Archive for May, 2012




Bushmills Village: 24th May 2012: Bushmills Irish Whiskey, which has been handcrafted on the North Coast of Ireland for centuries, has agreed a deal to sponsor the 2012 Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

The sponsorship means that Bushmills Irish Whiskey will be the official whiskey of the 2012 Irish Open and will have exclusive whiskey pouring rights at the tournament, which takes place between 28th June and 1st July.

The Old Bushmills Distillery and Royal Portrush Golf Club are two icons of the North Coast of Ireland. Just four miles apart, both are known and loved around the world, both are award winners and both represent the very best of what the region has to offer.

To celebrate the sponsorship, Colum Egan, Master Distiller at the Old Bushmills Distillery, is offering the winner of the tournament the ‘Freedom of the Old Bushmills Distillery’, an honour that will see them granted the keys to his private reserve.

Colum Egan said: “It has been 65 years since the Irish Open was contested at Royal Portrush Golf Club and I am delighted that Bushmills Irish Whiskey will be part of one of the biggest sporting events to have ever been staged on the North Coast of Ireland.

“With the success at Majors in recent years of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, we are a region that is no stranger to golfing success. These three great sportsmen represent the very best of sporting achievement.

“Like them and the famous Royal Portrush Golf Course, The Old Bushmills Distillery combines handcrafted qualities with age-old skill and we have also had our own share of international success in recent years – Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey was recently named ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“As part of our landmark sponsorship, I’m offering a unique prize for the golfer that wins the tournament. As well as offering the ‘Freedom of the Distillery’, I am also going to place a bottle containing a special blend of Bushmills Irish Whiskey in a bespoke cabinet, handmade from oak that is used in the whiskey making process. That bottle will have pride-of-place right here at the distillery and it will only ever be opened by the winner himself.

“This will be an event that will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the region. Everyone who is coming to the North Coast to watch world class golf has just four miles to travel to also experience award winning Irish Whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery. We are so close we could be the 19th hole!

“Good Luck to everyone taking part and hopefully I will be raising a toast of our award winning, handcrafted whiskey to an Irish winner on 1st July.”

James Finnigan of The European Tour, Commercial Director for the Irish Open, said: “The Old Bushmills Distillery is, like Royal Portrush Golf Club, a world famous landmark on the Co. Antrim coast and we are delighted that Bushmills will be the Official Whiskey to the Irish Open next month.

“It is great news to see that the ‘Freedom of the Distillery’ awaits the Irish Open winner and we all hope that an iconic institution and an iconic golf course can welcome an iconic champion on the first Sunday in July.”

Aberlour A’Bunadh Special Offer From Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

Aberlour A'bundah

A’bunadh, Gaelic for ‘of the origin’, is matured exclusively in Oloroso ex-sherry butts. It is a natural cask-strength malt whisky produced without the use of modern-day chill filtering methods or the addition of water.


Colour: Deep, rich amber

 Nose: Aromas of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso sherry

 Palate: Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with sherry and oak. Full bodied and creamy

 Finish: Robust and intense with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak



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

The Family Tree is Introduced to Grant’s 12 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

The Family Tree is Introduced to Grant’s 12 Year Old

Hi all,

This week’s news may not come as a complete surprise to some of my readers: Grant’s 25 Years Old and The Family Reserve had their packaging and labels redesigned earlier this year and now it’s Grant’s 12 Year Old’s turn to adopt the renowned Grant’s Family Tree logo. Today, I’m very excited to be able to…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


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“Whisky and Food pairings: Main Courses” As Assembled by the Master Blender – Whisky News

Whisky and food pairings: main courses

We’ve blogged about the best whisky to go with a curry and the best whisky pairings for starters, but you don’t leave a meal at that – what about the main courses?

I’ve already mentioned whitebait, prawns and lobsters (and how Springbank is good for them) but there’s more to main courses than just seafood. 

When it comes to  pork or gammon then I would choose Highland Park, as not only is it a firm favourite of mine, the slightly spicy kick of the dram works wonderfully with the tang of the meat. 

When it comes to the likes of beef, lamb or venison, I’m quite the fan of Old Pultney  – Scotland’s northernmost mainland distillery where the North Sea influences its flavour profile giving it hints of sea spray which work in harmony with its complex array of tastes including chunky marmalade, sultanas and toffee.

Jura (again, the hint of sea salt in the drink gives the meat a nice edge) or the 15 year old Dalmore old also works well with these meats as its maturation in three different sherry casks give it rich flavours of marmalade, almonds and dried fruits which enhance the essences in these richer meats. 

But, like whisky, it can very much depend on how you like your meat – so what fish and meat drams do you have?

Virginia Distillery Company “Please Join Us June 15 at 2:00 pm” – Whisky News

Virginia Distillery Company

Please join us for a private tour and presentation at the Virginia Distillery Company’s single malt distillery

Friday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Whisky Tasting
Company Presentation
Tour of distillery — now complete through phase 2 of construction

The presentation will also include remarks by W.L. Lyons Brown, III who left his family’s legendary Kentucky-based marketing company, Brown-Forman Corporation, responsible for Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort, to form his own company Altamar Brands in August 2005. He will speak about the exciting and growth sector of craft distilling.

599 Eades Lane, Lovingston, Virginia
Directions: South on Route 29 from I-64.Travel 27.5 miles.
Turn left onto Eades Lane at the Excel Gas Station.
Distillery will be on left

Please RSVP



BEYONCE does Samsung and Armani, Chanel has Keira Knightley and Revlon has Jessica Biel.

And now The BenRiach Distillery Company has appointed Dumbarton-born Stewart Buchanan as its very own Brand Ambassador!

He’ll cover both BenRiach and GlenDronach whiskies.

“Coming from a production background, I aim to spread a greater understanding of the different techniques used at both distilleries which give the whiskies their own unique character,” said Stewart, formerly BenRiach’s Production Manager.

A Brand Ambassador is the public face of an organisation who best embodies its products and services. And today, in an era of what communications experts are calling “conversation marketing”, who better than Stewart who can talk for hours about his beloved malts!

He explained: “I was working in the Tobermory Distillery when Billy Walker and his associates bought BenRiach in 2005. He asked me and Alan McConnochie to come across to get BenRiach up and running and back to its original glory. I lived in the distillery for a month as I worked all hours of the day and night preparing to return it to production.

“Seven years on, Billy and Alistair raised the idea of me moving into the new role, as previously I’ve been on the road helping the sales boys and I think they saw the benefit of someone with such a production-orientated background being more heavily involved with the tastings and whisky festivals.

“I’ll cover all markets in my new ambassadorial role, spending most of my time on the road. Our existing markets are growing, new markets are opening up for BenRiach and GlenDronach all the time and the company really needs this extra resource to support the ongoing development of both brands.”

He added: “The type of events we attend are mostly with whisky enthusiasts who are really looking for as much information as possible, so hopefully I can answer most questions thrown at me.”

Tastings can range from 25 people in the back room of a pub in Glasgow to 100 people in a conference room in Japan.

He’s just done a tasting for the Glasgow Whisky Club who said: “Another amazing night and very educational as Stewart Buchanan really knew his stuff and an excellent introduction to the BenRiach and GlenDronach range for those who haven’t sampled it before.”

He’s braced for some detailed questioning at these sessions from whisky aficionados.

“Someone asked me the yield at BenRiach which is a simple answer – around 410 litres of alcohol per tonne of barley. But then his friend asked me: “How many gallons per bushel is that?” – which really had me scratching my head! But I got there eventually.”

Stewart’s passionate about the whiskies he helps produce and revealed that he has three or four personal favourites.

“For special occasions, my “desert island” whiskies would be the 1976 BenRiach and the 1972 GlenDronach while my day-to-day dram would be BenRiach Curiositas alternated with the GlenDronach 15yr Revival – all extraordinarily great!”

A pictue of Stewart in the BenRiach distillery is shown above.

Whisky-online Launches Auction Site – Whisky News

Whisky-online launches Auction site

The first of many planned auctions have now started, With just over 200 lots the highlights of the sale have to be a Macallan 55 year old Lalique along with a 50 year old Dalmore crystal decanter, not to forget a large entry of other great whiskies. Hope all that take part enjoy the experience. If you would like to enter any whiskies in our next sale, Please contact Wayne,

Loch Fyne Whiskies “Time to close some more distilleries?” – Scotch Whisky News

Richard Joynson writes…

I remember selling my last Connoisseurs Choice bottle of Kinclaith, it was 1996 and it sold for under £40. I tried ordering more but was advised ‘that’s it – no more’, now you can expect to pay £800. A bit of a shock then and a disappointment even now. With almost all closed distilleries no longer […please click on the link below to read the remainder of the post…]


Whisky Lounge Stratford-Upon-Avon Whisky Festival Review – Vignettes – Moments in Whisky

Here is a review of  the Whisky Lounge Stratford-Upon-Avon Whisky Festival that took place recently, you may read the review by clicking on the link below;


It is written by Jonathan Bryant of

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 6th-7th October 2012 – Scotch Whisky News

‘The UK’s leading Whisky Experience where you can taste, learn about & enjoy the world’s finest whiskies’

Experience the wonderful world of whisky at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

Taste some of the finest, rarest and most expensive whiskies and enjoy a range of food pairings

May 2012 – Join whisky-lovers from the UK and around the world for a luxurious food and whisky tasting experience at this year’s The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show. Taking place at Vinopolis, London’s premium wine and spirit destination, the Show will run across the weekend of 6th-7th October 2012 from 12pm-6pm. Tickets are available to buy now.

Delicious food on offer will include a hearty two course whisky-inspired meal in the Show Brasserie, as well as cutting-edge ideas in the art of matching whisky with quality foods – showcasing some of the UK’s most exclusive produce – in the Food & Whisky Pairing room. Renowned whisky and food writer Martine Nouet will also offer a series of food and whisky pairing masterclasses throughout the Show.

Last year’s sell-out event saw over 1,000 guests attend over two days, and once again guests will have the chance to taste some of the world’s finest whiskies, rarest single malts and once-in-a-lifetime Dream Drams – exclusive whiskies that can cost several thousand pounds a bottle. As part of this year’s ‘Meet the Maker’ theme, visitors will also be able to enjoy informal Q&A sessions and mini masterclasses with the experts.

Sukhinder Singh, Show Director, said:

“The Show is now in its fourth year and it continues to grow each year as people seek out opportunities to try the finest whiskies available and explore ideas for pairing with a range of delicious foods. It really is the pinnacle in the field of consumer whisky tasting events, with each successive year introducing innovative ideas which set it in a class apart from other whisky shows.”

For more information about The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show please visit or to book tickets visit


About The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show:
 The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show consumer sessions will take place on: Saturday 6th October 12:00pm-6.00pm Sunday 7th October 12:00pm-6.00pm
 It will take place at Vinopolis, situated near London Bridge.
 All food and drink (apart from ‘Dream Drams’, see below) is included in the price of admission.
 A small number of rare and expensive ‘Dream Drams’, which have ranged in price in previous years from £500 to over £3000 per bottle, will be available to try on presentation of tokens. Each visitor will receive a token with admission and further tokens can be bought at the Show.
 Tickets will include a two course meal designed by renowned whisky and food expert Martine Nouet.
 Masterclass events are still to be announced, but in the past have included tastings led by writers Dave Broom, Serge Valentin and Charles Maclean; Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson; Gordon & Macphail Managing Director David Urquhart; Glenfarclas Sales Director George Grant; and brand ambassadors including Highland Park’s Gerry Tosh and Diageo’s Colin Dunn.

These have covered a wide range of whiskies from the impressive to the fabled, including Dalmore’s 50 year old Candela and Gordon & Macphail’s Glenlivet 70 year old.
 Tickets will be on sale through in Spring 2012.

About Vinopolis:
Vinopolis has been established as an exhibition centre and tasting venue for wines and spirits since 1999, and is located in the arches of a Victorian railway viaduct built in 1866. With its soaring vaulted arches and perfect location adjacent to the world-famous Borough Market and London Bridge, Vinopolis is the ideal setting for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show.

With its nearby transport links and accommodation, Vinopolis is easy to get to for people attending from in and around London, as well as being highly convenient for visitors and exhibitors travelling to the event from further afield.

2011 testimonials:

Fantastic event, feel I have learnt so much in a short space of time. The Masterclasses have been excellent… bring on next year!
Dawn Davies, Selfridges

Well organised on the two days. Good, engaged consumers who wanted to learn…
Jamie Milne, Glenfiddich

I was quite amazed at the mix of people attending, from the London-based enthusiasts to the Scandinavians who appeared in force, to the Russian who flew in from Portugal and planned his holiday around the event…!
Alistair Mutch, Tomatin Distillery

Excellent show as always, well done Sukhinder & gang…
Serge Valentin,

I look back on a great day with fond memories of  all the fabulous whiskies that I have sampled. You have certainly set a high standard for next year’s event…
Jochem van Hove, Consumer

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