Archive for November, 2012



JOHNNIE WALKER today unveiled the first of a portfolio of whiskies that take their inspiration from the travelling heritage of John Walker & Sons. Available only in duty free stores, JOHNNIE WALKER THE SPICE ROAD pays a unique homage to the global travellers of today.

The whisky of intriguing complexity, rich flavour and exceptional smoothness takes the John Walker & Sons tradition of blending for big, bold flavour inspired by influences from all over the world, into the 21st Century.

From the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world, JOHNNIE WALKER has always pushed boundaries to discover new horizons.

From 1820, the Walker family and their agents travelled the world, navigating their way down the famous trade routes: the Spice Road of Europe and Asia; the Royal Route from Europe to Persia; and the Gold Route of the Americas and the Caribbean, in pursuit of adventures bringing both new business and rich experiences.

Their efforts ensured that, by the 1920s, JOHNNIE WALKER had arrived in 120 countries and was being enjoyed on the great railways, luxury ocean liners and early transatlantic flights. Meanwhile, the striking image of the JOHNNIE WALKER Striding Man was becoming an icon all over the world.

Back in London, close to the shipping houses and docks from which the JOHNNIE WALKER agents travelled the world, Alexander Walker established the Travellers’ Room where his agents would convene to rest, talk strategy and exchange stories and samples from their travels. These colourful tales of exploration influenced the JOHNNIE WALKER Master Blenders, who began to create different styles of whisky to reflect these exotic stories.

Today, this tradition continues as JOHNNIE WALKER launches a range of whiskies made exclusively for travellers – the JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION™.

The first three blends in the collection collectively known as the Trade Routes Series are inspired by the richness that could be found along the great trade routes.

The first release, JOHNNIE WALKER THE SPICE ROAD is an evocative expression of the vibrancy, aromas and spices that the JOHNNIE WALKER agents would have discovered in the thriving markets around Asia.

It is a bold blend of intriguing complexity, rich flavour and exceptional smoothness. A spicy zestiness on the nose is balanced by fresh citrus. The smooth, rich and honeyed flavours on the palate – warmed by cloves, ginger and vanilla sweetness – give way to a smouldering finish of the JOHNNIE WALKER signature smoke.

“To create the intense spicy flavour profile of JOHNNIE WALKER THE SPICE ROAD, we used well-matured single malts and grains, presenting all their fresh vibrant distillery characters, aged in carefully selected, high quality American oak casks; and of course there is a trace of West Coast smoke in the background – revealing the classic JOHNNIE WALKER signature,” commented Master Blender Jim Beveridge.

Steve White, Marketing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East, said: “Travel is in the DNA of JOHNNIE WALKER and it is these credentials that we feel will resonate with today’s travellers who are undertaking bold journeys of their own.

“This travel heritage and pioneering spirit of adventure makes JOHNNIE WALKER the perfect companion for today’s travellers.”

With a recommended retail price of $43 / €36.90 / £26, JOHNNIE WALKER THE SPICE ROAD will be available in duty free stores in Europe, the Middle East and Australia in December. It will be available in duty free stores globally from January 2013.

The second and third releases in the Trade Routes Series – JOHNNIE WALKER THE GOLD ROUTE™ and JOHNNIE WALKER THE ROYAL ROUTE™ will be available in duty free stores in 2013.


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Grant’s Scotch Whisky “Grant’s in Colombia” – Scotch Whisky News

Grant’s in Colombia 

Hello All,

Last week I was in Bogota, Colombia for the launch of Grant’s Ale Cask. It was my first time in the country which is somewhat surprising considering it’s a relatively important whisky market, actually ranked 15th in the world. We opened an office there in January 2011 and my colleagues had prepared a busy itinerary…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


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Scotch Tasting at The Dundee Dell, Omaha December 2nd, 2012 – Scotch Whisky News

(A quick message from our friends at the Dundee Dell)

Hello Dell Friends! Almost 1 month until 2013! Wow, that means the last scotch tasting for 2012 will be this Sunday, Dec. 2 at four p.m. I know December is a busy month for everyone and we thought we’d post our Holiday Hours.


TWE Blog – Balcones – Don’t Mess With Texas – American Whisky News

Balcones – Don’t Mess With Texas

I have to admit I wasn’t all aboard the whole “craft distilling” boat when I heard that we were bringing the likes of Corsair, Balcones, and Redemption into the UK for the first time, but after two public appearances of these … Continue reading >>

The American Distilling Institute’s craft distillery map. There’s lots of them.

GlenDronach Single Cask 26 3rd UK Exclusive at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

GlenDronach Single Cask 26 / 1993 / 19 Year Old 3rd UK Exclusive

The third UK exclusive from GlenDronach distillery is finally here, and it looks like they have released yet another superb tasting dram. Single cask 26, a 19 year old single malt whisky, laid to rest in 1993 in a Pedro Ximenez sherry butt before being bottled in 2012.

GlenDronach Single Cask 26 Tasting Notes

Rich ruby – mahogany.

Chocolate, figs and spices in abundance.

Layers of dark chocolate and orange in harmony with nutmeg, raisins
and delicate spices.

£70.50 (£58.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy GlenDronach Single Cask 26 UK Exclusive

Abbey Whisky
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St Andrew’s Night – Whisky Tasting – Hurricane Sandy Benefit – Scotch Whisky News

St Andrew’s Night – Whisky Tasting – Hurricane Sandy Benefit

Momedia Ltd

Friday, 30 November 2012 from 19:30 to 22:00 (GMT)

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Event Details

Calling all whisky fans – enjoy St Andrew’s Night with some of the finest single malt whiskies and live Bluegrass music! The informal whisky tasting event will take place at Summerhall – Edinburgh’s buzzing creative hub for the arts. The ticket price includes whisky, oatcakes and smoked salmon. At the door you will receive a warm welcome, whisky glass and tasting notes.

Taste six of the finest single malts from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay including: Glenmorangie Classic, Glenmorangie Lasanta, Glenfarclas 10yo & Glenfarclas 25yo, Ardbeg 10yo and Ardbeg Galileo.

Live music: by Mairi Orr and her band, foot-tapping bluegrass and Americana with a Scottish twist. The line-up is 5-string banjo, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and double bass.

“Mairi Or is blessed with one of those perfect crystal clear voices that perfectly suits carefully crafted roots music..” Jonathan Aird, Americana UK

Thank you for your support – helping replace bagpipes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The evening supports pipe bands in the USA worst hit by Hurricane Sandy. There are over 120 pipe bands in New York and New Jersey. Many band members have lost instruments and kit. Our aim is to send over a number of new bagpipes to replace those destroyed. Each pipe band who receives a new set of bagpipes will be listed on, and alongside the fundraising total of this event.



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Springbank Society Newsletter For Fall 2012 – Scotch Whisky News


Greetings Society Members

Winter is fast approaching with dark cold mornings and days when you donʼt know what the weather is going to be doing. As you all know Campbeltown can go through all four seasons in one day!!

Things usually slow down in Campbeltown over the winter but we are still busy here, there are still quite a lot of visitors to the distillery, this year we have had quite a few larger groups coming to the town and more and more are using the Tasting Room, enjoying a few drams with local produce to compliment our whisky. We include a little smoked salmon from our local smokehouse, a taste of our local cheese with oatcakes made by a local baker and of course a wee bit of chocolate (not locally made unfortunately).

This year we have had quite a few Society Members visiting us and it was really nice to be able to meet them and put a face to the email!


We have now started to send the Society Bottles to the Cadenhead Shops in Europe, members still have to order by contacting Campbeltown so that we know how many tosend. Hopefully this will work out and all future Society bottles can be sent this way. We still have some of the Longrow 10 y/o and the Springbank 14 y/o available.

If you would like to order either of these Society bottles please let me know. The bottles can be sent to the shops in Europe with their next orders, following the same procedure aswe have just done. We would take orders here for the bottles, you would stipulate which shop you would like your bottles delivered to then when they are on their way an email would be sent to you advising of the phone number of the shop so that you can contact toarrange payment and dispatch – or to check when you can call in to the shop to uplift your bottles.

The next Society bottling should also be able to go to the US as the new importer there is now established. A lot of waiting to get things going and I do apologise for this but now that we are ʻon the moveʼ and more importantly legal, things should improve.

We can now start to look for another cask to bottle for Society Members, Frank and Gavin will be “on the case” and weʼll get a few samples together to pick the best. Perhaps this time we will send out a few samples to members to see which one they prefer. It would only be a few members, so a “lucky dip” to pick the winners.

We have just taken delivery of the new Springbank Calvados in the shop today, itʼs a 12y/o which has been 6 years in a bourbon cask and 6 years in a Calvados cask, strength 52.7% and costs £58.

Tasting Note:

Colour – Golden syrup

Nose – The influence of the Calvados casks is immediately apparent, with notes of greenapples, citrus fruits and sweet toffee showing themselves in the beginning. Vanilla essence, pears and some gentle spice come later.

Palate – A very lively dram at cask strength. Black pepper and rhubarb give way to demerara sugar, green grapes, a touch of cinnamon and a little bit of home-made fudge. This is an oily whisky for sure.

Finish – Orange marmalade, gooseberries and a pleasant, dry, peatiness leave a lasting impression

The staff up at the distillery have been working very hard both inside and outside and the place is looking very smart and tidy. There have certainly not been any “idle hands” overthe past few months. Our Distillery Manager, Gavin, is very neat and tidy and this must be rubbing off on everyone else, I think.


The whisky school will run next year from week beginning 6th May until week beginning 8th July, 10 weeks, arriving here on the Sunday and leaving on the Friday. Places are starting to fill up but we still have plenty to fill. There are only six places each week so thatwe can ensure that everyone has a chance to work in all aspects of the Distillery and spend as much time as possible with the Distillery staff. The staff are all very friendly and enjoy the Whisky School, being able to pass on their skills to people who are obviously so interested in what they do. Frank is busy making up new information for next yearʼs pupils and we are hoping to present them in booklet form which will be a reminder of your time spent with us here in Campbeltown.

Last year we published a piece on facebook weekly with a photograph of that weekʼspupils (all still smiling at the end of the week) and comments from the “Headmaster” FrankMcHardy. There were no “detentions” or “punishments” handed out to anyone throughout the ten week period and everyone seemed to get on really well, during and after working hours. We even had one pupil dressed up in a kilt – you know who you are!!!!

So, if you would like to join us next year please let me know by emailing and I will send you some information and a registration form.


Next yearʼs Open Day is starting to be discussed, plans being made, etc. The Open Day will be on Thursday 23rd May and as we get nearer the time all will be revealed as to whatwe will be doing. There will of course be Single Casks and Masterclasses and tours, but we will have to wait and see what else is in store for you.

Watch this space ………………………….


The Sales Team have been kept very busy these past few months, Sales Manager Ranald Watson has been jetting around the globe spreading the Springbank word, MelanieStanger has been travelling round the UK and Europe, attending shows and Tastings and our newest member John McCallum has also been out and about, finding his feet, so to speak. When we get to the Open Day next year, John will be an “old hand” by then and will no doubt be involved in some of the tastings. Melanie was involved in the Open Day this year so she has already “cut her teeth”.


We now have the new Longrow which replaces the Longrow CV, the packaging is rather eye catching I think. The tasting note for the Longrow is as follows:

Colour: Light amber with slight olive highlights.

Nose: Very creamy, vanilla custard. The smoke develops gradually, like a slow burning log fire, never overpowering butalways reassuring. Our guest taster was reminded of marshmallows toastedon a campfire – crisp on the outside and sticky sweet in the middle!

Palate: Incredibly well balanced – rich and creamy with a slight medicinal hint. The smoke is

always present, washing over the palate in waves, like the soft billows of smoke from the kiln.

Finish: The gentle smoke lingers and lingers leaving you yearning for more!

The Cadenhead shop now also has Longrow 5cl £5 and Hazelburn 12y/o 5cl £5 in stock, as well as the Springbank 10y/o and 15y/o 5cl. These have proved to be very popular since being introduced recently.

St Andrew’s Night

The Tasting Room at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop, Campbeltown are hosting a St Andrew’s Night on Saturday 1st December. There will be a 3 coarse dinner and a whisky tasting. Tickets available from Cadenhead Whisky Shop, Campbeltown at a cost of £25 per person. Time, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. If it is as successful as the Hallowe’en night we held recently it promises to be good.

Hallowe’en Night

We held a Hallowe’en night on 27th October in the Tasting Room and although fancy dress was not compulsory everyone joined in and came along dressed in various costumes, most of which were home made. We had Dorothy and her friends from the Wizard of Oz, a giant pumpkin, Edward Scissor Hands (the winner of the competition), a girly clown and lots more. The staff were dressed as zombies with Donald as the zombie chef, Grant as a very scary zombie and Mairi, Julie, Leslie and myself as zombie waitresses.

We enjoyed a lovely warming winter dinner cooked by Donald and accompanied by cocktails rather than a whisky tasting. The evening, of course, included some games – “dooking” for apples – surprised there wasn’t any mess for this one, and throwing corks into a pumpkin to win a prize. The Tasting Room was suitably dressed for the occasion with spiders webs, skulls, bones and gravestones, and spooky music playing all night (not too loudly).

This was our first Hallowe’en “function” and hopefully not our last.

Society & Canada

Our Sales Team have been working away in the background trying to set up something for Canada so that our Members there can enjoy the benefits of the Society without having to have their Society bottles delivered to the UK. We should soon be able to ship to Alberta in Canada if things go according to plan, but more news on that when it has been finalised, hopfully not too long!!!

That’s about all of our news for the minute, but as soon as Frank and Gavin have earmarked a few possible casks for the Society bottle I will let everyone know.

Meantime we wish you all well.



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ANGELS WHISKY CLUB – AWARDS 2012 – Scotch Whisky News


We gathered once again at the usual watering hole; Christies pub, Perth, Scotland. All the usual suspects were invited; Paul, Lizzie, Ming, Boab, Diageo Man, Ron, apologies from Kevin, still out on the rigs of the North Sea, Offaly man was in Ireland.  Now please bear in mind, we are no professional nose/tasters, we are a herd of whisky lovin people who enjoy a dram, why choose these drams?  Over the year we have “had a go” at these and many others, these were some real favourites.

We all brought at least one dram to try, Billy & Helen threw one in also. Beers started the event, as everyone dondered in, we perched at the usual end of the (newly refurbished) bar and brought oot the first award contender. At this stage let me introduce the contenders; Cutty Sark Storm, Isle of Mull blend, Ben Riach 1995 single cask, Springbank 15 yo 1997, Tyrconnell Single Malt.

We started with the easy to drink drams, Mull first, we all liked it. A wee dram of Irish next as we downed the Tyrconnell, we all liked that as well! Next was the Storm, strangely – we all liked that too! That left us two to try (again), well what can I say? They were both excellent drams, but the Springbank slightly edged it.  According to the panel, our whisky of the year is the Springbank 15 yo 1997.  Nose: Oaky, citrus, caramel, brown sugar and sweeties. Taste: spicy, citrus. Result: we all agreed, a really nice dram. A long finish.

So after an almost 100% decision we had to test again just to be sure (but we changed the order a wee bit). Cutty Sark Storm;  The creation of Cutty Sark Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell. She has used many of the whiskies used to create other expressions of the Cutty Sark range, including grain whisky from North British and single malts from Highland Park and Macallan. The differences are the single malts used in Storm, these single malts are older. A bright golden yellow with niff’s of brown sugar, raisins and sultanas, syrup. The finish is long and grabs your taste buds, easy drinking (too easy, eh slow down Boab).  Isle of Mull blend;   A blend of Highland Malt and Grain Whiskies. Sweet and fruity with a hint of shortbread.   Tyrconnell Single Malt; This whiskey is elegant, sweet taste, fresh, malty, fruity bouquet, smooth sweet taste and delicate dry finish. A wee gem from the Cooley stable, always a favourite in the pub. Springbank 15 yo 1997; Nose: soy sauce. Water brings chocolate?  orange, sherry, touch of smoke. Fruitier with water, which we tried of course. Just a wee wetting. And so to the Ben Riach 1995 single cask; From cask 7164 distilled in May 1995, this 16-year-old bottled at 58.3% vol. On the nose, bananas, citrus and oregano, melons and lychee. 695 bottles, each bottle is hand-numbered – we had 693. We all agreed bananas, we ended up all do the “monkey!” hoppin aboot and hands under the armpit, what a right bunch we looked.

The second outcome? Same as before but only by a nose from the Ben Riach a very close second.

Awards took place at Christies Bar in Perth, Scotland. November 2012. is free or everyone to join. Patron; Charlie Maclean.

2012 Springbank & Ralfy Charity Bottle Auction – Scotch Whisky News

2012 Springbank & Ralfy Charity Bottle Auction

For the third year, Ralfy teams up with a craft Distillery to present a unique bottle package at auction to raise funds for a Distillery-local charity, in this instance, a Primary School have arranged for the kids to take on a produce-garden to grow their own fruit and vegetables for the school dinners and for local families. They need to buy clothing, boots, tools and seeds so the auction of the “Springbank 1of1” should help.

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Scotch Whisky Auctions 20th Auction Now LIVE! – Scotch Whisky News

Hi folks. The 20th auction is now live with a record-breaking 949 lots! Something for everyone. Again.

It will run until Sunday, December, 02.

Best wishes from Glasgow

Bill, Tam and Mick

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