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Great Northern Distillery (GND) – Distilling Sunshine – Irish Whiskey News

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Distilling Sunshine 

Three mighty copper pot stills, Fionn, Oisin and Setanta, have started to distil on the Dundalk site.  These stills have a capacity to make 18 million bottles of whiskey a year.  They will make a full range of single malt, peated malt and pot still whiskeys.  This is the second distillery on the former Harp Brewery site.  The columns have been producing grain whiskey for the past month.  The total capacity of the two distilleries is 50 million bottles a year.

Both distilleries will supply “New Fill” to distillers in the rapidly growing Irish whiskey category as well as making whiskey for their own use.  Great Northern Distillery (GND) owns the famous “Burkes” and “Skylark” brands.

GND is owned by the Teeling family, Jim Finn and David Hynes.



Whisky Auction “Our Current Auction Closes 7:30PM Tonight!” – Whisky News




This is just a quick reminder to say that whisky.auction‘s September auction closes tonight, so you still have some time to make a bid on hundreds of whiskies, old blendsminiatures and memorabilia. There some great everyday drinking whisky still sitting at good prices – these sometimes slip under the radar of whisky buyers looking for ‘headline’ lots, so don’t miss out on these good-value bottles.

The auction will begin closing from 7.30pm tonight. Each category has its own scheduled finish time, to make life easier for people who have bid on a number of different categories, and to avoid every item in the auction closing at the same time. For information on the buying process, click here. Also, if a bid is placed within the last three minutes, the lot will be extended for a further three minutes. Our next auction will start on Monday 26 October – if you have bottles to sell, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


To find out more, please email info@whisky.auction, call Enrico Gaddoni on +44 (0)20 8838 9381 or visit the website www.whisky.auction.

Glenturret Distillery “Vote for Us” – Scotch Whisky News

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Vote For Us…

The team at Glenturret Distillery are delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s Whisky Magazine “Icons of Whisky” Scotland Awards. We have been nominated in 2 categories, Distillery of the Year and Distillery Manager of the Year.

The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has also been shortlisted for 2 awards, Visitor Attraction of the Year and Visitor Attraction Manger of the Year.

The voting is open to the public and closes on Friday 9th October. Click here to register your vote.

The Laphroaig 32yo at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Laphroaig 32 year old

A new release from Islay distillers Laphroaig in celebration of their 200th Anniversary. This limited edition bottling marks this very special year and has been aged for 32 years. Bottled at cask strength, this is a top of the range expression, presented in a high quality wooden case.

The Taste:

Expect intense oak spices contrasted with bitter dark chocolate on the tongue. The finish is long and dry, with tones of sherried oak once more.

Click To buy £750

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Drambusters – ARRAN DISTILLERY LIMITED EDITION – Scotch Whisky News


Isle of Arran Smuggler Series Vol. 1

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“With the Smugglers’ Series Vol. I ‘The Illicit Stills’ we pay homage to our forebears with an Arran dram of robust body and a heavier peat influence more redolent of the whisky produced on the island in days gone by. The presence of the heavily peated Arran is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of older Bourbon barrels. In the background the rich and fruity influence of Port Pipes has resulted in a fresh, full bodied and complex dram evocative of our independent character.” 


T.B.Watson Ltd.

11/17 English Street

Dumfries, ScotlandDG1 2BU

United Kingdom



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Dates for WhiskyFest 2016’s four cities:

Washington DC — Wednesday, March 2

Chicago — Friday, March 18

San Francisco — Friday, September 23

New York — Tuesday, November 1

Mark your calendars!

For more details about WhiskyFest, visit www.whiskyfest.com



Aultmore 1982 vintage ‘Apple Mint Mead’ Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Aultmore 1982 Wemyss Apple Mint Mead Whiskey

Aultmore 1982 vintage ‘Apple Mint Mead’ Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask hogshead bottled 2015 by Wemyss Malts. 247 bottles.

This silky honeyed hogshead develops apple mint freshness.

BUY $182.76


Aultmore is a Scotch whisky distillery in Keith, Banffshire, producing an eponymous single malt whisky. Its name is a derived from the phrase An t-Allt Mòr, Gaelic for big burn, referring to its water source the Auchinderran burn. It was founded in 1895 by Alexander Edward.



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‘Artist Series’ range celebrates Ballantine’s heritage through Leif’s distinctive style

Ballantine’s, the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the world’s No.2, has unveiled a unique range of three limited edition gift packs exclusively designed for the brand by renowned artist Leif Podhajsky ahead of Christmas 2015. The striking new packs are the first launch in the ‘Artist Series’, an initiative that will see Ballantine’s collaborate with a different creative talent every year.

Leif Podhajsky has created some of the most distinctive and beautiful album artwork of the last decade and music fans will instantly recognise his sonically-inspired landscapes inspired by the natural world. Staying true to his creative origins, the collaboration with Ballantine’s as part of the Artist Series has allowed Podhajsky to take inspiration from the award-winning Scotch whisky as well as the stunning, natural landscapes of Scotland, resulting in three beautiful limited edition designs.

Each distinctive gift pack design references the Ballantine’s story in separate ways. The Ballantine’s Finest Tin captures the movement of the liquid, inspired by the complexity, depth and gold colour of this renowned whisky blend. The Ballantine’s Neoprene Finest Sleeve takes inspiration from two of the most vital and natural elements involved in the whisky production process: fire and water. The Ballantine’s 12 Year Old Tin is an abstract interpretation of Scotland’s unique scenery, capturing the light of the sky, the rugged nature of Scotland’s Highlands region and the country’s flowing streams.

Leif Podhajsky said of the collaboration: “Before starting on the designs for Ballantine’s I spent time in Scotland exploring the wild, natural landscapes and understanding the whisky-making process. Immersing myself in the subject’s culture is how I begin when designing album cover artwork. From this point, images start to form organically. The Ballantine’s ‘Artist Series’ partnership was an extremely rewarding project to work on, giving me complete creative freedom and allowing me to stay true to my own artistic style.”

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director for Ballantine’s, added: “At Ballantine’s we are passionate about supporting artists that share the ethos of staying true to themselves. It has been a great pleasure to work with an artist as creative, distinctive and as innovative as Leif on our inaugural partnership for the Artist Series.

Providing excellent on-shelf standout thanks to his eye-catching designs, the limited editions present a modern take on our celebrated Ballantine’s whisky, so we are certain they will be a must have for whisky and art connoisseurs alike.”
The Ballantine’s Artist Series Limited Edition Gift Packs will be available globally from the end of October at the same price as Ballantine’s Finest and Ballantine’s 12 Year Old. A registration list is now open and accepting enquiries, please visit http://www.ballantines.com/en#campaigns/artist-series-leif-podhajsky for more information and to register your interest.

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About Leif Podhajsky
Leif is an artist and Creative Director. His work explores themes of connectedness and the relevance of nature. By utilising these subjects he attempts to inspire the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings. His work has been exhibited in Paris, London, Berlin, The Netherlands and his native Australia. For more information visit www.leifpodhajsky.com

About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling 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 its outstanding 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 Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.
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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 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.
www.chivasbrothers.com @ChivasNewsRoom

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. www.pernod-ricard.com


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A bottle of Glenfiddich 50-year-old is the star lot in Bonhams next Whisky sale in Edinburgh on October 7th. It is estimated at £12,000-15,000.

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Bottled in 1991, it has a special place in the history of the Grant family, distillers of Glenfiddich, which founded the company in the 1880s. It comes from a batch of nine casks laid down in the 1930s – one for each of the William Grant’s nine children who helped him build the Glenfiddich Distillery.  Once the whisky had been blended, it was returned to the cask for a year before being bottled in a limited edition of 500 of which this is number 184.  Bonhams whisky specialist, Martin Green, said: “This is one of the most desirable Glenfiddichs – or, indeed of any Scotch whisky –  and is keenly sought after by collectors for its exceptional quality and rarity.”

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Bowmore Premier over 42 years old, £5,500-6,000

Other outstanding lots include a Bowmore Premier over 42 years old (lot 40) that was distilled in 1965 and bottled in 2008. It is numbered 37 of an edition of only 57 and is estimated at £5,500-6,000. Also offered are two bottles of The MaCallan Select Reserve 52 year old (lot 61) distilled in 1946. Martin Green commented, “The MaCallans distilled immediately after the Second World War are regarded as some of the finest the firm has ever produced. This whisky was made with peated malt because coal was so scarce and expensive at that time and this accounts for its special nuanced flavour.”

As usual, the sale features a selection of early whiskies including the rare Dalmore 50 year old (lot 48) distilled in 1928 and estimated at £4,000-5,000; the very scarce Glen Grant 1929 (lot 119) estimated at £1,500-2,000; and an interesting curiosity in the form of an early 20th-century bottle of Lawson’s Liqueur Whisky (lot 129), blended by Lawson’s of Dundee estimated at £400-600.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge, Oxford and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

Macallan 18yo, 21yo and 25yo at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan 18 year old

The Macallan 18 year old 1997 expression is incredibly smooth – the whisky combines notes of rich dried fruits and sherry with some gentle wood smoke and spicy flavours.

£160 Buy Now

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The Macallan 21 year old

Matured in a combination of both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, the Fine Oak series showcases a lighter style of Macallan than the Sherry Oak, with a little more distillery character apparent.

£280 Buy Now

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The Macallan 25 year old

The sumptuous Macallan 25 year old Sherry Oak is becoming harder to find and delivers everything you would expect from an older, sherry-matured expression from this highly-revered distillery.

£700 Buy Now

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