Archive for January, 2017




Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction

17-19 February 2017, Olympia, London 

The Olympia Historic Fair & Auction, in partnership with renowned auction house Coys, is London’s new luxury lifestyle event for owners and collectors of classic cars. Taking place on 17-19 February, the show will deliver an unforgettable experience for visitors with a series of features that range from a Coys Auction and Restoration Showcases to the Whisky Exchange Masterclasses and Fine Watch Room.

Run in partnership with The Whisky Exchange – the Whisky Masterclasses are a collection of fine whisky tasting sessions led by industry experts featuring top labels from around the world, from Johnnie Walker Blue Label to Japanese Nikka whisky.

New for 2017 – The Whisky Exchange Masterclasses in partnership with The Whisky Exchange

Johnnie Walker and the Chocolate Factory

Join experts in an exclusive tasting session of one of the world’s most popular blended whisky labels. Guests will be able to enjoy three of the finest Johnnie Walker whiskies, from the exquisite Blue Label to the indulgent Gold Label and Gold Label Reserve. The whiskies will be partnered by award winning luxury chocolates from London chocolatiers, Chococo.

Nikka Whisky with Stephanie Holt

Explore the multi-award winning Nikka range with a tasting of 5 whiskies from the company. Whisky expert Stephanie Holt will guide you through the nuances of a variety of single malt and blended whiskies known worldwide for their quality and flavour.

Kavalan Whisky with Stephanie Holt

Kavalan have made a big impact in the whisky world since they started distilling in 2006. This masterclass will be led by spirits expert Stephanie Holt who will conducting a tasting session of the award winning single malt whisky, known for its smooth and complex flavour.

Luxury Blending Session with Phil Huckle

Phil Huckle, brand ambassador for Pernod Ricards Scotch, will be showing you why it is a modern day myth that Blended Scotch is inferior to Single Malt. Guests will be able to taste premium luxury blends to discover the truth for themselves. On the menu will be Chivas Regal Extra / 18yr & 25yr plus Ballantines 17yr and Royal Salute 21yr.

Alwynne Gwilt – William Grant & Sons UK

Alwynne Gwilt is the UK Balvenie Brand Ambassador at William Grant & Sons UK. She got her start in whisky first through of a love of the liquid, and later through setting up the whisky blog, Miss Whisky. Alwynne will be guiding visitors through a selection of  Balvenie whiskies from the Single Barrel range, including the 12yo, 15yo and 25yo, plus a couple of extra treats along the way. 

Photo credits: The Whisky Exchange

All Whisky Masterclass tickets cost £45 in advance and include entry to the Olympia Historic Fair & Auction.

Please note, masterclasses are limited to 30 people per session so we recommend you book in advance to secure your place.

The Whisky Exchange Masterclasses are £55 on the door.

The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, in partnership with renowned auction house Coys, is proud to announce its inaugural event taking place in London’s most prestigious event venue Olympia London on 17-19 February 2017.

Packed with inspiring features such as the Classic Car Rally Talk Theatre, The Restoration Showcase and Fine Watch Room, the event will provide a wealth of information and guidance on the world of historic automobiles. From concours restoration to provenance, whether you’re thinking of buying with the aim to enter the exciting world of classic racing or interested to know how to maximise your investment, this event will allow owners and collectors to both indulge in their passions and acquire their next historic automobile.

For more show details and to buy tickets please visit:


Nicholson’s Pubs Celebrate Scotland with Burns Night and their Whisky Showcase – Scotch Whisky News

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Nicholson’s Pubs Celebrate Scotland with Burns Night and their Whisky Showcase

From Monday 23rd January, food and drink lovers across London are in for a treat as Nicholson’s pubs including The Elephant and Castle, The Princess of Wales, The Hoop and Grapes and The Henry Addington kick off 2017 with Burns Night celebrations and a whisky showcase. The traditional Burns Night menu will offer guests the chance to experience classic Scottish dishes in new and exciting ways, with the whisky showcase set to enable guests to explore whisky and find new favourites for 2017.

Nicholson's Burns Night Menu - Haggis, neeps & tatties

Burns Night

This January Nicholson’s Pubs will be celebrating the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns in a truly traditional fashion with a two and three course set menu showcasing classic Scottish cuisine. Guests will be able to sample the Scottish dishes from Monday 23rd January until Sunday 29th January meaning Burns Night celebrations can continue all week.

Dishes will include traditional favourites such as Smoked Salmon served with Scottish oatcakes and chive sour cream, haggis, neeps & tatties, and to round off the meal, guests with a sweet tooth can enjoy a traditional Scottish cranachan served with honey, whisky raspberries and golden toasted oats.

Adding an extra warming winter twist on their experience, there’s also a whisky flight available for guests to add to their Burns Night celebration for just £5. This includes three 25ml measures of The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old, Talisker Skye and Singleton Dufftown Spey Cascade, the perfect accompaniment to the traditional Scottish fayre.

Nicholson's Whisky Showcase

The Whisky Showcase

The Burns Night festivities will form the start of a month-long celebration of all things whisky in Nicholson’s pubs with the inaugural Whisky Showcase commencing from 23rd January.

Over 30 whiskies will be available in London Nicholson’s Pubs until 19th February as part of the showcase and each pub will be bringing whisky to life in fun & interesting ways, and make it accessible to both the whisky newcomers and malt connoisseurs alike.

As well as an extended range of exciting whiskies, the showcase will be brought to life through events and masterclasses taking place across the Nicholson’s pubs throughout the month. These will include tasting events for beginners in conjunction with Fever-Tree, whisky pairing masterclasses with Macallan chocolate and virtual reality events where guests can take a tour of the Glenfiddich distillery from the comfort of their local pub.

Whether guests like their whisky straight up, on the rocks, or topped with cola, Nicholson’s wants to show guests how accessible and unique each whisky is, and help them discover their perfect serve.

Nicholson's Burns Night Menu - Cranachan


The Old Thameside Inn will be hosting the Glenfiddich Virtual Reality Distillery tour

The Flying Horse will be hosting the Fever Tree ‘beginners guide to whisky’ session, where guests will begin with perfect serves of whisky & coke, and whisky & ginger, before discovering its unique taste on its own.

The White Swan will be hosting the Arbelour tasting sessions where guests will discover the secrets behind double cask maturation.

The Argyll Arms will be hosting the Maxxium Whisky Masterclass, where guests will explore pairings with chocolate and ale.

The Sir Christopher Hatton will be hosting the Diageo Whisky Masterclass which will delve into the world of whisky, including the myths surrounding it, flavour mapping and exploring the Nicholson’s whisky collection.

Guests can also get involved online, as the Nicholson’s social media feeds will be full to the rim of interesting whisky facts, Burns Night quotes, offers competitions and much more. Follow @Nicholsonspubs and #NicholsonsWhiskyShowcase to stay updated with all things whisky!

To find out more about which Whisky Showcase events are happening in London or to review the Burns Night menu, visit the website at and find your nearest Nicholson’s.

Twitter: @Nicholsonspubs

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About Nicholson’s

Founded in 1873 by William Nicholson; Nicholson’s Pubs extend across the UK with pubs in most major city centres locations. Nicholson’s prides itself on the colourful history and the striking architecture of each individually designed pub in the collection.

With a timeless atmosphere and character by the barrelful, it’s the perfect place to try an ale from the widest selection available, enjoy a gin from some of the most unique gin producers in the country and tuck into some hearty food. From an after work drink with colleagues, to having a drink with friends whilst visiting an historic city or enjoying a quality pub lunch or evening meal with family, every occasion can be a Nicholson’s one.

Find out more about your local Nicholson’s by visiting, following on twitter @Nicholsonspubs, or visiting the Facebook page

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Glen Grant 25 Year Old Single Cask XOP at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News



Glen Grant 25 Year Old Xtra Old Particular 1990 Single Cask, Cask Strength 56.1%

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25 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for some very special whiskies indeed. This one was distilled all the way back in November 1990 and left to age in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century. It was bottled in June 2016 with an outturn of 205 bottles.

Exclusive web price £199.95!

Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 Sovereign #13049 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whiske. Single barrel #13049 bottled November 2016 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Sovereign series. 235 bottles. This dark gold whisky has a well-rounded nose of sweet vanilla custard, chocolate shortbread and a slight lemon zest at the end. Rich and creamy on the palate with vanilla pods, butterscotch sauce and soft fruits. The finish is long and sweet with a gentle citrus aftertaste. Dumbarton Distillery is a lost Lowland grain distillery opened by Hiram Walker in 1938 on the site of the former McMillan shipyard. The distillery sat on the banks of the River Leven and River Clyde in Dumbarton and was equipped with one continuous still manufactured in Cincinnati. It was one of the largest grain distilleries in Scotland however it closed in 2002 with most of its buildings demolished by 2008. Spirit was produced primarily from maize with water originating from Loch Lomond with spirit destined for Ballantyne’s blends. Single cask bottlings have been released by Hunter Laing & Co.

Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 Sovereign #13049


ABV: 54.7% ~ Age: 29 Year Old ~ Vintage: 1987 ~ Cask Type: single barrel ~ Cask #:#13049 ~ Bottler: Hunter Laing & Co. ~ Region: Lowland ~ Type: Single Grain Scotch


An Exclusive Islay Single Cask – PORT CHARLOTTE 11 YEAR OLD – Scotch Whisky News



The Classic Cask Port Charlotte unveils complex and distinctive flavours from the refill bourbon barrel.

The orange citrus aromas along with the smoky and floral finish have made this wonderfully composed dram into a definite crowd pleaser.

COLOR: Mid gold

NOSE: Peat smoke, toffee and hints of ripe apricot

PALATE: Briny leading to smoke, orange citrus and peach

FINISH: Long and smoky with floral at the end.



Ezra Brooks® Launches New Straight Rye – American Whiskey News

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Ezra Brooks® Launches New Straight Rye

Brand Adds Rye Whiskey to Family Lineup 

(St. Louis) January 12, 2017 – The iconic brand Ezra Brooks® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a new addition to its product lineup: Ezra Brooks® Straight Rye. The brand, which dates back to 1957 and has been a part of Luxco’s portfolio of whiskeys since 1993, will continue to provide variants for consumers that celebrate the modern gentleman in all of us.

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye, a genuine straight rye whiskey, is made from the finest ingredients available and bottled at an honest 90 proof. This rye whiskey offers slightly sweet and oaky tones with a warm, spicy finish – making it perfect for crafting classic cocktails or enjoying on the rocks. It is available nationally starting this month in 750ml and 50ml bottles.

“In the past 12 months, we have seen rapid growth in the rye category, up 27 percent*, which indicates consumers are interested in more rye whiskey products,” says Fletcher Buchman, brand manager at Luxco. “Ezra Brooks’ recent packaging refresh has elevated the brand to the same high-quality of the bourbon found inside the bottle.”

Ezra Brooks’ updated look includes a new corked bottle with a premium matte-finish closure capsule. In addition, a higher end label offers the bottle a craftier look and feel. The brand has recently earned top honors at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, taking Gold for Old Ezra Seven Year and Silver for both Ezra Brooks Black Label and Ezra B 12 Year Single Barrel in 2015.

The brand family – all offered in 750ml bottles and ranging in suggested retail prices of $11.99 to $26.99 – includes:

n  Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 90 proof and offering a mellow flavor with hints of spice and chocolate and a smooth finish.

n  Old Ezra Seven Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 101 proof and aged a full seven years for a buttery long finish and deep, rich taste.

n  Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream, bottled at 25 proof and offering a rich caramel and toffee flavor with a smooth, creamy finish.

n  Ezra Brooks Blended Whiskey, bottled at 80 proof and offering a genuine Kentucky sour mash recipe with a light, warm finish.

Lux Row Distillers – a new distillery experience currently being built in Bardstown, Kentucky – will be the future home of Ezra Brooks, along with other Luxco bourbon brands. To follow the progress of the construction and for more information, please visit, as well as Facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information about Ezra Brooks, please visit

*Source: NABCA 9L R12 through September 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Pia Reinhold at

Kelsey Arends at

About Luxco

Luxco, Inc. is a leading producer, importer and marketer of beverage alcohol products. Our mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, where it is headquartered, it is owned and operated by the Lux family. Its portfolio of brands include: Juarez Tequila & Triple Sec, Pearl Vodka, Everclear Grain Alcohol, Arrow Cordials, El Mayor Tequila, Ezra Brooks & Rebel Yell Bourbons, Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, St. Brendan’s Irish Cream, Salvador’s Cocktails, Yago Sant’ gria and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company, visit

The Whisky Shop “Last of our Exclusive Aberfeldy Single Casks!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Good as Gold

The Pitilie Burn in the town of Aberfeldy is one of the few places in Scotland where would-be prospectors still come to pan for gold, but you needn’t get your pick-axe out to find the precious stuff – simply open a bottle of one of our exclusive Aberfeldy single cask expressions! With only a few bottles remaining in stock, now is the time to strike gold!

Free delivery on UK orders over £100 Next day delivery available on UK orders

Aberfeldy 1991Single Cask


This limited edition single cask expression from Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire was distilled in 1991 before spending 24 years in cask no. 6394. Bottled on 1st October 2015 at a strength of 53.5% abv, only 195 bottles are available, each one exclusive to The Whisky Shop. A delicate sweetness in the mouth with smooth creamy toffee notes, desiccated coconut mingling with a twist of lime and a wisp of smoke to finish.

£320 Buy Now

Aberfeldy 1996 Single Cask


The whisky for this Aberfeldy bottling was distilled in 1996 and was specially selected by members of The W Club and The Whisky Shop Edinburgh staff in March 2013. Exclusive to The Whisky Shop, this is a fabulous single cask expression. Brimming with vanilla notes stewed fruits, this fabulous expression also packs some typical warming oak flavours from the fairly long maturation.

£160 Buy Now

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Old & Rare: 20% Saving” – Scotch Whisky News



We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be attending the new Old & Rare Whisky Festival next month, see below for more details. In celebration, we’re offering a massive 20% saving on whiskies 20 years old and over.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy some of our oldest and rarest casks at a great price.  But hurry, offer ends midnight on Wednesday 25 January and our casks are limited in availability.

How to redeem: Simply use promo code OLD&RARE at our online checkout, the discount will be applied to all whiskies 20 years and over.  Sorry discounted parcels and other offers do not apply, and discount cannot be applied retrospectively.  Offer available online and at our Members’ Rooms, ask at the bar for more details.

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 here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video



Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Whisky Advocate: “Light in color it may be, but this is no wimp. The nose goes straight to the shore with mineral and salt, but its also sweet, which allows it to be fresh, lively, yet balanced. The palate delivers some menthol, bay laurel, more brininess, a hint of malt, and Parma violet. Everything remains very breezy, with peat smoke being blown from a kiln into salt-laden air. I prefer it to the 12 year old and the price is fantastic. (Summer 2016, Dave Broom)”

K&L Notes: The 200th anniversary bottling of Lagavulin is finally here! A limited edition eight year old single malt whisky that packs all the peat, smoke, salt, and classic Islay flavor of the beloved distillery into a younger, brighter, more assertive expression. Sure to sell fast and sure to be one of the more popular whiskies we sell this year! The special edition celebrates a visit to the distillery be Alfred Banard (author of the classic “The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland”), where he recollected tasting a delicious eight year expression.



Rare Islay Whisky from 1964 at Abbey Whsiky – Scotch Whisky News

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Gold Bowmore | 44 Year Old – 1964

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Distilled in 1964, Gold Bowmore is the third and final limited edition release in Bowmore’s special Trilogy series. A 44 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a combination of bourbon & sherry casks at the legendary No.1 Vaults on Islay, only 701 bottles of Bowmore Gold were bottled in 2009 at 42.4%.

Each release in this rare trilogy was distilled in 1964, this particular Bowmore vintage has produced some exceptional whisky, including Gold, rated in the high 90’s by many whisky experts & writers worldwide.


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