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Justin Rose Stays True to Win Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open – Scotch Whisky News


Justin Rose Stays True to Win Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 

As Justin Rose stormed to victory in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, held at Scotland’s stunning Royal Aberdeen Golf Course, Ballantine’s – the world’s No 2 Scotch whisky – celebrated an eighth consecutive year of sponsorship at this prestigious tournament (10-13 July 2014).

Rose secured the sought-after title following an incredible final day, which saw the 33 year-old Englishman leading from the outset. The first nine holes saw the talented golfer hit five birdies, adding a further birdie on the twelfth and catapulting him ahead of competition from Kristoffer Broberg, who finished in second, and Marc Warren, third. Rose was rewarded for his true courage and determination with a coveted bottle of Ballantine’s 30 Year Old, one of the pinnacle expressions in the Ballantine’s portfolio.

Speaking after his presentation, Rose said: “I’m delighted to have a tournament of this magnitude. Tonight will be relatively calm and relaxed; I’ll obviously enjoy the moment, but my mind will be, as of tomorrow, back on the game.”

This year’s tournament welcomed a world-class field including last year’s winner Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Luke Donald. Ballantine’s presence included a branded bar for spectators, prominent on-course signage and player awards, including a bottle of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old for a birdie on the 17th hole, and a bottle of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old for the lowest round of each day.

The tournament also marked the launch of the Ballantine’s Golf Club; a new online Golf Club inspired by golf and its lifestyle, and allowing members around the world access to exclusive content, rewards and opportunities. Ballantine’s announced popular golfer Ian Poulter as the Club’s Founding Captain during a special launch event, held just ahead of the tournament, also showcasing the world premiere of a unique documentary featuring Poulter. Customers are invited to sign up for membership now, at www.ballantinesgolfclub.com, where they can also view Ian Poulter’s “Moment of Truth”.

Speaking yesterday, Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, said: “Ballantine’s and golf share a longstanding heritage that dates back to 1960, as well as sharing both values and provenance. Supporting a prestigious tournament such as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is a natural collaboration for us and one that we hope will continue in future years. “We congratulate Justin Rose on his win at this fantastic tournament and hope that he has a chance to enjoy his Ballantine’s 30 Year Old when he returns home.”

The Ballantine’s Golf Club was inspired by the brand’s ‘Stay True’ positioning, which serves as an invitation to consumers to express themselves in a genuine and authentic way, applauding conviction and self-belief. The identity of the Golf Club reflects its members’ modern lifestyle and aspirational outlook, building on Ballantine’s strong heritage in golf in a contemporary and innovative way. Members can register to join the Ballantine’s Golf Club now at www.ballantinesgolfclub.com, where the first ‘Moments of Truth’ film featuring Ian Poulter can also be viewed.


About Ballantine’s: Ballantine’s is the No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the world’s No 2 Scotch whisky by volume, and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Ballantine’s in golf: Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007 and the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, since 2012.

About Chivas Brothers: Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.


A Beginners Guide to Collecting & Investing in Whisky – Part 1 – Scotch Whisky Investing


A Beginners guide to collecting and investing in whisky – part 1

Nowadays a week doesn’t seem to pass by without another article on the current whisky boom and how you can make a decent return on almost any purchase. Savvy investors and collectors can be rewarded by understanding the market and potential opportunities as they arise.

With this increasing coverage many are being attracted and are stepping into whisky whether it be new releases or auctions for the very first time.  In such circumstances a little guidance should be welcome. For those new to this realm then hopefully here we can shed a little more light on the ins and outs of purchasing whisky. Highlighting some precautions to arm yourself with prior to venturing into the world of online auctions.


We’re often asked whether we:

  1. Buy to drink?
  2. Buy to collect?
  3. Buy to invest?

In all honesty it’s a little of each for the Just-Whisky team, however everyone is different. Firstly you need to establish what you want to achieve? Are you making this a business venture or do you have a growing appreciation of whisky and want to entertain guests with an array of impressively distinctive bottles in your drinking cabinet? Or do you have a connection with a particular distillery or region and therefore want to start a collection and experience the enjoyment of tracking down and acquiring bottles that fit your criteria?

Some collectors or investors limit themselves to one specific distillery such as Macallan, others may focus on a region or a whisky they really enjoy. Sellers may use current releases to quickly turn a profit (‘flipping’) or others are purely involved in the long game; patiently waiting 10, 15 or 20 years before they’ll consider selling their acquisitions. In this era of low or non-existent interest rates in the UK, investing in whisky is more enticing than an ISA or more traditional options.


Once you’ve made the decision of whether you want to collect, invest or experience new whiskies for yourself. Then the next step is to arm yourself with information and knowledge. It is by doing this you’ll appreciate whether a bottle is truly a ‘limited edition’ worth acquiring, or it if is more available than a can of diet coke.

Read More at Just Whisky Auctions Blog

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada August Outturn Tasting – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 3 Glasses

Many of you already know that this will take place on a TUESDAY as the First Friday falls on the first of the month and we cannot do it that day. Please note that half the seats are already sold for this event, with priority going to members. 

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY BOOKED, CONTACT US VERY SOON, as the event always sells out. 

Here are the details for the event:

Date:              Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Time:              6:30pm to 8:00pm

                        Please note we will start promptly right at 6:30; doors open 6:15pm

Location:       The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria

                                    The event will be in the Maple Room, above the Sticky Wicket Pub, entrance on Courtenay Street

Price:              $35 each for Members & Partners, $45 for Non-Members/Guests   


  1. Space is strictly limited, so you must register in advance. 

Guests are welcome, but we now have to restrict it to one guest per member

Members will always have priority. 

  1. 2.    To secure your place you need to pre-pay

Please email, drop into the store or phone with credit card details (we do not keep card details on file)

Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com         Phone: 250-370-9463 

  1. If your seat(s) are paid for by phone you will receive an email confirmation from me  and this is your virtual Ticket.  If you pay in person in the store you will receive a receipt. 

Thank you to the many members who have already registered and paid. 

We are also accepting bookings already for September, when First Friday falls on September 5th, 2014 


Please remember these are cask strength whiskies, so you should not be driving home after the tasting. 


Colin Southcombe
General Manager
The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants
919 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2C2
Tel: 250-370-9463
Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com


Summer Whisky Sale at Milroy’s of Soho – Whisky News

Summer Whisky Sale

Summer is here and there’s even been some sunlight to prove it! The World Cup is over and England is still waiting for that trophy, forty-eight years and counting. At least it’s only a one year wait since we won Wimbledon! So what better way to cheer everyone up than with a good old whisky sale?

We’ve taken a much broader approach than with our previous offers. Not only have we chosen the weird and wonderful (Swedish single malt or Pineau des Charentes anyone?), we have even thrown in some high-profile whiskies such as Talisker 10 Year Old and the Macallan Gold. Why? Because we’re nice like that!

You can find the entire sale right here

Our mailing address is:
Milroy’s of Soho
3 Greek Street
London, England W1D 4NX
United Kingdom

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #474 – Scotch Whisky News


www.ralfy.com opts for the 12yo over the 10yo with Whisky Review 474 – Jura malt whisky 12yo @ 40%

Chivas Regal Announces the First Chivas Master – Scotch Whisky News

Chivas Master

Chivas Regal Announces the First Chivas Master

American bartender, Masahiro Urushido, has been revealed as Chivas Regal’s first ever Chivas Master, winning the iconic whisky brand’s inaugural bartender competition in style at the NoMad hotel in New York (15th July 2014).Urushido was announced as the winner following a tightly-contested final which saw him impress an international panel of judges with his ‘The New Pal’ cocktail to secure victory over the 12 other international competitors. He wins the opportunity to work in partnership with Dave Arnold, inventor and co-founder of Booker and Dax, a food science development company and lab dedicated to finding solutions to real world food, beverage and cooking issues. The partnership will see Urushido and Arnold collaborating on an inspirational concept which will be revealed at the next Chivas Masters final in 2015.

The 13 finalists were all winners of the national Chivas Masters heats, which took place around the world following the competition’s launch in April this year. During the national heats, competitors were tasked with creating a new classic cocktail that would stand the test of time – just as Chivas does – inspired by one of the four great cocktail eras; the Classic Age (1880-1920) which saw the birth of Chivas Regal; the Post War Boom (1945-1965) during which time, Chivas 12 was introduced; the Disco Years (1975-1990) which saw the brand become a truly global icon, and the present modern Age of Revivalism.

During the two-day final, the bartenders were asked to re-create one of the cocktails that earned them a place in the final and also compete in a series of challenges designed to test their creativity, style and mixology skills. Highlights of these challenges included a milk-based cocktail pairing with Momofuku Milk Bar; a cocktail pairing with a dish from Momofuku Ssäm Bar, experimenting with carbonation with Dave Arnold; and presenting classic drinks at The Dead Rabbit.

The judging panel was comprised of leading experts in the world of food and drink, including Ago Perrone, Director of Mixology at the David Collins-designed Connaught Bar in London; Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry from The Dead Rabbit in New York; and Max Warner, Chivas Global Brand Ambassador.

Dave Arnold praised the overall performance of the competitors during the final round commenting: “There were 13 talented bartenders for the judging panel to consider. These are professionals from some of the most iconic venues in the world so I would like to congratulate all of them for participating. The cocktails prepared by Masahiro were particularly impressive, and I look forward to working with him in the coming months.”

Masahiro Urushido commented: “It’s an honour to be chosen as the first Chivas Master. As a bartender, I am well aware of the long heritage of Chivas so immersing myself into the history of cocktails to create a drink that can stand the test of time has been very inspirational. I am excited to share this experience with my fellow bartenders and to introduce my ‘The New Pal’ cocktail to my customers in New York. I hope that it encourages other bartenders around the world to create new Chivas cocktails inspired by the great classics”.

Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, commented: “From Australia to Israel, Chile to China, there was talent from all over the world involved in the competition and we are very excited with the success of the inaugural Chivas Masters.

The global cocktail scene is seeing a growing interest in classic-inspired modern cocktails and, as a brand proud to be nurturing the bartending community, we look forward to continuing to inspire the on-trade to create great cocktails steeped in heritage, such as the one created by the very talented Masahiro Urushido.”

All competitors who took part in the final are now to conclude their trip with a visit to the world’s premier cocktail festival ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ in New Orleans, where Chivas is sponsoring the Best American/International Cocktail Bar at the Spirited Awards.

For more information visit: www.chivas.com


About Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.


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About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits.  Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.


Bottle Your Own at Glenturret Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

Bottle Your Own

When visiting the Distillery at the end of May, their Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (or the Earl & Countess of Strathearn as they are known locally) took on the great honour of bottling the very first “Bottle Your own” bottle from a Cask named after them. It’s a limited edition – so don’t worry if you can’t make it along in person, you can order online and we’ll bottle it for you.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “JULY TOP-UP: COMFORTING, BROODING OR GRACEFUL?” – Scotch Whisky News


What sensory adventure do you want to go on today? Find comfort in home baking, brood over a smoky bonfire or balance gracefully between juicy flavours… from the lightest to the heaviest, we have a bottling to delight every palate. But hurry: these three are brand new today and available exclusively online, so we don’t expect them to last long!


Light & delicate

50.58 A seesaw of spring cleaning and scones!


24yo; Refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £99.60

Juicy, oak & vanilla

95.15 A graceful tight rope walker

23yo; Refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £87.20

Heavily peated

66.53 A study in black


9yo; Highland Eastern

BUY £48.40

Browse July Outturn

Browse all bottlings

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

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #90 – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #90

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, once visited the Dalwhinnie distillery, during his first outing in Scotland. Their 15 Year Old, the Gentle Spirit, is the representative of the Highland style in the original Classic Malts line-up. Mark finds out if it lives up to its nickname ‘The Gentle Spirit’. 



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The Dalriada Group is a Partnership between Liz Gillespie and Paul McLean based in Perth Scotland and have three different companies within the group: McLean Scotland, Daley Irish Tours and Angels whisky club. They go that extra mile, so you don’t have to! Why the name Dalriada?  It was the Irish who first came to Scotland with the name Scotti. The rest they say, is history (which you can read here . There is also another reason: Paul, Paul’s father and his fathers line are all Scottish, mainly from the Oban area (which was in the Kingdom of Dalriada). The name Maclean – so history says – can link back to the kings of Dalriada.  That’s one link, the other is Paul’s mum. She and her family are originally from Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland. Yet more links: the Daly coat of arms features a Lion, as does the Scottish Royal flag. Paul’s mum lives in Portrush Street. Then there is Gillespie – We need go no further!  

MCLEANSCOTLAND 2013 was very busy with whisky tours, 2014 to date is busier again. With guests arriving from far flung quarters of the world, their reputation seems to be growing. Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Beam Global, several distilleries have all engaged them to undertake tours. Looking forward to 2015, the order book is already growing, one name that may be recognised; Ingvar Ronde, of Malt Whisky Yearbook will be touring Scotland with MCLEANSCOTLAND with friends.  Paul and Ingvar met January 2014 over in Helsinki at a whisky festival. Many guests arrive in Scotland from Finland, as do guests from all over Scandinavia, Russia, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Europe wide and mid/far East. Also on the books, a whisky tour from South Africa for 2015.  Paul McLean sends many wee stories and articles into Whisky Intelligence.  Paul is also the only Scottish Drambassador for Transcendental dram in USA.  The company also offer fishing tours, golf, general sightseeing, wedding renewals, exclusive luxury tours, family gatherings and tours. With self drive or fully driver guided – they have excellent tours with excellent results, read them yourself.  They work 24/7 all year round. Many of their guests are also members of angels whisky club.

ANGELS WHISKY CLUB has been conceived and born out of their serious passion for whisky and all things whisky-related, which meant they just had to spread the word and help others enjoy the world of whisky as they do, with a world renowned whisky connoisseur installed as  Patron. TOTALLY FREE FOREVER!  The club sends newsletters monthly to members, has features online and has many “big interviews” many of which appear in Whisky Intelligence. With stories and tasting reports from many members particularly from Canada.  There is also an angels whisky club facebook in Germany. With so many contacts in the whisky industry, it is not hard to understand how the club came about, nor how closely they work with MCLEANSCOTLAND.  You can even buy whisky from angels, bottles, rare bottles and casks.  www.angelswhiskyclub.com

DALEY IRISH TOURS IRELAND – they work all over Ireland taking you to every corner, nook and crannie. Designing  bespoke tours for whiskey, golf, historic sightseeing, family gatherings, sailing, city and country tours, stay in an Irish castle! If you wish to come to Ireland, let them know, they will take care of everything for you.  Daley offer self drive, driver guided, train tours and group tours.  Dram-atic! Dram-tastic! Dram good!   Bespoke whiskey tours. Your spiritual advisors. Ireland has proved busy for Daley, working with the very best coach/driver company McCombs, you are sure to have a superb trip. They know many people and places to visit, it does help when there is family all over the country for tips and contacts. www.daleyirishtours.com

“Liz, We had a great trip. Mark was great, he took us to the stuff we wanted to see, castles for me and shopping, such as Waterford Crystal and the pottery place near Sligo for Mom. For the amount of days we had there in Ireland we packed in quite a lot of site seeing. We thank you again for all you have done for us. We will be headed back over to London for the next convention in April of 2015, I don’t know yet where we want to go or what we want to do but I will shoot y’all an email to see if you can help. Thanks, y’all are wonderful”. Kelly

Contact is easy – www.mcleanscotland.com  facebook; McLean whisky tours 

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