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The BenRiach 10 Years Old


The stage one winners and medallists of the 2016 World Whiskies Awards have been announced, with the BenRiach 10 Years Old and the GlenDronach Cask Strength batch 5 both winning gold.

Presented by Whisky Magazine, The World Whiskies Awards select, reward and promote the best Whisky Taste and Design to consumers and trade across the globe.

In stage one, each whisky is tasted in its relevant sub-category to identify and select the sub-category winners and award any medals. The panel of expert judges blind tasted entries grouped by their style, region and age statement. Each entry is tasted blind and marked to an agreed and strictly enforced marking system. In addition to nose, palate and finish, the judges will look for balance, character, complexity, quality and functionality.

The BenRiach 10 Years Old has won a gold medal in the Speyside 12 Years & Under category. The 10 Years Old, the cornerstone of the BenRiach range, is the first core range expression to be created predominantly from whiskies distilled at the BenRiach Distillery after it was acquired in 2004 by Master Blender, Billy Walker, and his two South African partners. This fresh, fruit-laden single malt captures warm oak spices, green apple, dried apricots, peach and banana with subtle touches of aniseed, lemon zest and barley.

In the Highland No Age Statement category, the gold medal was awarded to The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 5. A perfect example of the traditional GlenDronach character, bottled at 55.3%, non chill filtered and at natural colour. This latest batch of the popular Cask Strength releases brings a perfect combination of sweet golden sultanas, rich fig syrup, ground almonds, orange bitters and a gentle dusting of black pepper. On the palate, Demerara sugar-glazed dark fruits lighten to apricot syrup infused with stem ginger and vanilla.

Sales and Marketing Director Alistair Walker said: “To receive a gold medal for the BenRiach 10 Years Old is particularly satisfying as it is the cornerstone of the BenRiach core range. Its release last year was a significant milestone for the distillery and the 10 Years Old has been well received by whisky aficionados around the world.”

For more information, visit www.glendronachdistillery.co.ukand www.benriachdistillery.co.uk

Whisky Auction “January Auction Ends Today!” – Whisky News

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The latest auction at whisky.auction ends today from 7.30pm GMT. There are a host of Japanese whiskies to look out for, including Hibiki 30 Year Old. In addition, there are still plenty of great bottles sitting at good prices, so take a look at our selection and don’t miss your chance to place your bids

Malt of the Month – Craigellachie 13 Year Old – at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


Malt of the Month – Craigellachie 13 Year Old

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Craigellachie Distillery is located in Speyside

A new month means a great whisky deal to tell you about, and for February, we’re spreading the word about Craigellachie 13 Year Old – and we’ve knocked £4 off the price.

Distillery bottlings of Craigellachie were few and far between until 2014, but then three new age-statement releases appeared for the first time: the 13 Year Old, a 17 Year Old and a 23 Year Old. All three received critical acclaim and all three share Craigellachie’s robust, meaty character.

I visited Craigellachie two years ago and the Dewar’s team were proud of the full-flavoured spirit that this Speyside distillery produces, describing it as the ‘bad boy of Speyside’. The 13 Year Old is the baby of the range, but it still delivers a full-flavoured, punchy style that is a world away from the more genteel whiskies you can find in the region.

This is what I thought:


Nose: Big tropical-fruit aromas at first – mango and pineapple – followed by sweet and savoury notes of ham glazed with Demerara sugar and a whiff of barbecue smoke.

Palate: More sweet fruit, tempered by savoury smokiness. Punchy and full-flavoured, with the meaty smoke balancing well with the refreshing tropical fruit. Mouth-filling texture; makes a statement!

Finish: The smoked-meat notes gently fade, along with a hint of spent match.

Craigellachie 13 Year Old is our February 2016 Malt of the Month, and is £4 off, priced at £37.95. Buy a bottle today!

Valentines Whisky & Chocolate Tasting at The Old Monkey Manchester (22nd February 2016, 8pm) – Scotch Whisky & Chocolate News

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Valentines Whisky & Chocolate Tasting at The Old Monkey:

The Old Monkey, 90 Portland St, Manchester City Centre, M1 4GX.

22nd February 2016, 8pm.

Boom Whisky & Cocoa Cabana are to host an evening of Whisky & Chocolate Tasting at The Old Monkey this February.

They invite you to discover why Whisky and Chocolate have long been considered a perfect match as they take you through their specially selected sweet treats to compliment your evening drams.

Guests will not only learn how to properly taste chocolate to get the most out of sweet flavours, but also where whisky comes from, how it’s made and the stories behind the drink.

The evening features handmade chocolates and truffles from Manchester’s award winning chocolateries Cocoa Cabana and promises to be an eclectic night of food and drink, a perfect gift for those looking to do something together this Valentines.

 Visit boomwhisky.co.uk to purchase. Tickets are £20 per person, and include all whiskies, chocolates and hosts from Boom Whisky and Cocoa Cabana for the evening.

About Boom Whisky: 

Boom Whisky are a tasting event group based in Manchester. They aim to offer an entertaining yet informative take on whisky tasting. Boom Whisky are available for private events, bar staff training as well as hosting a range of themed whisky tastings across Manchester’s bars and pubs. More information available at boomwhisky.co.uk




1982 Port Ellen at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News



1982 Port Ellen 22 year old “The Plowed Society Bottling” Old Malt Cask Single Malt Whisky (wax dipped top) (750ml) $1,299.99

K&L Wine Merchants


Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


News from The Famous Grouse Experience – Scotch Whisky News



February Whisky of the Month

It’s a new month which means a new special whisky offering from The Famous Grouse Experience. This month, its the turn of The Glenturret Triple Wood Edition. A combination of American sherry oak, European sherry oak and American bourbon oak casks have been used to create the distinct oaky flavour of the Triple Wood Edition. Available to buy here.


Tastings of The Glenturret

As well as our fantastic half price deal, visitors to Glenturret Distillery this month can also enjoy a special tasting of The Glenturret whiskies. For just £10, experience a tutored tasting of the newly launched range of The Glenturret, tasting our Sherry, Triple Wood and Peated whiskies made By Hand and By Heart. Available daily at 2pm.

Greenbar Distillery Expands Distribution of its Unorthodox Six Woods-aged Malt Whiskey – American Whiskey News


Greenbar Distillery expands distribution of its unorthodox six woods-aged malt whiskey


Los Angeles, January 26, 2016 — Greenbar Distillery today announced the launch of SLOW HAND Six Woods whiskey into nation-wide distribution. The 11-year-old craft distillery, which specializes in full-flavor spirits and bitters, has been tinkering for the last five years with a technique to add more interesting flavors to whiskey without going beyond the confines of grain, wood and time. It thinks it’s ready now to introduce its unorthodox creation to a broader audience.

SLOW HAND Six Woods Malt starts out as a familiar, 100% barley malt whiskey. Where Greenbar makes a giant departure from the norm is in aging its whiskey. Since whiskey gets most of its flavor from wood, the company decided to broaden its whiskey’s flavor by using six different species of tree to age SLOW HAND. French white oak serves as the wood for the 1,000 and 2,000 gallon vats the whiskey sits in, while five other woods give it additional depth and complexity.

“Forests are full of delicious trees,” said Greenbar co-founder and spiritsmaker Melkon Khosrovian. “Just because all of them can’t be turned into leak-proof barrels doesn’t mean whiskey lovers should be denied their flavors. That would be like ice cream makers forcing everyone to eat only vanilla!”

To bring these new flavors into whiskey making, Khosrovian and his co-founder and wife Litty Mathew tested more than 30 wood species before settling on five whose flavors worked best with the familiar vanilla and spice of white oak. Hickory adds notes of plum while maple, mulberry, red oak and grape bring in hints of butterscotch, currants, clove and perfumed black tea, respectively. Greenbar buys its barrels from France and seasons and toasts large staves of the additional woods in house.

SLOW HAND Six Woods Malt and its rarer, fiercer sibling, Six Woods Cask, will start shipping to all fifty states this January. Suggested retail prices are $44.99 for the 84 proof 750ml bottle and $37.99 for the 115 proof 375ml cask strength.

LA-area whiskey lovers or visitors can tour Greenbar and see how the distillery makes SLOW HAND whiskey. Reservations are available at greenbar.biz/tours.

About Greenbar Distillery

Greenbar, Los Angeles’ first distillery since Prohibition, makes the world’s largest portfolio of craft organic spirits, including TRU vodkas and gin, CRUSOE rums, FRUITLAB liqueurs, IXÁ tequila, SLOW HAND whiskey, GRAND POPPY California liqueur and BAR KEEP aromatic bitters. Founded in 2004 by the husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew, the company seeks to make better spirits for a better planet.

Benromach 35yo at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Benromach 35 Year Old

Demand for this bottling has been very high, most of our allocation has already sold out. We have very few bottles left in stock! 

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This 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside, is one of the oldest and rarest expression to be released from Benromach distillery. The whisky is housed in a beautiful bespoke decanter and encased within a simple, yet elegant wooden presentation box.


Glenfarclas “Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2016″ – Scotch Whisky News


Join us at the 2016 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from 27h April – 2nd May to celebrate whisky from the Speyside area and sample some of the finest single malts at Glenfarclas. Our brand ambassadors will be hosting various events this year. Please go to www.spiritofspeyside.com for tickets and more information.

Thursday 28th April 3.15 – 5.15pm

Glenfarclas Through the Ages & Visitor Centre Exclusive Launch with Myriam Mackenzie – Historical Tour of Glenfarclas tracing the Grant family timeline & distillery history. Guests will be tasting the 10 Years Old, 15 Years Old, 21 Years Old, 105 Cask Strength & our unique single cask bottling released as the 1989 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Distillery Exclusive. £35.00 per person. Over 18s only. Limited tickets available.

Friday 29th April 3.15pm – 5.15pm

The Manager’s Tour with Callum Fraser – A technical tour & selection of Glenfarclas whiskies chosen by Callum, our Distillery Production Manager. Guests will be tasting the Glenfarclas 12 Years Old, 17 Years Old, 25 Years Old, £511.19 Family Reserve & Callum’s ‘mystery dram.’ A tour made in heaven for the real whisky enthusiasts! £55.00 per person. Over 18s only. Limited tickets available.

Monday 2nd May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Selection of Family Cask 2001 Vintage with George Grant, Sales Director and 6th generation of the Grant family – This tour invites the public to help choose the Family Cask vintage from the year 2001 and also includes a tasting with various single cask samples. Experience what it’s like to be on the Glenfarclas tasting panel! £60.00 per person. Over 18s only.  Limited tickets available.


Glenfarclas Email: info@glenfarclas.co.uk Website: www.glenfarclas.co.uk Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/glenfarclas/ Tel: +44 (0) 1807 500257 Fax: +44 (0) 1807 500234 Address: Glenfarclas Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9BD, UK

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “FEBRUARY OUTTURN: DISCOVERY DRAMS” – Scotch Whisky News

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What are you planning for leap day? We see it as the gift of an extra day’s dramming; a chance to break the routine and embrace the unconventional. Dare to try a dram that sounds a little bit out there. Tick something off your whisky bucket list. Whatever you have in mind, February’s 13 new single casks are a flavour adventure waiting to happen – where will they take you?

Young & spritely

 10.87 Sea breezes over the vernal machair £59.40

70.13 Neat heat, turning mellow and sweet  £47.50

48.71 An amazing technicolour dram  £49.10 

Spicy & sweet

B4.1 Comforting coconut, bountiful banana  £65.00 


Limited to 1 bottle per member and available by phone from 9am Friday 5 February (0131 555 2929), or in our Members’ Rooms from 11.30am

73.71 A scene from Madeira  £51.10

46.36 Old Fashioned Manhattan  £99.80

Spicy & dry

50.74 Lazing on a summer afternoon  £129.40

Deep, rich & dried fruits

71.41 Curious and intriguing  Exclusive to February offers  More

Oily & coastal

42.17 Beachcomber’s dram  £47.40 


29.176 Splashing about in rockpools  £76.20
Limited to 1 bottle per member

3.257 Jacobite trip to The Three Chimneys  £69.20

Browse Current Outturn >
Browse All Bottlings >

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society 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

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