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  • 30th June 2021
    Douglas Laing Double Barrel Gets A Rebrand
    Douglas Laing launch a rebranded Double Barrel range with two new ongoing core range expressions - Double Barrel Islay / Highland blended malt and a Douglas Laing Double Barrel Speyside / Lowland blended malt.

     
  • 25th June 2021
    Irish Distillers Launch 'A Perfect Blend' Podcast
    Irish Distillers, the company behind some of the most popular Irish whiskey's such as Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Midleton, Redbreast and The Spots has launched a new podcast, ‘A Perfect Blend’.
     
  • 23rd June 2021
    The Macallan Concept No. 3
    The Macallan Concept No. 3, the third and final expression in the Macallan Concept series, it is set to hit the shelves of selected key airports globally and The Macallan Airport Boutiques with a price tag of US $150 per 70cl bottle.
     
  • 23rd June 2021
    The Epicurean Ruby Port Finish and Tawny Port Finish
    Douglas Laing have released a pair of limited edition single Port cask finished blended malt whiskies - The Epicurean Ruby Port Finished and The Epicurean Tawny Port Finished.

     
  • 22nd June 2021
    Whyte & Mackay 3rd Largest Malt Supplier In Asia Travel Retail
    Whyte & Mackay becomes third largest Malt Whisky supplier in Asia travel retail as it showcases the power of Single Malt at TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition. Asia has always been a key market for whisky brands and during the pandemic the Single Malt category has remained resilient in the face of mounting challenges. Malt outperformed the coveted Cognac and Blended Scotch categories in the region’s duty free market during the pandemic.

     
  • 22nd June 2021
    The Gladstone Axe The Black Axe Review
    Review of The Gladstone The Black Axe Scotch Blended Malt whisky, just like The Gladstone Axe American Oak expression The Gladstone Axe The Black Axe is a blend of 14 Highland and Islay single malt whiskies, but with the Black Axe having a bigger portion of the peaty Islay whiskies in the vatting, a gentle nose but it wins you over on the palate and finish.
     
  • 22nd June 2021
    The Gladstone Axe American Oak Review
    Review of The Gladstone Axe American Oak Scotch Blended Malt whisky, a blend of 14 Highland and Islay single malt whiskies aged and finished in American Oak Bourbon barrels, if you enjoy a sweet big toffee'd dram you will like this.
     
  • 22nd June 2021
    Wolfcraig Distillery Announces New Stirling Location
    Wolfcraig Distillery signs new deal with Ambassador Group and announces new location at the Craigforth Campus on the outskirts of Stirling.

     
  • 21st June 2021
    Scottish Whisky Distilleries Book Review
    Scottish Whisky Distilleries is a new full colour guide to Scotland’s whisky distilleries from Destinworld Publishing which is aimed at whisky fans and the many whisky tourists who visit Scotland (during normal times) each year.
     
  • 16th June 2021
    Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish Review
    The Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish is the second release in the distillery's ‘Warehouse 1 Collection’ and the first of three whiskies they plan to release over the course of 2021 from the new look Warehouse 1 Collection. A deliciously rich sweet Glen Moray, packed full of flavour at cask strength, a great pour for the summer weather.
     
  • 15th June 2021
    Glencairn Crystal Launch A New Glencairn Pipette
    Scottish crystal company, Glencairn Crystal Studio, who I am sure you will recognise as the creator of the world’s favourite whisky glass, the Glencairn Glass, has launched a new Glencairn Pipette this week for whisky-lovers to add a wee splash of water to their dram.
     
  • 11th June 2021
    Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle Edition 2021 Review
    Following its launch at on Sunday I had the pleasure of tasting the Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle Edition 2021 bottling a 18 year old single cask, single malt matured in a single refill sherry butt.

     
  • 11th June 2021
    Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle Edition 2019 Review
    Review of the Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle Edition 2019 release which I tasted alongside the latest Jura Fèis Ìle 2021 release. I have said it before, Jura simply gets better with age and Jura and peat for me has always made the best bedfellows and this is a stunning big peated example of that and an interesting comparison to the latest unpeated Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle Edition 2021 release.

     
  • 11th June 2021
    Jura 21 Year Old Tide Review
    Review of the Jura 21 Year Old Tide,
    one of a pair of 21 year old single malt whiskies from the island distillery, it is no surprise this is a little bourbon like given the casks used to mature it, some lovely sugars, caramel and almond which becomes more Turkish delight on the finish.
     
  • 10th June 2021
    Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival 2021 Photographic Exhibition
    Glen Scotia Distillery has collaborated with Document Scotland photography collective to capture the history and heritage of Campbeltown, these images from the past and present have been unveiled in an interactive online photographic exhibition as part of the Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival 2021.

     
  • 10th June 2021
    Imbibe Live Set To Welcome Back Drinks Industry This September
    As the UK continues to take tentative steps back to a new normality the UK’s leading drinks industry event, Imbibe Live, has announced that it will be returning to London’s Olympia this September. This year’s event, which will take place in accordance with strict standards of health and safety, will welcome visitors from across the drinks industry.
     
  • 10th June 2021
    Black Tartan Batch 21 A blend of Highland & Speyside Whiskies
    Black Tartan Batch 21 is a blend of five component Scotch single malt whiskies from Highland & Speyside distilleries. The five whiskies are: Inchgower 2008; Teaninich 2008; Benrinnes 2010; Blair Athol 2012; and Tormore 2016. The vatting of the five single malts produced a total of 2,990 70cl bottles.
     
  • 9th June 2021
    Ardbeg Scorch Review
    My review of the recently released
    57.1% ABV Ardbeg Scorch Committee bottling, matured in heavily charred ex-bourbon American oak casks. This is all about the sweet peaty bonfire smoke which reverberates from the nose to the finish, an absolutely outstanding example of peaty Ardbeg whisky.
     
  • 8th June 2021
    New Look Sustainable Packaging For Talisker 10 Year Old
    Diageo has given its classic Scotch single malt whisky Talisker 10 Year Old a sustainable packaging makeover, but don't worry they haven't changed the whisky you will find in the bottle it is still the same classic sweet malty, seaweedy, peppery, spicy, smoky dram that you will be familiar with.
     
  • 7th June 2021
    X by Glenmorangie Review
    Review of X by Glenmorangie which has been made for mixing but as it turns out it is also good on its own. created using a combination of whisky aged in bourbon casks, and some finished in new char oak casks. This may have the X factor for mixing but it also has the G factor for drinking neat, unmistakably Glenmorangie, and quite a good one at that.
     
  • 4th June 2021
    Old Pulteney Collaboration With SeaTrees Kelp Restoration Project
    Ahead of World Ocean Day on 8th June 2021), Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, has announced a collaboration with kelp restoration non-profit, SeaTrees, making a commitment to plant more than 4,000 mangrove trees globally, and restore 2,665 square-feet of kelp forest. As well as the financial donation, Old Pulteney has collaborated with Pritesh Mody of World of Zing to create a limited-edition seaweed cocktail in celebration of World Ocean Day, with 10% of sales being donated to SeaTrees.
     
  • 4th June 2021
    William Grant Appoint New Global Travel Retail Managing Director
    Perhaps a sign of a brighter future ahead for travellers and the badly hit whisky travel retail sector which is a big part of William Grant & Sons business model, the company has announced the appointment of David Wilson as Managing Director Global Travel Retail.
     
  • 2nd June 2021
    Official Scotland National Football Team Whiskies
    Ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 competition here is the official Scotland Football Team Whisky line-up - Bowmore 22 Year Old, Glen Elgin 20 Year Old, Scottish National Team Scotch Blended Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky.

     
  • 1st June 2021
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021 - Join The Virtual Festival This Thursday
    Fèis Ìle 2021 has gone virtual once again this year and this Thursday Kilchoman will be doing their best to make whisky fans feel that they are at the distillery with
    their 360° FÈIS ÌLE! A packed schedule of tours, tastings and live Q&As which will kick off from 12 Noon (Islay Time) this Thursday 3rd June. Pour yourself a dram and enjoy the day from the comfort of your own home.
     
  • 28th May 2021
    Old Particular 'Cheers to Better Days' Mini Series
    Douglas Laing unveils Old Particular 'Cheers to Better Days' mini-series, four single cask whiskies: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, Linkwood 12 Year Old, Jura 12 Year Old single malts and Port Dundas 16 Year Old single grain whisky.

     
  • 26th May 2021
    Brora Distillery Reopens After 38 Years
    After 38 years of silence Brora distillery has reopened and has gone back into production of what was once known as one of the peatiest Highland single malts.
    With a 800,000 litres of spirit each year production capacity Brora is among Diageo's smallest distilleries and I am pleased to say will be welcoming visitors in small numbers on a by-appointment basis, bookable via Brora.com from July.
     
  • 26th May 2021
    Over 11,000 Sign Up For The Redbreast Dream Cask 2021 Release
    Over 11,000 Redbreast Irish whiskey fans sign up for the chance to buy 1 of 924 bottles of the latest instalment of the Redbreast Dream Cask series, the Oloroso Sherry Edition, a 29 Year Old Irish single pot still whiskey.
     
  • 21st May 2021
    The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old Batch 1
    The GlenAllachie distillery has launched Batch 1 of its oldest ongoing core range expression to date, The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old. The Cask Strength sherried dram is the first in a series of annual small-batch releases at this age, which launches with only 2,000 bottles available worldwide in this first batch.
     
  • 20th May 2021
    Heaven's Door Redbreast Master Blenders Edition
    Redbreast Irish single pot still whiskey has got together with Heaven’s Door Whiskey, Bob Dylan’s evolving collection of American whiskeys and the result is a limited edition 10 Year Aged Bourbon finished in Redbreast Irish pot still whiskey casks.
     
  • 19th May 2021
    Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle Edition 2021
    Jura unveil their Fèis Ìle Edition 2021 bottling a 18 year old single cask, single malt matured in a single refill sherry butt and this year for the first time the distillery will donate £25 from the sale of each bottle to the Jura Music Festival.

     
  • 19th May 2021
    Timorous Beastie Meet the Beast Cask Strength Limited Edition
    Douglas Laing have unveiled a new limited release cask strength expression of their Highland blended malt whisky Timorous Beastie. Timorous Beastie Meet the Beast has been 100% matured in ex-American Bourbon barrels and has been bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.9% ABV which should amplify the flavour experience for fans of this sleekit, cowrin, Highland dram.
     
  • 18th May 2021
    The GlenAllachie Launch Wine Cask Finish Series
    The GlenAllachie has launched the first instalment of a new Wine Cask Finish Series, the creative work of award-winning Master Distiller, Billy Walker, the series launches with three single malts, The GlenAllachie 11 Year Old Grattamacco Wine Cask Finish, 12 Year Old Sauternes Wine Cask Finish and 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish.

     
  • 18th May 2021
    The GlenAllachie 11 Year Old Grattamacco Wine Cask Finish Review
    Review of The GlenAllachie 11 Year Old Grattamacco Wine Cask Finish, it was inititially matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, the whisky was then finished for almost another two years in certified Organic Super Tuscan barriques made of French oak from the Grattamacco winery, it is simply a delicious moreish Glenallachie.

     
  • 18th May 2021
    The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Sauternes Wine Cask Finish Review
    Review of The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Sauternes Wine Cask Finish, inititially matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, it was then finished for almost another two years in French oak casks which previously held Sauternes, a dessert wine originating from Bordeaux in South-West France. Put simply this is the quality whisky they produce at Glenallachie enhanced by all the rich deliciously sweet flavours you would enjoy in a glass of Sauternes.

     
  • 18th May 2021
    The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish Review
    Review of The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish, inititially matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in medium-toasted Spanish oak Rioja wine casks which have certainly added their influence to the whisky, it is another delicious, quality easy drinking moreish dram from the creative Master Distiller, Billy Walker.

     
  • 14th May 2021
    Redbreast Dream Cask IV 29 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Edition 2021
    Redbreast unveils the next instalment in its Birdhouse members only Dream Cask series with the release of a 29 year old Redbreast Dream Cask Oloroso Sherry Edition which will be available to purchase via a ballot which goes live live from 17th to 25th May.

     
  • 14th May 2021
    Naked Grouse Rebranded As Naked Malt
    Edrington rebrands Naked Grouse as Naked Malt but it is still the same sherry rich blended malt whisky in the bottle.
     
  • 13th May 2021
    Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2021 Edition Review
    Kilchoman has launched their first general ongoing PX (Pedro Ximénez) sherry cask matured single malt release, the Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2021 Edition, it is simply a delicious balance of Kilchoman's earthy peat and PX sherry.
     
  • 13th May 2021
    Bimber The Spirit of the Underground Collection
    London’s Bimber Distillery today unveiled 'The Spirit of the Underground' which will be an ongoing collection of single cask, single malt whiskies that celebrate the distillery’s home city's network of underground stations.
     
  • 8th May 2021
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021 - The Kilchoman DNA Tasting Pack Review
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021
    Kilchoman DNA pack is the first of three specially bottled tasting packs for this years virtual Kilchoman Islay Festival tastings, it contains four whiskies from the Kilchoman core range of single malts, but with a twist! Before reducing batches of their signature peated single malts of Machir Bay and Sanaig to their regular bottling strength of 46%, they have bottled them at their natural cask strength to appreciate the full power and character of their core range whisky. This pack also contains the latest edition of Loch Gorm and a preview of the yet to be released 100% Islay 11th Edition.
     
  • 8th May 2021
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021 - Through the Ages Tasting Pack Review
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021
    Kilchoman Through the Ages pack is the second of three specially bottled tasting packs for this years virtual Kilchoman Islay Festival tastings, it contains four whiskies which will take you through 15 years of Kilchoman maturation. Starting with Kilchoman's New Make Spirit before following the journey of maturation in ex-bourbon barrels through 2006, 2011 and 2016, this should be a fascinating journey giving you the and insight of how wood and time impact the final character and colour of the Kilchoman whisky over the years.
     
  • 8th May 2021
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021 - Experimental Casks Tasting Pack Review
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021
    Kilchoman Experimental Casks pack is the third of three specially bottled tasting packs for this years virtual Kilchoman Islay Festival tastings, it contains four whiskies including Calvados Cask 356 2018, STR Cask 207 2018, Cognac Cask 737 2016.
     
  • 7th May 2021
    Compass Box Artist & Glasgow Blend A Tale Of Two Cities
    The creative whisky makers at Compass Box have revamped their Great King Street Scotch blended whisky collection, namely the Artist Blend and the Glasgow Blend. They have dropped the 'Great King Street' title from the name of each of the two whiskies giving each whisky a new more individual look and feel and I am pleased to say are now presented in a 70cl bottle for just a few pound more.
     
  • 7th May 2021
    Compass Box Artist Blend Review
    Review of the single malt rich Compass Box Artist Blend which is now presented in a 70cl bottle, the Artist Blend (formally Great King Street Artist’s Blend) is a tribute to the city of Edinburgh and is still a cracking very well constructed, enjoyable, easy to drink blend that could rival most single malts in its price range for quality and pleasure.

     
  • 7th May 2021
    Compass Box Glasgow Blend Review
    Review of the single malt rich, peaty, Compass Box Glasgow Blend which is now presented in a 70cl bottle, conceived as a contrast to the Artist Blend, it is said to represent the bold, fearless and humorous personality of the Glaswegians. The whisky  brings a deliciously sweet, slightly earthy. peaty delivery.

     
  • 7th May 2021
    Gold Rush For SMWS At San Francisco World Spirits Competition
    The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) have picked up another gold haul of awards at the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition including taking home a ‘Best in show’ award along with a host of ‘Double Gold’ and ‘Gold’ awards.
     
  • 6th May 2021
    The Macallan Supports Conservation Work In The River Spey
    The Macallan supports vital conservation work in the River Spey as Phase Two of The Moray Firth Tracking Project is launched by The Atlantic Salmon Trust.

     
  • 4th May 2021
    Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy First Edition Glen Grant 1953
    Gordon & MacPhail launch Mr George Legacy series with a rare Glen Grant 1953 67 Year Old, a first fill sherry butt matured, single cask, single malt whisky and incredibly bottled at a cask strength of 59.4% ABV.

     
  • 30th April 2021
    Isle of Arran Lochranza & Lagg Distillery's Now Open For Visitors
    As lock down restrictions gradually ease I am pleased to tell you that Isle of Arran’s two Scotch Whisky distilleries will be re-opening their visitor centres in line with Scottish Government guidance, as Scotland’s islands begin to welcome back visitors from the mainland. They have unveiled a new programme of daily tastings to come at their Lochranza and Lagg Distilleries.
     
  • 29th April 2021
    Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 004 and Tamdhu Club Single Cask
    Tamdhu has unveiled two limited edition releases for this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, albeit a virtual festival once again this year. They have announced the release of the next instalment of their popular Dalbeallie series the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 004 and their other festival release it the Tamdhu Club Single Cask N0. 7196.
     
  • 29th April 2021
    Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Named SFWFC Best Whisky In The World
    Glen Scotia 25 Year Old named The Best Whisky In The World at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021.

     
  • 28th April 2021
    Loch Lomond 45 Year Old Unveiled
    Loch Lomond Whiskies has just unveiled a Loch Lomond 45 Year Old Oloroso sherry finished expression which is the first of three releases from the Loch Lomond distillery's new 'Remarkable Stills Series'.
     
  • 26th April 2021
    Glasgow Whisky Announces Purchase Of Tromie Mills Distillery
    Glasgow Whisky purchases a distillery site at Drumguish, Kingussie, which is currently occupied by the Speyside Distillery, they plan to build a new distillery on the site when the current tenant vacates in Spring 2025.

     
  • 23rd April 2021
    Jameson Crested Finished in Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels
    Irish Distillers has teamed up with Cork based craft beer maker Eight Degrees to create a limited edition Jameson Crested Finished In Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels.

     
  • 23rd April 2021
    Oxford Rye Whisky Batch 1
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery, a new small English micro distillery, which to date has turned out some vodka and gins like many new small distilleries has unveiled its inaugural whisky release, and it is something a little different for whisky enthusiasts to explore, not a single malt as you may have expected but an English Rye Whisky  - Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #1.
     
  • 22nd April 2021
    Old Pulteney Coastal Boulevardier
    To mark World Earth Day, today April 22, Old Pulteney has teamed up with bottled cocktail innovators, World of Zing, to create a unique cocktail for a cause. 10% of proceeds will go to Old Pulteney’s new sustainability partner, SeaTrees, a kelp-restoration non-profit with a mission to help combat climate change.

     
  • 22nd April 2021
    Diageo's World Class Competition GB Bartender of the Year 2021
    Mark McClintock, has been awarded the title of Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2021. Mark will now go on to represent GB in the first ever fully virtual World Class Global Final taking place from 4th-8th July 2021.

     
  • 21st April 2021
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021
    Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2021 bottling and Fèis Ìle tasting packs are now available for you to join virtual tastings online and they will only be available from the Kilchoman website but don't hang around or you may miss out.

     
  • 19th April 2021
    Ardbeg Scorch Launching On Ardbeg Day 2021
    Ardbeg Distillery invites you to join them for an online Ardbeg Day extravaganza and uncover the ‘lairs’ of flavour in their latest limited edition Ardbeg Scorch. M
    atured in heavily charred ex-bourbon American oak casks it will come in two forms, the 57.1% ABV Ardbeg Scorch Committee bottling and the 46% Ardbeg Day Edition bottling.
     
  • 16th April 2021
    Jura Rum Cask Finish Review
    Review of the
    Jura Rum Cask Finish, the third release in a new cask finish series from the island distillery, simply a delicious very enjoyable easy to drink unpeated Jura single malt with a lovely gentle rum cask influence and at a fantastic price for a 1 litre bottle.
     
  • 15th April 2021
    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish
    The Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish is said to be a new take on the flagship 10 Year Old which Laphroaig fans will be very familiar with. The new Laphroaig 10 Year Old was initially matured in a combination of American Oak ex-Bourbon and Refill Oloroso Sherry casks then finished for between 12 - 18 months in Oloroso sherry casks before being bottled at 48% ABV.
     
  • 15th April 2021
    Woodford Reserve Distillery Expansion Plans To Meet Demand
    Brown-Forman Corporation owners of the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey brand has unveiled plans to double its production at its Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky, to meet the growing demand for Woodford Reserve, the world’s top-selling super-premium American whiskey. The expansion plans will see the addition of three new copper pot stills which will double its production capacity.
     
  • 15th April 2021
    Trial To Produce The Most Sustainable Glass Whisky Bottle Ever
    A successful pilot project has pioneered the lowest carbon footprint glass bottles ever produced for a Scotch whisky brand. The collaboration between Diageo, glass manufacturer Encirc and leading industry research and technology body Glass Futures, used waste-based biofuel-powered furnaces to reduce the carbon footprint of the bottle-making process by up to 90%. The trial produced 173,000 Black & White whisky bottles, also using 100% recycled glass.
     
  • 15th April 2021
    Two New Scotch Single Cask Whiskies From Indie Bottler Skene
    Edinburgh based independent bottler Skene whisky release two Speyside region, American oak matured, single cask, single malt whiskies, Skene Glenrothes 11 Year Old and Braeval 6 Year Old.

     
  • 14th April 2021
    Bacardi Appoints New Global Malts Ambassador
    Bacardi appoints Matthew Cordiner as Global Malts Ambassador for their portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies - Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron (Macduff Distillery) and Royal Brackla.

     
  • 9th April 2021
    Collection Of Over 50 Rare Bottles Of Brora Up For Grabs At Auction
    As the reopening of the restored Brora distillery approaches specialist whisky auction website Whisky Auctioneer offers whisky enthusiasts the chance to grab some of the rarest single malt whiskies produced at the 'old' Brora distillery.

     
  • 8th April 2021
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 Review
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 Edition is the latest instalment of the exclusively Oloroso sherry butt matured limited edition annual release from the Kilchoman farm distillery on the Isle of Islay.
    As always a delicious balance of Kilchoman's earthy peat and sherry.
     
  • 7th April 2021
    Brora Triptych Elusive Legacy, Age of Peat and Timeless Original
    Brora Triptych Elusive Legacy, Age of Peat and Timeless Original is a rare set of three single malts released to mark the restoration of the small Highland distillery, each of the bottles in the set represents one of Brora's distinct styles.

     
  • 31st March 2021
    Glen Moray Appoints New Head of Whisky Creation
    Following the departure of Glen Moray/La Martiniquaise-Bardinet’s Master Blender Dr Kirstie McCallum at the beginning of this year after what was quite a short stay the company announced today that they have appointed Stephen Woodcock as Glen Moray Head of Whisky Creation & Stocks.
     
  • 31st March 2021
    Littlemill Testament 1976
    The Loch Lomond Group, owners of the now lost Littlemill distillery, has announced the release of 'Littlemill Testament' which was distilled back in 1976, 18 years before the distillery fell silent, making it the oldest expression to date to be released from the lowland distillery.
     
  • 29th March 2021
    GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 5
    GlenAllachie has just announced the launch of the next instalment of their highly rated 10 Year Old Cask Strength batch release single malt whisky, the new GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 5 which is a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry puncheons, Rioja barriques, and a small quantity of Virgin Oak casks expertly selected and blended by industry veteran and Master Distiller/Blender Billy Walker.
     
  • 26th March 2021
    Method and Madness Mulberry Wood Finish
    Irish Distillers experimental whiskey brand Method and Madness has launched a Mulberry wood finished single pot still whiskey. Bottled at 46% ABV, the whiskey is described as being wonderfully complex with notes of smoked paprika, flavours of sweet toffee apple and a freshly cut wood character imparted from the virgin Mulberry wood.

     
  • 26th March 2021
    Brendan Buckley Inducted Into The Whisky Magazine Hall Of Fame
    Brendan Buckley, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame for his personal contribution to the growth of the Irish whiskey category on the global stage.

     
  • 25th March 2021
    Highland Park 50 Year Old 2020 Edition
    This latest Highland Park 50 Year Old expression is the third 50 year old single malt whisky released by the Orkney distillery, created using their Solera style system which means it has been imparted with some DNA from the first two 50 year old releases but it is still very much a unique whisky. Of course you will need deep pockets or a lottery win to taste it but we can all but dream.

     
  • 24th March 2021
    Compass Box Magic Cask Review
    Magic Cask is a new limited edition Scotch blended malt whisky from the creative folks at Compass Box, a blend of 98% Imperial single malt and 8% from an undisclosed distillery near the town of Aberlour. A delicious, spicy, lightly sherried, mature Speyside whisky. The creative folks at Compass Box have put together some deliciously outstanding whiskies over the years and this is another one.
     
  • 24th March 2021
    Haig Club Mediterranean Orange
    With Spring and some nicer weather now in the not too distant horizon, I thought you may be interested in something a little different from Diageo's Haig Club brand, not quite a whisky, but a new spirit drink, Haig Club Mediterranean Orange which has been specifically developed to appeal to the growing early evening and ‘Aperitivo’ occasion.
     
  • 22nd March 2021
    Big Peat Heroes Edition Pandemic Heroes Charity Bottling
    Douglas Laing honours pandemic heroes with limited edition Big Peat Heroes Edition which will with the sale of each bottle contribute the equivalent of £6.67 worth of sanitiser to either Erskine, Marie Curie or Hearts & Balls charities.

     
  • 19th March 2021
    Compass Box Menagerie
    The creative whisky makers at Compass Box has launched their latest limited edition release, Compass Box Menagerie, a Blended malt containing Scotch single malt whiskies from Mortlach, Deanston, Laphroaig and Glen Elgin distilleries, combined with Compass Box’s Highland Malt Blend.
     
  • 18th March 2021
    Glencairn Crystal Celebrates 40 Years
    Scottish crystal company, Glencairn Crystal Studios, which is synonymous amongst whisky drinkers for their Glencairn whisky tasting glass is celebrating 40 years at the cutting edge of crystal and glassware creation this year.
     
  • 15th March 2021
    Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask
    Aberlour has added a fourth expression to complete its Double Cask matured range, the Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask which joins the existing Aberlour 12 Year Old, 16 Year Old and 18 Year Old Double Cask expressions in the line-up offering whisky drinkers and interesting incite into how a single malt whisky develops after another couple of years under the same maturation conditions.
     
  • 15th March 2021
    Glen Scotia Invites Entries To Great British Entrepreneur Awards
    Glen Scotia Single Malt Whisky is calling on Scottish businesses to enter the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, which opens for entries from today March 15th.

     
  • 12th March 2021
    Diageo World Class Competition Top Eight GB Finalists Revealed
    The delayed Diageo World Class competition which has now gone virtual has revealed the Top 8 GB finalists who will compete to achieve the accolade of becoming GB’s World Class Bartender of the year 2021.
     
  • 11th March 2021
    Redbreast 10 Year Old Cask Strength Birdhouse Member Exclusive
    Fans of Irish Distillers Redbreast single pot still whiskey will be intrigued and I am sure pleased to hear that the Irish whiskey maker has taken a step back in time with the launch of a Redbreast 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 1 expression today.
     
  • 10th March 2021
    Old Pulteney Augmented Reality App
    Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, has launched a free augmented reality app, which transports drinkers into the world of the single malt though an immersive AR whisky experience. The user is transported to a coastal scene through an interactive animation, uncovering the tasting notes, aromas and food pairings of each of the distillery's single malts.
     
  • 8th March 2021
    Whyte & Mackay Takes Innovative Approach To Travel Retail
    Despite the limited passenger numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic Whyte & Mackay, producer of of Scotch single malt whiskies such as The Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin has taken an innovative omnichannel approach to offsetting the reduced numbers by working in partnership with Taiwan’s most important Social Media whisky influencer Steven Lin.
     
  • 5th March 2021
    President Biden Suspends Trumps 25% Whisky Tariffs
    President Joe Biden suspends the 25% tariff on Scotch Whisky imposed by Donald Trump in the long-running row over state subsidies for planemakers Airbus and Boeing.

     
  • 4th March 2021
    Tamdhu Makes It 3-In-A-Row For At The World Whiskies Awards
    Tamdhu has made it 3-In-A-Row with their latest success at the World Whiskies Awards 2021 where their Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask 5892 Vintage 2003 was named the Category Winner in the WWA 2021 Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch category.
     
  • 3rd March 2021
    Deirdre O’Carroll Appointed As Blender at Midleton Distillery
    Irish Distillers has announced the appointment of Deirdre O'Carroll as blender at its massive Midleton Distillery down in Co. Cork in the South of Ireland. In her new role, Deirdre will work with Master Blender Billy Leighton in Midleton Distillery, and will be responsible for the development of new and existing blends, marrying together specific and intricate flavours and aromas, ultimately, creating a palette of tastes that make up Irish Distillers’ portfolio of Irish whiskeys.
     
  • 3rd March 2021
    Glenmorangie Family Plan Puts Inclusivity & Diversity Centre Stage
    The Glenmorangie Company today reveals a host of life-friendly transformations to help its people flourish at work and at home. The Company, which owns Glenmorangie and Ardbeg premium single malts, is evolving its family-leave policy to support all new parents during the precious first weeks of parenthood. And to help foster a more diverse, inclusive workforce, it is also reimagining the role of the office.
     
  • 2nd March 2021
    Jameson Invites You To Join Its St Patrick's Day Celebrations
    As Ireland and the rest of the world approaches its second and hopefully last muted St Patrick's Day during the Covid-19 global pandemic the iconic Irish whiskey Jameson has extended a global invite to all to join in this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations, with a series of curated events, special edition party-at-home kits, and competitions that will run throughout March 2021.
     
  • 1st March 2021
    Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.001
    Fettercairn distillery today launched The Warehouse Collection, the distillery's first ever collection of small batch single malt whiskies from the Highland distillery. The Warehouse Collection launches with Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.001, which has been crafted using a creative mix of five different cask styles.
     
  • 1st March 2021
    Bimber Owners Unveil Plans For Dunphail Distillery In Speyside
    The folks behind London’s Bimber Distillery have today unveiled their plans to open a new Scotch whisky distillery in Dunphail, south of Forres, Speyside, Scotland. They have submitted plans to Moray Council which are currently under review for a small 200,000 LA capacity craft Scotch whisky distillery.
     
  • 26th February 2021
    Benriach Smoke Season Review
    The Benriach distillery has added the Benriach Smoke Season to their whisky range. An outstanding 'Highland peated' Speyside dram, absolutely delicious, the mix of casks play there part well and the bottling strength simply makes this a flavoursome sweet peaty pleasure.
     
  • 26th February 2021
    Knock Tales A New Monthly anCnoc Podcast Series
    Introducing Knock Tales Whisky Podcast with Gordon Bruce a new monthly podcast series which they created to lift the lid on the passion, process and personalities that go into making some of the world’s most expertly crafted products.

     
  • 25th February 2021
    New Regulations For Japanese Whisky
    Long overdue rules and regulations governing Japanese whisky production are set to come into play from April this year.

     
  • 23rd February 2021
    Rare Glenrothes 50 Year Old Fetches £39,000 At Aution
    Bottle 50 of 50 of Glenrothes 50 Year Old decorated with 22carat Scottish Gold from Scotland’s only gold mine sells for £39,000 at auction with the proceeds going to the winning bidders charity of choice.

     
  • 22nd February 2021
    Macallan Sir Peter Blake
    Unveiled at the same time as the Macallan The Anecdotes Of Ages Collection is another new limited edition Macallan expression that is a little more accessible price wise at £1,200 a bottle, that is if you get lucky in the ballot, it is The Macallan Sir Peter Blake An Estate, a Community and a Distillery.

     
  • 22nd February 2021
    Macallan The Anecdotes Of Ages Collection
    The Macallan Anecdote Of Ages Collection is the Macallan distillery's latest collaboration with iconic pop artist Sir Peter Blake. The collection consists of 13 bottles, each containing the same sherry rich 1967 vintage Macallan single malt whisky which has been selected by The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess and each of the 13 bottles are adorned with its own original Sir Peter Blake collage art on the label.
     
  • 19th February 2021
    Midleton Very Rare 2021
    Beginning a new tradition under the guardianship of Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman, the Midleton Very Rare 2021 vintage is the first expression in the series to be launched at the start of the year.
    The Midleton Very Rare 2021 includes whiskey aged between 15 and 36 years which have been matured in lightly charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels.
     
  • 17th February 2021
    Green Tourism Awards For Lagavulin, Blair Athol, Oban & Clynelish
    Four of Diageo's Scotch Whisky distilleries have been awarded the UK’s highest eco-tourism award. Lagavulin, Blair Athol, Oban and Clynelish distilleries have all received the prestigious gold certification from Green Tourism for their sustainable practices, both in the brand home visitor experiences and the distillery operations.
     
  • 17th February 2021
    Diageo Report An Unexpected Rise In Spirit Sales
    Despite Covid-19 Diageo's sales got an unexpected boost from US spirit drinkers, these sales have been driven by premium tequila and bourbon. Scotch sales remained flat which was no doubt due to the tax imposed by Donald Trump during his time as US President which would no doubt have made premium Scotch whisky drinkers look elsewhere.

     
  • 16th February 2021
    Rampur Asava Review
    Review of the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon red wine cask finished Rampur Asava Indian single malt whisky. The Turkish Delight rose oils seem to be a common thread through the Rampur single malts, and no different here, the fruits from the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon red wine cask finish has made this quite a easy drinking red wine infused fruity pleasure.

     
  • 15th February 2021
    Horizon Proteins Transforming Whisky Distilling Co-Products
    Horizon Proteins a spin-out from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh who provide sustainability solutions by transforming underutilised whisky distilling co-products into cost-effective, high-quality nutrients for the aqua and animal feed industries has appointed Iain Lochhead Chief Executive Officer in a boardroom reshuffle to support its growth plans.

     
  • 11th February 2021
    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 Review
    Review of The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9, a delicious, outstanding, well constructed big sherried cask strength dram and one of the best examples of a combination of old and new Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry casks in the series so far.

     
  • 5th February 2021
    Kilchoman Whisky & Chocolate Pairing
    Are you looking for a Valentines gift for a whisky lover then look no further as Kilchoman has paired its iconic core range peaty whiskies with some delicious unique Scottish chocolate from Edinburgh based COCO Chocolatier.
     
  • 5th February 2021
    Construction Work At The New Rosebank Distillery Restarts
    Following a halt in production due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the partial collapse of the an old bonded warehouse wall construction of the new Rosebank distillery in Falkirk is underway once again.

     
  • 3rd February 2021
    Diageo World Class Competition Goes Virtual
    Diageo World Class has announced that they are resuming the 2020 competition this year and that the much-anticipated World Class Studio Sessions will take place virtually for the first time

     
  • 28th January 2021
    Speyside Distillers Reveal Plans For New Distillery In Speyside
    Speyside Distillers reveal their intention to construct a major new state-of-the-art distillery in the Speyside region as part of its ambitious plans for expansion but they have not yet revealed the location or size of the new distillery.
     
  • 27th January 2021
    The Macallan Folio 6
    The Macallan Folio 6 is the latest instalment in The Macallan's 'Archival Series' which recollects the legendary advertising campaigns of The Macallan. This 6th release in the series celebrates a witty advert, which cleverly featured The Macallan Chairman as a Scotsman dancing the Highland fling.
     
  • 27th January 2021
    Kirstie McCallum Leaves Glen Moray For Halewood
    After a short stay at Glen Moray Master Blender Kirstie McCallum joins Halewood Artisanal Spirits and will take charge of their Crabbie, Samuel Gelston’s, The Pogues, Aber Falls and Peaky Blinder whiskies.
     
  • 27th January 2021
    Tomintoul Cigar Malt
    Angus Dundee Distillers has added a new no age statement single malt whisky to their Tomintoul range, the Oloroso sherry cask matured Tomintoul Cigar Malt which is described as having the perfect balance of sweetness and spice, with a rich, smoky background.
     
  • 27th January 2021
    Royal Salute 21 Year Old Year Of The Ox Lunar New Year
    Royal Salute release a special edition of their premium 21 year old Scotch blended whisky to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, Year of the Ox.
     
  • 26th January 2021
    Ballantine’s Unveil First Light Expression - Ballantine's Light 20°
    Ballantine's has entered the the whisky spirit marketplace with the release of Ballantine's Light 20°, their first ‘light’ expression and lower-ABV spirit drink which contains half the alcohol by volume of their standard Ballantine's Finest Scotch blended whisky.
     
  • 25th January 2021
    Ardbeg 25 Year Old
    Today Ardbeg released their newest and oldest permanent expression to join their core range, the Ardbeg 25 Year Old which Ardbeg says proves unequivocally that age cannot tame Ardbeg’s smoky power.
     
  • 21st January 2021
    Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg Committee Exclusive Bottling
    Ardbeg has announced the release date for their pirate themed Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg Committee exclusive bottling which has been bottled to mark the 13 years Mickey Heads spent at the helm of the distillery.

     
  • 18th January 2021
    Glen Scotia Partners With Great British Entrepreneur Awards
    The Great British Entrepreneur Awards has unveiled Glen Scotia single malt whisky as its first Entrepreneurial Spirit Partner. The partnership will see Glen Scotia sponsor the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Glen Scotia will also recognise and reward a business owner who has shown particular entrepreneurial spirit each month.
     
  • 12th January 2021
    Sailor's Home Irish Whiskey
    Sailor's Home is a new brand of Irish whiskey which is billed as a contemporary and premium new Irish whiskey brand. It has launched with three expressions here in the UK - The Haven, The Journey and The Horizon.
     
  • 12th January 2021
    Glenmorangie Company Strengthens Executive Team
    In whisky business news two senior promotions at one of Scotland’s most prestigious Scotch malt whisky companies have been announced. The Glenmorangie Company which is known for its Glenmorangie and Ardbeg whisky brands has strengthened its executive team as it looks to the future.

     

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