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UK’s Busiest Malt Whisky Ferry Wins an International Safety Award with Merit – Safe Whisky News

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UK’s busiest malt whisky ferry wins an International Safety Award with merit

Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Finlaggan ferry has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council.

A new addition to CalMac’s fleet in 2011, MV Finlaggan carries more bulk malt whisky than any other ferry in the UK, and, indeed, very possibly the world, transporting the Isle of Islay’s most famous export on the first leg of its global journey.

The safety and handling considerations given to this most precious and revered of cargoes were among many criteria explored in a submission by CalMac to the British Safety Council for its annual awards.

For the whisky connoisseur, the most likely hazard facing them is the potential for over-indulgence. However, for a ferry company transporting some 25 per cent of Scotland’s annual malt whisky output from its island birthplace onwards to world markets, it is quite a different prospect. Islay has eight distilleries and neighbouring island Jura has one – all nine ship their cargo using CalMac ferries, most frequently MV Finlaggan.

Tasty as these whiskies may be, such cargoes are also hazardous and must be handled with care – whether it be the potential risk of fire or pollution hazard.

 In 2014, Finlaggan – which also provides occasional cover on the Skye to North Uist and Harris routes – carried 114,000 passengers, 40,000 cars and 6,500 commercial vehicles, spending the equivalent of more than 130 days at sea.

The rigorous submissions procedure also investigated everything from details of crew welfare through to first aid procedures, how health and safety hazards are determined to testing of emergency systems, and much more besides.

“The safety of customers, crews and vessels across our fleet are of paramount importance at CalMac,” said Louis de Wolff, Head of Safety, Environment and Security at Caledonian MacBrayne. “MV Finlaggan has worked hard to ensure that all systems are in place to deliver robust health, safety and welfare procedures, accurate and thorough reporting and compliance with an extensive set of maritime legislation, licensing and certification requirements.

“Congratulations to all members of Finlaggan’s crew – it is a collaborative effort and testament to the way that the ship’s team has prioritised and focused on the health, safety and welfare of passengers, crew and the ship.”

“Everyone on board, has a safety role of some description,” continued MV Finlaggan’s Master, Guy Robertson. “All crew members feel fully involved and take great pride in their excellent record. They came together with headquarters’ Safety, Environment and Security Department staff to put together this award entry and we are proud to have achieved this result.”

These awards are internationally renowned as a pinnacle of achievement in the field and attract entries from blue chip companies globally – others which achieved merit awards alongside CalMac were Babcock International, BAE, Boeing, Carillion, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. Companies from as far afield as India, Nigeria, Jordan, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar and Kuwait were all rewarded.

Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “We warmly congratulate Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Finlaggan and her crew on gaining an International Safety Award with merit for 2015. All of those working on board have made this award possible.

“It was also apparent that Caledonian MacBrayne recognises the value that proportionate and sensible management of occupational health and safety risks brings to the organisation, its people and society.

“These awards reflect the importance of aiming for good standards of health and safety at work. Caledonian MacBrayne and MV Finlaggan should rightly be proud of this achievement.”  

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Handling with care – crew members (left to right) deck trainee Jamie Knox, chief officer and safety officer Lee McDowell and quartermaster Malcolm Miller from MV Finlaggan with just a little of Islay’s precious malt whisky cargo; just one of the reasons the ship has picked up an International Safety Award with merit 


1) Further information about CalMac is available at www.calmac.co.uk

2) Caledonian MacBrayne and CalMac are trading names of CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL). These names are used under licence from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL). The lion rampant device is used by CFL with the permission of CMAL.

Wyoming Whiskey Hires Frank Sacca as Vice President and National Sales Director – American Whiskey News

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Wyoming Whiskey Hires Frank Sacca as Vice President and National Sales Director

Sacca tapped to lead national expansion

Kirby, Wyo. (April 13, 2015) - Wyoming Whiskey, maker of award-winning small batch bourbon, has hired Frank Sacca as its Vice President and first-ever National Sales Director. Sacca has been hand selected to lead the charge toward rapid national expansion in 2015.

Sacca has over 25 years of experience in the spirits industry. He began his career in a family-owned retail business in New York. After a few years with Charmer Industries in his early career, he joined William Grant & Sons where he worked as Midwest Regional Manager and Division Vice President for 21 years. For the past six years, Sacca held the title of Division Vice President at Proximo Spirits, a company well known as the importer and distributer of Jose Cuervo, where he managed a team of talented sales professionals across multiple markets.

“Frank’s accomplishments are visible in the marketplace,” said David DeFazio, co-founder of Wyoming Whiskey. “He has an impressive track record launching innovative brands and line extensions. His knowledge and experience make him a valuable addition to our team and we are confident that he will bring our vision of successful national distribution to fruition.”

Frank will work full-time for Wyoming Whiskey from just outside Chicago, Illinois where he resides with his wife Amy, and two children, Nicholas and Rachel.

“I am proud to join the close-knit family at Wyoming Whiskey. I am eager to grow awareness and distribution of this one-of-a-kind bourbon and propel this young, passionate, and authentic brand to the next level,” said Sacca.

Sacca will oversee the efforts of Tim Harland, Western Regional Sales Manager, and a soon-to-be-announced Eastern Regional Sales Manager. 

About Wyoming Whiskey

Based in Kirby, Wyoming, Wyoming Whiskey has a simple goal: to create America’s next great bourbon. The company and product is a collaboration between its partners and 97,818 square miles of Wyoming. The Mead family first came to

Wyoming as ranchers in 1890 and the state defines them, and their whiskey.  They use the finest corn, wheat, barley, and water from the Big Horn Basin and promote Wyoming’s natural and human resources.  Every drop of this bourbon is 100% Wyoming. To learn more, visit http://www.wyomingwhiskey.com/.

Strathmill 12 year old Flora & Fauna 43% at Nickolls & Perks – Scotch Whisky News

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The Spring Season is finally here, before soon it will be summer, Hurray!

As the weather becomes crisper it’s the time of year for those refreshing malts, leaving the sherry influenced drams until later on in the year.

This 12 year old Independent bottling of Strathmill from the discontinued Flora and Fauna range fits the bill just right, offering stunning crisp floral aromas, with tasty citrus fruits on the palate.

£41.95 BUY NOW


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Time for a Beer?” – Scotch Whisky News

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This spring we’ve been celebrating the good, old tradition of the ‘hauf ‘n’ hauf’ – that’s enjoying a whisky chaser alongside a beer, for those not on the West coast of Scotland. Most of our original matched drams are long gone: single cask whisky goes in a flash! So we asked our expert Whisky Ambassadors for some new pairings to delight the senses… #spritzich

Spicy & sweet

9.96 Refined and gentle, with a little kick £87.20

Paired with Belhaven Craft Pilsner. A light Scottish Pilsner that will help intensify the spicy and sweet flavours of this intriguing whisky.

Juicy, oak & vanilla

95.15 A graceful tight rope walker £87.20

Paired with Fyne Ales Highlander. A traditional amber ale, the taste is bitter-sweet with a rich maltiness cut by hints of lemon. Th e big flavours in this easy-drinking ale pair nicely with a well-balanced juicy and bitter dram.

Deep, rich & dried fruits

117.5 Smouldering, brooding and alluring £251.10

Paired with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Brewed stronger in alcohol and with more flavour to last long journeys, the distinctive bitter taste of Guinness comes through with a syrupy sweetness. A fantastic match to a dram with charred, chocolate and dessert notes.

Light & delicate

26.105 Bumblebees by the sea £122.60

Paired with Williams 80/- (Eighty Bob). We’ve matched this sweet, malty, biscuity beer with a light and delicate whisky. The beer amplifies the flavours of the whisky, creating a whole new taste experience.

Lightly peated

3.206 Heathery smoke drifting by the shore £60.00

Paired with Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale. The perfumed, hoppy aromas and sweet malt of this PA compliments this equally sweet-smelling and lightly peated whisky.

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information 

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


Independent  Bottler of  the Year 2014

Cadenheads London Update – Scotch Whisky News

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We the Merchants of Single Malts & Blended Whiskies will release to you the people some amazing products in all ages colours flavours and styles.

This is the lead up to the mad season when the political class will promise to do this cut that build this demolish that! So we think you the people will need a bit of good old fashioned quality to get through the endless drivel.

April 2015 sees a number of new products as I have told you about before plus a few others, mind you we do have one topical release due next week that some in Scotland will have seen on the media so I had to grab a few cases naturally.

Before we head into the new releases I can now give a lot more detail on the London special edition Caol Ila.

We have been looking into the future quite a lot in these newsletters however this one is keeping very quiet on the future products so as not to give any spoilers for the 100’s of subscribers who will be heading to Campbeltown for the Springbank open day May 21 and the Campbeltown Malts festival running from May 20th to May 22nd

If you are heading to Campbeltown I hope you enjoy the event you lucky people. - Stephen at Cadenhead’s

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Caol Ila 31 year old 54.3%

The London special edition of Caol Ila will be heading into the bottling hall on May 5th 2015 Distilled in 1984 and matured in a fresh fill bourbon cask we expect the final outturn to be 168 bottles in the world Below is the London Tasting Panels notes.

Nose: Salted Caramel, Honey with sweet smoke, fruity with some coastal notes trying to break through, summer at the seaside. Palate: First sip gives you a superb richness of caramel & salted popcorn, the next wave of taste delivers a superb sweet smoke that grows in perfect balance with the salted caramel found on the nose. As this dram opens the flavours flow across the palate with some rich fruity notes that interweave around the peaty richness of this vintage cask. Finish: Long rich smoke and peat with even more of the middle palate, shortbread and toffee apple, more of that sweet smoke that makes this a really rich complex vintage Islay.

Whisky Festival 2015

May 20th – May 22nd Springbank open day 21st May.

Scotland’s Oldest Independent distillery. family owned and run. Established 1828


SPRINGBANK 12 Y/O Port Cask Well I can now give you the estimated release date of Thursday 23rd of April 12:30PM

During several days of pre release tasting in London the feedback was amazing with 100% of those who tried wanting to buy it! They loved the rich red fruits that came from the first sip, a rich complexity throughout with layer up on layer of flavour. This is a very limited edition single cask offering from Springbank.

Also available from next week: Spirit of Freedom 45% makes a return with 18 bottles of the original blend that will sit along side a NEW Sprit Of Freedom 45+ If you live in Scotland I think you might have seen something about this on the news this week!


Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop & Tasting Room

26 Chiltern Street London


Tel: 020 7935 6999

New Advertising from Glenmorangie – Scotland’s Favourite Single Malt Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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New Advertising from Glenmorangie – Scotland’s favourite Single Malt Whisky

Glenmorangie is introducing a new advertising campaign, with simple but stunning images of Glenmorangie Original photographed in front of the brand’s unique emblem, the ‘Signet’, hand carved in oak and also recreated in solid copper.

The advertising images feature recreations of Glenmorangie’s emblem in praise of the company’s famous copper stills, the tallest in Scotland, and Glenmorangie’s acknowledged expertise in cask selection and extra-maturation. That unique emblem, the signet, is the kaleidoscopic swirling pattern from the lower panel of one of Europe’s most important sculptures, The Cadboll Stone. Carved in the 8th Century, it once stood very close to the Glenmorangie Distillery.

Alongside the image in the advertising appears the legend, Unnecessarily Well Made. This refers to the unseen lengths that are undertaken behind the scenes, the extraordinary expertise and craftsmanship that goes into its award winning single malt whiskies.

Those unseen lengths can also be seen in the stories behind the creation of the new advertising images. Films and interviews with Ian Agrell, the master wood carver, Pierre Matter the sculptor, and the celebrated still life photographer, Olivier Arnaud, feature in the first issue of ‘Unseen from Glenmorangie’, a new online quarterly publication. In one film, Olivier Arnaud, the French photographer who created the advertising images, talks about his work with Glenmorangie: “I came to very much admire the Glenmorangie culture, the idea that things should be Unnecessarily Well Made. It’s what you do, but it’s not necessarily visible.”

The advertising images will be used internationally in print and outdoor formats.

Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Launched – Scotch Whisky News

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Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Launched

Angels’ Nectar, a new Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, inspired by the Angels’ Share, has been launched, by Robert Ransom.

At any one time, there are an estimated twenty million casks maturing across Scotland, all exposed to what is affectionately called ‘the Angels’ Share’, the evaporation from casks during maturation.  The Angels take their pick; enjoying some casks more than others, whilst hard working distillers watch their efforts disappear. The Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is a re-creation of the Angels’ Share, bottled for whisky drinkers to savour.  Carefully created from a selection of Speyside and Highland malt whiskies, Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is unusually bottled at natural colour, has a sweet nose of apple and fruit syrup, a taste of heather honey and lemon, and a hint of spice on the finish. The Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is vibrant and fresh, just the way the Angels’ like their dram.

The label for this new whisky brand features a striking fractal design, with an Angel shaped ethereal mist, within which, a series of Angels can be seen enjoying their share.

The Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky has been released by Highfern Ltd, a new drinks business founded by Robert Ransom. Commenting on the release Robert said; ‘I have worked in the whisky trade for ten years, and during that time I have enjoyed giving many distillery tours and tastings. Early on I noticed any mention of the Angels’ Share always made guests smile. The seed was sown; What if one could bottle the Angels’ Share? It would be the ultimate Blended Malt, and Angels’ Nectar is Highfern’s attempt to do just that’.


  1.  Blended Malt – a category of whisky which is a blend of malt whiskies, with no grain whisky, previously known as Vatted Malt.
  2. Angels’ Nectar is available from The Green Welly Stop, Master of Malt, Robertsons of Pitlochry and the Speyside Heather Centre, amongst others.
  3. Web: http://www.angelsnectar.co.uk/ Twitter: @angelsnectar     Facebook: angelsnectarwhisky
  4. For pictures, more information and sales enquires please contact; Robert Ransom, Highfern Ltd, Robert@highfern.co.uk  Mobile: 07811 640778

Nickolls and Perks Glenfiddich Tasting April 23rd, 2015 – Scotch Whisky News

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We welcome Mark Thomson, UK Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich to Stourbridge on Thursday, 23rd April, for what promises to be a top tasting event. Mark will be ‘deconstructing’ Glenfiddich’s 15 year old Solera, with samples of first-fill sherry, first fill and refill Bourbon and brand new casks. He is well-known for bringing whisky to wider audiences in a relaxed, informal and modern way – expect a highly entertaining and interactive evening! Please note, this event takes place at the nearby French Connection Bistro (2 doors up from Nickolls and Perks, in Coventry Street), and includes their excellent hot and cold buffet food!

Start time: 7.00 pm

Ticket price: £35.00

Tickets may be purchased online here

Or contact direct:

Nickolls and Perks Ltd

37 Lower High Street


West Midlands



T:  +44(0)1384 394518

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E:  tim@nickollsandperks.co.uk

W:  http://www.nickollsandperks.co.uk/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS – Scotch Whisky News

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Drop-in Whisky & Beer Pairing Night > The Vaults, Leith – Mon 20 Apr

Explore the Spritzich beer and whisky matches with knowledgeable staff

Aberdeen Preview Tastings – Caledonian Thistle Hotel, Aberdeen

Society Ambassador Olaf Meier introduces a sneak preview of the next Outturn

Thursday 23 April >  

Friday 24 April >  Hurry only 2 tickets left!

Saturday 25 April >  

Highland Whisky Tasting > 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh – Fri 24 Apr

Kit up and join us tonight as we attempt the impossible feat of traversing the mountain of diversity that is Highland whisky

Guildford Preview Tasting >  Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel – Fri 24 Apr

Society Ambassador David Smith introduces a sneak preview of the next Outturn

Winchester Preview Tasting >  Winchester Royal Hotel, Winchester – Fri 24 Apr

Society Ambassador John McCheyne introduces a sneak preview of the next Outturn

Liverpool Preview Tasting >  Malmaison, Liverpool – Sat 25 Apr

Society Ambassador Les Harrow introduces a sneak preview of the next Outturn

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The Society and The Whisky Lounge team up once more to put on an absolute belter of a day. A real summer celebration of all things whisky, proving once and for all that whisky really can be a drink for all seasons!

Early Bird Offer: Two Tickets for £50 >

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information 

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


Independent  Bottler of  the Year 2014

Brand New Release from English Whisky – English Whisky News


Just in time for St Georges Day is the latest release of Chapter 13. As some of you will know we have made a habit of giving Chapter 13 a bespoke label and this time is certainly no exception; the truly fabulous letterbox is, we think, an iconic English object that is recognised by people from around the globe.

As the sun is shining and no doubt you are all thinking of dusting off those BBQ’s, we have made sure this bottling of Chapter 13 will go down very nicely whilst in the evening sun after a hard days work.

Nose Orchard fruits, think stewed apples and pears. Cereal, hints of crushed digestive biscuits and porridge. Notes of toffee, honey and beeswax. A waft of rich fruit cake.

Taste Creamy mouth feel; the cereal comes through along with the toffee and honey. Again, orchard fruits. Sweet, spicy and oaky. A very long malty, dry finish.




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