Archive for May, 2010

Signatory Vintage & Isle of Skye Scotch Tasting with The Whisky Shop, San Francisco – Scotch Whisky News


By: Signatory Vintage  &  Isle of Skye

Presidio Golf Club 8 Presidio Terrace San Francisco, CA, 94118

Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Sponsored By: The Whisky Shop


To Reserve a space please calls 415-989-1030 (Space is Limited)

Admission is $45.00 Must Purchase in Advance

Special Guest: ED KOHL


Come taste the following Scotch whiskies:

Auchentoshan 1999
Dalmore 1990  ~  Clynelish 1997
Longmorn 1992  ~ Ledaig 16 Year
Dailuaine ~ Glen Grant 12 Year
Ben Nevis Cask Strength ~
Bunnahabhain 1997,Heavily Peated

Isle of Skye Premium Blend  
Space is limited so please inquire about availability

All Sales are Final – Tickets Cannot Be Returned





What better way to spend a summer’s evening than in the beautiful surroundings of Stanton House Hotel, looking out over the lake whilst enjoying a sociable evening drinking and learning about the amber nectar.  We want to encourage as many ladies as possible to come along and find out just how delectable single malt whiskies can be when approached in the right way so if you already join us on a regular basis then why not get a party of friends together and encourage them to come along with you?  And if you’ve never been to a whisky tasting evening before then take the plunge and come to this ‘Ladies only’ event and see what you’ve been missing out on!

The tasting will be presented by our old friend Ian Murray of First Drinks Brands, and is designed to appeal to both the novice and the experienced whisky drinker (and to those who, as yet, have not found out about the pleasures of whisky drinking at all). Ian is one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable speakers there is on whisky, and he has a great sense of humour, so the evening is certain to be a fun one.

Ian is going use whiskies from both Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries to explore with us how it is that the same basic production process can result in so many different expressions of whisky.  Having talked us through the nosing and tasting of whisky, he will then go on to explain the alchemy that leads to the wonderfully complex and varied olfactory and gustatory delights that whisky provides.

So, whether you are already a fan of whisky or have yet to discover how great single malts can be then please join us for this special ‘Ladies only’ tasting.

*How to book*

The tasting will be at Stanton House Hotel, Stanton Fitzwarren (, and will commence at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Tickets for the event are priced at just £10.00, and this includes a discount of £3 against a bottle of one of the featured whiskies if bought or ordered on the night of the tasting.


Stanton House Hotel, Stanton Fitzwarren

Most, if not all, of the whiskies tasted will be available to purchase on the night. We accept cash, credit/debit card or cheques.

Tickets are limited, and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. To buy them just log on to and place an order for the number you require, or telephone us on (01793) 765071, or call in and see us at Arkwrights, The Dormers, Highworth, Wiltshire. Admission to the tasting is by ticket only.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Fran and Ken
Arkwrights Whisky and Wines

WhiskyCast Episode #260 Islay Festival (Feis Ile) – Scotch Whisky News


EPISODE 260: MAY 27, 2010

This is the second of Thursday’s two episodes from the Islay Festival of Malt & Music, recorded on location at Isle of Jura Distillery on the island of Jura. It’s easy to find the distillery…just get off the ferry, drive down the island’s one road, and stop at the end. There’s a treat waiting for you, as you’ll find in this episode of WhiskyCast!

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WhiskyCast Episode #259 Islay Festival (Feis Ile) – Scotch Whisky News



This is the first of two episodes today from the Islay Festival of Malt & Music. Kilchoman is Islay’s first new distillery in more than 120 years, and even though it just released its first single malt a few months ago, it’s receiving rave reviews from whisky critics. We’ll hear from Kilchoman founder Anthony Wills, Dr. Jim Swan, and some of the dozens of people who lined up for Kilchoman’s first official Feis Ile single malt release.

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The Vancouver International Writers Festival Presents A Dram Come True Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting – Scotch Whisky News


The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents the eighth annual

A Dram Come True

Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sampling

Enjoy the superb, complex flavours of a variety of rare and distinguished single malts. Rare malts and other select items will be available at auction. Scotch experts will be on hand to enhance the experience.

One such rare scotch available in the silent auction is a bottle of Members’s Legacy Caperdonich 1967, a dram regarded as one of the most extraordinary batches of malt of all time. It rates 96 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Own this extra special treasure that you can’t buy off the shelf.

And, to wet your palate, here’s a sampler of the 18 scotches that will available for tasting: from Tullibardine Distillery’s vintage casks, both a Tullibardine 1993 Sauterne Cask and a Tullibardine 1988 will be featured, along with a Speyside Mortlach 1990 Sherry Cask, and from Islay a Laphroaig 1999.

Event details:

Friday, June 4, 2010
7:30pm – 10:00pm
in a Shaughnessy heritage home
(location will be provided upon ticket purchase)

Tickets: $100

Proceeds benefit the Vancouver International Writers Festival. A tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price will be issued.

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Macallan 17yo (43%, OB, ‘Fine Oak’, +/-2010 – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Macallan 17yo (43%, OB, ‘Fine Oak’, +/-2010

This is the newer version with the ‘two tone’ label’ white upper and mauve lower, the back label describes it as ‘triple cask matured in a unique, complex combination of exceptional oak casks; European oak casks seasoned with sherry, American oak casks seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.”

The nose is fragrant and honeyed at first, delicately, followed fruit and malt. There’s also a significant amount of sherry and it’s very good. Spicy oak also makes and appearance along with hints of bees wax; it’s a really fine collection of aromas that are in harmony. The taste sweet (sherried) along with the malt and then the oak spice and smooth, gentle but not docile; it’s much like the nose but very good. This is brilliant whisky. The dryness and hints of Fry’s cocoa powder are really good. The finish is dry at first followed by more of the cocoa and hints of leather and cured but unlit tobacco. More spice, very active and very good. Sherry and spice. Very long, warming and pleasant. After a few minutes a dry sweetness develops and is in a steady holding pattern for quite a while. Never an off note…

What a very nice dram. Fine Oak indeed; worth a try once again, things have changed.


Score 88 points.

(Sample kindly provided by Macallan ambassador J. Wheelock)

Buy Your Tickets NOW For The Isle of Arran Distillery 15th Anniversary Open Day! – Scotch Whisky News


Buy your tickets NOW for the Isle of Arran Distillery 15th Anniversary Open Day!
Buy your tickets now to join us all on the beautiful Island of Arran for our 15th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 3rd July! A fantastic day lies ahead of us in the stunning surroundings of our Lochranza distillery. Why not make a weekend of it and really soak up the atmosphere on one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands, with one of Scotland’s best single malts.

Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to on the day:

Limited Edition Bottling of 3 x 1995 casks, especially for the occasion, exclusive to the Arran Distillery Visitor Centre – you won’t find these anywhere else!

Master-classes with Dave Broom and James MacTaggart

Island showcase featuring all of the fantastic food & drink producers on the Isle of Arran – including a special ale brewed for the event by the Arran Brewery

Evening ceilidh in Lochranza Village Hall with live ceilidh band “Skerryvore”.

Please note that master classes are not included in the ticket price. There will be 3 masterclasses: one with Andy Hogan priced at £15, one with Dave Broom at £15 and the James MacTaggart Masterclass is priced at £20.

These can be booked by phoning the Visitor Centre on 01770 830 264 or e-mailing them on or via the on-line shop at


Calling All Whisky Lovers The Scotsman & Bunnahabhain Team Up – Scotch Whisky News


Calling All Whisky Lovers
Between now and May 30th, selected restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow will offer you and your dining partners a free dram of Bunnahabhain Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky to enjoy after your meal. Just look for the Bunnahabhain logo when making your booking on our Dining Out site. Bon appetit!


WhiskyCast Episode #258 Islay Festival (Feis Ile) – Scotch Whisky News


Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery, and the second oldest in all of Scotland. It’s at the heart of Islay’s largest town, and plays a major role on Islay. It’s also the only distillery with two Feis Ile special bottlings, and distillery manager Eddie McAffer is making one available to a WhiskyCast listener! Details in this episode, along with a visit to Islay’s best whisky bar and music from the Spirit of Islay Pipe Band.



BEING sold by the Swedish alcohol monopoly, Oddbins and Carrefour has boosted the sales of GlenDronach’s new core range in the first twelve months, it announced today (May 25).
Since being launched last spring, the Aberdeenshire distillery’s new range of single malts has sold some 25,000 cases worldwide, yielding extra sales of some £2.4 million.
Regional Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “When we launched the range last year, we promised our customers “A Journey of Re-Discovery”. From the terrific sales we’ve generated, it’s clear they’re thoroughly enjoying their journey!”
Established in 1826, the GlenDronach Distillery at Forgue is famous for producing richly-sherried single malt whiskies. This time last year saw the re-launch of the already popular 12 year-old Original as well as the return of the iconic older expressions – the GlenDronach 15 and 18 year-olds, now under the new names of Revival and Allardice respectively.
Alistair said GlenDronach has acquired a strong new following in a number of markets including the USA, France, Belgium, Scandinavia and Taiwan.
“Sweden is now one of our most prosperous markets, and it’s partly due to the GlenDronach 15 year-old (‘Revival’) being listed by Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly.”
He explained: “Systembolaget’s product range is very comprehensive and, significantly, is developed continuously to match changes in trends and in consumers’ tastes.
“To be accepted by the monopoly is a real feather in our cap, as it shows they see us as one of Scotland’s outstanding malt whiskies. It also provides the GlenDronach 15 year-old expression with national distribution in a country that is home to many of the most passionate malt enthusiasts in the world.
“And looking at the UK market, we’re also delighted to be on sale in Oddbins now, again with GlenDronach 15 year-old as well as a couple of expressions from BenRiach, our other distillery. That development shows that persistence pays – they’ve been on our radar for a number of years and now we’re available in-store and online.
“In fact Revival is one of our star performers in the last twelve months. It’s a classic GlenDronach, a very dynamic and full-bodied dram. It has all the characteristics you would expect from really good Oloroso sherry casks – dark chocolate, raisins, coffee and orange notes.”
In addition to Sweden and the UK, the distillery recently made some significant advances in France, having developed an exclusive GlenDronach expression called ‘Octarine’ (‘the colour of magic’) for multiple retailer Carrefour.
Regional Sales Director James Cowan commented: “Together with our French agents, La Maison du Whisky, Octarine has been developed as an exclusive regional listing within the world-renowned Carrefour Group. We see this as a significant milestone in the ongoing re-launch of the GlenDronach brand.
“Globally, the brand growth is still in its early phase but this major retailer has clearly seen the unique selling points and fine brand heritage that GlenDronach has to offer. This will undoubtedly pave the way for bigger and better things in the months to come.
“The Octarine project was made feasible through rigorous and exacting cask selection drawn from the diverse inventory carried on-site at the distillery. We are excited and eager to continue our portfolio development which will appeal to our growing client base.”
The team at GlenDronach sees 2010 as another big year for the brand, as Alistair explained: “Each year represents an important step in re-establishing the GlenDronach brand. In 2008 we took over the distillery and started to get to grips with the stock and the distillery production.”
“In 2009 we enhanced the core range, revising the12 year-old and introducing the 15 and 18 year-old expressions. We also released our first batch of single casks bottlings, to much excitement, as these had been few and far between under previous regimes.
“This year we may surprise some of the GlenDronach faithful, with the imminent release of four new bottlings that are not exactly typical of the distillery.”
Almost from the very first day that the BenRiach Distillery Co. purchased GlenDronach, Master Distiller and Managing Director Billy Walker embarked on a programme of wood management and experimentation that would allow the company to bring some real diversity to the GlenDronach portfolio.
The result is that this June will see the launch of a series of GlenDronach wood finishes – Sauternes, Virgin Oak, Moscatel and Tawny Port.
Alistair explained: “To any malt drinkers who are familiar with what we have done at BenRiach over the last six years, it will come as no surprise that Billy has been tinkering away in the GlenDronach warehouses to come up with some new creations!
“But, seriously, while the focus will always be on sherry cask maturation for GlenDronach, it’s worth seeing what else the whisky is capable of, and for sure our customers have reacted positively to news that we are broadening this whisky’s horizons.
“So, along with the new 31 year-old ‘Grandeur’, which we launched earlier this year, and with the second and third batches of single casks scheduled to be released in 2010, it’s going to be a busy year for GlenDronach!”

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