Archive for September, 2010

Roseisle Distillery Opens – Scotch Whisky News


Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, will today (Sept 28th) open the doors of our new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland for the first time.

The Roseisle distillery is the first malt distillery of scale to be opened in Scotland in over 30 years and has been built in response to the high demand for Scotch whisky brands such as Johnnie Walker and Buchanan’s around the world.

The award-winning distillery will be formally opened by Diageo Chief Executive Paul Walsh on 11 October, but was opened today to allow a select number of media from around the world a glimpse of its stunning design, which combines centuries of accumulated distilling knowledge and expertise with cutting-edge design and technology, to produce quality spirit for Diageo’s brands.

The £40 million investment in Roseisle is part of a capital investment programme in Scotland which has totalled £600 million over the past six fiscal years and has focused on building high quality capacity to meet growing international demand for Diageo’s iconic brands.

Paul Walsh emphasized that the distillery clearly demonstrates Diageo’s commitment to the future of Scotland and Scotch.

He commented: “Economic growth and consumer demographics present a great opportunity for the Scotch whisky industry and for Diageo’s outstanding brands, especially in the developing markets. The construction of Roseisle will allow Diageo to supply the growth in demand of its premium international Scotch brands as well as spotlights our firm commitment to both the growth of the category and the Scottish economy.”

Bryan Donaghey, Managing Director of Diageo Scotland, added: “The Roseisle malt whisky distillery represents one of Diageo’s biggest investments into the Scotch whisky category and forms part of our £100 million three year investment programme in the development of Scotch.  This official opening is a true celebration of the fantastic expertise and knowledge that we have in our business.”

Roseisle has been built at a time when the global Scotch whisky market remains buoyant with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) reporting exports to have risen by 3% in value to £3.13bn, contributing £99 every second to the UK trade balance in 2009. Over the same period, export volumes increased by 4% worldwide, with the equivalent of 1.1bn 70cl bottles of Scotch whisky shipped. The SWA reported that Scotch whisky enjoyed continuing success in Brazil (+44%), Mexico (+25%) and Taiwan (+14%), each a significant developing market in 2009.

Roseisle has been designed to build on best practice from Diageo’s other 27 malt distilleries and it’s grain distilleries[1] to improve efficiency and performance, building on centuries of distilling experience and knowledge. The distillery has already won two awards in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland 2010 Awards – Sustainability Project of the Year and the overall Project of the Year. It also features 14 copper stills crafted by Diageo’s coppermiths at Abercrombies, Alloa and has a production capacity of 10 million litres of spirit per annum. The liquid produced at Roseisle will be used in Diageo Scotch whisky blends from 2012.

Roseisle has also been constructed using a combination of modern environmental technologies and traditional distilling techniques, making it one of the most environmentally sustainable Scotch whisky distilleries. The majority of the by-products will be recycled on site in a bioenergy facility, helping the distillery to generate most of its own energy and reduce potential CO2 emissions by approximately 13,000 tonnes (equivalent to 10,000 family cars) through direct savings on fuel use for steam raising.

The 3,000m² distillery was constructed on time and on budget, with work starting on site in October 2007 and completed in Spring 2009. Diageo worked closely with its partners for the development of the distillery. Austin-Smith:Lord (ASL) were the architects commissioned for this project. The lead designer and structural engineers were AECOM and Rok were the main contractors.  The £14 million bioenergy facility was developed in conjunction with Dalkia.

[1] Diageo fully owns the grain distillery at Cameronbridge and has a 50% share in the North British grain distillery in Edinburgh

 Roseisle represents one of Diageo’s biggest investments in the category – utilising years of collaborative knowledge from the full portfolio of Scotch whisky distilleries.
 The distillery is Scotland’s first major new distillery for over 30 years and demonstrates the importance of creating production capacity for the long-term, in particular to meet growing demand from developing markets in Asia and in Latin America.
 Construction work commenced in October 2007 and the 3,000m² distillery was completed within budget and on time in spring 2009.
 Costing £40 million, the distillery is part of a £100 million investment programme by Diageo in the Scotch whisky category.
 The new distillery created 25 new jobs – a combination of operational and support roles.
 The production from the new distillery will be used in a number of our blended Scotch whiskies. Over 90% of our volumes from Scotland are exported to a significant number of global markets.
 Roseisle Distillery will produce around 10million litres of spirit per annum.
 The stillhouse features 14 copper stills crafted by Diageo’s coppermiths at Abercrombie, Alloa. Mashing takes place in two mash tuns and fermentation in 14 stainless steel wash backs.
 The design of the new distillery features traditional production methods, including best practice found at Diageo’s 27 existing malt distilleries, and innovative new techniques.
 The spirit produced must mature for a legal minimum of three years so the first mature spirit from the new distillery will be available from 2012.
 The distillery features cutting edge green technology with the majority of the by-products recycled on site.
 Potential CO2 emissions at the distillery will be reduced by approximately 13,000 tonnes (equivalent to 10,000 family cars) through direct savings on fuel use for steam raising.
 Renewable energy will be generated from liquid and solid by-products – a mixture of barley husks, yeast and water – produced during distillation and dust and rootlets from the maltings germination process. This is separated into liquid, producing energy in the form of biogas through anaerobic digestion, and dried solids which form a biomass fuel source.


Maltstock Newsletter & 2011 Planning! – Scotch Whisky News

Maltstock – Newsletter 1


Early bird discount & Maltstock all inclusive
Whisky friends,

Boy time flies! Already three weeks have passed since Maltstock 2010. What a fantastic Maltstock weekend it was again. Everybody had a very relaxing and enjoyable time.

We would like to thank everybody who helped making this weekend such a terrific event. A big thank you to all our volunteers, to the industry people, to our sponsors and of course to all of you who were present this year: thank you all!!

Already we’ve seen many pictures on Facebook, thanks! There are also some on our website, as well as movies and reviews. We will be adding more over the next few weeks.

We really would love to have your feedback so we can further improve Maltstock (and smile reading how everybody enjoyed themselves ;-). We have put a short survey on our website and we would appreciate it if you take a few minutes to let us know what you think. There are two survey’s: one is for the people present at Maltstock 2010. the other (very short) one is for those of you who sadly couldn’t attend. We would love to find out why and how we can improve.

Guest survey: click here

Non-guest survey: click here

Or go to the Maltstock website. there’s a link to both survey’s in the menu.

Yes we will back! Maltstock III will be 9-11 September 2011. So put these dates in your agenda. Or even better, got to our webshop and get your Maltstock 2011 tickets.

Early bird discount
If you buy your Maltstock tickets before the end of this year (31 December 2010) we’ll give you a 10% discount! Click here to go to the Maltstock webshop.

Maltstock all inclusive
For the third edition we have decided to make Maltstock an all inclusive weekend. With the exception of the whiskies from the whisky collectors and the raffle, everything during the Maltstock weekend is included! So not just diner, BBQ, accommodation, Scottish breakfast, but also lunch, beers, soft drinks and water. Of course there will also be free masterclasses again, a campfire and a whisky quiz. And as always there will be many whiskies to share and enjoy without paying extra for them.

Maltstock III, 9-11 September 2011
Overasselt, just south of Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Tickets available now for just 175,- all inclusive. And a 10% discount if you book before 31 December 2010.

We hope to see you all again at Maltstock III, and at the many great whisky festivals until  Maltstock. The Maltstock team is in Paris this weekend and at the Pot Still in Amersdfoort next weekend.


Arthur, Bob, Eline, Rogier & Teun
the relaxed whisky weekend

The 2011 Whisky Bible by Jim Murray – Scotch Whisky News


From the Dram Good bookshop…

As loyal readers you will notice something different about Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible for 2011…

Not only have we added an additional 24 pages – taking the whisky count to well over 4,500 – we are also proud to share with you an all new Whisky Bible cover design.
Created to widen the appeal of the ‘Bible’ to a much broader whisky loving audience, we feel the design better reflects Jim’s pithy*, jargon-free style of writing: the very thing that makes Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible the most trusted guide to Whisky by you and many thousands of others…

To celebrate the launch of the 2011 edition we have set up a special per-order discount of 15% which is redeemable against a personally dedicated and signed book by Jim, when you become a follower of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible on Facebook. Click here** for the exclusive discount code before you place your order at The Dram Good Book Shop;


*According to ‘pithy’ means (2): having substance and point : tersely cogent.

You’ll have to look up ‘cogent’ for yourself.

** WI could not find the discount code on the FB page however perhaps you’ll have more luck. Not matter discount or no discount the WB is always good value.

Creative Whisky Company Exclusive Range – Scotch Whisky News


Exclusive Range September 2010

Aged 10 Years

Distilled at Ardmore Distillery

1 of 419 bottles

9th June 2000

Cask no 1318

45% 70cl

Nose: Almost tequila-ish with peat. Fresh and young on the nose. Very salty.

Palate: Again salty with spiky peat coming through.

Finish: Long, hot and spiky finish.


Aged 11 Years

Distilled at Auchentoshan Distillery

1 of 238 bottles

24th June 1999

Cask no 117

45% 70cl

Nose: Dripping with sweet honey, fruit, mild spice and bitter orange flavours.

Palate: Oaky with lots of fruit and vanilla flavours. Again bitter orange and trifle.

Finish: Long, rich finish with oodles of vanilla and warming spice.


Aged 12 Years

Distilled at Benriach Distillery

1 of 397 bottles

13th October 1997

Cask no 144743

45% 70cl

Nose: Marzipan (sweet almonds). Anise with oak and vanilla.

Palate: Sweet and more-ish. Very round and smooth (gentle) with sweet flavours.

Finish: Lots of vanilla-sweetness with oak and spice.


Aged 15 Years

Distilled at Caol Ila Distillery

1 of 276 bottles

29th August 1995

Cask no 10032

45% 70cl

Nose: Sweet peat. Seaweed (brine). Toasted sweet bread malt and licorice root.

Palate: Rich peat, smoke and toasted barley. Sharp and viscous.

Finish: Long, hot and peaty finish. Huge peaty aftertaste.


Aged 10 Years

Distilled at Linkwood Distillery

1 of 365 bottles

1st April 2000

Cask no 5011

45% 70cl

Nose: Sweet (sherbet & icing sugar). Malty, buttery and herbal. Vanilla

Palate: Again sweet with lots and lots of vanilla mixed with sweet oak.

Finish: Huge finish, quite peppery (but sweet) with vanilla, cloves and spice.


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Ralfy Publishes TWO New Video Reviews 149 & 150 – Scotch Whisky News


A message from Ralfy… “recently recorded at the old Manx Bothy,  two peat treats for the malt-mindful !

WhiskyReview 149 – Four Recommended Peaty Whiskies ( at an affordable price)

WhiskyReview 150 – Bunnahabhain 12yo (New Craft Peresentation).”

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Vendome Spirits California Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting October 7th – Scotch Whisky News


Vendome Wine & Spirits

Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting

Thursday, October 7th , 2010

7:00 pm


Signatory Auchentoshan Un-Chillfiltered, Lowland

Isle of Skye 8 years, Skye

Signatory Glen Grant 1997 12years, Speyside

Chieftain’s Dalmore Madeira 1996 11years, Highland

Edradour Cadedonia 12years, Highland

Signatory Highland Park Uchilled 1991 17years, Orkney

Smokehead Islay Single Malt, Islay

Signatory Laphroais 2001 9 years Un-Chillfiltered, Islay

Chieftain’s Port Ellen 1982 25years, Islay

Taylor’s Steakhouse
901 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada , CA 91011

Admission Fee:  $59
Includes tasting and appetizers


Old Pulteney Launch Global Search for Record Breaking Arctic Explorer – Scotch Whisky News


Crew Member Wanted to Attempt one of the Last Great World Firsts

                          Old Pulteney Launch Global Search for Record Breaking Arctic Explorer

Internationally renowned Scottish explorer Jock Wishart and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky have today announced a new international competition to find the final crew member for a pioneering arctic expedition –The Old Pulteney Row to the Pole.

The Old Pulteney Pole Position Challenge will put the world’s thrill seekers to the ultimate test to see if they have what it takes to make history. They will join a remarkable mission to conquer what could be one of the world’s last true ‘firsts’ – a rowing attempt to the North Pole.


In August 2011, adventurer and sportsman Jock Wishart will lead a six strong crew through some of the harshest conditions on earth in an attempt to row to the Magnetic North Pole. In a specially designed ‘ice boat’, Jock and his crew will set off from Resolute Bay in Canada and the Pole Position winner will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to join them.

The Old Pulteney Pole Position Challenge was created to offer one determined individual the chance to do something beyond the extraordinary. The 450 mile route across the arctic will require extreme physical and mental endurance and dedicated individuals that feel they have the potential to become a member of Jock’s crew can apply online now at:

Shortlisted entrants will be selected by Jock and invited to showcase their fitness, team building and mental abilities by competing head-to-head in a Pole Position Challenge Day on 20th November. The winner will be personally trained by Jock in the lead-up to the expedition and will join the crew in August 2011 in their attempt to create history.

The Old Pulteney Row to the Pole is of global significance as both a pioneering maritime adventure and an environmental expedition. The voyage has never been undertaken before and is only now possible due to the increase in seasonal ice melt of the Arctic landscape. The attempt will be captured on camera for UK and international audiences and will follow Jock’s preparations and the 4-6 week long row where his team will face dramatic ice-bound coastlines and shifting sea-ice barriers. His background as an expedition leader and his long track record of organising successful record attempts will stand him in good stead as he faces his biggest challenge to date.

Jock Wishart says:

“When you’re planning an Arctic expedition the most important thing is your crew. When Shackleton asked for his crew he made it clear what kind of people he needed: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honour and recognition in case of success.

The Old Pulteney Row to the Pole will hopefully not be as dangerous as Shackleton’s adventure but there will be plenty of excitement, adventure and opportunities for the Pole Position winner to test their mettle and physical stamina.”

Old Pulteney’s partnership with Jock is rooted in the whisky’s renowned maritime heritage and history of supporting sailing and seafaring adventure. The whisky is distilled in the historic harbour town of Wick, the most northerly distillery on the UK mainland and the windswept and rugged landscape that surrounds it has given the malt its legacy as the Maritime Malt.

Margaret Mary Clarke, Senior Brand Manager for Old Pulteney commented:
“Old Pulteney is delighted to launch the Pole Position Challenge which will offer one person the unique opportunity to become a record breaking arctic explorer. We will be supporting Jock throughout his search for a final crew member and are confident the competition will attract some truly exceptional entrants.”

For further information on Pole Position and to access the online application form visit:

Deadline for entries: 1st November 2010


• The certified position (1996) of the North Magnetic Pole is 78 degrees, 35.724 minutes North, 104 degrees, 11.915 minutes West.
• See Jock Wishart’s biography attached for more information on his previous feats as an oarsman, polar explorer and navigator.

Jock Wishart

Jock, is a descendant of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns, with a successful background in polar exploration, rowing and extreme navigational feat, He is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading adventurers and explorers. He led the team which established fifteen new world speed records for powered circumnavigation and captained the team that broke the London to Paris rowing record in 1999. He has a lifetime interest in polar exploration and in 1992 journey he was part of the first team to walk unsupported to the Geomagnetic North Pole.

Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky

Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky, is diligently crafted at Pulteney Distillery in Wick. It is the most northerly distillery on the UK Mainland and was founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick’s herring boom.  The distillery lies in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, which was created for all the fishermen at the time, and is embedded in the deep rooting history of this coastal town, which used to be one of the most important and biggest herring fishing ports in Europe.

Old Pulteney Single Malt whisky has a long standing association with the sea and is also known as the ‘Maritime Malt’. Its carefully crafted taste carries the windswept and rugged character of the North, the salty and fresh air of the North Sea and the distillery’s rich maritime heritage runs through every drop of this fine malt.

International Beverage Holdings

International Beverage Holdings ( was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers ( is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries.

International Beverage brands include:
 Chang Beer: Thailand’s iconic beer brand
 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
 Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
 Mekhong: ‘The Spirit of Thailand’ since 1941
 Caorunn – a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals.

The company’s success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network.  Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of people of more than 12 nationalities, speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.


Dalmore Mackenzie 1992/2009 (46%, OB, 3,000 Bts.) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Dalmore Mackenzie 1992/2009 (46%, OB, 3,000 Bts.)

Matured in American white oak for 11 years and the transferred to port pipes from Oporto for a further 6 years. The nose very rich with fruit cake, warm marmalade, raisins and cherries (just off the tree, deep red and very sweet).  There are also hints of marzipan, bees wax, crushed pecan shells and clove and nutmeg. Additionally there are traces of fragrant heather and grapefruit rind oil. A lot is going on in the glass! It’s extremely nice to nose. The taste is initially sweet followed by some green notes (cereals, barley, and malt dust etcetera), the port and then a big burst of coffee, cocoa and the crushed walnut shells. This is good whisky. The interplay between the green notes, the coffee cocoa and the port maturation is quite striking but they work well together. The finish is big filled with lots of unsweetened cocoa and the malty notes. It is unwavering and very long. Lots to chew on and dwell about.

Some what unusual however very good.


Score 85 points

For complete information on the Dalmore Mackenzie please visit:

Death of the Stag

Death of the Stag

Malmaison Aberdeen Presents: 4 Connoisseurs of Whisky Dinner September 30th – Scotch Whisky News


Malmaison Aberdeen presents: 4 Connoisseurs of Whisky Dinner

• Alex Bruce from Adelphi distillery
• David Doig, Distillery Manager from Fettercain (Whyte Mackay)
• Claire Fraser, Home Brand Manager from Clynelish
• Plus one other TBC

4 courses.
4 (or more) individual drams.

30th of September at 7.30pm in Malmaison Aberdeen.

Enjoy 4 courses along with 4 specially selected whiskies to tickle your taste buds all for £75pp.  Be inspired by the knowledge and passion of all 4 hosts and engage in conversation about the fascinating world of whisky.


Bernd Staber, Bar Manager
Malmaison Aberdeen
49-53 Queens Road
AB15 4YP
Tel: 01224 327 370

Custom Whisky Labels Now Available At Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News


Single Malts Newsletter
Custom Whisky Labels Now Available At Single Malts Direct

I (please note this is from SMD!) would like to introduce you to our brand new online service.

Through Single Malts Direct you can now choose from a selection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky to which you can add your very own personal label.

This service is great for birthdays and anniversaries and with Christmas coming up makes an ideal Christmas present.

Give your gift the personal touch.

Please read below for more details…

Design Your Own Label


Ideal for personal gifts or birthdays and anniversaries

Prices Start From £26.99

Personalised Tartan Label


The ultimate gift for the clan.

Choose from a selection of Scottish tartans and personalise the label with your very own gift message.

If you require a tartan which is not in our selection please email us.

Prices start from £26.99

Corporate Label


A personlised label design service for businesses and organisations.

Perfect for celebrating anniversaries, gifts for customers or staff Christmas gifts.

Prices start from £26.99

Inquire for the available list of whiskies at;

phone: 0845 6066145

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