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Whisky News Archive 2015

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  • 18th December 2015
    William Grant & Sons Chief Executive Stella David Steps Down
    Change at the top for William Grant & Sons as CEO Stella David has decided to step down at the end of February 2016, Stella will be succeeded by current Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Hunt.

  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail ‘The Wood Makes the Whisky’
    To highlight the importance of wood in the creation of Scotch Single Malt Whisky independent  bottler Gordon & MacPhail has recently launched a campaign to inform whisky drinkers both new and old about the importance of wood and the huge influence it can have on the flavour profile of a whisky even a brand of whisky you think your are 100% familiar with.
  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 was matured in 1st Fill Sherry Casks. I have had the pleasure of a few very mature outstanding G & M bottlings over the years and this is right up there with them in quality.

  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Speyburn 1991 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Speyburn 1991 was matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead casks. I didn't expect the glorious fizzy spices and pepper, no doubt a contribution made by the casks used for maturation. Not as sugar laden as the Glenlivet Nadurra but reminds me of the Glenlivet it in some ways.

  • 17th December 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Ardmore 1996 Review
    Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels Ardmore 1996 was matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead casks. Exactly what an independent bottling should be, off the beaten track of the original distillery bottlings, still displaying the Ardmore DNA but with added influence from the choice of wood the whisky has matured in.

  • 17th December 2015
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old Review
    The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 8 Years Old from Gordon & MacPhail was matured in Refill Sherry Butts. A long time favourite of mine, in my opinion a young Bunnahabhain is best served peated and the MacPhail's Collection serves a cracking extremely enjoyable Bunnahabhain 8 year old.

  • 17th December 2015
    Peated Malts of Distinction Smoky Miniature Gift Set
    Looking for a single malt whisky stocking filler? Peated Malts of Distinction is a smoky single malt whisky miniature gift set which brings together The Ardmore Legacy, Connemara Original, Bowmore Small Batch and Laphroaig Select in one box set.

  • 17th December 2015
    Tamdhu Batch Strength Whisky Advocate Speyside Malt Of The Year
    Tamdhu Batch Strength Speyside single malt whisky has been awarded Speyside Single Malt of the Year at the 22nd Annual Whisky Advocate (formerly Malt Advocate) Awards.
  • 16th December 2015
    Lucky 13 For BenRiach Distillery Company At Malt Maniacs Awards
    BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh single malts have won a total of thirteen medals in the 2015 Malt Maniacs Awards. The Edinburgh-headquartered company headed by industry veteran Billy Walker took six silver and seven bronze medals in this year’s competition. Here is the complete list of winners.
  • 16th December 2015
    Travel Retail Whisky Gifts To Look Out For This Christmas
    With Christmas fast approaching, finding that perfect gift for family, friends or colleagues is quickly becoming top of our to-do lists. And for those of you who may be passing through an airport in the run up to Christmas or indeed lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere for Christmas I thought I would mention a few whiskies which you will find in available from travel retail shops.
  • 15th December 2015
    Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Series Batch 2
    Glenglassaugh has released Batch 2 of  its critically acclaimed Glenglassaugh Rare Cask single cask bottlings. This second batch is made up of eight single cask treasures. There are certainly no youngsters amongst this second batch, the eight new single cask whiskies vary in age from a 36 year old to a very rare 42 year old.
  • 14th December 2015
    Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Limited Edition
    Since launching back in 2000 the Compass Box Whisky Company have always aimed to experiment, to innovate and to explore. Along the way they have ruffled a few feathers and they have also created some outstanding complex and very enjoyable whisky's to entertain us whisky drinkers including the deliciously rich and complex limited edition Compass Box Flaming Heart so it is appropriate that they have released a special limited edition Flaming Heart to mark their 15th anniversary.
  • 14th December 2015
    Haig Club Limited Edition Launched In Travel Retail
    This Christmas Diageo have released a special 1 litre edition of of Haig Club, the the smooth, easy drinking Single Grain Scotch Whisky 1 litre bottle will be available exclusively in travel retail where over the holiday season gifting spend reaches over $1bn on spirits alone. Of this, whisky occupies the top spot with 44% of travellers.
  • 14th December 2015
    Glenfiddich Distillery Expansion To Meet Global Demand
    Glenfiddich has announced multi-million pound expansion plans to increase the capacity of its distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Their are plans for a new still house, tun rooms, external storage tanks and equipment as well as some landscaping features.
  • 3rd December 2015
    Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Single Cask HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
    Glenmorangie has just announced a very exclusive collaboration with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Prince has selected a single malt that will bear his name. The rare, single-cask whisky, bottled in his honour, will be sold to raise funds for environmental conservation, a cause dear to the Prince and echoed by Glenmorangie.
  • 3rd December 2015
    Aberfeldy 16 Year Old Review
    John Dewar's & Sons has revealed the latest addition to its Aberfeldy core range of whiskies, the Aberfeldy 16 year old. The new whisky has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 40% ABV. This is what I thought of it.
  • 2nd December 2015
    Chivas Regal Start Search For 2016 Global Chivas Master
    Chivas Regal has commenced the search for the 2016 Global Chivas Master, where competitors this year will be judged not only on their bartending abilities but also on their demonstration of Chivas’ values of brotherhood and generosity. This month sees national heats start around the world, which will for the first time culminate with the grand final in Shanghai in July 2016.
  • 2nd December 2015
    The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11483
    The Glenrothes distillery are set to release The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11483, the fourth release in the Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask Series. To complement the 1969 Vintage and to demonstrate a link back to the year the whisky was created The Glenrothes introduced a new tasting platform, The Vintage Vinyl Sessions.
  • 1st December 2015
    The Ardmore Port Wood Finish Review
    Review of
    The Ardmore Port Wood Finish 12 year old, the newest addition to the expanding Ardmore whisky range. Matured for 12 years in American white oak and finished in small European half port pipes, this is what I thought of it.
  • 1st December 2015
    Ballantine’s 21 Year Old Signature Oak Edition - European Oak Review
    Being a long time fan of the outstanding Ballantine's 21 year old I was pleased when Ballantine’s contacted me to announce the release of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old Signature Oak Edition - European Oak, which is the first of two new limited editions exclusive to Global Travel Retail. The release of an additional Signature Edition created with American oak will follow to complete the special pair of bottlings. This is what I thought of the European Oak.
  • 1st December 2015
    Old Forester Whisky Tasting At The Whisky Shop Piccadilly London
    Those of you in or around London on the 7th December may be interested to hear that Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky is partnering with The Whisky Shop's flagship Piccadilly store to offer a unique opportunity to meet the Old Forester Brand President, Campbell Brown and enjoy a Free exclusive tasting.
  • 30th November 2015
    Kilchoman Auction First Ever 10 Year Old For Charity
    Kilchoman Islay’s farm distillery have announced that they will auction their first ever 10 year old whisky in aid of The Beatson Cancer Charity. The online auction will take place between the 7th and 14th of December.
  • 27th November 2015
    The International Wine & Spirit Competition Announce 2016 President
    The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has announced their 2016 President: Matteo Bruno Lunelli, C.E.O. of Ferrari Winery and of the Lunelli Group.
  • 19th November 2015
    Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
    Following the announcement of the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye being named as the Whisky Bible 2016 #1 World Whisky for 2016 our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member Murray Cohen has kindly submitted his review of the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye.
  • 17th November 2015
    Benromach Scoops Top Prize In Hong Kong Competion
    Those of you familiar with the outstanding Benromach whisky range wont be surprised to hear at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition the outstanding Benromach 100° Proof won the award for Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 15 Years and Under.
  • 17th November 2015
    Monkey Shoulder Invite Travellers To "Take Home a Monkey"
    In the leading up to the Chinese New Year 2016, Year of the Monkey, Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky has launched a rather unique "Take Home a Monkey Today" promotion in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Two Arrivals during October
  • 13th November 2015
    The Deveron
    Just in time for Christmas, John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of The Deveron single malts from their MacDuff distillery,
    the new expressions in the range are The Deveron 12 Year Old, The Deveron 18 Year Old and The Deveron 10 Year Old which will only be available in France. This is what I thought of the new whiskies...
  • 12th November 2015
    GlenDronach Peated
    Fans of the very popular and highly rated GlenDronach distillery will be intrigued to hear that the distillery has just launched its first ever peated release, simply called, GlenDronach Peated.
  • 12th November 2015
    GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira Cask Finish
    GlenDronach tell me that their new GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira Cask Finish is a dram bursting with ripe summer fruits and warm spices. Bottled at 46%, non chill filtered and with natural colour, the GlenDronach 19 Years Old Madeira Cask Finish was initially matured in European oak casks and thereafter finished its maturation in a very small batch of superior Madeira hogsheads.
  • 12th November 2015
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5
    Just another quick announcement for the GlenDronach fans amongst you which I know there are a few. Completing a hat-trick of new releases from the Aberdeenshire distillery this week is the GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5.
  • 11th November 2015
    William Grants Rugby World Cup Promotion A Winner At Auckland Airport
    With the Rugby World Cup 2015 a hot topic of conversation and disappointment for many travellers earlier this year, William Grant & Sons took advantage of this globally loved sport to launch its own Rugby World Cup activation at New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport.

  • 9th November 2015
    Glenmorangie House Final Whisky Weekend Of 2015
    Glenmorangie House boutique hotel has announced the final date for its 2015 series of whisky weekends. These whisky weekends have often been hailed as the pinnacle of a whisky lover’s calendar, the Weekends are a perfect way to be introduced to whisky, its history and heritage, all enjoyed in the luxurious surroundings of Glenmorangie House.
  • 4th November 2015
    Ardbeg Best Single Malt Whisky Under $100
    Ardbeg whisky brand has swept the board in a review of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under US$100 in the Whisky Advocate magazine.
  • 4th November 2015
    Ballantine's Hard Fired
    Ballantine's has launched Ballantine's Hard Fired, an innovative new expression that that has been created using a bespoke process in the production of the popular whisky brand, the new whisky showcases the results that American oak and fire produce on Scotch whisky.
  • 2nd November 2015
    House Of Hazelwood
    William Grant & Sons has revealed a new premium blended Scotch whisky brand named House of Hazelwood which will initially launch with three premium age statement expressions, the House of Hazelwood 18, 21 and 25 year old. William Grant describe the new brand as an elegant and vivacious new blended Scotch whisky.
  • 2nd November 2015
    The Latest Douglas Laing XOP Bottling
    Just a quick announcement for those of you looking for something a little extra special that is off the beaten track of the original distillery bottlings. Glasgow independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co. has announced the release of seven particularly special Single Cask Whiskies, including the firm’s oldest ever Port Ellen Distillery release bottled at 36 Years Old.
  • 30th October 2015
    Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera
    Glenfiddich and Baccarat collaborate to unveil the first in a new series of rare travel retail exclusive whiskies, the Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera.

  • 29th October 2015
    Douglas Laing Yula 20 Year Old Blended Malt
    Douglas Laing announce the launch of Yula 20 Year Old, the first of a three part trilogy of limited edition Island Malt Scotch Whisky. It has a lovely gentle coastal feel to it, a mature whisky but still fresh. Not an in your face amount of smoke.
  • 23rd October 2015
    Laphroaig Select Review
    Christmas whisky gift ideas, Laphroaig Select review.
    This is both a great introduction to Laphroaig and a great whisky for those already familiar with Laphroaig’s peatier offerings and who are open to try something lighter on the peat side which lets the casks used in maturation shine through a bit more.
  • 23rd October 2015
    Ardmore Legacy Review
    Christmas whisky gift ideas, Ardmore Legacy review.
    An easy drinking Highland malt with a nice mellow touch of Ardmore Highland peat.
  • 23rd October 2015
    Highland Park 12 Year Old Review
    Christmas whisky gift ideas, Highland Park 12 Year Old review.
    It really does offer a bit of everything, honey, barley, fruit, oak, spice and a lovely touch of peaty smoke. A classic island dram which any whisky drinker would be happy to find in their stocking.
  • 23rd October 2015
    The Macallan Gold Review
    Christmas whisky gift ideas, The Macallan Gold review.
    A lovely delicately sherried easy to drink Macallan that would make an ideal Christmas gift for any whisky drinker no matter what there taste in whisky is.
  • 22nd October 2015
    The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Review
    The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish as you will probably guess from the expressions title has been finished in casks which has previously held peated whisky. Another outstanding addition to the Nadurra family. The smoke was never going to be in your face, just a lovely subtle added dimension.
  • 22nd October 2015
    The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Matured Review
    The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso which uniquely is the first major Glenlivet bottling (other than single cask bottlings) in living memory to be matured solely in ex-sherry casks. If you are a fan of big cask strength sherried drams like the Aberlour a'bunadh then you will love this also
  • 22nd October 2015
    The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection Review
    The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection was 100% matured in American White Oak casks that have never before been used to mature Scotch whisky, as you would expect with first fill casks they impart hints of creamy vanilla to this wonderfully rich single malt.
  • 21st October 2015
    Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak Finish
    Chivas Regal today announced the launch of the Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection, a limited edition travel retail exclusive series that reinterprets the brand’s celebrated Chivas 18 expression. The first release in the series is the Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak Finish which will be available from this month.
  • 20th October 2015
    Diageo Special Releases 2015
    As most whisky enthusiasts and collectors will know by now every year Diageo release a small number of specially selected whiskies from its vast portfolio of Scotch malt whisky distilleries. This autumn they have selected nine whiskies which will make up its Diageo 2015 Special Releases. The oldest whisky in this years release is is the Brora 37 Year Old and as we have come to expect there is a new expression of the Lagavulin 12 Year Old.
  • 19th October 2015
    Glengoyne Continues Support For London Scottish
    Glengoyne today announced that they have renewed their support for London Scottish for for a third year with another 12-month sponsorship deal. To mark the renewal of their sponsorship Mark Bright, London Scottish captain, was named man of the match and was presented with a personalised bottle of Glengoyne 15 Year Old. This new Glengoyne custom will be carried on throughout the season which I am sure the team will be very pleased to hear.
  • 9th October 2015
    Chivas Art Of Hosting
    Here is one for those of you who like to try out or collect different style whisky glasses, Chivas Regal has teamed up with Apolis, the socially motivated lifestyle brand, for the latest instalment of Chivas Art of Hosting. The new limited edition pack contains a bespoke set of glass tumblers.
  • 6th October 2015
    The Macallan Rare Cask Black
    The Macallan Rare Cask Black joins the Macallan 1824 Masters Series, intriguingly the distillery describe it as being a dark, smoky and unexpected Macallan. The Macallan are not known for producing smoky whiskies and the reason this whisky is smoky is that it has been crafted predominately using First Fill sherry seasoned oak casks which contained extremely rare Macallan peated whisky.
  • 5th October 2015
    Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night's Dram
    Glenmorangie ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dram’ is a Limited Edition single malt for (as you may have guessed by its name) the forthcoming winters season was today launched in Sainsbury's supermarket with Ocado to follow next month.
  • 2nd October 2015
    Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured
    This Monday 5th October Kilchoman are releasing the Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured, which is a bit of the normal beaten track for the Islay distillery as the limited edition whisky has been fully matured in first fill Madeira wine casks rather than just being finished in the casks.
  • 1st October 2015
    The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
    The Glenlivet today announced another new permanent addition to their popular Glenlivet Nadurra range, The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish. As you will probably guess from the new expressions title it has been finished in casks which has previously held peated whisky, to be more precise American oak casks that have previously held heavily-peated Scotch whisky.
  • 30th September 2015
    GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 12
    GlenDronach has today released Batch 12 of its popular single cask bottlings series, selected as always by Master Blender Billy Walker. GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 12 is a release of nine whiskies ranging from a 2004 11 year old up to the rarest bottling in this release, a 1972 distilled 43 year old. All nine bottlings have been matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from Southern Spain.
  • 29th September 2015
    The Balvenie Brings Craftsmanship To Life At Aberdeen Airport
    Kilt maker Beverley Scarlett took centre stage at Aberdeen Airport this month during The Balvenie tastings of their travel retail exclusive Balvenie Triple Cask range. The event lead to a 228% increase in sales versus the same period last year.
  • 25th September 2015
    Second Great Northern Distillery Goes Into Production
    You will recall back in August when I announced that a 30 million bottle a year capacity three-column still Irish grain whiskey distillery, the first of two distillery's to be built on the former Harp Brewery site in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland had gone into production, well this week on the Dundalk site the grain distillery was joined by three mighty copper pot stills, Fionn, Oisin and Setanta (yes the stills have names) of its sister distillery.
  • 25th September 2015
    Ballantine's Artist Series Leif Podhajsky
    It definitely is starting to look a lot like Christmas is on the way. Next up we have Ballantine's who have teamed up with renowned album cover artist Leif Podhajsky who has designed three unique limited edition gift packs exclusively for Ballantine's Artist Series ahead of Christmas 2015.
  • 25th September 2015
    Big Peat Christmas 2015
    Have you ever heard the expression Christmas gets earlier every year, well this year the first mention of Christmas as far as whisky goes is from Douglas Laing who has announced the launch of their festive cracker (couldn't resist) Big Peat Christmas 2015.
  • 25th September 2015
    Disaronno Riserva A new Luxury Limited Edition Whisky Liqueur
    Here is something a little off your beaten track of single malts from Disaronno, the intensely almond/marzipan flavoured Italian liqueur. Disaronno have added a very exclusive addition to its portfolio, Disaronno Riserva which is a unique blend of Scotch malt whisky and Disaronno - aged in Marsala barrels from the Cantine Florio in Marsala, Sicily.
  • 23rd September 2015
    Old Pulteney Flotilla 2005
    Old Pulteney continues its maritime link with the launch of Old Pulteney Flotilla 2005 which is the third Flotilla Vintage release, this latest limited edition will be available in France.
  • 23rd September 2015
    Jameson Caskmates Now Released Worldwide
    Following a successful limited run in Ireland Jameson are now releasing Jameson Caskmates worldwide. Jameson Caskmates offers a new taste experience that will satisfy the appetite of whiskey enthusiasts, Jameson drinkers and craft beer fans.
  • 22nd September 2015
    Benromach Sassicaia 2006 and Hermitage 2005 Wood Finishes
    Benromach has announced the release of two new limited edition Benromach Wood Finishes, Benromach Sassicaia 2006 and Benromach Hermitage 2005.
  • 22nd September 2015
    Irish Distillers Open Midleton Microdistillery
    Irish Distillers open Midleton Microdistillery with a view to experimenting with distillations of new and old styles of Irish whiskey.
    The first Distiller of the Microdistillery at Midleton has been announced as Karen Cotter – one of eight alumni of the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme and the only female distiller in Ireland.
  • 21st September 2015
    The New Royal Brackla Single Malt Whisky Range
    John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of single malts from their Royal Brackla distillery,
    the new expressions in the range are Royal Brackla 12 Year Old, Royal Brackla 16 Year Old and Royal Brackla 21 Year Old. This is what I thought of the four new whiskies...
  • 19th September 2015
    Royal Salute The Eternal Reserve Review
    Royal Salute has announced the release of Royal Salute The Eternal Reserve, which they have created using what they are calling a new innovative blending technique called "Circular Blending". This is what I thought of it...
  • 18th September 2015
    Old Pulteney 1989 Lightly Peated
    Old Pulteney have announced the release of a second vintage limited edition lightly peated whisky, this time they have released Old Pulteney 1989 which is around 26 years old by my calculations. What makes this a lightly peated expression is not the peat level of the distilled whisky but the casks the whisky has matured in.
  • 18th September 2015
    New Chivas 12 Made For Gentlemen Unveiled
    Chivas has partnered with renowned British brand Globe-Trotter in the fourth year of the Chivas Made For Gentlemen series to design exclusive collectibles for connoisseurs of whisky and adventure.
  • 16th September 2015
    Glasgow Barman Michael Cameron Crowned Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind
    Glenfiddich have announced that Glasgow barman Michael Cameron from Guy's Restaurant & Bar Candleriggs in the Merchant City, Glasgow has been crowned Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind 2015. Michael won the competition with his bespoke Glenfiddich cocktail called ‘Ours is the Fury’.
  • 16th September 2015
    Cattos Blend Gets A New Look
    The folks at Inter Bev have decided to give Catto's blended whisky a makeover and have unveiled a new look bottle and packaging for the whisky.
  • 11th September 2015
    Ardbeg Supernova 2015 The Final Release
    Amongst all the reporting of Ardbeg releasing the results of their Ardbeg in Space experiment this week you may have missed the announcement of the Final Release of Ardbeg Supernova 2015.
  • 11th September 2015
    Ardbeg In Space The Results
    The Ardbeg fans amongst you who have followed the Ardbeg in Space Experiment and no doubt tried the limited release whiskies which have accompanied the experiment may be interested to read Ardbeg's Dr Bill Lumsden's final results of sending a sample of Ardbeg in to space.
  • 11th September 2015
    Laphroaig Live 2015 Returns To Islay In Its 200th Anniversary Year
    Laphroaig Live 2015 returns to its Islay home in its 200th anniversary year for a special tasting and world record attempt, with your help!

  • 11th September 2015
    Ballantine's 12 Year Old GIven A New Look
    It seems like with the approaching new autumn season Chivas Brothers are giving many of their iconic whiskies a new look for the new season. Next up for a makeover is the travel retail Ballantine's 12 year old which has been given an elegant looking new bottle.
  • 11th September 2015
    Douglas Laing & Co Set To Send Fred Laing Into Space
    Douglas Laing & Co. have announced its intention to send its Managing Director, Fred Laing, into space. This extraordinary measure is a bid to halt the Whisky Blender’s maturation process, allowing him to hit back at those who opine that he should shortly retire.
  • 9th September 2015
    Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 75 Year Old
    Incredibly Gordon & MacPhail have once again defied the laws of whisky maturation and announced the release of the latest addition to their exclusive Generations range, this time they have released a Mortlach 75 Year Old, that's right you read it correctly Mortlach 75 year old.
  • 8th September 2015
    Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Gets A New Look
    Chivas Regal have unveiled a new contemporary look for their Chivas Regal 12 year old bottling, the whisky inside the bottle is still the same classic blend we are familiar with.
  • 7th September 2015
    BenRiach 18 Year Old Latada Peated
    BenRiach have extended its new Heavily Peated range with the addition of a brand-new limited edition, BenRiach 18 Year Old Latada peated single malt which has been finished in Madeira casks.
  • 7th September 2015
    GlenDronach 20 Year Old Octaves Expression
    GlenDronach launch 20 year old limited release Octaves expression. Master Distiller Billy Walker has selected five Pedro Ximenez Sherry Octaves from GlenDronach’s Aberdeenshire distillery to be bottled as the GlenDronach 20 Years Old Octaves.

  • 7th September 2015
    Kilchoman 2008 Vintage Release
    The Kilchoman Distillery today released Kilchoman 2008 Vintage, the first ever seven year old single malt from the distillery and the most mature expression to be released since they started filling casks in 2005.
  • 7th September 2015
    Situation Vacant  - Graduate Wanted For The Shetland Distillery Company
    Situation Vacant - The Shetland Distillery Company seek graduate to develop new spirits at UK’s most northerly distillery.

  • 7th September 2015
    Ballantine’s Space Whisky & Space Glass
    Ballantine's has created the Ballantine’s Space Glass and a Special Batch of Ballantine’s Space Whisky designed for a zero gravity environment as the brand continues to innovate, making a genuine contribution to the space programme.
  • 7th September 2015
    Shieldaig Speyside Single Malt
    Ian Macleod are set to launch Shieldaig Speyside No Age Statement in travel retail. Shieldaig Speyside Single Malt is not a new whisky brand but it is certainly rarely seen, at least here in the Scotland.

  • 7th September 2015
    Macleod’s Scotch Whisky Trail Pack Set For Relaunch
    New look Macleod’s Scotch Whisky Trail Miniature Pack set for relaunch at TFWA Cannes. The new whisky miniature gift pack will be available in travel retail.

  • 4th September 2015
    Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind Finalists 2015
    The 10 bartenders who will compete in this year’s prestigious Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind have been announced. The competition, which is now in its sixth year, will see some of the countries up and coming bartenders compete at the Glenfiddich Vaults at Voltaire bar in Central London on 14th September 2015.
  • 3rd September 2015
    Work Begins To Increase The Glenlivet Distillery Capacity
    The Glenlivet Distillery this week broke ground at the start of a new project to enhance the distillery's production facility's and increase capacity. The expansion at the Speyside distillery will significantly increase capacity reinforcing The Glenlivet's recent success and securing its position as the worlds best selling Scotch single malt whisky in the future.

  • 3rd September 2015
    BenRiach Batch 12 Single Cask Bottlings
    BenRiach has announced the release of Batch 12 of its popular and highly rated single cask bottlings. This twelfth batch of BenRiach comprises of nine single casks that were bottled in June 2015 ranging from 14 up to 38 year old. As we have come to expect from previous releases the variety of expressions in this release is fantastic.
  • 3rd September 2015
    Glengoyne At Lets Eat Glasgow This Weekend
    If you are out and about in Glasgow this weekend then why not stop by the Glengoyne sponsored "Let's Eat Glasgow Festival" which is Scotland's first restaurant festival and Pop-Up Market. Let's Eat Glasgow takes place 5th  - 6th September at SWG3, Finnieston.
  • 27th August 2015
    Holyrood Park Distillery Proposed To Open In Edinburgh
    Whisky expert and former Master Distiller for The Macallan, David Robertson, is behind plans to open the Holyrood Park Distillery in Edinburgh. Planning application has been submitted for
    a £2 million boutique micro-distillery and visitor experience at the Engine Shed building in the heart of the city.
  • 27th August 2015
    The Balvenie Craft Bar in Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    If you are lucky enough to be passing through Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) Departures Emporium then why not stop by The Balvenie Craft Bar which The Balvenie has launched.
  • 24th August 2015
    Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold
    Diageo have added a new No Age Statement whisky to its Dalwhinnie core range, named Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold, which will start appearing on shelves from this month.  It doesn't have the lovely touch of peat smoke the 15 has but this is a different expression, a more straight forward expression, more oaky, a very easy to drink and a very enjoyable Dalwhinnie.
  • 20th August 2015
    The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold
    The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold is the latest offering from The Famous Grouse, a smooth rich sherry influenced expression of the Famous dram. A step up in complexity and flavour from the standard Famous Grouse for just a small step up in price.
  • 18th August 2015
    Old Particular Single Cask Single Grain
    Glasgow based whisky specialists Douglas Laing have announced the addition of Single Cask Single Grain whisky to their popular Old Particular Single Cask whisky range. To mark the launch of single grain whisky into the Old Particular range Douglas Laing has released Old Particular Single Grain Single Cask whiskies are Cameronbridge 25 Years Old, Girvan 25 Years Old, North British 21 Years Old and Strathclyde 27 Years Old.
  • 12th August 2015
    The Shetland Distillery Company Release Four Cask Strength Whiskies
    Four new cask strength whiskies bottled by The Shetland Distillery Company have gone on sale. Distilled in Portsoy (Glenglassaugh perhaps?) on the Scottish mainland and bottled on Unst at the far north of the Shetland Islands.

  • 10th August 2015
    Benromach Competition To Find The Ideal Dram Location
    Where is your perfect place to enjoy a glass of Benromach, just share a picture of it with Benromach to have a chance of winning an illustration of your picture drawn by Scottish artist Jill Calder.

  • 10th August 2015
    Speyburn Celebrates Completion Of Second Fish Conservation Project
    Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Scottish charity ‘The Spey Foundation’ are celebrating the completion of their second environmental project to increase fish populations along the River Spey.

  • 10th August 2015
    The Famous Grouse Pop Up Bar At The Edinburgh Festival
    Here is a heads up for any of you lucky enough to be visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival this month, you will find The Famous Grouse House at Edinburgh’s International Festival Fringe and they are promising to turn the world of whisky on its head.
  • 10th August 2015
    The Great Northern Distillery Dundalk Comes To Life
    The first of two new Irish whiskey distilleries which will form Irelands largest independent distillery, the Great Northern Distillery has gone into production. The grain distillery now in production will be followed by a single malt whiskey distillery.

  • 10th August 2015
    Chivas The Venture £1 Million Winners
    The Venture, Chivas Regal’s global search for the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs, rewarded all five finalists the remaining share of the $1m fund at the final pitch event which at the end of July. Social entrepreneurs from across the world are now invited to apply for $1 million in funding as The Venture Year 2 kicks off today.
  • 7th August 2015
    The Pogues Irish Whiskey
    West Cork Distillers, one of only three independent whiskey distilleries in Ireland, has launched an Irish whiskey inspired by and developed in conjunction with internationally acclaimed band, The Pogues.
  • 7th August 2015
    The Macallan Rare Cask Now Available In The UK
    The Macallan fans amongst you may have already spotted the Macallan Rare Cask on the shelves shelves of your favourite specialist whisky shop as it arrived on UK shelves a few weeks ago, I was taking my summer break at the time but thought I would give it a mention for those of you who may have missed it.
  • 7th August 2015
    Sainsbury's Supermarket Whisky Picks Up Top IWSC Award
    Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been voted the winner of the Single Malt Scotch Whisky Trophy with no age statement at this years International Wine and Spirit Competition.
  • 7th August 2015
    BenRiach Distillery Company Scoops 10 IWSC Medals
    GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh single malts continue to impress by scooping 10 medals at at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition with the GlenDronach 12 Year Old Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old both being awarded Gold Medals.

  • 21st July 2015
    The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve Now Available In The UK
    Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has announced the UK release of The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve. The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve carries no age statement but it comprises of 10 different vintages which span the last three decades, they are 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • 21st July 2015
    Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters
    Jameson Irish whisky has brought a uniquely Irish twist to cocktails with the creation of Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters. Jameson unveiled their new offering at Tales of the Cocktail 2015, the innovative new creation is aimed at encouraging bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts around the world to create, serve and enjoy new taste experiences with the world’s leading Irish Whiskey.
  • 15th July 2015
    Scapa Skiren
    Scapa have today announced the launch of Scapa Skiren a new 100% First Fill American oak matured No Age Statement single malt. Scapa tell me that the exclusive maturation in First Fill American Oak casks gives Scapa Skiren a smooth creamy sweetness with a hint of tropical, citrus fruit and coastal heather, uncommon for an Island Single Malt but distinctly Scapa at its core.
  • 10th July 2015
    Glenmorangie Cocktails The Spirit Of The Open
    Glenmorangie are sponsoring this years Open Golf Championship as The official Spirit of The Open and they have created 2 golf inspired cocktails which will be served throughout the event in St Andrews next week. If you will not be lucky enough to attend the Open Championship next week I thought you may like to do the next best thing, try the Glenmorangie Golf inspired whisky cocktails for yourself while sitting at your own 19th hole.
  • 10th July 2015
    Kininvie Special Release #1 Single Cask Bottling
    Coming soon! Kininvie Special Release #1 25 Year Old which was laid down on the distillery’s very first day of production, the 4th of July, 1990 and disgorged from the cask last Saturday 4th July.

  • 10th July 2015
    Glenfiddich Residence Cask Vintage 1992 Edition
    Glenfiddich have teamed up with DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, to launch the Glenfiddich Residence Cask Vintage 1992 at DFS Singapore Changi Airport.
  • 2nd July 2015
    Bruichladdich Launch Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley
    Here is one for the peat heads amongst you, Bruichladdich have announced the launch of Octomore 7.1, the seventh edition and latest expression of the world's most heavily peated whisky series.
  • 1st July 2015
    The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2
    The Balvenie fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has unveiled the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2. Created once again by The Balvenie's long serving Malt Master David Stewart.
  • 1st July 2015
    Jack Daniel Owners To build $50m Slane Irish Whiskey Distillery
    Brown-Forman Corporation who are more well know for their American whiskey brands such as Jack Daniel’s have announced that it has purchased all shares of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Limited. They will invest approximately $50 million to build a new distillery and consumer experience on the historic Slane Castle Estate in County Meath, Ireland.
  • 1st July 2015
    Tomatin 36 Year Old
    Tomatin have announced the addition of a new Tomatin 36 year old small batch release to their whisky range. Batch 1 of Tomatin 36 year old was matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks and is a limited release of 800 bottles.
  • 1st July 2015
    Japanese Whisky Nikka Discontinues Age Statements
    Nikka Japanese whisky have confirmed their decision to discontinue a number of their age statement whiskies. The move is a consequence of the Japanese whisky makers success in foreign markets and also the growing popularity in the Japanese domestic market where sales of Nikka are growing very fast and stock levels of Yoichi and Miyagikyo malt whiskies are becoming very low.
  • 30th June 2015
    John Dewar & Sons Reflect Sound Environmental Practices
    John Dewar & Sons is an industry leader, advancing more than half a century’s worth of spirited, sustainability practices. Across its distillation and production facilities there are robust recycling efforts, state-of-the-art blending centres, sophisticated water filtration, fuel-efficient transportation and landscaping that enhance the natural habitat. In fact Dewar's Blended Scotch whisky was sustainable before sustainability was cool.
  • 30th June 2015
    Prince Charles Duke Of Rothesay Toasts 200th Anniversary of Laphroaig
    His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, this week visited the Laphroaig Distillery on Islay to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the brand. Laphroaig is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant, a mark of recognition to those who supply goods or services to the Royal Households.
  • 23rd June 2015
    Kilchoman Agrees To Buy Rockside Farm On Islay
    The Kilchoman Distillery Company Limited today announced that they have agreed to buy Rockside Farm where the distillery is located on the Isle of Islay from the current owners.
  • 23rd June 2015
    Dalmunach Distillery Officially Opened By First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opened the new Dalmunach Distillery in Speyside yesterday. The new £25 million state-of-the-art distillery has been built by Chivas Brothers to secure future malt whisky supplies for the Scotch whisky company's blended whiskies.
  • 19th June 2015
    Tullamore Dew Cider Cask Finish
    Ireland is very well known for its quality Irish cider and Irish Whiskey, well Tullamore DEW has brought them both together with their latest addition to their whiskey range with the release of the travel retail exclusive Tullamore DEW Cider Cask Finish.
  • 19th June 2015
    The Ardmore Tradition & Triple Wood Travel Retail Exclusive
    Ardmore Highland malt whisky have launched two new No Age Statement single malts exclusively in travel retail. The Ardmore Tradition, not to be mistaken with the recently discontinued Ardmore Traditional but having tasted it I think this is a repackaged release. The second release is the Ardmore Triple Wood which is a premium expression that as you may have guessed from its title has had triple maturation in American oak barrels.
  • 18th June 2015
    Jim Beam Kentucky Dram
    Jim Beam Kentucky Dram is a innovative new whisky which will be available exclusively in global travel-retail. The new whisky sees Scotland and the US come together in a blend of premium Jim Beam American Kentucky bourbon and peaty Highland Scotch Whisky, but which Highland whisky?
  • 9th June 2015
    Teeling Whiskey Distillery Opens In Dublin
    The new Teeling Whiskey Distillery located at The Liberties, Dublin officially opened its doors for the first time today. The €10 million distillery is the first whiskey distillery in the Irish capital in over 125 years and the only fully operational distillery in the city at present.
  • 5th June 2015
    Green Spot Château Léoville Barton
    Irish Distillers have unveiled a new permanent addition to the Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish whiskey core range, the Green Spot Château Léoville Barton the first ever Bordeaux wine cask finished Irish whiskey.
  • 5th June 2015
    Benromach 10 Year Old Makes It A Hat Trick Of Golds
    It will come as no surprise to you if you are already familiar with the Benromach Distillery’s flagship 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky that it has picked up two more gold medals, making it three in as many months.
  • 4th June 2015
    Four Golds For The Glenrothes At The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015
    The Glenrothes Single Malt Speyside whisky has picked up a quartet of gold medals at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015. The honours include two Gold Medals for The Glenrothes Select Reserve and two Gold Medals for The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve.
  • 1st June 2015
    Scallywag Cask Strength Launched
    Glasgow based independent bottler Douglas Laing today announced the release of Scallywag Cask Strength Limited Edition No.1 which has been created using a impressive collection Speyside Malts including, amongst others, Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. They are also offering you the chance to win a bottle of the new whisky.
  • 29th May 2015
    Ian Macleod Distillers Celebrate Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards
    Ian Macleod Distillers is celebrating after being crowned a double winner at the national Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The company scooped the coveted Drinks (alcoholic) category with its Glengoyne 25 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the Brand Success of the Year category.
  • 28th May 2015
    GlenDronach The Hielan 8 Year Old
    GlenDronach today launched GlenDronach The Hielan' 8 Year Old an innovative expression, specially selected by Master Blender Billy Walker to complement the distillery’s burgeoning range of outstanding malts. The new GlenDronach Hielan' has been matured and married in a combination of the finest bourbon and sherry casks.
  • 28th May 2015
    Jura Tastival 2015
    Jura yesterday unveiled the limited edition Jura Tastival bottling 2015, marking the launch of the island’s Tastival 2015 celebrations on 27th & 28th May. This years bottling was casked in Sparkling Rose Wine barriques, which Jura says deliver a festival of flavour for whisky lovers.
  • 23rd May 2015
    Ardbeg Whisky Unveils The Art Of Distilling
    200 years of Ardbeg whisky are to be celebrated in an exhibition which captures the untamed spirit of the world’s smokiest, peatiest single malt. Artbeg, which draws on the Distillery’s past, present and future, comprises a series of complex, layered artworks that evoke the intriguing heritage and unorthodox personality of Ardbeg and its homeland, the small Scottish island of Islay. The Artbeg exhibition to be revealed on this Monday 25th May, can be viewed on the walls of the Distillery and on www.ardbeg.com.
  • 22nd May 2015
    Ardbeg Perpetuum Review & 200th Anniversary Event In London
    I thought I would add a review of the Ardbeg Perpetuum ahead of the official release on May 30th and I can say it is absolutely outstanding, just what Ardbeg should be and it is very fitting that this marks the distillery's 200th anniversary. For those in and around London, you may be interested in a special Ardbeg Day 200th Anniversary dinner or lunch Ardbeg Perpetuum launch event.

  • 20th May 2015
    Glenmorangie Duthac Review
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    Glenmorangie Duthac a new travel retail exclusive whisky from the Tain distillery and the first release in the new Glenmorangie Legends Collection. A mix of whisky finished in Pedro Ximénez casks and charred virgin oak casks.
  • 18th May 2015
    Midleton Whiskey To Broadcast Live Today From Dublin On Google Hangout
    Today LIVE from Dublin in honour of World Whisky Day, the Masters of The Midleton Distillery will come together for their first ever live Google Hangout ON AIR. Broadcast live from the Foundry in Dublin's Google HQ, the show will be streamed from 6pm GMT.
  • 18th May 2015
    Benromach 15 Year Old
    Benromach today announced the addition of the Benromach 15 year old to their core range of classic Speyside whiskies. The folks at Benromach tell me that the new 15 year old has a distinctive golden amber colour and a soft smokiness thanks to long maturation in sherry and bourbon casks.
  • 14th May 2015
    Ledaig 18 Year Old
    Burn Stewart Distillers has released a new permanent addition to the Ledaig core range of whiskies, the Ledaig 18 Year Old. Burn Stewart tell me that it is a wonderfully smoky island single malt Scotch whisky which balances sweet and floral aromas with the richness and warmth of sea salt and smoke.
  • 14th May 2015
    Deanston 18 Year Old
    Burn Stewart Distillers has released a new permanent addition to the Deanston core range of whiskies, the Deanston 18 Year Old. Matured in hogshead casks before being finished in first fill Kentucky bourbon casks.
  • 14th May 2015
    Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys
    Diageo has launched two Bourbon whiskeys in the US under a new brand name, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Blade and Bow 22 Year Old Limited Release Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
  • 14th May 2015
    Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
    Diageo owned Crown Royal Canadian whisky has launched its first-ever blended rye whisky, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye which will be available nationwide in the US.
  • 13th May 2015
    Chivas Regal The Icon
    Chivas Regal has unveiled a new ultra prestige Scotch whisky which will sit at the pinnacle of the Chivas Regal range - the Chivas Regal The Icon which will initially be available in Dubai Duty Free from May and globally from September in Global Travel Retail.
  • 13th May 2015
    Whisky Stramash Secret Friday Night Event Revealed
    It has been revealed that a new top secret event - brought to you by the organisers of the madcap Whisky Stramash - will feature music from the popular MoonHop DJ’s who will entertain guests with their retro mix of disco, funk and soul. Details of the event, which will take place in Edinburgh on Friday 22nd May, have remained scarce and most of the specifics will stay a closely guarded secret until the event itself.
  • 12th May 2015
    Douglas Laing's Remarkable Regional Malts
    You may all already be familiar with the regional blended or I should say vatted whiskies from Douglas Laing but from now on they will all come under the "umbrella" title of "Remarkable Regional Malts".
  • 12th May 2015
    Gold For Benromach 10 Year Old At San Francisco World Spirits Competition
    Benromach’s excellent flagship 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has picked up another gold medal, this time from one of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 6th May 2015
    The Macallan At London's Two Temple Place
    The Macallan is taking over London’s Two Temple Place for two nights only. On the 2nd and 3rd June, The Macallan Residence will unlock its doors and invite guests into the world of The Macallan.
  • 1st May 2015
    BenRiach Dunder Peated 18 Year Old Dark Rum Finish
    The folks at BenRiach have announced the launch of BenRiach Dunder Peated 18 Year Old Dark Rum Finish which is a one-off bottling with only 1888 bottles available worldwide, 240 of which will be available in the UK.
  • 1st May 2015
    Win A Grants Signature Weekend
    From this month Grants are running a great promotion giving you the chance to win your ultimate weekend. Look out for promotional packs in from today and if you haven't tried the whisky, which is very good by the way, you may be lucky and come across some sampling which will be taking place in some Tesco stores.
  • 1st May 2015
    Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary Edition
    I am pleased to tell you that to celebrate the Laphroaig distillery's 200th anniversary the distillery have resurrected the once very popular Laphroaig 15 year old. The new Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary Edition will be available from this month.
  • 30th April 2015
    Ardbeg Perpetuum Committee Distillery Edition
    The release of the Ardbeg Perpetuum to celebrate the Ardbeg distillery's 200th anniversary will not be news to the ardent Ardbeg fans amongst you, but did you know that Ardbeg are releasing a very limited Ardbeg Perpetuum Committee Distillery Edition advance preview bottling exclusively for their most loyal fans.
  • 30th April 2015
    Glenrothes Strikes Gold At The Asian Spirits Masters 2015
    Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits owners of The Glenrothes Speyside single malt whisky have announced two of their expressions, The Glenrothes Select Reserve and The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve have been awarded a Gold Medal at the Asian Spirits Masters 2015 which is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing entries in from across the world.
  • 30th April 2015
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition
    Just as summer approaches Kilchoman have announced there 2nd release of the year, the Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition which is a vatting of ex-bourbon barrels filled in 2009 and 2010.
  • 30th April 2015
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 4
    GlenDronach this week launched Batch 4 of its luscious Cask Strength Highland single malt. GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 4 is bottled at 54.7% and is a release 17,806 bottles, just like the earlier batches GlenDronach describe it as a delicious, creamy sherry bomb!
  • 27th April 2015
    Scapa Distillery Now Open To Visitors
    The Scapa Distillery on the Orkney Islands today opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 130 year history. Visits to Scapa include a tour of the traditional, manually-operated production methods, including the only whisky Lomond still in Scotland, and a walk along the front of the distillery to see the Scapa Flow, the natural harbour separating each of the Orkney Islands.

  • 24th April 2015
    Double Gold For Old Pulteney At Top Whisky Awards
    Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky is toasting scooping two prestigious international accolades, a gold medal at the World Whiskies Awards 2015, with both gold and silver medals won at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 22nd April 2015
    Glenglassaugh Sloe Berry Liqueur Re-launched
    Just in time for the approaching warmer summer weather (I hope), The BenRiach Distillery Company has re-packaged and re-launched the Glenglassaugh Sloe Berry Liqueur which it originally launched back in 2012.
  • 17th April 2015
    Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus 15th Anniversary Limited Edition
    Compass Box today released the Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus 15th Anniversary Limited Edition, to mark 15 years of whisky making for the company. Has it really been 15 years, I still think of Compass Box as being one of the fresh new whisky brands.
  • 14th April 2015
    Whisky Stramash 2015
    Whisky Stramash returns for its 4th year at the Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. This year sees the addition of a Friday night event on the 22nd May followed by the usual Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May sessions.
  • 13th April 2015
    Amrut Naarangi
    Amrut Naarangi, the new orange flavoured single malt from Amrut, but is it controversial?
    Will this be the start of a new method to flavour whisky and still be able to call it whisky?
  • 13th April 2015
    Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman's Reserve 10 Year Old
    Amrut Distilleries, India, have launched Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 10 years old which is a limited edition of only 320 bottles worldwide. This is the first 10 year old single malt to ever come out of India and is also India’s most expensive whisky so far.
  • 9th April 2015
    New Core Range BenRiach 10 Year Old
    BenRiach have launched the BenRiach 10 year old, the first core range whisky produced from spirit distilled under The BenRiach Distillery Company’s ownership.

  • 9th April 2015
    UK's Busiest Malt Whisky Ferry Wins International Safety Award
    Those of you who visit Islay by ferry will be pleased to hear that you are in safe hands when you do so as the ferry you are most likely to travel on, the Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Finlaggan ferry has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council.
  • 9th April 2015
    Jura’s Tastival Schedule For Feis Ile festival 2015
    The Isle of Jura distillery has announced a packed schedule of tastings and tours for the Jura Tastival 2015, inviting whisky fans from across the globe to discover the unique flavours of Jura as part of the annual Feis Ile festival. Tickets are now on sale for Jura’s annual whisky festival, Tastival, a two day island celebration on 27th & 28th May 2015. Part of the annual Feis Ile festival.
  • 2nd April 2015
    Bacardi Buys Angel’s Envy Bourbon
    Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has now entered the American Bourbon market with the purchase of Louisville-based Angel’s Share Brands, its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co., and its Angel's Envy Bourbon.
  • 2nd April 2015
    Jameson Empire Awards
    Jameson Irish Whiskey welcomed the Hollywood elite to London this week, where the best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by readers of Empire magazine and global film fans, were honoured at the 20th Jameson Empire Awards.
  • 1st April 2015
    Scotch Whisky Exports Down 7% In 2014
    The figures were published today for Scotch Whisky Exports in 2014, they show that the value of Scotch whisky exports were down 7% while the volume of exports was down 3% indicating a slight drop in the average price paid for a bottle of whisky but I doubt that many of you have noticed this drop.
  • 1st April 2015
    Tamdhu Has Looks As Well As Taste
    According to the World Whisky Awards, Tamdhu whisky not only looks good it tastes good also. The awards which is run by the Whisky Magazine recently recognised Tamdhu as a whisky that’s got it all in terms of taste and design with two major awards for its 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt.
  • 1st April 2015
    Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Whiskies Scoop Top Whisky Awards
    The Glenmorangie Company have a few more trophies to polish in their trophy cabinet following the companies recent triumphs at a couple of the top whisky competitions. They have just picked up two awards at this year’s World Whiskies Awards in London and four double gold medals at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 1st April 2015
    Old Pulteney Raise Funds For The Mission to Seafarers Charity
    Look out for special charity packs of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old which will be on shelves in the UK and other markets from May. The Maritime Malt will donate £1 from every bottle of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old sold in 2015 to the The Mission to Seafarers charity, with an aim of raising £30,000.

  • 31st March 2015
    Glenmorangie Sells The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
    The Glenmorangie Company has sold the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) to a group of private investors

  • 27th March 2015
    Win A Unique Limited Edition Ballantine’s Finest Original Sin Bottling
    Ballantine’s Finest this week launched a collection of just 12 very unique limited edition bottles, which have been hand painted by the world’s leading GIF-ITI and fine artist INSA. Ballantines are offering visitors to the Original Sin bar in East London the chance to win the bottles via twitter.
  • 25th March 2015
    Diageo To Provide Nutrition and Alcohol Content Info Per Alcohol Serving
    Want to know whether the age, ABV, type of cask used to mature whisky make any significant difference to the nutrition of the whisky then your in luck Diageo have committed to provide nutrition info for every one of their whiskies.
  • 25th March 2015
    BenRiach Named Icons Of Whisky Global Distiller Of The Year 2015
    The BenRiach Distillery Company has been named Global Whisky Distiller of the Year at the 2015 Icons of Whisky Awards.
  • 25th March 2015
    Teeling Whiskey Continue To Pick Up Top International Awards
    Teeling Whiskey continues to be recognised for its quality in the Irish Whiskey category. The company which was founded in 2012 has picked up awards from the World Whiskies Awards and San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 23rd March 2015
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015
    The Kilchoman distillery which is now in its 10th anniversary year (how time fly's) have today released their first new bottling of the year the sherry cask matured limited edition Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015.
  • 13th March 2015
    BenRiach Inspires Britain
    The London Stock Exchange Group has released its list of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and The BenRiach Distillery Company is featured for the first time.
  • 13th March 2015
    Bottle Your Own Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel
    Fans of Jameson Irish Whiskey will be pleased to hear that you will be now be able to "Bottle Your Own" whiskey when visiting the Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin, and the Jameson Experience Midleton in Cork. It is no standard bottle of Jameson which you get the chance to bottle, the new initiative gives whiskey fans the chance to personally fill a bottle of Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel from a live bourbon cask.
  • 10th March 2015
    BenRiach Distillery Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur
    With the increasing popularity of flavoured whiskies and Scotch cream liqueurs The BenRiach Distillery Company has entered the Scotch Cream Liqueur market with the launch of their Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur.
  • 10th March 2015
    The Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition 2015
    Following the success of the inaugural Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition last year, Chivas are doing it all again this year. Hong Kong will be the first of 12 countries to hold national finals, before the competition culminates in a two-day grand final in New York City in July which will be judged by a distinguished panel of leading bartenders and industry experts.
  • 6th March 2015
    The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Review
    The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is the new whisky which is replacing the Glenlivet 12 year old in a number of markets. The Glenlivet have complimented the signature Glenlivet fruity notes we are familiar with, with a creaminess and sweetness from the addition of First Fill American oak casks, resulting in a very enjoyable easy to drink exceptionally smooth single malt whisky. This is what I thought of it...
  • 5th March 2015
    Arran 18 Year Old Limited Edition
    Its finally here, Arran whisky have announced the release of a Arran 18 year old expression. As fans of the island distillery will know the Arran 18 year old is the 3rd and final release in a limited edition trilogy which has paved the way for an official bottling of Arran 18 year old joining the Arran core range of whiskies this spring.
  • 26th February 2015
    Macallan The Worlds Most Expensive Whisky
    Guinness World Records name The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique decanter the most expensive whisky in the world sold at auction.

  • 25th February 2015
    New Look For William Grant's 25 Year Old
    William Grant & Sons excellent Grant's 25 Year Old premium blended whisky launched back in 2009 has recently been given a new look but don't worry it is still the same Grant's 25 year old that you will find in the bottle.
  • 24th February 2015
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Cities Collection Dubai Edition
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label honours famous city landscapes of the world with limited edition design exclusive to travel retail. The first edition in the collection is the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Cities Collection, Dubai Edition.

  • 23rd February 2015
    Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship 2015
    Monkey Shoulder tour the UK in search of the next generation of bar owners The winner gets a week-long pop bar up at London. Cocktail Week, built, stocked, and promoted by Monkey Shoulder.

  • 23rd February 2015
    Teeling Irish Single Grain Whiskey Released In US
    The innovative bunch at the Teeling Whiskey Company have already released their award winning Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask finished Irish whiskey to critical acclaim in the US and they have now announced they are now launching their new Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey into the American market.
  • 20th February 2015
    Two New BenRiach And A New GlenDronach Cask Finish
    The BenRiach Distillery Company have unveiled three new cask finish whiskies, from the BenRiach distillery itself come two intriguing single malts – the BenRiach 15 year old Sauternes finish and the BenRiach 18 year old Albariza which is a peated whisky finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from Southern Spain. From its sister distillery GlenDronach comes a new GlenDronach 18 year old Marsala Cask Finish.

  • 20th February 2015
    The Macallan 1824 Masters Series
    The new Macallan 1824 Masters Series Rare Cask, Reflexion, No.6 & M has started appearing on the shelves of the specialist whisky shops, stunning packaged but with no age to indicate its rarity will the new whiskies be sought after by whisky connoisseurs and collectors.
  • 16th February 2015
    Highland Park Odin The Final Valhalla Collection Release
    Highland Park today released the 4th and final instalment of the Valhalla Collection, the Highland Park Odin which takes its name from the leader of the all Norse gods. I would advise you not to hang around if you want to get hold of a bottle or two.
  • 10th February 2015
    Have A Look Inside Talisker, Lagavulin, Cardhu & Glen Ord Distilleries
    Those of you who have never had the chance to visit a Scotch whisky distillery will be pleased to hear that you can now take a virtual tour around Talisker, Lagavulin, Cardhu & Glen Ord Distilleries.

  • 9th February 2015
    The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1968
    Berry Bros & Rudd owners of The Glenrothes single malt whisky have announced the release of The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1968 Cask No. 13507 the third edition in its rare Extraordinary Cask Collection series.
  • 3rd February 2015
    Redbreast Mano a Lámh
    Fans of the superb Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that they have announced the release of the limited edition Redbreast Mano a Lámh, this is the first expression released in the Redbreast range which has been 100% matured in sherry casks.
  • 30th January 2015
    The New Aultmore Single Malt Whisky Range
    John Dewars & Co have launched a whole new range of single malts from the little heard from Aultmore distillery,
    the three new expressions in the range are the Aultmore 12 Year Old and Aultmore 25 Year Old and they have also launched the Aultmore 21 Year Old which which is exclusive to travel retail. This is what I thought of the three new whiskies...
  • 29th January 2015
    GlenDronach Single Casks Batch 11
    GlenDronach has today announced the release of Batch 11 of its very popular single cask bottlings, selected as always by Master Blender Billy Walker.  The nine new expressions range in age from a 1996 distilled 18 year old up to a very rare 1971 distilled 43 year old.
  • 26th January 2015
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity with Georgie Bell and Stuart Brown
    Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 reviews "An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" and the whiskies presented during the evening in Toronto last week by Mortlach whisky ambassador Georgie Bell and Diageo premium whisky ambassador Stuart Brown.
    The whiskies were Mortlach Rare Old, Mortlach 18 Year Old, Mortlach 25 Year Old, John Walker & Sons Odyssey, Glen Ord 30 Year Old and The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old.
  • 23rd January 2015
    Smokehead Celebrates Gold Awards At India's Prestigious Ambrosia Awards
    Smokehead has always caused debate amongst whisky drinkers as to its distillery of origin but all whisky drinkers who have a taste for a peated Islay single malt agree about one thing, it is a quality dram. It appears that the mysterious unnamed distillery Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is now being noticed in India, after picking up a duo of Gold awards at this year’s prestigious Ambrosia Awards.
  • 22nd January 2015
    Jameson St. Patricks Day 2015 Limited Edition
    ameson has unveiled its 5th annual limited edition bottle as it gears up for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. The Jameson St. Patricks Day 2015 Limited Edition was designed by award-winning, Dublin-based illustrator, Steve Simpson, the bottle forms the flagship of Jameson’s much-anticipated ‘Hello Dublin’ celebrations in Dublin and around the world this March.
  • 15th January 2015
    Jameson Good Workers Great Whiskey Limited Edition
    Jameson Good Workers, Great Whiskey, the first release in a new limited edition series of innovative packaging which celebrate the whiskeys rich heritage.
    This first release celebrates the craftspeople at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork where the whiskey is produced today.
  • 12th January 2015
    "Rock Oyster" Island Vatted Malt From Douglas Laing
    Douglas Laing & Co. the Glasgow based whisky specialists today announced the release of "Rock Oyster" Island Vatted Malt Whisky. Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using a selection of single malts sourced from distilleries on the Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.
  • 9th January 2015
    Isle of Skye Limited Edition 18 and 21 Year Old
    Fans of the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky will be pleased to hear that to toast the start of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink they have announced the launch of two new limited edition expressions, an Isle of Skye 18 year old and Isle of Skye 21 Year Old.


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