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Whisky News Archive 2018

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Whisky News Archives

  • 21st December 2018
    Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Review
    Tasted the Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series No 4 which was launched earlier this year, the smoke is gentle but hangs in there from start to finish, it does become a little bolder with each mouthful and compliments the candied fruit and sweet toffee well to make for, and most importantly, a very enjoyable dram.
  • 21st December 2018
    Powers Quarter - A New Powers Pub Tour In Dublin
    Powers Quarter is a new guided pub tour in Dublin which will take you through the history of the iconic Powers Irish whiskey brand in Dublin, with a few drams of Powers along the way.

  • 20th December 2018
    Rare Whisky 101 Expose The Extent Of Fake Whisky
    In recent tests commissioned by 'Rare Whisky 101', a whisky valuation service, brokerage and consultancy for whisky connoisseurs, it was found that from 55 bottles of Scotch whisky that were acquired by RW101 from different sources through the secondary market, 21 were confirmed as either outright fakes or whiskies not distilled in the year declared.
  • 19th December 2018
    The GlenDronach Grandeur 27 Year Old Batch 10 Review
    Just in time for those of you who may be looking for something special to pour over the holiday season or perhaps to see in the New Year, the GlenDronach Distillery has launched the next instalment of their sherry rich premium Grandeur series of single malt whiskies, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10 27 Year Old.
  • 14th December 2018
    Glen Moray Edinburgh Rugby Single Cask Private Edition
    Here is one for the whisky drinking rugby fans amongst you who are looking for something new to treat themselves to over the holiday season, Glen Moray has just announced the release of the Glen Moray Edinburgh Rugby Single Cask Private Edition whisky just in time for Christmas, a release which will see Glen Moray contributing 100% of the profits of the sale of the limited edition bottles to the rugby charity, Hearts and Balls.
  • 14th December 2018
    Benromach's Susan Colville Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year
    It is usually a sign that a distillery is worth visiting when it receives an award such as this, Susan Colville has just picked up the Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year Award at the Whisky Magazine organised Icons of Whisky Scotland awards.
  • 14th December 2018
    Tullamore DEW John Quinn Vice Chair Of Irish Whiskey Association
    Tullamore D.E.W. 44 year veteran brand ambassador has been elected as Vice Chair of the Irish Whiskey Association which was established in 2014 to represent the rapidly expanding Irish Whiskey industry and provides a forum for all operators, new and old, to come together to share expertise and cooperate in building the Irish whiskey category brand.

  • 13th December 2018
    Glengoyne Behind The Scenes Tickets Sell Out In 24Hrs
    Tickets to a closed doors, behind the scenes experience at Glengoyne Distillery which I only told you about on here yesterday have sold out within 24 hours after single malt fans from around the world rushed to pick up the bucket-list experience and keys to the distillery.
  • 12th December 2018
    Douglas Laing 70th Anniversary Year XOP Port Ellen & Big Peat 26
    Douglas Laing has just unveiled two rather special "Platinum" themed whiskies to round off their 70th anniversary year, a XOP Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage Single Cask and the second release of Big Peat’s aged limited edition trilogy; the Platinum Edition Aged 26 Years Old.
  • 11th December 2018
    Go Behind The Scenes At The Glengoyne Distillery
    The Glengoyne distillery is offering whisky enthusiasts the chance to go behind the scenes at the distillery. There are 36 places available for whisky fans to effectively get the keys to the distillery for one day to get a deeper insight than ever before into how Glengoyne’s single malt is crafted.
  • 11th December 2018
    World Class 2019 Bartending Global Final Coming To Glasgow
    Diageo Reserve has announced that Glasgow will be the location for the 2019 World Class Global Final, the world's biggest bartending competition. The worlds brightest and best bartenders will descend on Scotland’s cultural capital, Glasgow, in September 2019 to battle it out to be crowned the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year.
  • 10th December 2018
    J & B Rare Review And 'A Rare Discovery' Christmas Cocktail
    Review of the often overlooked J & B Rare
    a quality easy drinking Speyside style blend that could easily rival some of the entry level Speyside single malts and in keeping with the festive season and given the increasing popularity of whisky cocktails I thought you would appreciate this J & B Rare Christmas cocktail idea which was created by a bartender from Drake & Morgan’s The Parlour in London, called 'A Rare Discovery'.
  • 10th December 2018
    The Three Wise Men Of Loch Lomond Christmas Whisky Cocktails
    Review of the Loch Lomond 12 year old, Inchmurrin 12 year old and Inchmoan 12 year old and three Christmas whisky cocktails ideas which utilises these three single malt whiskies from the Loch Lomond distillery.

  • 10th December 2018
    Rachel Barrie First Female To Join Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    Rachel Barrie Master Blender for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries has become the first woman to be inducted into the Whisky Magazine's Hall of Fame.

  • 10th December 2018
    #JOINTHEPACT Anti Drink Driving Campaign Returns To Edinburgh
    Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Trams joined F1’s Mika Häkkinen on Friday 7th December to urge Scots to #JOINTHEPACT and pledge to never drink and drive.
    The two-times F1 World Drivers’ Champion also brought the Johnnie Walker Caparo T1 supercar to the Airport as part of a series of events in Edinburgh to promote the #JOINTHEPACT Never Drink and Drive campaign over the festive season.
  • 10th December 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies Scoops 3 Design & Packaging Awards
    It seems that the folks at Elgin based whisky creators Gordon & MacPhail not only creates whisky that tastes good but also looks good as the family owned and run business has just been recognised for its premium portfolio of exclusive single malt whiskies at The Spirits Business 2018 Design & Packaging Masters, securing three ‘Master’ accolades.
  • 6th December 2018
    Get Your Face On The Big Peat’s Pals Feis Ile Edition 2019
    Douglas Laing calls on whisky fans to submit their photos for inclusion on the Big Peat’s Pals Feis Ile Edition 2019.

  • 5th December 2018
    Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old
    Following on from the popularity of previous 1970's single cask vintage releases from Benromach the distillery today unveiled another rare single cask limited edition expression which was laid down in the 1970's, the Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old which has been fully matured in a single Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask No. 2608.
  • 5th December 2018
    Isle of Arran 21 Year Old Unveiled
    The Isle of Arran distillery has unveiled there latest and oldest expression of single malt whisky to join its core range to date, the Arran 21 Year Old, matured in a combination of of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks before being bottled at 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and natural colour.
  • 5th December 2018
    Glenmorangie Commission Piece For National Museum of Scotland
    Glenmorangie has once again teamed up with the National Museum of Scotland, on this occasion the Scotch malt whisky maker has commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
  • 4th December 2018
    The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk 1954 - 2003
    Following on from their incredibly popular Family Cask Collection, the Glenfarclas distillery has unveiled The Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk which contains every single vintage from 1954 to 2003. The unique collection of fifty 200ml bottles, one from each year from 1954 to 2003, are presented in a custom made trunk which will be available worldwide with a RRP of £100,000.
  • 4th December 2018
    The SMWS Brings The Festive Spirit To Edinburgh Christmas Parties
    Those festive folks at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh are offering businesses in the city the chance to bring some festive spirit to their Christmas party celebrations. So why not crap your usual humdrum office party traditions this Christmas by having an expert from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society hand-deliver exceptional drams right to your desk.
  • 4th December 2018
    Win Prizes In The Benromach Online Advent Calendar
    The Benromach distillery is giving whisky fans the chance to win prizes in their Benromach online Advent Calendar 2018. Packed with fun facts, helpful tips and insights into how Benromach is handcrafted and it offers whisky fans opportunities to win prizes ranging from a bottle of the flagship Benromach 10 Year Old to a limited edition Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling.

  • 4th December 2018
    Glenmorangie Festive Pop Up At The Devonshire Club London
    In the run up to Christmas Glenmorangie has teamed up with The Devonshire Club in the London to bring a whisky and wood inspired festive pop-up experience to life. The ephemeral bar will be open to all whisky lovers – both members and non-members of the Club - serving bespoke cocktails using Glenmorangie’s whisky range. In addition to whisky cocktails and drams, guests will also be able to enjoy warming Glenmorangie Hot Toddies, unctuous hot chocolate made by award-winning chocolatier William Curley and hand-made bespoke chocolates created to pair perfectly with Glenmorangie.
  • 30th November 2018
    Red Spot 15 Year Old Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Review
    Irish Distillers has added a 15 year old expression to their single pot still 'Spot' range, the Red Spot 15 Year Old whiskey is not exactly a new expression but it hasn't been seen since the 1960's. Deliciously rich and complex and if you are able to get hold of this where you are, I am sure you wont be disappointed to find this rich Marsala wine influenced, spicy Irish single pot still in you Christmas stocking.
  • 27th November 2018
    Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak Review
    Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak is the latest addition to the Speyside distillery's core range, matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in heavily charred American Oak casks. No surprises, just what you would expect from this type of maturation, a delicious balance of sweet and spice and a nice touch of fruit, a cracking Speyside whisky for your money and a very welcome addition to the Glen Moray range.
  • 26th November 2018
    Deanston Makes TV Debut In The Three Drinkers On Amazon Prime
    After making its big screen Hollywood debut back in 2012 in the movie The Angels' Share, Deanston distillery is set to hit small screens in a brand new series on Amazon Prime called ‘The Three Drinkers’, with the highland single malt launching the first episode of the series, which will premiere today.
  • 23rd November 2018
    Douglas Laing Unveils Final Scallywag Red-Nosed Reindeer Edition
    Those festive folks at Douglas Laing today unveiled the the third and final Scallywag 12 Year Old Red Nosed Reindeer Edition. Expect an explosion of Christmas character on the palate thanks to 100% Sherry maturation over 12 Years, a limited release of only 450 bottles.
  • 23rd November 2018
    Master Blender Billy Leighton Joins Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    In recognition of his 42 years in the industry and contribution to the growth of the Irish whiskey category with Irish Distillers, Middleton distillery Master Blender Billy Leighton has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at The Dean Hotel, Dublin.
  • 22nd November 2018
    Ex-Chief Executive Of Cadbury Joins Cotswolds Distillery Board
    We often hear of whisky and chocolate pairings that really work well, but here is a slightly different whisky and chocolate pairing, The Cotswolds Distillery has announced that Sir Dominic Cadbury, previously Chief Executive and Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes, has joined the board of directors at The Cotswolds Distillery.
  • 21st November 2018
    Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 006
    Its that time of year once again, Glengoyne has just announced the release of the Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 6, the sixth release in this highly rated and very popular series of big sherried cask strength drams from the Highland distillery.
  • 21st November 2018
    Diageo Reserve Appoints Jason Clark As Talisker Brand Ambassador
    Those of you who have had the pleasure of attending premium whisky events and tastings will have no doubt come across dedicated whisky brand ambassadors for many of the whisky brands available but strangely Diageo who owns 28 Scotch malt whisky distilleries has very few ambassadors dedicated to just one of their whisky brands so it is good news to hear that Diageo Reserve has appointed Jason Clark as the new Brand Ambassador for its premium Scotch whisky, Talisker.
  • 16th November 2018
    Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke Review
    Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke is a new whisky from William Grant & Sons, it follows and replaces the inaugural release of Ailsa Bay launched back in early 2016. I loved the inaugural release from Ailsa Bay and this 1.2 is every bit as good, with a delicious smooth delivery of clean sweet peat and creamy vanilla, I would say that it has an extra maturity about it which has simply added to the pleasure.
  • 15th November 2018
    The Clydeside Distillery Whisky & Chocolate Tour
    The Clydeside Distillery has introduced two brand new tours as part of its visitor experience, the Whisky & Chocolate Tour and the Distillery Manager Tour which will take you behind the scenes at he distillery.
  • 15th November 2018
    William Grant & Sons Makes It A Double At The IWSC Awards 2018
    Last night, independent family distillers William Grant & Sons made it a double when they picked up the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition awards for Distiller of the Year award and Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year.
  • 14th November 2018
    New Look For Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Range
    Douglas Laing today unveiled a new look for it Premier Barrel Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky range. The range will still be presented in the now familiar ceramic decanter but the labelling has had a makeover. The new look launches with a Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old, Dailuaine 10 Year Old, Glen Garioch 8 Year Old and Craigellachie 10 Year Old.
  • 14th November 2018
    Caol Ila Distillery Plans To Transform Visitor Centre
    Diageo has submitted plans to the Argyll & Bute Council transform the visitor experience at the Islay distillery. The detailed Planning Application which was submitted today sets out proposals to significantly expand and enhance the experience the distillery offers to tourists from around the world.
  • 12th November 2018
    Johnnie Walker Opens Experiential Retail Store In Madrid
    Johnnie Walker has opened its first flagship experiential retail store in Madrid, the cutting-edge store is located on Calle de Serrano - adjacent to the Puerta de Alcalá. The exciting new space plays host to a wide variety of immersive experiences, including whisky appreciation classes and tastings designed to help people explore the world of Johnnie Walker and Scotch.
  • 8th November 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail ‘Private Collection’ Range Gets A New Look
    Gordon & MacPhail debuts new Private Collection range look with rare Inverleven 1985 33 Year Old and Glenrothes 1974 44 Year Old single malt whiskies.

  • 8th November 2018
    John Walker & Sons Private Collection 28 Year Old Midnight Blend
    Johnnie Walker has launched John Walker & Sons Private Collection 28 Year Old Midnight Blend, the fifth and final edition in the John Walker & Sons Private Collection. A limited release of 3,888 individually numbered decanters.
  • 7th November 2018
    Highland Park Viking Tribe Amazon Exclusive
    Highland Park Viking Tribe single malt whisky is a new expression from the Orkney Island distillery which will be available exclusively from Amazon. Bottled at its marrying strength, 46% ABV, which they say has resulted in intensified flavours of citrus fruits, sweet vanilla and peppery spices, balanced with Highland Park's characteristic aromatic smokiness.
  • 6th November 2018
    Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010
    The Benromach Distillery has just unveiled the Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 the latest limited release addition to their popular series of vintage wood finish whiskies.
  • 5th November 2018
    The Glasgow Distillery Hosts Opera World Premiere
    On Friday 2n and Saturday 3rd November The Glasgow Distillery Company, producer of the new 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky, hosted the world premiere of the brand new whisky industry inspired opera, Navigate the Blood, with two sold-out performances.
  • 2nd November 2018
    3  Differently Finished SMWS The Jazz Trio Macallan 22 Year Olds
    The SMWS has released 3 differently finished 22 year Macallan whiskies named The Jazz Trio which were all originally matured in the same sherry puncheon for over 20 years, sold as a set I doubt they will be available for long so dont hang around if you are interested.
  • 31st October 2018
    Arran Tuscan Wine Cask Matured Royal Mile Whiskies Exclusive
    Arran Tuscan Wine Cask Matured is a new small batch release from the Isle of Arran distillery which they have bottled in collaboration with Royal Mile Whiskies and Edinburgh bar Nauticus.
  • 30th October 2018
    Glencairn Named Distilled Spirits Council Official Tasting Glass
    Things just continue to go from strength to strength for the family owned, Glasgow based, Glencairn crystal company as the company today announced that its iconic Glencairn whisky tasting glass, which I am sure most of you are familiar with, has been selected by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States to be the esteemed organisation’s official tasting glass for this year.
  • 26th October 2018
    Smokehead Sherry Bomb
    I am sure this one will be of great interest to those of you who enjoy a big peated sherried whisky, Smokehead today launched a new heavily peated limited edition Islay single malt called Smokehead Sherry Bomb which they tell me is a heavily peated Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks.
  • 26th October 2018
    The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4
    The Balvenie has unveiled the fourth chapter of its DCS Compendium series of single cask whiskies and the theme of this years series is 'Expecting The Unexpected'. The Balvenie 1971 47 Year Old is the oldest expression in the Chapter 4 line-up, with the most unexpected in the line-up being a peaty Balvenie 2009 9 Year Old.

  • 26th October 2018
    Win A Chance To Taste The Craigellachie 51 Year Old For Free
    Craigellachie gives whisky enthusiasts the chance to taste the new Craigellachie 51 year old single cask whisky for FREE!
    Craigellachie will host a tiny pop-up called Bar 51 located in London’s oldest whisky shop, Milroy’s of Soho where 150 lucky whisky enthusiasts can taste the 51 year old whisky for FREE!
  • 26th October 2018
    Balvenie Tasting Dinner Cannonball House Edinburgh's Royal Mile
    Wednesday 31st October, The Balvenie Brand Ambassador Alwynne Gwilt will be hosting a unique Tasting Dinner at Edinburgh’s historic Cannonball Restaurant & Bar on Castlehill at the top of the Royal Mile. Being Halloween it is unclear whether Alwynne will be appearing in fancy dress but I am sure she wont mind if you you turn up in your Halloween costume.
  • 25th October 2018
    Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Octaves Peated Batch 2 Reviews
    Review of the
    recently released Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated Batch 2, two similarly matured whiskies but what a difference some peat makes.
  • 24th October 2018
    Glen Moray Cider Cask Project
    Glen Moray Distillery has announced the launch of the Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a small batch single malt whisky expression finished in whisky casks used to mature Thistly Cross Cider, one of Scotland’s most highly awarded cider brands. This is the first release from the new Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range.
  • 24th October 2018
    North British 58 Year Old 1960 Incorporation Edition
    The North British Distillery which was incorporated on this very day, October 24th, in 1885, has joined forces with Scotch Whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co to release a one-off 58 year old limited edition of only 222 bottles, distilled in July 1960. This 1960 vintage limited edition is the first commercial bottling from the distillery since its incorporation in 1885.
  • 24th October 2018
    Bowmore 19 Year Old French Oak Amazon Exclusive
    Bowmore release a 19 year old French Oak matured limited edition single malt exclusively available from Amazon.
    I suspect this will not be available for very long and is one which we will see appearing on the auction sites in the not too distant future so if you want to get hold of a bottle of the Bowmore 19 Year Old French Oak which is currently priced at £129 don't hang around.
  • 24th October 2018
    The John Walker Masters' Edition 50 Year Old
    John Walker Masters' Edition 50 Year Old a rare blend of Glen Albyn, Glenury Royal, Blair Athol single malts and Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas single grain whiskies. Only 100 bottles available.
  • 23rd October 2018
    Haig Club & David Beckham New ‘Make Your Own Rules’ Campaign
    Haig Club has once again teamed up with David Beckham in their latest print campaign, ‘Make Your Own Rules’. The new print campaign builds on the Haig Club “Make Your Own Rules” TV commercial released last year, the print campaign continues to challenge some of the more traditional myths surrounding Scotch, encouraging people of legal purchase age to consider whisky in new ways and occasions.
  • 22nd October 2018
    Glasgow Distillery Signs Distribution Deal In France With Dugas
    The Glasgow Distillery Company has announced that they have signed a new international distribution deal with French drinks specialists, Dugas which will see its 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Whisky distributed throughout France.

  • 19th October 2018
    New Whisky Lounge At Aberdeen's Chop Grill & Bar
    Whisky fans in and around Aberdeen or indeed anyone with plans to visit the granite city will be pleased to hear that today the first premium whisky lounge launched in the city, located within Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel, it offers whisky connoisseurs a new place to drink the water of life in the heart of Aberdeen city centre.
  • 19th October 2018
    Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey
    I know the price tag of £86 for the Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength can put some people off trying it but I can tell you it is a seriously good Irish single pot still whiskey and well worth trying and you don't need to take my word for it as Jim Murray has just named the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch B1/17 his Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey, scoring it with an impressive 97 out of 100 points.
  • 17th October 2018
    Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne 10 Year Old
    Glengoyne team up with Glasgow School of Art graduate, John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo) for ‘Spring Blossoms at Glengoyne’, the third in a series of specially commissioned seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery.

  • 17th October 2018
    Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts With A Twist 10 Year Old
    Douglas Laing continue to celebrate their 70th anniversary year this time with a limited edition multi regional vatted malt - Remarkable Regional Malts With A Twist 10 Year Old.

  • 16th September 2018
    Alan McConnochie Inducted As Keeper of the Quaich
    Alan McConnochie Distillery Manager for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh has been recognised for his 45 years of service in the Scotch whisky industry and inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich.

  • 15th October 2018
    Irish Distillers Announce €150 Million Expansion In Cork and Dublin
    As the demand for Irish whiskey continues to soar worldwide, Irish Distiller's, who produce a number of the most popular Irish whiskies on the market, have announced that they are to invest more than €150 million into their Midleton Distillery and Dungourney maturation site in Co. Cork, and Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin over the next two years.
  • 15th October 2018
    BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the outstanding BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old which recently made a very welcome return to the BenRiach core range
  • 15th October 2018
    BenRiach 10 Year Old Review
    Review of The BenRiach 10 Year Old, a lovely malty and fruity introduction to BenRiach without the peat and a must try when exploring what BenRiach has to offer.
  • 15th October 2018
    Benromach’s Susan Colville Becomes a Keeper of the Quaich
    Benromach Distillery’s brand home manager, Susan Colville, who is the latest member of the Forres distillery team to become a Keeper of the Quaich; an international and select society which recognises those who have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch whisky industry.
  • 12th October 2018
    Glenmorangie Recreates Extinct Oyster Reefs In The Dornoch Firth
    A ground-breaking project backed by Glenmorangie to restore oyster reefs which were fished to extinction a century ago will see 20,000 oysters introduced into the sea in the Dornoch Firth, near Glenmorangie’s Highland home.
  • 11th October 2018
    100 SMWS Partner Bars To Offer A Taste Of Cask No. 64.97
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is celebrating its partner bar network this October by offering every one of them and their whisky lovers an exclusive Society whisky to be sold by the dram, a single cask Mannochmore SMWS Cask No. 64.97: A sunny day in late summer.
  • 11th October 2018
    Glenkinchie Distillery Submits Plans To Transform Visitor Centre
    The Glenkinchie Distillery has unveiled plans to transform the visitor experience at the East Lothian distillery. The distillery has formally submitted a detailed planning application to the East Lothian Council setting out proposals that will significantly expand and enhance the experience the distillery offers to tourists from around the world.
  • 11th October 2018
    Navigate the Blood - NOISE Opera Live At The Glen Scotia Distillery
    Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown is set to host one of the first performances of an exciting new opera set in a distillery, Navigate The Blood - NOISE Opera featuring music by Scot indie stars Admiral Fallow.
  • 10th October 2018
    Brora Distillery Resurrection Given Planning Permission
    Diageo's plans to reopen the Brora Distillery has taken another step forward after Highland planners granted permission to the landmark project. Painstaking work will now begin to restore the original buildings, which date back almost two centuries to 1819, bringing the site back to life as a working distillery.
  • 10th October 2018
    Whisky Bible 2019 World Whiskies Of The Year Winners
    Jim Murray has once again named an American Bourbon whiskey as his World Whisky Of The Year in the latest edition of his Whisky Bible. Jim has chosen the American Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 'William Larue Weller 128.2 Proof' as his top whisky in his Whisky Bible 2019.
  • 9th October 2018
    Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Octaves Peated Batch 2
    I am sure those of you that were lucky enough to have the pleasure of the limited release Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated back in 2016 when it was launched will be pleased to hear that the Glenglassaugh distillery today announced the release of Batch 2 of the Glenglassaugh Octave cask expressions, Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Peated.
  • 8th October 2018
    New SMWS Venue In Clapham Opens Its Doors To All
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be opening a new whisky and cocktail pop-up in London on Friday 12th October, in celebration of its 35th anniversary. The venue will also be open to the general public, giving whisky enthusiasts in the city the opportunity to experience the world’s most colourful whisky club. However, members will receive additional benefits including exclusive access to the latest SMWS Outturn stock, reserved seating options and special tasting events.

  • 8th October 2018
    Tamdhu From Spain To Speyside
    Following on from the announcement last week from the Tamdhu distillery that they are replacing their Tamdhu 10 Year Old expression with a new Tamdhu 12 Year Old Oloroso sherry cask matured single malt the distillery has launched a new social media ‘Spain to Speyside – journey of the sherry cask’ campaign to celebrate its strong links with Spain in time for International Sherry Week (8-14 October).
  • 5th October 2018
    Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Review
    Review of Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. The brandy cask has undoubtedly added a delicious fruity dimension to the Deanston spirit, a fantastic nose and the fruits are intense at first on the palate. Finishes a bit quickly but easily remedied with another mouthful.

  • 5th October 2018
    Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish Review
    Review of Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. An outstanding irresistible Bunna! It isn't often we see Palo Cortado sherry casks used to mature or finish a whisky, and the casks used here have been of the highest quality and they have given this deliciously mature Bunna a light Oloroso sherry type influence.

  • 5th October 2018
    Bunnahabhain 2008 9 YO Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Review
    Review of Bunnahabhain 2008 9 Year Old Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. The smoke which is more powerful than the nose let on coats the palate, it has a lovely peppery edge to it and is infused with toasted raisin, cherry and a little toffee.

  • 5th October 2018
    Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Review
    Review of Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. Orange and lemon infused smoky bacon leads leads the charge then gives way to some spice and some bittersweet dark chocolate and some nuttiness.

  • 5th October 2018
    Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish Review
    Review of Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. The grape, vanilla and oak spice combine wonderfully, a great example of just how good this distillery can be at his age.

  • 5th October 2018
    Tobermory 2005 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish Review
    Review of Tobermory 2005 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection. A lovely rich Tobermory which gets spicier with each mouthful and demonstrates just how good Tobermory can be at this age, the bottling strength 55.1% has clearly added to the flavour and pleasure.

  • 4th October 2018
    Aerstone Single Malt Scotch Whisky From William Grant & Sons
    Aerstone Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a new single malt whisky range from William Grant & Sons which they recently launched with two very different 10 Year Old expressions the ‘Rich and Smoky’ Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old and the ‘Smooth and Easy’ Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old. Aerstone aims to simplify the taste messaging in the single malt category.
  • 4th October 2018
    Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the new William Grant's Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old, a delicious new single malt whisky from William Grant that breaks down Scotch whisky regional boundaries and merges the traditional Speyside and Islay styles of whisky together in the form of Aerstone Land Cask, and they have done it exceptionally well.

  • 4th October 2018
    Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the new William Grant's Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old, a deliciously moreish lighter style sweet Speyside single malt with a lovely, light, smooth, malty delivery with a delicious mix of vanilla icing, barley sugar and sugared almonds, followed by a little candied orange and gentle oak joining the party.

  • 3rd October 2018
    Midleton Very Rare 2018
    Midleton Very Rare 2018 is believe it or not the 35th edition of the special annual Vintage release from the Midleton distillery. The whiskeys that have gone into the Vintage 2018 blend have been matured exclusively in lightly-charred ex-Bourbon American oak barrels for between 12 and 28 years.
  • 3rd October 2018
    Douglas Laing The Gauldrons Batch 3
    Just in time for Halloween, Douglas Laing has announced the release of The Gauldrons Batch 3, a dark and moody, sweet and peaty, vatting of Single Malts exclusively from Campbeltown.
  • 3rd October 2018
    White Walker By Johnnie Walker (Game Of Thrones)
    Johnnie Walker has unveiled White Walker by Johnnie Walker, a limited edition blended Scotch whisky which they have specially created in collaboration with HBO and their cult TV series Game of Thrones. White Walker is the first limited release in the Johnnie Walker Game of Thrones whisky collection.
  • 3rd October 2018
    Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Coming To The Shelves Of Waitrose
    Following on from the Cotswolds single malt whisky launching in World Duty Free stores at Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands airports during the summer, the English single malt whisky has now secured itself its first national retail listing with a place on the shelves of Waitrose.
  • 2nd October 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Twin Longmorn Single Cask Whiskies
    Seeing double as Gordon & MacPhail release twin single Longmorn 1961 whiskies as part of their extremely rare ‘Private Collection’ range. The two single cask Longmorn 1961 whiskies were rather appropriately selected for bottling by two members of the family owned whisky creator, identical twin brothers Stuart and Richard Urquhart.

  • 2nd October 2018
    All's Gold For The Glenmorangie Travel Retail Exclusive Range
    The frequent travellers amongst you may already know that Glenmorangie has a knack of turning out some very impressive stuff in travel retail so it will come as no surprise to hear that every whisky in Glenmorangie's exclusive Travel Retail range has been lauded in a recent industry competition which rewards excellence in the category.
  • 1st October 2018
    Old Pulteney Unveils New Travel Retail Exclusive Collection
    Old Pulteney today revealed three expressions, two new and one existing expression, which will make up their new Old Pulteney Travel Retail Collection. The new look travel retail collection which sees a return to age statements comprises of the Old Pulteney 10 Year Old, 2006 Vintage and 16 Year Old.
  • 1st October 2018
    Tamdhu 12 Year Old
    Tamdhu has unveiled a new Tamdhu 12 Year Old expression which will replace the existing Tamdhu 10 Year Old. The new Tamdhu 12 Year Old Oloroso sherry cask matured single malt is rolling out globally now and is expected to be available in the UK in 2019.
  • 29th September 2018
    The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the new travel retail exclusive expression, The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old, the first ever travel retail exclusive expression from the Speyside distillery but I hear it will be joined by a 16 year old travel retail expression but meanwhile this is what I thought of the new GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old.
  • 28th September 2018
    The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Review
    Following the announcement earlier this month of the return of the GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival I have managed to get hold of some and it is still an absolutely delicious sherried Speyside dram.
  • 28th September 2018
    The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Review
    Review of The GlenDronach 12 Year Old, a deliciously rich smooth delivery of lovely sherried fruit, this is simply one of the best quality core range sherried Speyside drams of this age that you can buy, if you haven't yet tried this then why not!

  • 27th September 2018
    The Johnnie Walker Grand Voyage At Oblix East
    The Johnnie Walker Grand Voyage is a new immersive experience at the experiential drinking and dining destination Oblix East, London, which is located on the 32nd floor of The Shard. It invites you to taste premium whiskies and luxury cocktails infused with global flavours. The eight different Johnnie Walker blends will be matched with small plates that reflect the flavours highlighted throughout the journey.
  • 25th September 2018
    Old Pulteney 1997 Single Cask Exclusively At Edinburgh Airport
    Old Pulteney has announced the release of Old Pulteney 1997 Single Cask No. 1082, a 20 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky available as an airport exclusive in partnership with Dufry Group for their World Duty Free operated World of Whiskies shop at Edinburgh International Airport.
  • 25th September 2018
    Speyburn 16 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Following the successful launch of the travel exclusive Speyburn Hopkins Reserve and 10 Year Old whiskies the distillery has announced that they are adding a third expression to its exclusive traveller range, the Speyburn 16 Year Old. Wholly matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for 16 years, the result, they tell me, is a liquid bursting with notes of zesty fruit and creamy vanilla.
  • 24th September 2018
    Allt-A-Bhainne Sweetly Peated
    Chivas Brothers has just launched the first official distillery bottling, simply named Allt-A-Bhainne (pronounced 'Alta-Vayne'), which they describe as 'The Sweetly Peated Single Malt'.
  • 21st September 2018
    SFA & Diageo Team Up To For Responsible Drinking Campaign
    The Scottish Football Association has teamed up with distilling company, Diageo in a major new alcohol education campaign with the goal of reaching a million Scots with responsible drinking messaging.
  • 20th September 2018
    New Highland Park Travel Retail Collection
    Introducing the new Highland Park Travel Retail Collection, four new whiskies with clear age statements and bottling strengths which step up as you move through the range.

  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition Review
    The Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition sits at the top of the new Highland Park travel retail exclusive range, deliciously rich. Honey infused with orange, cherries, apricots and raisins, some lovely dark chocolate coated toffee, a little pepper and cinnamon and of course Highland Park smoke.

  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park 16 Year Old Wings Of The Eagle Review
    Review of the new Highland Park 16 Year Old Wings Of The Eagle travel retail exclusive whisky, it has a fabulous nose and it is richer, fruitier and spicier than the two other new Highland Park travel retail animals (Bear & Wolf), its a pity they bottled it in a 70cl bottle as it is the best of the animal trio.

  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park 14 Year Old Loyalty of the Wolf Review
    Review of the new Highland Park 14 Year Old Loyalty of the Wolf travel retail exclusive whisky, matured in a combination of sherry-seasoned American oak casks and American oak ex-Bourbon casks. A hit of mild smoke and spice leads followed closely by a little bitter zesty orange, green apple, a little nutmeg and cinnamon and some vanilla sweetening things up but just a little.

  • 20th September 2018
    Highland Park Spirit Of The Bear Review
    The new Highland Park Spirit Of The Bear travel retail exclusive whisky, primarily matured in sherry seasoned American Oak casks. It does appear a little young from nose to finish but still, and most importantly, an enjoyable enough dramming whisky from nose to finish.

  • 18th September 2018
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 35th Anniversary Virtual Tasting
    As part of their ongoing 35th Anniversary celebrations, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be bringing their spiritual home in Edinburgh, The Vaults, to members across the world through a unique live virtual tasting of five specially selected drams and they are offering you the chance to join in via a special membership offer for £89 which will include the £40 five dram 35th Anniversary tasting pack.

  • 17th September 2018
    Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series No 4
    Introducing Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series No 4, a smoky whisky which has been finished in sweet rum casks, expect a mix of campfire smoke and sweet toffee.

  • 14th September 2018
    The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary
    The Balvenie DoubleWood 25 Year Old 25th Anniversary Edition is a new limited release to mark 25 years since The Balvenie distillery first released the DoubleWood 12 year old, back in 1993. With around 3,600 bottles available worldwide I don't think this will be on the shelves for long.
  • 13th September 2018
    Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year Old
    As Douglas Laing continues their year of 70th anniversary celebrations they have unveiled the third of four special XOP Platinum bottlings which they are releasing throughout the year, this time the Glasgow whisky bottler and soon to be maker has released a limited edition Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1993 Vintage single cask, single malt.

  • 12th September 2018
    BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old Returns
    I am sure many of you will be pleased to hear that The BenRiach distillery has announced that the outstanding BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood is making a return to the distillery's core range.
  • 12th September 2018
    Glenmorangie Handmade Wooden Surfboard
    In the latest of its Beyond the Cask creative collaborations, Glenmorangie takes to the waves in partnership with Grain Surfboards of Maine, New England USA – visionary creators of hand-built wooden surfboards.

  • 11th September 2018
    The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
    Here is one which you will have to dust off your passport to get a hold of, The GlenDronach Distillery has unveiled its first ever travel retail exclusive expression, The GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year Old.
  • 11th September 2018
    Jameson Cold Brew
    The folks behind Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers at the Midleton Distillery near Cork, Ireland have been getting creative once again, this time they have come up with Jameson Cold Brew, an innovative take on the classic combination of Irish whiskey and coffee.
  • 10th September 2018
    Whyte & Mackay Unveil Tamnavulin & Fettercairn In Travel Retail
    Glasgow based whisky maker and blender Whyte & Mackay are set to present two of their major new malt whisky collections, from Tamnavulin and Fettercairn, at this year’s TFWA Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes, including the new travel retail exclusive Tamnavulin Tempranillo.
  • 7th September 2018
    The North British Distillery Appoints New Board Member
    In Whisky Business news The North British Distillery in Gorgie, Edinburgh has announced the appointment of Pamela Scott to the company’s board of directors. Pamela takes on this responsibility alongside her role as Global Operations Excellence Director - Strategy and Standards at Diageo.
  • 6th September 2018
    The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival Returns
    he GlenDronach fans amongst you will be pleased to hear that the distillery has announced that the once revered rich sherry cask matured GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival is making a return.
  • 5th September 2018
    Big Peat Christmas 2018
    Just as summer is drawing to a close once again those festive folks at Douglas Laing today unveiled the latest instalment of their Big Peat Christmas Series of deliciously peaty Islay blended malts, the Big Peat Christmas 2018 Cask Strength Limited Edition which is the 8th annual release.
  • 4th September 2018
    BenRiach 1998 Cask No 10299 120th Anniversary Bottling
    BenRiach Distillery is marking its 120th anniversary with a commemorative cask selected from Warehouse 13, the oldest dunnage warehouse at the heart of the distillery. BenRiach Marsala Hogshead Cask No.10299 has been bottled at cask strength and will be available exclusively from the distillery shop.
  • 3rd September 2018
    Benromach Cask No 1 To Be Sold In Aid Of Charitable Causes
    distillery today announced that they will release Benromach Cask No 1, the first cask that was laid down when the distillery reopened after many years of closure. The cask itself was signed by HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles, during the distillery’s official reopening ceremony and all profits from the sale will be donated to charitable causes.
  • 29th August 2018
    Douglas Laing Clutha Distillery To Open Autumn 2019
    Douglas Laing this week unveiled that its new Glasgow distillery project in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Clyde, will be named the ‘Clutha Distillery’ and it is set to produce a sherried single malt whisky.
  • 29th August 2018
    Douglas Laing Private Stock Ledaig 21 Year Old Web Exclusive
    Douglas Laing, the Glasgow based family owned and run Scotch whisky bottler and soon to be producer when their Clutha Distillery in Glasgow opens, today announced the forthcoming release of 'Douglas Laing Private Stock', a brand new web exclusive series which will launch this Friday with a Ledaig 21 Year Old single cask whisky.

  • 28th August 2018
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society 35th Anniversary Party In Edinburgh
    On Saturday 8th September, to celebrate its 35th Anniversary, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are throwing open the gates to the normally private Queen Street Gardens. The festivities start at 12pm until 5pm and include food, drink and music, tickets are available from The SMWS website, I suspect that these will not be available long so don't hang around if you want to attend.
  • 27th August 2018
    G & M Celebrates Connoisseurs Choice 50th Anniversary
    Gordon & MacPhail marks 50th anniversary of the Connoisseurs Choice range with a series of single malts aged 30 years and above.

  • 23rd August 2018
    The Glenallachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 1 Review
    The Glenallachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 1 was matured in a combination of American oak, Pedro Ximinez, Oloroso and virgin oak casks, a honey coated mix of apple, orange and raisin leads, followed closely by some vanilla toffee, cocoa and a little vibrant fresh oak spice.
  • 23rd August 2018
    The Glenallachie 12 Year Old Review
    The Glenallachie 12 Year Old is described by Walker as 'the heart of our range', matured in a combination ex-American Bourbon Oak, Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso casks, a nice clean lightly sherried Glenallachie, certainly an easy drinker for everyday dramming.
  • 23rd August 2018
    The Glenallachie 18 Year Old Review
    The Glenallachie 18 Year Old is said to exemplify the signature style of The Glenallachie, a combination of rich and robust spirit, matured in a combination Pedro Ximinez, Oloroso and American oak casks. The nose somewhat conceals the pleasure to come in the mouth, a delicious fruit, honey and almond mix complemented by the 18 years of oak influence on the spirit.
  • 23rd August 2018
    The Glenallachie 25 Year Old Review
    The Glenallachie 25 Year Old sits at the top of the recently launched core range from the Speyside distillery. A deliciously stunning example of Glenallachie, from nose to finish this does not let you down and bottling at 48% ABV has also clearly added to the pleasure.
  • 17th August 2018
    Help Support Scottish Association for Mental Health
    Two Scottish control systems companies, Elite Control Systems and Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd of Livingston, Scotland who normally provide systems integration and engineering support services and who recently provided a fully operational process control system for the new Macallan distillery have teamed up to help raise at least £1,000 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health to support its ongoing efforts to provide critical mental health support services, and reduce the rising rate of suicide. They are close to raising their target figure but need just a little more help.
  • 17th August 2018
    Distell Limited Release Malt Collection 2018
    Distell, owner of Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory/Ledaig distilleries has unveiled its first annual limited release Distell Malt Collection, and this first batch of annual releases will feature two unique expressions each from Bunnahabhain and Ledaig and one each from Deanston and Tobermory.
  • 17th August 2018
    Aberfeldy 16 & 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Travel Exclusive
    Aberfeldy has unveiled two new travel retail exclusive expressions, Aberfeldy 16 Year Old and Aberfeldy 21 Year Old both of which have been finished in Madeira casks.
  • 17th August 2018
    Compass Box Reveals Winner Of The Circle Bartender Competition
    Compass Box has revealed Rosey Mitchell as the winner of The Circle bartender competition, Rosey will now go on to collaborate with Compass Box in the creation of a new Compass Box Limited Edition Blend.

  • 17th August 2018
    Stefanie Anderson Named Talisker Race to Skye Champion 2018
    Following a tough fought competition over two days, Stefanie Anderson of Bon Vivant, Edinburgh has been crowned Talisker Race to Skye Champion 2018.

  • 16th August 2018
    Old Pulteney New Core Range
    Old Pulteney this week unveiled their new look core range which is made up of three new single malt whiskies plus one old favourite. The new core range line-up now consists of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old, Huddart, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old sitting at the top of the range.
  • 10th August 2018
    The Woodsman Scotch Blended Whisky From Whyte & Mackay
    The innovative folks at the Glasgow based whisky maker and blender Whyte & Mackay have been busy once again, last night they launched a new Scotch blended whisky called The Woodsman, described as a new modern Scotch blended whisky which gives traditional blended whisky flavours the chop.

  • 8th August 2018
    Chivas Teams Up With Manchester United
    Chivas has announced that they have teamed up with one of the world's biggest football clubs, Manchester United, in a three-year global partnership. The partnership will be revealed to Manchester United fans this Friday 10th August in advance of the Club’s first Premier League home game of the 2018/19 season. But you can view a video taster here.
  • 6th August 2018
    Fettercairn Relaunches With Four New Single Malts
    Fettercairn Distillery owners Whyte & Mackay has announced that they are relaunching the Fettercairn single malt with the release of four new single malt whiskies, Fettercairn 12 Year Old, followed by quite a step up in years to the Fettercairn 28 Year Old; then the Fettercairn 40 Year Old and sitting at the top of the new range is the Fettercairn 50 Year Old.
  • 3rd August 2018
    Whyte & Mackay Roaring Review Booth At Edinburgh Fringe
    If you will be lucky enough to be in Edinburgh this month during the Fringe Festival and you fancy yourself as a critic then pop along to the Whyte & Mackay Roaring Review Booth – a pop up build in Underbelly Bristo Square where festival goers can share their honest Fringe reviews on camera for a chance to win prizes throughout August.
  • 3rd August 2018
    Scotch Whisky Tourism Best Year Ever
    The 2017 annual survey compiled by the Scotch Whisky Association has revealed that Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2017, with 1.9million visits to Scotch Whisky distilleries from tourists from all over the world as well as from across the UK.
  • 3rd August 2018
    InchDairnie Plans For Next Five Years Of Wine Cask Seasoning
    Earlier this week the InchDairnie Distillery in Fife received a visit from Spanish cooperage Toneleria J.L. Rodriguez, the purpose of the visit was to inspect the quality of their Andalusian wine casks that were recently imported to the distillery from southern Spain and to agree plans for the next five years of cask production and seasoning.
  • 2nd August 2018
    New Mortlach Whisky Range Launched Again
    Mortlach has launched a new whisky range comprising of a 12, 16 and 20 year old expression after whisky drinkers had turned their back on the previous range which had been bottled in 50cl bottles and whisky drinkers had considered overpriced. The new Mortlach range will be presented in 70cl bottles and at least for the 12 and 16 year old at an accessible price for most.

  • 2nd August 2018
    Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition 2
    Rock Oyster Cask Strength Limited Edition 2 is the second and concluding edition of a two part series of cask strength Island region blended malts from Douglas Laing & Co. Edition 2 has taken a while in coming as the first edition was released over two years ago but hopefully it is a case of good things are worth waiting on.
  • 1st August 2018
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen
    Johnnie Walker has just unveiled the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen special edition, which is the second bottling in its Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series of special editions crafted using "Ghost" whiskies and other "Rare" whiskies from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label reserves.
  • 31st July 2018
    Whisky Fuelling Tourism Growth In Moray and Speyside
    The latest figures from Moray Speyside Tourism suggest that whisky is continuing to help fuel tourism in the region. The figures suggest that the economic impact of tourism rose by a massive £11 million in 2017, with an extra 50,000 visitors compared to the previous year thanks to a combination of Whisky, the TV series Outlander and growing awareness of the beauty of the Moray coast.
  • 30th July 2018
    New Grant's Blended Whisky Range Line-Up
    Grant's blended Scotch whisky has overhauled its whisky line-up, a move which sees its signature blend, Grant's Family Reserve, renamed Grant's Triple Wood. The overhaul will also see three new expressions joining the Grant's blended Scotch whisky line-up, joining Grant's Triple Wood, will be the new Grant's Triple Wood Smoky, Grant's Rum Cask Finish and Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish completing the new look range.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant's Rum Cask Finish Review
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    Grant's Rum Cask Finish blended Scotch whisky is one of three new additions to the recently overhauled Grant's blended whisky range. This really is delicious, the rum cask has given this blend a deliciously moreish quality, the sweet oak and spices build after a few mouthfuls and layered between the tropical fruits it has made for an outstanding blended Scotch whisky.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant’s Triple Wood Review
    Grant's Triple Wood is not an new whisky, it is the new name for Grant's iconic signature blend, Grant's Family Reserve. A new name but still the same quality and most importantly, enjoyable, everyday dramming whisky and you are unlikely to find a better Scotch blended whisky at this price point.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky
    Grant's Triple Wood Smoky is a soon to be released new permanent addition to the Grant's whisky range which I am sure will catch the interest of the smoky whisky fans amongst you.
  • 30th July 2018
    Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish
    Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish is a soon to be released new permanent addition to the Grant's Cask Editions whisky range which I suppose you could say replaces the discontinued no age statement Grant's Sherry Cask Finish.
  • 26th July 2018
    Monkey Shoulder Made For Mixing
    This summer, Monkey Shoulder, the blended malt made for cocktails, is focusing on the ever increasing market of Global Travel Retail which will see large scale promotions across the world which will be heroing two great signature drinks that are easy to make; the ‘OMG’ Ginger Monkey (Monkey/ginger ale/ice/wedge of orange) and the Lazy Old Fashioned (Monkey/sugar syrup/angostura bitters/ice/twist of orange).
  • 26th July 2018
    Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Now In Travel Retail
    The Cotswolds Distillery which launched their first ever single malt whisky at the end of 2017 has now made its first foray into travel retail, travellers can now find the Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky, Dry Gin and Cream Liqueur available from World Duty Free stores at Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands airports.

  • 20th July 2018
    Glengoyne To Debut At Edinburgh Fringe Festival Next Month
    Glengoyne is set to debut at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival with ‘Unhurried – Glengoyne’s Inefficient Tradition’ a light-hearted look into Glengoyne’s astonishing stories and ways of whisky making.
  • 20th July 2018
    Monkey Shoulder Mixing It Up At JFK Airport This Summer
    If you will be lucky enough to be passing through New York JFK Terminal 4 this summer then look out for "The Monkey Mixer", a promotion from William Grants Monkey Shoulder Scotch blended malt whisky offering travellers the chance to taste the OMG (Orange/Monkey/Ginger) and the Lazy Old Fashioned – serves that can easily be recreated at home.
  • 17th July 2018
    Jura One For You 18 Year Old
    Jura One For You is the third and final instalment in a limited edition series from the Island distillery that celebrates community spirit, an 18 year old expression which has matured in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and further enhanced by virgin American White Oak quarter casks.
  • 16th July 2018
    Old Pulteney 21 Year Old & 1989 Vintage Twin Pack
    Old Pulteney today announced that they have paired together two of its highly rated single malt whiskies in a twin pack, the two whiskies are the outstanding Old Pulteney 21 Year old and the Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage. The pack contains the last UK stock of the classic Old Pulteney 21 year old which should prove desirable to whisky drinkers and collectors.
  • 16th July 2018
    Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden Makes It A Double
    Dr Bill Lumsden, the driving force behind Glenmorangie and Ardbeg’s acclaimed whisky creation, has just made it a double by picking up the International Spirits Challenge Distiller of the Year award for the second time.
  • 16th July 2018
    Lifetime Achievement Award For The Glenlivet's Alan Winchester
    The Glenlivet Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, has been honoured by the International Spirits Challenge 2018 awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 10th July 2018
    Rachel Barrie Honorary Doctorate From University of Edinburgh
    Rachel Barrie, who is known these days for creating single malt whiskies for the BenRiach, Glenglassaugh and The GlenDronach distilleries has been recognised by the University of Edinburgh for her expertise and service to the whisky industry. At a ceremony in Edinburgh yesterday, the University of Edinburgh presented Rachel with an honorary doctorate.
  • 7th July 2018
    Scallywag The Chocolate Edition Vintage 2009
    To mark World Chocolate Day, which is today, 7th July, the creative folks at Douglas Laing have revealed a special limited release Scallywag Chocolate Edition which has been created using whiskies which have matured predominantly in Spanish Sherry butts.
  • 5th July 2018
    Glenmorangie Begins Work On New Multi-Million-Pound Still House
    In a move to increase capacity inline with the ever increasing demand from whisky drinkers around the world Glenmorangie today broke ground on a new still house which will be part of a multi-million-pound expansion by the Highland distillery.
  • 5th July 2018
    Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet Sells For Record Breaking Price
    Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sells at auction for a record breaking £51,611. The bid came from Hong Kong based buyer and sets a new world record for this legendary bottle. It exceeds the previous mark of £4,200, which it achieved in 2014.

  • 3rd July 2018
    BenRiach Teams Up With Scottish Menswear Designer Kestin Hare
    It is always great to see quality Scottish brands collaborating to promote the best that Scotland has to offer and on this occasion The BenRiach distillery in Speyside has teamed up Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare in a partnership which will celebrate the creative approaches to whisky distilling and clothing design.
  • 2nd July 2018
    The Glenallachie Unveil Core Range
    Following the best part of a year assessing the maturing stock they acquired when they purchased the Glenallachie Distillery, the Billy Walker led Glenallachie consortium has unveiled a new core whisky range comprising of four single malt whiskies, a Glenallachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength, 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.

  • 2nd July 2018
    Chivas XV Grande Champagne Cognac Cask Finished Blend
    Here is one for you to look out for when passing through the airport this summer, Chivas Regal has unveiled a new addition to their travel retail range, Chivas XV, which is a 15 year old Scotch blended whisky which has been, as Chivas puts it, 'selectively' finished in Grande Champagne Cognac casks.
  • 2nd July 2018
    Diageo Begins Work On State Of The Art Whisky Technical Centre
    Diageo breaks ground on new £6.4 million state-of-the-art technical centre in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire for its whisky blending, science & technology and materials testing teams.

  • 2nd July 2018
    Arron Grendon Crowned 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion
    Following a hard fought five day long global final Arron Grendon from Tropic City in Bangkok, Thailand has been crowned the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion. If you fancy trying Arron's winning cocktail, The Grind, we have the list of ingredients you will need.

  • 2nd July 2018
    Benromach Distillery Launches Red Door Gin
    Introducing Red Door gin, a London Dry style gin which takes its name from the distinctive red doors at the Benromach Distillery where it is produced.

  • 28th June 2018
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 Review
    The GlenDronach distillery has just announced the release of The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7. As always it has been bottled straight from the cask, non chill-filtered, natural in colour and as its name tells you, at cask strength which in the case of batch 7 is 57.9% ABV.
  • 27th June 2018
    Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Port Dundas 40 Year Old Vintage 1978
    As Glasgow based whisky bottler and soon to be maker Douglas Laing continues their year of 70th anniversary celebrations they have unveiled their second Xtra Old Particular Platinum bottling, this time a single grain whisky, XOP Platinum Port Dundas 40 Year Old Vintage 1978.
  • 26th June 2018
    BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old Peated Review
    BenRiach has announced the release of a peaty new addition to it range, The BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old Peated which has BenRiach's signature sweet, fruit-laden style.
  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 1992 Cask No. 979 25 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 1992 Cask No. 979 25 Year Old, fully matured in a Port Hogshead cask and this is probably as good an example as you will find at this age.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old. It is fresh and vibrant and the sweet candied fruit is simply delicious. If you are after a sweet fruity easy drinking whisky to sit back and enjoy on a summers evening then you cant go wrong with this.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 2005 Cask No. 2682 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2005 Cask No. 2682 12 Year Old, this peated expression of the BenRiach was fully matured for 12 years in a Port cask. The nose doesn't quite let on about the fruity side of the pleasure that is to come in the mouth but the palate and lingering finish certainly lets you know what this whisky is about.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 2007 Cask No. 8737 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2007 Cask No. 8737 10 Year Old. It is hard to believe this is only a 10 year old cask strength whisky as it is so smooth, a fine example of a Moscatel matured whisky. If you are a fan of a Pedro Ximénez matured BenRiach then you should enjoy this as this Moscatel matured whisky is very similar in style to a PX matured whisky.

  • 22nd June 2018
    BenRiach 2008 Cask No. 5807 10 Year Old Review
    Review of the BenRiach 2008 Cask No. 5807 10 Year Old, distilled on 10th January 2008 and fully matured for 10 years in a Sauternes Barrique. No surprises here just what you would hope for a lovely sweet honeyed single malt with notes of peach, apricot and zesty lemon.

  • 20th June 2018
    Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2018
    After a two-day final which kicked off with a day of trials at the newly opened Edinburgh Grand Hotel, followed by a second day of challenges at Gleneagles, Daniel Warren from Last Chance, Nottingham, was crowned the winner of Diageo Reserve’s World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2018 competition.
  • 20th June 2018
    Rare Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet Expected To Fetch £25K
    A bottle of Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet which is set to go under the hammer in an online auction being held by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer is expected to fetch between £25,000 and £30,000.
  • 18th June 2018
    SMWS Mark 35th Anniversary With 21 Single Cask Bottles
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has revealed that they will mark their 35th Anniversary with the release of 21 single cask whiskies chosen by Charlie MacLean.

  • 18th June 2018
    Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018 - The 21 Finalists
    Chivas Regal has revealed the 21 national winners who will be heading to the United Kingdom to compete to be crowned Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018.
  • 15th June 2018
    Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition
    Royal Salute 28 Year Old Kew Palace Edition is the latest annual Flask Collection release, a collaboration between Royal Salute’s Director of Blending, Sandy Hyslop, and esteemed perfumer Barnabé Fillion.

  • 15th June 2018
    Glencairn Crystal Whisky Glass Sales Continue To Grow
    Glasgow based Glencairn crystal company, makers of the iconic Glencairn whisky tasting glass break through the £10 million revenue sales barrier for the first time.

  • 13th June 2018
    Glasgow Distillery 1770 Inaugural Sells Out
    Following the sell out success of the 1770, the first single malt whisky from the Glasgow Distillery, the distillery has announced a £6 million investment which will double production.

  • 8th June 2018
    BenRiach Single Cask Batch 15
    BenRiach Distillery has unveiled Batch 15 in its popular series of single cask bottlings. The distillery is known for its experimental nature and this latest batch of single cask whiskies demonstrates this, once again offering whisky connoisseurs a multi-faceted range of casks in both unpeated and Highland peated styles. Batch 15 includes 17 casks: 11 unpeated and 6 Highland peated.
  • 7th June 2018
    SMWS 36.142 For A Dignified Dad Benrinnes Limited Edition Offer
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are offering a Fathers Day membership and bottle of whisky package. The whisky is a bottle of
    SMWS 36.142 ‘For a dignified dad’ a 20 year old single cask bottling of Benrinnes whisky, a limited release of only 190 bottles.
  • 6th June 2018
    Glenmorangie 175th Anniversary Distillery Exclusive Bottling
    The Glenmorangie distillery is marking its 175th anniversary with the release of a 16 year old single cask whisky. The first-fill ex-Bourbon cask matured whisky will only be available to those of you who make the pilgrimage to the Distillery in Tain.
  • 5th June 2018
    All Is Gold For Irish Distillers Prestige Whiskey Range
    It would seem that every whiskey Irish Distillers produces turns to Gold, the company has just picked up a remarkable 24 Gold or above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.
  • 4th June 2018
    Douglas Laing Provenance Coastal Collection Jura 12 Year Old
    Douglas Laing has unveiled the second limited release in a Single Cask series of four bottlings honouring Scotland’s Whisky producing islands, this time DL has released a Jura 12 Year Old Single Cask as part of their Provenance Coastal Collection.
  • 31st May 2018
    Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish
    Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish is the first of the two new Irish single pot still additions to the Irish whiskey range with an experimental nature. Initially matured in a combination of first-fill and re-fill American Bourbon oak barrels this single pot still whiskey was then finished in virgin Hungarian oak.

  • 31st May 2018
    Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask
    This Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still whiskey is the second recent limited edition release in the Method and Madness whiskey range. This really is a special limited edition in that rarely do we ever see a single pot still single cask whiskey of this age, and to add to its rarity and inline with the experimental nature of the brand it has had a rather off the normal beaten track journey of maturation.
  • 31st May 2018
    Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old Review
    Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old is the second release in a two part series from the Orkney distillery which have been bottled to celebrate the contrasting seasons on Orkney, it was matured in 100% refill American oak casks and bottled at 52.9% ABV.
  • 30th May 2018
    Plans For New Distillery At Craggan Unveiled
    Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd, the parent company of Gordon & MacPhail the family owned whisky specialist, wholesaler and retailer and owner of Benromach Distillery has unveiled plans to build a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey.
  • 30th May 2018
    Glen Scotia Roll Out 3 Limited Editions At Malts Festival
    Glen Scotia has rolled out 3 limited edition single malts at this years Campbeltown Malts Festival, including a peated Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2018 10 year old Limited Edition Ruby Port Finish which has been bottled at cask strength – 57.8% ABV and priced at £45.

  • 25th May 2018
    Annandale Man O’Words & Man O’Sword Single Cask Releases
    Annandale Distillery has announced a launch date for two single malt single cask whisky expressions, the unpeated Annandale Man O’Words and the peated Annandale Man O’Sword which they are in the process of bottling at the moment.
  • 24th May 2018
    Win A Bottle Of Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling
    I know I am a little late bringing this to your attention, but better late than never. To celebrate Benromach’s 20th anniversary, Benromach have been running an exciting prize draw on Instagram giving you the chance to win a bottle of the Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling.
  • 24th May 2018
    Mhor Festival 2018 - Glengoyne Supper Club & Mhor Gins
    If you are looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend then why not head up to the Mhor Festival taking place from the 25th-27th May near Balquhidder, set against the stunning backdrop of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There will be a gin launch as well as the Glengoyne Supper Club. This is a family festival and a day ticket is only £10.
  • 23rd May 2018
    Haig Club Limited Edition Hip Flask Gift Pack
    Haig Club Limited Edition Hip Flask pack, an easy drinking Father's Day whisky gift idea for Dad's new to whisky and wishing to explore it.

  • 22nd May 2018
    Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition
    I have to say there doesn't seem have been as many special limited edition whiskies released to mark the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle as we have seen in the past for other royal weddings but one very special whisky which stands out from the rest as always is the Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition.
  • 22nd May 2018
    New Look For The Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
    Chivas has just revealed a fresh new look for its Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch blended whisky, however fans of this iconic 18 year old blend need not worry, it is still the same whisky they will find in the bottle.
  • 21st May 2018
    Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old Sold Out In Six Hours
    If you managed to get hold of a bottle of Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old when it was launched exclusively to members of Redbreast's online whisky club 'The Birdhouse' on Saturday afternoon then you were one of the lucky ones as Irish Distillers tells me that 816 bottles sold out in just 6 hours of its release.
  • 21st May 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range
    Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled the new Discovery range, a flavour led range which will feature three flavour profiles of single malt whisky: Bourbon, Sherry and Smoky which will be presented in colour coded packaging for easy navigation of the range by whisky drinkers.

  • 21st May 2018
    Benromach Red Door Gin
    The Benromach Distillery Company announce that they are entering the gin business and plan to produce Red Door Gin following the installation of a new gin still at their Benromach distillery site.

  • 18th May 2018
    Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6
    Glengoyne has just released Cask Strength Batch 6, the first ever expression in the Cask Strength series that has been 100% matured in sherry oak casks.
    Created from a combination of first fill European oak sherry casks, American oak sherry butts and refill sherry butts.
  • 18th May 2018
    Talisker Race To Skye 2018
    Following the successful launch of the 'Talisker Race to Skye' bartender competition last year, Diageo Reserve has announced its ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition will return for a second year. To enter this years competition is simple; bartenders nationwide are invited to create a cocktail that evokes the spirit of Talisker’s Made By The Sea campaign.
  • 17th May 2018
    Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2018 Finalists Revealed
    Following an intense semi-final earlier this week in London which saw 35 of the top UK cocktail makers battle it out for a place in the Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2018 final. The 35 competitors were narrowed down to just 10 who will now go through to the 2018 final in Edinburgh.
  • 16th May 2018
    Scallywag 10 Year Old Limited Edition
    The folks at independent Glasgow based whisky specialists, Douglas Laing, have been busy once again in the blending lab, this time they have come up with Scallywag 10 Year Old, a limited edition blend of single malts from the Speyside whisky region.
  • 14th May 2018
    BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled Travel Retail Exclusive
    BenRiach has just launched a new expression exclusively in global travel retail, the BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled. This rare triple distilled whisky from Speyside has matured for at least ten years in a combination of first fill American Bourbon barrels and first fill Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks.
  • 14th May 2018
    Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Whiskies Strike Gold
    As the whisky awards season continues
    I have to say their are not many Scotch whisky brands that are capable of walking away from two prestigious industry competitions clutching a total of 15 gold or double-gold medals between them but that is exactly what Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies have done.
  • 14th May 2018
    Glengoyne 21 Year Old & 25 Year Old Continue To Impress
    I am sure those of you who have add the pleasure of Glengoyne's outstanding 21, 25 and 30 year old whiskies will agree it is a whisky which gets very good with age but if you haven't had the pleasure yet you don't have to just take my word for it as the three sherried delights from Glengoyne have just picked up awards from two internationally acclaimed spirits competitions.
  • 14th May 2018
    Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 Double Gold At SFWSC 2018
    It seems that Tamdhu Batch Strength 003 which was launched in February this year may be worth having a look at, as the latest expression in the Tamdhu Batch Strength series has impressed the folks at both the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the International Spirits Challenge, picking up gold medals at each competition.
  • 10th May 2018
    Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old
    Following on from the World Whisky Day tasting of a cask sample of the Redbreast Dream Cask last year which I had the pleasure of being part of, Irish Distillers have announced that they will launch the stunning first-fill Oloroso sherry cask finished Redbreast Dream Cask 32 year old on World Whisky Day 2018.

  • 10th May 2018
    First Bottle Of Eden Mill Whisky Sells For £7,100 At Auction
    he first bottling of single malt whisky to be released from Eden Mill has sold at auction for a record-breaking price for a first release from a distillery. Bottle number 1 of 300 from the Limited Release First Bottling, the first drops of whisky to be distilled and bottled in St Andrews for nearly 160 years, achieved a record sale of £7,100 through Whisky Auctioneer.
  • 10th May 2018
    The SMWS Unveils Islay House Open Day Programme
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are set to kick of the Feis Ile, The Islay Festival of Music and Malt, by hosting a free relaxed garden party on the beautiful lawns of Islay House.

  • 10th May 2018
    Glen Moray Scoops Two 2018 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards
    At the end of this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival Glen Moray was thrilled to be awarded two out of the five whisky awards, with their Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask Finish winning the No Age category beating The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask Finish into second place. In the 13-20 year category the superb Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 18 year old took the honours with Aberlour 18 year old in second place.
  • 10th May 2018
    Cotswolds Distillery Fundraising Boosted By £145,000 Grant
    The Cotswolds Distillery has just had a massive boost to its fundraising for the construction of a new visitors’ centre at their site in the North Cotswolds. The distillery has just been awarded a lucrative £145,000 grant from the Rural Development Programme for England.
  • 2nd May 2018
    Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01
    Tamdhu launch first in a series of annual limited edition Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival bottlings, Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01.
    The name of the whisky is a nod to Dalbeallie train station, which closed 50 years ago, and the part the Victorian railway played in transporting Tamdhu's sherry oak casks from Spain.
  • 2nd May 2018
    The Singleton Of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection
    Singleton unveils its latest addition to its UK portfolio, The Singleton Of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection. I am told that the new single malt whisky offers a more delicate, slightly sweeter take on the classic Speyside style found in The Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old.

  • 2nd May 2018
    Big Peat Feis Ile 2018 Edition
    Douglas Laing unveil Big Peat Feis Ile 2018 Edition which offers fans of the peaty dram a chance to win a Taste of Islay hamper.
    This years Big Peat Feis Ile peat packed offering is a limited edition release of 3,000 bottles, bottled at 48% ABV and as you now expect from DL, naturally coloured and non chill-filtered.
  • 2nd May 2018
    The SMWS Win Big At San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018
    All seven whiskies entered by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 won double gold medals.
    Their gold haul included Cask No. 29.224 We arrived! (from the Laphroaig Distillery) being awarded a double gold medal and ‘Best in show’, beating approximately 1000 whiskies entered into the competition.
  • 30th April 2018
    Glenfarclas 1920 Bottling Returns To The Distillery
    J. & G. Grant have revealed that they have welcomed home what they believe to be the oldest unopened bottle of Glenfarclas still in existence, a bottle of Glenfarclas from 1920. They also revealed this years Speyside Festival bottling, a Glenfarclas 2004 Single Cask whisky.
  • 30th April 2018
    Tamdhu 120th Anniversary Single Cask
    Tamdhu distillery has announced the release of a special distillery exclusive single cask bottling to mark its 120th anniversary. The deeply rich looking Tamdhu 120th Anniversary Single Cask bottling was selected by the 15-strong Tamdhu distillery team. They choose Single Cask No. 7389, a European oak first-fill sherry butt.
  • 30th April 2018
    The Borders Distillery Opens For Visitors
    Following the return of whisky distilling to the Scottish Borders on the 6th March 2018 when new make spirit started to flow from the copper pot stills at The Borders Distillery in Hawick the distillery is now opening its doors to visitors from tomorrow, Tuesday 1st May.
  • 30th April 2018
    Talisker Bodega Series Launches With Talisker 40 Year Old
    The Talisker Bodega Series is a new series of Single Malt releases which celebrates age-old sherry relationships, the new series launches with a Talisker 40 Year Old single malt which was finished in Bodega Delgado Zuleta Amontillado Sherry casks.
  • 30th April 2018
    Roe & Co Irish Whiskey Cocktails Summer Serves
    With the warmer weather fast approaching (I hope, but there is no guarantee in Scotland) Diageo Reserve’s premium Irish Whiskey, Roe & Co has developed a new range of perfect summer serves which should be very welcome over the summer months and demonstrate the versatility of the Irish spirit.
  • 27th April 2018
    Scotch Malt Whisky Society Islay & Speyside Festival Bottlings
    It looks like May will bring a special outturn from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society as they have announced the forthcoming release of 10 exclusive bottles to celebrate both the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (3–7 May) and Feis Ile, The Islay Festival of Music and Malt (25 May–2 June).
  • 27th April 2018
    Colin Montgomerie Teams Up With Loch Lomond Whiskies
    There has always been a close affinity between two of Scotland's greatest exports, whisky and golf and it seems that Loch Lomond Whiskies are very well aware of that as they have announced a high-profile partnership with Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie to promote the brand’s range of award winning single malts across the world which will see the release of a Loch Lomond Colin Montgomerie limited edition whisky.
  • 27th April 2018
    Glasgow's Clydeside Distillery Welcomes 5,000th Visitor
    he Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow which first opened its doors to visitors at the end of November last year has welcomed its 5000th visitor following a busy Easter period. It is expected to get busier coming into the summer season as getting to the distillery has now got even easier for visitors to Glasgow with City Sightseeing Glasgow installing a brand new stop for its open top bus tour outside the distillery.
  • 27th April 2018
    1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky Unveiled
    The Glasgow Distillery Company reveal the bottle for its first release, the 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky which will be launched via a ballot.

  • 27th April 2018
    Two Bottles Of The Macallan 1926 Sell For $1.2 Million
    Two bottles of The Macallan 1926 have sold for an incredible US$1.2 Million. The $600,000 price paid for each of the two bottles is a new world record, making The Macallan 1926 the most expensive bottles of whisky ever sold.
  • 27th April 2018
    The Famous Grouse Cask Series Launches With Bourbon Cask
    The Famous Grouse Cask Series launches with Bourbon Cask which
    has been blended using a high proportion of whisky matured in American Oak, including first fill bourbon casks. The Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask is available exclusively in Tesco stores.
  • 26th April 2018
    Talisker Whisky X Secret Adventures Experience London
    Talisker is giving Londoners the opportunity to immerse themselves in the elements with an exclusive Thames kayak experience curated by Secret Adventures.

  • 25th April 2018
    Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength
    Fans of Jameson Irish whiskey and in particular Jameson 18 Year Old which was first released 15 years ago will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers has unveiled a Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength edition. This is the first cask strength edition of Jameson to be available worldwide and it is sure to be sought after given the surging popularity of the iconic Irish dram.
  • 24th April 2018
    Eden Mill Hip Flask Series
    Eden Mill distillery in St Andrews today released its first single malt whisky in the form of a "Hip Flask Series". This is a very limited release of only 3,800 20cl bottles from the series of seven single malt expressions which are available, priced at £25 each.
  • 24th April 2018
    Douglas Laing The Epicurean Cask Strength Glasgow Edition
    Douglas Laing today unveiled a cask strength edition of its Lowland blended malt whisky, The Epicurean Cask Strength Glasgow Edition, a limited edition release of 3000 bottles worldwide and described as a homage to the Glasgow whisky specialists roots.
  • 24th April 2018
    Diageo Reserve World Class 2018 Semi-finalists Announced
    Diageo has announced the top 35 bartenders that will go through to the Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2018 semi-final stage. The 35 bartenders will now partake in a series of challenges for the chance to win a an impressive prize package valued at over £15,000 plus achieve the coveted title, World Class GB Bartender of the Year.
  • 23rd April 2018
    Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling
    Benromach mark 20th Anniversary since resuming production with a limited edition 1998 vintage Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling.
    The 1998 vintage whisky has been bottled at cask strength 56.2% ABV, it is naturally coloured and is non chill-filtered.
  • 20th April 2018
    Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 Edition Review
    Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 Edition is the 2nd Port Cask matured whisky from the Islay farm distillery, a deliciously perfect balanced mix of peat and port from nose to finish.
  • 20th April 2018
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018 Edition Review
    The second of two Kilchoman limited releases being launched this Monday 23rd, the now well-established Kilchoman Loch Gorm release is an exclusively sherry matured limited edition. This shows a little more maturity than previous Loch Gorm releases, as in earlier releases the Kilchoman peat smoke and sherry are very compatible partners.
  • 19th April 2018
    The Glenlivet Code Review
    The Glenlivet has once again challenged whisky connoisseurs to master their senses with the release of a third mystery single malt in this top secret Glenlivet series. This is my review of the mysterious Glenlivet Code.
  • 19th April 2018
    Diageo £150 Million Investment In Scotland's Whisky Tourism
    Diageo have announced a £150 Million investment in Scotland's whisky tourism, upgrading its existing network of 12 distillery visitor centres and opening a new Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Edinburgh.

  • 19th April 2018
    Henry Donnelly New Distiller at the Midleton Micro Distillery
    Irish Distillers has announced that Henry Donnelly will take the reigns as Distiller at their Midleton Micro Distillery at the Midleton Distillery in Co Cork. Irish Distillers opened the Micro Distillery back in 2015 with a view to experimenting with distillations of new and old styles of Irish whiskey.
  • 19th April 2018
    Jameson Dublin Worlds Most Visited Whiskey Experience
    Irish Distillers have revealed that their new look Jameson Distillery Bow St. Dublin is the most visited whiskey experience in the world – with visitor numbers topping more than 350,000 in the first year since it reopened in March 2017 following an €11M refurbishment.
  • 18th April 2018
    Diageo Special Releases 2017
    Eagerly anticipated annually by whisky enthusiasts and collectors, the Diageo Special Releases are always a talking point every autumn, whether your pockets are deep enough or not to sample everything in the line-up, a little earlier than we are used to, Diageo have revealed the details of 9 out of 10 of their Diageo Special Releases 2018.

  • 17th April 2018
    Scottish Craftsman's Association 21st Anniversary
    One of the premier whisky events of the year in Southern Ontario, Canada took place in St. Catharines on April, Friday 13th, the Scottish Craftsman's Association 21st Anniversary event, and guest writer and Scotch Malt Whisky forum member, Companion of the Quaich, Murray Cohen has reviewed the whiskies tasted at the event.
  • 16th April 2018
    New Look For Streamlined Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Ranges
    Elgin based Scotch whisky specialists, Gordon & MacPhail have been very busy behind the scenes overhauling their portfolio of whiskies. They have streamlined their whisky portfolio down from fourteen whisky ranges to five which will all launch with a new look.
  • 16th April 2018
    Edinburgh's Holyrood Distillery Building Work Set To Go Ahead
    Building work on Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for 90 years is now set to go ahead next month following a successful funding drive to raise £5.8million to fund the creation of the new 11,969 sq ft Holyrood Distillery and visitor centre in the heart of Scotland’s capital.
  • 16th April 2018
    Whyte & Mackay Flying High As Emirates Airline Whisky Partner
    Whyte & Mackay Limited are flying high following the announcement that they will be a whisky partner of the world’s largest international airline, Emirates. The company's Dalmore and Jura single malt whiskies will now be able to be appreciated at 35,000ft on Emirates, which serves over 135 destinations world-wide.
  • 16th April 2018
    William Grant Unleashes Glenfiddich Winter Storm In Singapore
    William Grant & Sons returns to TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference following a very strong performance in the region in 2017. In Singapore they are set to introduce of the third in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series: Glenfiddich Winter Storm and Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera, the first in a series of rare whisky expressions by Glenfiddich developed in collaboration with Baccarat.
  • 16th April 2018
    The Dalmore 45 At TFWA Asia Pacific In Singapore
    A key introduction from Whyte & Mackay at this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition Singapore show will be The Dalmore 45 – a 45 year old limited edition single malt that contains some of the distillery’s rarest aged stocks.
  • 16th April 2018
    Jura Travel Retail Collection Previews At TFWA Asia Pacific
    With a view of diversifying its brand portfolio and further strengthening its position within the Asian travel retail spirits market, Whyte & Mackay will present a range of new products to buyers at this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition with a key focus at the show this year being the new Jura Travel Retail Collection which is the whisky brand’s first range of single malt Scotch whiskies exclusively available to global travellers.
  • 13th April 2018
    Smokehead High Voltage
    Ian MacLeod Distillers have just unveiled a new look for their popular smoky mystery Islay single malt whisky Smokehead and the distiller has also revealed an intense new expression which they tell me is not for the faint hearted: Smokehead High Voltage.
  • 13th April 2018
    Bushmills 16 & 21 Year Old 2018 Release
    distillery has told me that from this year there will be a 100% increase in availability of the Bushmills 16 year old and also from this year they will add the year of bottling to the label of the Bushmills 21 year old.
  • 13th April 2018
    Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish WWA Best Speyside Single Cask
    If you are planning on heading to the Spirit of Speyside Festival from the 3rd-7th May 2018 then be sure to stop by the Glen Moray distillery to check out the limited edition Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish which has just won the Best Scotch, Speyside Single Cask Single Malt award at the World Whiskies Awards 2018.
  • 12th April 2018
    Glasgow Distillery Release Prometheus 28 Year Old
    Introducing the Prometheus 28 Year Old, the third expression in the Prometheus series from the Glasgow Distillery Company, matured in Sherry Casks and fired by the smoky power of peat but they are keeping tight lipped about the exact Speyside distillery of origin for this one.

  • 11th April 2018
    Loch Lomond & Glen Scotia Impress At World Whiskies Awards
    Loch Lomond Group's range of single malts continue to get noticed, this time the groups Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia single malts have triumphed across a range of categories at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards.
  • 10th April 2018
    Matthew Williams Joins William Grant & Sons Travel Retail Team
    William Grant & Sons has announced that Matthew Williams is to join its team as the new Regional Director for Asia Pacific Global Travel Retail.
  • 9th April 2018
    BenRiach Stewart Buchanan Named a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’
    Stewart Buchanan, who was intrinsic in bringing two Scotch whisky distilleries back to life has been given one of the highest accolades in Scotch whisky by being named a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’, an honour which is awarded to only a small number of people for showing extraordinary dedication to and passion for Scotch.
  • 3rd April 2018
    Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989
    Glenmorangie has unveiled the second limited release in its Vintage Collection, Bond House No.1, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1989, the first Glenmorangie expression to be part-matured in rare ex-Côte-Rôtie casks.
  • 28th March 2018
    Benromach 15 Named Best Speyside By World Whiskies Awards
    The excellent sherried Speyside dram with a touch of smoke, namely the Benromach 15 year old, has been crowned the winner in the Speyside category at the World Whiskies Awards 2018 presentation recently held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London.
  • 28th March 2018
    Waterford Distillery Distils First Biodynamic Irish Whisky
    Back in 2016 the innovative folks at the Waterford Distillery set an industry milestone in when it distilled Ireland’s first organic whisky. This month they took organic whisky to a whole new level when they became the first distillery to create Irish whisky from biodynamic barley.
  • 27th March 2018
    Douglas Laing Kicks Off 70th Anniversary With Ardbeg 25 Year Old
    Glasgow based independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing are kicking off their 70th Platinum Anniversary year by releasing XOP Platinum Ardbeg 1992 vintage 25 Year old Single Cask - the first of four special XOP Platinum limited editions within their Xtra Old Particular range, there will also be a commemorative Old Particular double bottle pack.
  • 27th March 2018
    Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Linkwood Distillery 1956
    Gordon & MacPhail release the last remaining 1950's bottling from the Linkwood distillery.
    The deliciously dark and rich looking 60 year old Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail whisky was matured in a first fill Sherry hogshead cask and is a limited release of only 53 decanters.
  • 26th March 2018
    Gold For Old Pulteney 25 Year Old At World Whiskies Awards 2018
    Old Pulteney 25 Year Old was only introduced by the Northern Highlands Pulteney distillery late last year to replace the Old Pulteney 21 Year Old and it seems it has already impressed the judges at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2018 where the Old Pulteney 25 Year Old expression picked up a Gold accolade in the Scotch Highlands ‘21 & Over’ category.
  • 26th March 2018
    Last Chance To Enter Diageo Reserve GB World Class Competition
    Calling all bartenders, the closing date for entries for the Diageo Reserve GB World Class Competition 2018 is fast approaching. The hotly anticipated and world-renowned bartending competition will commence with a digital submission of one serve and will culminate with one of the biggest competition finals in the industry.

  • 22nd March 2018
    Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Single Cask Heathrow Airport Exclusive
    Here is another one for the travellers amongst you, Loch Lomond distillery release Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Single Cask No. 79 10 year old expression exclusively in London Heathrow Terminal 5 World of Whiskies shop.

  • 22nd March 2018
    Jura Launch Complete New Whisky Range
    In one of the boldest moves we are ever likely to see from any Scotch Malt Whisky company the Isle of Jura distillery has announced the launch of a complete new Jura whisky range for the domestic market. It has discontinued it current core range of whisky and will be replacing it with a completely new range of five single malt whiskies.
  • 15th March 2018
    BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 Review
    Review of
    BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 which has been created using just a small selection of casks which were distilled in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Enticing sweet coconut and vanilla tablet, a lovely touch of fruit - orange and red apple, some timid oak spice and a little grassiness hiding in the background.
  • 14th March 2018
    Douglas Laing's Provenance Coastal Collection Single Cask Series
    Douglas Laing launch Provenance Coastal Collection single cask series with a Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Single Cask bottling.

  • 9th March 2018
    Glasgow Distillery 1770 Whisky Ballot
    Glasgow Distillery has announced the launch of 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky, their first single malt whisky and whisky connoisseurs can get their hands on a bottle via a ballot.

  • 8th March 2018
    Ardbeg Peat & Love Committee Exclusive and Ardbeg Grooves
    Ardbeg are set to celebrate the swinging 1960's with the launch of Ardbeg Peat & Love Committee exclusive this March which will be followed by the general release of Ardbeg Grooves on Ardbeg Day on the 2nd June, groovy!

  • 7th March 2018
    Dalwhinnie Lizzie's Dram Distillery Exclusive Limited Release
    Dalwhinnie mark Lizzie Stewart, Scotland’s first female operator in Malt Distilling, retirement with the launch of the Dalwhinnie Lizzie's Dram, distillery exclusive limited release.

  • 7th March 2018
    GlenDronach 2006 Cask No.1979 11 Year old Review
    Review of the GlenDronach 2006 Cask No.1979 11 Year Old, it is young, deliciously rich, vibrant and very enjoyable and very worthy of its place in this latest line up of Single Cask whiskies from the GlenDronach. Given its price in comparison to others in this release I would recommend that you grab a bottle of this while you have the chance.

  • 7th March 2018
    GlenDronach 1989 Cask No.5476 28 Year old
    Review of the GlenDronach 1989 Cask No.5476 28 Year Old, not as heavily sherried as you may think given its 28 years in the cask, a more elegantly sherried, very enjoyable, mature GlenDronach.

  • 7th March 2018
    GlenDronach 1995 Cask No.3311 22 Year Old Review
    Review of the GlenDronach 1995 Cask No.3311 22 Year Old, an intriguing mix of cherry and the more bitter plum and orange, peach and apricot also, then a wee touch of sulphur appears, the slightest touch of liquorice.

  • 6th March 2018
    Milk & Honey Experimental Series 2nd Edition
    After making history in 2017 Milk & Honey, Israel's First Single Malt Whisky, has announced that it will launch a second edition of its single malt whisky Experimental Series. Milk & Honey Experimental Series 2nd Edition single malt whisky will launch at Whisky Live 2018 in Tel Aviv on 14th - 15th March.
  • 2nd March 2018
    Jameson Always Triple Distilled For Taste - Except One Time
    Jameson have created two short TV adverts that reimagine true stories about Jameson and its workers. One of these stories in particular caught my eye, a story which recalls an entry from an old Distillery Ledger which details a time when an error was made in the triple production process and naming the culprit, Scully.

  • 27th February 2018
    Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition
    Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky unveil the first Striding Woman, Jane Walker, with the launch of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition. The launch of the Jane Walker Edition in March coincides with Women's History Month and International Women's Day celebrations and will see
    $1 from the sale of every bottle donated to women's causes.
  • 26th February 2018
    GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 16
    The GlenDronach Distillery has announced the release of the GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 16, 15 single cask whiskies ranging from 11 to 28 years old, and distilled between 1989 and 2006.
  • 26th February 2018
    Glen Scotia Grand Tour
    If you will be in or around London this March then why not treat yourself to a taste of Campbeltown at the Glen Scotia Grand Tour
    , a one hour long whisky sampling experience where the distillery aims to transport you to the Glen Scotia distillery on the Mull of Kintyre and replicate the experience of visiting the distinctive Campbeltown whisky region.
  • 22nd February 2018
    Failing A Brexit Agreement Scotch Whisky Makers Prefer A Clean Break
    Scotch whisky makers would be happy to stay in the EU single market and customs union after Brexit but if that isn't possible they would prefer a no deal clean break.

  • 19th February 2018
    Ardbeg Distillery Plans To Double Production
    Ardbeg distillery on Islay has unveiled plans to double production of their popular peaty single malt whisky. Ardbeg owners, They have submitted plans to the local council for a multi million pound project which will involve the construction of a new still house which will allow them to double the number of stills from two to four, hence doubling the production capacity of the iconic peaty Islay single malt.
  • 15th February 2018
    Loch Lomond Whisky Teams Up With The Open Golf Championship
    Two of Scotland's most iconic exports, whisky and golf, are coming together as independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, announces that they have agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, the oldest and most prestigious international Major Golf Championship in the world.
  • 13th February 2018
    Mumbai Duty Free First In India To Offer Glenfiddich 50 Year Old
    Mumbai Duty Free, located at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, has list one of just 50 bottles of Glenfiddich 50 Year Old released globally this year.
  • 12th February 2018
    The Single Malt Fund The World’s First Regulated Whisky Fund
    A Swedish entrepreneur and whisky enthusiast, Christian Svantesson, is offering investors with a passion for whisky an opportunity to invest in the world’s first regulated single malt whisky fund.
  • 12th February 2018
    Whisky Sold At Auction In UK Exceeds £25 Million For First Time In A Year
    Rare Whisky 101, the whisky analyst, broker and investment company has revealed that whisky sold at auction here in the UK in 2017 has exceeded £25M in a single year for the first time as global demand for liquid gold soars.
  • 9th February 2018
    Glenmorangie Spios Private Edition 9th Release
    Glenmorangie Spios is the latest release in the Private Edition series and the first Glenmorangie whisky which has been fully matured in first fill American ex-rye whiskey casks.

  • 8th February 2018
    Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old Review
    Released at the end of last year, Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old is the first of a pair of new limited releases from the Orkney distillery, a release of 28,000 bottles, matured in sherry seasoned European oak casks which have lent a lovely sherry richness to this mature Highland Park.
  • 8th February 2018
    The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 Review
    he GlenDronach Distillery has announced the next release of in their premium Grandeur series, The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24 Year Old which has been created using just a handful of Spanish oak sherry butts distilled in 1990, 1992 and 1993 which have been hand picked by The GlenDronach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, to create this latest limited edition in the series.
  • 8th February 2018
    Glenmorangie Supports National Museum of Scotland Tour Of Scotland
    A major exhibition supported by The Glenmorangie Company and produced by National Museums Scotland will tour Scotland this year – as the two organisations celebrate the renewal of their award-winning archaeological research partnership.
  • 8th February 2018
    Cotswolds Distillery Named Craft Producer Of The Year
    The Cotswolds Distillery which only launched its first ever single malt whisky, the limited edition Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release, late last year has begun its first full year of whisky sales with a ground-breaking win in the annual Icons of Whisky Awards. The distillery, which only began production in September 2014, has been named ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ in the awards’ ‘Rest of World’ category.
  • 5th February 2018
    Jameson's St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Limited Edition
    Jameson unveil their St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Limited Edition which this year has been inspired by the Fianna; Irish mythological warriors known for valuing loyalty and bravery – the foundation of every strong friendship.

  • 2nd February 2018
    Rare Corti Brothers Scotch Whisky Collection Up For Auction
    This week we see the world’s largest known selection of rare and collectable Corti Brothers whiskies go under the hammer in an online auction currently being held by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer. Amongst the lots on offer are a bottle of Highland Park 1963, Jura 1966, Springbank 1958, Bowmore 1964 and arguably the most sought after of all, a very rare 1965 Clynelish.
  • 1st February 2018
    An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2018
    Guest writer, Murray Cohen, reviews An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity 2018 and the whiskies presented by Chivas Brothers Brand Ambassadors Ian Logan and Frank Biskupek. The whiskies reviewed include the Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old, Aberlour 18 year old and Longmorn 23 Year Old as well as some rare Glenlivet single cask bottlings.

  • 26th January 2018
    Record Number Of Visitors At Diageo Distilleries
    cotch whisky tourism is in good spirits at the turn of 2018, as the latest figures reveal a record year of visitors to Diageo distilleries across Scotland, according to new figures released this week.
  • 26th January 2018
    Black Bowmore Fetches £11,900 At Auction
    Those of you that were lucky enough to buy a bottle of Black Bowmore 1964 2nd release from Oddbins for £93 back in 1994 when it was first released and then drunk it may just want to stop reading now as a bottle of the Black Bowmore 1964 30 Year Old 2nd Edition has just sold at auction for £11,900. I bought 2 bottles when it was first released which have long since past by my tonsils.
  • 19th January 2018
    Burns Night At The Permit Room Edinburgh
    Edinburgh cocktail bar The Permit Room, which you will find hidden beneath the kitchen of Dishoom in St. Andrew Square, will be celebrating Burns Night with a cocktail that pays homage to a lovely Bombay-Edinburgh connection.
  • 10th January 2018
    Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish
    Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is the latest expression to come from Johnnie Walkers ongoing experiments to deliver unique flavours and serves. This is the seventh release from the Blenders’ Batch series and the first to launch exclusively in travel retail.
  • 9th January 2018
    Diageo Opens Its Doors For International Scotch Day 2018
    Now in its second year, International Scotch Day is celebrated worldwide and not least in the the country where the worlds favourite whisky is made, Scotland. Once again Diageo is opening the doors to its distillery visitor centres for free as well as opening the doors to the Diageo Archive located in Menstrie.
  • 8th January 2018
    Glenmorangie Cadboll Joins Travel Retail Legends Collection
    Glenmorangie have unveiled the latest addition to their so far impressive travel retail exclusive Legends Collection. This month we see the new Glenmorangie Cadboll join the Legends Collection, a permanent addition to the Legends Collection which should appeal to most palates as it was aged in ex-American Bourbon casks and finished in barriques which previously held sweet French wines such as those of Muscat and Sémillon grapes.
  • 3rd January 2018
    Timorous Beastie 10 Year Old Special Edition
    The first new whisky to first foot my mail box in 2018 is a new whisky from the Glasgow based family run whisky company Douglas Laing, they have just announced the release of Timorous Beastie 10 Year Old Limited Edition Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.

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