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Canadian craft distillery wins World’s Best and Canadian Best at World Whiskies Awards – Canadian Whisky News

Canadian craft distillery wins World’s Best

and Canadian Best at World Whiskies Awards 

Saanich BC, Canada, March 27, 2020: Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery’s peated single malt whisky new-make has been named Worlds Best Whisky New Make at the 2020 World Whiskies Awards, UK (http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com/). These prestigious annual awards are the most competitive, attracting top international whisky brands. The Vancouver Island based distillery claimed several top WWA’s including:

  • World’s Best New-Make, gold medal for its Peated Single Malt Whisky New-Make.
  • Canadian Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky, gold medal for its STR Red Wine Barrique Single Cask Single Malt Whisky.
  • Bronze medal for its Glenloy Classic Single Malt Whisky.

This Scottish influenced distillery & brewery uses traditional distillation techniques, copper potstills, and BC-grown barley to make surprisingly smooth, and remarkably fruity and complex single malts.

Dr. Graeme Macaloney, President & Whiskymaker said of the awards: “It’s a truly amazing accomplishment for our young distillery. There are some really fantastic distilleries, years and decades older, with more mature whiskies who regularly compete for these awards. These awards are a testament to our world class expertise including the late-great Dr. Jim Swan, ex-DIAGEO Master Distiller Mr. Mike Nicolson, and the rest of our team who focus on quality every day.

The Best in World New-Make has since been matured into Macaloney’s Peated Mac na Braiche, the first ever peated single malt whisky in Canada to be peat-smoked at the distillery using Canadian barley and local peat in a combined soaker-smoker. It is available at top liquor stores, the distillery Visitor Centre, and online via the distillery’s website.

The other Gold and Bronze medal whiskies will be part of Macaloney’s ‘inaugural whisky launch’ being planned for the near future. Pre-orders for these limited release, numbered bottles may be made by contacting the distillery shop on a first-come basis.

About us: Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery is a destination craft distillery & brewery funded by Canadian single malt whisky & beer enthusiasts from coast-to-coast via an on-going Frontfundr equity crowdfunding campaign. The Visitor Centre gift store is open 7 days per week and under normal circumstances offers kilt-clad guided tours & tutored tastings.


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English Whisky Co. Brings Back Rum Cask Whisky As a Treat in Trying Times – English Whisky News

Favourite Whisky Returns to Boost Spirits

There is nothing more reassuring in any down time than to see an old favourite back on the shelf. Originally known as chapter 7, and these days quite a bit older and far more refined, the Small Batch Rum Cask single malt whisky from The English Whisky Co. has been lovingly created by the team to keep you company in these trying times.

Bottled by the expert team at The English Whisky Co.; The Rum Cask release is available in two options: 156 bottles of 59.9% Single cask, cask strength (RRP £75) and 300 bottles at 46% strength Small Batch rum cask whisky. (RRP £47.50).

The English Rum Cask single malts have arrived just in time to toast St George’s Day on 23rd April.

Distilled in March 2014 and produced in rum casks, The English Rum Cask whiskies are sweet, soft and slightly spicy on the nose, with a mixture of vanilla and rum and raisin ice cream. They are fresh and citrusy with notes of tropical fruits, oaky and slightly nutty with a hint of marzipan.

On the palate the rum cask is soft, oily and spicy, again with citrus notes. The spice is slightly peppery with a hint of raisins, malty with fresh oak and salty and dry on the finish.

“We are very pleased to be able to reintroduce The English Rum Cask editions, which are a huge favourite and remind me of rum and raisin ice cream!” explains Andrew Nelstrop, managing director at The English Whisky Co. “At times like these, it’s nice to be able to do something positive and give whisky fans something to enjoy whilst spending more time at home. We’ve also launched them just in time for us to all raise a glass to St George on 23rd April,” he adds.

A family-owned and run business, The English Whisky Co. was the founder of English whisky when it opened its doors 14 years ago. As the industry leader it uses locally sourced ingredients to produces the finest English Single Malt at its distillery in Norfolk.

The English Cask Strength Rum Cask and 46% strength small batch rum cask are available to order online from www.englishwhisky.co.uk,



BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands announced today the commitment of financial and physical resources against COVID-19 in recognition of the need of employees, the communities in which they work and live, and the greater hospitality community.

“With facilities in the United States, Canada and Ireland, and as a family owned and operated company for 85 years, Heaven Hill has a long history of supporting our employees and their families. As part of our long-term core mission, we also take great pride in our local communities and at a time like this want to provide assistance to those in need,” said Max L. Shapira, President, Heaven Hill Brands. “We particularly share a sense of community with those affected in the hospitality industry. As a result, our sales teams are championing that effort at the local level in partnership with organizations that support our hospitality family.”

Philanthropic Commitments:

Heaven Hill Brands is pledging $400,000 across two main priorities – employee communities and hospitality professionals. Recognizing the effect of coronavirus on so many individuals, Heaven Hill will distribute donations across the following community partner funds:

  • Louisville, Ky. – One Louisville
  • Bardstown, Ky. – Tri-County United Way
  • Austin, Texas – Stand with Austin
  • Lethbridge, Canada – United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta
  • Dublin, Ireland – Community Foundation of Ireland

In support of the hospitality professionals that partner with Heaven Hill day-to-day to support business, Heaven Hill will contribute donations directly to local market charitable organizations. The Heaven Hill sales team will mobilize efforts across their local communities to assist local non-profits directly supporting industry professionals and their families.

Hand Sanitizer Commitment:

In addition, Heaven Hill is committing parts of operations to the production, bottling and distribution of hand sanitizer. These efforts will support healthcare facilities, first responders, and high-risk populations in cooperation with local and state government. Production of hand sanitizer will shortly be underway at the following facilities:

  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Downtown Louisville, Ky.
  • Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room in Dripping Springs, Texas
  • Black Velvet Distillery in Lethbridge, Canada

Social distancing and sanitization protocols have been implemented to ensure employees are protected while assembling a critical product to combat the spread of coronavirus. All hand sanitizer formulas follow the approved Federal Drug Administration guidelines.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL BRANDS: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY -based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Deep Eddy and Burnett’s Vodkas; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; Black Velvet Canadian Whisky; Lunazul Tequila; The Christian Brothers Brandies; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.

HIGHLAND PARK 27 YEAR OLD 1991 SIGNATORY 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Park 27 Year Old

1991 vintage single cask bottled for the the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. Highland Park 27 Year Old 1991 vintage Island single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Palo Cortado sherry butt #15086 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 545 bottles.

Highland Park Distillery is the most northerly malt whiskey distillery in Scotland and thus the closest Scottish distillery to the Arctic Circle. Highland Park was established on the periphery of Kirkwall in the Mainland of Orkney in 1825-26 by Robert Borwick, a merchant and straw plaiter in Kirkwall, and John Robertson who owned the land previously known as Rosebank but by 1825 known as Highland Park. Whisky had been distilled illicitly in the vicinity of the Parks of Rosebank by Magnus Eunson least as far back as 1798. Highland Park 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 21 Year Old are popular releases.

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Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: The Dalmore” – Scotch Whisky News

The Dalmore single malt is one of the most popular and iconic of all Scotch whiskies. Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, the distillery sits by the banks of the Cromarty Firth, deep in the Scottish Highlands. Dalmore’s heritage dates back to 1263, when King Alexander III was saved from a charging stag. The Mackenzie clan, whose descendants owned the distillery from 1687 until 1960, were granted the right to use the twelve pointed Royal stag emblem on their coat of arms. The iconic silver stag now adorns every bottle of The Dalmore single malt.

The distillery has been led by a succession of influential craftsmen, setting standards throughout its 181 year history. The current Master Distiller is Richard Paterson, a pioneer in his field and one of the industry’s great communicators and ambassadors. He has been the creative force behind The Dalmore for nearly five decades.

The Dalmore single malt is typically rich and robust with flavours of dried fruit, almond, toffee, citrus, and spice. Maturation often takes place in ex-Solera Sherry casks that have been soaked in Oloroso and PX Sherry for decades. Port pipes (sourced from Graham’s) and red wine barriques are also widely used alongside traditional ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. Their range comprises traditional age statement whiskies, non-age statement specialities, and high end, small batch, luxury bottlings.


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Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News

Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, creators of Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin are pioneers in avant-garde single malt spirits. Following the same ethos, Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a true innovation in the whisk(e)y world, and the first whisk(e)y to be finished in seaweed charred casks – Currach’s first expression with Irish Atlantic Kombu Kelp will be released in March 2020. 

Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Atlantic Kombu Cask 

A fusion of tradition and innovation, Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey celebrates one of the oldest and most venerable boats in the world. The Currach was a vessel of knowledge that enabled the early Irish monks to explore distant lands while harvesting expertise. Handcrafted like the whiskey, these boats played a pivotal role in Irish life and commerce.  

Using the finest of Irish malted barley, this contemporary single malt whiskey is triple distilled before being aged in ex-bourbon casks and is then finished in unique seaweed charred virgin oak casks. It’s this perfect union of the Irish land and sea that creates a rich multi-layered whiskey with a delicate umami character. 

The story…. 

Currach Boat

The currach is the traditional Irish boat made from wicker, animal skins and tar. It is one of the oldest types of boat in the world, possibly going back to Neolithic times. It played a significant role in the development of human civilization, from the spread of farming to carrying early Christian saints all over Europe. It was said to be the vessel used by Irish monks to discover the world and bring back religious artefacts and foreign technology, such as the alembic, to Ireland. The currach was used to transport whiskey across the Irish sea to Scotland (first exports of Irish whiskey), and is still used today to harvest seaweed in Ireland.

Malted Barley

Irish malted barley is recognized as being the best in the world. The fertile soils and mild, oceanic climate of Southern Ireland make it an ideal place to grow malting barley. The barley is non-GMO and sourced from local farmers who utilize eco-friendly growing methods. This produces a crop unlike any other and, once malted, creates a unique taste profile and character indigenous to the Irish terroir.


Distillation takes places in the tranquil West Cork town of Skibbereen, nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way. Here the Irish malted barley is milled, mashed and fermented. Using traditional Irish distillation techniques, it is then triple distilled in copper pot stills to create a smooth and flavorsome liquid. The single malt new make spirit is then filled into ex bourbon casks and aged. 


Sustainably hand harvested off the wild Atlantic coast of Co. Clare, the seaweed is 100 % naturally grown and organically certified. Kombu is located in the extreme lower part of the shore. It can be sustainably harvested during low spring tides throughout the year. Fourth Generation Seaweed Harvesters, The Talty Family ensure only the finest seaweeds are selected for Currach Single Malt Whiskey.

Mildly salty and subtly sweet, Kombu is rich in umami, the fifth human taste. It has been used as a stable food source and ingredient in European and Asian cuisine for over 2000 years.

Cask Charring

The Atlantic Kombu seaweed is traditionally charred in small batches inside virgin American oak casks to impart a delicate and uniform umami fragrance into the wood. Once ready, these casks are filled with single malt Irish whiskey and allow to finish for three months.  The result is a magical fusion of two terroirs – Land and sea. 

Patrick Shelley, Founder of Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd. said;

“With Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin, we adopted an avant-garde approach to producing world class single malt spirits, using the best of Irish ingredients and our tradition of distilling. Each of our products share the same DNA – Irish malted barley and copper pot distilled”

“Our vision on Currach was to create a single malt Irish whiskey based on various elements of the Irish terroir. Our land produces some of the best malted barley in the world and our seas yield wonderful organic and sustainable seaweed. Never before have these two elements been brought together in a whiskey and we are proud that this is a world’s first”. The union of land & sea has become the backbone of Currach, and gives it such a uniquely rich, multi layered and complex character 

Tasting notes

Colour:            Amber Gold

Nose:               Toffee and raisins with hints of almond, backed by a roasted kombu aroma.

Palate:            Arabic roast coffee fused with salted caramel and dark chocolate 

notes complemented by nutty, earthy, lightly smoked and umami undertones.

Finish:              Dark and rich flavours fade to leave a persistent and delicately sweet

maritime finish. 

RSP:                 55 €

Availability:     Online: www.celticwhiskeyshop.com, www.irishmalts.com

Leading independent retailers (Celtic Whiskey Shop, Mulligans, Bradley’s, Ardkeen, World Wide Wines) 

For further information, contact Patrick Shelley  pshelley@originspirits.ie or Stephen Randles stephen@originspirits.ie 

Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) @currachwhiskey

Whisky-Hamster Price Comparison Website – Whisky News

Whisky-Hamster  – www.whisky-hamster.com – is a recently opened price comparison website only dedicated to Whisky & Whiskey.

It gathers products and offers from more than 10 major shops in the industry and updates daily their stock, price and offers in order for the whisky fans to have access to the lower price for the dram of their dreams.

Whisky-Hamster was created a few months ago by two whisky fans, who have been working on this project next to their “real” job and family life. We made it because we needed it for ourselves and we thought it was worth sharing it with the whisky community.

As up today we have more than 9000 different products in stock from our partner shops for more than 20 000 offers and this number is growing every day as well as the number of shops joining our engine. On Whisky-Hamster you’ll find a very qualitative filtering system by age, distillery, region, abv, limited editions, special offers, miniatures… that will help you find very quickly the whisky you are looking for. Stop searching so many different shops in order to see where it is cheaper and where it is in stock and rather go to whisky-hamster and be redirected directly to the right one!

Our partner shops are mainly UK/EU based and delivery to the UK, EU and some even worldwide! Hope you’ll enjoy the experience.

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15 YO and the Springbank 10 YO Bundle at Milroys – Scotch Whisky News

Gordon & Macphail Mortlach 15 YO and the Springbank 10 YO Bundle

We also have our first Lockdown Deal available from now ! In our £100 bundle this week, we have the Gordon & Macphail Mortlach 15 Year Old and the Springbank 10 Year Old – a perfect combination of rich sherry and sweet herbal smoke – both staples on the Milroys shelves.


Limited Edition Compass Box – Rogue’s Banquet at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Compass Box Rogues’ Banquet

Limited Edition · 70cl · 46% ABV



Compass Box have always believed in doing things a little differently. Founded by John Glazer in 2000 with a desire to challenge a market he saw as bland and conservative. The whiskies are based on the old model of whisky blending – the blender’s art is to take individual parcels of whisky, marry them together, and create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Known for pushing the boundaries of whisky making, Compass Box have at times courted controversy, and are admired by whisky drinkers the world over. Their artistic label designs are instantly recognisable, and amongst the most striking and original in the industry.

To mark their 20th anniversary, Compass Box are releasing a number of limited edition whiskies to be celebrated, enjoyed, and shared amongst friends, family, and like-minded enthusiasts. Rogues’ Banquet is the first of these releases, featuring well aged malt whisky from Miltonduff, Clynelish and Glen Elgin with grain whisky from North British (reportedly all over 20 years of age).

Rogues’ Banquet offers a rich array of textures and flavours, from tropical fruits to stem ginger and toffee. Opulent and hedonistic, rather like the company behind the whisky.

Discover our full range of Compass Box Whiskies HERE.


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