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Whisky News Archive 2022

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  • 21st December 2022
    Whisky Auctioneer Sales Over £50 Million In 2022
    Whisky Auctioneer ends a phenomenally successful 2022 where there total hammer price of lots sold through its auctions this year has exceeded an eye-watering £50 million, and there is still one more auction to come on 22 December.

  • 19th December 2022
    Whyte & Mackay Gregg Glass Named Master Distiller of the Year
    Gregg Glass, the creative whisky maker behind Whyte & Mackay's single malts - The Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin, has been awarded Master Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards 2023.

  • 15th December 2022
    Aultmore Set To Mark 125th Anniversary With £15m Expansion
    As Aultmore Distillery approaches 125 years of whisky production in Keith, Speyside, owners John Dewar & Sons (Barcardi) has announced a £15m expansion plan which will see the distillery's output capacity double and to mark the milestone they are releasing a limited edition bottling - Aultmore Anniversary Edition, a 10 year old First Fill American Bourbon cask matured single malt whisky.
  • 15th December 2022
    Win One Off Golden Bottle Of Samuel Gelston's Irish Blended Whiskey
    Win a unique one-off 'Golden Bottle' of Samuel Gelston's Irish Blended Whiskey this festive season in a FREE to enter competition, No Purchase Necessary!

  • 8th December 2022
    Glasgow 1770 Golden Beer Cask Finish & Tokaji Cask Finish
    Glasgow Distillery has released two new Small Batch whiskies which have been produced in the distillery’s unpeated single malt style - Glasgow 1770 Innis & Gunn Golden Beer Cask Finish and Glasgow 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish.

  • 6th December 2022
    New Glen Moray Warehouse 1 Trio Of Whiskies For Christmas 2022
    If you are looking for something new as a whisky gift or to pour for yourself this Christmas then have a look at these, the wise men and women at Glen Moray has released three new treasures from the distillery's Warehouse 1 Collection, each celebrating the marriage of its classic Speyside single malt with some of Europe’s most revered wine and sherry varieties - Glen Moray Warehouse 1 Amarone Finish, Amontillado Finish and Oloroso Fully Matured.
  • 6th December 2022
    New Jameson TV Ad Encourages Yuo To Widen The Circle
    As part of Jameson Irish whiskey's ongoing 'Widen The Circle' campaign the whiskey brand has unveiled a new TV ad which once again is headed up by Irish comedian, actor, writer and of course now Jameson brand ambassador Aisling Bea.
  • 6th December 2022
    Caskshare The Macallan 30 Year Old 1993 Single Cask Ballot
    Independent bottler Caskshare has opened a ballot for a £2,850 bottle of The Macallan 30 Year Old single malt, single cask whisky due to anticipated demand for the whisky. Entry into the ballot closes at midday on Sunday 11th December, so don't hang around if you want a chance of getting hold of one of the 135 bottles available.

  • 30th November 2022
    Glen Scotia Double Cask, 15 Year Old and Victoriana Reviews
    Glen Scotia whisky Christmas gift ideas - reviews of the Glen Scotia Double Cask, 15 Year Old and the outstanding Glen Scotia Victoriana a juicy, complex Campbeltown whisky.

  • 29th November 2022
    The Dalmore 2003 Vintage and The Dalmore 2007 Vintage
    The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled two new limited editions from its annual Vintage collection: The Dalmore 2003 Vintage and The Dalmore 2007 Vintage.

  • 28th November 2022
    The Macallan Red Collection 77 Year Old
    The Macallan has introduced an exceptionally rare new single malt whisky into The Red Collection – The Macallan 77 Years Old which was distilled in 1945, and as you can imagine for such a rare dram of The Macallan you will need very deep pockets or a lottery win if you want to taste this one with a RRSP of US$87,000 / £65,500 for the 70cl bottle.

  • 25th November 2022
    Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12 Year Old Review
    Review of the peaty Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12 year old from the Loch Lomond Distillery's Island Collection, a deliciously peaty Highlander with a nice wee fruity edge to it and a lovely touch of peppery oak spice. The 46% ABV bottling strength simply adds to the flavour pleasure.

  • 24th November 2022
    Loch Lomond 2010 Distillery Edition
    For the launch of the 'Loch Lomond 2010 Distillery Edition' single malt whisky Loch Lomond Whiskies has revealed its 'Remarkable Makers Campaign' and its first collaborator in the campaign is 'Bread Ahead', which they have selected to showcase the influence of yeast in whisky making.
  • 23rd November 2022
    Bimber The 1st Peated Single Malt
    London's Bimber Distillery announce a ballot to get hold of their first peated single malt appropriately called 'Bimber The 1st Peated'. A marriage of four heavily peated American oak ex-bourbon casks it ss presented with an 'in-bottle PPM' of 14.4 PPM.

  • 17th November 2022
    The Spirit of 1926 Celebrating The Woman Behind The Macallan
    The Macallan has has released a short biopic film which reveals the real-life story of former managing director, Janet ('Nettie') Harbinson, an incredible woman who in 1926 crafted the most valuable bottle of wine or spirit ever sold at auction, The Macallan Fine & Rare 1926.

  • 17th November 2022
    Caskshare Springbank 30 Year Old
    Independent bottler Caskshare opens ballot for a £1,625 bottle of Springbank 30 Year Old single malt, single cask whisky due to the demand for the whisky, the ballot will be drawn this coming Monday so don't hang around if you want a chance of getting hold of one of the 135 bottles available.

  • 17th November 2022
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery Announces Investment By Diageo
    Innovative English whisky producer, the Oxford Artisan Distillery, announces investment by Diageo through Distill Ventures.

  • 14th November 2022
    Ian Macleod Blending Room 01 Heriot Watt Release
    Ian Macleod’s Blending Room has teamed up with The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh for this limited-edition blended Scotch whisky, 'Ian Macleod Blending Room 01 Heriot Watt Release'.
  • 10th November 2022
    GlenAllachie 50th Anniversary Future Edition Review
    Review of the final instalment in the Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Past, Present & Future Series, this final release is the first ever peated whisky from GlenAllachie – The GlenAllachie Future Edition 4 Year Old Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky and it is a young delicious big peaty pleasure!

  • 10th November 2022
    The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old (Retasted) Review
    Launched 4 years ago and now at the heart of The Glenallachie distillery's core range I revisit The Glenallachie 12 Year Old. Now a lovely well balanced lightly sherried oak dram, full of flavour and a must try for sherried/bourbon cask combination Speyside whisky fans. Better than I remember it.

  • 10th November 2022
    The GlenAllachie 11 Year Old PX Sherry Finish Review
    Review of The Glenallachie 11 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish from Batch 3 of The GlenAllachie Wood Finish range, this offers a deliciously rich and vibrant sugar enhanced mix of honeyed raisins and sultanas, orange infused treacle toffee, a touch of cinnamon and some lovely gentle oak spice.

  • 10th November 2022
    The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Madeira Finish Review
    The Glenallachie 13 Year Old Madeira Finish is from Batch 3 of The GlenAllachie Wood Finish range.
    The Madeira cask finish has worked very well, it adds to the whisky without making it overly sweet at all as Madeira cask finishes can sometimes do. I think the finishing time was spot on, it does get a little spicier with each mouthful but be warned it is an incredibly moreish dram.
  • 10th November 2022
    Ardbeg 1974 31 Year Old Fetches A Record Price At Auction
    A bottle of Ardbeg 1974 31 Year Old Cask #2742, one of only 36 bottles from Cask #2742, the smallest-ever official single cask release from the distillery, has achieved an auction hammer price of £35,000, a record for a single bottle of Ardbeg. The whisky contains the last batch of spirit to have been made using exclusively on-site-peated malt.

  • 9th November 2022
    The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 3
    The GlenAllachie round up a year of 50th anniversary celebrations for its veteran Master Distiller, Billy Walker, with a Cask Strength double release - The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 3 and The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 8.

  • 8th November 2022
    Oxford Rye Whisky The Tawny Pipe
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery announce the release of Batch 9 of their Oxford Rye Whisky, this one has been finished in a single 30 year old Tawny Port Pipe and
    it is described by the distillery as fragrant and velvety with a combination of sweet and savoury notes, showing a deep interaction between the distillery’s sustainably-farmed heritage grains and the exceptional single port cask.
  • 4th November 2022
    The Cardrona Otago Pinot Cask - Cardrona Day Special Release 2022
    New Zealand’s Cardrona Distillery is celebrating a milestone seventh year of production tomorrow, Saturday 5th November, by introducing a new single malt whisky to its luxurious range of small batch spirits - The Cardrona Otago Pinot Cask.
  • 4th November 2022
    Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction II
    Tamdhu has unveiled Quercus Alba Distinction II the second instalment in their limited edition Distinction series which they launched this time last year. The series celebrates the use of First-Fill American oak Oloroso sherry cask for maturation.
  • 3rd November 2022
    Benriach The Sixteen Makes A Return
    Benriach The Sixteen makes a return to the Speyside distillery's core range, created from a renewed recipe of the iconic expression, it is a three cask matured spirit, matured in a combination of bourbon, sherry and virgin oak.

  • 3rd November 2022
    Glenmorangie In Technicolour Shot By Miles Aldridge
    Glenmorangie extends its colourful brand campaign shot by celebrated photographer Miles Aldridge with the tagline 'It’s kind of delicious and wonderful' and they are offering adventure seekers in London a free Glenmorangie cocktail.

  • 2nd November 2022
    The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 11
    The GlenDronach has released the next instalment in its popular and highly rated Cask Strength series, The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 11, which was matured in a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Spanish sherry casks.

  • 28th October 2022
    Glen Scotia 12 Year Old Seasonal Release 2022
    Glen Scotia has launched its latest Glen Scotia 12 Year Old Seasonal Release and to explore the flavour of Amontillado sherry that has been woven into the limited-edition 12 Year Old seasonal release the distillery has teamed up with London’s first dedicated sherry bar, Bar Pepito in Kings Cross.
  • 28th October 2022
    Macallan Harmony Collection Intense Arabica and Smooth Arabica
    The Macallan has unveiled two new expressions that together form the second edition of The Macallan Harmony Collection. The two new single malt whiskies are The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica for domestic markets and The Macallan Harmony Collection Smooth Arabica which will be available in  global travel retail.
  • 28th October 2022
    Seasonal Winter Warmers From Samuel Gelston's Irish Whiskey
    Samuel Gelston's Irish Whiskey brings some gilded glamour to the UK this season with seasonal winter warmer Irish whisky cocktails - The Gelston’s Gold Rush and Samuel Gelston’s Spiced Star which use their delicious Irish cream liqueur.

  • 28th October 2022
    Alberta Distillers Reifel Rye Review
    Review of Alberta Distillers Reifel Rye by Canadian based Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Member, occasional SMW guest writer and Companion of the Quaich, Murray Cohen.

  • 27th October 2022
    Fettercairn 18 Year Old Scottish Oak Finish Review
    Just giving this post a bump up as I have now tasted the new Fettercairn 18 Year Old Scottish Oak Finish, a marriage of American White Oak casks which have been finish in 100% Scottish Oak.
    The Scottish oak has certainly had its say in this whisky but it doesn't fully overwhelm Fettercairn's fruity DNA, a pleasurable balance of fruit and oak.
  • 27th October 2022
    An Insight Into What's To Come From Port of Leith Distillery
    An insight into the soon to be opened Port of Leith distillery in Edinburgh and the whisky it will produce using different varieties of yeast strain.

  • 21st October 2022
    Kilchoman Casado
    Kilchoman Distillery unveil 'Kilchoman Casado' their Autumn Limited Edition Release for 2022, it is the result of some experimentation with some large Portuguese red wine vats by the creative folks at the Islay farm distillery.

  • 21st October 2022
    Malt Whisky Yearbook 2023 Review
    Review of the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2023, as always the book focuses on the facts & figures, history, recent events and the latest bottlings from the malt whisky distilleries around the world, paying particular detail to the distilleries of Scotland.

  • 20th October 2022
    Glencairn Glass Scottish Themed Short Crime Story Competition
    The Glencairn Glass is once again calling on all you budding crime short story writers, this years crime short story competition has the theme: 'A crime story set in Scotland'.

  • 20th October 2022
    White Peak Distillery Wire Works Small Batch II
    White Peak Distillery in Derbyshire today launched White Peak Distillery Wire Works Small Batch II, the second expression of its Small Batch Wire Works Whisky, this release follows hot on the footsteps of the inaugural Wireworks Small Batch whisky which launched during the summer 2022 and was well received by whisky fans.
  • 19th October 2022
    New Glengoyne 15 Year Old
    This latest release from Glengoyne see's the return of a 15 Year Old expression to the Highland distillery's core range line-up. The new Glengoyne 15 Year Old has been created using a combination of 20% first fill bourbon, 25% first fill sherry and 50% refill casks, so there should be no shortage of cask influence.
  • 19th October 2022
    Loch Lomond 54 Year Old
    Loch Lomond Distillery has unveiled a rare expression of their single malt whisky, Loch Lomond 54 Year Old, this is the oldest expression of Loch Lomond to have been released to date from the distillery, it was distilled in 1967, just one year after the distillery’s rather unique straight neck stills began production back in 1966.
  • 14th October 2022
    Ardbeg Hypernova Committee Release The Smokiest Ardbeg Ever
    Ardbeg announces the release of the 'Smokiest Ardbeg Ever', Ardbeg Hypernova Committee Release, which they say is an evolution of the outstanding and intensely peaty Ardbeg Supernova series.

  • 10th October 2022
    Fettercairn 18 Year Old Scottish Oak Finish Review
    Introducing the new Fettercairn 18 Year Old Scottish Oak Finish, a marriage of American White Oak casks which have been finish in 100% Scottish Oak.
    With a character said to be defined by richness and depth which plays on mature fruit flavours, toasted oak, fresh patisserie aromas and rich mouthfeel with soft spice balances cacao and berry fruits.
  • 7th October 2022
    Borders Distillery Workshop Series WS:01 Malt & Rye Blended Whisky
    Review of Borders Distillery Workshop Series inaugural release WS:01 Malt & Rye Blend, a very gentle young whisky where the gentle spices are the star of the show and the vanilla and grains are the supporting act. Shows great potential of what is to come from the Borders Distillery, a creative blend and great use of casks to produce something this interesting at this young age.

  • 7th October 2022
    Benriach Forty Year Old Twinset Non-Fungible Token Exclusive
    The Benriach distillery is merging old with new with the launch of a luxury twinset with two bottles, one Benriach The Forty and one Benriach The Forty Octave Cask Matured, exclusively as a non-fungible token (NFT).
  • 6th October 2022
    Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes Review
    Review of Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes the first of four new limited edition whiskies in 'The Coastal Series' from the Wick based distillery.
    The Pineau des Charentes casks have added a deliciously juicy fruitiness to the Old Pulteney whisky, think of it as a a cross between a sherry and brandy cask influence.
  • 4th October 2022
    Diageo Special Releases 2022
    It is that time of year once again, Diageo has unveiled its Special Releases 2022 line-up, this year they are offering whisky enthusiasts a collection of seven cask strength, single malts and one a Cameronbridge 26 Year Old single grain Scotch whisky. The other Special Release 2022 bottlings are from Cardhu, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Mortlach, Oban, Singleton of Glen Ord and Talisker.
  • 3rd October 2022
    Whyte & Mackay Single Malts Drive Resurgence Of Travel Retail
    Whyte & Mackay is set to showcase how Single Malts are driving the resurgence of Travel Retail with exciting innovation and unforgettable experiences at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes this month. Look out for the new Jura Islanders Expressions which launches with A.dunnachie The Collection No1 2022 Barbados Rum Cask Finish as well as the new Dalmore 20 Year Old and a still to be revealed new Limited Edition hitting the shelves in November.

  • 30th September 2022
    Glenmorangie Distillery October Free Open Weekend
    This October 15th & 16th Glenmorangie Distillery is throwing open its doors to whisky lovers, for free! The distillery will welcome visitors into its delicious and wonderful world, as it throws open the doors of its Distillery as part of the LVMH Journées Particulières global event. During the open weekend guests are invited to get hands-on with Glenmorangie’s wondrous whisky creation, enjoy masterclasses showcasing its delicious whiskies, and discover the single malt’s work to protect its endangered brand symbol, the giraffe, in the wild.
  • 30th September 2022
    Black Bottle Andean Oak and Black Bottle Smoke & Dagger
    Black Bottle Scotch Whisky has announced two new single-batch-produced expressions in its award-winning Alchemy Series – Black Bottle Andean Oak and Black Bottle Smoke & Dagger.

  • 29th September 2022
    Tamdhu Cigar Malt II
    Tamdhu has announced the second release of their big sherried Cigar Malt, Tamdhu Cigar Malt II which was matured exclusively in the finest first fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks.
  • 28th September 2022
    Port Of Leith 'Vertical' Distillery Launch A Quality Control Division
    The team behind the under construction £12m Port of Leith vertical Distillery have announced the  launch of a 'Quality Control Division', which recruits whisky fans to become part of the whisky making process. As part of a unique opportunity, Port of Leith is inviting Quality Control Division members to follow the journey from new make spirit to single malt Scotch whisky with an annual sample pulled each year from the maturing casks.
  • 27th September 2022
    The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release Collection
    The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release, one new specially created whisky, which is available with six different bottle and packaging designs with each bottle representing one of the Six Decades of James Bond films.

  • 27th September 2022
    Aberfeldy 15 & 18 Year Old Red Wine Cask Collection
    Aberfeldy unveil two new limited releases in their Red Wine Cask Collection, an Aberfeldy 15 Year Old finished in Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks from Napa Valley and Aberfeldy 18 Year Old finished in Tuscan red wine casks from Bolgheri.

  • 27th September 2022
    InterBev Appoints Malcolm Leask To New Managing Director Role
    In whisky business news this week International Beverage Holdings has announced the appointment of long-standing Vice President of Sales Malcolm Leask to the new post of Managing Director.
  • 26th September 2022
    Douglas Laing Big Peat Christmas 2022
    Big Peat Christmas 2022 is marriage of single cask single malts exclusively from Islay. The cask strength Big Peat 2022 limited edition is said to be 'bursting with burnt caramel, wafts of Hebridean sea air and rich earthy notes, balanced by a toasted marshmallow sweetness'.

  • 26th September 2022
    Douglas Laing Scallywag Winter Edition 2022
    Douglas Laing unveils Scallywag Winter Edition 2022, the third limited annual release of their cask strength, sherry cask matured Speyside region blended malt whisky and once again presented with a rather festive looking scarf.

  • 23rd September 2022
    Glenmorangie A Tale of the Forest
    Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden gets creative with the barley to create the latest limited release from the Highland distillery, Glenmorangie A Tale of the Forest which is Glenmorangie's first whisky ever crafted from barley kilned with woodland botanicals.

  • 23rd September 2022
    The Dava Way - Dunphail Distillery’s New Independent Bottling
    The under construction Dunphail Distillery in Speyside unveils an The Dava Way, an independent bottling range, which launches with four whiskies. The Dava Way inaugural bottlings bottlings are An Orkney Distillery 2005, Glen Elgin 2008, Benrinnes 2009 and Dailuaine 2009.

  • 21st September 2022
    Glencairn Backs Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Awards
    Scottish family business Glencairn Crystal who now sells an incredible 5 million of of their sturdy wee whisky tasting glasses every year has once again sponsored this year’s McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year, with its famous Glencairn Glass for whisky.
  • 20th September 2022
    Douglas Laing The Gauldrons Cask Strength Edition
    If you are looking for a spooky Halloween dram then look no further Douglas Laing has unveiled their second ever limited edition release under their Campbeltown Blended Malt Scotch Whisky brand: The Gauldrons Cask Strength Edition.
  • 20th September 2022
    Whisky and Comic Book Worlds Collide With Cambus 30 YO Release
    Agent W is the first and main range from new independent bottler, MaltyVerse, and the range is launching with a Cambus 30 Year Old Single Cask, Single Grain whisky. This new series of single cask bottlings which is tied to an on-going comic book issue, will be launched in the US.
  • 14th September 2022
    Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection In-Person Experience At Airports
    To celebrate the launch of its new Perpetual Collection exclusive to Global Travel Retail, Glenfiddich is launching its first in-person experience at major airports around the world. The Perpetual Collection is a range of four whiskies in perpetual motion, within Vats that have never been emptied. Using Glenfiddich’s pioneering Solera Vat process, each successive Vat fill is like a new generation of whisky building on the past.
  • 13th September 2022
    Kilchoman 100% Islay 12th Edition Review
    Review of the Kilchoman 100% Islay 12th Edition, this year it is a combination of 29 bourbon barrels and 6 Oloroso sherry butts. It is another cracking 100% Islay, I have said this before, for your money the 100% Islay releases have been some of best whiskies that Kilchoman has turned out and this is as good as any they have released.

  • 13th September 2022
    House of Hazelwood The Charles Gordon & The Legacy Collections
    Following strong interest from whisky connoisseurs and collectors around the world, The First Drop, a rare 1964 Single Grain Scotch Whisky from House of Hazelwood’s inaugural collection sold out within weeks of its launch.
  • 9th September 2022
    Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No. 004
    Fettercairn unveils the fourth batch of their Warehouse 2 series created once again by their creative whisky maker, Gregg Glass. Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No. 004 was distilled in 2014, it has been matured in handpicked combination of first fill ex-Bourbon barrels and re-charred Hungarian wine oak casks.

  • 9th September 2022
    White Peak Breaks Record For Price Of English Whisky At Auction
    Derbyshire’s first ever whisky Distillery, White Peak, has sold its first 12 bottles of its inaugural Wire Works Whisky release for over £15,000 at auction for charity.
  • 5th September 2022
    Tamdhu 2003 Single Cask No. 5982 125th Anniversary Bottling
    Tamdhu distillery has released a special limited-edition Single Cask expression which was selected by the Tamdhu ‘Dedication Society’ to mark the brand's 125th anniversary. Tamdhu 2003 Single Cask No. 5982, a single first fill European Oak Sherry Butt which produced just 640 bottles.
  • 2nd September 2022
    Jameson Irish Whiskey Cocktails And How To Make Them
    An Old Fashioned can very much be considered the Classic Whiskey Cocktail, but did you know that there are unlimited variants of an Old Fashioned and it really is one of the easiest whiskey cocktails to make and play around with to suit your own personal taste preference. I have listed a few Jameson Old Fashioned whiskey cocktails as well as a few other for you to try.
  • 30th August 2022
    Jameson Black Barrel Cask Strength Broke Down And Reviewed
    Following my recent visit to Midleton Distillery down in Cork, Ireland, I break down and review the main contributing whiskeys found in Jameson Black Barrel as well as review the standard Black Barrel and the Jameson Black Barrel Cask Strength fill your own bottle which is only available from the distillery.

  • 30th August 2022
    Jameson 18 Year Old Review
    Deconstruction and review of the recently released new Jameson 18 Year Old 46% ABV non chill-filtered bottling. A delicious mature Jameson blend, the pleasure factor has no doubt been boosted by the increase in strength.

  • 30th August 2022
    Women and Irish Whiskey - Aisling Bea Widens the Circle
    On my recent trip to Midleton Distillery in Ireland I attended a Jameson cocktail making class which was presented by Kieran Keane along with a very special assistant, Irish comedian, actor and writer Aisling Bea who is spearheading Jameson's 'Widen The Circle' campaign which invites people to reach out and invite others in for those moments of authentic human connection, with a dram of course!
  • 25th August 2022
    Ardbeg Enters The World Of Graphic Novels With Planet Ardbeg
    Ardbeg's first graphic novel, or I should say comic book, 'Planet Ardbeg' explores 'out of this world whisky tales' and a digital version is free to Ardbeg Committee members.

  • 24th August 2022
    Glen Scotia 22 Year Old  Distillery Of The Year
    Glen Scotia marks Scottish Whisky Awards 'Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year' award with a limited release first-fill bourbon casks matured 22 year old expression which offers the classic tropical fruit and oily coastal notes you’d expect from a Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky.

  • 24th August 2022
    The Macallan Horizon In Partnership With Bentley Motors
    The Macallan, together with its luxury automotive partner Bentley Motors, unveil the prototype for The Macallan Horizon but you will have to wait until summer 2023 for the unveiling of The Macallan Horizon whisky.

  • 24th August 2022
    White Peak Auctions Last Of Inaugural Release In Aid Of Charity
    White Peak Distillery in Derbyshire is set to auction the first 12 bottles of it Wire Works single malt whisky first release with all the proceeds from the auction going to Derbyshire charities.

  • 18th August 2022
    Littlemill 45 Year Old 250th Anniversary Release
    Scotland’s oldest licensed distillery, Littlemill, has teamed up with world-renowned photographer, Stefan Sappert, to launch a very rare bottling of Littlemill 45 Year Old single malt whisky which has been specially bottled to commemorate the distillery’s 250th anniversary.
  • 18th August 2022
    Plans For Dál Riata Distillery In Campbeltown
    Some more details of the planned Dál Riata Distillery In Campbeltown have been unveiled, Dal Riata Distillery Ltd has submitted a planning application to Argyll and Bute Council for permission to build the new Dál Riata Distillery, which will have a 850,000 litres of pure alcohol a year capacity, and will be located in Kinloch Road, overlooking Campbeltown Loch right in the heart of Campbeltown.
  • 12th August 2022
    Still Spirits Whisky Shop Given 5-Star National Tourism Rating
    Aberdeenshire whisky shop and tasting room, Still Spirit has been awarded VisitScotland’s Five Star tourism rating.
    Staff moved into the shop in September 2020, though due to the pandemic it only operated online at first, it opened properly in the new year 2021. Over the last 12 months, Still Spirit has been offering both private and public tasting events suited to every budget and party size.
  • 10th August 2022
    Rosebank 31 Year Old Released As The Distillery Nears Revival
    Ahead of the revival of the Rosebank Distillery owners Ian Macleod Distillers has launched a Rosebank 31 Year Old 2022 expression, the 2nd rare release from stocks from before the old distillery was mothballed back in 1993.

  • 9th August 2022
    New Look For Glenmorangie Whisky Range
    Glenmorangie has unveiled a new look for their core whisky range which they will begin rolling out from this month but don't worry it is the same Glenmorangie whisky in the bottle it is simply the packaging which has had a makeover.
  • 8th August 2022
    Laggan Bay Distillery On Islay Gets The Go Ahead
    The Islay Boys, Mackay Smith and Donald MacKenzie, have announced plans for Laggan Bay Distillery on Islay. The plans were recently approved by Argyll and Bute Council for the construction of Laggan Bay Distillery on the Isle of Islay, which once constructed and up and running will bring the number of distilleries producing whisky on the Isle of Islay up to 12.

  • 5th August 2022
    Glenfiddich The Perpetual Collection Travel Retail Exclusive
    Four new whiskies to look out for on your travels as Glenfiddich launch The Perpetual Collection exclusively in travel retail. The four whiskies were produced using the innovative Solera Vat process of whisky production.

  • 5th August 2022
    anCnoc Suggests Your Perfect Half And Half
    anCnoc single malt whisky has partnered with Glasgow’s Overtone Brewing Company to help you find your perfect 'Hauf n Hauf' (whisky and beer pairing).
    I took the quiz to find my perfect pairing and apparently my perfect Hauf n Hauf would be a anCnoc 18 Year Old and a Porter beer, what would yours be?
  • 4th August 2022
    Fettercairn 16 Year Old 2022 Limited Edition
    Fettercairn distillery unveil the Fettercairn 16 Year Old 2022 Limited Edition, the 3rd release in their so far outstanding annual release series of unique limited edition 16 year old single malts.

  • 4th August 2022
    GlenAllachie Present Edition 16 Year Old Mizunara Virgin Oak Finish
    Whisky maker Billy Walker marks 50 years in the whisky industry with second release in commemorative Past, Present & Future Series - The GlenAllachie 50th Anniversary Present Edition 16 Year Old Mizunara Virgin Oak Finish.

  • 4th August 2022
    Tamdhu Batch Strength 7
    Tamdhu distillery has announced the release of the next instalment of their popular Batch Strength series, Tamdhu Batch Strength 007,
    described as having a rich, natural copper hue as a result of full maturation in Oloroso sherry seasoned casks from the bodegas of Jerez, Spain.
  • 11th July 2022
    Rare Single Cask of Ardbeg 1975 Sells For £16 Million
    Ardbeg Cask No.3 distilled in 1975 sells to a private collector in Asia for an eye watering price of £16 Million.
    Laid down to age in 1975 in two separate casks – a bourbon and an Oloroso sherry. Those casks were patiently matured for over 38 years. Then Ardbeg’s acclaimed Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden, decided to marry the two casks in 2014 into a single refill Oloroso butt.
  • 11th July 2022
    Oxford Rye Whisky Easy Rider
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery continues to turn out its batch release English Rye whisky with the announcement of the release of its seventh batch of rye whisky, Oxford Rye Whisky Easy Rider.

  • 7th July 2022
    Scallywag The Chocolate Edition
    Douglas Laing today marked the celebration of World Chocolate Day by unveilling the 5th annual chocolate bottling from the Scallywag brand: Scallywag The Chocolate Edition, a 100% Sherry Cask Matured Limited Edition Speyside blended malt Scotch Whisky.
  • 6th July 2022
    New Glenlivet 21 Year Old & 25 Year Old Expressions
    You may have noticed in recent times the lack of availability of The Glenlivet 21 Year Old and 25 Year Old (AKA XXV) expressions well the reason for that has become apparent as The Glenlivet distillery has announced the launch of The Glenlivet Sample Room Collection which launches with new Glenlivet 21 Year Old & 25 Year Old expressions which replace the expressions we were familiar with.
  • 4th July 2022
    WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye Aged 6 Years
    As it is the 4th July, American Independence Day, I couldn't think of a better day to announce the launch of a new American rye whiskey for the UK market, WhistlePig Distillery in Vermont USA has announced the release of their WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye Aged 6 Years here in the UK. The whiskey has a mashbill of 100% Rye to capture a 100% bold, spice flavour profile. and bottled it has been at 48.28% ABV.
  • 1st July 2022
    What Do Glengoyne & Golf Have In Common? Patient Preparation
    What do Glengoyne Highland single malt whisky and Golf have in common? Patient Preparation and to highlight the right way is the long way the distillery has partnered with elite golf caddie, Fanny Sunesson. They are also offering whisky and golf fans the chance to Win 2 VIP tickets to The Scottish Open and a personal coaching session from Fanny Sunesson.

  • 1st July 2022
    Pernod Ricard Agree To Sell Tormore Distillery To Elixir Distillers
    It looks like Scotch single malt whisky fans may soon get the chance to explore what Tormore has maturing in its warehouses as Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to sell (for an undisclosed sum) the Tormore Scotch Whisky brand and distillery to Elixir Distillers, a company co-founded by Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh founders and former owners of Specialty Drinks Ltd., the parent company of the online whisky shop The Whisky Exchange which Pernod Ricard acquired in late 2021.

  • 29th June 2022
    Strathearn The Heart Single Malt New Make Spirit
    Douglas Laing & Co today announced the launch of Strathearn The Heart Single Malt New Make Spirit. Bottled at cask filling strength of 63.5% ABV, the 'White Whisky' new make spirit is presented in a 20cl bottle and offers whisky aficionado's the chance to 'sip and speculate' about the Single Malt Scotch Whisky to come from the Strathearn Distillery in future.
  • 24th June 2022
    Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition US Exclusive
    Redbreast unveil the Kentucky Oak Edition, the first release in the Redbreast American Oak Series, a limited edition series available exclusively in the United States which celebrates the American oak used to shape the iconic Irish single pot still whiskey.

  • 24th June 2022
    GlenWyvis 2018 Vintage Batch 2/18
    GlenWyvis Distillery launches its second Single Malt Scotch Whisky, GlenWyvis 2018 Vintage Batch 2/18, a combination of 15 first-fill ex-Tennessee/Bourbon, five first-fill ex-Oloroso and three refill Hogshead casks.
  • 23rd June 2022
    White Peak Distillery Wire Works Whisky Small Batch
    White Peak Distillery releases the third batch of their Wire Works Whisky Small Batch, this time at a strength of 46.2% ABV. Wire Works batch 3 is a lightly-peated single malt whisky from a small batch vatting of American and French oak casks, the spirit has been fully matured in predominantly STR casks.

  • 21st June 2022
    Jameson 18 Year Old New Look And Now Bottled At Higher Strength
    Irish Distillers has unveiled a new look for its Jameson 18 Year Old and they have also bottled the whiskey at a higher strength. Jameson 18 will now be bottled non chill filtered at 46% ABV and presented in new sustainable packaging.
  • 21st June 2022
    Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle 2022 Edition Review
    Review of the Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle 2022 Distillery exclusive edition, a 14 year single sherry butt matured Jura single malt released to mark Jura distillery's Fèis Ìle festival 2022 day. The taste is packed with gentle but firm Jura DNA peat which is boosted by a lovely big sherry influence. A cracking sherried Jura and a worthy selection for the Feis Ile bottling.
  • 21st June 2022
    Glenmorangie Supports Research To Help Save The Giraffe
    Glenmorangie Highland single malt Scotch whisky is supporting crucial research to help save the giraffe in the wild in Africa. And on World Giraffe Day, today 21st June 2022, it invites whisky lovers old and new to raise a toast to the work of its global conservation partnership, with a suitably long drink.
  • 20th June 2022
    The Macallan M Collection 2022 Editions
    The Macallan has unveiled The Macallan M Collection 2022 Editions, as you would have expected there is The Macallan M and The Macallan M Black expressions, these are joined by a brand-new expression The Macallan M Copper.

  • 20th June 2022
    Fettercairn 200 Club - A Partnership With Local Barley Farmers
    Fettercairn Distillery, alongside founding partners Bairds Malt, has launched the new Fettercairn 200 Club, a long-term partnership with Northeast barley farmers all within a 50 miles radius of the Fettercairn distillery. Partners are all situated in the local Aberdeenshire farming community on the doorstep of the Highland Single Malt Distillery.
  • 13th June 2022
    The Dalmore 21 Year Old 2022 Edition
    The Dalmore has released the next instalment of their annual 21 Year Old expression, initially matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels then further matured in in specially selected rare casks sourced from esteemed sherry makers Gonzalez Byass, of Jerez.

  • 13th June 2022
    Irish Distillers Unveil Midleton Distillery Carbon Neutral Plan
    Irish Distillers to invest €50 million over the next 4 years to fund projects aimed at transforming Midleton Distillery into a carbon neutral operation by the end of 2026.

  • 13th June 2022
    World Whisky Forum 2022
    The 4th international World Whisky Forum will be taking place from 21st to 23rd June at Stauning Whisky Distillery in Denmark and this year it will turn its attention to the importance of sustainability in the whisky industry and for the first time you can also choose to take part virtually.

  • 10th June 2022
    Gold Spot 135th Anniversary Edition 9 Year Old
    Irish Distillers release a limited edition Gold Spot 9 Year Old single pot still whiskey to mark 135 years of whiskey bonding among the Mitchell family who founded the Spot Irish whiskey.

  • 8th June 2022
    Rock Island Mezcal Cask Edition
    Douglas Laing unveil Rock Island Mezcal Cask Edition, created with a blend of the classic Rock Island recipe of single malts and finished in ex-Mezcal casks, they describe it as 'perfect for summer'.

  • 3rd June 2022
    Glen Scotia Whiskies Get A New Look
    Campbeltown distillery, Glen Scotia, has unveiled new bottle and packaging designs for its standard and premium whisky range, as it continues to underline its ambition of being one of the most recognised and sought-after scotch whiskies in the world.
  • 1st June 2022
    Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle 2022 Edition
    Jura marks the return of Fèis Ìle Festival with a toast to the community and the launch of a 14 year single sherry butt matured Jura Distillery Cask Fèis Ìle 2022 Distillery exclusive edition which will be available to buy at the distillery and online after Jura's Fèis Ìle festival day on Friday 3rd June.

  • 1st June 2022
    The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old Batch 2
    The GlenAllachie release the second batch of their 30 Year Old , a marriage of six 1990 & 1991 vintage former Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry hogsheads and puncheons, along with two 1990 American virgin oak barrels. It is said to be representative of The GlenAllachie house style and the direction Billy Walker is taking the distillery's flavour profile.

  • 26th May 2022
    The Epicurean Glasgow Edition Cask Strength 2022
    Douglas Laing has unveiled a second limited edition expression of The Epicurean Glasgow Edition, like the first release under this title, back in 2018, the new The Epicurean Glasgow Edition has been bottled at Cask Strength. Tasting notes are said to reveal 'fresh fruits with lashings of runny honey and sweet raspberry jam', a dram the Douglas Laing team describe as a 'spectacular melody of sweet flavours'.
  • 25th May 2022
    The Largest Bottle Of Scotch Whisky In The World Sells For £1.1m
    The world's largest bottle of Scotch whisky,
    The Intrepid, which stands at 5ft 11 inches tall and filled with 311 litres of The Macallan 32 Year Old single malt whisky which was distilled at the prestigious The Macallan distillery in Speyside in 1989, has sold for £1.1m ($1.375m) after going under the hammer live online today 25th May at international auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull.
  • 25th May 2022
    Kilchoman 16 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2022
    Kilchoman unveil the programme for the first in person Kilchoman Fèis Ìle Day since 2019 and the Islay farm distillery also unveils a 16 year old expression created from a combination of 5 first fill bourbon barrels filled in 2006 as their special Kilchoman Fèis Ìle 2022 bottling.

  • 25th May 2022
    Donate £5 To Support Ukraine For Chance To Win Rare Big Peat Bottle
    Douglas Laing has produced an 'extremely rare' one of one bottle bottle of Big Peat, its flagship Islay blended malt Scotch Whisky brand, to support the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine. For every £5 you donate to support Ukraine you will be in with a chance to win the Port Ellen rich bottle of Big Peat.

  • 24th May 2022
    Glengoyne Offline Edition - Glengoyne Legacy Series Chapter Three
    In this digital age there is nothing worse than when trying to relax and enjoy your favourite dram you are interrupted by unwelcome phone calls, text messages or emails, well Glengoyne may just have a solution for whisky drinkers, the Glengoyne Offline Edition whisky box which includes a bottle of Glengoyne Legacy Series Chapter Three.
  • 24th May 2022
    Talisker 44 Year Old Forests Of The Deep Expedition Oak Series
    Talisker 44 Year Old Forests Of The Deep the oldest Talisker release to date. It is said to combine enticing aromas and sweet, smoky maritime accents. Described as an elemental Talisker with a oily-smooth texture and umami-rich taste with a sweet chilli-pepper finish.
  • 23rd May 2022
    Loch Lomond The Open’s 150th Championship 2022 Whiskies
    Loch Lomond distillery has released two new single malts to mark The Open’s 150th Championship 2022 - Loch Lomond The Open Course Edition 2022 22 Year Old matured in American Oak casks then finished in Haut-Médoc Claret Barriques and Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition 2022 matured in American Oak casks then finished in Bordeaux Red Wine Barriques.

  • 23rd May 2022
    Tamnavulin Appoint Leon Webb As Its new Distillery Manager
    Tamnavulin distillery has announced the appointment of a new Distillery Manager, Leon Webb. Leon is an experienced whisky maker who joined the distilling team at Tamnavulin this May after returning to his native Scotland following a period of five years in Canada, working as Master Distiller and Blender for the well-respected Shelter Point Distillery on Vancouver Island, B.C.
  • 20th May 2022
    The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Past Edition
    The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Past Edition, a 16 Year Old cask strength expression which is a combination of nine 2005 vintage Spanish Sherry butts and the first release in a trilogy to mark Whisky maker Billy Walker's 50 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

  • 20th May 2022
    Glen Scotia Global Live Tasting From The Campbeltown Malts Festival
    Grab a Glen Scotia tasting kit and join their live tasting from the Campbeltown Malts Festival or simply register and tune into the virtual event for free. The live global whisky tasting, the Global Gathering, will take place on the 26th and 27th of May 2022.

  • 20th May 2022
    Redbreast Dream Cask Double Cask Edition 30 Year Old
    Irish Distillers unveil 'Redbreast Dream Cask Double Cask Edition 30 Year Old' a marriage of a First Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt and a Fill Bourbon Barrel so there should quite a cask influence in this 5th release in the Dream Cask Series which launches to mark World Whisky Day.

  • 19th May 2022
    Whyte & Mackay's Single Malts Take 24 Gold Medals At ISC 2022
    If you familiar with Whyte & Mackay’s increasingly impressive range of Scotch single malt whiskies these days from their Tamnavulin, Jura and The Dalmore distilleries then you wont be surprised to hear that between them they have picked up 24 Gold Medals at the International Spirits Challenge 2022 where whiskies undergo a scrupulous blind tasting assessment.
  • 18th May 2022
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2022
    Kilchoman today unveiled the next limited edition of their popular exclusively sherry butt matured annual release, Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2022 which was 100% matured in Oloroso sherry butts to produce a balance of Kilchoman's earthy peat smoke and sherry.
  • 18th May 2022
    Big Peat Beach BBQ Edition Fèis Ìle 2022
    Douglas Laing marks this years Islay Festival with the release of Big Peat Beach BBQ Edition Fèis Ìle 2022, a cask strength limited edition of 3,000 bottles.
    Douglas Laing are also offering Islay Malt enthusiasts the chance to purchase one of just 70 Big Peat tasting packs, culminating in an interactive online tasting on 20th June.
  • 18th May 2022
    Chivas Bids Farewell To Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester
    Following the retirement of The Glenlivet Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, Chivas Brothers has appointed a team, 'The Glenlivet Makers', led by new Distillery Manager, Lisa Glen

  • 17th May 2022
    Distell's Scotch Whiskies Scoops 32 Awards At The ISC 2022
    Distell's portfolio of Scotch whiskies which includes Bunnahabhain, Tobermory and Deanston single malts as well as Black Bottle and Scottish Leader blends has picked up an impressive haul of awards from the International Spirits Challenge 2022 with the top award going to a blend some whisky drinkers may have overlooked, Black Bottle Double Cask - Alchemy Series.

  • 16th May 2022
    Bimber Spirit Of The Underground Collection Third Release
    London’s Bimber Distillery today unveiled the third instalment of their 'The Spirit of the Underground Collection' - this time up the Bimber train has made stops at Camden Town, Canary Wharf, Notting Hill and Tower Hill stations.

  • 16th May 2022
    Institute Of Brewing & Distilling Creates A Sustainability Forum
    The Institute of Brewing & Distilling is organising several sustainability seminars to provide advice, expertise and case studies to help the industry to move to a more sustainable production and profitable industry future. One of these key events is the Masterclass Local that the International Section is holding under the title 'Sustainable Innovation in Brewing & Distilling' which will be held at the Spirit of Hven Distillery, located on Hven Island, in Sweden.
  • 13th May 2022
    Whyte & Mackay Owned Distilleries Scottish Oak Programme
    Whyte & Mackay's pioneering Whisky Maker Gregg Glass achieves landmark in his industry-leading Scottish Oak Programme with every distillery in Whyte & Mackay's portfolio now incorporated into the company’s industry-leading Scottish Oak Programme.

  • 13th May 2022
    Timorous Beastie Meet The Beast 13 Years Old
    Timorous Beastie Meet The Beast 13 Year Old, a not so Timorous cask strength Highland dram launches today, Friday 13th May, which whisky maker Douglas Laing have dubbed 'Meet The Beast Day'. Tasting notes include 'burnt orange zest, waxy honeycomb and spicy vanilla' in a dram the Douglas Laing team describe as a 'massive amplification' of the original Timorous Beastie.

  • 12th May 2022
    Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 9
    Glengoyne announce the release Batch 9 in their Cask Strength series that has matured in a combination of American and European oak, comprising of First-Fill Oloroso Sherry, Bourbon, and Refill Casks. The result Glengoyne says is a vibrant and decadent whisky that truly brings the best out of each cask.

  • 12th May 2022
    Inter-Bev Announces Two Key Appointments To Its Scottish Team
    Acclaimed spirits producer International Beverage who lists Knockdhu (anCnoc), Old Pulteney, Balblair and Speyburn in its portfolio of Scotch malt whisky distilleries today announced two key appointments to its Scottish team, as the business gears up to deliver ambitious global growth plans across its award-winning whisky line-up.
  • 12th May 2022
    Edinburgh Whisky Fringe Festival Is Back For 2022
    I thought I would give this a quick mention as I am sure there are a few of you that have missed it over the past couple of years, the Edinburgh Whisky Fringe Festival is back for 2022. It will be held on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August, 2pm – 6 pm each day. The venue will be the Edinburgh Whisky Fringe Festival's long-time home, Mansfield Traquair.
  • 11th May 2022
    Plans For A New Sustainable Dalmore Distillery Unveiled
    The Dalmore distillery has unveiled a capital investment programme which proposes an increase in production of the Highland single malt and also a transition to a green energy solution for the complete site for both the existing distillery and the proposed expansion which will see a second still house added to the site and a new visitor experience.
  • 10th May 2022
    Loch Lomond 46 Year Old Remarkable Stills Series
    Loch Lomond has unveiled the second release in its Remarkable Stills Series, and it is one of the rarest whiskies ever to be released by the independent distillery, a very rare Loch Lomond 46 Year Old single malt whisky. The unpeated single malt was distilled back in 1974, matured in American oak casks for 44 years, followed by a further two years maturation in a combination of first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks.
  • 5th May 2022
    Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter Three
    Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter Three is the third and final instalment of the Legacy Series, matured in American oak sherry casks, it boasts a rich, fruity flavour profile, featuring notes of boozy raisins and spiced buns, slowly giving way to the silky caramel taste of Tarte Tatin and smooth cream sherry.

  • 4th May 2022
    Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2022 Bottlings Unveiled
    Bunnahabhain has unveiled its first in person Fèis Ìle programme since 2019 and three special limited edition Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2022 bottling's. But don't worry if you cant make it as you can still take part at home. The three bottling's are - Bunnahabhain Abhainn Araig, 1998 Calvados Cask Finish and 2004 Moine Tokaji Cask Finish.

  • 4th May 2022
    Molly Malone Small Batch Irish Whiskey Targets Travel Retail
    New Irish blended whiskey Molly Malone targets international markets, launching in travel retail at Dublin airport, it is as sweet as its Irish folk song namesake, Sweet Molly Malone. a sweet, gentle, very smooth, youngish and very easy to drink Irish blended whiskey that would make a great gift for any Irish whiskey drinker.

  • 2nd May 2022
    Macallan 32 YO Worlds Largest Bottle Of Whisky Auction For Charity
    The world's largest bottle of whisky, The Intrepid, a 311 litre bottle of The Macallan 32 Year Old is coming up for auction and could possibly become the most expensive bottle of whisky sold. 25% of the sale will be donated to the Marie Curie charity.

  • 2nd May 2022
    The GlenAllachie Relaunch White Heather Blended Scotch Whiskies
    GlenAllachie continues the resurrection of its White Heather Blended Scotch Whisky brand with the launch of a White Heather 15 Year Old expression which joins the White Heather 21 Year Old expression which launched last year.

  • 2nd May 2022
    White Heather 15 Year Old Review
    White Heather 15 Year Old is the second release in the relaunched White Heather premium Blended Scotch whisky brand from the folks at The GlenAllachie distillery. A quality blend which can easily give any single malt of this age a run for your money. It is a deliciously complex mix of single malts presented on a bed of solid grains.
  • 2nd May 2022
    White Heather 21 Year Old Review
    Review of the White Heather 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, this was the first release in the relaunched White Heather whisky brand. A premium blend which is the creative work of The GlenAllachie Master Distiller Billy Walker.

  • 2nd May 2022
    £88 Million Investment Into Aberlour and Miltonduff Announced
    Chivas Brothers has unveiled a £88 million investment into their Aberlour and Miltonduff distilleries in Speyside. The investment will go into upgrading sustainable distillation technologies at the Speyside distilleries along with significant production capacity expansions to meet the growing global demand for Scotch.
  • 29th April 2022
    Speyburn Distillery Manager Bobby Anderson Retires After 22 Years
    International Beverage bids farewell to long standing Speyburn Distillery Manager Bobby Anderson who is retiring after 22 years at the distillery.

  • 29th April 2022
    Tamdhu Speyside Festival 2022 Bottlings Now Available Online
    Tamdhu Speyside Festival 2022 bottlings are now available to purchase online from today, the next instalment of the Dalbeallie series, Tamdhu Dalbeallie 5 and a special cask strength edition of their recently launched Tamdhu 18 Year Old.

  • 27th April 2022
    The GlenAllachie 8 Year Old Review
    The GlenAllachie add a 8 Year Old expression to their core line-up, a creative marriage of spirit aged in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry puncheons, along with virgin oak casks and red wine barriques. A deliciously juicy sherried dram that does not disappoint, a very well put together whisky and another cracking whisky from Billy Walker.

  • 27th April 2022
    Oxford Rye Whisky Batch 6 Crafty Little Rye Ballot
    The Oxford Artisan Distillery has unveiled their 6th Batch of Oxford Rye Whisky which they are releasing in a limited edition 20cl 'flask' size bottle named 'Crafty Little Rye', this will be exclusive to their distillery shop but they will also be selling 100 bottles via their online shop and to be fair to all whisky fans who may want to get hold of one of the wee bottles these 100 bottles will be sold via a ballot.
  • 27th April 2022
    The GlenAllachie Single Cask Batch 6 & Spirit of Speyside Bottling
    The GlenAllachie Distillery has launched Batch 6 of their UK-exclusive Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, and as if that is not enough they have also released a distillery exclusive bottling for this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which will run from 27th of April to the 2nd of May 2022.
  • 26th April 2022
    Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Returns To Full In Person Festival
    The Spirit of Speyside Festival returns to a full in person festival once again and there are around 550 events to choose from between Wednesday 27th of April to Monday 2nd of May 2022 and it looks like the weather will be dry this week.

  • 25th April 2022
    Glen Scotia 8 Year Old Peated PX Cask Finish Festival Release 2022
    Glen Scotia has unveiled their Campbeltown Malts Festival 2022 bottling, a heavily peated Glen Scotia 8 Year Old, matured in American first-fill bourbon barrels and finished in Pedro Ximénès hogsheads before being bottled at cask strength.

  • 25th April 2022
    The Macallan Estate Pioneers Experience
    If you fancy a bit of drama with your dram this summer then The Macallan Estate have just the thing for you, they have announced the return of its spectacular immersive theatre experience, which tells the story of its rich heritage through live performance. This unique experience will bring the legacy of The Macallan to life, whilst discovering notable places around The Macallan Estate. A selection of whisky drams will be included within the experience, as well as a picnic lunch.
  • 22nd April 2022
    Loch Lomond Whisky Gets A New Look
    Loch Lomond Whiskies has unveiled a new design for its packaging across its whisky range but don't worry it will be the same whisky you are already familiar with in the bottle.
  • 22nd April 2022
    Douglas Laing The Gauldrons Sherry Cask Finish Limited Edition
    Douglas Laing has announced the release of The Gauldrons Sherry Cask Finish, the first ever Limited Edition under their Campbeltown Malt Scotch Whisky brand. A marriage of Single Cask Single Malts exclusively from Campbeltown, the Blended Malt enjoyed a finishing period in specially selected Spanish Sherry Casks.
  • 22nd April 2022
    The Macallan Distil Your World New York
    The Macallan has unveiled Distil Your World New York, a new limited edition whisky created in collaboration with the Roca brothers to capture the essence of New York City.

  • 22nd April 2022
    Glenfiddich Grand Cru Reimaged By Jordan Dalah At Sydney Airport
    Glenfiddich has announced the launch of a limited-edition Glenfiddich Grand Cru collaboration with Australian fashion designer Jordan Dalah into the travel retail market exclusively at the Heinemann Tax & Duty Free shops in Sydney International Airport. The collaboration’s travel retail debut follows an Australia domestic launch in February to celebrate the new year.
  • 21st April 2022
    Jura 14 Year Old American Rye Cask Review
    Jura distillery are offering whisky fans something a little different with the release of the Jura 14 Year Old American Rye Cask, although the name of the whisky suggests that it is a Rye Cask matured Jura, it is actually a Rye Cask finished Jura. Undoubtedly one for the Jura fans, it has its DNA from start to finish with the honey and vanilla Jura spirit picks up from the bourbon casks, the Rye cask spices comes more to the fore with each mouthful making it more interesting are a few mouthfuls.
  • 21st April 2022
    Samuel Gelston's Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review
    Review of Samuel Gelston's Single Malt Irish Whiskey, a young single malt but priced inline with its age and the honey notes and oak spice still make it an enjoyable dram and one that wont break the bank.

  • 14th April 2022
    Samuel Gelston's Irish Cream Liqueur
    Here is one for those of you with a sweet tooth, Irish whiskey brand, Samuel Gelston’s, has added a new Cream Liqueur expression with a chocolate infusion to their line-up just in time for Easter.

  • 14th April 2022
    WhistlePig Rye Whiskey Inaugural UK Cocktail Competition
    Calling all innovative and creative bartenders, WhistlePig Rye Whiskey has launched its first ever UK cocktail competition where you can win a once in a lifetime trip to Vermont. The winning bartender and two runners-up will all be invited to the home of WhistlePig in Vermont, USA, as part of a special VIP trip.

  • 13th April 2022
    Surfs Up For Cutty Sark As It Partners With Surf England
    Scotch whisky Cutty Sark is partnering with Surfing England this summer. The sponsorship will include a programme of Cutty Sark tastings and activations at the English National Surfing Championships in Cornwall in May, the English Adaptive Surfing Open at The Wave in Bristol in July, and the English Interclub -Surfing Championships in Cornwall in September.

  • 13th April 2022
    World Whisky Forum 2022 Goes Virtual
    The 4th international World Whisky Forum will be held in June 2022 at Stauning Distillery in Denmark. This years overall theme is 'Sustainability' and the moderator, as in previous years, is Dave Broom and for the first time you can also choose to take part virtually.

  • 12th April 2022
    The GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series Reviews
    Review of the recently unveiled second batch of whiskies in the limited edition GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series, this batch consists of the GlenAllachie 15 Year Old Scottish Virgin Oak Finish, 10 Year Old French Virgin Oak Finish, and 10 Year Old Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish.

  • 11th April 2022
    Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.003 Review
    Fettercairn unveil the 3rd instalment of their Warehouse Collection, Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.003, a young whisky this time, a combination of 57% ex-American Bourbon barrels, 16% Rum Casks and 27% French red wine barriques.

  • 11th April 2022
    Scottish Craftsman's Association 23rd Whisky Experience
    Review of the Scottish Craftsman's Association 23rd Anniversary event and the whiskies tasted on the night by guest writer and Scotch Malt Whisky forum member, Companion of the Quaich, Murray Cohen. This years line-up was Deanston 18 year old, Glen Grant 18 year old, Jura Tastival 2017, Aberfeldy 19 Single Cask and Tullibardine 20 year old.

  • 6th April 2022
    Two of Ireland’s Oldest Whiskeys Sell For Record Prices
    The popularity of rare Irish whiskey continues to soar amongst private collectors and I would like to think wealthy whiskey drinkers, this was recently confirmed when a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One 45 Year Old Irish single malt and a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter Two 46 Year Old sold at auction for a combined price €94,000.
  • 5th April 2022
    Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release Ahead Of Ardbeg Day 2022
    Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Release 50.1% ABV and Ardbeg Ardcore Main Release 46% ABV are a pair of 'Punked Up' limited edition whiskies created with roasted black malt to mark Ardbeg Day 2022. Notes of charcoal and sweet smoke make for an in-your-face nose, while potent notes of aniseed and dark chocolate stamp this bottle out as one fit only for the most Ardcore of fans.

  • 5th April 2022
    Douglas Laing The Epicurean Pledges Donation To The BEN Society
    Douglas Laing have announced the continuation of their relationship with the Benevolent Society for the Licensed Trade of Scotland, pledging their second annual donation on behalf of their Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky brand, The Epicurean.
  • 4th April 2022
    Tamdhu 18 Year Old Limited Release
    he offerings from Tamdhu distillery continue to mature under the management of Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd who took over the running of the Speyside distillery back in 2011, they have just announced the release of the latest addition to its 100% sherry cask matured collection, a Tamdhu 18 Year Old expression.
  • 4th April 2022
    Jameson 15 Year Old Single Pot Still
    Jameson has announced the launch of Jameson Anthology, a remastered series of unique limited editions which launches with a Jameson 15 Year Old Single Pot Still whiskey which was last seen back in 2000 and will be available via ballot.

  • 1st April 2022
    Kevin O’Gorman Icons of Whisky Master Distiller Of the Year 2022
    Kevin O’Gorman Irish Distillers Master Distiller at their massive Midleton Distillery has been crowned Master Distiller / Master Blender of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards 2022.

  • 1st April 2022
    The Whisky Exchange April Fools Day Whisky 2022
    The Whisky Exchange today introduced what they call 'an exclusive, extra special whisky for April Fool’s Day'. And like the best jokes, it may look simple upon first glance, but there’s a lot going on underneath. Update - it has now been revealed as a 5 year old single malt whisky which was distilled at Ardnamurchan distillery.

  • 25th March 2022
    The Balvenie Unveils 3 New Cask Finish Whiskies
    The Balvenie has unveiled 3 new Cask Finish Whiskies - The Balvenie 15 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish and 18 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish which will be available in global travel retail and The Balvenie 16 Year Old French Oak Pineau Cask Finish which will be available from in the domestic market from specialist whisky shops.

  • 16th March 2022
    Silkie Irish Whiskey Comes Ashore For St. Patrick's Day
    The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey comes ashore for St. Patrick's Day on Silver Strand beach in Donegal on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

  • 16th March 2022
    Three New Method And Madness Japanese Cask Finished Whisky's
    Method And Madness, Irish Distillers innovative and experimental whiskey brand, has released three new Japanese wood finished single pot still whiskey's ahead of St. Patricks Day 2022. Leading the Japanese wood trio is the Method And Madness 33 Year Old Japanese Mizunara Oak Finish, then there is the Japanese Cedarwood Casks Finished and Japanese Chestnut Casks Finished.

  • 11th March 2022
    Stills Now Installed At Rosebank Distillery
    Rosebank distillery has taken a huge step towards going into production with the installation of three new bespoke stills which have been made to the exact dimensions of the originals. Externally, the Rosebank distillery has made great progress in recent months and is now set to be completed by late summer 2022.
  • 10th March 2022
    Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Finish
    Diageo has unveiled a limited edition Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Finish expression although this is not the first time we have seen a sherry finished expression of their iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old they did release a Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old Sherry Finish under their experimental Blenders’ Batch range which was exclusive to travel retail back in 2018.
  • 10th March 2022
    Crabbie 22 Year Old Orkney Single Cask Palo Cortado Finish
    Crabbie release a 22 year old undisclosed peated Orkney single malt, matured in a American ex-Bourbon Cask and finished in a Palo Cortado sherry cask, the official tasting note points at it being from Highland Park.

  • 8th March 2022
    Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured 2021 Review
    Just giving this a bump as I have now tasted it
    and I am pleased to say it is an absolutely delicious, moreish, smooth, sweet peaty dram with a lovely wee fruity edge, another stunning quality, very drammable whisky from the folks at Kilchoman.
  • 3rd March 2022
    The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 7
    The GlenAllachie has announced the launch of the latest batch of their GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength. Batch 7 was aged in a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry puncheons, Rioja barriques and virgin oak casks, as always selected and blended by GlenAllachie's Master Distiller Billy Walker.
  • 3rd March 2022
    Laphroaig Names New Distillery Manager
    Barry MacAffer a long-serving Friend of Laphroaig and an Ileach who grew up next door to the Laphroaig distillery grounds and who joined the whisky production team at the Laphroaig distillery in 2011 as an agency worker covering work in the warehouses and on the malt floors has been named as the new Laphroaig Distillery Manager taking over the vacant position left by Laphroaig's former long serving manager John Campbell who held the role for 25 years.
  • 1st March 2022
    The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 10
    The GlenDronach distillery has released the next instalment in its popular Cask Strength series, The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 10, a marriage of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. It is worth noting that these big sherried cask strength releases from The GlenDronach tend to sell out quite quickly (with good reason) so if you want a bottle don't hang around too long when you see it available.
  • 1st March 2022
    The GlenDronach 50 Year Old
    The GlenDronach distillery recently announced the limited release of its first-ever 50 Year Old Single Malt; its oldest and rarest whisky to date. Distilled in 1971 and matured in traditional dunnage warehouses in rare Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. These casks were then married together for a final maturation in a single Pedro Ximénez cask.
  • 28th February 2022
    The GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 19
    The GlenDronach Distillery has unveiled the next instalment in its popular cask strength single cask series, The GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 19, which is a batch of 12 single sherry cask whiskies ranging from 27 to 31 years old distilled between 1990 and 1994 and have been bottled at cask strength with the ABV ranging from 50.7% to 57.8%.
  • 28th February 2022
    Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured 2021
    Kilchoman unveils their first limited release of 2022, a heavily peated single malt which was fully matured in Madeira hogsheads casks for 5 years and 3 months. This is only the second Madeira cask matured single malt released by the
    family owned and run Islay farm distillery.
  • 24th February 2022
    Tobermory 24 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
    Tobermory release a 24 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish single malt, the first special release whisky to be created under Cara Gilbert, the world’s youngest distillery manager, it follows the release of the outstanding Tobermory 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish back in late 2020.

  • 23rd February 2022
    Midleton Very Rare 2022
    Irish Distillers today unveiled the 39th instalment of their popular Midleton Very Rare series, Midleton Very Rare 2022, which is the second Very Rare bottling of the premium Irish blended whisky annual release under Midleton Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman. A blend of pot still and grain whiskey's aged between 12 and 33 years which have been matured in a combination lightly charred first fill and refill ex-bourbon American oak barrels.
  • 22nd February 2022
    Irish Distillers Sustainable Green Spring Barley Scheme
    Spring barley is a significant raw ingredient in making Irish whiskeys such as Jameson, Powers, Redbreast and Midleton Very Rare, but the impact of global warming and land quality deterioration means net barley production in Ireland is predicted to fall. To deepen their partnership with barley growers. Initially launched in 2020 the Sustainable Green Spring Barley Scheme now includes more than 200 barley growers.
  • 17th February 2022
    Glengoyne Gift Bottle Of 50 Year Old To German Whisky Club
    Thanks to the generosity of Glengoyne a group of friends at a German whisky club has toasted their reunion with an extra special dram, a bottle of Glengoyne 50 Year Old. When Glengoyne distillery launched the Glengoyne 50 Year Old in 2020, it pledged to gift 1 of the 150 decanters, priced at £22,500, to a group of friends to make their post-pandemic reunion extra special and true to their world presented the bottle to the group of friends at the whisky club in Hildesheim, Germany.
  • 17th February 2022
    Plans Unveiled For Dál Riata Distillery In The Heart Of Campbeltown
    Plans have been submitted for a new distillery in Campbeltown, the planned Dál Riata Distillery which will have a 850,000 litres of pure alcohol a year capacity will be located in Kinloch Road, overlooking Campbeltown Loch right in the heart of Campbeltown.

  • 16th February 2022
    Jameson Widen The Circle Ahead Of St Patricks Day 2022
    Following a couple of years of subdued St Patrick Day celebrations Jameson Irish whiskey is encouraging you to Widen The Circle ahead of St Patricks Day 2022.

  • 10th February 2022
    Crabbie Chain Pier Inaugural Release Review
    Review of Crabbie Chain Pier a virgin oak matured single cask single malt and the first single malt to be produced in Edinburgh for almost 100 years, and it is stunning for such a young whisky.

  • 10th February 2022
    MacNair’s Lum Reek 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 1
    MacNair’s Boutique House of Spirits has unveiled a batch release line extension for its Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky range; the Lum Reek 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 1.
  • 9th February 2022
    The Macallan The Reach 81 Year Old
    The Macallan has just unveiled The Macallan The Reach 81 Year Old, the oldest whisky ever released by the distillery. Adding to the incredible rarity of this release is the fact that it was distilled in 1940 during World War II. Incredibly after 81 years maturing in a single sherry cask the result was 288 bottles of which you will need deep pockets to get your hands on but it still good to look to see how the other half live.
  • 9th February 2022
    Samuel Gelston's Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Review
    Review of Samuel Gelston's Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.
    A lovely gentle nose, in the mouth this has a wee touch of young spiritiness about it which wasn't announced by the nose, a young pot still whiskey for sure but still an easy drinking enjoyable bourbon cask matured dram with a nice wee touch of pot still spice and bourbon cask influence.
  • 4th February 2022
    Glengoyne Supports Doddie Weir Charity With Bespoke Whisky
    Glengoyne continues their support of Doddie Weir's charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which raises money to aid Motor Neuron Disease (MND) research. This year the Highland whisky maker has donated 100 one-of-a-kind bottles which will be auctioned at the 10th annual Auld Enemy Dinner to raise funds.

  • 4th February 2022
    Barclays Agree £22.5 Million Funding Of Kilchoman Expansion Plans
    Barclays further invests in the whisky industry in Scotland with a deal which supports Islay farm distillery Kilchoman's global ambitions. Barclays has agreed a £22.5 million funding package with Kilchoman Distillery allowing them to invest in new production facilities and further grow the brand globally.

  • 4th February 2022
    William Grant & Sons Eyes Recovery In Duty Free Market
    In whisky business news William Grant & Sons has moved to bolster its senior global travel retail management team as it eyes recovery and expansion in the duty-free market.

  • 3rd February 2022
    Caol Ila 24 Year Old 175th Anniversary Edition
    Diageo has released a special limited-edition expression of Caol Ila to mark 175 years of the Islay distillery. The limited release Caol Ila 24 Year Old 175th Anniversary Edition is a limited release of just 3,000 bottles worldwide.
  • 3rd February 2022
    Old Pulteney Whisky Hot Toddy Recipe
    Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, presents their salted honey twist on the well-loved classic Hot Toddy winter warmer. Featuring the Old Pulteney 12 year old Scotch single malt whisky from the UK's most northerly shores and tasting notes of salted honey, anise, baking spice and herbaceous backnotes, it is the perfect drink to cosy up in front of the fire with.
  • 3rd February 2022
    First Distillation At Ardara Distillery In Donegal
    Ardara Distillery in Donegal goes into production as the first casks are filled with spirit. Donegal’s Sliabh Liag Distillers has completed the first distillation of spirit at its new Ardara Distillery. Ex-bourbon oak casks have been filled with a smoky, heavily-peated, triple distilled single malt, with operations commencing just 51 weeks after the foundation stone was set for the distillery in the festival town of Ardara, on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.

  • 31st January 2022
    Ardbeg Fermutation Committee Exclusive
    Introducing Ardbeg Fermutation the result of an unplanned experiment back in 2007 at the Ardbeg distillery when a boiler failed and the normal 72 hour fermentation process run into an epic 3 week fermentation.
    Matured in a combination of First Fill and Refill American ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 49.4% ABV, it is set for release tomorrow exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members.
  • 25th January 2022
    Timorous Beastie 20 Year Old 2022 Burns Night Release
    Rather appropriately as it is Buns Night tonight Douglas Laing has released a Timorous Beastie 20 Year Old expression; a small batch, limited edition from their Highland Blended Malt brand, this 20 year old expression has been released exclusively for the UK market.
  • 18th January 2022
    Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Chinese New Year 2022
    Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Chinese New Year 2022 is the final release in Glenfiddich's special edition Chinese New Year trilogy designed by Chinese artist Rlon Wang. Look out for two expressions of this, a travel retail exclusive expression bottled at 43.2% ABV and the other bottled at 40% for the domestic market.

  • 17th January 2022
    Samuel Gelston's Blended Irish Whiskey Review
    Review of Samuel Gelston's Blended Irish Whiskey, one of six new Irish whiskey's under the Samuel Gelston's whiskey brand which has its foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was recently resurrected. A very young, fresh, clean, very gentle Irish blend, I cant fault it for a young whiskey.

  • 6th January 2022
    The Epicurean White Port Finish Limited Edition
    The first new whisky of 2022 to first foot us at Scotch Malt Whisky is the latest release in Douglas Laing's innovative 'The Epicurean Wood Series', this time up the whisky creators at DL have given us The Epicurean White Port Finish Limited Edition.


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