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Glenlivet rebrands Master Distiller’s Reserve travel range

The Glenlivet is rebranding their Master Distiller’s Reserve range, which is sold exclusively in travel retail, as Triple Cask Matured. The old Master Distiller’s Reserve is now simply named Distiller’s Reserve, while Solera Vatted will be replaced by White Oak Reserve and Small Batch will be renamed as Rare Cask. All of the Triple Cask Matured whiskies are influenced by three cask types, ex-Sherry, American oak and European oak, but in varying proportions. Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Distiller’s Reserve (40% abv, RRP €45 / $53 for a 1 litre bottle) is said to be “a harmonious balance of fruity… Read More

High Coast introduces new Swedish single malts in Europe

Formerly known as Box Distillery but rebranded in 2018, High Coast Distillery is named after its location in Adalen on the High Coast of north-eastern Sweden. In fact, it’s one of the world’s most northerly distilleries, located at a latitude of 63°N. The distillery is situated on the banks of the Ångermanälven River in a building that once housed the power plant for a wooden box factory, where the distillery’s initial name ‘Box’ originated. High Coast has announced the release of five new single malts, that will be sold throughout Europe. Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) will handle the distribution… Read More

Ardnahoe Distillery opens its doors

The ninth Islay whisky distillery has officially opened its doors for visitors. Ardnahoe Distillery was established by Hunter Laing & Co in 2018 and is situated just in between Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain Distillery, on the northeast coast of the island, near Port Askaig. Ardnahoe – Scottish Gaelic for “Height of the Hollow” – uses water from Loch Ardnahoe to distill a peaty spirit that will be rested in mostly ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. Ardnahoe filled their first cask on November 9th, 2018. Since a spirit has to be aged for at least three years before it may be… Read More

Berry Bros. & Rudd introduces The Perspective Series

Berry Bros. & Rudd announced its collaboration with Scottish photographer Lindsay Robertson to launch the first in a series of limited edition, aged blends named The Perspective Series. Crafted by Doug McIvor and decorated with images of majestic Scottish landscapes, taken by award winning photographer Lindsay Robertson. The images have been carefully selected for each label to portray a visual metaphor of the flavour of the whisky. Doug McIvor’s mastery at blending small batches of Scotch, merges with the skill of capturing the Scottish scenery through the eye of the lens, to create a bottle of whisky which reflects artistry… Read More

Big Peat Feis Ile 2019 announced

Douglas Laing announced Big Peat’s Limited Edition for Feis Ile 2019, Islay’s Annual Festival of Malt and Music. The packaging for the commemorative bottling features the faces of 400 of Big Peat’s ‘pals’ from all over the world, after fans of the brand were invited to submit their selfies via an online competition. The spirit within is a unique batch of the cult Islay Whisky, carrying a marriage of Single Malts distilled at Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and even the long-closed Port Ellen distillery, amongst others. 2019 marks 10 years since the launch of Big Peat,… Read More

Glengoyne launches 7th Cask Strength single malt

Glengoyne Distillery has announced the launch of Cask Strength Batch No. 007. It’s the first in their Cask Strength collection to feature a small proportion of bourbon barrels in the cask recipe, besides the usual first-fill American and European oak Oloroso sherry casks. John Glass, Malt Master at Glengoyne Distillery, explains: “The bourbon parcel we used in the distillation of Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch No. 007 brought in a sweetness and a burst of vanilla, which adds a roundness and depth to this sherry-dominant whisky. The bourbon plays a light, but important, part in the overall cask recipe.” According to… Read More

The best whisky festivals around the world

It’s spring, which means that the international whisky festival season is about to start. We’ve compiled a list with some of the best, must-attend events for whisky enthusiasts. Experience the ultimate whisky entertainment at an international whisky event, at the exact location where your favorite whisky is created. 1. Spirit of Speyside Festival (May 1-6) The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place at multiple locations, throughout the beautiful Scottish Speyside region. More info: SpiritOfSpeyside.com 2. Highland Whisky Festival (May 10-17) Several whisky distilleries have teamed up to host the first Highland Whisky Festival, which takes place at Wolfburn,… Read More

Sazerac launches Mister Sam Blended Whiskey

Sazerac has announced the release of Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey, a limited edition blended whiskey created to pay tribute to late Seagram’s leader Sam Bronfman. This blend of Canadian and American whiskeys comes in a wooden box that includes a copy of ‘From Little Acorns’, a book written by Sam Bronfman in 1970 about the history of the Seagram’s company. Fittingly, the blend’s recipe was created by Sazerac Master Blender Drew Mayville, a native Canadian now living in Kentucky. Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey is bottled at Sazerac’s Old Montreal Distillery at 66.9% abv (133.8 Proof) and will be released… Read More

The English Whisky Co. announces new Virgin Oak matured single malt

The Roudham, Norfolk-based The English Whisky Co. have announced the release of a new Small Batch Release whisky. This single malt was distilled in July 2013 and spent its life in virgin American oak casks, until bottling in March 2019. Only 2.689 bottles of this English single malt whisky are available world wide. Andrew Nelstrop, owner of The English Whisky Company, says “What started off as an experiment has turned out to be a winner. We are really thrilled with this single malt whisky.” The English Small Batch Release Virgin Oak is bottled at 46% abv and sold at a… Read More

Highland Park announces first wine cask finished single malt

Rioja news from the island of Orkney: Highland Park Distillery has announced the release of their very first Spanish Rioja wine cask matured single malt: Twisted Tattoo. Casks have a major influence on the flavour of whisky, driving both natural colour and distinctive character through the cask wood and its seasoning. Although Highland Park whisky is traditionally matured in sherry-seasoned oak casks, for the 16 year old Twisted Tattoo bourbon casks were used, but this time combined with a high percentage of casks seasoned with rich and full-bodied Spanish Rioja wine. Highland Park’s Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, created… Read More