Archive for October, 2010

Highland Park 50 year Old: Our Most Prestigious Whisky – A Message From Gerry Tosh – Scotch Whisky News


Oh boy!

Are you sitting comfortably? I would like you to be among the very first to find out about a landmark release from Highland Park.

Highland Park 50 Year Old is the distillery’s oldest and most prestigious release. Only 275 bottles of this remarkable Limited Edition are available. It is a vatting of five casks distilled in 1960. Like all Highland Park, the 50 year old has been cask-harmonised, that is to say, refilled into casks upon reaching maturity in order to ensure perfect balance and consistency.

Highland Park 50 Year Old has been bottled at 44.8% abv to ensure the full impact of the rich, complex flavours that come from a lifetime of maturation.

Inspired by the elemental forces of Orkney, each bottle is hand-crafted from sterling silver and designed by Maeve Gillies, an internationally-renowned designer of engagement rings and bridal jewellery based in New York. Maeve is also a Global Scot, a business ambassador for Scotland. Her design for Highland Park 50 Year Old celebrates Orkney; in particular the influence of the sea, wild weather and the passage of time.

If you have visited the distillery you will know that the Orkney Islands offer an unspoilt environment of breath-taking beauty and clarity. They are much influenced by their location; the sea, wind and rain all combine to create a unique micro-climate. The triumph of Highland Park 50 Year Old is that the design retains the purity of the original inspiration, that of Orkney itself. The beautiful, bespoke bottle with its hand-fitted sterling silver cage is a suitably stunning setting for such a venerable single malt.

Highland Park 50 Year Old is available at £10,000 per bottle and is limited to 275 bottles.







The Bunnahabhain Distillery, which lies on the isolated north-eastern tip of the Hebridean Island of Islay has recently released a very special 30 year old limited edition. Only 357 bottles have been filled, each hand-numbered with pride.

This exclusive 1980 vintage Bunnahabhain Islay single malt Scotch whisky has quietly matured in the distillery’s shore-side warehouses for more than 30 years.  One of the finest examples of the famous Bunnahabhain “gentle taste”, every un-chillfiltered golden drop – of natural cask strength and colour – remains true to our celebrated distilling traditions.
The pack consists of oak glassware which has been dressed in dual labelling with uncoated cream stock with gold foil and dark chocolate brown foot label.  The bottle sits within an un-dyed leather case – natural in colour, just like our whisky, with branded quaich and parchment contained within a small glass bottle.  A small leather tag embossed with the Bunnahabhain Seafarer and hand printed with the bottle number is attached to the handle.  This fine leather case will darken in colour over time when exposed to the natural elements.

The liquid within has a natural strength of 45.4%, with a creamy, silky, sweet oak, liquorice and nutmeg taste with citrus notes, vanilla, eucalyptus and a hint of coconut.  The finish is long and elegant with digestive biscuits, lightly spicy with a tingle of ginger and sea salt.

Katherine Crisp, Brand Manager for Bunnahabhain commented “I am sure Bunnahabhain enthusiasts and newcomers alike will enjoy the creamy sweet oak taste profile of this exclusive 1980 vintage”.


• Bunnahabhain Distillery sits on the North East coast of the island of Islay. 

• Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881.

• Bunnahabhain, means ‘mouth of the river’ from Scots Gaelic

• The distillery looks out to the Sound of Islay, a vast stretch of sea travelled by many a seafarer, as illustrated by the helmsman on the pack

• This wonderfully remote location, with sea influence and free flowing mountain spring water, makes it an idyllic place for whisky distillation 

• It is the only single malt from Islay to use a natural spring water source.

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Glenglassaugh Distillery Releases New “Manager’s Legacy” Range – Scotch Whisky News


Glenglassaugh Distillery, Portsoy. October 2010.

·       New “Manager’s Legacy” range released

·       Four single cask releases celebrating the contribution of previous managers at Glenglassaugh Distillery

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company today announces the release of a limited edition range of single cask malt scotch whiskies.

During the period from 1962 until 1986, when the previous owners mothballed the distillery, Glenglassaugh was managed by only 4 people.

·        Walter Grant – March 1962 to August 1967

·        Bert Forsyth – September 1967 to July 1972

·        Jim Cryle – August 1972 to August 1974

·        Dod Cameron – September 1974 to December 1986

One cask from each manager’s time in charge has been carefully selected as a testament to the individual’s contribution in the development of Glenglassaugh whisky.

The distillery’s MD, Stuart Nickerson, said: “The Manager’s Legacy range is the first range of whiskies that recognises the contribution of the managers who produced the original spirit that was filled into cask at the start of maturation.”

“Each of the 4 casks selected was carefully chosen from all of the casks available from each managers time in charge and as with our other single cask bottling all are non-chill filtered, hand-bottled on site at cask strength, and without the addition of colouring .”

“With each release being an individual cask filling they are all limited edition with the number of bottles per cask varying between 200 and 500 dependent upon the cask selected. Each bottle in each release is individually numbered, as all our single cask bottling are.”

The first release in the range, celebrating the contribution of Jim Cryle, only had 200 bottles available of which only a handful remain unsold. The second release in the range, the “Dod Cameron” bottling will be available from early November and the final two releases will be available in early 2011.

The Manager’s Legacy range is available from good independent retailers; from the distillery shop and via some of Glenglassaugh’s international distributors.

UK RRP is £250 per 700 ml bottle for the Jim Cryle release which is limited to 200 bottles.

UK RRP is £130 per 700 ml bottle for the Dod Cameron release which is limited to 500 bottles.

UK RRP is £350 per 700 ml bottle for the Bert Forsyth release which is limited to 300 bottles.

UK RRP is £450 per 700 ml bottle for the Walter Grant release which is limited to 200 bottles.


About Glenglassaugh

The Glenglassaugh Distillery is situated on the Banffshire coast in the North-East of Scotland, close to the small village of Portsoy. The distillery was built in 1875 by local businessmen to satisfy the growing global demand for Scotch Malt Whisky and the site was chosen due to its close proximity to a high quality water supply and easy access to the nearby barley fields.

After a visit in the late 1880s, the highly-regarded Victorian commentator Alfred Barnard described Glenglassaugh as “too well known to need any praise.”

More recently, spirit from Glenglassaugh was used primarily in blends such as Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse. In 1986 the then owners mothballed Glenglassaugh as part of wider cutbacks in production and the distillery has remained silent thereafter. In 2008 The Scaent Group of Amsterdam purchased the distillery and have invested more than £1m to recommence operations and to reintroduce to discerning customers the distinctive and high quality attributes of The Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whisky. For more information, please visit


The refurbishment and reopening of the Glenglassaugh Distillery have been managed by Stuart Nickerson, a renowned whisky expert, who was the sole consultant during the acquisition. Nickerson has worked in the Scotch Whisky industry since 1981 with a significant part of his career being with William Grants, where he was Distilleries Director. Previously, he managed Highland Park Distillery, Glenrothes and Glenfiddich Distilleries in succession. He was appointed the new Managing Director of the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company in February 2008.

One of Stuart Nickerson’s first actions was the appointment of Graham Eunson as Distillery Manager, effective from 1st April 2008. Graham joined the Distillery from Glenmorangie where he was Manager of the world famous distillery for the last 12 years. Graham has also worked at Glendronach and Scapa distilleries.

Production at Glenglassaugh was restarted on 24th November 2008 by Rt Hon Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister and the distillery’s MP. Distilling was thus commenced under the guidance of Stuart Nickerson and Graham Eunson, the new management team, who have now released a number of innovative new products.


The World’s Best Whiskies by Dominic Roskrow – World Whisky News


The World’s Best Whiskies by Dominic Roskrow is published by Jacqui Small on 25th October 2010 at £30

Celebrated whisky expert Dominic Roskrow presents a bespoke collection of the world’s best and most exciting whiskies, covering countries as diverse as India, Sweden, Australia, Germany, France and Wales as well as the whiskey homelands of Scotland, Ireland, America, Japan and Canada.

His personal selection of the finest drams includes those from heavyweight distilleries such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Macallan and Talisker and lesser known gems like Mortlach, Brora and Glendronach. And that’s just for Scotland!

This comprehensive and engaging collection covers all parts of the world, classic distilleries and maverick newcomers, detailing a diverse range of whiskies from Australia’s Sullivan’s Cove and Sweden’s Mackmyra to American boutique outfit Woodford Reserve.

Accompanying this intoxicating selection are explanations of global whisky styles and how the drink is produced, maps, tasting notes and symbols sure to delight both the whisky traveller and the armchair connoisseur.

What’s more, stories and legends of the world’s best-loved distilleries sit alongside top tips for food matching, and details of the tastiest whisky cocktails and liqueurs. This is a book no whisky lover will want to be without.

Dominic Roskrow is the author of Need To Know Whiskies: From Confused to Connoisseur (2008) and Collins Gems: Whiskies (2009), both published by Harper Collins. He has recently completely revised and updated the world’s best selling whisky book, the Michael Jackson Malt Whisky Companion

World’s Best Whiskies 750 Unmissable Drams from Tain to Tokyo

Dominic Roskrow

• In 2010 Dominic was appointed Kentucky Colonel – the highest possible accolade awarded by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. In 2007 he received the Scotch Whisky industry’s highest honour when he was made Keeper of the Quaich.

• Dominic Roskrow is the former editor of internationally acclaimed Whisky magazine, and current editor of Whiskeria magazine.

• World’s Best Whiskies delves into the stories and legends behind the world’s best-loved distilleries, many of which Roskrow has personally visited.

• Includes an overview of global whisky producers from classic distilleries to controversial and experimental new microbreweries.

• Maps show the location of key distilleries, ideal for whisky travellers.

• Included are tasting notes for 750 whiskies.

• A section on whisky and dining includes food matches, cocktails, whisky aged beers and whisky liqueurs.

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 2 – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies has stocked a new item, ‘Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 2’

Springbank 12yo Cask Strength Batch 2
58.5% abv
£39.50 inc vat
£33.62 ex vat

Springbank OB 12yo 58.5%alc. [new strength]

The 2nd batch release now up to 58.5% abv

A super nose, rich and a bit grainy with some peat, vegetative and citrus notes, water raises the smoke and veg. In the mouth there is tobacco-peat and it’s juicy and mouth-watering (and a little vanilla/toffee) with a match-head swallow.

An excellent Springbank.

On the flavour map it lurks in square I7 on the rich side of rich and smoky.

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Whiskies of The World San Francisco Bruichladdich Tasting with Jim McEwan November 1st – Scotch Whisky News


Bruichladdich Tasting with Jim McEwan

Nov 1: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Ticket Price $50: Dram Club Price $45
The City Club of San Francisco
Stock Exchange Towers
155 Sansome St

Join us in welcoming Jim McEwan, Production Director of Bruichladdich Distillery and the world’s most renowned Scotch Whisky Ambassador!

Jim will lead us through a tasting of the following Whiskies:

* Bruichladdich ‘Rocks’
* Bruichladdich ‘Organic’
* Bruichladdich 1998 Oloroso Sherry Cask
* Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2nd Edition
* Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Cuvee D
* Bruichladdich ‘PC7’
* Bruichladdich ‘Octomore’

Appetizers will be served.


World of Whiskies San Francisco

Whiskies of the World San Francisco





Seven years after the first Three Ships 10-year-old Single Malt Whisky was introduced to the South African market, master distiller Andy Watts has outdone himself yet again by creating an exceptional whisky of the finest quality.

“We have spent almost a decade in crafting and perfecting a superior whisky for the discerning market,” says Watts from The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, Western Cape, that is home to the brand.

“With its natural warm copper colour, this full-bodied, round whisky has a hint of peat but without associated smoke. The estery notes add a slightly sweet fragrance hinting of dried fruit and fudge. It has a long, warm finish with a good balance between the wood and the whisky,” Watts explains.

This latest offering has been matured for the full 10 years in various aged American oak casks differing from its predecessor that spent its last two years in ex Sherry casks. Watts says the older small wood has contributed to the exceptional smoothness of this whisky whilst the wood, being American oak, gives a slight sweetness.

Each of the 8 000 bottles of the Three Ships 10-year-old Single Malt Whisky will be available in a limited edition collector’s tin to commemorate intrepid explorers who set foot on the Cape coast. Among these individuals are Bartholomew Diaz, Vasco da Gama and Jan van Riebeeck and the tins will tell the story of their pioneering journeys.

Brand manager Liezl Dippenaar says similar to Diaz, Da Gama and Van Riebeeck, Three Ships set sail into the unknown when Three Ships launched its first 10-year-old Single Malt Whisky.

“We know South African connoisseurs appreciate single malts, but we did not know how well they would react to one that is locally produced. When the 6 000 bottles that we released in November 2003 were sold out within approximately six months, we realised there is a tremendous demand for a first-class, affordable whisky hence this latest offering,” Dippenaar says.

Three Ships 10-year Old Single Malt Whisky will be available from selected bottle stores countrywide by the end of the month. It is expected to retail at about R200 per bottle.


Andy Watts


The James Sedgwick Distillery, situated in Wellington in the Cape Winelands, was established in 1886 and over the past two decades it has undergone several upgrades transforming it into a state-of-the-art distillery.

The Three Ships fleet consists of Three Ships Select, Three Ships 5-year-old Premium Select, Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish and now the Three Ships 10-year-old Single Malt Whisky.







Join Ian MacMillan, master distiller and blender of Bunnahabhain, Black Bottle and Scottish Leader, for a private tasting at the FNB Whisky Live Festival from 3 to 5 November 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town. The Festival will run from 18h00 to 22h00 daily.

MacMillan, who has over 35 years’ experience in whisky distilling and blending, will cover the rich history and unique characteristics of each of the three Bunnahabhain single malts produced on the Isle of Islay, of Scottish Leader, a combination of malt and grain whiskies, and of Black Bottle, a blend of all the renowned single malts from Islay balanced by mainland malt and grain whiskies. Bookings for the private tastings need to be made on the evening at the entrance of the tasting area adjacent to the Bunnahabhain, Scottish Leader and Black Bottle stands during Whisky Live.

Scottish Leader has recently seen a pack upgrade with a new bottle and label which now, in recognition of master blender Ian MacMillan, carries his signature. Visitors to Whisky Live will have the opportunity to meet the man behind Scottish Leader as he shares his passion for this blend. Created in the 1800s by the Ross Brothers, Scottish Leader is today one of the fastest growing whisky brands internationally with its new label reflecting the premium quality and heritage of the brand.

MacMillan will also lead visitors in a tasting of the rare Bunnahabhain 12-, 18- and 25-year-olds which recently received a halo of golden awards at the 2010 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The Bunnahabhain 25-year-old received gold and best in class while the 12- and 18-year-olds both received gold awards. Earlier this year the Bunnahabhain 18- and 25-year-olds were highlighted at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition both earning gold while the 12-year-old and 18-year-old both achieved gold status in the Islay category at the Spirits Business 2010 Spirit Masters.

The whiskies are all known for their gentle taste profiles and unique character. Unlike most single malts from Islay, Bunnahabhain is crafted from unpeated malted barley and pure spring water that flows there freely underground, untainted by the peaty moorlands. Consumers that are either new to single malts or prefer the slightly fruitier offerings from Islay will select Bunnahabhain as their whisky of choice.

Black Bottle with its bold taste has been praised by critics and whisky-lovers across the world, and over the years it has secured a cult following for its unique history and profile. Few if any whiskies come close in terms of style that matches this exceptional blend consisting of the renowned seven single malts from Islay balanced by mainland malt and grain whiskies.

The whisky boasts a proud and fascinating heritage, with its origins in late 19th century Aberdeen where the tea merchant Gordon Graham’s ability to blend tea, soon moved to the blending of whiskies. This particular blend, which he marketed in opaque black bottles, in time, became the whisky of choice of the locals of Aberdeen.

The Johannesburg festival runs from 10 to 12 November and MacMillan will only be available for one evening (10 November) where after whisky connoisseur and Master of the Quaich, Pierre Meintjes, will conduct the private tastings.


1.     Master distiller and blender Ian MacMillan will be available for interviews in Cape Town (3 to 5 November) and Johannesburg (10 to 11 November). Contact Linda Christensen, De Kock Communications, at (021) 873 2199 or at

2.     Bunnahabhain, Scottish Leader and Black Bottle belong to the portfolio of Burn Stewart Distillers, integrated Scotch whisky producer and brand owner with a portfolio of leading whisky brands. Distell and Burn Stewart Distillers are equal partners in a joint venture which owns and markets this selection of whiskies in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Whisky Shop San Francisco Tasting With Ed Kohl November 10th, 2010 – Scotch Whisky News


Where: San Francisco City Club
                  The Stock Exchange Tower
                  155 Sansome Street
                  San Francisco, CA
When:  November 10th  6:00pm – 8:30pm
Sponsored by:  The Whisky Shop, San Francisco & The Whiskies of the World
Presented by:  Ed Kohl, Industry Veteran and Spirits Expert

List of Malts:
Isle of Skye is featured in Blood and Sand Cocktail, Skye
Edradour ~ Scotland’s Smallest Distillery, Highland
Signatory – Auchentoshan, unchill filtered, Lowland
Signatory – Craggenmore, unchill filtered, Speyside
Signatory – Ben Nevis, cask strength, Highland
Kilchoman – Summer 2010 Release, Islay
Smokehead ~ Single Malt from a ‘Mystery Islay Distillery’
hors d’oeuvres:
Chorizo Dates Bacon Wrapped Sweet Dates Stuffed w/ Lightly Spiced Chorizo
Baked Oysters on the Half Shell, Hobbs Bacon, Creamy Bechamel
Peppered Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Sauce
White Bean & Red Pepper Puree, Shaved Reggiano, Brioche Toast

(Space is limited and All Sales are Final – Tickets Cannot Be Returned)

Price:  $45 (all inclusive)


Any questions, please give The Whisky Shop a call at  415-989-1030

Whiskies of the World San Francisco

Whiskies of the World San Francisco

Virginia Distillery Company Facility Takes Shape – American Whiskey News


The President, Bill Owen (right),  and Vice President Penn Jensen of the American Distilling institute paid a visit to the Virginia Distillery Company’s construction site as part of their grand tour of American craft distillers. 

Virginia Distillery Infrastructure

The Virginia Distillery is nestled into the hills of Central Virginia on Route 29 between Charlottesville and Lovingston.




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