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Whisky News Archive 2013

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  • 24th December 2013
    Death Of Charles Gordon, Life President Of William Grant & Sons
    The death has just been announced of Charles Gordon, Life President of William Grant & Sons, who died in New York at the weekend. He was 86 years of age.

  • 20th December 2013
    Auchentoshan 1975 38 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Auchentoshan has released another whisky in their superb series of vintage releases from the 1970's. This latest release is a rare limited edition 1975 vintage expression which will be available exclusively in travel retail.
  • 20th December 2013
    The Glenfiddich Distillery Festive Tribute To The Angels Share
    It appears that the festive season brings out the artistic side of the workers at the Glenfiddich distillery, last Christmas the Glenfiddich workers created a Christmas tree which they made using 665 of the single malt’s unique triangular green bottles. This year the artistic bunch at the Glenfiddich Distillery have made a festive tribute to the ‘angel’s share’, the whisky lost each year due to evaporation.
  • 20th December 2013
    Scottish Designer of the Year Gives Ardbeg Sampling Team A New Look
    Scottish fashion designer Judy R Clark has unveiled a new range of tweed clothing for Islay single malt whisky, Ardbeg. The new range of clothing will be used as uniforms for Ardbeg trial and sampling teams around the world at whisky events.
  • 19th December 2013
    Scrap Unfair UK Alcohol Duty Escalator
    The Scotch Whisky Association is calling for Chancellor George Osborne to scrap the unfair alcohol duty escalator which is damaging the Scotch Whisky industry in its domestic market and punishing hard-pressed consumers, namely the users of this website.
  • 18th December 2013
    SMWS Ambassador Georgie Bell To Be Mortlach Brand Ambassador
    Diageo have announced that Georgie Bell, who some of you will already know as the Global Ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will join Diageo in January 2014 as a global brand ambassador focusing on the promotion of its new range of Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
  • 17th December 2013
    New Friends of the Classic Malts Limited Edition Series
    Diageo have announced a new series of limited edition single malt Scotch Whiskies available exclusively to the Friends of the Classic Malts. This December 2013 sees the first two of the five limited edition whiskies released, from Royal Lochnagar and Talisker.
  • 17th December 2013
    Master Blender Colin Scott Celebrates 40 Years In The Whisky Industry
    Chivas Brothers Master Blender Colin Scott is celebrating 40 years in the whisky industry. Colin who is responsible for creating a number of luxury blended whiskies over the past 40 years such as the premium blended whiskies Chivas Regal 18 Year Old and Chivas Regal 25 Year Old, as well as the growth of the Royal Salute range.
  • 13th December 2013
    The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain
    William Grant has broke away from whisky conventions and released The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 25 Year Old the first in a new core range of single grain whiskies from the Girvan distillery which will be exclusively available only in the UK. So is grain whisky the neutral spirit many whisky drinkers think it to be, this is what I thought of the new whisky.

  • 12th December 2013
    The Guardians’ Of The Glenlivet Express Their Taste For The Exotic
    Following a global campaign by The Glenlivet which has seen thousands of whisky fans casting their votes to select a new limited edition from The Glenlivet, the results have finally been revealed. It appears that the majority of the voters had a preference for the Exotic expression which picked up 39% of the vote.
  • 12th December 2013
    London's First Whisky Company In Over 100 Years Goes Into Production
    The London Distillery Company has been granted London’s first licence to produce single malt whisky in over a century and today saw its first spirit flow from the still making the boutique distillery the first whisky distillery in London in over 100 years.
  • 10th December 2013
    The Macallan 62 Year Old In Lalique The Spiritual Home
    The Macallan have announced the release of their fifth decanter from their collaboration with Lalique, The Macallan in Lalique The Spiritual Home a 62 year old Macallan single malt.

  • 10th December 2013
    Douglas Laing Release 2013 RAF Charity Braeval Bottling
    The generous team at Douglas Laing and Co, have launched their annual charity bottling, this year under their Clan Denny label they have bottled a Braeval 12 Years Old Single Sherry Cask with all profits from the sale of the special limited edition bottling going to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
  • 9th December 2013
    Ardbeg’s Mickey Heads Named as Distillery Manager of the Year
    Ardbeg’s Mickey Heads has been named Icons of Whisky Awards Distillery Manager of the Year 2013.
    Mickey scooped the Scottish Distillery Manager of the Year accolade and received recognition for providing consistently excellent Ardbeg whisky.
  • 7th December 2013
    Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Whiskies Reviewed
    Have you voted yet for your choice of whisky to be bottled as
    The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter whisky? If not and you haven't had a chance to taste the three contenders then you may be interested in my review of the three possible whiskies which are competing to be chosen.
  • 6th December 2013
    The Whisky Exchange Under £50 Whisky of the Year
    This week at a blind tasting hosted by The Whisky Exchange the Glenfarclas 15 year old was named The Whisky Exchange under £50 Whisky of the Year.

  • 6th December 2013
    The Macallan Remix
    The Macallan are set to launch The Macallan Masters of Photography: Capsule Edition: Daido Moriyama – Remix, Remixed. This limited edition offering of only 500 bottles will be exclusive to Asia Travel Retail.
  • 5th December 2013
    BenRiach Picks Up 5 Malt Maniacs Awards
    The Malt Maniacs, an international collective of thirty-one malt whisky enthusiasts have awarded BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh single malts with five main awards and a total of twelve medals in the 2013 Malt Maniacs Awards.

  • 4th December 2013
    Glenmorangie Cask Masters Choose A Design
    Following the selection of the whisky and the naming of the whisky, Glenmorangie are asking whisky fans to vote for the packaging design for the new Glenmorangie Taghta, and voters will have the chance to win a Apple iMac.
  • 4th December 2013
    Compass Box The General Limited Release
    Introducing the final Compass Box  Limited Edition release of the year, The General. It’s been created from two parcels of extraordinary cask-aged Blended Scotch whisky which were acquired by Compass Box. The youngest whisky is 33 years old, the rest considerably older.
  • 3rd December 2013
    GlenDronach Single Casks Batch 9 Released
    GlenDronach has today released Batch 9 of its single cask bottlings, selected as always by Master Blender Billy Walker. The 9 new single cask bottlings range from 18 up to 41 years old, all of which I am told share GlenDronach's typically richly-sherried signature taste.
  • 3rd December 2013
    Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old
    Glenglassaugh distillery today announced the launch of the Glenglassaugh 40 year old single malt whisky. They tell me the 40 year old has sherry notes complementing the fruit medley and array of spices, it’s typical, classic, gorgeous Glenglassaugh.
  • 3rd December 2013
    Ballantine’s Brasil
    Ballantine's has entered the flavoured whisky market with the launch of Ballantine’s Brasil. Made by selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel, Ballantine’s Brasil represents as an innovative fusion of the traditions of Scotland with the passion of Brazil.

  • 3rd December 2013
    Glenfiddich Ambassador  In New Visit Scotland Advertising Campaign
    Glenfiddich’s Global Brand Ambassador, Ian Millar, stars alongside Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy in Visit Scotland’s new global advertising campaign to inspire people to make Scotland their top destination for 2014.
  • 2nd December 2013
    Pictish Sculpture Unveiled Outside Glenmorangie Bottling Plant
    A 20-tonne Pictish sculpture commissioned by The Glenmorangie Company to stand outside its bottling plant in Livingston as a permanent reminder of its Highland roots was unveiled today by West Lothian Council Provost Tom Kerr.
  • 29th November 2013
    Aberlour Puts Its Crafted Quality Under The Lens
    Aberlour has brought its artisanship and craft to life by linking up with up-and-coming photographer and bassist for the world-famous band, Mumford & Sons, Ted Dwane, as the exclusive partner for his inaugural solo photography exhibition.
  • 28th November 2013
    The Macallan Announces Plans For New Distillery & Visitor Centre
    Today Edrington revealed its plans to develop the Macallan Estate in Speyside with the announcement of their intention to build a new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan.
  • 27th November 2013
    Scandlines BorderShop Opens New Glenfiddich Whisky Corner
    Today saw the official ‘Grand Opening’  of a new premium Glenfiddich Whisky Corner at Scandlines BorderShop in Puttgarden in partnership with William Grant & Sons Global Travel Retail and local distributor Hans Just A/S.
  • 26th November 2013
    Glenfiddich Cask Collection
    Glenfiddich have unveiled not one but three new whiskies which will form their new travel retail exclusive Glenfiddich Cask Collection. The new collection consists of Glenfiddich Select Cask, Glenfiddich Reserve Cask and the peaty Glenfiddich Vintage Cask, with each expression in the new collection having been crafted to deliver its own distinct flavour profile
  • 25th November 2013
    White Horse Gold Edition 1890
    White Horse Gold Edition 1890 is a new travel retail exclusive limited edition which has been created in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Horse which begins January 2014, the new expression will be available exclusively to travellers from January until June 2014.
  • 25th November 2013
    Diageo Offers To Sell Most Of Whyte & Mackay's Whisky Assets
    Diageo has offered to sell most of Whyte & Mackay's whisky assets to address competition concerns arising from its July acquisition of a controlling interest in India's United Spirits. For sale Invergordon, Jura and Fettercairn distilleries, offers over £350 million!
  • 25th November 2013
    The Glenlivet Distillery Named Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction 2013
    The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre, has been recognised for its contribution to the Scottish tourism industry. The Glenlivet’s state-of-the-art distillery visitor centre was named ‘Best Visitor Attraction 2013’ at the Scottish Thistle Awards ceremony, organised by VisitScotland.
  • 25th November 2013
    New Look And New Taste For Black Bottle
    Burn Stewart Distillers has unveiled a new look and new taste for their popular smoky Black Bottle blended whisky. They tell me the new whisky has a curiously rich and slightly smoky taste that maintains the distinctiveness of Black Bottle but adds another layer of depth to the liquid.
  • 25th November 2013
    Ballantine’s 2013 Christmas Reserve Limited Edition
    Ballantine’s has announced the launch of its fourth Christmas Reserve Limited Edition and they tell me that the 2013 sales volumes are standing at double those of 2010 when the festive blend was first launched. This year it will be available in the UK.
  • 25th November 2013
    A Christmas Gift Idea From Kilchoman
    Are you looking for a Christmas gift idea for a Scotch Malt Whisky enthusiast friend or relative, well if they have a taste for the peaty Islay style of whiskies then Islay’s independent farm distillery, Kilchoman, has the perfect gift for you to buy.
  • 25th November 2013
    Chivas Brothers Boost Employees Charity Fundraising Efforts
    Generous Chivas Brothers employees have had their charity fundraising efforts boosted by £33,000 in the last year thanks to the company’s doubling up scheme. This, in addition to the £47,000 employees raised themselves, totals £80,000 for good causes.
  • 22nd November 2013
    Bring Your Bookshelf To Life With Ballantines 12 This Christmas
    Ballantine’s has unveiled an innovative new gift pack for its Ballantine’s 12 Year Old expression, which will bring your bookshelf to life this festive season.
  • 21st November 2013
    Chivas Brothers Employee Roadshow Benefits Local Charities
    Scotch whisky producer Chivas Brothers is to donate £1,000 each to local charities Erskine and CHAS, following an employee competition at its annual Roadshow.
  • 21st November 2013
    Whisky Bible 2014 Hails BenRiach, GlenDronach & Glenglassaugh
    Jim Murray's new 2014 Whisky Bible has hailed Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh Single Malts. Single malts from BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh have been called "perfection", "faultless" and "astounding" in Jim Murray’s latest edition of his Whisky Bible.

  • 20th November 2013
    Jameson & Redbreast Take Top Irish Whiskey Honours
    The Whisky Bible 2014 names Jameson Original as ‘Top Irish Blend’ & Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength as the ‘Irish Whiskey of the Year’ and ‘Irish Pot Still of the Year’.

  • 20th November 2013
    Ballantine’s Finest Limited Edition Christmas Gift Packs
    Ballantine’s has unveiled two new contemporary limited-edition designs for its Ballantine’s Finest gift packs this Christmas.
  • 19th November 2013
    Royal Salute World Polo Limited Edition
    Royal Salute is launching its first-ever World Polo Limited Edition. The new offering, which contains a special batch of the legendary Royal Salute 21 Year Old, is expected to be highly sought-after by whisky collectors and connoisseurs around the world when it launches in markets and global travel retail from December.
  • 18th November 2013
    The Macallan Masters of Photography Elliott Erwitt Edition
    The Macallan Masters of Photography Elliott Erwitt Edition is the fourth edition of the award-winning Masters of Photography series, The Macallan has commissioned the most influential living photographer, Elliott Erwitt to capture the spirit of its heartland in his ‘Great Scottish Adventure’.

  • 18th November 2013
    Jim Beam Stillhouse - The Magic Of Kentucky Comes To London
    This November, the world’s number one bourbon is set to bring the magic of its famous Jim Beam distillery to the heart of London. On the 21st and 22nd November 2013, Jim Beam will transport bourbon-loving Londoners over the rolling hills of Kentucky and into the world-class Jim Beam Stillhouse which will stand, for two nights only, in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London.
  • 16th November 2013
    An Evening with Iain McCallum, the Companions of the Quaich and the Devil
    An Evening with Iain McCallum, the Companions of the Quaich and the Devil is a piece submitted by Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich, Ontario Canada a member of our whisky forum and our first guest writer here in Whisky Focus. Murray recently had the chance to meet up with Morrison Bowmore's Master of Malts Iain McCallum and he shares with us his evening of Scotch tasting and more.
  • 15th November 2013
    Kilchoman Increases Storage Capacity With New Warehouse
    Kilchoman the independent Islay distillery which first went into production in 2005 has entered a new chapter of its history with the completion of a new storage warehouse.
  • 15th November 2013
    GlenDronach Scoops Four Awards In Scottish Fields 2013 Whisky Challenge
    Two GlenDronach single malts have won a total of four awards in Scottish Field’s 2013 Whisky Challenge. The 21 year-old ‘Parliament’ won three prestigious awards while GlenDronach’s Cask Strength Batch 2 pick up an award also.
  • 14th November 2013
    Glenfiddich Spirit Of A Nation 29 Year Old
    As part of Glenfiddich's continued support for the military charity Walking With The Wounded Glenfiddich has bottled a special limited release whisky named Glenfiddich Spirit Of A Nation, a rare 29 year old whisky released to celebrate Glenfiddich’s sponsorship of the UK team in the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
  • 14th November 2013
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 3
    GlenDronach have announced the release of Batch 3 of their popular Cask Strength bottling. They tell me that voluptuous, intense and astounding are three adjectives which have been used by those who have just sampled the latest cask strength batch.
  • 14th November 2013
    Slow Food UK Announces its 100th Chef Alliance Member
    Only two years on from its launch, the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance in Partnership with Highland Park single malt whisky and Lavazza coffee have announced its 100th member, Pierre Koffmann.
  • 13th November 2013
    Finchatton Forms Exclusive Collaboration With Dalmore Whisky
    International design and development firm Finchatton has partnered with The Dalmore. The collaboration, which is exclusive to Finchatton and The Dalmore, has resulted in the creation of a specially commissioned, integrated drinks cabinet encasing an exclusive single malt whisky in Finchatton’s new residence, The Penthouse, Connaught Apartments in London’s Mayfair.
  • 13th November 2013
    New Christmas Gift Packs For Grants Family Reserve
    I thought that I would give this a quick mention for those of you who may looking to buy a a bottle of Grants Family Reserve as a Christmas gift for a blended whisky drinking relative or friend. Grant's have unveiled a special gift pack which will be in the shops from this month.
  • 12th November 2013
    Glengoyne 35 Year Old
    Glengoyne has announced the release of a rare 35 year old limited edition expression of their Highland malt. Only 500 decanters of the rare whisky will be available for sale globally.
  • 11th November 2013
    Double Win For Drambuie At Liqueur Masters 2013
    Drambuie has announced a double-award win for its Drambuie and Drambuie 15 year old at The Spirit Business Liqueur Masters 2013, with the excellent Drambuie 15 awarded the top accolade of Master and Drambuie receiving Gold.
  • 8th November 2013
    Old Pulteney Navigator
    The ‘Old Pulteney’ Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race yacht departed from London’s Tower last month with a very special cargo on board, the first case of Old Pulteney Navigator which is a brand new limited edition expression of the maritime malt. This is what I think of the new expression of the maritime malt.
  • 7th November 2013
    Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Collection
    Glenfiddich has unveiled the Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Collection Gift Pack containing three 20cl bottles, one each of the popular Age of Discovery Collection whiskies. The pack is exclusive to travel retail but will also be available to visitors to the Glenfiddich distillery. A great idea from the team at Glenfiddich, it gives you the chance to experience the three pioneering 19 Year Old whiskies side by side
  • 6th November 2013
    Scallywag Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing
    Douglas Laing have announced the release of SCALLYWAG a sherried Small Batch Speyside Vatted Malt which
    has been created using only Speyside Malts including – amongst others – Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes.
  • 6th November 2013
    Aberlour 21 Year Old
    Aberlour 21 year old is a very limited edition release of only 35 bottles which have been exclusively released for sale in Canada.
  • 3rd November 2013
    Glenmorangie Ealanta Named Whisky Bible 2014 World Whisky Of The Year
    Jim Murray has named Glenmorangie Ealanta as the World Whisky Of The Year in his soon to be released Whisky Bible 2014.
    In his 2014 Whisky Bible Murray describes it as having "one of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year…and borderline perfection."
  • 1st November 2013
    Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
    The Teeling Whiskey Company, Ireland’s independent Irish whiskey company, has released a new bottling of Single Grain Irish whiskey, one of only a handful of such expressions in the world.
  • 1st November 2013
    Grant's Whisky Free Front Page From History
    The good folks at William Grant's have launched a new promotion offering you the chance to claim a free national front cover newspaper reprint from any day in the last 100 years.
  • 31st October 2013
    Jura Launches Search for the World’s Best Stories
    Jura Whisky has launched a search for the world’s best stories, with the chance to win two all-expenses paid trips to the 2014 Jura Whisky Festival.
  • 31st October 2013
    Kilchoman Club Second Edition
    Kilchoman are set to release a second exclusive bottling to its club members, eight fresh bourbon barrels from an October 2008 filling which are currently being finished in Oloroso Butts will be bottled and made available exclusively to club members from 12pm on Monday 4th November on the Kilchoman website.
  • 30th October 2013
    Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind 2013
    Glenfiddich have announced the winner of its Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind 2013 competition. The competition now in its fourth year has the UK's top bartenders with a passion for malt whisky pit their malt whisky knowledge and innovative serves against each other.
  • 24th October 2013
    Royal Salute Celebrates Successful Season of World Polo
    2013 has seen another spectacular season of international polo with luxury Scotch whisky, Royal Salute, sponsoring some of the world’s most distinguished tournaments across four continents.
  • 22nd October 2013
    Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Limited Release
    To celebrate the 10 year milestone of their popular blended malt Peat Monster, Compass Box have released a very special limited edition of the whisky. This limited edition of The Peat Monster boasts all of the smoky, heavy-peated intensity of the classic bottling but older casks of peaty Highland single malt bring malty richness while a generous splash of a mystery ingredient adds complexity and class.
  • 21st October 2013
    The Dalmore 25 Year Old
    The Dalmore distillery has announced a new addition to its core range of whisky with the launch of The Dalmore 25 Year Old.
  • 18th October 2013
    Johnnie Walker The Royal Route
    Johnnie Walker has unveiled the jewel in the crown of its exclusive travel retail range, the Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection - Johnnie Walker The Royal Route. This new luxury blend completes the first Series of the collection - the Trade Routes Series.
  • 18th October 2013
    Glenmorangie Celebrates 100,000 Case Milestone In US
    Glenmorangie have announced that its U.S. sales have exceeded the 100,000 case barrier on a 52 weeks basis. Glenmorangie has gained popularity over the past few years and still holds the title of fastest growing Single Malt Scotch Whisky in America for the fourth consecutive year.
  • 18th October 2013
    Teeling Whiskey Company Gets Golden Seal Of Approval
    Drinks International, the leading global beverage magazine, has awarded the Teeling Whiskey Company two Gold Medals and one Silver Medal at this year’s Drinks International Travel Retail Awards held at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes.
  • 17th October 2013
    The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9
    The Balvenie has announced the release of The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9 exclusively in the U.S. market. This latest batch of Tun 1401 represents an unrepeatable selection of spirits sourced from eleven traditional whisky casks and three sherry butts, whose ages span a number of decades, and which have all been hand-selected by Stewart.
  • 17th October 2013
    Glenrothes Manse Brae Reserves Travel Retail Exclusive
    The Glenrothes has unveiled a new travel retail exclusive series of whiskies. This new range celebrates the spiritual home of The Glenrothes whisky. Named after the street on which RothesHouse, stands, the Manse Brae range comprises Manse Reserve, Elders' Reserve and Minister's Reserve.
  • 16th October 2013
    anCnoc Warehouses Completes Peter Arkle Series
    anCnoc unveils 'Warehouses' the last instalment
    in the series of Limited Edition releases from its unique collaboration with internationally renowned Scottish illustrator, Peter Arkle.
  • 15th October 2013
    The Glenlivet Distillery Named Best Visitor Attraction
    The reputation of The Glenlivet single malt whisky, has been further enhanced by its recently upgraded distillery visitor centre being named Best Visitor Attraction by the prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.
  • 11th October 2013
    Glenmorangie 1963
    Glenmorangie have recently discovered 50 bottles of the "world's first" wood-finished whisky hidden in a corner of one of their expansive Highland warehouses. Distilled in 1963 and bottled in 1987, Glenmorangie have decided to release the 50 bottles of this extraordinarily rare expression.
  • 11th October 2013
    Isle of Arran Distillers' Millennium Casks
    Isle of Arran Distillers, has just unveiled a very special charity whisky made at the turn of the millennium. Produced on 31st December 1999, the Isle of Arran Distillers Millennium Casks edition captures a landmark moment in time and is sure to be a hit with whisky fans across the world.
  • 11th October 2013
    The Macallan M
    The Macallan has unveiled a new limited edition luxury decanter, The Macallan M which is a collaboration between three masters - The Macallan, Fabien Baron & Lalique.

  • 10th October 2013
    Paddy Whiskey Gets New Look And Two New Flavours
    Paddy Irish Whiskey gets a new look and launches 2 new delicious flavoured Irish whiskeys, Paddy Devil's Apple and Paddy Bee Sting.

  • 9th October 2013
    A Change In Enviroment Can Enhance Your Whisky Experience
    A change of environment can enhance the experience of enjoying whisky by up to 20% according to the world’s first scientific study exploring the senses and taste of whisky.

  • 7th October 2013
    The Macallan Samples To Design Elite At London’s Designjunction
    The Macallan has reported strong sampling figures after returning to London’s leading art and design show, designjunction. Visitors to The Macallan experience were treated to a tasting of Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby from The 1824 Series, which were displayed in a specially commissioned sculpture by John Galvin, produced using wood from The Macallan casks.
  • 2nd October 2013
    Auchentoshan Switch 2013 Winner European Winner
    Last night, Aidan Bowie from The Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, battled it out against 11 of the most talented and creative bartenders on the continent to become the European winner of the Auchentoshan Switch – the transatlantic mixology competition like no other.
  • 2nd October 2013
    The Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt Irish Whiskey
    Teeling Whiskey Company, the leading independent Irish whiskey company, has partnered with the well-known Palace Bar on Fleet Street in Dublin to launch The Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
  • 27th September 2013
    Redbreast 21 Year Old
    Fans of single pot still Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers has announced a new addition to the Redbreast single pot still Irish whiskey range with the launch of Redbreast 21 Year Old, the pinnacle of the range to date. I have to say I am quite excited about this one myself, it is about time we seen some more older Irish whiskeys available and what better than a Redbreast single pot still whiskey.
  • 27th September 2013
    Ballantine's 12 Finds The Perfect Ballance
    Ballantine’s has teamed with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballantine's Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.
  • 26th September 2013
    The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter
    The Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, is calling on its global community of whisky fans, The Guardians of The Glenlivet, to create a piece of history by inviting them to select its next limited edition release, The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter.
  • 25th September 2013
    Kilchoman 2007 Vintage The Oldest Kilchoman Whisky Released To Date
    On the 7th October Islay’s independent farm distillery, Kilchoman, is to release its oldest whisky to date. Only 10,000 bottles of the limited edition 2007 Vintage will be made available worldwide and it is expected to sell quickly.
  • 23rd September 2013
    Linn 40th Anniversary Highland Park Limited Edition Sondek LP12 Turntable
    This is one for the serious vinyl record music lovers and whisky lovers. Highland Park has partnered up with Linn to bring whisky together with the best music systems in the world, celebrating 40 years of exceptional music performance at home
  • 20th September 2013
    Chivas Regal New Made For Gentlemen Edition
    Chivas Regal is collaborating for the second year running with an acclaimed British craftsman as it continues its successful Made for Gentlemen campaign. The new release sees the brand link up with Patrick Grant, a modern icon in luxury menswear credited for reinventing bespoke London tailors, Norton & Sons of Savile Row. The limited edition, which contains a bottle of Chivas 12, showcases four silhouettes that each features a different style accessory associated with modern gentlemen: a tie, a cufflink, a watch and a pocket square.
  • 18th September 2013
    Glenmorangie Taghta The Name Chosen By You
    Glenmorangie asked enthusiasts to choose the name of the new single malt whisky. They received thousands of suggestions, which were whittled down to a shortlist of three, which were then translated and put to an online vote. The winner, announced today Glenmorangie Taghta (Tuh-ta), Scottish Gaelic for Chosen. Now you can win a 21.5" iMac i5 by inspiring the packaging design.
  • 17th September 2013
    Princess Royal Opens New Prestige Bottling Hall at Chivas Brothers Paisley
    Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal has officially opened the new Prestige Hall bottling facility at Chivas Brothers in Paisley.
    The Prestige Hall was completed last year as part of an annual £40m investment in operations by Chivas Brothers.
  • 12th September 2013
    Glenfarclas 1953 Queens Coronation
    Yesterday, Speciality Drinks Ltd launched a very rare limited edition bottling of  Glenfarclas. The single cask Glenfarclas 1953 which was bottled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Incredibly after almost six decades in the cask it was bottled at 51.1% ABV.
  • 11th September 2013
    Auchentoshan Silveroak 1990
    Auchentoshan have announced the release of a 2nd batch of its travel retail limited edition the Auchentoshan Silveroak 1990. Following on from the success of the first batch of Silveroak, this limited second release of the 1990 vintage has been matured for an additional year making it 22 years old.
  • 10th September 2013
    Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival Whisky 2013 Announced
    Lagavulin have announced the special 2013 limited edition bottling which has been bottled to celebrate the Islay Jazz Festival 2013. A limited edition of 1,500 individually numbered bottles which have been drawn from hand-selected Sherry Butts filled on 19 January 1995.
  • 10th September 2013
    Bowmore The Devil's Casks
    Bowmore has announced the launch of The Devil’s Casks, a devilishly delicious dram which has been matured exclusively - and unusually - for 10 years in the finest first fill sherry casks. Bowmore tell me that this non chill-filtered, small batch release which has been bottled at 56.9% ABV.
  • 9th September 2013
    Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage
    Today Glenfiddich unveiled the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, a very rare 1987 vintage 25 year old single cask bottling which has been personally hand selected by the Grant family to mark the 125th anniversary of the Glenfiddich.
  • 6th September 2013
    Powers Signature Release Review
    Following on from the success of the Powers Johns Lane 12 year old, Powers have now launched a second Single Pot Still whiskey; Powers Signature Release. The new expression bears the hallmark spicy flavours that are typical of the Powers whiskeys.

  • 6th September 2013
    Powers Gold Label New Look And New Taste (Review)
    Irish Distillers, the world’s leading Irish Whiskey producer, has unveiled a new look and a new recipe for its popular Powers Gold Label blended Irish whiskey.
  • 5th September 2013
    BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood Voted Top Malt In China
    BenRiach's 12 year old Sherry Wood Matured single malt expression
    has been judged to be the best available 12 year old single malt in China according to the China Whisky Guide 2013.
  • 4th September 2013
    Douglas Laing Old Particular
    Douglas Laing have launched
    Douglas Laing Old Particular; a new core Single Malt Single Cask range and the first new brand in the new era at Douglas Laing. Some truly exceptional bottlings feature in this first batch which includes malts distilled at Bowmore, and rarely seen Caperdonich and rare and very sought after Port Ellen distilleries to name but a few.
  • 3rd September 2013
    Diageo 2013 Special Releases
    Diageo has announced the ten Single Malt Scotch Whiskies which will be released in limited edition this autumn in the Special Releases series. This years bottlings include whiskies from Brora, Caol Ila, Cardhu, Convalmore, Lagavulin, Oban, Port Ellen, The Singleton of Dufftown and Talisker the oldest of which is a Lagavulin 37 year old which is the oldest expression of Lagavulin ever released by the distillers.
  • 29th August 2013
    New Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old
    BenRiach have announced the release of a new Glenglassaugh 30 year old whisky, their first release since they bought the distillery back in March this year.
  • 20th August 2013
    Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 Port Cask Matured Limited Edition
    Given my previous very favourable experiences of older Bowmore whiskies and my soft spot for a decent Port cask matured peaty whisky I wasn't disappointed with Bowmores latest offering, an outstanding limited edition Bowmore 1989 23 year old matured 100% Port Cask matured whisky.
  • 20th August 2013
    Auchentoshan Virgin Oak
    The Auchentoshan Virgin Oak is a limited edition from the Glasgow distillery. Traditionally the Auchentoshan whisky we all know is matured in ex-Bourbon casks or ex-sherry casks or even in a combination of both but as the "Virgin Oak" name tells us this new offering from the lowland distillery was matured solely matured in new virgin North American oak casks that have never been influenced or tamed by another spirit.
  • 2nd August 2013
    Chivas Regal 12 Art of Hosting
    Following the successful launch of its ‘Art of Hosting’ series in 2012, Chivas has launched a new limited edition for its best-selling Chivas 12 expression.
  • 1st August 2013
    Royal Salute Continue Its Support For World Polo
    Royal Salute celebrates the launch of its new World Polo Campaign featuring World No. 1 player Facundo Pieres.

  • 31st July 2013
    Macallan Tees Up Partnership With Ricoh Women’s British Open
    Look out for The Macallan 1824 Series at the 2013 Women's British Open as the brand tee's up a partnership with one of the country’s top women's golf tournaments.

  • 26th July 2013
    Jura 39¾ Year Old A Taste Of What Is To Come
    A chance for Jura’s Twitter followers to win a rare sample of the 39¾, in return for retweeting the video virtual tasting of the Jura 39¾.

  • 25th July 2013
    Islay Jazz Festival 2013
    Lagavulin will once again be the headline sponsor of the popular Islay Jazz Festival which this year will take place from 13th - 15th September. One of the highlights of the Festival from a whisky drinkers point of view is the much-acclaimed special Islay Jazz Festival limited-edition bottling of Lagavulin which is released during the Festival and only available to those attending the Festival.
  • 24th July 2013
    BenRiaich & GlenDronach Win 10 Medals Between Them At IWSC 2013
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has has walked away from the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2013 with a haul 10 well deserved medals between them, with their BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh expressions all scooping major awards.
  • 22nd July 2013
    The Famous Grouse 40 Year Old
    The Famous Grouse are launching a 40 year old expression of their famous blended whisky exclusively in travel retail. A blend of whisky from four ex-sherry casks by former master blender John Ramsay, this new Scotch is limited to 276 decanters.
  • 22nd July 2013
    The Black Forest to Black Sea An Epic Adventure Supported By Ardbeg
    British rowers Mark Hughes and Jonathan Cowie have completed an epic 3200km row down the Danube sponsored by Ardbeg. Their epic journey
    began in the heart of Europe and passed through ten countries.
  • 22nd July 2013
    Success Across The Board For Chivas Brothers Whiskies
    Success across the board for Chivas Brothers whiskies at at the International Spirits Challenge 2013 where the companies portfolio of whisky picked up a 14 gold medals.

  • 22nd July 2013
    Barry Crockett Honoured By Industry
    The industry honours Barry Crockett
    the former Master Distiller at Irish Distillers on a night of success for the company where it was also honoured for its Jameson Gold Reserve, Powers John's Lane Release, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Midleton Very Rare whiskies.
  • 22nd July 2013
    Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Range Launches In Brazil
    This August Glenfiddich are launching the complete travel retail exclusive Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range in Brazil exclusively through Dufry.
  • 19th July 2013
    Speyburn Whisky Team Up With Spey Foundation Charity
    Over the next 12 months Speyburn whisky have pledged to donate £1 to the Spey Foundation charity for every new member sign up to the whisky’s free online member’s community. The Spey Foundation charity supports conservation work along the River Spey. Sign up today and support a very worthy cause, its FREE.

  • 19th July 2013
    Ardbeg Galileo Picks Up Top PR Awards
    Not satisfied with just winning awards for the quality of its whisky, Ardbeg has won two top awards at the International Spirits Challenge for the promotion of its whisky, to be precise the launch and PR behind the limited Ardbeg Galileo released in 2012.
  • 17th July 2013
    BenRiach Batch 10 Single Cask Bottlings
    BenRiach has today announced the release of Batch 10 of its popular and highly rated single cask bottlings. Batch 10 comprises of 12 sublime Speyside vintages ranging from 1976 to 2005. Cask types vary from Moscatel and Virgin American Oak Hogsheads to Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheons and Barrels.
  • 16th July 2013
    The Dalmore Paterson Collection
    As the global market for luxury whisky continues to flourish, Harrods, the world’s leading luxury retailer has teamed up with The Dalmore single malt whisky to create a truly unique collection of 12 rare whiskies - The Dalmore Paterson Collection costing a cool £987,500.
  • 16th July 2013
    Strathisla 12 Year Old Gets A New Look
    You may have already spotted this often overlooked fruity sherried style malt appearing on shelves in your favourite whisky shops or supermarkets. Chivas Brothers has unveiled a new modern look for its award-winning Strathisla 12 Year Old single malt whisky. The old brown glass and green box has gone, replaced by a new modern logo and bottle design.
  • 11th July 2013
    GlenDronach Recherché 1968 44 Year Old
    GlenDronach Distillery, which was acquired by The BenRiach Distillery Company in 2008, has announced the release GlenDronach Recherché, a 44 year old Highland single malt and the oldest GlenDronach whisky in existence.
  • 11th July 2013
    BenRiach Vestige 1966 46 Year Old
    BenRiach Distillery, located in Speyside, has released BenRiach Vestige, a 46 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled and filled to cask on the 21st of September, 1966 making it the oldest bottling of BenRiach to have ever been released.
  • 8th July 2013
    Glenfiddich Spirit Of A Nation
    As part of their continued support for the military charity Walking With The Wounded, Glenfiddich will be taking a very special cask of their whisky across the UK for the Spirit of a Nation tour. This special cask which contains an exclusive Glenfiddich 29 Year Old Single Malt Whisky expression which will be bottled and released in time for Christmas 2013 as part of Glenfiddich's support for the Walking With The Wounded charity will be named "Glenfiddich Spirit of a Nation".
  • 8th July 2013
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 3rd Edition
    Islay’s independent farm distillery, Kilchoman has released the 3rd edition of its popular 100% Islay range. This 3rd edition is a vatting of four and five year old fresh bourbon barrels.
  • 8th July 2013
    Grant's Premium Blends Dominates Scotch Whisky Masters Awards
    wo of Grant’s premium blended Scotch whiskies have been recognised at the the prestigious Scotch Whisky Masters Awards. With the port cask finished Grants 18 year old picking up the coveted Master at this years awards and the Grants 25 year old picking up a gold.
  • 5th July 2013
    GlenDronach Latest Single Cask Bottlings
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 8 of its popular and highly rated single cask bottlings. Eight new expressions ranging from 10 to 42 years old.
  • 5th July 2013
    The Marcliffe Hotel Sells The Dalmore Constellation Collection by the Glass
    The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, a prestigious five-star luxury hotel set on scenically ravishing Royal Deeside which is already well known for its extensive whisky collection has become the first place in Scotland to sell The Dalmore’s rare and prestigious Constellation Collection by the glass.
  • 4th July 2013
    Grant’s Family Reserve Named ‘Best Scotch Blend’
    Grant’s Family Reserve has received the highest acclaim when it was named as Best Scotch Blend at his years this year’s World Whiskies Awards.
  • 3rd July 2013
    The Macallan Select Reserve 1948 Fetches £4400 At Charity Auction
    A very rare and special bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve which was donated by Maxxium UK has sold for £4,400 at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction. The money raised in the auction will benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care; an organisation that cares for terminally ill patients and their families.
  • 2nd July 2013
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Series
    Whisky connoisseurs will be pleased to hear that whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail have launched a new Rare Old series of single malt whiskies. It is a range of rare and old single malt whiskies which was laid down decades ago by Gordon & MacPhail from seven distilleries, some of which are no longer in operation or no longer exist.
  • 2nd July 2013
    New Look For Ballantine's Finest
    Ballantine’s has unveiled a bold new-look bottle for its Finest expression. New look bottle but the same great taste.
  • 1st July 2013
    Benromach Double Production
    Benroamch, Speyside's smallest distillery is set for a major expansion to meet growing demand for their single malt whisky around the world. They plan to employ a third stillman enabling them to double production and they will also build another two warehouses next to the Forres distillery as well as recruiting a brand manager.
  • 1st July 2013
    Ardbeg Whisky Fans Dream Holiday
    Ardbeg whisky is offering their fans the chance to stay at the birthplace of of their favourite Islay malt whisky. They have restored Seaview Cottage which is a 19th Century cottage which was the former home of the Distillery manager and can be found at the heart of the Ardbeg distillery.
  • 28th June 2013
    Old Pulteney Lighthouse Series Exclusive To Travel Retail
    The Old Pulteney Lighthouse Series which is exclusive to travel retail features three distinctive new expressions -
    Old Pulteney Noss Head (bourbon cask matured), Old Pulteney Duncansby Head (bourbon and sherry casks) and Old Pulteney Pentland Skerries (sherry casks). Each take their name from lighthouses operating close to the Wick distillery
  • 27th June 2013
    Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend
    Hankey Bannister Blended Scotch Whisky has taken a step back in time with their latest limited edition expression. The Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend has been inspired by a perfectly preserved bottle of Hankey Bannister from the 1920s which was unearthed last year in the UK.
  • 26th June 2013
    Arran Devil's Punch Bowl II Angels & Demons
    Arran distillery's Demonic Distiller James MacTaggart has once again delved into the darkest recesses of the Arran warehouses to select the casks for this second release in this un-holy trinity of devilish drams. The Arran Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II is a true contrast of light and shade hence its title Angels and Devils.
  • 25th June 2013
    Talisker Dark Storm Travel Retail Exclusive
    Talisker have revealed a new expression of its world-famous scotch – Talisker Dark Storm which will be available exclusively in travel retail and it is said to be the smokiest whisky produced by the remote island distillery.
  • 25th June 2013
    The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8
    The Balvenie Tun 1401 series continues with the release of Batch 8. This time it is a marriage of 12 casks made up of 3 sherry butts and 9 traditional American oak whisky casks. By all accounts another exceptional cask, get it while you can.

  • 25th June 2013
    #youranCnoc And The Winner Is...
    Following the unique #youranCnoc whisky competition on twitter last Monday June 17th anCnoc have announce the 10 winners of the competition and the overall winner.
  • 19th June 2013
    Glenfiddich Cask Of Dreams Nordic Oak Edition
    William Grant has announced the launch of the Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Nordic Oak Edition, a limited edition expression which has been finished in Nordic Oak.
  • 16th June 2013
    Glen Keith Distillery Re-Opens
    The Glen Keith distillery which has been silent since 1999 was re-opened on Friday. The Glen Keith re-opening is just one phase in a continued programme of investment by Chivas Brothers to help the company continue to meet increasing worldwide demand for its luxury Scotch whiskies.
  • 14th June 2013
    Silver Reserve 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt
    The Teeling Whiskey Company has unveiled the Silver Reserve 21 year old, the first release from its new Vintage Reserve Collection of very old and rare Irish Whiskeys.

  • 14th June 2013
    Macallan Cocktails & Jazz At The Hutch Club Quaglino’s
    If you are anything like me and you you enjoy a some good music to accompany your whisky and if you find yourself in London this summer you may want to check out Quaglino’s in Mayfair for this summer sees the launch of The Hutch Club at Quaglino’s: a glamorous cocktail and jazz bar.
  • 14th June 2013
    Chivas Brothers Scoops 24 Gold Medals At Prestigious Tasting Competitions
    Chivas Brothers impressive portfolio of Scotch whisky brands has scooped a total of 24 gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge and The Scotch Whisky Masters.
  • 12th June 2013
    Royal Salute The Diamond Tribute
    To mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Royal Salute, has introduced a new permanent expression to its range of luxury Scotch whiskies, The Diamond Tribute.
  • 11th June 2013
    The Dalmore Constellation Collection  Exclusive Whisky Dinner
    Tickets have gone on sale for an exclusive whisky dinner being held at Aberdeen’s five-star destination, The Marcliffe Hotel. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous five course dinner and have the chance to savour a taste of some of The Dalmore’s finest whiskies, including malts from The Dalmore Constellation Collection.
  • 7th June 2013
    Chivas Brother Gold Rush In Asia
    Chivas Brothers is celebrating after winning nine medals in The Asian Spirits Masters. The biggest success in the awards was The Glenlivet XXV, which was the only Scotch whisky to win a prestigious Master Award, the top honour given by the competition.
  • 6th June 2013
    Ballantine's Youtube Puzzle
    Explore the Ballantine’s 12 Serving Ritual and enter a draw to win one of the exclusive Ballantine’s 12 Serving Ritual Lee Broom decanters.

  • 6th June 2013
    Chivas 18 by Pininfarina Cocktails
    To mark the prestigious collaboration Chivas 18 by Pininfarina, leading mixologist Tony Conigliaro has fittingly crafted a series of cocktails, which marry the influences of Italy and Scotland. The cocktails that follow are designed to be re-created at home.
  • 5th June 2013
    New Look For Auchentoshan Three Wood & 12 Year Old
    This June Auchentoshan will reveal a new look for its iconic core brands Auchentoshan Three Wood and 12 Year Old. The new packaging will highlight Auchentoshan’s qualities as well as educate buyers about Auchentoshan’s unique triple distillation process, wood maturation and tasting notes.
  • 5th June 2013
    Glenmorangie Distillery Free Open Weekend
    You are all invited to witness the magic of Scotland’s tallest stills in action when Glenmorangie’s distillery in Tain puts on a special Free Open Weekend on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. A weekend-long programme of free tours, tastings and events that will lift the lid on the production process behind Scotland’s favourite single malt.
  • 4th June 2013
    Tweeters Are You Ready For #youranCnoc Day Twitter Contest
    Smart phones at the ready! On Monday June 17th anCnoc wants whisky fans around the world to snap and Tweet a picture of how they most enjoy a dram - and in return their idea could feature on one of 10 personally illustrated bottles of anCnoc with one lucky winner cinching a trip to New York.
  • 3rd June 2013
    Jura 50th Anniversary Tweet Tasting
    Last Thursday evening (30th May) as part of the Jura 50th anniversary celebrations I was invited to take part in a very special tasting hosted by Steve Rush of thewhiskywire.com. What made this tasting so special was the line up of Jura whiskies which I got the chance to taste, some of the finest and rarest malts Jura has to offer. This is what I thought of them.
  • 29th May 2013
    Glenmorangie On Top Of The World
    As today is the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, I thought you may be interested to know that Glenmorangie has unearthed a world first for malt whisky. Glenmorangie has uncovered pictures in its archive of Rebecca Stephens the first British female mountaineer to stand at the roof of the world. The pictures taken at Everest’s Camp Two at 6500m (21,300 ft) in the Western Cwm, shows expedition members holding a bottle of Glenmorangie.
  • 23rd May 2013
    The Macallan Coronation
    To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation The Macallan is releasing a limited edition commemorative bottling or I should really say pair of bottlings. The Macallan Coronation is limited release which comprises of a beautifully designed box containing two 350ml bottles of single malt whisky. I fully expect that this unique pair of whiskies from The Macallan will become a rare collectors’ item with only 1953 pairs of bottles being released for sale in the UK.
  • 22nd May 2013
    anCnoc Unveil Third Limited Edition Peter Arkle Release
    anCnoc has unveiled anCnoc Peter Arkle Bricks Edition, the third Limited Edition Peter Arkle release
    . To mark this unique collaboration between anCnoc and Peter, anCnoc is offering 10 fans the chance to win a personally illustrated bottle of anCnoc in a Twitter contest. One of the 10 winners will be flown to New York to meet Peter and be presented with their personalised bottle.
  • 21st May 2013
    Lagavulin & Caol Ila  Islay Festival 2013 Bottlings
    The Lagavulin and Caol Ila distilleries today revealed the whiskies which they will release during the 2013 Fèis Ìle (Islay Festival) which runs from 24th May to 1st June. This years festival bottlings are a Sherry Butt matured Lagavulin 18 year old and a Triple Cask matured Caol Ila.
  • 17th May 2013
    The Glenlivet Alpha Mystery Malt
    The Glenlivet Alpha, the latest whisky from The Glenlivet which has been launched in a very unique way. Launched without cask information, age or tasting notes, all we know is it was bottled at 50% ABV. I was lucky enough to taste it last night and this is what I thought of it.
  • 17th May 2013
    The Macallan 1824 Series
    The Macallan 1824 Series, is a new range of whiskies from The Macallan. The expressions in the new series are The Macallan Gold, The Macallan Amber, The Macallan Sienna and The Macallan Ruby. All four of the whiskies in the new Macallan 1824 Series were 100% sherry cask matured and showcase two of The Macallan whisky's greatest strengths; oak sherry casks and natural colour. This is what I think of the four new whiskies.
  • 15th May 2013
    Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Miltonduff Edition
    Following on from last years release of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Editions of Scapa and Glenburgie, Ballantine’s have announced the launch of the third bottle in this limited edition Signature Distillery series, the Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Signature Distillery Miltonduff Edition.
  • 10th May 2013
    Jura Turas-Mara Travel Retail Exclusive
    Jura distillery has released a new expression – Turas-Mara – for sale exclusively through travel retail.
  • 10th May 2013
    Laphroaig Range Packaging Gets A Refresh
    Laphroaig has revealed a global packaging refresh to its whisky portfolio. The whisky’s new packaging, which is rolling out globally from this month will make it easier for whisky enthusiasts to navigate the portfolio and identify their preferred flavour profile.
  • 9th May 2013
    Highland Park 25 Year Old Triumphs At Ultimate Spirits Challenge
    Highland Park 25 year old has been awarded the first ever 100-point score, along with the Chairman’s Trophy for Best of Category, by judges at Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s fourth annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
  • 9th May 2013
    Jura Whisky Gets A New Look
    Jura whisky has got a new look for its core range of whisky. The packaging has been revamped to make the brand stand out on shelf and to clearly explain the distinct flavour profiles of each expression.
  • 8th May 2013
    Tamdhu Relaunch With New Tamdhu 10 Year Old
    One of Speyside’s founding distilleries, Tamdhu has been re-launched with a new 10 year old Single Malt expression.
  • 3rd May 2013
    Karuizawa 1960 Single Cask No. 5627
    Here is a Japanese whisky for s
    ingle malt enthusiasts and collectors the world over, Karuizawa 1960 Single Cask No. 5627, probably the oldest and most expensive Japanese whisky launched to date.
  • 3rd May 2013
    Glen Deveron Royal Burgh Collection
    The Macduff Distillery which produces Glen Deveron single malt whisky have launched the Glen Deveron Royal Burgh Collection which includes Glen Deveron 16 Years Old, Glen Deveron 20 Years Old and Glen Deveron 30 Years Old. Each is made with previously unreleased rare, aged whiskies hand-selected from the distillery’s private reserve. Available exclusively in travel retail World Duty Free shops.
  • 3rd May 2013
    Glenmorangie's 20-tonne Pictish Masterpiece Takes the High Road
    A 20-tonne sculpture – commissioned by The Glenmorangie Company to stand outside its new bottling plant in Livingston as a permanent reminder of its Highland roots – has been transported by a low-loader lorry from Glenmorangie’s distillery in Tain.
  • 3rd May 2013
    Ola Dubh 30 At The Edinburgh Whisky Stramash
    I know there are a few of you who are like myself and enjoy one or two craft beers so I thought this one would be of interest to you as it is a very limited release craft beer with a single malt whisky connection. Ola Dubh 30 is the first limited edition released by the brewers to have used first fill sherry cask supplied by the famed Highland Park distillery based on Orkney and then cask conditioned
  • 2nd May 2013
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 2 Released
    Just five months after the launch of its new Cask Strength expression, GlenDronach has this week bottled the second batch of this new single malt.
  • 2nd May 2013
    Values for Rare Whisky Continue to Climb
    In spite of a significant increase in the volume of rare whisky traded during 2012, values are still rising according to figures published today by whisky investment experts Whisky Highland.
  • 2nd May 2013
    Ardbeg Distillery Names Latest Whisky Ardbog
    Ardbeg Distillery has named its latest whisky Ardbog and the launch will take place at Islay Festival on “Ardbog Day” – 1st June 2013.
    Ardbog was matured for ten years in traditional American oak ex-bourbon barrels and rare ex-Spanish Manzanilla sherry butts. This gives Ardbog a distinctively salty texture accentuating the salty, briny flavours already prevalent in the whisky.
  • 1st May 2013
    Fred Laing Welcomes Third Generation To Douglas Laing
    Following today's announcement that
    Douglas Laing owners Fred and Stewart Laing are to go their separate ways Fred has issued a statement about what the future holds for Douglas Laing and welcoming his daughter Cara Laing the third generation of the Laing family to the company his father established in 1948.
  • 1st May 2013
    Douglas Laing Brothers Go Their Separate Ways
    Douglas Laing, the company that own brands such as Big Peat, Old Malt Cask and Director’s Cut have announced that
    owners Fred and Stewart Laing are to go their separate ways and focus on different projects from today. The assets of Douglas Laing & Co have been split between the two brothers. Stock, brands and other functions of the business have been divided, giving both brothers equal value. Now brothers, Fred and Stewart are looking to build a secure future for the next generation of their own families by concentrating on the industry in their different ways.
  • 1st May 2013
    Wild Turkey American Honey
    You have probably noticed the latest craze for honey flavoured whisky. It seems like more and more of the big whisky producers are adding honey, spice and all things nice to your favourite whiskies. It is not something I have looked but when the makers of Wild Turkey American bourbon told me they are introducing a honey-flavoured bourbon named Wild Turkey American Honey to the UK this month and asked me if I would like to try it, I thought why not.
  • 29th April 2013
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm
    The Kilchoman Loch Gorm is the name for what will be an ongoing series of sherry cask matured whisky from Kilchoman. This first release of Kilchoman Loch Gorm in the series is a 5 year old whisky which has been matured in Oloroso sherry butts and finished in Oloroso sherry hogsheads for a further six weeks. After tasting it, I predict this will be a very popular expression when it comes of age.
  • 29th April 2013
    Edinburgh Whisky Stramash
    Following the success of the inaugural Edinburgh Whisky Stramash last year this very unique whisky event will be returning to The Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh. An encounter of many elements and experiences; you can expect the opportunity to sample if you wish, a huge array of amazing whiskies from Scotland and abroad.
  • 29th April 2013
    Glen Keith Distillery Work Awarded To Local Contractors
    A number of Speyside firms have been awarded contracts to work on Chivas Brothers’ Glen Keith distillery which is set to reopen later this year after a 14 year closure.
  • 26th April 2013
    Morrison Bowmore Distillers Safety Awards Hat Trick
    Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited who have been awarded a distinction for the third year in a row at the International Safety Awards. This has not been achieved by any other company in the food and drink sector.
  • 26th April 2013
    Kilchoman Machir Bay Named Whisky of the Year
    Kilchoman whisky has come a long way since the first bottle was released in 2008 and a new release from Islay’s newest distillery and only farm distillery has been receiving rave reviews, Kilchoman Machir Bay has been named Whisky of the Year at the prestigious International Whisky Competition.
  • 26th April 2013
    Glengoyne Raises £31,000 For Help For Heroes
    A big well done to Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky who recently handed over a cheque for £31,000 to the military charity Help for Heroes.
  • 24th April 2013
    Bunnahabhain and Fishermen's Mission ‘Tales of the Sea’ Design Competition
    Islay single malt whisky Bunnahabhain has partnered with The Fishermen’s Mission, a charity which cares for the families of fishermen lost or injured at sea, to launch an international design competition which is open to amateur and professional designers. Entrants are asked to design a contemporary label based on the return of the brand’s iconic travelling Helmsman to the safety of Bunnahabhain Distillery.
  • 24th April 2013
    Ballantine's 2013 Golf Limited Edition Packs
    Ballantine’s is marking the sixth year of its Ballantine’s Championship sponsorship with the launch of a brand new Ballantine’s Golf Limited Edition Pack for its 17 and 21 Year Old blends.
  • 19th April 2013
    Talisker Port Ruighe
    It is very rare to see a new addition to the Talisker core range but let me introduce you to the 2nd new addition to the range this year. The Talisker Port Ruighe is a combination of spirit that has been matured in American Oak and European Oak refill casks in the traditional manner along with spirit that has been filled into specially conditioned deeply charred casks. The spirit is has then been finished in casks that have previously held Port Wine which endows it with spicy fruit notes.

  • 19th April 2013
    Gold Rush for Chivas Brothers Whiskies
    Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business has started the awards season in style, scooping an impressive total of 25 top accolades at two of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
  • 18th April 2013
    The Distell Group Buys Burn Stewart Distillers
    The Distell Group, Africa's leading spirits business has
    acquired Scotch whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers Limited for just over £160 million. Burn Stewarts portfolio includes Scottish Leader, the pre-eminent Blended Scotch Whisky in its category in Taiwan. Others are the blended whisky Black Bottle as well as the single malts Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Tobermory and Ledaig.
  • 17th April 2013
    Diageo Announce New Highland Distillery At Teaninich
    Diageo, the the owner of 28 Scotch malt whisky distilleries has announced Teaninich near Alness in the Highlands as the location for its plans to build a new malt whisky distillery. At the same time Diageo, also plans to invest £12million in expanding the existing Highland distillery Teaninich. On top of this Diageo also announced a major investment in Speyside whisky production.
  • 12th April 2013
    Talisker Visitor Centre Gets A £1 Million Revamp
    The Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye is located in one of the most magnificent settings of any distillery you will ever have the pleasure to visit, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills the distillery has recently opened its doors to its spectacular new visitor centre following a £1million redevelopment.
  • 9th April 2013
    Jura Celebrates 50th Anniversary At 2013 Feis Ile
    Jura will celebrate the 50th Anniversary since the distillery reopened at the 2013 Feis Ile. Those attending the celebrations will get the chance to taste some very special whiskies including Delme Evans Select, Festival Bottling 2013, Turas Mara and a rather unusual 39 ¾ year old whisky which is a preview of the forthcoming Jura 40 year old.!

  • 5th April 2013
    Bowmore Tempest Batch 4
    A little later than we have been expecting but it is finally here. Bowmore have announced the release of the Bowmore Tempest Batch 4. So was it worth the wait? Having just tasted it for the first time I can say a big YES! Another cracking gentle coastal dram from Bowmore.
  • 3rd April 2013
    Ballantine’s 41 Year Old 2013 Championship Blend
    Ballantine’s has unveiled the 2013 Ballantine’s Championship Blend. The 2013 Championship Blend has been created with a selection of exceptional whiskies, aged for at least 41 years and just ten individually numbered bottles of this rare limited edition will be produced.
  • 27th March 2013
    The Balvenie Apprentice Coopers Receive The Tools Of The Trade
    The traditional craft of coopering received a boost as two new recruits began their apprenticeship in earnest when they were presented with their toolsets by Deacon Iain Lockhart of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow and John Gaffney of the National Cooperage Federation in a ceremony at The Balvenie Distillery.
  • 26th March 2013
    Ardbeg Named World's Best Single Malt Whisky
    Ardbeg picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 2013
    World Whisky Awards. It was named ‘World’s Best Single Malt’, Ardbeg Galileo named ‘Best Islay Single Malt’ and Jackie Thomson, Ardbeg distillery visitor centre manager named the ‘Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year’.
  • 25th March 2013
    The Tomatin Legacy
    Introducing Tomatin Legacy, a no age statement addition to the Tomatin core range.
    Tomatin describe the new whisky as light and delicate, true to traditional Tomatin style. However the introduction of Virgin Oak casks into the mix offers a new dimension with a vibrant and enticing sweetness.
  • 25th March 2013
    Irish Distillers Celebrate Success At The Icons of Whisky Awards 2013
    St. Patrick’s Day celebrations may be over for another year but Irish Distillers are continuing with its celebrations having been named Whisky Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards. On top of that they also scooped the Best Irish Pot Still award for their excellent Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength.
  • 25th March 2013
    Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Set To Take Place Greenwich
    The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup is set to take place for the first time in Greenwich, Connecticut in the US on Wednesday 15 May.
    This year marks the third year Royal Salute proudly partners with the charity that was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in memory of their mothers in 2006.
  • 22nd March 2013
    BenRiach Distillery Company Buys Glenglassaugh Distillery
    The BenRiach Distillery Company today completed the purchase of the Glenglassaugh whisky distillery which is situated on the Banffshire coast close to the village of Portsoy.in Banffshire. BenRiach for purchased for an undisclosed sum.
  • 20th March 2013
    Highland Park Loki 15 Year Old Valhalla Collection
    Highland Park Loki 15 year old is the 2nd release in the Valhalla Collection and takes its name and inspiration from a legendary Nordic god of old and its flavour profile is actually designed around the personality traits of Loki
    the trickster god of fire who was an unpredictable, shape shifting character.
  • 15th March 2013
    The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill
    Introducing the latest addition to The Balvenie family, The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill.
    The new Balvenie 12 year Single Barrel is now part of what the Balvenie are calling "The Balvenie Connoisseur range" and effectively replaces the Balvenie 15 Single Barrel which is being slowly phased out.
  • 14th March 2013
    Major Winners Headline The Field In Ballantine's Championship 2013
    American Ryder Cup stars Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson, plus 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, will headline the field for this year’s Ballantine’s Championship. The trio of major winners will join home favourites YE Yang and KT Kim for the Championship’s sixth edition, which takes place from 25 - 28 April 2013, at the prestigious Blackstone Golf Club in South Korea.
  • 11th March 2013
    Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Single Port Cask
    In a departure from their typical heavily sherried style that you will all be familiar with, Glenfarclas have released a single cask limited edition whisky which has been 100%matured for 31 years in a Port Cask.
  • 11th March 2013
    The Dalmore Valour
    The Dalmore distillery today announced the launch of The Dalmore Valour a new no age statement expression of The Dalmore which will be available exclusively in travel retail. The Dalmore Valour is unique blend of three different cask finishes, American ex-Bourbon, Oloroso sherry and finished in Port Pipes - should be interesting.
  • 7th March 2013
    William Grant & Sons Reports Record Year In Travel Retail
    William Grant & Sons has reported yet another record year in travel retail for 2012 where Glenfiddich became the first ever single malt Scotch Whisky to sell more than 1 million cases in a single year. All of the company's core brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Grant’s, Tullamore Dew and Hendrick’s Gin have grown by value over the past year, with volume sales significantly above expectations.
  • 1st March 2013
    Design Your Own Glenmorangie Whisky Competition
    The new
    Glenmorangie Cask Master programme is asking Glenmorangie whisky fans to have a say in the development of a new expression of Glenmorangie. What this means is you will be able to vote online on the taste, design and launch of a new whisky and what's more in doing so you will have the chance of winning some fabulous prizes.
  • 26th February 2013
    Highland Park Warrior Series
    Fans of Highland Park will be excited to hear that Highland Park has announced the launch of not one but SIX new expressions which are all part of their new Highland Park Warrior series. Exclusive to travel retail, the new bottlings are Highland Park Svein, Einar, Harald, Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn.
  • 25th February 2013
    Jameson St Patricks Day 2013 Limited Edition
    Jameson is supporting its St Patrick’s Day activities with the release of a special Jameson St Patricks Day 2013 limited edition bottle. As well as releasing the limited edition whiskey to mark St Patrick’s Day, Jameson will also be bringing the St Patrick’s Day celebrations to life across the world for consumers by hosting Jameson ‘St Patrick’s Live’ events throughout March and on Sunday 17th March.
  • 22nd February 2013
    Jameson Iron Horse
    Jameson has launched the next instalment of its advertising campaign, Legendary Tales of John Jameson. This latest instalment is entitled Iron Horse tells the story of how John Jameson saves Ireland from the Prussian incursion of 1807. The what?
  • 20th February 2013
    Talisker Storm
    Today Talisker announced the first of some exciting new expressions that we can expect to see joining the Talisker family of whiskies in  2013. Talisker Storm is calculated to delight and intrigue the many adorers of this celebrated island whisky: more intense and smoky, with enhanced and vibrant maritime notes, smoothly balanced with Talisker’s signature hot sweetness.
  • 13th February 2013
    The Teeling Whiskey Brand Returns After 231 Years
    The Teeling Whiskey Company is carrying out feasibility study on new distillery in Dublin, meanwhile they have released their latest bottling of hand selected small batch Teeling whiskey which has been finished in rum barrels.

  • 13th February 2013
    Jura 1977 Vintage
    The Isle of
    Jura distillery has added a new, limited-edition vintage port cask finished expression to its collection – the Jura 1977 Vintage which by my calculations makes it around 35 years old.
  • 12th February 2013
    Midleton Release 10 Exclusive Single Pot Still Single Cask Whiskeys
    Midleton Distillery has announced the release of not one but ten exclusive Single Pot Still Single Cask limited edition whiskeys.
    The individual casks, which were laid down between 1991 and 1999 have been bottled exclusively for whisky specialist shops in Ireland, France, Germany and the UK with each retailer offering their customers between one and three expressions which will be exclusive to the shop.
  • 7th February 2013
    New Whisky Cask Shaped Shop On New Viking Line Ship
    William Grant & Sons and Viking Line have announced the opening of a new Whisky-cask-shaped shop, "Whisky Emporium" onboard the brand new ship "Viking Grace." The Whisky Emporium, situated within the world's biggest floating tax-free shop at 1,500m2, will give consumers the opportunity to sample/taste whisky at the new permanent tasting tables supported with brand information and tasting notes.
  • 6th February 2013
    Jameson Master Distiller Barry Crockett To Retire After 47 Years
    The end of an era as Jameson and Midleton Master Distiller Barry Crockett
    who was born in the Distiller’s cottage that sits on the grounds of the Old Midleton Distillery announces his retirement after 47 years and hands over the reigns to Brian Nation. The announcement comes, fittingly, in the week in which Barry was honoured by Whisky Advocate with its Lifetime Achievement award.
  • 1st February 2013
    Win A Two Day Apprenticeship At The Lagavulin Distillery
    Here is a competition I think a few of you will want to win. The Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay are offering whisky lovers the chance to win a two day whisky apprenticeship at the distillery under the guidance of Iain McArthur who has spent the last 42 years working at the Lagavulin distillery.
  • 1st February 2013
    Diageo Archive Set For £1.5 million Expansion
    Diageo has announced plans to invest £1.5 million in expanding and enhancing the company’s global brand archive in Clackmannanshire. The Diageo Archive at Menstrie is the largest collection of its kind in the world, consisting of more than half a million items. The collection includes documents, advertising material, bottles, books and memorabilia relating to global brands such as Johnnie Walker and Bell’s.
  • 31st January 2013
    New anCnoc 22 Year Old and anCnoc 16 Year Makes a Welcome Return
    anCnoc has announced a new addition to its core range; the anCnoc 22 year old. As well as the release of the anCnoc 22 year old, 2013 sees the return of the popular anCnoc 16 year old single malt which was unavailable for the majority of 2012.
  • 29th January 2013
    Longrow 11 Year Old Rundlets & Kilderkins
    Here is an interesting new release from the Springbank distillery which I think could be worth watching for; the Longrow 11 Year Old Rundlets & Kilderkins. Rundlets and Kilderkins is the name of the small 60 litre and 80 litre casks that this new expression of Longrow has been matured in.
  • 24th January 2013
    The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 7
    The Balvenie have announced the release of the next batch in their popular Tun 1401 series. The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 7, like Batch 4 it will be exclusively available in global travel retail outlets.
  • 21st January 2013
    Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
    Today, Glenfiddich released the third whisky in there popular travel retail exclusive ‘Age of Discovery’ whisky range; the Glenfiddich ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish. It is a very unique expression of Glenfiddich, it marks the first time ever in Glenfiddich’s history that a whisky has been finished in red wine casks.
  • 20th January 2013
    New Zealand Prime Minister repatriates ‘Shackleton’s whisky’ to Antarctica
    Yesterday, (Saturday 20 January 2013 New Zealand time) New Zealand Prime Minister John Key returned 3 bottles of more than 100 year old whisky to the Antarctic Heritage Trust in Antarctica. The 3 bottles are from whisky crates excavated from under explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s only Antarctic expedition base by Trust conservators in 2010.
  • 18th January 2013
    Glenmorangie Ealanta
    Glenmorangie have announced the 4th addition to there popular Private Edition range, the Glenmorangie Ealanta (Scots Gaelic for ‘skilled and ingenious’) is a 1993 vintage 19 year old expression of Glenmorangie which has been fully matured in virgin American white oak casks.
  • 18th January 2013
    Glenfarclas 18 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    The travellers amongst you will be pleased to know that Glenfarclas have launched an 18 year old expression which will be available exclusively in travel retail.
  • 15th January 2013
    Benromach Single Malt Exports Up By 55 Percent
    Benromach, Speyside’s smallest distillery, experienced exceptional export sales growth of 55% in 2012 and its rise is set to continue prompting owners Gordon & MacPhail to invest £400k in a new bottling plant in Elgin.
  • 15th January 2013
    Lucky No 8 Glenfiddich Crystal Stag At Incheon Airport
    The eighth Glenfiddich Crystal Stag Gondola has been unveiled at Incheon International Airport by William Grant & Sons. The Crystal Stag continues the £1m investment by William Grant & Sons in Glenfiddich.
  • 11th January 2013
    Malt Whisky and Place Debate London Gastronomy Seminar
    Those of you based in and around London may be interested to know about the forthcoming Malt Whisky and Place debate where leading Islay distilleries, Bruichladdich and Lagavulin, will each to present their case as to how and why their whisky is distinctive. The debate is arranged by The London Gastronomy Seminars.
  • 8th January 2013
    Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee Cup 61st Cavalry Team Claim Victory
    The Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup came to an exciting close this New Year as the 61st Cavalry team claimed victory after an exciting week of 10-goal polo. From 26th – 31st December.

  • 2nd January 2013
    Chivas 18 By Pininfarina
    Chivas 18 is highlighting its luxury credentials with the launch of Chivas 18 by Pininfarina, a series of exclusive limited editions created in collaboration with the prestigious Italian design company.


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