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Milroys of Soho William Grant & Sons Tasting Monday September 26th – Scotch Whisky News


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William Grant and Sons Tasting

Monday the 26th September, 2016

This Monday we have an exciting tasting by William Grant and Sons.With famous brands such as Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Monkey shoulder, William Grants and sons is one of the largest whisky producers in Scotland. Tonight we have the pleasure of having their prestige brand developer Alwynne in hosting a tasting of their ranges. Prepare to try something you haven’t tried before and learn something new. The event will be hosted at Milroy’s of Soho, beginning at 18:30 and concluding at approximately 20:00 on Monday 26th of September. Tickets are Available on the Milroy’s website  or at https://goo.gl/jhM3PI

Unique sea journey recalls bravery of single malt’s earliest distillers – Scotch Whisky News


Unique sea journey recalls bravery of single malt’s earliest distillers

Atlantic row marks finale of the world’s most daring whisky challenge

Competitors in the world’s most daring whisky challenge yesterday recalled the bravery of Ardbeg’s earliest distillers. With casks of Ardbeg’s award-winning single malt nestled in traditional wooden skiffs (boats), they set off into the Atlantic from the whisky’s remote Scottish island home of Islay, just as the original distillers might have done. The gruelling row, in driving wind and rain, was the finale of the Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer Challenge, which brings to life the untamed spirit of Ardbeg, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky.

The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer Challenge has taken ten contestants from around the globe on an odyssey into essential Islay, as they vied to become the Ultimate ARDventurer. A triumphant winner was declared at the end of their three-day quest over the rugged coastline, wild peat bogs, mist-capped hills and brooding lochs, which inspire Ardbeg’s whisky.

Throughout its 200-year history, the Ardbeg Distillery has depended on the sea to transport its renowned single malt beyond the island’s shores. In bygone days, distillers are thought to have rowed casks to sea to meet small ships, which would spirit the whisky away to the mainland. Yesterday, as the contestants’ odyssey came to the end, they followed in the wake of the original Ardbeggians, by transporting a cask of Ardbeg through the perilous waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Last night, Keishi Iwata, of GQ Japan, was named the Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer, chosen for the title from ten ARDventurers from countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, U.S. and Sweden. He had been ranked alongside his fellow contestants for Ardbeggian qualities such as survival spirit, endurance and resourcefulness, by the ARDventurer hosts, including Mickey Heads – Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager – and survival expert Monty Halls. The ARDventurers’ challenge had begun with an apprenticeship at the Distillery and an arduous trek to Ardbeg’s water source Loch Uigeadail. They camped at the loch, then spent a day cutting the peat which lends The Ultimate Islay Malt its smoky character, before camping again and then embarking on their challenging row.

Mickey Heads said: “Keishi really is our Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer. He went about things in his own quiet way, but he has really embodied Ardbeg’s spirit. Keishi was more than a match for Islay’s untamed landscape. He never complained and one night cooked singlehandedly for 16 in camp. Even more impressive, he must have been the only ARDventurer not to have fallen in a bog…”

Whisky Legend Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years in the Industry – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Legend Richard Paterson Celebrates 50 Years in the Industry

‘The Nose’ to mark anniversary with a global tour 

The greatest whisky maker of his generation is set to celebrate 50 years of work in the industry this month.

Richard Paterson, renowned for his role as Master Distiller at The Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, has spent the past 50 years of his illustrious career creating some of the worlds most coveted and iconic whiskies.

The landmark will see Richard, a true artisan, pioneer and innovator, host a series of tasting events around the world while showcasing a selection of bottles including the renowned The Dalmore Paterson Collection and the recently released The Dalmore Quintessence.

Richard Paterson has been at the helm of The Dalmore for nearly five decades. His unparalleled passion, expertise and intimate knowledge of rare and exclusive casks allowed him to create the category of super luxury single malt, a category he has been defining with The Dalmore ever since.

Nicknamed ‘The Nose’ for his exceptional ability to assess and understand the structure of whiskies through smell alone, Richard’s charismatic and energetic approach to illuminating the art of whisky making has earned him a legion of fans and a celebrity status amongst whisky lovers the world over.

At the 2013 World Whisky Awards, he was recognised by Whisky Magazine with an Icons of Whisky Lifetime Achievement Award and entered into the magazine’s Hall of Fame – a permanent tribute honouring those noteworthy individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.

Bryan Donaghey, CEO of The Dalmore owners, Whyte & Mackay said: “With a unique flair and unwavering passion for developing only the finest whisky, Richard continues to be a driving force in the industry. His natural ability is unparalleled and he is, without doubt, a master of his art. Watching Richard work with The Dalmore is inspiring, and we are privileged to be able to help him celebrate such an important milestone in his career.”

The Dalmore Master Distiller Richard Paterson added: “The past 50 years has flown by and I am so proud of what I have achieved in the industry. My time with The Dalmore has provided me with some of my fondest moments. The chance to create and work with the world’s oldest and rarest malts has been an absolute privilege and I’m forever grateful that I’ve been able to share these treasures with fellow whisky lovers across the world.

“While my work with The Dalmore has undoubtedly been a career highlight, I’ve also been fortunate enough to share my passion with whisky fans whilst contributing to the work of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. This variety has made my time in the industry all the more enjoyable.

“The next 18 months are shaping up to be among my best yet. I enjoy meeting people who have a passion for whisky and I’m relishing the chance to share my celebration with connoisseurs from across the world.”

A brand film has been created by The Dalmore to celebrate the life of Richard Paterson and his work to date in the industry. The film can be viewed at http://bit.ly/TheDalmoreRP50

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The Dalmore is the definitive luxury malt, since 1839.

Founded by Sir Alexander Matheson, a restless entrepreneur and international businessman, The Dalmore was born with a different purpose, to go above and beyond to create luxurious single malt whisky unlike any other.

An unbroken chain of exceptional whisky makers have been fulfilling Sir Alexander’s vision ever since, pioneering both aged single malt, and also multi cask maturation over 100 years before this was commonly adopted by others in the industry.

Richard Paterson has been Master Distiller at The Dalmore for nearly 50 years.  The whiskies he has created during his tenure have help Richard to achieve global celebrity status.  He is the man who, with The Dalmore, created the category of super luxury single malt, a category he continues to define to this very day.

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky launches first Single Cask to mark 60th anniversary of La Maison du Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky launches first Single Cask to mark 60th anniversary of La Maison du Whisky


Premium Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, anCnoc has announced it is set to release its first ever single cask bottling to mark 60 years of French whisky specialists La Maison du Whisky.

The exclusive liquid will officially become available at Whisky Live Paris on 24th-26th September to celebrate the role of the country’s largest rare whisky retailer in the evolution of the French market for premium whiskies.

Matured for over 11 years in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrel number 427, anCnoc 2005 is rose gold in appearance and has a unique and complex character. On the nose, wood smoke and burned stewed apples with elegant liquorice overtones are underpinned by the distillery’s signature rich vanilla and honey sweetness.

To taste, flavour notes include thick smoke on grated lemon peel and summer fruit salad. Honey and vanilla balance this out, eventually revealing spicy ginger. The finish is a combination of fruit and smoke; powerful and long-lasting.

anCnoc Brand Manager Stephanie Allison said: There are only a few hundred bottles available of this single cask which our distillery manager Gordon has carefully selected for its exceptional flavour. This is the first time anCnoc has released a single cask – and what better reason than to commemorate this landmark anniversary for La Maison du Whisky.” 

Bottled at a cask strength of 58% vol, anCnoc 2005 will be available from 24th September exclusively through La Maison du Whisky. RRP 119€ for 70cl.


About anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio, and is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions. Cutter has been ranked in the Liquid Gold category of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 with a score of 96.5 adding to anCnoc’s portfolio of award-winning expressions. Whiskies in this category are deemed by Jim Murray as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.”

About International Beverage

International Beverage Holdings (www.interbevgroup.com) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers (www.inverhouse.com) is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries.

International Beverage brands include:

  • Chang Beer: Thailand’s iconic beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
  • Mekhong: ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
  • Caorunn – a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals
  • The company’s success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network. Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of more than 12 nationalities speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.

The Whisky Shop “Diageo Special Releases: pre-order your bottle now!” – Scotch Whisky News

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The highly anticipated annual Special Release from Diageo are now available to pre-order from The Whisky Shop. Always special and always highly sought after, this year’s collection includes the oldest release from Port Ellen and a 12 year old commemorative Lagavulin among other treasures. Pre-order now to secure your bottle!

Free delivery on orders over £75 Worldwide delivery available

To The Macallan Born at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan 18 Year Old Now Available to Order

The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2016


The Macallan is the third most popular single malt brand in the world. and the latest release of the 18 Year Old Sherry Oak makes it clear why. Matured exclusively in sherry seasoned oak from Spain and America for a beautifully dark, full flavoured single malt whisky. The nose has dried fruits, cinnamon and ginger with hints of citrus and vanilla. The palate is rich with dried fruits, spices, orange and wood smoke while the finish is full with dried fruits, spices, sweet toffee and a hint of wood smoke.

£199.99 Buy Now

Limited to 2 bottles per customer In stock and available for immediate dispatch

See What Everyone’s Got Their Eyes On – Kilchoman Gift Set – Scotch Whisky News


A gift pack edition of Kilchoman’s first ongoing bottling – Machir Bay. This young and peaty dram is accompanied by a pair of branded Glencairn glasses to help you share and enjoy this whisky from Islay’s smallest distillery.

This pack contains a 750ml bottle of Machir Bay and two Glencairn tasting glasses. The perfect gift for Kilchoman fans.

Named after the most spectacular beach on Islay, Machir Bay is the flagship of the Kilchoman range. Machir Bay is a unique and complex combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts.

The Machir Bay range was first launched in 2012 when it won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Award – Best in Class.

“Machir Bay has a beautiful balance of vanilla, smokey butterscotch and rich fruitiness each contributing in complexity and combining to create a truly unique Islay dram”

- John MacLellan, Distillery Manager

Tasting Notes

Nose: Soft cooked fruits with strong peaty aromas.

Palate: Soft mixed fruits and vanilla with an intense sweetness.

Finish: A Classic islay malt now showing the benefit of additional ageing. A long lingering finish.


• IWSC 2012 Gold Award – Best in Class

• International Whisky Competition 2011 Whisky of the Year Silver

• International Whisky Competition 2013 Best Scotch Whisky Silver

• International Whisky Competition 2013 Whisky of the Year Gold

• International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011 Gold

• Best Islay Whisky under 12 yr old – Scotch Whisky Masters 2015

• IWSC 2015 – Gold Medal • Whiskies of the World 2015 – Best in Class

• Whiskies of the World 2015 – Gold Medal

• The Fifty Best 2016 – Gold Medal

• IWSC 2015 – 2nd Place Best Single Malt Whisky  / 1st Place Best Peated Whisky / 2nd Place Best Single Malt Scotch NAS / 1st Place Best Single Malt (Islay) • IWSC 2016 – 1st Place – Best Peated Scotch Whisky • IWSC 2016 – 1st Place – Best Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

• IWSC 2016 – 2nd Place – Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky (94.5 points)

Please feel free to reach out for more details: office@impexbev.com

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Glencadam 43 Year Old 1972 Signatory Rare Reserve at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Glencadam 43 Year Old 1972 Signatory Rare Reserve Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glencadam 43 Year Old 1972 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead #7820 bottled December 2015 bottled by Signatory Vintage for the Cask Strength Rare Reserve Collection. 95 numbered bottles. Glencadam Distillery is a Highland malt whisky distillery established in 1825 in the city of Brechin. Equipped two stills Glencadam is one of Scotland’s smaller distilleries and its award winning malt whisky is unpeated and unchillfiltered.

Whisky Live Festival Calendar Entry – Whisky Live News

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Whisky Live Festival Calendar Entry 

The world’s largest Whisky Live Festival opens its doors from 9 – 11 November 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre, showcasing the widest selection of whisky in SA under one roof! A range of luxury lifestyle products are accessible from 17h00, while the Tasting Hall opens at 18h00 until 22h00. Tickets are available at www.ticketpros.co.za starting from R220 and include a tasting glass, 16 tasting vouchers and a bottle of Consol Still Water.

For more information visit www.whiskylive.co.za, email info@whiskylive.co.za, Tweet us @whiskyliveSA or find us on Facebook at Whisky Live Africa.


Buffalo Trace Distillery Unveils New Look for Weller Bourbon – American Whiskey News


Buffalo Trace Distillery Unveils New Look for Weller Bourbon 

New Bottles and Labels Coming Soon; No Price Increases Planned

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (September 14, 2016) The well-respected W.L. Weller Bourbon brand will receive a packaging upgrade starting this December. Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique, and Weller 12-Year-Old Bourbon Whiskey will use a brand new bottle design that is taller and more sophisticated, while maintaining the curves of the current Weller bottle.

Each whiskey will have its own distinctly colored face label, which has been enlarged and includes a large cursive “W” on the front.  The brand name “Weller” has been enlarged on the front label for stronger and easier consumer brand name recognition, and the newly added back labels include information about William Larue Weller and the whiskey. These back labels share the life story of William Larue Weller, along with tasting notes for each respective expression. Born in 1825, William Larue Weller was one of the early distilling pioneers in Kentucky. After serving with the Louisville Brigade in the 1840s, Weller returned to Louisville to join the family tradition of whiskey distilling. He developed his original bourbon recipe with wheat, rather than rye in the mash bill. Weller’s original wheated recipe bourbon became so popular he was forced to put a green thumbprint on barrels to ensure that customers were receiving the real deal. His namesake company eventually went on to merge with Pappy Van Winkle’s A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery to form the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, one of the most iconic and beloved distilleries in Kentucky.

The Weller name is still so famous it is played up in the new label design, bearing “Weller” in a magnificent gold color front and center of the bottle and on the necker, making the brand easily identifiable on shelves and back bars.  The gold accents continue throughout the front label to add to the upscale feel.  The initials “W.L.” have been removed the front of the label in order to provide the correct amount of space for the newly enlarged brand name. The cap closure for each bottle has been upgraded as well to a high quality aluminum cap.

“The Weller Bourbons have an exceptionally smooth taste, and we wanted to design the new package to fully reflect the quality of the bourbon inside,” said Kris Comstock, marketing director, bourbon. “This new look is indicative of our strong commitment and plans for continued growth for the brand in the future.” The production of the Weller recipe has been steadily increasing the past several years at Buffalo Trace Distillery so there are no plans to slow down or stop production.  “We are committed to Weller and have no plans to discontinue or change the recipe, proof, or age of any of the Weller whiskeys,” added Comstock.

Over the past few years the Weller brand has won a host of awards, including: a Gold Medal for Weller Antique 107 at the 2016 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition; a Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition for Weller 12 Year Old; and a Double Gold for Weller 12 Year Old at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, among others.

Weller Special Reserve and Weller Antique should be available in the new packaging this December, as with the next release of Weller 12 Year Old scheduled for spring of 2017.  This new look will affect 750mL, Liters and 1.75L size bottles. There is no price increase planned.  Suggested retail price for the 750ml bottles of Weller Special Reserve is $17.99, Weller Antique 107 is $19.99, and Weller 12-Year-Old $24.99 each.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/.

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