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The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has added to its Wood Finish portfolio with the Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009.

This single malt whisky offers a unique flavour profile as a result of a final finishing period in hand-selected wine casks from the distinguished French wine region of Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux.

The Benromach Chateau Cissac (ABV 45%) was finished in first fill Chateau Cissac casks for 25 months after being filled into first fill Bourbon, resulting in an initial peppery taste with sweet vanilla and creamy milk chocolates notes and hints of red wine tannins and lingering peat smoke.

Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank said: “Our latest Wood Finish expression is a welcome addition to our growing family of Speyside single malt whiskies. Our previous wood finish expressions, including Benromach Sassicaia and Benromach Hermitage, have proved to be very popular and we are looking forward to hearing what whisky lovers think of this Chateau Cissac. It certainly has plenty of character so I’m sure this new single malt will be appreciated by new and existing Benromach fans around the world.

“Those who enjoy our flagship 10 Years Old will enjoy the chance to experience Benromach in a different way. The maturation in wine casks from the distinguished region creates a distinct flavour in the whisky and allows a truly unique character to develop.”

This new Benromach Wood Finish is available to purchase at specialist whisky retailers with an RRP of £39.75. Prices may vary in export markets because of duty and import taxes.

For more information on Benromach, please visit www.benromach.com.

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Tasting notes

Pour a good dram into a glass, noticing the dark gold colour, swirl it around and take some little sniffs to enjoy the aroma without water. The fabulous influence of the Château Cissac casks will be immediately apparent, with melon notes, red apples, delicate and zesty orange peel and dark chocolate. There’s also an underlying floral note and a delightful charred oak edge; the Benromach signature.

Now take a sip and enjoy the taste without water. It’s slightly peppery on the palate with sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and there’s even refreshing lemon and limeade flavours with a nod and a wink towards the effervescent. Satisfying hints of red wine tannins emerge, complementing a lingering peat smoke.

Now add some water, swirl it around and savour the aroma with water. There are hints of pressed green apple and pear… and delicate oak aromas develop, complemented by the lingering peppermint.

Take a good sip and roll it around your mouth enjoying the taste with water. At first you’ll sense some spiciness and cracked black pepper. A slight bitterness develops, with grapefruit and orange peel. Now you may detect deeper hints of bonfire embers, complemented by Brazil nuts and gorgeous cocoa flavours.

About Benromach

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery, was brought back to life when leading whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five year period before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon & MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

The Cube – bringing mainstream spirits to consumers in Cameroon – Scotch Whisky News

The Cube – bringing mainstream spirits to consumers in Cameroon

The Cube - bringing mainstream spirits to consumers in Cameroon

Cameroon is the first country in Africa to bottle Black & White Scotch whisky

In February, we launched the Cube, our stand alone bottling facility in Douala, Cameroon. This has enabled us to bring accessible and affordable mainstream spirit to consumers in Cameroon for the first time.

Local production is key to achieving our strategy to grow mainstream spirits and shape the beverage alcohol market in Cameroon and Africa. Through the Cube, Cameroon is the first country in Africa to bottle Black & White Scotch whisky, a brand that has strong local appeal.

To support the launch of Black & White in Cameroon, the team leveraged our existing beer platform and route to consumer to bring the product to market quickly, covering about 60% of the country through 37 local distributors.

Diageo has a proud history in Cameroon. Our Guinness brewery in Douala has been part of the community since 1969, and our presence extends beyond our brands and production. Our Water of Life programme has connected 900,000 people across the country to clean water since 2008. We aim to source 70% of raw materials locally by 2020 and have reached 15,000 people with our responsible alcohol use programmes.

Whiski Rooms “Xmas is Coming! Special Festive Offer” – Scotch Whisky News


Special Offer for your Festive Celebrations  We have two venues this year to choose from- both WHISKI Bar and WHISKI Rooms would love to welcome you and ensure you have a great festive time. Our festive menu is available from 1st – 23rd December 2017 and all bookings made on Monday – Wednesday will received a free glass of Prosecco on us. Please see our Xmas menus here and get in touch to book you party time.


WHISKI Rooms Xmas Menu from £25.95

Call us on 0131-225-7224 to book  Whiski Rooms on the Mound for  your festive celebration.

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WHISKI’s Xmas Menu from £23.95

Call us on 0131-556-3095 to book WHISKI on the  Royal Mile for your Christmas celebration.

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Rare & Limited Tamdhu & Glenallachie at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Rare & Limited

If you’re looking for something a bit different, you can be sure to find it at The Whisky Shop. With our wide range of single casks and limited editions, there’s always something new to discover.  This week we have two very special single casks from Hunter Laing’s Platinum Old & Rare Selection that are two of the best tasting whiskies of the year so far – and we are already running out! Stocks are very low so order now to make sure you don’t miss out.

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Distilled at Speyside’s Tamdhu distillery in July 1987, this single cask bottling from Hunter Laing & Co.’s Platinum Old & Rare Selection has been matured in a single sherry butt for three decades. Bottled in July 2017 free from chill-filtration and without articial colouring, only 533 bottles have been produced at a natural cask strength of 53.9% abv.  The nose has orange marmalade and candied sweetness with a touch of apricot. The palate brings dried fruits with subtle spices and rich smooth toffee alongside massive sherry notes. The finish has more complex fruits and a developing sweet note atop a hint of honey.

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Glenallachie 25 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare

Distilled at Glenallachie distillery in February 1992, this single cask Speyside malt matured for a quarter of a century before bottling in July 2017 by Hunter Laing & Co. Only 187 bottles have been produced, each one at a cask strength of 49.3% abv and free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring. Soft oak from a woodland walk with cut grass and dried hessian on the nose, before creamy vanilla and toffee emerge with a touch of sweet lime. The palate has more sweet and citrus with oak well-balanced by a rich medley of fruits. Some spice in the finish, with white pepper and soft fruits lingering on.

£185 Buy Now


Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #685 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy reviews a newer version of a peat-monster with Ralfy Review 685 - Lagavulin D.E. 2016 @ 43%vol (batch 4/505)

Fine Art Asia Puts Antique Whisky In The Frame – Whisky News


Fine Art Asia Puts Antique Whisky In The Frame 

EDINBURGH — 19 September 2017 –  At the end of September, antique whisky will, for the first time ever, be exhibited alongside ancient and contemporary art from across the globe, giving recognition to vintage whisky as a branch of fine art in its own right. As part of this historic first appearance for whisky at Fine Art Asia 2017, rare and old whisky specialists Cask 88 are due to launch two new independent bottlings, bringing together the work of Scottish master distillers with that of Scottish and international fine artists.

Vintage spirits fans will have two pieces of whisky history for their collections, both of which represent a marriage of fine Scottish whisky production with Scottish art and craftsmanship, as part of a project designed to celebrate the whisky industry’s most valuable resource: time. Firstly, an extremely exclusive Glenfiddich 53 year old 1964 (ABV 46%, first fill sherry cask), bottled in a Hamilton & Inches crystal decanter with a sterling silver stag’s head stopper, pays homage to the Glenfiddich signature bottling style. Only 96 of these have been produced.

Secondly, a Ben Nevis 45 year old 1972 (ABV 42%) is the product of a unique artistic collaboration involving Edinburgh College of Art graduate Paul Charlton, Inverness-based small business Darach Gifts and Spanish master glassmakers, the Gordiola family. The whisky is presented in a hand-blown bottle, housed in a bespoke copper-fronted wooden box, made from vintage oak whisky barrels. Only 228 bottles of the Ben Nevis bottling will be available; consumers can choose from one of four designs, with each product made to order.

These independent bottlings will be the first to be exhibited alongside ancient and contemporary art from across the globe, and therefore the first pieces of antique whisky to be recognised as fine art. Cask 88 Director Patrick Costello said, “The craftsmanship involved in these projects, from the dedication and skill of the master distillers at Glenfiddich and Ben Nevis, to the undeniable expertise of Paul Charlton, Hamilton & Inches, Gordiola and Darach, has truly elevated vintage whisky into the realm of fine art.”

A selection of rare Macallan, Glendronach, Bowmore, Port Ellen and Brora bottles will also be available for immediate sale at the stand. Casks are represented with Macallan 1990, Longmorn 1988, Glenfarclas 1989, Auchentoshan 1989, Dufftown 1987 and North British 1988, among others. Samples will be available at the fair. Information on how to purchase these rare bottles and casks can be found on the Cask 88 website, cask88.com.

“We at Cask 88, as the home for rare and old whisky, consider it our responsibility to nurture bold craftsmanship in the industry, and this extends beyond whisky production to the presentation of our bottlings,” said Patrick Costello. “These independent bottlings are a fine example of what can be achieved by anyone who comes to us seeking to bottle their own cask of whisky.”

Cask 88 support clients in bottling their own whisky, from selecting and buying a cask, maturing the whisky, through to bottling, labelling and branding. By leveraging an international network of whisky industry professionals, fine artists and craftsmen, they aim to help clients make a reality of their creative vision.

Cask 88 has relationships with the most desirable and sought-after distilleries that have their own world-class brands. They have sold casks with fill-dates ranging from 1964 to 2012 and offer casks from over 40 distilleries across all major regions. Whether seeking to complete a personal collection or to fulfil a commercially driven project, those interested in pursuing their own independent bottling project should visit the Cask 88 website for more information. Both independent bottlings will be available first to attendees of Fine Art Asia, then listed on the Cask 88 website after the fair. Prices are available on request.

Tasting Notes 

Glenfiddich 53 year old – This very special Glenfiddich has spent over half a century in a first fill sherry cask. Over this time, the spirit has taken on the flavour and character of the cask to develop an incredibly complex nose: sweet vanilla spice, parma violets, toffee apples and dried fruit, with a touch of black pepper. Having aged in a sherry cask, the palate is delightfully sweet and creamy, delivering warming notes of red fruits, malt, honey, truffle and toffee brittle. The finish is as you would expect for a whisky with such a lengthy maturation – a long finish, spicy with hints of chocolate.

Ben Nevis 45 year old – A sweet and nutty nose, accompanied by notes of dark fruit and cherry, is a complex and welcome introduction to this venerable Ben Nevis whisky, which boasts four and a half decades of maturation. The sherry cask finish is evident on the palate, where we’re met with citrus fruits and dark chocolate, followed by a distinctive mix of tobacco leaves, dried herbs and milk chocolate with a touch of oak. The finish is long with a bitter dryness, offering dark chocolate, sweet tobacco and cherries with cinnamon, reminding us of its significant time spent in oak. 


About Cask 88

Founded in 2007, Cask 88 is now internationally recognised as one of the world’s foremost whisky experts, selling old and rare casks and bottles from world-renowned distilleries. An extensive inventory and expansive global network provide an unparalleled selection of fine whiskies, which attracts a wide clientele from London, Hong Kong, Beijing to New York. Cask 88 believes that buying vintage whisky should be fun and offers its clients a bespoke service where they are given an opportunity to select, purchase, label and package their own exclusive whisky drawn from the finest Scotch casks.


Follow Cask 88 on Twitter: @88Cask

Like Cask 88 on Facebook: facebook.com/cask88

About Fine Art Asia

Hosted by the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between 30 September and 3 October 2017, Fine Art Asia is recognised by the international art world as Asia’s leading fine art fair. On display are museum-quality art works spanning over 5,000 years of cultural history, from ancient Chinese bronzes through to contemporary art. Since its inception in 2006, Fine Art Asia has attracted an increasing number of leading international galleries, while earning worldwide recognition. Fine Art Asia is unique: the only fair in Asia to showcase a wide range of collectible fine art from Asia and the West.


About Paul Charlton

A graduate of sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art, Paul Charlton is a master across various artforms, who combines his skills elegantly to ensure his art extends beyond the canvas to engage with the environment in which it sits. Following graduation, he taught Art and Craft classes and workshops, worked in theatre designing and building sets, before going on to study furniture making & restoration. Paul is currently working with photography and printmaking, blending these with sculpture, theatre and furniture making skills to create unique works of art.


About Hamilton & Inches

Established in 1866 by Robert Kirk Inches and his uncle, James Hamilton, Hamilton & Inches ​is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops and an iconic customer showroom in the heart of Edinburgh. With 150 years of heritage, Hamilton & Inches brings the world’s most aspirational brands to life and crafts each gift with prestige and pride. Hamilton & Inches are ​holders of the Royal Warrant​ ​for​ ​120​ ​years, ​and​ ​Silversmiths​ ​and​ ​Clock​ ​Specialists​ ​to​ ​The​ ​Queen.


About Darach

Darach is a small family run company, based in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.  The craftsmen at Darach take pride in creating quality furniture and gifts from vintage oak whisky barrels.  Each one of their products is individually handcrafted, ensuring that every Darach product is unique. At Darach they recognise and respect the long history and tradition of Scottish whisky casks and their intriguing story.


About Gordiola

The art of blowing glass is one of the most precious values ​​of our multisecular artistic tradition, cultivated since 1719 in the glass ovens of the Gordiola family. Over almost three centuries, through successive generations, the artisans and master glassmakers have been modelling, with the ingenuity of their inspiration, the air of their lungs and the agility of their hands, the pieces whose forms, transparencies and reflections still today seduce us. No piece is identical to the other. Any bubble irregularities or asymmetry are characteristic of hand blown glass and give these works their particular charm.



Barton 1792


1792 Full Proof Awarded Gold Outstanding 

BARDSTOWN, kENTUCKY (Aug. 29, 2017) – Five bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery received high honors at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition held in London, England earlier this summer. Among those honors received was one Gold Outstanding Medal for 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Other Barton 1792 Distillery bourbons receiving awards include:

  • 1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Gold Medal
  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver Outstanding Medal
  • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver Medal
  • Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Silver Medal

The International Wine & Spirit Competition Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Guildhall in London on November 15.

Complete results for the 2017 IWSC can be found at www.iwsc.net

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Kentucky, Carson, California, and Baltimore, Maryland. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and was the Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust help to inspire local school pupils to reach their potential – Scotch Whisky News

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Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust help to inspire local school pupils to reach their potential

Pupils from Dumbarton Academy and Keith Grammar School had the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship as part of a week-long outdoor education expedition hosted by Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust.

As part of the trip, the pupils attended The Outward Bound Trust’s Loch Eil Centre where they participated in a wide range of challenging outdoor learning activities from Canoeing to Gorge Walking and received expert advice from three Chivas Brothers’ employees on preparing for the world of work.

Throughout the trip, Chivas Brothers’ Employee Ambassadors Alastair Combe, Anita Hodge and Scott Edwards worked with the young people to develop their skills, bolster their confidence and expand their CV. The Ambassadors also supported Outward Bound instructors to introduce participants to the notion of entrepreneurship and provided an insight into what it’s like to work for an international company.

Employee Ambassador Anita Hodge said: “It was such a fantastic experience. All of the students gave 100% during each challenge and it was great to see them grow in confidence throughout the week. For the first task we had to jump off a jetty into the loch and swim out to a platform and back, then we participated in canoeing, gorge walking and even a traverse across a small river on site.

“Each activity really helped to inspire the young people to adopt more entrepreneurial qualities by strengthening their ability to use their own initiative to overcome challenges. On top of that, we were on hand every step of the way to help inspire them and provide practical advice into working life and the skills they should develop to thrive.”

Over the last five years, Chivas Brothers and The Outward Bound Trust have helped to support more than 200 young people by delivering annual outdoor learning experiences designed to support young people to become more resilient and motivated to succeed.

Martin Davidson, Director of Scotland and Innovation at The Outward Bound Trust, said: “The Outward Bound Trust has been working in partnership with Chivas Brothers since 2012 and it was fantastic to welcome a new intake of students to the centre again this year. By participating in the Outward Bound course, they were able to face new challenges and improve their skills in teamwork and communication to help them feel more prepared for the future

“In addition, with the support of their Employee Ambassadors, the young people were inspired to adopt entrepreneurial thinking to help them thrive at school, in the workplace and in life. Chivas Brothers’ support is invaluable in helping young people across Scotland become more effective and confident in their ability to achieve anything they set out to do.”

Jennie Norrish, Global Communications Director at Chivas Brothers, added: “We are really proud of the work we do to support those in our communities whether that’s through the hard work of our employee volunteers or through our many fundraising programmes. The Outward Bound Trust is an inspiring organisation that offers real impact and develops the skills of the next generation, and we’re pleased to have supported hundreds of local young people over the past five years.”

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help equip young people with valuable transferrable skills.


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 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 single malt whisky that set the standard; 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.

Whisky Auctioneer September Auction Live – Auction Whisky News



Our September auction is live and packed full of incredible bottles we know you’ll want to get your hands on!

Summer may be over but the team here at Whisky Auctioneer are committed in making sure that our impressive auctions never end.

Here are just a few of the bottles on offer this month…

Johnnie Walker The Directors Blend Set 2011


Only given to very important Diageo types, these sets were never available at retail. With very few bottles making it to the secondary market, collectors have fought to get hold of this essential part of Walker history. There were six bottles in the complete Director’s blend range, this is the full set.

Macallan 1945 Fine and Rare


A fantastic example of old Macallan. The Fine and Rare series was designed to represent the very best the distillery had to offer, dating back as far as 1926.

Highland Park 1941 25 Year Old / St Magnus Label


Distilled during WW2 and bottled by James Grant & Co. Carrying the famous yellow ‘St Magnus’ label this is a true gem from Highland Park.

Sestante Imported for Carato 8 x 70cl / Van Gough Collection


In 1993 Sestante paired up with Carato to release a set of eight stunning vintages from some of Scotland’s greatest distilleries. These vintages are becoming increasingly hard to find, to have them all in one place is extremely special. Each bottle’s label depicts a piece from Van Gogh’s famous collection.

John Begg Blue Cap Circa 1940s/50s


An absolutely spectacular bottling of Blue Cap by John Begg. This blend was from Royal Lochnagar and named after the distillery’s founder John Begg.

Clynelish 14 Year Old / Royal Marine Hotel Circa 1960s


An extremely rare 14 year old Clynelish bottled exclusively for the customers of the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora from a cask kept in the cellar of the hotel.

Free London Area Collection 27th Sept – 1st Oct


If you have bottles that you would like to enter for auction contact us now to arrange your free pick up!

Three NEW Classic Cask Single Cask Offerings – Scotch Whisky News








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