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One of the most prestigious Highland single malts ever created by Glenmorangie has been revealed this week. Building on the success of the exclusive bottlings of Pride 1981 (released in 2011) and Pride 1978 (released in 2014) with the launch of Pride 1974.

Crafted by Dr Bill Lumsden, the new 41-year-old edition was laid down on 30th October 1974 in combination of ex-bourbon casks and ex-Oloroso sherry butts then left to mature until Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie deemed the whisky had reached its very peak more than four decades later.

Dr Bill said: “Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the oldest and deepest Glenmorangie ever to be released. Its age lends the whisky an enriched intensity, borne only of a slow, patient maturation.  The result is an exquisite blend of deep, rich, salty and spicy aromas – aged balsamic vinegar, salted caramel toffee and oranges, leading to tastes of baked apples, toffee, oranges and brown sugar.”

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the third limited-edition release in the Pride collection, which showcases the Distillery’s most rare and treasured malts. There will only be 503 crystal decanters available worldwide.

To mark the release of the distillery’s oldest whisky, Glenmorangie and renowned piano maker Steinway & Sons, have collaborated with Steinway Artist Aaron Diehl, to compose a piece of music which embodies the whisky’s rare beauty.

Diehl found inspiration at the Distillery where Glenmorangie’s exceptional whisky has been crafted since 1843. His composition echoes the creative spirit of Glenmorangie Pride 1974, drawing on its depth of character and its long maturation. Diehl, a world-renowned pianist, premiered his work alongside the whisky last night in New York.

Bottled at 52% ABV, Glenmorangie Pride 1974 will be released in May with an RRP of £7,200. Only 503 decanters of Glenmorangie Pride 1974 will be available worldwide.


Tasting Notes:

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is non chill-filtered and bottled at 52% ABV.

Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Wonderful, deep, rich, salty and spicy flavours. Salted caramel toffee, chocolate truffles.  Turkish delight, rum-and-raisin-flavoured ice-cream, and a hint of aged balsamic vinegar.  Three or four drops of water release myriad complex vapours, reminiscent of warn brioche, yeast floor, ginger-snap biscuits and subtle, gentle blood orange, finally giving way to more hints of brioche, baked bread and cedar wood.

Taste: For a whisky of such age, the mouthfeel is soft, leading to surprisingly vibrant flavours of baked apples, oranges, honey and menthol.  Lots of toffee, molasses, double cream and spicy clove and aniseed.

Finish: The aftertaste is lingering but gently soothing, with pecan nuts, leather, fudge and creamy café latte.

About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks for great depth, and perfected by the Men of Tain, who have passed their skills down the generations, often from father to son.  These select craftsmen go to unseen lengths to ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried, uncompromising way as it always has been.  The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.

About the Glenmorangie Pride series:

This exceptional series of whiskies showcases the most rare and treasured creations ever to emerge from the Glenmorangie Distillery.  The first in the series, Glenmorangie Pride 1981, is a 28-year-old whisky, matured for 18 years in Glenmorangie’s finest oak casks, and then extra-matured for ten years in Sauternes barriques from the fabled vineyards of Chateau d’Yquem.  Glenmorangie Pride 1978 was the second release.  First matured for 19 years in American oak ex-bourbon casks, it then spent a further 15 years in five casks which once held a Premier Grand Cru claret.  Glenmorangie Pride 1974, is the most highly prized whisky yet in the series. This 41-year-old single malt owes its exquisite character to the marriage of two whiskies from two casks, one matured for its entire life in ex-bourbon casks, the other in ex-Oloroso sherry butts.

About the premiere of Glenmorangie Pride 1974 and Aaron Diehl’s composition:

Glenmorangie Pride 1974 will be unveiled alongside Aaron Diehl’s composition in Manhattan, New York, on March 23rd, 2017].  There, a select group of collectors and connoisseurs will share in a rare moment of beauty, which pays homage to the traditions of craftsmanship and creativity shared by Glenmorangie and Steinway & Sons.  At the premiere, Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, will reveal the character of Glenmorangie Pride 1974, and Steinway Artist Aaron Diehl will perform his work inspired by the expression, on the exceptional Steinway D concert piano. 

About Dr Bill Lumsden:

Dr Bill Lumsden is Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks.  Dr Bill is regarded by the malt whisky industry as an innovator, creating whiskies which have revolutionised the single-malt market.  In recognition of his team’s work, The Glenmorangie Company was named Distiller of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2012.  Dr Bill, who has a PhD in biochemistry, has combined art and science in his work since he joined The Glenmorangie Company in 1995.  He is renowned for his groundbreaking wood management techniques, experimentation with exceptional casks at various ages, and use of extra-maturation.  Dr Bill has won a series of prestigious awards and accolades.  He recently added to his plaudits by winning the 2015 International Spirits Challenge’s special recognition award for a Master Distiller/Blender.  He was further honoured with the title of Master Distiller/Blender of the Year, at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards.

About Steinway & Sons:

Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Because of a dedication to continuous improvement, today’s Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world. For more information, visit

About Aaron Diehl:

Diehl is a 2007 graduate of The Juilliard School, the American Pianists Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow, and a Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist. His work on Cécile McLorin Salvant’s For One To Love earned him a Grammy Award, and his latest album, Space, Time, Continuum, emphasises artistic interactions between generations. Aaron Diehl recently had his debut with the New York Philharmonic performing George Gershwin’s Concerto in F.  He has also collaborated with Philip Glass on his complete piano Études, and scored Jeremy McQueen’s ballet The Black Iris Project.

About the decanter of Glenmorangie Pride 1974:

The rare expressions in the Glenmorangie Pride series are contained within sleek, crystal decanters, designed by Laurence Brabant, one of
the design world’s most talented glassware specialists.  For each expression, Brabant’s exclusive design has been tailored to the individual character of the whisky within.  In the case of Glenmorangie Pride 1974, the unique cask make-up of the expression is engraved in the decanter’s golden, metallic detailing.  The decanter is protected by a box with a lacquered cherry wood veneer and a mirrored interior, which reflects the rarity of Glenmorangie Pride 1974.  

About Laurence Brabant:

Over the past decade, Laurence Brabant has established herself as one of the design world’s most talented glassware specialists. Inspired by the fragility of glass, she uses the material to play with light and colour and
experiment with the characteristics of visibility. Her work has been showcased globally and she has worked with Jean Paul Gaultier & Philippe Starck, among others. Laurence designed Glenmorangie Pride 1981, Glenmorangie Pride 1978 and Glenmorangie Pride 1974.

Responsible Drinking:

The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

The first ever European Woodford Reserve Personal Selection Barrel is now available within The Punch Room at The London Edition – American Whiskey News


The first ever European Woodford Reserve Personal Selection Barrel is now available within The Punch Room at The London Edition. 

The London Edition’s Personal Selection Barrel was the culmination of the Punch on the Road tour of the US in May last year, where the Punch Room team visited New York, Louisville Kentucky and Chicago within the space of a week, all with help of Woodford Reserve. The Punch Room team made their drinks at the finest bars in these cities – and since then The Punch Room and Woodford have collaborated to visit the best bars of Oslo, Stockholm and Amsterdam.

It’s important to note that the Woodford Reserve Personal Selection does not create a single barrel product, instead it is a chance for customers to blend their own, unique Woodford Reserve, meaning that it is 100% bespoke. The Punch Room team were presented with 12 different barrel samples grouped into 6 x 2 selections. They tasted them individually, and then together, to decide which two they’d like to blend together to create their perfect batch.

The Punch Room’s Personal Selection Barrel has the same mash bill as Woodford Reserve Distillers Select (18% rye, along with 10% barley and 72% corn) and is 45.2% ABV.

The Punch Room Bar is located in the London Edition Hotel



The Personal Selection Barrel program allows consumers to pick the batch that suits their palette, allowing one to bottle the flavors they love most in Woodford Reserve.

The selection options are:

1)       A distillery visit including meeting the master taster or master distiller to select barrels

2)       In-Market Selection – the customer is sent three distinct flavor profiles and asked to select their favourite

3)       Distillery Selection – the master distiller can select the barrel for you

What’s included:

  • 180 – 1 litre bottles of Woodford Reserve Personal Selection adorned with Personalisation labels
  • A plaque with the buyers name or company at the distillery
  • A personalized barrel (upon request)
  • Personalised barrel head ( on request)

Dufftown 2000 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from 27 April to 1 May 2017 – Scotch Whisky News


Less than 1 month to go !! 

Dufftown 2000 will again be hosting a full range of events for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from 27 April to 1 May 2017. 

All our events are available to book on the Spirit of Speyside website, from Whisky Tastings, Distillery Tours and The “Dramble” Walk around Dufftown’s Distilleries. Also, for the 13th year running, is the very popular and best attended event “Whisky Fair” in the Memorial Hall, which had nearly 600 visitors last year on the Saturday & Sunday of the Festival. 

See you all in the “Whisky Capital of the World” in April 2017 renewing old acquaintances and making some new friends.  

Dufftown 2000 Ltd. &

Pagodas at Glenfiddich Distillery Dufftowm Speyside


Brand New Single Cask Release The Authors’ Series at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Single Cask Special

New Releases!

This week has seen the release of a number of new releases from independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co. of Glasgow. Adding to their celebrated Authors’ Series range of single cask expressions, the latest batch includes highly limited bottlings aged between 20 and 50 years. We also have three new Speyside single cask releases, all over 18 years old, including a 1989 cask strength expression from Braes of Glenlivet, the distillery that would become Braeval. Next day delivery available on UK orders We ship worldwide!

Springbank 1996 Authors’ Series
Benjamin Disraeli



Bruichladdich 1990 Authors’ Series
Jules Verne



Port Ellen 1983 Authors’ Series
Alfred Tennyson



Speyside’s Finest 1966 Authors’ Series
Victor Hugo



Springbank 10yo at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Springbank 10 Year Old


Matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, Springbank Ten is regarded as one of the best value single malts available. We’ve just heard that stock is now on allocation – so grab a bottle (or three) while you still can!



Whisky Wednesday Reviews Johnnie Walker Blue – Scotch Whisky News


Well, well, well. It’s come to the time where we review and shine light on one of the most talked about bottles of whisky on the planet, Johnnie Walker Blue Label. From the outset I will say one thing, this whisky does deserve respect. Whether or not you like blends or the brand itself, something that is crafted to this degree for consistency is genuinely remarkable. Only around 16 whiskies, both grain and malt go into making this fine and prestige product, some of my favorite’s among them are; Royal Lochnagar, Mortlach, Talisker, Caol Ila, Clynelish, Dailuaine, Cambus,  etc. etc. This is certainly something that all whisky drinkers should try at some point in their lives, the price and experience is the tricky part. Enjoy!

Whisky Reviews every Wednesday





            FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (March 21, 2017) Buffalo Trace Distillery was awarded five top awards at Whisky Magazine’s 2017 American World Whiskies Awards, including two Golds, one Silver and two Bronze.

Two bourbons received Gold in the category of Kentucky Bourbon:

  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

            One whiskey received Silver in the category of American Rye:

  • Sazerac Rye Straight Kentucky Rye

            Two whiskies received Bronze, one in the category of American Rye, the other in the category of Kentucky Bourbon:

  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“This is a great recognition for our whiskies,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “We are very thankful and humbled to receive these awards.”

The American World Whiskies Awards were announced at the Whisky Magazine Awards America presentation held in New York on Feb. 28.

Whiskies in each category were subject to rigorous blind taste testing to determine the very best.  For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

The Next Chapter in the Author’s Series at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The First Editions Authors’ Series

First launched by independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co. in 2015, the First Editions Authors’ Series celebrates the life and works of great writers with equally laudable single cask whiskies. With such literary giants as Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson honoured in previous releases, the latest highly limited bottlings pay tribute to French and British writers of the 19th century.

Next day delivery available on UK orders

Springbank 1996 Benjamin Disraeli


Distilled in October 1996 at Springbank distillery in Campbeltown and matured for 20 years in a single sherry hogshead before bottling in November 2016 at a strength of 57.5% abv, only 67 have been produced. Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was a British politician and author who served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Author of more than a dozen novels, Disraeli’s popular political novels reflect an interest in social reform and include Conigsby, Sybil and Tancred.

£600 Buy Now

Bruichladdich 1990 Jules Verne


Distilled in October 1990 at Bruichladdich distillery on the isle of Islay before spending the next 25 years maturing in a refill hogshead. Bottled in September 2016 at a strength of 48.6% abv, only 140 have been produced. Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French author who became one of the most influential writers in Science Fiction. Verne’s works such as Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, remain enduring classics to this day.

£500 Buy Now

Port Ellen 1983 Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Distilled in March 1983 at Port Ellen distillery on Islay before being matured in a sherry butt for 33 years. Bottled in November 2016 at a strength of 55.9% abv, only 142 have been produced. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) is widely regarded as the finest of the Victorian poets. Poet laureate from 1851 until his death, Tennyson was the longest serving to date. The first peer to be created for his writing, he is best remembered for his tribute to British cavalrymen, The Charge of the Light Brigade.

£2800 Buy Now

Probably Speyside’s Finest 1966 Victor Hugo


Distilled in June 1966 at what may be considered one of Speyside’s finest distilleries before spending the next half century maturing in a single sherry butt. Bottled in November 2016 at a strength of 51.1% abv, only 39 have been produced. Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French novelist, poet and dramatist, is best remembered for works such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. A supporter of the Republican movement, Hugo became involved in politics in later life, eventually being elected a senator in 1876.

£1900 Buy Now

Authors’ Series 2016 Compendium


Bringing together the four single cask expressions ranging from 20 to 50 years old, this set celebrates the life and works of Jules Verne, Victor Hugo, Alfred Tennyson and Benjamin Disraeli – great writers of the 19th century. Each bottle is wax-sealed and presented in a beautiful brown leather box, embossed with gold lettering that would look perfectly at home in the grandest of libraries.

£5800 Buy Now

Milroys of Soho “Peat smoke & Chocolate ~ A tale of indulgence” – Scotch Whisky News


Peat Smoke & Chocolate ~ A tale of indulgence

Join us on the 5th of June for a Port Askaig Single Malt Whisky tasting event expertly paired with Chocolate!

Hosted by whisky expert & Port Askaig UK Brand Ambassador Mariella Romano.



The single malts of Islay are arguably Scotland’s most talked-about whiskies and are recognised for their sweet, fruity flavours and smoky, peaty character. Port Askaig is a range of single Islay malt whiskies aiming to achieve the perfect balance of these flavours and embody the unique spirit of Islay and its people.


We LOVE chocolate, we LOVE whisky, it’s a no brainer.

Only 25 tickets available for this event. Please book way in advance to avoid disappointment.

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 158: Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 North Star Spirits – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 158: Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 North Star Spirits

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a release from the new independent bottler North Star Spirits. This company, led by Iain Croucher (of A.D. Rattray fame) has in its first year released 5 malts and 1 grain. All of them are great, but Mark’s favorite is their Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996, matured on a sherry cask.

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