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Whisky Samples, Miniatures & Tasting Sets

In times where whisky festivals and other spirits events are forced to be cancelled, and stores around the world are not able to welcome any customers, it’s a bit more difficult to ‘try before you buy’. Whisky samples, miniatures or tasting sets can be an excellent solution, but where can you order those to be delivered at your doorstep? We’ve listed a few shops with an impressive stock of whisky samples. The Whisky Exchange The Whisky Exchange doesn’t just offer samples of recent whisky releases, but you can also order samples of – for example – forty year old… Read More

Whisky Rumours: Spring 2020 Edition

In the United States, all alcoholic beverage manufacturers must submit the labels of their products to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for approval. These labels are published on the TTB website under the Freedom of Information Act, which means that they’re available to see before the whiskies are released. Although it’s definitely not a guarantee that the submitted labels will actually end up on whisky bottles, or that these bottles will be released in any country other than the US, it is very interesting to look at. We all love rumours, right? These are some… Read More

Whisky from Home: Virtual Distillery Tours

All over the world, people are stuck at home, trying (and hopefully succeeding) to stay safe from the COVID-19 virus. This situation has forced many whisky festivals, including Spirit of Speyside and Fèis Ìle, to cancel their scheduled festivities. For everyone who had planned to attend a whisky festival or distillery visit, we have compiled an alphabetical list of virtual distillery tours. Some of these tours are 360°, or virtual tours, which means that it’s like walking through the distillery yourself. BenRiach 360° (Speyside, Scotland) Bruichladdich (Islay, Scotland) Chief’s Son (Australia)… Read More

Whisky Rumours: December 2019 Edition

In the United States, all alcoholic beverage manufacturers must submit the labels of their products to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for approval. These labels are published on the TTB website under the Freedom of Information Act, which means that they’re available to see before the whiskies are released. Although it’s definitely not a guarantee that the submitted labels will actually end up on whisky bottles, or that these bottles will be released in any country other than the US, it is very interesting to look at. We all love rumours, right? These are some… Read More

Send us your feedback and win…

Ever since the launch of the first version of the Whisky Suggest App, we’ve used the useful feedback of our 50,000+ members to improve the app. Multiple member-suggested changes have already been implemented in the Whisky Suggest App, and even more improvements are coming in the future. But we’re always looking for more feedback, tips and suggestions! Try the app & WIN whisky We’re very curious to hear what you think about the latest version of your Whisky Suggest App. In fact, we’re so curious, that we’re giving away a bottle of the brand new Balvenie 12 Year Old… Read More

Buffalo Trace Distillery uses Amaranth grain for new Colonel E.H. Taylor bourbon

Buffalo Trace Distillery announced a special release bourbon whiskey, with Amaranth as the flavoring grain instead of rye. This 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond small batch bourbon was aged over a decade and is a special one-time-only release.  Other grains used in this recipe are corn and malted barley.     Although it is technically not a grain, Amaranth was originally cultivated by the Aztecs who called it “the Grain of the Gods”. It is similar to wheat, but offers a complex taste with subtle flavors ranging from a nose of butterscotch and spearmint, to a finish of pecans and dark berries.                   Tasting notes describe… Read More

GlenAllachie launches Wood Finish Series

The GlenAllachie Distillery has extended their range of whiskies with the launch of the Speyside-based distillery’s first-ever series of limited edition wood finishes. The range comprises the 8 year old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish, the 10 year old Port Wood Finish, and the 12 year old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Wood Finish. To create the new range of wood finishes, GlenAllachie’s Master Distiller Billy Walker first hand-selected barrels from among the 50,000 casks in the 16 warehouses on site at the distillery for the additional maturation. Casks were sourced from a variety of bodegas and distilleries that shared Walker’s… Read More

Douglas Laing introduces two new blended Island malts

Douglas Laing announced the first two new releases for its blended malt range from Island distilleries, which recently has been rebranded from Rock Oyster to Rock Island. A Limited Edition Rock Island release is available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £89. This 21 year old blended malt is bottled at 46.8% abv and just 4,200 bottles have been produced. Rock Island 10 Years Old, expected to retail at £45 and bottled at 46% abv, will join the range as a continually available offering, joining fellow Remarkable Regional Malts age statement offerings launched earlier this… Read More

BenRiach Cask Bottling Batch 16 announced

BenRiach has announced the release of Cask Bottling Batch 16. The latest batch of the Speyside distillery includes 24 single cask whiskies. The 16 unpeated and 8 peated cask bottlings were aged in a selection of cask types sourced from around the world: Virgin oak, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry, port, claret, marsala, madeira, sauternes, rioja, tokaji and South African red wine, Jamaican rum, and bourbon casks. Each bottle is filled exclusively from one of these individual cask types. BenRiach Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie: “There is no better insight into our intriguing palette of flavour than BenRiach Cask… Read More

Barton 1792 Distillery Introduces 12 Year Old Bourbon

Barton 1792 Distillery unveils the latest in its line of limited edition releases, 1792 Aged Twelve Years. Using the same rye recipe as 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, the Aged Twelve Years expression is bottled at 96.6 proof, or 48.3% abv.  Master Distiller Danny Kahn describes the newest offering as “Super-complex up front aromas. The first thing that hits the palate is a subtle but rich sweetness.  It is full, slightly creamy, with a hint of pleasant spice that settles on the tongue. At the end, there is a touch of oaky smokiness that rounds out the aromas. The… Read More