Let’s talk Barley..

Firstly get yourself a coffee or a large dram of whisky ( the liquid type) you might need it ….. Barley / terroir and a comparison to the wine industry seems to be stirring within the whisky industry and with some it is a hot topic at the moment ! For those of you who…

SLANE DISTILLERY ROLLS OUT FIRST BARREL AT STATE-OF-THE ART DISTILLERY

Press Release..     SLANE DISTILLERY ROLLS OUT FIRST BARREL AT STATE-OF-THE ART DISTILLERY Slane Distillery, the recently-opened whiskey distillery located on the historic grounds of Slane Castle in the Boyne Valley, celebrated a major milestone last week (Wednesday 29th August) when it filled its first barrel. The inaugural cask contains new make malt whiskey…

Rare whisky marks 20th anniversary at Benromach Distillery

Press Release..     Rare whisky marks 20th anniversary at Benromach Distillery   All profits from the sale of Benromach Cask No 1 single malt whisky will be donated to charitable causes   Twenty years after family owned Benromach Distillery was reopened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay, a rare single malt whisky has been released…

Flippers, dippers and greedy b******s

Well it has been an eventful few weeks in the whisky world, hoards of flippers flocking to Macallan in order to fleece some poor person who couldn’t make it there, roads shut and chaos descending in order to let a small number of actual fans who actually camped out and managed to get themselves a…

Isle of Arran Distillers claim four top prizes at international competition

Isle of Arran Distillers claim four topprizes at international competition The team at the Isle of Arran Distillers is celebrating four coveted awards at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition. The independent whisky maker picked up two gold medals for its Arran 10 and 18-year-old Single Malts. The Bothy Quarter Cask and Lochranza Reserve…

SMWS 35TH ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL TASTING DISCOVERY PACK

35TH ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL TASTING DISCOVERY PACK Join us in celebration of our 35th anniversary as we take you on a colourful journey of flavour discovery. We’ve created a limited-edition Discovery Pack containing five hand-selected whiskies which Master Brand Ambassador John McCheyne will be introducing in a special tasting at The Vaults on 24 September. And…

Give us ya money and we will tell you a story…

I do sometimes wonder what is important in life, should we work our guts out in order to retire and kick the bucket the minute we do or should we say sod old age and enjoy what you have right now ? Should we worry about this and that, just how important are some things…

A bottle of Port Ellen being auctioned for charity..

Press Release A bottle of Port Ellen being auctioned for charity after two whisky personalities battle it out for two great causes on the squash court Fred Laing, Chairman of leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler Douglas Laing and Greg Dillon, Founder of GreatDrams.com joined forces on Tuesday to battle on the squash court…

Rachel Barrie Honoured at university of Edinburgh..

Press Release.. FIRST FEMALE WHISKY MASTER BLENDER HONOURED AT UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH Rachel Barrie, raised in Aberdeenshire and one of only a handful of women in the ‘top job’ in the whisky industry is the first female Master Blender to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh. As a Master Blender, Rachel…

BENRIACH DISTILLERY AND KESTIN HARE ANNOUNCE EXPERIMENTAL COLLABORATION.

Press Release..   BENRIACH DISTILLERY AND KESTIN HARE ANNOUNCE EXPERIMENTAL COLLABORATION A Speyside distillery renowned for its experimental approach has teamed up with Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare in a partnership which will celebrate the creative approaches to whisky distilling and clothing design. To mark the collaboration, Kestin Hare’s 2019 Spring Collection will feature five…

Isle of Arran Distillers eye spring 2019 opening for Lagg Distillery

Press Release.. Isle of Arran Distillers eye spring 2019 opening for Lagg Distillery Construction of the Isle of Arran Distillers second distillery on the south of the island is on track to be completed and open to the public by spring 2019.   The most recent milestone at the Lagg Distillery is the completion of…

Plans for a new distillery at Craggan announced

Plans for a new distillery at Craggan announced Plans have been announced for a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey. It would become the first new malt whisky distillery to be built in the Cairngorms National Park since its creation in 2003. The multi million pound investment by Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd is expected to…

Gordon & MacPhail Relaunch Connoisseurs Choice with stunning new look.

Press Release.     Gordon & MacPhail’s new look Connoisseurs Choice leads portfolio relaunch   Scotch whisky maturation expert, Gordon & MacPhail, has announced the relaunch of its portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies to continue strengthening the reputation of the brand globally.   The 122-year-old, family-owned company is streamlining its existing portfolio into five…

LOCH LOMOND WHISKIES AGREES HIGH PROFILE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OPEN

Press Release..   LOCH LOMOND WHISKIES AGREES HIGH PROFILE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OPEN Award-winning independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open, golf’s original championship for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand. The partnership with The R&A includes support of the Ricoh Women’s British Open and will showcase…

Stamina at sea: TWAC World Record smashed.

Press Release..     Known as the world’s toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – a 3000 mile race across the Atlantic Ocean – is not for the faint-hearted. In an incredible show of skill and stamina, GB team the Four Oarsmen smashed the world record for the fastest four-man Atlantic crossing at this…