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Old Pulteney releases limited edition twin pack featuring world’s best whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Pulteney releases limited edition twin pack featuring world’s best whiskies 

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of a twin pack featuring two of the world’s best whiskies – Old Pulteney 21 Year Old and Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage.

The 21 Year Old became a classic release after being named World Whisky of the Year in 2012 by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Now fans of the rich, full-bodied expression can get their hands on the last available UK stock, as well as the last of the World’s Best Single Malt (according to the World Whiskies Awards 2016), the Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage.

Both of these rare and exciting bottlings encompass the maritime malt’s famed power and subtlety of the sea. The limited release comprises just 276 packs worldwide, all of which will be individually numbered and accompanied by a hand signed certificate from Old Pulteney’s Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring.

Packaged in a premium case and exclusive to the UK, the release of these iconic Single Malts will be a much sought after collector’s item for any whisky connoisseur or enthusiast.

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old 

This bottle was previously crowned the winner of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ in the prestigious Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible, one of the industry’s highest accolades.

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old is a golden amber liquid with straw highlights.  The full-bodied expression is fragrant and spicy on the nose with hints of apple and pears. The taste is rich and sweet, with subtle light fruity notes and touches of honey and vanilla, followed by a dry finish.

Jim Murray, Whisky Writer, describes the exquisite dram as, “by far and away one of the great whiskies of 2012, absolutely exploding from the glass with vitality, charisma and class.”

Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage

Winner of the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards in 2016, this polished amber dram is a divine nod to the Old Pulteney maritime heritage.

Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage contains aromas of spice and green apples wrapped in a veil of wood smoke. Further accents of honey and vanilla with a lemony top note and a faint floral scent linger on the nose.

The flavour is rich and dark with subtle spices that embody the dram, before sweeter notes of vanilla, coconut and bitter orange marmalade surface. The finish is long-lasting and satisfying.

Old Pulteney Distillery Manager, Malcolm Waring, describes it as “easily one of my favourite Old Pulteney expressions and a very worthy winner of a World’s Best accolade.”

Vicki Wright, Old Pulteney Brand Manager, said:

“It doesn’t get better than this. The twin pack speaks for itself, with each expression winning a top-respected industry award for their exceptional quality. We are incredibly proud of these exquisite bottles and hope other passionate whisky drinkers share our enthusiasm about this special collector’s release.”

The twin pack will be available in the UK only from selected whisky specialists from mid July with a recommended retail price around £600.

For further information about Old Pulteney visit https://www.oldpulteney.com/ 


About Old Pulteney 

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour.

Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney Distillery team continues to craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Matured in hand-selected oak casks, the resulting whisky has been acclaimed for its excellence, its smooth drinking style and faint hint of the sea. Old Pulteney holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the industry’s highest accolades – and most recently the ‘World’s Best Single Malt Whisky’ of 2016 by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards. The whisky also achieved top ten status in the UK single malt market in 2012 and is flourishing in many other countries around the world. Most recently, Old Pulteney 12 Year Old and 25 Year Old won gold at the San Francisco Spirits Awards.

BUNNAHABHAIN CANASTA 1980 at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News


36 Year Old, 70cl / 49.5%





Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Exclusive at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Exclusive

For 5 months from April to September 1988 The Glasgow Garden Festival transformed derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow into greenspace and a theme park. The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities.

To celebrate 30 years since this spectacular event, we’ve bottled a single cask from Strathclyde Distillery which is also located on the banks of the River Clyde. Just 138 individually numbered bottles! Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whiskey. Single barrel #62125 distilled 9th June 1988, bottled 10th June 2018. Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival held on the banks of the river Clyde in the Summer of 1988. 138 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.

The Glasgow Garden Festival transformed derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow into greenspace, a theme park and adventure playgroups for 5 months from April to September 1988. The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities. The Glasgow site is now home to the Glasgow Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the River Clyde. Colour: Golden syrup. Nose: Sweet butterscotch and toffee. Taste: Caramelised sugar, rich toffee and Scottish vanilla tablet. Finish: Medium dry, satisfying finish with hints of fudge and toffee lingering.

Strathclyde Distillery was established in 1927 on a site which had previously supported mills in Moffat Street by the south bank of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgow. Strathclyde Distillery is a Lowland grain whisky distillery equipped with two Coffey continuous stills for grain whisky production and also a further five Coffey continuous stills which produce neutral spirit. Loch Katrine situated amongst the hills to the north of Glasgow provides the water. In 1957 Kinclaith malt distillery was constructed within the Strathclyde Distillery complex but closed in 1975 and was dismantled the following year.

Buy – £130

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The Vintner’s Trilogy is finally complete (at The Whisky Shop) – Scotch Whisky News


New Release

The final release in Bowmore’s Vintner’s Trilogy is now available to order at The Whisky Shop. The series was launched earlier this year with an 18-year-old and 26-year-old finished in Manzanilla and French oak casks, respectively, while the latest addition is a 27-year-old matured for more than half its life in port pipes.

Next day UK delivery available
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Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask

This single malt has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels for the first 13 years of its life, before spending the next 14 years in port pipes, imparting rich fruits and spice to the classic smoky Bowmore character. Bottled at a cask strength of 48.3% abv free from chill-filtration.

The nose is peaty and medicinal, with toffee, herbs and spices, before heather, rosemary, red berries and raspberry coulis. The palate is sweet and salty, smoke and sultanas mingling with salted caramel, leather and pepper notes. The finish is earthy, with sweet tobacco, dried cranberries and a touch of white pepper.

£410 Buy Now

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Ralfy Publishes Whsiky Review #735 – Scotch Whisky News


ralfy.com sticks with Scotch in ralfy review 735 – Clynelish (Distillers Edition 2011)


Go Behind the Scenes to Uncover Scotch: from Scotland to the World – Scotch Whisky News


Go behind the scenes to uncover Scotch: from Scotland to the world

We’ve launched a short film uncovering the heritage and making of Johnnie Walker, the world’s favourite whisky. ‘Scotch: from Scotland to the world’ takes viewers to the places where Johnnie Walker is made and introduces them to the talented people who make it.

For two centuries Johnnie Walker has been made by craftsmen and craftswomen, creating a distinct, centuries-old blend that is recognised as a benchmark in excellence. The brand was established by John Walker, a grocer, in 1820. By 1920 Johnnie Walker was in 120 countries – taking blended Scotch whisky from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. Today this quality and authenticity is maintained by a small team of 12 expert blenders whose skill, dedication and knowledge of whisky goes into every single blend of Johnnie Walker.

Dominic Redfearn, Global Brand and Communications Director, Diageo said: “We produce some of the best grain and malt whiskies from our 29 distilleries across the length and breadth of Scotland. Johnnie Walker is at the heart of our business and in producing this film, we want viewers to hear from the heroes of our business, as they reveal how they make the world’s favourite whisky.”

Two of the people featured in the film are Emma Walker, a member of Diageo’s whisky specialist team, who ensures the consistent quality of Johnnie Walker and works on new innovative blends, and Alan McGee who works closely in the distillation process of Caol Ila, on the North Eastern coast of Islay.

Emma Walker, Whisky Blender, commented:

“There’s nearly 200 years of heritage, history and the craft of blending that we are now responsible for. It comes from across the four corners, it’s intrinsically linked with the people and the places where it’s made and to see that all come together in the blend and then that to be shipped all round the world and enjoyed.”

Alan McGee, Distiller, Coal Ila added:

“We take great pride in our place, in the whole history associated with Scotch whisky and more so with Johnnie Walker…It really goes to the whole core of who we are and what we’re all about”.

Diageo learn Scotch Landscape

Whisky from our distilleries all over Scotland contribute to Johnnie Walker and earlier this year, we announced a £150 million investment to transform Scotch whisky visitor experiences. The centre-piece of the investment will be a new state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker immersive visitor experience based in Edinburgh. Four distilleries, Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish, will be linked directly to the Johnnie Walker venue in Edinburgh, creating a unique Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland.

Find out more about our investment in Scotch whisky tourism

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada July 2018 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS July 2018

July Outturn brings whisky of the finest pedigree with six new single casks with distinguished character. Discover the divine diversity of these rare breeds and follow your nose to flavour.


11 years old; refill barrel; 56.7%; Spicy & sweet

Sweetly fragrant like orchard blossom, violets and roses. Then spiced apples and plums with a waxy finish of mint ice cream and vanilla.


17 years old; 2nd fill barrel; 56.2%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

The nose combines cereal, grass and lemon puffs with putty, paint and cigar ash. The palate is sweet and viscous with funky features.


10 years old; 1st fill barrel; 56.9%; Young & spritely

The sweet oiliness of walnuts and clotted cream combines with a frisky freshness as spearmint meets with cloves, cinnamon and baked apple pie.


19 years old; refill barrel; 56.7%; Spicy & sweet

Indian spiced salad, Caribbean spiced gulab jamun followed by bird’s nest soup and Moroccan pickled aubergines – clearly out of the ordinary.


9 years old; refill barrel; 61.1%; Lightly peated

Mineralic crushed flint combined pink wafer biscuits and salted pistachio nuts beside the charred embers of a bonfire doused in runny honey.


7 years old; refill hogshead; 58.8%; Peated

Delightfully sweet – tinned fruit cocktail and custard tarts with chestnuts being roasted on a driftwood bonfire beside salty sea waves.

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Macallan “The Dark Side of Crystal” – Scotch Whisky News



Crafted to reflect the diverse history of The Macallan single malt and house a subtly smoky Macallan, M Black is the latest and most complex release in The Macallan Decanter Series. It celebrates the mastery, creativity and character that defines the very heart of The Macallan’s single malt.

An evolution of the iconic M Decanter, M Black continues the collaboration between three masters of their crafts: The Macallan, Fabien Baron and Lalique. At the heart of Baron’s design vision are the six facets of the decanter that pay homage to the Six Pillars foundation stones that define the character of The Macallan.

Fashioned in the highest-grade black crystal for the first time, and crafted from a very limited number of casks, The Macallan M Black tells its own story of exceptional cask ageing and the commitment taken to nurture and mature The Macallan spirit.


The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, The Macallan Distillers Ltd,
Easter Elchies, Craigellachie AB38 9RX Scotland




Another cracking smoky whisky from the newly beloved Peat Week series by The Balvenie. For one week every year, The Balvenie Distillery closes normal operations and distills exclusively heavily peated malt. The peat itself is different from the stuff you’d find on Islay because the organic composition differs from region to region. The terrestrial peats of the highland are composed of shrubs, heather, and other highland greenery that have lower phenol levels than the bogs of Islay. Balance is made up by guaiacol and non-phenolic smoke elements. The resulting whisky is something totally different from what the average Balvenie drinker might be expecting, yet familiar in some respects. The backbone of sweet heather and honey wraps around the earthy smoke perfectly. The sweet vanillins of the 100% American oak soften the kick of the remaining phenols and add nuance to spicy guaiacols perfectly. The higher proof and non-chill filtration provide texture, depth and richness. This is definitely peaty, but there’s so much else going on here that I’d imagine even the most sensitive palate would appreciate it. One of our favorite yearly releases and one of the most innovative products on the market, proving that the sometimes stodgy Scotch industry still has some tricks up its sleeve after all.

2003 Balvenie 14 Year “Peat Week” Vintage Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)


Whisky Wednesday Reviews Brenne Single Malt – Whisky News



Selling it’s first few bottles in 2012, Brenne has picked up more than it’s fair share of wars and accolades from the domestic and international press. Barley grown in France, a yeast strain sourced from Cognac and maturation taking place in Limousin oak a long with ex-Cognac casks, a match made in heave for this tiny outfit. Tasting like a sweet-shop from all of our pasts, the whisky is gentle, complex and very unique in what I have tried in the modern world of single malt and other pot still distillates. Cheers!

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