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8th January, 2018: Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has launched its search for the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion. Now in its fifth year, the Chivas Masters is a global competition that celebrates bartenders who demonstrate cutting-edge skill and creativity and share Chivas Regal’s core values of community, collaboration and generosity.

Launching in 22 countries across six continents, the Chivas Masters offers bartenders a once in a lifetime opportunity to grow their skills in a collaborative environment where they can learn from peers, alumni and industry experts from across the globe. This year, the theme of community will sit at the very heart of the competition, with the national stages challenging participants to produce a Chivas drink that is inspired by someone in their local community. The winner of each of the 22 national finals will go on to the Global Final to represent their market and compete for the coveted title of Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018.

This year’s Global Final will be hosted in the United Kingdom – both in London and at Strathisla distillery in Speyside, the spiritual home of Chivas Regal. Throughout a series of masterclasses and intense individual and team challenges, the bartenders’ skills and creativity will be tested, and they will have to prove that they can be as generous with their expertise as they are with a dram of Chivas Regal, by collaborating with their fellow finalists to achieve shared success.

At the culmination of the six-day programme, the Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018 will be crowned, and will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Tales of The Cocktail 2018 in New Orleans, and the chance to travel the world with Chivas to inspire the bartenders of the future.

Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, comments: “At Chivas Regal, we believe that generosity and success go hand in hand – a belief inspired by our founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who shared their success with the local community as their business grew. These are the values that have influenced the Chivas Masters right from the start, and the reason why in 2018 we are beyond excited to bring the Global Final home to where our brand, values and indeed our own community were born.”

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Chivas Masters Global Champion, visit www.chivas.com/chivasmasters to find out more.


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About Chivas Regal

Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. The Chivas Regal range includes: Chivas Regal 12, Chivas Regal Extra, Chivas Regal Mizunara, Chivas Regal 18, our first blended malt Chivas Regal Ultis, Chivas Regal 25, pinnacle of the range and ultra-prestige blend Chivas Regal The Icon, and the Global Travel Retail exclusive Chivas Brothers Blend. www.chivas.com

The Whisky Shop Dufftown January Sale – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown January Sale

On the 18th January we will putting on sale over 30 new products with 18% Off – that’s 18% Off on the 18th for 2018.

No heads up on what’s going to be added you will just have to wait and see.

2008 Aultmore 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Sovereign” Single Sherry Barrel Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News


2008 Aultmore 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Sovereign” Single Sherry Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) – $49.99 -

Aultmore isn’t one of Scotland’s most recognizable whisky names, but ever since Bacardi’s move to establish the Dewar’s distilleries as veritable single malt brands, names like Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy and Aultmore are moving more to the forefront on the global stage. Originally founded in 1896, Aultmore was sold by Diageo to Bacardi over 100 years later as part of the big Bombay gin deal, resulting in a rarely seen 12 year old edition half a decade later. Located in the Speyside region, the distillery’s sherried malts are often described as having flavors of “milky coffee” and that’s most definitely the case with this heavily-sherried 9 year old expression. Coffee in both its color and its aromas, the nose is pungent with heavily-roasted aromas and savory Oloroso rancio. Don’t be confused by the color, however, because despite its dark hue this is no supple, sweetly-flavored Sherry bomb. In fact, it’s a robust malt, dry on the finish and almost savory in its profile. The mid-palate is loaded with toasted almonds, tobacco, and bitter orange, but the finish is short and simple. While many of our casks are meant to be pondered and savored, this 9 year old Aultmore is very much to the point. It’s a cask strength, sherry-matured edition of everyday quality single malt, priced to drink and enjoy in volume. The high proof is almost unrecognizable with the saturation of the sherry and it’s very much drinkable at full strength.


Glen Scotia & Loch Lomond at the Whisky Shop #SFO Jan 19th – Scotch Whisky News


Friday January 19th 5-7 PM

Glen Scotia & Loch Lomond 

Treat yourself to a traditional whisky tasting. From 5-7 PM, we’ll be tasting new releases and rare favorites by both distilleries. Both established in the 19th century, Glen Scotia and Loch Lomond have contributed a wealth of great drams to the whisky world – we’re very excited to see what will be brought to this event.

Pourlist to be revealed as event approaches- RSVP to know first. 

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews The Shackleton Blended Malt – Scotch Whisky News



I doubt that back in the early 20th century, Ernest Shackleton thought that his name would be adorning a bottle of Scottish whisky. Either way, here it is! Now, this isn’t the super fancy/expensive bottle that is a replica of the liquids that were found in the Antarctic a few years a go, this is more of a homage to the man himself and his constant chase of adventure and life….it’s a shame the whisky isn’t as challenging on the palate as the man was on the world.

Old Pulteney unveils three new Travel Retail exclusive whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Old Pulteney unveils three new Travel Retail exclusive whiskies

We’re delighted to announce the launch of three new Travel Retail exclusive whiskies, each of which will be joining us today as we sail on the world’s largest floating whisky festival, Viking Line, Cinderella Whiskymassa 2018.

Firstly, and in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Viking Line Cinderella Whisky Fair, we’d like to reveal Swedish Travel Retail exclusive Old Pulteney Single Cask 2002 (number 717). This elegant whisky has matured in ex-bourbon American oak barrels. Bright gold in colour, Old Pulteney Single Cask 2002 (717) boasts sweet toffee and chocolate aromas, followed by light citrus fruits and a slight saltiness – adopted from its time maturing near the rugged coast here in Wick. This whisky exudes creamy chocolate flavours, paired with vanilla and coconut to entice the senses. Soft fruits, hints of spice and saltiness follow, with a warming, sweet finish peppered with a signature Old Pulteney tang.

The Single Cask 2002 (717) is neither chill-filtered nor coloured and is bottled at its natural cask strength of 58.2% ABV. It has a RRP of SKE 1299 per bottle. Old Pulteney Single Cask 2002 (717) is now available to guests attending the Cinderella Whisky Fair on the 11th -14th  of January 2018 in Sweden, on each of the three dedicated 24-hour return sailings aboard the Viking Line Cinderella from Stockholm to Mariehamn. In additon to the launch of the Swedish Exclusive Single Cask 2002 (717), and further to overwhelming demand following an exclusive release within Heathrow Airport in 2017, we’re also thrilled to announce the roll out of Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage across Travel Retail outlets globally.

The 1990 Vintage tells a tale of craftsmanship and dedication, dating back over a quarter of a century. This full-bodied spirit began its story in American oak ex-bourbon casks, developing its characteristically complex nature, before moving to Spanish oak where it became richer, darker and adopted a sweetness with hints of spice. The unique expression then experienced a brief spell in casks which previously held heavily peated whisky – providing a unique smoky final flourish to our powerful Maritime Malt.

Polished copper in colour, 1990 Vintage offers an aroma of spice, vanilla, toffee and sweet honey, balanced by a thin veil of warming wood smoke and oak. Bitter orange marmalade and caramel apples soon follow on the nose to create a long-lasting sensory experience for this exquisite dram.

Rich in mouth feel and intense in flavour, the palate opens up with strong praline and sultana sweetness on a thick bed of warm, savoury smoke. Citrus strikes the top note with hints of vanilla lingering in the background, giving a finish which is long and smoky.

The 1990 Vintage is neither chill-filtered nor coloured and is bottled at its natural cask strength of 46% ABV. It has a RRP of £288 per bottle.

Lastly, and most certainly not least, we are pleased to reveal that both our newly released Single Cask 2002 and 1990 Vintage will be joining the crew at Viking Line, Cinderella Whiskymassa 2018 alongside a third new Travel Retail Exclusive, 2006 Vintage. The 2006 Vintage is matured in ex Bourbon American Oak casks for 11 years. Polished copper in colour, the scent is spicy and sweet with notes of vanilla and toffee, balanced by a thin veil of wood smoke and embers. Bitter marmalade and hints of caramel apples soon follow. Rich in texture and with intense flavours, this expression entices the palate with strong chords of pralines and sultanas on a bed of deliciously warm, savoury smoke. Citrus and vanilla notes linger for a long, smoky finish.

The 2006 Vintage is neither chill-filtered nor coloured and is bottled at its natural cask strength of 46% ABV. It has a RRP of £55.00 per bottle.

Just Whisky January 2018 Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News


Just Whisky Auction is now Live

The first auction of 2018 starts with some special lots from Bowmore, Macallan & Yamazaki!

Just Whisky’s January auction just went Live! There are many bottles here to cure those January blues! What better way to spend a chilly evening than sharing a new whisky with friends? As always, bidding ends from 8pm on Sunday (January 21st).


In among the auction, there are a lot of real gems. As usual, for the full listing just visit our website and click on ‘Live Auction’.


Stalk & Barrel at the Whisky Shop #SFO Jan 18th 2018 – Canadian Whisky News


Thursday, January 18th 2-6PM

Stalk and Barrel

 Hailing from Ontario, Canadian microdistillery Still Waters Distillery takes a handmade ‘grain to glass’ approach to all of their exclusively small batch whiskies. Their Stalk and Barrel whiskey blends and single malts have won numerous accolades both internationally and in their home country, plus Whisky Magazine named Still Waters Distillery ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ in 2016. Not bad for a distillery that’s been open less for a decade!

We’ll be pouring a variety of Still Waters Distillery’s Stalk and Barrel whisky lineup, presented by whisky experts. Pourlist to be revealed as event approaches – RSVP to keep up to date.

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Macallan Chinese New Year Limited Edition Gift Box – Scotch Whisky News


In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 16th, The Macallan released a Chinese New Year Limited Edition Gift Box, containing two bottles of Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old.

Some more details:

  • This celebratory co-pack honors the Year of the Dog
  • Currently available in select retailers for a limited time
  • Only 2,500 packs will be available in the U.S.
  • Will be available for an MSRP of $130.00
  • Tasting notes:

o    Color: Harvest sun

o    Nose: Creamy butterscotch, toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and fresh oak

o    Finish: Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying

o    Palate: Ginger, nutmeg, citrus, caramel, raisins & resinous

o    Strength: 43% ABV

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 193: Caol Ila 17 Year Old Unpeated Style – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 193: Caol Ila 17 Year Old Unpeated Style

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries an unpeated Caol Ila. Caol Ila – which means ‘Sound of Islay’ in Gaelic and thus refers to the straight between Islay and the Isle of Jura – has a so-called Unpeated Style on the market since 2008. That is to be taken quite literally. This Caol Ila – which appeared as an 8 years old at first, but is now already at 18 years – is made from unpeated malt. Mark tries the 2015 bottling, the Unpeated Style 17 Year Old.


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