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  • 1st December 2021
    Glen Scotia Named Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year 2021
    For a second time this year, Campbeltown-based Glen Scotia has been recognised for its whisky-making abilities after scooping yet another prestigious award. The distiller has been named the Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year at the Scottish Whisky Awards, an accolade it receives just seven months after being crowned as the ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its Glen Scotia 25-Year-Old expression.
     
  • 1st December 2021
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery Red Red Rye
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery has unveiled its fifth batch of Oxford Rye Whisky, Red Red Rye, a triple-matured rye whisky with a rich, wine influence., hence its name.
     
  • 29th November 2021
    Midleton Distillery Visitor Experience €13 Million Redevelopment
    Irish Distillers today unveiled detailed plans for a massive €13 million redevelopment of its distillery experience at Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, which will transform the attraction into a world-class whiskey destination. The ambitious redevelopment plan will deliver new whiskey tours and experiences as well as new shopping, bar, café and restaurant facilities.
     
  • 26th November 2021
    Forest Flow Sculpture Marks Replanting Of Fettercairn Ancient Forest
    Scottish land artist Rob Mulholland has unveiled a flowing and shimmering new sculpture marking the replanting of a ancient forest near the Fettercairn distillery and the rolling foothills of the Cairngorms.

     
  • 26th November 2021
    Tamdhu Whisky & Jamón Tasting At London's Brindisa Delicatessen
    Tamdhu Scotch single malt whisky has teamed up with London's Borough Market's famous Spanish delicatessen - Brindisa - to host special whisky and jamon tasting experiences this December.
     
  • 24th November 2021
    The Balvenie The Tale of The Dog and The Creation of a Classic
    The Balvenie has unveiled two rather rare aged additions to its The Balvenie Stories Collection - The Balvenie The Tale of the Dog 42 Year Old Year Old a domestic market release and The Balvenie The Tale of the Dog 46 Year Old Year Old a global travel retail release, launching alongside the two rare aged expressions in The Balvenie Stories line-up is The Balvenie The Creation of a Classic.
     
  • 22nd November 2021
    Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter
    Glenmorangie A Tale OF Winter is a 13 year old Marsala wine cask finished winter warmer from the creative folks at Glenmorangie.

     
  • 19th November 2021
    Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kylebeg Wood
    Midleton release the fourth instalment of their so far outstanding Dair Ghaelach series of virgin Irish oak finished Single Pot Still whiskey's.

     
  • 19th November 2021
    J.G. Thomson & Co’s Collection From The SMWS Owners
    The owners of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has launched a new spirits brand, J.G. Thomson & Co, which has launched its first collection of small batch spirits including a bold Jamaican rum, a citrus dry gin, three blended malt Scotch whiskies featuring Sweet, Smoky and Rich expressions, and two exceptional limited edition aged whiskies - one a 23 year old blended malt, the other a 1972 blended grain.
     
  • 17th November 2021
    Glencairn Ruby Tribute Blended Whisky To Be Auctioned For Charity
    To mark their 40th anniversary
    family-owned and run Scottish glassware company, Glencairn Crystal are auctioning an extraordinary piece of whisky history for charity, The Glencairn Ruby Tribute Blended Scotch Whisky.
     
  • 16th November 2021
    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength
    Bunnahabhain has launched an annual-edition cask strength 12 Year Old whisky inspired by visitor tastings in the distillery’s iconic ‘Warehouse 9’. The Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength 2021 edition is bottled naturally coloured, non chill-filtered and at a cask strength of 55.1% ABV.
     
  • 12th November 2021
    Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction
    Tamdhu unveil Quercus Alba Distinction, a First-Fill American oak Oloroso sherry cask matured limited edition which is said to deliver warming cinnamon and vanilla, with sharp citrus and cherry flavours. A rich and luscious palate brings plum, dates, chocolate, and subtle oak notes.

     
  • 12th November 2021
    Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection £100,000 Showcase
    Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Showcase is a one-off collector’s item, a collection of 17 single malt whiskies, and it is now available to buy at the eye watering price of £100,000.
     
  • 10th November 2021
    Ballot For New Limited Edition Jameson 21 Year Old
    Jameson Irish whiskey is bringing 2021 to an end with the introduction of a rather special limited-edition release of the world’s favourite Irish whiskey. They have bottled 2,301 bottles of Jameson 21 Years Cask Strength 2021 Batch which will be available for Irish whiskey fans to purchase via an online ballot to mark the end of the year.
     
  • 9th November 2021
    Caisteal Chamuis Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Review
    Review of the new no age statement Caisteal Chamuis heavily peated Island blended malt Scotch whisky, a blend of single malt whiskies distilled on the islands of Skye, Orkney & Islay which has been finished in First-Fill American Bourbon casks. Definitely one for the peatheads, a delicious new sweet peaty blended malt that could rival some of the best quality big Islay peaty single malt drams out there such as Ardbeg or Kilchoman.
     
  • 8th November 2021
    anCnoc 2009 Vintage Review
    Review of anCnoc 2009 Vintage matured in a combination of First-Fill Spanish oak butts and American ex-Bourbon oak barrels,
    a deliciously enjoyable smooth easy drinking anCnoc with sugars, spice and all things nice.
     
  • 5th November 2021
    The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Licensed Dram Amazon Exclusive
    The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Licensed Dram Limited Edition is a First Fill Double Oak matured single malt, meaning it is a combination of First Fill ex-American and ex-European cask matured Glenlivet whisky.
     
  • 4th November 2021
    Bowmore No Corners to Hide 23 Year Old and 32 Year Old
    Bowmore No Corners To Hide series launches with 23 Year Old and 32 Year Old limited editions, both were matured in
    ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads and both were finished for 2 years in Essencia barriques. The two new divilish drams are exclusive to travel retail.
     
  • 4th November 2021
    The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao
    The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao,
    the first limited edition whisky in an innovative new series of single malts, a rich sherried dram matured in a combination of of European and American oak casks is said to bring together the worlds of chocolate and whisky.
     
  • 1st November 2021
    Bimber The Spirit of the Underground Collection Release No.2
    Bimber unveil the second instalment of their The Spirit Of The Underground whisky series, the next four stops for the London based distillery is Victoria, London Bridge, Paddington and Chancery Lane.

     
  • 1st November 2021
    Yamazaki 55 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Suntory introduces the oldest expression of Yamazaki Japanese single malt to date, the Yamazaki 55 Year Old and as you can imagine you will need deep pockets if you want to taste this one. Bottled in 2020, the Yamazaki 55 will be available to select Global Travel Retail with bottles found in London, Paris, Hainan, Hong Kong, Taipei, Amsterdam, Seoul, Delhi, Istanbul, Dubai and Singapore.

     
  • 26th October 2021
    Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Gets A New Look
    Chivas Regal has unveiled a new look for its flagship Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch blended whisky, a move which has been conceived with sustainability at its heart which is good to hear as Chivas 12 is one of the world’s biggest-selling Scotch whiskies.
     
  • 25th October 2021
    Glengoyne Wetlands Single Cask Release
    Glengoyne release First Fill European Oak Sherry Hogshead Single Cask whisky in partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust with proceeds of the whisky going to the WWT, with the proceeds from the sale of each bottle going towards the creation of more wetlands across the UK.

     
  • 25th October 2021
    The Effects Of Climate Change On The Scotch Whisky Industry
    As one of Scotland’s main exports, Scotch whisky is enjoyed the world over. Now, a new study commissioned by Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has revealed we shouldn’t take a good dram for granted, as projected temperature increases and changes in rainfall patterns threaten distillery production over the next fifty years.
     
  • 25th October 2021
    Bunnahabhain Moves Towards Net Zero Emission Distillation Process
    Bunnahabhain is set to become the first Islay distillery with a Net Zero Emission Distillation process, the distillery's new £6.5m Biomass Energy Centre will save 3,500 tonnes of carbon per year.

     
  • 22nd October 2021
    Café Drambuie At Heathrow Terminal 3
    If you will be passing through Heathrow airport Terminal 3 this month look out  for a new Café Drambuie retail activation which welcomes passers-by to its ‘coffeehouse with a whisky twist’ café retail concept, where visitors can try three tempting cocktail serves: Drambuie Iced Espresso, Drambuie Iced Coffee and Drambuie Coffee Tonic.
     
  • 21st October 2021
    The Glencairn Glass Short Story Competition 'A Crystal Clear Crime'
    Calling all you budding crime short story writers, the Glencairn Glass has launched its first ever crime short story competition with the theme: 'A Crystal Clear Crime'.
    Is there a William McIlvanney short story crime writer amongst you. They say that a dram or two has inspired many of the best writers over the years, perhaps you are one of them!
     
  • 20th October 2021
    Emma Walker Named As The New Master Blender For Johnnie Walker
    Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling Scotch Whisky, has announced that Dr Emma Walker will take over from Dr Jim Beveridge OBE as Johnnie Walker Master Blender. Jim is set to retire at the end of this year after more than 40 years at Diageo, the last 20 of which as Master Blender. Jim will remain with the business until the end of the year when he will hand over the reins to Emma who will officially hold the title of Master Blender from 1 January 2022.
     
  • 20th October 2021
    Diageo Opens Carbon Neutral Lebanon (Bulleit) Whiskey Distillery
    Diageo has opened its first carbon neutral whiskey distillery in North America, located at Lebanon, Kentucky, the new distillery will produce Bulleit bourbon whiskey as its first and lead brand using 100% renewable electricity, zero fossil fuels for production and virtual metering technology
     
  • 15th October 2021
    Malt Whisky Yearbook 2022 Review
    Review of the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2022, a book which focuses on the facts & figures, history, recent events and the latest bottlings from the malt whisky distilleries around the world but focuses in more detail on the distilleries of Scotland.
    This 17th annual edition of the whisky facts packed book has been fully revised and updated by Yearbook editor Ingvar Ronde.
     
  • 13th October 2021
    Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish Warehouse 1 Review
    Review of the Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish, the second of three whiskies from Glen Moray's Warehouse 1 Collection scheduled for 2021. Another deliciously rich sweet Glen Moray Warehouse 1 dram and the flavour pleasure experience it offers is no doubt helped by bottling it at cask strength, the best in the series so far.

     
  • 8th October 2021
    Jura 18 Year Old Review
    Review of the Jura 18 Year Old, matured in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux red wine barriques, undoubtedly Jura, with very subtle Jura peat smoke present from nose to finish, it is a wee bit shy on the nose but the juicy palate and long finish more than makes up for it, the 44% ABV bottling strength simply adds to the flavour pleasure.

     
  • 7th October 2021
    Jura 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the ex-bourbon cask matured and Oloroso sherry cask finished Jura 12 Year Old. It has a wee touch of saltiness which is a nod to Jura's coastal home and a subtle thread of Jura's unique peat smoke which runs from nose to finish along side the the balance of sherry and bourbon cask influences has made this a very enjoyable dram.

     
  • 6th October 2021
    Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 Review
    Review of Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 a marriage of whisky of various ages which has been matured predominantly in sherry seasoned European and American oak casks and a small quantity of ex-bourbon casks. Smooth and delicious, a perfect balance of gentle honey smoked sherry and bourbon cask Highland Park and the cask strength simply adds to the flavour pleasure, an outstanding Highland Park. Highly recommend!

     
  • 6th October 2021
    Tullamore D.E.W Rouge 13 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Perhaps a sign that we are returning to some kind of normality, William Grant & Sons has announced the launch of a new limited-edition, travel retail exclusive expression, Tullamore D.E.W Rouge, a 13 Year Old Irish Single malt whiskey which has been finished in French Bordeaux Red Wine casks.
     
  • 5th October 2021
    Bushmills Causeway Collection 1991 Madeira Cask & 2000 Port Cask
    Bushmills distillery unveils two new limited release additions to their Causeway Collection, Bushmills 1991 Madeira Cask and Bushmills 2000 Port Cask. Both expressions will be available exclusively in Great Britain.

     
  • 4th October 2021
    Distell Malt Collection 2021
    The Distell Malt Collection 2021 is a rather reduced collection this year but it still offers whisky drinkers something which hopefully should be rather special, there is only four limited edition whiskies in this year line-up a Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured, Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured 17 Year Old, Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximenez Cask Matured and Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh.

     
  • 1st October 2021
    Diageo Special Releases 2021
    Diageo has unveiled its Special Releases 2021 line-up, this years highlights includes a Lagavulin 26 year Old, a young fiery, full-on peppery Talisker 8 year old and of course the Diageo Special Release stalwart Lagavulin 12 year old, said to be a perfect expression of this Islay distillery’s character.

     
  • 1st October 2021
    Scallywag Winter Edition Cask Strength 2021
    Douglas Laing unveil the second seasonal cask strength winter warmer from their Scallywag Speyside blended malt whisky range, Scallywag Winter Edition Cask Strength 2021 which has matured exclusively in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximinéz Sherry butts and offered at a flavoursome natural cask strength of 53.1% ABV.

     
  • 1st October 2021
    Glenmorangie Transforms Its Boutique Highland Hotel
    If you ever fancied spoiling yourself with a luxury few days away from it all Whisky Break then Glenmorangie have just the thing for you, the Highland whisky maker has transformed its boutique Highland hotel into a sensory playground, where guests can immerse themselves in its delicious and wonderful world.
     
  • 30th September 2021
    Oxford Rye Whisky Batch 4
    These Oxford Rye batch releases seem to be coming thick and fast since the inaugural release back in April this year, the Oxford Artisan Distillery has just announced the release of The Graduate, the fourth batch of Oxford Rye Whisky and its largest bottling run to date.
     
  • 29th September 2021
    Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Bourbon
    Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Bourbon is the first Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced and distilled by Kentucky Owl in collaboration with the Bardstown Bourbon Company, both located in The Bourbon Capital of the World — Bardstown, Kentucky.

     
  • 28th September 2021
    The GlenAllachie Wood Finish Range Batch 3
    The GlenAllachie today unveiled the third batch of limited release single malt whiskies in their Wood Finish Range, this latest instalment in the ongoing range consists of 3 single malt whiskies - The GlenAllachie 11 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish, The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Ruby Port Wood Finish The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Madeira Wood Finish.
     
  • 24th September 2021
    Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart
    Highland Park has added a new permanent 15 Year Old expression to their core range. The 15 Year Old contains a high percentage of first-fill European oak sherry seasoned casks which is said to deliver a warm, dry spicy note whilst first-fill American oak sherry seasoned casks back this up with notes of vanilla and crème brûlée. A small proportion of refill casks allow the DNA of Highland Park whisky to shine through, namely its gentle heather peat and lightly fruity character.
     
  • 24th September 2021
    Method And Madness Rye and Malt Review
    Method And Madness Rye and Malt is the first release of Irish whiskey distilled at the Midleton Micro Distillery, the innovative experimental distillery located within the Midleton Distillery in County Cork and I loved it,
    will this 60% rye to 40% malt mash bill go into full production at Midleton, I certainly hope so.
     
  • 23rd September 2021
    Big Peat Christmas 2021
    Well here it is, the annual sign to whisky drinkers that summer is coming to an end and Christmas is now on the way, Santa's helpers at Douglas Laing's Glasgow workshop have been busy vatting and bottling and have now unveiled this years peaty festive offering, Big Peat Christmas 2021 Edition.
     
  • 22nd September 2021
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 11th Edition Review
    Review of the Kilchoman 100% Islay 11th Edition which this year is a combination of 26 bourbon barrels and 7 Oloroso sherry butts which have been matured for a minimum of 9 years, the delicious sugary sweet peat is the star of this show and the touch of sherried fruit simply adds to the delicious peaty pleasure.

     
  • 21st September 2021
    Redbreast Iberian Series Launches With Pedro Ximénez Edition
    Redbreast unveils limited edition Redbreast Pedro Ximénez Edition which joins the existing Lustau Edition to form 'The Iberian Series' which celebrates the brand’s long-standing connection to some of the Iberian Peninsula’s most celebrated cooperages and winemakers.

     
  • 21st September 2021
    Loch Lomond Becomes Official Spirit Sponsor Of Super League
    The rugby fans amongst can expect to be seeing more of Loch Lomond whisky as the Loch Lomond Group have announced that they are the new spirit partner of the Betfred Super League, a partnership that will run until the end of the 2024 Super League season.
     
  • 20th September 2021
    Rare Whisky Making A Strong Recovery
    Following a subdued Rare Whisky Market during 2020 due to Covid the Rare Whisky Market is set to break all previous records in 2021 according to whisky analyst, broker and investment experts Rare Whisky 101.

     
  • 17th September 2021
    Aberfeldy 18 Year Old Finished In French Red Wine Casks Review
    Aberfeldy 18 Year Old Batch 2921 finished in French Red Wine Casks from the Côte Rôtie appellation is the third limited edition in the distillery's French Red Wine Cask Collection.

     
  • 15th September 2021
    Tamdhu Cigar Malt
    Tamdhu celebrates the launch of First Fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask matured Cigar Malt with a unique sherry cask inspired humidor. The big sherried dram is said to mirror the spice, aroma and mouthfeel of aged tobacco leaves used in only the best cigars.

     
  • 14th September 2021
    The GlenAllachie 14 Year Old Oloroso Wood Finish
    The latest addition to The GlenAllachie Wood Series is The GlenAllachie 14 Year Old Oloroso Wood Finish, a combination of first and second fill American oak barrels, finished for over two years finishing in Oloroso puncheons.

     
  • 13th September August 2021
    Tamdhu Batch Strength 6 Review
    Tamdhu has released the next instalment of their Cask Strength series, Tamdhu Batch Strength 6, and it is an absolutely delicious big Oloroso sherried dram, a pleasure from nose to finish, some quality sherry casks at play here and the cask strength simply adds to the flavour and pleasure experience. Tamdhu is becoming one to watch for fans of a big sherried dram going by the quality of this, highly recommended.
     
  • 10th September 2021
    Glenmorangie Lighthouse Onsite Innovation Distillery
    The innovative and creative folks at Glenmorangie, led by Director of Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden, have been busy once again, today Dr Bill and his team opened the doors to a new home for Glenmorangie whisky creation where they can let their imaginations run wild, a ground-breaking innovation distillery within the Glenmorangie distillery site which they have named the Glenmorangie Lighthouse.
     
  • 3rd September August 2021
    Royal Lochnagar Scottish Ballet's 'The Sleeping Beauty Cask'
    A unique single cask of Royal Lochnagar whisky, laid down in 1994, has now been bottled ready for auction as part of Diageo’s prestigious Casks of Distinction range. Every pound raised at auction will go to the Scottish Ballet Endowment Fund. All bottling and auction costs have been generously donated by Diageo and Whisky Auctioneer in support of Scottish Ballet.

     

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