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Newly renovated distillery offers visitors spirited insights into past and present innovations

Hamilton, Bermuda, November 17, 2015 – Steeped in history and nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands is a recently refurbished heritage center for John Dewar & Sons’ DEWAR’S® Aberfeldy Distillery.

Each year, thousands of visitors tour DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery to learn more about the DEWAR’S® portfolio – and the care with which its award-winning blended Scotch has been produced since 1846. John Dewar and his two sons, John Alexander and Tommy, who began as small wine and spirits merchants laid the solid, sustainable foundation for what is now DEWAR’S, a top-selling global brand – part of the Bacardi family of brands.

The center features interactive displays, newly released historic memoirs and a café featuring a locally sourced menu. “It’s not just about the quality of the food, but it’s also about reducing our impact on the environment,” says Charlotte Brown, General Manager, DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery Visitor Centre. “Our cakes, our scones and our soup all are made here in Aberfeldy to lessen the impact of shipping goods far distances.”

Innovations at DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery are part of a broad scope of sustainability initiatives for John Dewar & Sons, producers of DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky and the single malt brands of ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE®, CRAIGELLACHIE®, THE DEVERON® and ROYAL BRACKLA®.

The heritage center also features a robust recycling program and fuel-efficient transportation.

“The explorer bus we sponsor is equipped to carry bicycles, giving visitors the option to hop on and off at various points – and travel about in a sustainable fashion.” explains Brown.

As part of the Bacardi group of companies, John Dewar & Sons honors the spirit of sustainability with these benchmarks at its five malt distilleries:

  • 34 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2006
  • 46 percent reduction in water use since 2009
  • 30 percent reduction of waste to landfill since 2010

Since 2006, when Bacardi began tracking its global impact on the environment, it has reduced nonrenewable energy use by nearly 28 percent and decreased its greenhouse gas emissions from production by more than 28 percent. Building on current programs and efficiencies that reduce its environmental impacts, the Bacardi Limited “Good Spirited” sustainability program sets specific goals in three areas to help reach its vision of a net zero impact:

  1. Responsible Sourcing: Bacardi strives to obtain all raw materials and packaging from sustainably sourced, renewable or recycled materials while maintaining or enhancing the economic status of growers and suppliers. By 2017, the goal is to obtain 40 percent of the sugarcane-derived products used to make its rum from certified, sustainable sources – and 100 percent by 2022. This pledge from Bacardi is an industry first.
  2. Global Packaging: Bacardi commits to use eco-design to craft sustainability into its brand packaging and point-of-sale materials. By 2017, Bacardi plans to reduce the weight of its packaging by 10 percent and achieve 15 percent by 2022.
  3. Operational Efficiencies: Bacardi continues to focus on reducing water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with a 2017 goal to cut water use by 55 percent and GHG emissions by 50 percent. In addition, Bacardi aims to eliminate landfill waste at all of its production sites by 2022.

To learn more about Bacardi Limited and its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” environmental initiative for sourcing, packaging and operational efficiencies across the entire Bacardi family of premium spirits and wine brands, visit http://www.bacardilimited.com/good-spirited.

About John Dewar & Sons Ltd.  John Dewar & Sons Ltd. employs 300 people at seven locations throughout Scotland. The Company currently operates whisky distilleries in Aberfeldy, Macduff, Aultmore, Craigellachie and Nairn with ageing, blending, bottling and packaging facilities in Glasgow and additional maturation facilities in Poniel in Central Scotland.

DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s most-awarded blended Scotch; WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s second fastest growing Scotch; and the single malt brands of ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE®, CRAIGELLACHIE®, THE DEVERON® and ROYAL BRACKLA® are part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Blended Scotch whisky, ERISTOFF® vodka, and ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur.

Founded 153 years ago in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi manufactures its brands at 29 facilities and sells in more than 160 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.bacardilimited.com

The Whisky Exchange “Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015 – we are the champions!” – Whisky News


Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015 – we are the champions!

At The Whisky Exchange, we don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but now and again it’s nice to share a little good news. Last week, we were delighted to be named E-commerce Business of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015.


Stuart Peskett (middle) and Raj Chavda (right) of The Whisky Exchange collect the E-commerce Business of the Year award from Cube3 CEO Karl Barker

The ceremony was held at Manchester’s Palace Hotel, with high-profile judges including Ann Summers CEO Jacqueline Gold; Ben Gallop, the BBC’s Head of Sport Interactive; and Phil Jones, MD of Brother UK.

The award was based on companies’ overall approach to business, rather than any single aspect, and we hope that the changes we have introduced to our site over the past 12-18 months contributed to our success. These changes include:

TWE Director Sukhinder Singh said: ‘While we have won several awards in the drinks industry before, it is very humbling to be recognised from a wider perspective, especially from a number of experts in the online arena. We have revamped our website in the past year and introduced a number of innovative new features – and we have many more exciting things to bring you in 2016 and beyond.’

For more information on the awards, click here, and thank you again for your continued support of The Whisky Exchange.


Black Friday Sale at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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The Black Friday sale at the Whisky Barrel starts at 10AM TODAY!


The sale runs 10AM to Midnight.

A Blog Post will be live at 9:50AM (UK) Today

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New Single Cask Whisky at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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“Single Cask Barrels are very unique as wood is a living material, maturation may vary considerably from one cask to another making the whisky from every cask unique and unrepeatable.”

Macallan 28 Year Old – 1987 / Cask 3330

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Limited stock!

A 28 year old single cask Macallan, bottled by Càrn Mòr for their rather special Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. Distilled 13th June 1987 and left to mature in single sherry hogshead #3330 until 2015. Beautiful colour on this Speyside malt, a small release of only 240 bottles.


Clynelish 19 Year Old – 1996 / Cask 8801

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An 19 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Celebration of the Cask Range from Càrn Mòr. Distilled 8th October 1996, bottled 26th October 2015 with only 295 bottles filled from single cask 8801.


Tamnavulin 24 Year Old – 1991 / Cask 1139

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A 1991 vintage Tamnavulin, bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask range. Aged for 24 years in single cask #1139, bottled in 2015 at 50.6% vol with an outturn of 237 bottles.


GlenDronach 19 Year Old – 1995 / Cask 4943

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UK Exclusive!

The first of two UK exclusives bottled late 2015 from GlenDronach distillery. Single cask #4943, distilled in 1995 has been aged for 19 years before being bottled at cask strength, 56.9% vol. An outturn of 633 bottles.

RRP £109.00


GlenDronach 20 Year Old – 1995 / Cask 4074

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UK Exclusive!

The second of two UK exclusives bottled late 2015 from the GlenDronach distillery. Single cask 4074, a 20 year old release matured in a Pedro Ximénez sherry cask before being bottled at cask strength, 52.8% vol with 735 bottles filled.

RRP £116.99


BenRiach 18 Year Old – 1998 / Cask 85089

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A small release of only 167 bottles filled from single cask #85089. This 1998 vintage BenRiach has been aged in a bourbon barrel for 18 years before being bottled in 2015 at cask strength, 59.5% vol.


Highland Park 25 Year Old – 1990

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A cask strength Highland Park 25 year old from Hart Brothers. Bottled for their ‘Finest Collection’, this Island single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1990 and left to mature until 2015, where it was bottled straight from cask at 47.5% vol.


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United Kingdom

Glenfarclas 15yo Gift Pack at TB Watson – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenfarclas 15yo 46%

Gift Pack with 2 miniatures, 1 each of 21yo & 25yo. (miniatures worth £25 for the both)

Limited availability

What’s not to like?

Colour: A rich golden amber. Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit. Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.

Comment: “With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky. We bottle this at 46% simply because my grandfather preferred it at this strength. It’s still a family favourite.”


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GlenDronach Single Casks at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


GlenDronach Single Casks


Glendronach 19 Year Old 1995 #4943 Single Oloroso sherry puncheon bottled exclusively for the United Kingdom market. Glendronach 19 Year Old 1995 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single Oloroso Sherry Puncheon #4943 bottled September 2015. 663 numbered bottles exclusive for the United Kingdom market.

Nose: A perfect marriage of roasted apples and golden sultanas. A drizzle of maple syrup balances with warm oak spices and candied peel to give a well-rounded aroma.

Palate: A crisp citrus twist flows though sherry poached pears and ripe yellow plums. A warming white pepper spice mellows to hints of cedar wood and stewed barley to give a long, ever-changing palate.

Buy – $131.78


Glendronach 20 Year Old 1995 #4074 Single Pedro Ximenez puncheon bottled exclusively for the United Kingdom market. Glendronach 20 Year Old 1995 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whiskey. Single Pedro Ximenez Puncheon #4074 bottled September 2015. 735 numbered bottles exclusive for the United Kingdom market.

Nose: Sugared almonds and glazed dates, dusted with vanilla and cinnamon, which hold a gentle warmth of cracked black pepper.

Palate: Vibrant oak spices flood through rich, dark Mediterranean fruits; waves of treacle toffee and roasted coffee beans add a tremendous sherried depth to the classic finish.

Buy – $140.13

Glendronach malt whisky distillery was established north east of Huntley in Scotland’s Highland whisky region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills matures its malt whisky in top quality sherry casks. Glendronach Distillery has a distillery visitor centre offering a range of distillery tours and the distillery participates is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Chivas Brothers’ Champions Drivers Tasting Kit – Scotch Whisky News

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Chivas Brothers’ Champions Drivers Tasting Kit

Chivas Brothers is committed to promoting responsible drinking and one innovative employee has invented a Drivers Tasting Kit to ensure all distillery visitors can sample its world revered Scotch whiskies.

The kits were the brainchild of Rikki Scott, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Aberlour distillery, who conceived the idea after meeting many disappointed drivers, unable to take part in tastings.

Rikki said: “Our internationally acclaimed distillery tours feature nosings and tastings of some of the most prestigious expressions of Aberlour, including priceless drams ordinarily not available to the public. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on this experience so I went about developing and designing the kit.”

The reusable kits are priced at £3 and contain six small bottles, a funnel and a handy carry bag. Drivers can take part in the nosing before dispensing the whisky into the bottles and enjoy them when they return home.

Rikki continued: “No one should let the unique opportunity to sample some very special drams go by. The Drivers Tasting Kit means everyone who visits the Aberlour distillery can enjoy the experience but also be responsible.”

Caroline Mitchell, Visitor Centre Manager, is delighted with the reception the kits are receiving. She said: “We have had calls from all over the region asking about the kits. We always promote responsible drinking and this is a pioneering way for us to include everyone in our distillery experience. We initially placed an order for 1000 but they quickly sold out and we had to orderanother 6000kits. A real hit with our visitors and a great example of innovation from Rikki, we’re really proud of him.”

Highlands, Islands and Moray MSP, Shadow Transport Spokesperson for Transport and local road safety campaigner, David Stewart has welcomed the initiative. He said: “As with all road safety, education is key in dealing with adverse driver behaviours. Educating drivers to take home samples after visiting distilleries is a win, win for all concerned. The driver of families, or groups visiting distilleries, can now enjoy and sample the iconic drinks once they are safely home. This innovative project is a perfect example of responsible drinking.”

Tony Schofield, Director of Public Affairs at Chivas Brothers commented: “Our employees are committed to promoting responsible drinking within their communities and the Drivers Tasting Kit is a clear demonstration of this.”

Superintendent George Macdonald, Police Scotland, who leads on Road Safety in Moray and Aberdeenshire commented: “Road Safety is an area of significant focus for the Police and other partners in Moray and Aberdeenshire. Any approach which supports a responsible attitude to alcohol and ultimately driver behaviour is always welcomed.”

Chivas Brothers runs Aberlour, The Glenlivet and Strathisla Visitor Centres in Speyside and Scapa Distillery Visitor Centre in Orkney which are open until Friday 13 November for this season. Aberlour, Strathisla and Scapa Visitor Centres will remain open Monday to Friday until 18th December 2015.


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.



About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 80 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America November 2015 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News


Cask No. 37.60                       $220        

Oranges, spices and London honey

Speyside, Spey

Eastern scents of vintage herbal teas, jasmine and Chinese five-spice were first to appear on the nose; then an old polished bookcase surfaced with light earthy notes and steady hints of orange – Jaffa Cakes and Seville orange rind. To taste there was London honey, raw brown sugar and cigarette tobacco, with green stems giving a bitter finish. With water the nose delivered lightly perfumed hand soap and Yop drinking yogurt but with a sidekick of chilli spice and red pepper. The palate offered apricot tart and a balance of citrus and sweet notes – lemon barley sugar, burnt orange, toffee and cake mix. Sweet and spicy on the finish.

Drinking tip: A half-time orange for spectators

Colour: Lunar Lander foil

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 29 years

April 1985

Alcohol: 52.4%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet 

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Cask No. 72.45                               $270

‘Two + Two = Five’

Speyside, Lossie

The variety of aromas is well worth exploring; rich sweet East India Sherry, peanut butter fudge, raisins, sultanas, currants but at the same time mangos, lychees and carambola as well as fennel, coriander and cinnamon. To drink neat ‘it goes down a treat’; a chocolate summer fruit pudding, waxy honeycomb, peach cranachan and spicy lemongrass tofu. A drop of water and aromas of fresh pine needles surprise before fresh oranges slices with honey and cinnamon arrived and the taste was now as smooth as silk like a banana macadamia coconut cream pie. The whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

Drinking tip: When feeling philosophical

Colour: Polished copper

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 32 years

Date distilled: November 1982

Alcohol: 52.2%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

Flavour profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow

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Cask No. 36.86                               $185

A celebration of life

Speyside, Spey

Immediately bright and attractive, this sample just got better and better – soft candies, toffee, vanilla, strawberry Nesquik and flowers were joined by orange peel, lemon sherbet, coconut and pineapple, resulting in a pina colada-like celebration of life. On the palate, coconut, tobacco and pepper underlay exotic fruits (pineapple, monstera, papaya, orange peel, peach) and smooth, enticing, perfumed sweetness (vanilla panacotta, Turkish Delight, jasmine). Water refined the nose further (orange blossom, hint of mint, parma violets). On the reduced palate, darker shades developed – gingerbread, toasted coconut, light smoke – these, along with the perfumed, bitter fruit nicely balanced the unctuously sweet top-notes.

Drinking tip: Fresh and dry enough for an aperitif, but deserves to be a celebration dram – celebrating anything at all.

Colour: Autumn sunshine

Cask: Second-fill hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date distilled: October 1991

Alcohol: 51.0%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

Flavour profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow

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Cask No. 1.189                       $175                

High on the hills with a lonely goatherd….

Speyside, Spey

Yodelay, woohoo! Maria gathered goodies for a hillside picnic with ripe tropical fruits: guava, peach and mango all melded together as rumtopf. She packed crystalline ginger, cranberries and vanilla toffee fudge with flasks of Calypso coffee and cherry punch. One panelist described the taste ‘very jammy’ with cherry ice cream. Another described it as Austrian germknödel (steamed dumplings) filled with plum or damson powidl  – either way truly scrumptious! Water teased out cinnamon buns and then juicy blackcurrant, licorice and maple syrup. Our bakery flavours became more exotic with cassia, anise, incense and hot chocolate sprinkled with paprika. Marvelous Maria!

Drinking tip: For a heart warming singalong

Colour: Yellow cats eye

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 21 years

Date distilled: May 1993

Alcohol: 54.3%

USA allocation: 90 bottles

Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet

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Cask No. 4.207                               $160

Fulsome sweetness – quietly brooding peat

Highland, Island

The nose was rich, full-bodied and well-integrated – puff candy, treacle sponge, Madeira honey cake, toasted marshmallows and salted caramel – indeed the salt took some of us to a storm-lashed beach. The palate enjoyed a profitable tension between fulsome sweetness and gentle peat-smoke – Moffat toffees, malt extract, spice cupboards and vanilla, with ashtrays, salty tang and leather (horse-riding on the beach?). The reduced nose gave us old sea-chests, medicine cabinets, honey, raisins and quietly brooding peat. The palate now had Fisherman’s Friends, firework casings, salty chip-shop wrappers and a lady’s handbag. We all liked it, but some of us loved it.

Drinking tip: For a cold winter’s evening, by a fire of peats or logs.

Colour: North Berwick beach sand

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 19 years

Date distilled: November 1995

Alcohol: 54.6%

USA allocation: 114 bottles

Flavour profile: Oily & coastal

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Andrew Ferguson & Crown Royal Northern Harvest on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) – Canadian Whisky News


Andrew Ferguson of Kensington Wine Market Calgary is interviewed about the award winning Crown Royal  Northern Harvest on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

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