Archive for April, 2010

Fancy A Free Preview of the Jura Feis Ile Whisky and 7 drams? – Scotch Whisky News


From Richard, the Master Blender;

Fancy a free preview of the Jura Feis Ile Whisky and 7 drams?

I know we’ve been quiet here, but we’re planning lots of things so don’t worry, we haven’t all started drinking ice or anything, so let’s get back to blogging by inviting you out for a free drink…

The details of the 2010 Feis Ile have been announced and the Jura Distillery is taking part in it. Now, as a teaser for the event, Willie Tait is hosting a little tasting session with seven expressions of Jura – the mainstream range and some of the boutique barrels – on Wednesday, April 28 in Glasgow from 6pm.

If you want to go, leave a comment below and we’ll come back to you via email. Or drop a message via The Diurachs group.

Willie’s in for a good time, I did a meet and drink with some bloggers last year and a good time was had by all.

The Balvenie Signature – Third Batch Released – Scotch Whisky News


The Balvenie Signature – third batch released


The Balvenie Signature is always released in small, numbered batches, and we can reveal that the third batch is nearly ready to meet its public. 

Members of Warehouse 24 can access a short film in the Special Features section, showing Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart selecting the casks and discussing the process.

David explains how, three years ago, he celebrated his 45th year in the whisky industry by creating a 12 year old single malt that embodied the spirit of The Balvenie. To do this he married The Balvenie matured in the three most traditional cask types; first fill bourbon, refill bourbon and sherry.

Signature Batch 3 will be on shelves from May in the UK and France and heading to other countries a little later.

Slainte mhath,





David Mair


Registered in Scotland. Registered Number SC138003
Balvenie Maltings, Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland AB55 4BB

The Irishman Cask Strength – Irish Whiskey News


The Irishman Cask Strength

Did you know….

…The Irishman Rare Cask Strength for 2010 has just been bottled and will soon be available in export markets?

…this year’s bottling is at 53% alc. vol., and there are only 2,850 bottles available?

Here’s the health of the salmon to you.

A long life, a strong heart, and a wet mouth!


Aberdeen University Malt Whisky Society at the The St Machar! – Scotch Whisky News


Hello, so you’re a fan of fine Whisky!

We’ll be having some Dram fine Drams at The Machar on Wednesday!
Just to let you know this week we will be going to The Machar (become a fan of them on FB) as they have just added about 20+ new whiskies to their selection and we need to support this!

We convinced them to do this – so let’s take advantage of it!

So come along from about 7pm this Wednesday!

Are you interested in going to a WHISKY FESTIVAL?

This weekend Speyside will see 100(0)s of whisky fans from all over the world arrive for  The Spirit of Speyside Festival

We have been lucky enough to get offered DISCOUNT tickets to the following events:


Cooper’s Choice – Saturday 1st May, 3:30 pm
Robin Laing – Sunday 2nd May, 7:00 pm
Dalmore – Monday 3rd May, 1:00 pm
Chivas Brothers – Monday 3rd May 3:30 pm

NOTE: All events take place at the WHISKY SHOP DUFFTOWN


Arran Whisky – 5th May (£3)
Laphroaig vs. Ardmore – 12th May (£3)

Tasting Tickets go on sale ONE WEEK before the event.

Do not bother Gillian about other things etc etc…
Please be nice to her as she is doing this to help us!

University of Aberdeen Malt Whisky Society
The Chaplaincy
High Street
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB24 3TT

Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting In New York April 27th – Scotch Whisky News


Tullibardine Single Malt Tasting at The  Brandy Library

Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch
Tuesday, April 27th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This is a free and casual tasting, you do not need to make a reservation unless you intend to enjoy drinks here before or after the tasting.
 The Tullibardine Whisky

Tullibardine Highland Malt Scotch whisky is generally recognised as an ‘easy drinking’ malt and an ideal pre-dinner appetiser. It is smooth and mellow on the palate with a fruity flavour and has a clean crisp finish. On nosing, Tullibardine provides the recipient with a fresh, floral scent with hints of vanilla and chocolate orange. Distilled from the purest highland spring water Tullibardine’s qualities make it an ideal introductory malt scotch whisky and is described as ’eminently quaffable’. But don’t just take our word for it, please try it for yourself and then please let us know your findings.

It is worth pointing out that we nose and select special casks from time to time which are bottled and then released for sale. Please keep an eye open for these new releases, as well as other products which you will be able to purchase from our on-line shop. 


Davidoff Winston Churchill Cigars and Wild Scotsman Whisky Event – Scotch Whisky News


Davidoff Winston Churchill Cigars and Wild Scotsman Whisky Event
by Jeffrey Topping

Join me on April 28 at The Montgomery Inn Boathouse in Cincinnati, Ohio for the first Scotch and Cigar Charity Dinner of the summer. The featured cigars provided by Strauss Tobconnist will be Winston Churchill cigars from Davidoff. I will be pouring my signature Wild Scotsman Black Label Vatted Malt Scotch produced specifically to be enjoyed by a great cigar or heavy meal in addition to my single Cask Royal Lochnagar from the Highlands.

Date: April 28, 2010
Cost: $135
Cocktails: 1800/hrs
Dinner: 1900/hrs

Montgomery Inn Boathouse
925 Riverside Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Duncan Taylor Club Newsletter – April 2010 – Scotch Whisky News


April in Huntly

I was going to say Spring finally seems to have arrived but as the weather continues to be a little unsettled, no one can really say if we have seen the last of the snow for this year!

Worldwide Travel

Below is a picture of Mark Watt while at Whisky Live Aquitaine in Bordeaux last week which proved a great success with the Cragganmore and Laphroaig Octaves being well received along with the Black Bull 12 and 40 which were a particular favourite among many.  Mark is also making an effort to learn French hence the picture of his book which features whisky words in English, French and (Mark’s) version of French!!  


Lin Liu was due to leave for Taiwan today but as the air travel chaos continues she remains in the UK for the time being, let’s hope normality resumes soon.  Again she plans to visit the Far East at the end of May for Whisky Live Shanghai.

New Bottlings

We have had a number of new Rare Auld bottlings this month which I’m sure will be of interest to you all, a selection of these bottlings are listed below with some tasting notes, the Glen Moray’s have been especially successful; 

Rare Auld Glen Moray 1983 26yo Cask 3203
Colour: Warm Gold
Nose: Icing Sugar, lemon bon bons, pears, cooking apples and lily’s
Taste: Vanilla custard, orange peel, reed grass, sherbet, milky bars and honey 
Finish: Soft delicate crème Brule with a hint of spice
Comment: Beautifully creamy and fruity! – Stunning!

Rare Auld Glen Moray 1973 53.1%
Colour:  Russet
Nose:  Lots of sweet toffee, raisins, rum like notes, milk chocolate, nougat and bourbon biscuits.
Taste:  Warming, rich toffee, cherries, quite creamy, melted chocolate, tangerines and a touch nutty.
Finish:  Thick and lingering, lots of treacle toffee and some spiced fruits.
Comment:  A big Glen Moray – An excellent example of how good this whisky can be!

Rare Auld Glen Scotia 1991 18yo Cask 71375
Colour: Straw
Nose: Sweet, lots of vanilla, a trace of smoke, creamy medicinal notes and quite herbal, warm grass and mint
Taste: Malty, touch oily, more grassiness develops, dry spice and lemon
Finish: Finish long, citrus notes, creaminess develops with distant medicinal notes
Comment: A clean cut Glen Scotia – refreshing and coastal.

To view more tasting notes, please follow this link:

Upcoming Events

Spirit of Speyside – Whisky Festival Dufftown
Monday 3rd May 2010 – Mark will be holding a masterclass at the whisky festival with 6 fantastic whiskies including the new Black Bull 40 year old if your lucky!

There are still tickets available from the following website:

Social Networking

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News From The Adelphi Distillery Company – Scotch Whisky News


Dear all,
It has been a few months since you last received an email from us but I can promise you that we have been hard at work sourcing and bottling some very exciting new whiskies.
In February we bottled the following new whiskies:

Bowmore 2001 8yr old refill sherry (limited UK stock available)
Bunnahabhain 2000 9yr old 1st fill sherry (previous Dancey Man offer, limited UK stock available)
Bruichladdich 1990 19yr old refill bourbon (very limited UK stock available)
Glenlivet 1978 31yr old refill bourbon (UK stock available)
Glenallachie 1973 36yr old refill bourbon (very limited UK stock available)
Aultmore 1974 35yr old 1st fill bourbon (sold out)
This was followed in March by some more bottlings:

Breath of the Isles 1995 14yr old refill bourbon (UK stock available)
Macallan 1995 14yr old refill sherry (sold out)
Longmorn 1992 17yr old 1st fill bourbon (UK stock available)
Bunnahabhain 1968 41yr old refill sherry (UK stock available)
If you would like prices on any of the above, just let me know. For this month we would like to offer one of the best Longmorns we have ever tasted. From a 1st fill bourbon hogshead, this has a great colour and is packed full of flavours.
Longmorn 1992 £66.98 inc. VAT
17 year old Speyside 53.9% vol
1 of only 186 bottles from cask no. 48430

Our overall comment on this malt was ‘a sunny day in the Highlands’. The deep gold colour suggests that the ex-Bourbon hogshead it is drawn from is 1st fill.

The first impression is gorse flowers, macaroons and almond paste, with fragrant jasmine behind, some ash, and after a while, light sponge.

Water introduces a pine-like note, heather flowers, yielding to buttery tablet with tinned mandarins.

The latter give a fresh acidity to the taste, which starts sweet, but not cloying and drying elegantly to a medium length finish. Well balanced and stylish.

In addition to this, I am delighted to announce the launch of Adelphi’s Fascadale 10yr old single Island malt 46% Batch 2. Batch 1 was a huge success and we are delighted to have been able to secure another excellent 10 casks for batch 2. This is due to be bottled next week and should be available in most of your stockists by the middle of May. The price is still to be confirmed, but please let me know if you would like to be notified when it is released.

Furthermore, we are planning a 3rd whisky for this range (to accompany the new Fascadale and the sadly departed Laudale) – more news next month!

Whisky travel continues: Holland for a week in March, Washington DC for a weekend earlier this month, and Limburg this weekend.

I look forward to seeing some of you in Limburg this weekend and/or Speyside next weekend.

All the best,


 Alex Bruce
Sales & Marketing Director
Adelphi Distillery Ltd.
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 1383 872 548
Mobile: +44 (0) 7795 424 838
Skype: alex.bruce

Please contact Alex directly if you would like to join the Dancey Man Society

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Two Carn Mor Bottlings – Scotch Whisky News


Glen Mhor Carn Mor 1982 27yo 52%alc.

Distilled 18/08/1982

Bottled 22/02/2010

Matured in a Hogshead number 1233

Limited to 270 bottles

Price excluding VAT: £109.79
£129.00 Including VAT at 17.5%


Glenrothes Carn Mor 1988 21yo 51.8%alc.

Distilled 01/06/1988

Bottled: 22/02/2010

Matured in a Hogshead number 7002

Limited to 294 bottles

(LFW reports);

Carn Mor bottlings are a little bit special for their presentation, a nice, different tapered bottle with antique label and subtle ‘fluff’ and a none-too-fussy box gets the thumbs-up from me.

Here’s a classic Glenrothes, bourbon cask matured and delicious. An oily nose, glenrothes-fruity with a distinct whiff of household-cleaner smoke, very inviting and with water a sherbet sweetness rises.

Taste is all fruitiness, oranges and tropical fruits with cream, a passion fruit Solera (ice cream lolly). Very enjoyable.

On the flavour map I’d plonk it in square D4 Complex, Light and Delicate.

Price excluding VAT: £64.60
£75.90 Including VAT at 17.5%

Order yours today (now that the air planes are flying in Europe again) at

‘Win a Glenfarclas 40yo!’ Contest At Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies News , ‘Win a Glenfarclas 40yo!’

Buy any 70cl bottle of Glenfarclas and get free entry into a draw to win the
new Glenfarclas 40yo plus a VIP tour of the Glenfarclas Distillery.

Closing date: 18th June 2010

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Loch Fyne Whiskies


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