Archive for February, 2012

Scottish Parliament Welcomes World Whisky Day – Whisky News

Scottish Parliament Welcomes World Whisky Day

Today the Scottish Parliament welcomed World Whisky Day and congratulated an Aberdeen University student for pioneering the event.

World Whisky Day will be held on 27 March 2012 and is the first time that whisky will be celebrated internationally on a specific day. Aberdeen University student Blair Bowman initiated the celebration which has attracted worldwide interest and support. Events will be held in the United States, Canada, across Europe, South Africa, Dubai, Kyrgyzstan, India, South Korea, Malaysia, and Australia.

Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament hailing the international event, recognising how it can boost the reputation of Scottish Whisky and congratulating Blair Bowman for the work he has done to create the event. The motion has received cross party support.

Kevin Stewart MSP said:

“I am pleased to be able to recognise this international event which originated in Aberdeen. World Whisky Day has attracted such wide spread support from around the globe and will help to promote Scotland’s valuable exports. I hope to see it being repeated in the coming years giving a real focus to responsible enjoyment of our national drink.

“Blair has done a fantastic job getting World Whisky Day off the ground and I hope to see it getting further support from around the globe and locally in Scotland. This is a great opportunity for the industry to build on the success and reputation of whisky.”

Blair Bowman said:

“There has been tremendous support for World Whisky Day around the world but it is fantastic to have the Scottish Parliament welcoming World Whisky Day, and calling for its continued success.”


Date of Lodging: 28 February 2012
Short Title: World Whisky Day
S4M-02141 Kevin Stewart () (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen resident, Blair Bowman, on creating a dedicated international day of celebration in honour of whisky: welcomes this, the first World Whisky Day, on 27 March 2012; believes that it will help to promote Scotland’s national drink round the world; understands that the day has already attracted interest from India, USA, South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, and would like to see World Whisky Day being successful for many years to come.

Single Malts Direct Stocks Kilchoman Machir Bay – Scotch Whisky News

Kilchoman – Machir Bay

Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, is delighted to announce the release of ‘Machir Bay’ a vatting of 3, 4 and 5 year old, matured in fresh bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry butts for 8 weeks.

Anthony Wills, Manging Director, commented, ‘Machir Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on Islay, is close to the distillery and will give continuity of supply to our customers around the world. Each year we will add more mature malt to the vatting.’

£37.99 inc VAT – £31.66 exc VAT


Single Malts Limited, 36 Gordon Street, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 8EQ

Milroy’s of Soho February Newsletter – Whisky News

Milroy’s of Soho February Newsletter

February has been a great month for new releases, the Highland Park Thor being a particular highlight. We have also had new intern Anisa helping us out, you can follow her path into whisky on our blog.

Octomore 4.2 COMUS
The latest Octomore release named Comus after the ‘God of wine’, looks to be a worthy successor to the incredible Orpheus. Like Orpheus, Comus is wine cask matured, although this time in super sweet Sauternes casks from top estate Chateau d’Yquem.
£85 – Pre-Order

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery – 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish
The second release of Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is due for release in March, the whisky is a homage to the Portuguese discovers of the 15thCentury. There will be limited availability pre-order now to save disappointment.
£90 – Pre-Order

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Glen Grant 60 Year Old
Filled almost 60 years to the day before Queen Elizabeth acceded the throne, there are only 85 bottles of this incredible whisky.

Highland ParkThor 16 Years Old
The first of four bottle collection, Thor is a 16 year old cask strength whisky showing all the power of the Norse God. A whisky of superb balance and complexity, Thor shows wonderful smoky and dried fruit character.

Sprinbank 10, Rundlets & Kilderkins
A limited release ten year old whisky aged in small oak casks, also known as ‘Rundlets’ or ‘Kilderkins’. An age defying dram with bags of flavour, bottled at a hearty 49.4% ABV. Only 9,000 bottles.

This month we were fortunate enough to see the return of just a few bottles of two long lost Milroy’s of Soho bottlings. We thought they were long gone but a case of each had apparently been hiding in our warehouse all along. We’ve already tucked but there are a couple of bottles left to share amongst the rest of you…

Knockdhu 1998
The distillery bottling is known as An Cnoc, and even Knockdhu is a little known distillery, from which, this single cask has produced a gloriously sweet, round and full bodied whisky.

Amrut 2003
A splendid single malt from southern India. Initially matured in India for over three years in ex Bourbon casks. It was then shipped to Scotland and aged for a further year in an ex grain cask. This is thrilling stuff. Robustly rich and fruity, with a fascinating floral edge this lingers on the palate.
Just one case of this glorious whisky remains.

For an evening of fun, entertainment and a bit of learning you just can’t beat a whisky tasting.

Whisky and Chocolate 1st March 2012, 6:30pm
Be taken through an extravaganza of chocolate and whisky matching’s with Paul A Young’s famous chocolates. The evening will leave taste buds tantalised and chocolate lovers satisfied.
Tickets £50

Fine and Rare, 6th March 2012, 6.30pm
There is nothing quite like drinking a whisky in the knowledge you may never see it again, let alone taste it. With whiskies from long closed distilleries and those which come and go once a year, this tasting of the finest and rarest of whiskies will be a night to remember.
Tickets £100

Until next month, cheers!

To place an order please visit, call Lee on 020 7437 2385 or email

Milroy’s of Soho
3 Greek Street
London, England W1D 4NX

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #4 – Scotch Whisky News

Check out the fourth of Belgian whisky blogger Mark Dermul’s Whisky Ramblings on video: Whisky Festival Ghent 2012. Please click on the link below to view the video.

The Whisky Exchange Blog “More Awards… Whisky Advocate” – Whisky News

More Awards… Whisky Advocate

The BAFTAs and Oscars are behind us, the Drinks Retail Awards have come and gone (ahem), and we’ve even given out our own tranche of virtual statuettes – now is the season of the gong. The most recent awards to … Continue reading >>

Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup to Close Prince Harry’s Official Tour of Brazil – Scotch Whisky News

Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup to Close Prince Harry’s Official Tour of Brazil

Prince Harry’s first official visit to Brazil will include a game of international polo, with the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup on Sunday 11 March marking the finale of the royal tour.

Taking place in Campinas, São Paulo State, the match will be a star-studded event both on and off field with leading Argentine player Nacho Figueras heading up the St Regis team, rivaling the Sentebale team which will include Prince Harry.

Christian Porta, Chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers said: “We’re so proud to be supporting such a deserving charity at an event that will no doubt be the highlight of the Royal Salute World Polo calendar,”

“The Brazilian appetite for the world’s leading luxury Scotch is clear with sales of Royal Salute more than doubling over the past year. The thriving market combined with the priority brand’s status as the fastest growing* within the Pernod Ricard Group are both strong signs of a bright future in this stunning country.”

The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup further highlights the Scotch whisky brand’s solid commitment to international polo, with recent tournaments including the Foundation Polo Challenge in California, the Royal Salute China Open Beijing, the Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup in India and the Royal Salute UAE Nation’s Cup, Dubai.


*Pernod Ricard June 2011 Annual Results

About Royal Salute World Polo

In addition to the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, Royal Salute World Polo is proud to support some of the world’s most prestigious and luxurious polo tournaments.
• Australia Sydney Gold Cup, Sydney
• Brazil Triplice Coroa Tournament, Helvetia Polo Club, São Paulo
• Brazil Copa Ouro Championship, Indaiatuba, São Paulo
• China Royal Salute Tang Polo Cup, Beijing
• China Royal Salute China Open, Beijing
• China Tianjin Snow Polo, Tianjin
• India Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup
• Korea Country Polo Club, Jeju
• Spain Santa Maria Club Snow Polo, Sierra Nevada
• Spain Sotogrande Polo Cup, Cadiz
• UAE Royal Salute Nations Cup, Dubai
• UK Kent & Curwen Polo Cup, London
• USA Royal Salute CV Whitney Cup, International Polo Club, West Palm Beach

In 2011, Royal Salute World Polo was proud to be involved in several polo tournaments, supporting charities whose patrons include the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
• USA The Foundation Polo Challenge 2011, Santa Barbara, California in aid of the U.S Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry
• UK The Sentebale Polo Cup 2011, Coworth Park, Berkshire, England
• UK Bernard Weatherhill Polo Cup, Tetbury, England

About Sentebale

Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso from the Lesotho Royal family in response to the plight of the neediest and most vulnerable of Lesotho’s children.

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Whiski Rooms Now an ‘On Trade’ Ardbeg Embassy – Scotch Whisky News

An EDINBURGH venue has become the first in the UK to be declared an on-trade Ardbeg Embassy for one of the world’s most prestigious whisky brands.

The WHISKI Rooms, in North Bank Street, has received the accolade from Islay distiller Ardbeg. As well as selling the distillery’s finest malts amongst its selection of hundreds of whiskies the bar, restaurant and tasting rooms will offer an Ardbeg-inspired menu for diners.

The globally-renowned malt whisky producer rarely gives it permission for its name to be used commercially, but an official said it was delighted to work with the WHISKI Rooms.

Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: “The Whiski Rooms have proven themselves to be passionate and loyal Ardbeggians, which is why we selected them as the UK’s first ever On-Trade Ardbeg Embassy. We’re delighted to welcome the Whiski Rooms as an Embassy, and I look forward to sampling the Ardbeg-inspired food menu the next time I pop in for a dram.”

Ardbeg has been voted best whisky in the world three years in a row and although Islay has a population of just 3,000 the Ardbeg Committee has a worldwide membership of 50,000.

WHISKI Rooms owner Anne Still said: “We are proud to be named the first ever on-trade Ardbeg Embassy in the UK and know this is an initiative that they are keen to expand in the UK. We promise Ardbeg whisky fans a fabulous range of Ardbeg whiskies in our gantry and our adjoining shop. As well as private dining in our Ardbeg room, we have an amazing Ardbeg inspired menu available”

The WHISKI Rooms launched in June 2011 and is the sister operation to the multi award winning WHISKI Bar and Restaurant on the Royal Mile – current Whisky Bar of the Year 2011/2012. It’s range incorporates a range of whisky experiences in one: a dedicated whisky shop selling one of the largest range of whiskies available in Scotland, all available for mail order, plus a bar, restaurant and a dedicated tasting room that hosts daily whisky tastings.

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Amrut Indian Whisky Tasting and Seminar – Indian Whisky News

Amrut Indian Whisky Tasting and Seminar.
Only 25 seats available!!

Come join Brian and Amrut Distillery as we host a seminar and tasting of Amrut’s world renowned whiskies. This is the perfect opportunity for any whiskey lover to learn and taste unique and remarkable single malt whiskies from India. Rank the 3rd best whiskey in the world; come taste and see for yourself why Indian whiskey competes with the best known whiskies from around the world!

When: March 17, 2012 3:00-5:00pm
Where: Brian’s Wine & Liquor Emporium 353 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ
Cost: $20 per ticket. Limited Seating Available!
Tickets may be purchased online Here!

Amrut Distilleries

The history of Amrut Distilleries is as old as the history of independent India itself. Indeed, just as India itself, after six decades of notable progress, is now noted as among the global economic leaders, so too has Amrut Distilleries grown both in stature and in size. Among the earliest to enter the then arcane field of liquor making, Amrut Distilleries Limited began in 1948.


Scotch Whisky Auctions Late February 2012 UPDATE – Scotch Whisky News

The latest auction at is well under way ….with 385 items available for your bidding pleasure…

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