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Leading blended Scotch whisky, Chivas, has announced the launch of Regal FC – a global concept club for contemporary football culture, devoted to celebrating the eternal influence of the game across the globe. By uniting the multiple strands of modern football culture, Chivas is on a mission to highlight the stories and people who are ripping up the rule book and redefining what the beautiful game means to them. Regal FC offers passion-driven changemakers from around the world a chance to collaborate with like-minded talent, and create unique and lasting experiences that celebrate all aspects of football culture. Through exclusive merch drops, digital content, and match event experiences, Regal FC will be an outlet for current and future personalities to draw inspiration and engage with the evolving football community.

To debut Regal FC, Chivas hosted ‘The Regal FC Rooftop 5s’, the ultimate 5-a-side charity football tournament which saw 50 of the UK’s freshest talent and footballing legends take part. Players included musicians Headie One and Avelino, presenters Elz the Witch and Joelah Noble, and in a nod to Chivas’ global partnership with Manchester United, Wes Brown. A host of familiar faces including Harry Pinero, Yung Filly and Vuj also took to the pitch to showcase their skills, alongside four of the world’s most forward-thinking community clubs; Nivelcrack, Alive and Kicking FC, Under the Radar and Grenfell Athletic FC, who are each on a powerful mission to change the way football is seen in culture today. Eight teams played against each other on a bespoke Regal FC pitch, located on the rooftop of Hotel Football situated next to the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The event concluded with Under The Radar FC successfully fighting off the competition with some electric gameplay, to be crowned as the first-ever champions of ‘The Regal FC Rooftop 5s’.

To further celebrate the launch, Chivas has collaborated with leading British streetwear designer Marc Jacques Burton to create three exclusive, limited edition football kits. Unveiled at The Regal FC Rooftop 5’s tournament, the kits are inspired by three distinct expressions in the Chivas range, blending together the brand’s disruptive approach to Scotch with Marc Jacques Burton’s reimagining of 70’s punk culture. The kit designs reference signature Chivas colours and bring each blend’s unique tasting notes to life through Marc Jacques Burton’s expressive style and print techniques. The first kit from the collection is set to drop on Wednesday 1st December via www.mjb.store, with the remaining kits dropping in the coming months. Proceeds from the first drop will be donated to charity, Alive and Kicking [charity no. 1105583].

The launch of Regal FC comes as Chivas continues its commitment to championing the next generation of ambitious, emerging talent who look to elevate themselves and those around them along the way. From the grassroots community teams, to the hardcore lifelong fans, contemporary football culture is multifaceted, and the launch of Regal FC will see these stories celebrated across the globe.

Chivas Global Marketing Director, Nick Blacknell said: “Regal FC is the start of a new era for Chivas, where we can connect and listen to the next generation of creatives who are helping to evolve the game. Whether it’s through their artistic discipline or day to day hustle, we want to elevate those who are changing the narrative for the better. The purpose of the platform is to celebrate the existing football fandom, but also leverage the global Chivas network and provide these changemakers with the tools and resources to grow and reach new audiences around the world.”

Regal FC is built to celebrate contemporary football culture and elevate the power of the modern football community. From DJs and defenders to coaches and creatives – if you’re changing the world of football, we want to hear from you. Drop us a DM on Instagram with your story or check out www.chivas.com/en-EN/regal-fc to find out how we can collaborate to celebrate your story.



View the catalogue: Bonhams : Whisky Sale

A decanter of the Macallan Lalique 55-year-old. Estimate: £65,000-85,000.

Edinburgh – When it comes to the finest malt whiskies, there is rare – and very rare. The bottle of the Macallan Lalique 55-year-old to be offered at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday 7 December falls squarely into the latter category. Numbered 412 out of a limited edition of 420, the decanter comes in a presentation case accompanied by a crystal stopper. It is estimated at £65,000-85,000.

Martin Green, Bonhams Head of Whisky in Edinburgh, said, “Released in 2007, the 55-year-old was the second in the famous Macallan Lalique Six Pillars collection. The decanter is modelled on the Paquerettes Tiara perfume bottle, designed by René Lalique himself in 1910 for Roger & Gallet and the multicoloured crystal reflects the natural colour of the whisky within. This perfect marriage between two premier luxury brands has been described as legendary; many whisky collectors would agree.”

Other highlights of the sale include:

  • Three unique decanters of Glenfiddich 1979 exclusively drawn by Malt Master Brian Kinsman from a hand-selected cask, which has lain untouched in the Grant family warehouse since 1979. Each hand-blown Baccarat crystal decanter is accompanied by a different motorsport experience at the Goodwood Estate. All the proceeds will go towards Race Against Dementia (RAD), the charity established by Scottish racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart and the official charity partner of the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard. RAD raises money to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research. Each bottle is estimated at £6,500-10,000.  
  • A bottle of Karuizawa Ruby Geisha-38 year old. Distilled by Karuizawa Distillery for Elixir Distillers. This is bottle 139 out of 223 and is offered in its original wooden presentation case. Estimate: £25,000-30,000. 
  • A bottle of Port Ellen Casks of Distinction-40 year old-1979. Distilled and bottled by Port Ellen Distillery, Isle of Islay from a single cask. Bottle number 21 of 78, it too comes with its original wooden presentation case. Estimate: £18,000-22,000.

Sale: Whisky Location: 22 Queen Street, EdinburghDate: Tuesday 7 December at 11 am

View the catalogue: Bonhams : Whisky Sale


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com




BARDSTOWN, Ky (Nov. 29, 2021) Barton Brands of Kentucky held its annual “Contributions to the Community” reception on Monday, Nov. 29 at the Distillery. Recipient organizations as well as Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts and Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton were in attendance

This was the ninth year the Distillery, in conjunction with parent company Sazerac, contributed monies to give back to the community by acknowledging organizations that help make a difference and improve the local quality of life. Ten organizations in Bardstown/Nelson County received a total of $37,500 from Barton 1792 Distillery.

The following recipients were honored for their work in the community: Bardstown-Nelson County African-American Heritage Museum; Bethany Haven, Inc.; Bourbon City Bark Park, Inc.; Bread for Life Food Pantry; Fine Arts Bardstown Society, Inc.; Guthrie Opportunity Center Foundation, Inc.; New Life Center; Old Bardstown Village, Inc.; The Stephen Foster Drama Association; and United for Recovery.

The Sazerac Company has a long standing philosophy of helping members in the community. The primary areas of interest are arts and culture, economic development, education, and health care.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 31 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year for 2020.  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Ardbeg 8 Years at The Whsiky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Ardbeg 8 Years!

Rare limited edition selected for the distillery Committee. Ardbeg 8 Years Old Committee Release 2021 “For Discussion” Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Limited edition release for 2021.

NOSE Intense with a burst of charcoal, creosote, tar and treacle toffee, with curious hints of something vegetal, like fennel, celery and green peppers. Once these subside, there are hints of milk chocolate, aniseed and woodsmoke. With a little drop of water, some more herbal notes appear, like fennel, coriander and lavender, along with some characteristic Ardbeg aromatic woodsmoke and a hint of fresh, salty sea spray.

TASTE A distinctively peppery mouthfeel eases into a complex symphony of flavours; treacle toffee, aniseed, salted caramel chocolate, eucalyptus, menthol and briar wood, to name but a few. The ‘tingling’, peppery sensation on the palate continues, with the sweeter flavours giving way to more savoury notes like charcoal, smoked bacon, burnt toast and tar.

FINISH The aftertaste is long and lingering, with a suggestion of peppermint and clove.

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Ardbeg Distillery was established in Ardbeg on the Kildalton Peninsular on the Isle of Islay in 1815 by John McDougal. Ardbeg Distillery draws soft peaty water from Loch Uigeadail and Loch Airigh nam Beist up amongst the hills behind the distillery to produce it world renowned range including Ardbeg Uigeadail and Ardbeg 10 Year Old. Ardbeg Distillery is a participant in the world famous Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Visitors are welcome at the distillery visitor center which offers Ardbeg Distillery tours and serves delicious Scottish fare in the Ardbeg Old Kiln Café.


Three American Oak
Single Cask Whiskies

When we began crafting whisky nearly three decades ago, we made choices that shaped our philosophy at Sullivans Cove. The most significant of these was the decision to release our whisky as single casks. It defined our role as distillers – to create the conditions where each cask can develop to its peak and express its uniqueness.

These three American oak whiskies are a prime example of this philosophy, each needing significantly different amounts of maturation to reach that magical point where spirit and cask come together magnificently.

20 yo American Oak Old & Rare HH0031

Distilled in 1999, HH0031 is our oldest single cask whisky released to date, having spent over 20 years maturing in an American oak ex-Bourbon cask. This extended maturation has crafted a beautifully complex and well integrated whisky and is an incredible example of what time, patience and skill can achieve. HH0031 was matured for a total of 20 years and 8 months, resulting in a mere 118 bottles.

American Oak Second Fill TD0081

TD0081 was identified as a stunning single cask whisky in early 2020 and was sampled by our tasting panel a total of 17 times; in order to identify the moment when it reached the perfect balance between spirit and oak. TD0081 matured for 15 years 4 months and yielded 416 bottles.

American Oak ex-Bourbon TD0330

Our American oak ex-Bourbon expression is Australia’s most awarded whisky. Known for their mouthwatering banana, malt and vanilla flavours; TD0330 is a classic example of this style. Matured for 12 years and 8 months, TD0330 yielded just 256 bottles.


These whiskies will be released via ballot. The ballots will open for 24 hours from 10am Hobart time on the 6th of December 2021. Further details will be sent prior to the ballots opening.

A note on our ballot system 

Our policy is one entry per person, per household, per ballot. Our fraud detection algorithm detects multiple entries and removes them to ensure our whisky lands in the hands of our genuine supporters, so to ensure your entry counts, please enter each ballot once only. We appreciate your continued support and understand the disappointment in missing out on our incredibly limited whisky releases. We want you to know that if you miss out on a release, the chance of your success in a future ballot will continue to increase until you secure a bottle. While we can never guarantee success in specific ballots, we do everything we can to ensure our whiskies make their way into the hands of our loyal supporters. If you have any questions around our ballot process, you can email us at info@sullivanscove.com Successful entries will be notified shortly after the ballots close.

Johnnie Walker – Masters Edition III 48 year old Whisky at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News



70cl | 41.8% ABV

Johnnie Walker Masters Of Flavour is an exceptional Scotch crafted from the finest maturing whiskies in the Johnnie Walker reserves. All of the whiskies used to create Johnnie Walker Masters Of Flavour are aged for at least 48 years and only 288 decanters have been released – an extremely limited run of an incredibly rare Scotch.

This superb Scotch contains extremely rare whiskies from the four “ghost” distilleries of Port Dundas, Brora, Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal which are balanced perfectly with whiskies from Cameronbridge, Blair Athol and Dalwhinnie.

This special liquid is housed in a beautiful Baccarat decanter, all encased in a handmade wooden cabinet.

Price Includes a 37cl Cibi Blade Runner Glass 


Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)97 $44.99 View

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Aged in oak and former Sherry casks, this enticing Scotch has a ripe red-apple scent and rich salted caramel and butterscotch on the palate. It’s powerful, with a thick, buttery feel and a long finish of lip-smacking spice cake and sea brine notes. (KN) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Somehow this 12 year old—a mix of sherry and American oak—is overlooked by malt lovers heading straight to the mental world of a’Bunadh. This is Aberlour at a crucial point in its growth: you’ve lost the maltiness of the 10 year old, but there’s none of the heavy toffee and licorice of a’Bunadh or older expressions. Here it’s sweet fruits in charge: red apple, black currant, plum. The sherry has added depth, the American oak honey. Length and balance. (DB, Summer 2013) Inner quote mark

Scotch Malt Whisky Society DECEMBER OUTTURN – Scotch Whisky News


Looking for some Christmas whisky inspiration? Then head to the website and explore the new December Outturn. We have a bumper edition of 35 glitzy drams available. Head to the website now to prepare your wish list.



The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video





·         More Than 100 Lots of Karuizawa Whisky 94% Sold and Totalling HK$16.2Million – Highest Total Realised for a Group of Karuizawa at Auction

·         Total Sell-Through Rate: 87%

·         Sale Total: HK$36.2million, eclipsing Pre-Sale High Estimate

·         Japanese Whisky more than 90% Sold

·         Macallan Lalique-57 Year Old Sells for HK$930,000, Exceeding High Estimate

·         Browse all results here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27053/

Top Lot of the 19 November sale:

A bottle of Karuizawa-1964-51 year old-#1917

Sold for HK$1,178,000; Estimate: HK$850,000-1,200,000 

Commenting on the result, Daniel Lam, Bonhams Director of Wine and Spirits, Asia, said: “2021 has been an extraordinary year for whisky at Bonhams. Our Wine and Whisky sales in Hong Kong, offering predominantly whiskies, have achieved a yearly total of HK$124million, once again hitting the HK$100million milestone since the record year of 2018. The market is clearly resilient, with robust demand for whiskies across all price points, and for Japanese and Scotch whisky alike. We are pleased to continue our worldwide market leadership in whisky and look forward to an exciting year in 2022.”

Please find below further notable results for Bonhams whisky in Hong Kong in 2021:

·         In January’s Hong Kong Whisky Sale, a classic Macallan Lalique-50 year old sold for an impressive HK$1,054,000, against an estimate of HK$750,000-900,000.

·         In March’s A Nippon Whisky Collection Online Sale, all 82 lots of Japanese whisky were 100% sold, with over 60% selling above their high estimates.

·         In May’s Fine and Rare Wine & Whisky sale, Bonhams set a new auction record for the Karuizawa ‘Samurai’ series.

·         In August’s Fine and Rare Whisky sale, a Macallan-1991 cask set a new auction record price. The cask yielding 202 bottles sold for HK$4,464,000 – the highest per-bottle price (HK$22,099) for any whisky cask at auction

Sale: Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky

19 November 2021Bonhams Hong Kong, 20/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

Tennants Whisky Sale December 17th, 2021 – Whisky Auction News



Raise a glass of something special this year with one of the rare whiskies coming up in Tennants Auctioneers’ Whisky Sale on 17th December. Timed perfectly for stocking up for Christmas, the sale offers a fantastic selection of single malt whiskies for collecting and drinking.

The highlight of the sale, however, is a Hogshead cask of 1995 Tobermory Single Malt Whisky, to be offered for the first time at auction. Held in bond at Deanston Distillery, near Stirling, the barrel contains 137 litres of whisky and is on offer with an estimate of £15,000-20,000 plus buyer’s premium.

Further highlights from the whisky section of the sale include a bottle of ‘The Edwardian’, a private bottling of Macallan 31-Year-Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £1,000-1,500), a 1980s bottling of Longrow 14-Year-Old Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky (estimate: £1,000-1,500), and a bottle of Benriach 1966 35-year-old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky (estimate: £800-1,000).

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available on our website, www.tennants.co.uk, leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.

NB: Prices quoted are an estimated hammer price, which is subject to 20% buyer’s premium plus VAT. Estimates are subject to change. 


Auction: 17th December 2021

Private viewing can be arranged by contacting Wine and Whisky Specialist William McNab on william.mcnab@tennants-ltd.co.uk or calling 01969 623780 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available on our website leading up to the sale. www.tennants.co.uk

  • Tennants Auctioneers is a fourth-generation family business and is one of the UK’s largest international Antiques and Fine Art auctioneers. Situated in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, Tennants holds over 80 sales a year.
  • Tennants connects more than 200,000 buyers and sellers a year.
  • As a family business, Tennants stays true to its Yorkshire heritage and offers its clients unrivalled service, expertise and value.
  • In 2014 Tennants expanded the Auction Centre to 80,000sq ft with the development of The Garden Rooms – a dedicated venue for events, weddings, conferences and exhibitions. The venue is one of the region’s largest event spaces with a capacity of over 600 people.

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