seas around Sweden, France, Germany, England, Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Croatia, where they were wiped out by overfishing as much as a century ago.
  • 20th May 2019
    Campbeltown The Whiskiest Place In The World
    Glen Scotia Distillery recently welcomed Michael Russell MSP as part of a new campaign to position Campbeltown as the 'Whiskiest Place in the World'. The Argyll & Bute member was presented with a unique bottling as the distillery prepared for the annual Campbeltown Malts Festival, which get underway tomorrow, Tuesday 21 May.
  • 17th May 2019
    Caribbean Themed Ardbeg Day 2019 Celebrations In London
    Ardbeg Day tickets now on sale for the 2019 Ardbeg Day fun and celebrations in London's Regent's Park which this year has a Caribbean twist.

  • 17th May 2019
    Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Scoop 19 Awards in WWA and SFWSC 2019
    Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have between them won 19 coveted accolades at two of the most influential industry awards which are usually a good indication of which whiskies are worth adding to your must try list.
  • 16th May 2019
    The GlenDronach 12 and Walker Slater Hip-Flask Gift Pack
    Just in time for Father's Day The GlenDronach 12 Year Old and Walker Slater created tweed dressed hip flask gift set.
    Ardbeg Day will mark the official release of Ardbeg Drum – a bottling imbued with the ultimate influence of carnival spirit, rum.
  • 16th May 2019
    Cotswolds Whisky Now Available At 700 Greene King Pubs
    If you haven't yet tried Cotswolds single malt whisky then I suggest you pay a visit to a Greene King pub as The Cotswolds Distillery has announced that it has secured its first major pub distribution for its Single Malt Whisky through Greene King in more than 700 of their UK pubs.
  • 10th May 2019
    Arran Water - New Book Explores The Islands Whisky History
    Arran Water is a pioneering new book which documents the Isle of Arran’s strong affinity with whisky production. The book has just been released in celebration of the new Lagg Distillery opening this Summer.
  • 9th May 2019
    Benromach 10 Year Old Wins 2019 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Award
    Benromach 10 Year Old has been crowned the winner in the 12 Years & Under category at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2019. The annual competition seeks out the best whiskies from Scotland’s most prolific whisky-producing region.
  • 8th May 2019
    Highland Park Opens New Store In Kirkwall Orkney
    If you are planning a visit Highland Park distillery on the Orkney Islands then make a note to drop by their new Highland Park customer experience store in Kirkwall, Orkney which they opened today, Wednesday 8th May, which is International Viking Day.
  • 2nd May 2019
    Irish Distillers Scoop 11 Double Gold Medals At SFWSC 2019
    Irish Distillers range of Irish single pot still and blended whiskey's continue to impress as they pick up their strongest ever medal haul at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019.

  • 2nd May 2019
    The London Whisky Weekender 2019 By The Whisky Lounge
    The London Whisky Weekender 2019 By The Whisky Lounge will take place at London’s Kia Oval on May 10th - 12th, the three day event will bring together more than 150 whiskies from around the world for festival-goers to sample. This year Amazon Primes The Three Drinkers will headline The London Whisky Weekender 2019.
  • 29th April 2019
    Big Peat The RAF Edition In Aid Of The RAF Benevolent Fund
    Douglas Laing has released Big Peat The RAF Edition in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund charity, the whisky maker will be donating £5 per bottle sold to the charity.

  • 29th April 2019
    Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection
    Gordon & MacPhail has announced its 2019 Spring Collection, unveiling a series of 21 whiskies which draws upon their unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge which the company has gained from maturing spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries since 1895. This latest outturn includes a 38 year old Coleburn 1981 Private Collection.
  • 26th April 2019
    Distillation Begins At Lagg Distillery
    Distillation has began at the Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran where the first middle cut of spirit was recorded on Tuesday 19th March.
    Following this, the commissioning phase has now been completed and Lagg Cask Number One was filled with a heavily-peated 50ppm spirit on Wednesday 10th April. The new distillery is expected to open to visitors in the early summer of this year.
  • 26th April 2019
    The Clydeside Distillery Gets 5 Star VisitScotland Tourism Rating
    The Clydeside Distillery, situated in the pumphouse building which once controlled entry into the Glasgow Queen’s Dock, in the heart of the city of Glasgow has earned itself a prestigious five star Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism organisation.
  • 24th April 2019
    Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2008 Batch 1
    Benromach Distillery has announced a new addition to its Classic Range, Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2008 Batch 1, the new First-Fill Sherry and Bourbon cask whisky will replace the Benromach 100° Proof in the Classic Range.

  • 24th April 2019
    Highland Whisky Festival 2019
    The inaugural Highland Whisky Festival, which will be held between the 10th - 17th May 2019, will see eight Highland distilleries coming together for the first time ever for a series of exclusive tastings, tours, and events. Each will host visitors from the world over to showcase the centuries of tradition, process, and craft of their home.
  • 18th April 2019
    Glenmorangie Distillery Inaugural Highland Whisky Festival
    Glenmorangie distillery announces its participation in the inaugural Highland Whisky Festival which will take place from 10-17 May 2019, Glenmorangie's festival programme will include one-of-a-kind whisky experiences such as an Old and Rare Tasting, where visitors can explore a range of prized single malts, paired with locally-sourced Highland cheeses; and a Private Edition Tour, which will include sampling of three of Glenmorangie’s most unusual and innovative expressions.

  • 18th April 2019
    Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak Picks Up World Whiskies Award
    Glen Moray has announced that Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, which they launched in the UK back in November 2018, has won the Speyside 12 Year Old and Under category at this year's World Whiskies Awards. Read my review of the Glen Moray 10 Fired Oak.
  • 18th April 2019
    Glengoyne Legacy Series Wins Double Gold At SFWSC 2019
    Glengoyne is celebrating coming top at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Highland distillery collected a Double Gold award at the internationally acclaimed spirits awards this week for its newest global release, The Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter One.
  • 18th April 2019
    Kingsbarns Distillery Toasts First Single Cask Sales Success
    Fife’s Kingsbarns Distillery is celebrating a milestone this month with news that the first of a new series of single cask malt whiskies has sold out – just weeks after its release.
  • 18th April 2019
    Distell Scotch Single Malts Scoop 11 Awards At SFWSC 2019
    Distell's Scotch whisky portfolio impresses judges at the blind tasting 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which saw them scoop 11 awards.

  • 17th April 2019
    GlenDronach 1992 26 Year Old Whisky Shop Exclusive Review
    Review of The Whisky Shop exclusive GlenDronach 1992 26 Year Old and it is a stunning sherried dram. An absolutely delicious sherried pleasure from the GlenDronach which is not to be missed if your pockets are deep enough.

  • 17th April 2019
    Big Peat 10 Year Old Review
    Review of Douglas Laing's Big Peat 10 Year Old limited edition commemorative bottling which was released to mark 10 years of the peaty Islay blended malt.
    At a punchy 46% strength, the 10 Year Old Whisky is described as being 'packed with sooty, smoky, leathery charm'.
  • 17th April 2019
    The English Virgin Oak Review
    Review of The English Virgin Oak Batch No 1 whisky from the St. Georges distillery in Norfolk. Zesty orange infused vanilla leads the charge but is quickly overtaken by some lovely barley sugared oak spice with the slightest liquorice edge.

  • 16th April 2019
    Tobermory 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the new Tobermory 12 Year Old single malt whisky from the from the Isle of Mull located distillery which replaces the now discontinued 10 year old as the signature expression of the Tobermory distillery. A very easy drinking, enjoyable sweet malty, vanilla'd whisky with a lovely orange note throughout and nice bit of added spice from the portion of virgin oak in the mix.
  • 15th April 2019
    The SMWS 2019 Festival Tour And Whiskies
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has announced their annual whisky festival bottles for May 2019, four Islay, two Speyside and a Campbeltown expression.

  • 15th April 2019
    Scottish Craftsmen's Association 22 Anniversary Whisky Experience
    Review of the Scottish Craftsman's Association 22nd Anniversary event and the whiskies tasted on the night by guest writer and Scotch Malt Whisky forum member, Companion of the Quaich, Murray Cohen.

  • 15th April 2019
    Diageo Reserve 2019 World Class GB Top 100 Bartenders
    Diageo Reserve names the Top 100 bartenders who have been invited to go forward in the World Class GB Bartender of the Year competition.

  • 11th April 2019
    Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch No. 007
    The Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch No. 007 is slightly different to previous releases in the series, it is the first to feature a small proportion of bourbon barrel matured whisky in the cask recipe so it may be an interesting one for fans of this series to see how the bourbon barrelled contribution impacts the style and flavour of the whisky.
  • 10th April 2019
    Big Peat Pals Feis Ile 2019 Limited Edition Unveiled
    Douglas Laing has unveiled Big Peat’s Pals Limited Edition for Feis Ile2019, Islay’s Annual Festival of Malt and Music. The limited edition whisky features the faces of 400 of Big Peat’s 'pals' from all over the world.
  • 9th April 2019
    Littlemill Confirmed As The Oldest Licensed Distillery In Scotland
    Following on from the Littlemill 40 year old released last year the Loch Lomond Group, owners of the closed and demolished Littlemill distillery which has just been confirmed as the oldest licensed whisky distillery in Scotland has unveiled a Littlemill 29 year old expression which will be released in September 2019.

  • 9th April 2019
    Monkey Shoulder Mixing It Up In Manchester And Liverpool
    If you will be out and about in Manchester or Liverpool next week then why not let Monkey Shoulder blended Scotch whisky mix it up a little for you, check out the Monkey Shoulder menu.
  • 8th April 2019
    Diageo Claive Vidiz Whisky Collection To Stay In Edinburgh
    World famous Claive Vidiz 3,384 bottle Scotch Whisky collection set to stay on display at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh for another 10 years.
    Since going on display back in 2009 the Claive Vidiz Whisky Collection has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors and it is now set to remain a key part of the Scotch whisky tourism landscape in Edinburgh until 2029.
  • 2nd April 2019
    Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991
    Glenmorangie today unveiled the next expression in their limited edition Bond House No. 1 vintage collection, the Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991, a marriage of two profoundly different whiskies, one was finished in Oloroso sherry casks, the other was finished in Burgundy casks for earthy and truffle notes. Both have been brought together along with a hint of whisky aged in new toasted oak.
  • 2nd April 2019
    Whisky Maker Distell Named Overall Distiller of the Year
    Distell has been crowned ‘Overall Distiller of the Year’ at the Icons of Whisky Awards in London on Thursday last week. The leading spirits producer who has in recent years transformed the Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory single malt whisky portfolio's continued its impressive winning streak at the World Whisky Awards later that evening with three additional awards recognising the company’s international single malt and grain brands.
  • 2nd April 2019
    Alex Walker New National Brand Ambassador For Glenfiddich
    Independent and still family owned and run family distillers William Grant & Sons UK has named former Artesian bartender, Alex Walker, as their new National Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich, with immediate effect.
  • 1st April 2019
    Talisker Wild Spirit Whisky Tour And Bartender Competition
    Talisker has announced the launch of an all-new Talisker bartender training programme and competition. Set to launch today, April 1st (no joke), the ‘Wild Spirit Whisky Tour’ is a progressive evolution of the brand’s Race to Skye competition. The tour will educate bartenders on the unique history, production and characteristics of Talisker and explore Wild Spirit cocktail techniques, whilst giving the opportunity to win the ultimate Wild Spirit experience.
  • 29th March 2019
    Cotswolds Founders Choice Takes Double Gold At SFWSC 2019
    The Cotswolds Distillery which has already established itself as a quality gin maker is also now beginning to being recognised for the quality of the single malt whisky it produces. The latest accolades to be picked up by the distillery come from the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and American Distilling Institute Awards for both the gin and whisky they produce.
  • 29th March 2019
    Benromach's Susan Colville Voted Best Visitor Attraction Manager
    The Global Whisky Icons Awards has named Benromach Distillery's Brand Home Manager Susan Colville as their Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year.
  • 27th March 2019
    Distell Whiskies Scoop 10 Awards in WWA 2019 Round One
    International spirits, wine and cider producer, Distell's Scotch whisky line-up has impressed the judges in the first round, at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards with its range of single malts and blended Scotch whiskies scooping 10 accolades in total between them including three category winners, three gold medals, two silver and two bronze.
  • 25th March 2019
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Edition Review
    Review of the exclusively Oloroso sherry matured Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Edition.
    Just like earlier Kilchoman Loch Gorm releases, this is no sherried monster, this is a refined, lightly sherried, peaty Kilchoman and a very good one. A delicious balance of vanilla toffee and deliciously sweet mild creamy sherried peat leads the charge, followed by a little sea saltiness and some late oak spice.
  • 21st March 2019
    BenRiach Teams Up With Scottish Menswear Designer Kestin Hare
    You may recall last year when I told you about a collaboration between The BenRiach distillery in Speyside and Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare to promote the best that Scotland has to offer, a partnership which will celebrate the creative approaches to whisky distilling and clothing design. Well the result of the collaboration between the two innovatively creative Scottish brands, the Kestin Hare’s Spring Summer 2019 Collection, is now in-store and available to purchase.
  • 15th March 2019
    World Class Bartender Competition 2019 Open For Entries In UK
    Diageo Reserve’s prestigious bartender competition, World Class, is now open for entries in the UK. This year, the competition returns with a more streamlined entry process, promising to be easier than ever for bartenders to get involved.
  • 12th March 2019
    The Glenlivet 1967 50 Year Old Winchester Collection
    The Glenlivet distillery has unveiled the 3rd release in its series of rare 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies. this time we see the launch of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967 50 Year Old which follows the release of the Vintage 1964 in 2014 and Vintage 1966 in 2016.
  • 11th March 2019
    Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured
    The Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured is the first peated sherry cask matured single malt from the Benromach distillery, a limited release expression of 6,500 bottles.
  • 7th March 2019
    Glasgow Distillery Unveils 1770 Glasgow Signature Range
    Glasgow Distillery unveil 1770 Signature Range which launches with the new 1770 Glasgow 2019 Release and will be followed later in the year by two new expressions, the 1770 Peated and 1770 Triple Distilled.

  • 6th March 2019
    Whisky Tops Knight Frank Luxury Investment Chart
    The Wealth Report 2019, released today, reveals that new entrant whisky has topped the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, surging in value by 40% over the 12 months to Q4 2018.
  • 5th March 2019
    Old Pulteney 16 Year Old Review
    Review of the Old Pulteney 16 Year Old travel retail exclusive single malt whisky,
    initially matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and then further matured in Spanish oak casks that have been seasoned with Oloroso sherry. Deliciously sweet, rich and spicy with Demerara sugar sweetened spiced raisins, a touch of apricot and just the slightest salty liquorice tinge. Some late toffee and a lovely mouth coating peppery oak spice.
  • 5th March 2019
    Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage Review
    Review of the Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage, the only expression to survive from Old Pulteney’s previous travel retail collection and with good reason. Fully matured in first fill American ex-bourbon oak casks it is an outstanding example of a whisky of this age and the cask type used in its maturation and at £50 for a 1 litre bottle this is a fantastic buy and one to watch for on your travels.
  • 5th March 2019
    Old Pulteney 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the Old Pulteney 10 Year Old travel retail exclusive single malt whisky, matured for 10 years in second-fill American oak, ex-bourbon barrels, with notes of honey laced with gentle sugared spice, pear, lemon citrus and vanilla toffee.

  • 4th March 2019
    Diageo Recruits First Female Coopering Apprentices
    Diageo are known to lead the way in breaking down the gender barriers and blazing a pioneering trail in the once male dominated whisky trade and yesterday the company and the industry celebrated a new first with the recruitment of two female coopering apprentices.
  • 1st March 2019
    Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Plans For New Distillery At Craggan
    Further to the announcement in May last year from Gordon & MacPhail of their plans to build a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey, the Speyside based whisky maker and bottler has unveiled images of the new distillery they hope to build in the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland.
  • 26th February 2019
    Bunnahabhain Distillery Refurbishment Programme Gets Underway
    Distell International owners of the Bunnahabhain distillery has just begun a three year refurbishment programme of the Islay distillery which will see the them invest £10.5 million in an extensive upgrade and refresh of the iconic distillery.
  • 26th February 2019
    Smokehead Commission Customised Ducati Motorcycle
    Here's one for the bikers amongst you, Smokehead whisky has teamed up with renowned global biking sensation Tyler Lunceford (known as the Ducati Whisperer of the New York tri-state), challenging him to create a customised Ducati motorcycle.
  • 25th February 2019
    Talisker Select Reserve Game of Thrones House Greyjoy Review
    Review of Talisker Select Reserve Game of Thrones House Greyjoy, it hasn't got a big in your face Talisker peppery nose but it is delicious on the palate and long finish, the best of the Game of Thrones releases I have tasted so far and certainly one worth seeking out whether it is for drinking or collecting.

  • 25th February 2019
    Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost Game of Thrones House Stark Review
    Review of the Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost Game of Thrones House Stark, a slightly more youngish Dalwhinnie expression than what we are familiar with in the Dalwhinnie core range but still an easy drinking pleasure.

  • 25th February 2019
    Singleton of Glendullan Select Game of Thrones House Tully Review
    Review of the Singleton of Glendullan Select which has been paired with House Tully in The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection. Fruity, sweet with a nice wee touch of spice, a pleasing, easy to drink, enjoyable dram.

  • 25th February 2019
    Ardbeg Drum
    Ardbeg unveils Ardbeg Drum, a rum finished expression, as their Caribbean themed Islay Festival 2019 bottling with the Committee bottling set for release on 5th March.

  • 22nd February 2019
    The GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 25 Year Old Review
    Review of the new GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 25 year old which was matured in a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks.

  • 21st February 2019
    Benromach Heritage 1972 & 1977
    Benromach distillery is kicking off 2019 with two very special 1970's rare vintage single cask expressions, the oldest of the pair is the Benromach Heritage 1972 46 Year Old. The second whisky is the Benromach Heritage 1977 41 Year Old which has been bottled at 49.6% ABV.
  • 21st February 2019
    Glengoyne 30 Year Old 2018 Edition
    Glengoyne 30 year old returns with a batch of 5,200 bottles in the second release of the mature sherried dram. Produced using a combination of first fill and refill sherry butts, 12 sherry casks in total, 33% first fill European oak sherry butts and 66% specially selected refill sherry butts.

  • 21st February 2019
    Cotswolds Lord Mayor’s Reserve
    Cotswolds Lord Mayor’s Reserve is a new limited edition which has been released to help raise money for Lord Mayor’s Appeal charity, a charity that aims to make London a more inclusive city.

  • 20th February 2019
    World Class Bartender Of The Year Sets Off On World Tour
    World Class Bartender of the Year 2018 winner, Orlando Marzo, is set to embark on a global tour as the search for the 2019 Bartender of the Year begins.

  • 15th February 2019
    The SMWS 1.1 (Glenfarclas) The Society's First Ever Single Cask
    The SMWS are set to host a special tasting of the bottle that started it all, The SMWS 1.1 which was distilled at the Glenfarclas distillery and the tasting will be presented by society founding member Philip 'Pip' Hill.

  • 15th February 2019
    Big Peat 10 Year Old Commemorative Bottling
    Douglas Laing marks 10 years of its peaty Islay blended malt with a Big Peat 10 Year Old limited edition commemorative bottling.
    At a punchy 46% strength, the 10 Year Old Whisky is described as being 'packed with sooty, smoky, leathery charm'.
  • 15th February 2019
    Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength Batch 2
    Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled the second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength but don't go rushing out just yet to get your hands on a bottle as it wont be available until August 2019.
  • 12th February 2019
    Kingsbarns Dream To Dram Review
    I tasted the new Kingsbarns Dream To Dram, the first flagship single malt whisky expression that will be generally available from the Kingsbarns Distillery. It has a maturity beyond its years, a cracking Lowland single malt already with some top quality first fill bourbon casks at play.
  • 8th February 2019
    Highland Park 50 Year Old 2018 Batch
    Highland Park 50 Year Old 2018 Batch, a vatting of just two Spanish oak, sherry seasoned, hogshead casks which were filled in 1964 and a drop of the inaugural Highland Park 50 Year Old 2010 Batch,
     it is described as an intensely rich whisky with sweet notes of ripe black cherries and Muscovado sugar giving way to dried autumn fruits and warm toasted wood.
  • 8th February 2019
    Whisky Auction Sales Exceeded 100,000 Bottles In 2018
    Whisky auction sales are showing no signs of letting up according to the figures released today, the figures show that in 2018 the UK’s rare whisky auction market has exceeded sales of more than 100,000 bottles of rare whisky with a value of over £40 million in a single year for the first time as global demand accelerates but due to Brexit 2019 is very difficult to predict.
  • 6th February 2019
    Douglas Laing Unveils Old Particular Elements Series
    Glasgow based independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing today unveiled the Old Particular 2019 'Elements' Single Cask Collection, a series of Old Particular Single Cask Limited Edition bottlings for 2019, inspired by the four Elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water. The new series launches with the 'Fire', a mocha-spiced Craigellachie 12 Year Old from a well-fired and characterful Sherry butt.
  • 5th February 2019
    Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition
    Loch Lomond Group has launched the Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition in the UK, the oldest expression ever to be released from the now lost Littlemill distillery.
  • 4th February 2019
    Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender Competition 2019
    For the past 10 year Diageo Reserve World Class GB bartender competition has been educating and inspiring bartenders innovation and creativity throughout the UK, this year the world-renowned bartender competition, World Class, is set to return but with a difference, the folks at World Class have overhauled the competition structure making it easier for bartenders to get involved.
  • 29th January 2019
    Glenmorangie Allta Private Edition 10
    Glenmorangie Allta Private Edition, the 10th release in the innovative and creative series highlights the influence the strain of yeast used in whisky production can have on the final taste of a whisky.

  • 29th January 2019
    Rosebank Distillery Granted Planning Permission
    Following on from the planning application which they submitted to Falkirk council, Ian Macleod Distillers has been given the go-ahead to start work on its multi-million pound redevelopment of the Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk which is scheduled to commence distillation and open to visitors around Autumn 2020.
  • 24th January 2019
    Kingsbarns Dream To Dram
    Almost four years on since the Kingsbarns distillery, located in the East Neuk of Fife near St Andrew's, filled its first casks in March 2015, it has today announced the launch of its first flagship single malt whisky expression that will be generally available, the Kingsbarns Dream To Dram.
  • 24th January 2019
    Edinburgh's Holyrood Distillery Gears Up For Opening
    As Edinburgh's Holyrood Distillery gears up for opening later this year they have announced the appointment of Debs Newman as Visitor Experience Director. As a member of Holyrood Distillery’s senior management team, Debs will be focusing on the development and delivery of Holyrood’s ambitious visitor experience.
  • 22nd January 2019
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2019 by Murray Cohen
    This years annual Vintages/LCBO sponsored 'An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity' event in Toronto, Canada saw Glenmorangie and Ardbeg whisky creator Dr. Bill Lumsden present some very rare premium whiskies from their extensive ranges, and once again our guest writer, Murray Cohen was there to review the event and of course, the whiskies.

  • 22nd January 2019
    Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Glen Grant 1948
    Gordon & MacPhail today unveiled the latest addition to its ‘Private Collection’ range, the Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1948 70 Year old, the first fill Sherry butt matured whisky is the oldest expression from the Speyside distillery ever bottled.
  • 16th January 2019
    The Game Of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection
    The eight single malt whiskies in the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection which has been launched as a toast to the final season of the critically-acclaimed TV series is now available to pre-order, and they are selling fast. Available individually or £398 for the complete set.
  • 11th January 2019
    Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2019
    If you you will be lucky enough to be in or around Glasgow between the 14th and 31st March and you are looking for a good night out, a good laugh and perhaps a drink or two then why not check out the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2019 which consists of 506 shows which will be taking place across 54 venues around the city of Glasgow over just 18 days.
  • 11th January 2019
    New Look Unveiled For Jameson Irish Whiskey
    Irish Distillers has unveiled a new look for its Jameson Irish whiskey, they have overhauled  the iconic green bottle and label which was first introduced back in 1968 but fans of the worlds most popular Irish whiskey needn't worry as it will still be the same smooth Jameson blended Irish whiskey that you will find in the bottle.
  • 10th January 2019
    Douglas Laing 2019 Chinese Year Of The Pig Single Cask Whiskies
    Douglas Laing mark the Chinese 2019 Year of the Pig with three single cask whiskies which were distilled in previous Years of the Pig, an XOP Craigellachie 1995 Vintage, Old Particular Bunnahabhain 2007 and a Old Particular Glengoyne 2007.

  • 10th January 2019
    Glengoyne Awarded  Green Initiative Master Medal
    In recognition of their ongoing Green Initiatives the Glengoyne distillery has just been awarded a Master medal, the highest possible accolade in the environmentally-focused Green Initiatives category at The Spirits Business Distillery Masters 2019. Judges praised the distillery’s partnership with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and its £170,000 investment in establishing a wetlands facility back in 2011.
  • 4th January 2019
    Timorous Beastie 12 Year Old Cask Strength Limited Edition
    2019's first foot as far as new release announcements here at Scotch Malt Whisky goes is a not so timorous, Timorous Beastie 12 Year Old Cask Strength limited edition blended Highland malt whisky from independent Glasgow based whisky company Douglas Laing.

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