Archive for February, 2013

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Lady Of The Glen Invergordon 24 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Wednesday reviews a Lady Of The Glen bottling of Invergordon 24 Year Old Single Cask Grain Whisky.



Jameson has launched the next instalment of its award-winning* advertising campaign, Legendary Tales of John Jameson, with a new TV commercial which aired for the first time in the USA this week. 

The creative – entitled Iron Horse – was directed by internationally acclaimed director, John Hillcoat, whose recent film work includes Prohibition era drama, Lawless and created by advertising agency, TBWA Worldwide. The commercial continues the saga of the brand’s founder, John Jameson, and his quest to protect his whiskey. In this action-packed commercial, Jameson comes face-to-face with his fiercest adversary yet – modern technology – and manages to rescue a runaway train carrying a cargo of his precious whiskey. 

Howard Southern, International Marketing Director, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, said: “The latest TVC will act once more as a powerful tool to bring to life the legend of John Jameson for consumers. John Jameson has been a great success and we’re delighted to bring consumers another exciting instalment.” 

Available in both 30 and 60 second spots, the commercial premiered during the NBA All Stars game on 17th February and from the 25th February, the full national TV and digital flight kicks off for three-weeks.

The Whisky Shop “Balvenie Tun Batch 5 Now Available!” – Scotch Whisky News

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5 is now available to order – Stock is very limited so order online today to avoid disappointment.

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5, is married from nine casks of the distillery’s characteristic spirit.

Selected from five traditional whisky casks & four sherry butts from Warehouse 24, the contents were transferred into the impressive Tun 1401 – a traditional oak marrying vessel cared for by the distillery’s onsite team of coopers.

David Stewart said: “Working with whiskies of this age is both a delight & a challenge, their individual characteristics are so rich & complex. Determining which of the vintage whiskies will work together takes time and it is important to do justice to them

Upon pouring, a fragrant fruit nose before sweet vanilla emerges alongside honey & spices. A smooth balance between sweetness & oak tannin, underpinning a sherried character full of dried fruits, cinnamon & ginger spiciness. Rich, sweet and spicy. Bottled at 50.1% volume.

Only 900 bottles available in the UK.

Limited stock available to order.

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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #35 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #35

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, launches a mini-series of 5 videos in which he explores independent bottlings of Auchentoshan. In this second video, he explores the Auchentoshan 8 Year Old from La Maison du Whisky’s series The Ten. Enjoy this Light Lowland!

Isle of Skye 8yo Goes Large – Scotch Whisky News

We’re delighted to let you all know that, based on multiple requests and growing popularity of Isle of Skye 8 YR, we have added 1.75 liter size to the line.

We’re confident this addition will add more value to the brand and will lead you to the sales increase.

Please see attached the image. The RRP is $ 59.99.


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March Previews: Close To The Edge of Extreme – Scotch Whisky News

March Previews: Close to the edge of extreme
From the intense to the extreme, we’ve released two pretty big previews from our March Outturn.  Enjoy the full release on Friday 1 March (Spring is finally in the air!)

24.124 Close to the edge of extreme
Speyside Spey
The sherry influence dominated, almost overpowered the nose – layers of wood (cedar, polished furniture, varnished wood, wood-sap, salted peanuts, matchbox) and tons of treacle; plus toffee, tobacco, syrup of figs, leather, orange and gammon cooked in coca-cola. The unreduced taste was huge and mouth-drawing – a real ‘stoater’…

53.179 Jelly-fish onthe rocks
The palate was a classic intense mix of sweetness and smoke – some tar, clean oil, macadamia nuts, smoked paprika and prawn tempura, with a long, liquoricy after-taste. The reduced nose introduced a powerful floral note (Little Shop of Horrors?) and a mineral element (our scientist-turned-blender remembered drying jelly-fish on rocks)

February Outturn

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society at for your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers.



Talisker™, the famous Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Isle of Skye, is to have a new family member.

TALISKER STORM™ is an exuberant new expression of Talisker, calculated to delight and intrigue the many adorers of this celebrated island whisky: more intense and smoky, with enhanced and vibrant maritime notes,  smoothly balanced with Talisker’s signature hot sweetness.


It will be available early 2013 through domestic retail channels and whisky specialists in selected European markets.

Full gold in appearance, and assembled by Diageo’s master blenders from both rejuvenated and refill casks at different ages to deliver a perfect balance of vibrant distillery character and smoother woody richness, it is bottled at the traditional Talisker strength of 45.8% ABV, without an age statement.

The consensus among early tasters reads:

‘The sweet warmth and briny, peppery finish that are the symbol of the Talisker character have been carefully accentuated through a skilful blend of differing aged Talisker casks. The profound maritime character achieves a deeper intensity, like a warm welcome from a wild Hebridean sea.”

In price terms Talisker Storm sits between the Talisker 10 year old and the Talisker Distillers Edition expressions.

Talisker Storm bottle&carton

How the whisky makers developed this stormy new addition to an already celebrated family of highly distinctive single malt whiskies  is explained by Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge:

“We wanted to focus on distillery character  –  the bedrock of Talisker Storm. So we sought out some great mature Talisker, enriched and mellowed by time spent in carefully rejuvenated casks, and brought that together with some very fresh distillery character preserved by maturation in refill casks. The result is Talisker’s unique distillery character delivered by aged, mature whiskies, integrated in one vibrant dram.”

Talisker Distiller Manager Mark Lochhead added:

“Any new member of the Talisker family has a lot to live up to and I am proud to say that Talisker Storm does just that. The distinctive whisky we create with such passion and care here on Skye speaks very boldly of the dramatic island where it was born. Everyone here is delighted at the skill with which our malt masters have put together this vivacious new Talisker. Talisker Storm is indeed the right name for it!”

Further exciting new expressions of Talisker will be launched later in 2013.


TALISKER STORM™   Full tasting notes read:   Appearance: Full gold.   Nose: At first restrained yet spicy, with a hint of struck matches; fresh-clean and growing in complexity like a gathering storm to reveal a honeyed sweet maltiness with ripe red berry fruit. Eventually a little well integrated mellow smoke drifts across the scene as a wild sea turns up briny, fresh clean notes, and an oily explosion of pepper.   Body: Medium.   Palate: At first sweetly mellow and rich in the mouth then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through. It’s as if the pure, tongue-coating sweetness joins hands with a deep nutty smokiness to embrace those spicier notes. The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added.   Finish: Clean and of medium length, warming, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which late peaty burnt embers can be found.

Special Offers, Whisky Tasting and The Festival – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Tastings, Whisky Festival, Whisky Sale!

Carn Mor Ambassador tasting – Thursday 21st March 2013

A rare opportunity from Nickolls and Perks

Peter Mackay is a 2nd generation family member of the organisation that runs the Scottish Liqueur Centre in Perth. They independently age single malt whiskies under the Càrn Mòr label. Nickolls and Perks were lucky to receive slim stocks of these irreproachable malts into their Stourbridge store in late 2012 and now very much look forward to showcasing this unique selection for you.

How does an independent bottler go about choosing casks ?

Find out the answer to this question and taste the rare drams on 21st March with Peter Mackay in our tasting cellars here at the shop.

Start 7:30 pm. £25.00 inc VAT

NB : Saturday 13th April is the NEXT Midlands Whisky Festival -200 whiskies, Dream Drams, Masterclasses, discount vouchers and more!

Book now at or at  Cost £35 per ticket

And finally, check out the N&P Whisky Sale – ends 28th February!

Genuine savings – 15% off!

Click here for details

Grant’s Scotch Whisky – 17 NEW ARTICLES! – Scotch Whisky News

Ludo is back and full of energy (as you can see), we decided to publish these all at once rather than all 17 individually. Please click on the individual links to read the remainder of each article- WI

It’s cold in Dufftown

Today is my first day back in the office and what a drive it was (see the pictures below).

I had better head home soon!

PS – thanks Ian for braving the weather and taking these pictures – the next dram is on me!

Grant’s YouTube Channel!

My friends in our marketing team have been working on a series of videos  dedicated to Grant’s. You can see  the first below with Gregor, our mixologist, demonstrating how to make the  perfect Grant’s Manhattan whisky cocktail.

A Grant’s  Manhattan is one of the  all time classic cocktails (Kent123, if you liked…

One from the archive – Grant’s delivered in the Philippines

I was speaking  to Paul, our company archivist, earlier today about a picture I came across in  an old book (see below). It shows an old car advertising Grant’s in the  Philippines.  The picture must have been taken only a few years after Charles Gordon started his journey around…

Grant’s internal rivalry (just a bit of fun!)

I was at our Girvan distillery yesterday and everybody kept talking about how the snow we had in Dufftown was nothing compared to the cold they had in Girvan. As a whisky ambassador (although admittedly not always a diplomat!), I thought I would ask a neutral crowd (you!) to be the judge. Their entry in…

Grant’s cocktails anyone? 

I thought you might want to know that new videos of Gregor, our  cocktail mixologist, have been posted on our YouTube channel.

If you’re  soon to be entertaining guests or simply keen to perfect your cocktail making  skills, why not take a quick look at Gregor in action and pick up some useful

Grant’s Whisky is now on Twitter!

Did you know that you can now follow Grant’s on Twitter?

For all you whisky enthusiasts, this is another chance for you to follow the latest news and information on Grant’s Whisky, as well as to share stories and experiences on all things whisky with your friends.

The adventures of Mister ‘G’

I’m often asked where the idea for our famous  triangular bottle came from. I have heard many different stories but the one  below is my personal favourite.

‘The adventures of Mister G’ is actually part  of a series of print adverts which I believe were produced in the 1960s. I’ll  need…

How much barley and wheat is there in a bottle of Grant’s?

Last week I was in London judging this year’s best whiskies for Whisky Magazine’s World Whiskies Awards. It was an excellent day as usual, with many extraordinary whiskies (particularly a Balblair single malt from 1975, which sadly, didn’t win the best single malt award, despite the 10/10 mark I gave it; never mind!) and…

The adventures of Mister ‘G’…continued

Following on from my post  a few weeks ago on the adventures of Mister ‘G’ (which stirred up quite a bit of  interesting conversation, to say the least!),  I thought I would share the rest of the 1960s print adverts with you.

Perhaps not quite as  (ahem!) bold as the first…

A taste from the past – Grant’s Royal 12 Years Old (bottled in the 1980s)

The best thing about working in a distillery is that no matter which cupboard I open, I am likely to find a bottle of whisky.

As you might know, I am always very interested in our company’s history and particularly the whiskies we used to blend. You might remember the 18 Year Old Classic…

A new Grant’s whisky website! 

After recently  launching a YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter pages, we’ve been busy crafting a new website. now features  videos of our Chairman, Peter Gordon,  our Master Blender, Brian Kinsman and  yours truly, which I hope won’t put you off visiting ;-). We take you inside the  Grant’s world…

Grant’s live on TV in Canada 

I visited Canada at the beginning of the month and while on  a short stopover in Vancouver, I was interviewed live on the  morning TV news.  As is customary with these programmes, the interview was short but I still think many of you will find it interesting. It has now been…

A taste from the past – Grant’s Best Procurable 

I am often asked what the best part of my job is. Travelling, meeting interesting people and cultures or working for an internationally recognised Scotch whisky may seem appropriate answers but the truth is that as a whisky enthusiast, the most enjoyable part of my job is being able to sample some of the world’s…

The Best Grant’s Bars in the World 

I’m in Paris at the moment to meet with a few journalists at our Charles De Gaulle shop and whilst working in my hotel room last night, I started wondering about where to go for a drink.

I have been to Paris many times but as hard as I tried, I couldn’t remember a good…

Grant’s Real DIY Stories 

Today, I would like to make you aware of a competition that’s being held for a second year in the United States. Grant’s Real DIY Stories offers do it yourself enthusiasts the chance to win a home entertaining makeover worth $10,000.

This competition is only open to US residents, but I would encourage everyone to take…

Grant’s on WhiskyCast

I met with Mark Gillespie from the world-famous WhiskyCast, while on a short visit to Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. Now in its sixth year, the internet’s best whisky podcast comes to life a few miles outside Philly in ‘the charming yet regrettably dry town of Haddonfield’, as Mark so eloquently puts it….

A Taste from the Past – Grant’s 25 Year Old Character Jug

It seems many of you enjoyed my recent review of one of our old Royal Doulton decanters with over 1,000 of you ‘liking’ our Facebook post. I love social media sites in that respect, as they give me instant feedback on what our fans enjoy reading. And so, this week I have found another…

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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #34 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #34

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, launches a mini-series of 5 videos in which he explores independent bottlings of Auchentoshan. First up is the Auchentoshan 18 Year Old from The Maltman. Enjoy!

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