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ABERLOUR SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS CREATIVE AWARD FOR LET THE DEED SHOW – Scotch Whisky News

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ABERLOUR SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS CREATIVE AWARD FOR LET THE DEED SHOW

Congratulations to Aberlour which has been recognised for its creativity at the Mobius Awards 2017, taking home a First Place Statuette and Best of Show Nominee in the 360 Brand Design category for its brand identity, ‘Let the deed show’.

The Mobius Awards, established in 1971, is one of the leading competitions for creative agencies worldwide.

Aberlour’s award-winning brand identity, developed with agency Williams Murray Hamm, honours its founder James Fleming’s age-old family motto, ‘Let the deed show’.

The motto which translates as ‘actions speak louder than words’ was brought to life in collaboration with a Scottish linocut artist.

The early 1900s storytelling technique of drawing, lino carving and then printing with inks, rooted in craftsmanship, illustrates a series of brand deeds captured since 1879.

The creative highlights how James Fleming’s actions and now the skills of the craftsmen today define the exceptional artisanal character of Aberlour, leaving the quality of the whisky to do the talking.

Watch Aberlour’s award-winning entry below:

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Miriam Eceolaza, Global Marketing Director  said: “We are delighted that the creativity and all the hard work of the team involved with ‘Let the deed show’ has been recognised with this prestigious award.”

Best of luck to Aberlour on 30th January when the The Mobius Best In Show winner will be announced at a ceremony in LA.

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WHISKY GALORE Auction is now LIVE and will run until Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Auction Whisky News

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WHISKY GALORE AUCTIONEERS LTD 

Auction is now LIVE and will run until Saturday 3rd February 2018 and finish at 8pm!

We would like to welcome all our new customers who have registered since our last Auction and we do welcome all new Whisky Galore customers so please visit us at www.whiskygalore.uk.com

We are busy here at Whisky Galore HQ getting things ready and in place for our next Auction so maybe something for you to consider is that we do NOT charge sellers any commission nor do we charge for you putting bottles in nor do we charge you for putting a reserve on your bottles.

So the question we ask is:-

“What do you have to lose – Certainly not your BOTTLE”!

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REMEMBER: There is still time to enter our current competition to win all 3 bottles in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series…… ie IPA, XX and Winter Storm so go on register with Whisky Galore Auctioneers Ltd at www.whiskygalore.uk.com and we will automatically enter you into our draw TO give you the chance to win the LOT!

So happy bidding, happy selling and Good Luck in our competition.

Kindest Regards

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“More than just an Auction Site”

Now Available: Suntory’s “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Whisky at K&L California – Japanese Whiskey News

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A Classic Bottling for All Fans of Japanese Whisky
Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” ($59.99)
“Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki.” – Whisky Advocate

While age-statement whiskies from Japan appear to have gone the way of the Dodo, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your fix. Suntory’s “Hibiki Japanese Harmony,” while not bearing an age-statement, still offers the classic profile collectors and connoisseurs expect from this legendary distiller. While there may have been a bit of skepticism when Suntory announced the inaugural release of “Harmony,” any hesitation was quickly swept away upon tasting.

A beautiful whisky by any measure, it is delightfully complex while remaining approachable and utterly delicious from the first sip to the last. Smoky flavors mingle with subtle touches of oak, lemon, toffee, and vanilla. Perhaps most striking, is how gracefully elegant the delivery is, especially given its underlying power and verve. Very attractively priced at under $60, the “Harmony” is a very affordable way to enjoy a classic Japanese whisky from one of the most highly regard distillers in the world. Our allocations of “Harmony” always sell in the blink of an eye, so don’t delay in securing your bottles.

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Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: “The newest blended whisky offering from Hibiki is burnished gold in the glass and has a bold aroma that mixes vanilla, fresh pear and a hint of smoke. The smokiness comes forward at the first sip, wrapping around a core of oak and vanilla custard and finishing long, with a mouthwatering bitter chocolate note. *Best of 2016* (KN)” (03/2016)

90 points Whisky Advocate: “Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. The palate is more rounded than that very forward nose, with toffee notes adding some weight. A touch of smoke comes along in the mid-palate, before fruits and caramelized coffee biscuits. Water allows the flavors to flood the palate. Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki. (DB, Winter 2015)” (12/2015)

Wine & Spirits: “You cant be a Japanese whisky enthusiast without having noticed that theres a shortage of the stuff. What once was readily available is now hard to find. What once was affordable now costs various bodily limbs. It is due to more than a fad. The best Japanese whisky is remarkable stuff, and none are better than the top single malts from Suntory, Yamazaki, Hakushu and the blended whisky Hibiki. Hibiki comes in 12-, 17- and 21-year-old expressions, but even the youngest of these is now allocated. Harmony, the newest release, carries no age statement, indicating that it contains younger whiskies than other bottlings. Nevertheless, this is a welcome concession, with Suntorys classic sense of balance, nuance and delicacy. *Best of 2015*(JM)” (11/2015)

K&L Notes: The newest incarnation of Suntory’s hugely popular Hibiki series, this time without an age statement attached. The same soft, mellow, vanilla-laden flavor is still here, however. It’s a true harmony of pure Hibiki flavor.

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Milroys of Soho “Darkness! Shall Fall…” – Scotch Whisky News

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Darkess! Shall fall…

The fantastic range of Darkness whisky has arrived at Milroys. Tirelessly sourced rare old casks are bottled at cask strength, but not before finishing the whiskies in smaller casks that have previously held sherry or fortified wine to add significant levels of complexity and deliciousness…

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INVERGORDON, 25 YEAR OLD, DARKNESS!, PX CASK FINISH, 46.1% 50CL

£64.95

An old example of a well aged Invergordon fiished in Pedro Ximiez barrels. Reminiscent of px covered vanilla bean ice cream.

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INVERGORDON, 43 YEAR OLD, DARKNESS!, OLOROSO CASK FINISH, 49.3% 50CL

£149.95

An extremely old cask of Invergordon grain whisky finished in Oloroso Sherry.

Buy Invergordon 43 Now

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TOBERMORY, 22 YEAR OLD, DARKNESS, MOSCATEL CASK FINISH, 49.2%, 50CL

£79.95

A wonderful whisky from the idyllic Isle of Mull. This Tobermory has been finished in a Moscatel cask adding complex layers of fruit undertones.

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Scotch Whisky Auction 82nd Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News

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Hi folks,

that’s us live with the 82nd auction.

Happy Bidding!

THE 82nd AUCTION

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Maclean’s rule the world on Burns’ Night – Scotch Whisky News

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Maclean’s rule the world on Burns’ Night 

WITH Hogmanay behind us, what do we Scots like to eat and drink? Scots butcher Simon Howie (Perthshire) has teamed up with tv Masterchef champion Gary Maclean to devise new ways to enjoy haggis on Burns’ Night, January 25. The three recipes: crispy fried haggis, the haggis burger, the haggis Yorkshire pudding (no very Scottish by the way). Mr Howie said: “We know families up and down the country will be celebrating Robert Burns’ birthday with haggis, and we wanted to offer some new ideas on how to enjoy our national dish beyond  the well-loved classic of haggis, neeps and tatties. What better way to toast Burns than our National dish with a dram or two of our National drink? For example, enjoy Old Perth, this whisky company are just a few miles fae Perth city centre.

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We will be enjoying a Burn’s Night away from Perth with a two day whisky educational journey into the Highlands. Liz and Paul will be at Kincaird castle near Dalmore staying in the Highlands drinking health to everyone!  The trip includes other locations on the trip include;

Glen Ord Distillery Muir of Ord Founded 1838  by Thomas Mackenzie in the Black Isle – a peninsula of rich, which is perfect for growing barley. Immediately after construction Thomas Mackenzie licensed the distillery to the Ord Distillery Co., set up by D. McLennan and Robert Johnston.

DALMORE   1263. BRAVERY IS BORN  The real test of courage is how someone reacts when faced with true danger. A moment in 1263 – a hunting party that accompanied King Alexander III of Scotland. During the hunt, a stag charged at the King, and of all the men there only one acted, Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie. He speared the stag, crying out ‘Cuidich ‘n’ Righ’, Gaelic for ‘Save the King’. The act of saving King Alexander III’s life would prove to be a defining moment for Colin of Kintail, the Clan Mackenzie and in the history of The Dalmore.. As a sign of gratitude for saving his life, King Alexander III awarded him the lands of Eilean Donan and the motto ‘Luceo Non Uro’, which translates to ‘I Shine, Not Burn’. But most importantly Colin of Kintail and his Mackenzie clan were given the right to bear a 12-pointed Royal Stag as their crest.

In 1843, William Matheson founded the Glenmorangie Distillery. In 2018 Liz and Paul will be here!

GlenWyvis. Has gone from a green field site to a working whisky distillery in just ten months. GlenWyvis Distillery Upper Docharty  Dingwall  are waiting for them! As we are not fully open for visitors as of yet just let me know what day and time you want to come up.Kind Regards Michael

Since 1790, Balblair only ever release whisky when it’s ready. Distillery Manager, John MacDonald good man so he is may well be getting a visit.

The Dornoch Distillery was founded by brothers Simon and Philip Thompson, the twosome will also  call into Eagle pub and Whisky shop to see Michael Hanratty,  Whisky Cellars

Clynelish Distillery Brora was established in 1819 by the Marquess of Stafford to create a market for the barley produced on his lands. In October 2017 Diageo revealed plans to reopen both Brora and Port Ellen distilleries, which also closed in 1983. Subject to planning permission, the two sites are expected to be operational once more by 2020, Liz and Paul will be at Brora in January.

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Paul mcleanscotland.com and whiskytours.scot

Whisky Clubs Group opens first dedicated whisky bar in Birmingham – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Clubs Group opens first dedicated whisky bar in Birmingham 

Whisky Clubs Group owners of The Birmingham Whisky Club, The Birmingham Whisky Festival and The Bristol Whisky Festival is opening its first venue in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Situated inside The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter the bar will list over 300 different whiskies.

The whisky list has been careful curated with a focus on interesting whiskies that have not been poured in the city before, underpinned with a range of everyday drinking whiskies at affordable prices.

Tasting flights will be available each telling a tale through whisky. The ‘Whisky Story’ tasting flights include ‘Amateur Dramatics’ a beginner’s guide with four specially chosen drams; ‘Under the Cherry Blossom Tree’ a journey through Japanese whisky. The ‘stories’ will be presented at the table with a written guide for drinkers to taste through at their leisure.

There will also be a small selection of premium spirits, wines and beers that reflect the whisky story –  barrel aged beer, gins from whisky distillers and aged gins.

Speaking about the concept Amy Seton, founder of Whisky Clubs Group, said: “I set up my first whisky club back in 2011, since then it’s gone from strength to strength with our festivals selling out in a matter of weeks. Setting up a permanent home for our members felt like the next natural step.

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The bar is designed to be a home from home for whisky lovers and we want to bring new people into the category. The bar will cater for everyone from the whisky aficionado looking for a rare dram to the complete novice who’s just starting their whisky journey.”

Throughout the year The Birmingham Whisky Club bar will be working with brands to bring some unique tasting events to the city. “We’re taking a different approach to brand activation” commented Amy, “since setting up the whisky club six years ago we’ve developed great relationships with brands and we now want to take that to the next level.

We’re working with some interesting brands who will get a dedicated month at our bar and we will work with them to create a bespoke package of events and content driven marketing. This will offer brands an opportunity to really get under the skin of the Birmingham whisky scene, speak directly to our growing database of whisky lovers and introduce new drinkers to the category.”

Ahead of the official opening there will be a Burns Bar pop-up on January 27th – 28th.

The bar will be open to everyone who wants to get a preview before the refurb is fully complete. A free dram for whisky lovers on arrival and there will be a good selection of beers, wines and spirits for non-whisky drinkers.

The Birmingham Whisky Club bar will open to the public on February 14th opening times are Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 12pm.

Although not exclusively a member’s bar memberships are available which give access to special events and discounts.

 

Whisky Live 2018 – Get your FREE bottle of Orbital whisky worth £37.95 with each VIP ticket or a Full Day ticket – Whisky News

 

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EXCLUSIVE TICKET OFFER! 

Receive a FREE bottle of *Orbital 8 Years Old whisky worth £37.95 when purchasing either a VIP ticket or a Full Day ticket for Whisky Live 2018 before 1 February

40% more Scotch and 40% more international whiskies compared to 2017

*One 70cl bottle per ticket purchased, collect on departure of Whisky Live 2018THE DATE
Friday 23 March & Saturday 24 March 2018

THE VENUE
The Honourable Artillery Company
Armoury House, City Road, London EC1Y 2BQ

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS

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Whisky Live London returns to the Honourable Artillery Company once again. This year we have also added new features, including a separate beer area, World’s Best Beers Live - a whisky cocktail area to compliment over 100 fine whiskies for you to enjoy.

Whisky Live is an international festival, boasting a collection of whiskies from all over the globe We promised you bigger and better, and so, compared to 2017, you will see 40% more whisky exhibited at the show, including record breaking numbers of scotch whiskies, along with a huge selection of international whiskies for you to enjoy.

Whether a whisky enthusiast, a newcomer to the world of whisky, or just seeking a day out at a fantastic event, Whisky Live has something to offer everyone.

Whisky Live London runs over two days:

Friday 23 March
5pm to 10pm (4pm to 10pm VIP)

Saturday 24 March
12 noon to 5pm (11am to 5pm VIP)

All tickets include entry to the show, samples of exhibited whiskies, hot food served buffet-style, the Whisky Live tasting glass, food and whisky combination samples and the Whisky Live show guide. VIP tickets include all of this PLUS an exclusive VIP Masterclass worth £20, VIP dining, entrance to the VIP Lounge and exclusive private VIP pourings.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS

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Makes a great gift! 

Entrance to Whisky Live London on Friday 23 from 5pm – 10pm or on Saturday 24 March 12 noon to 5pm
Includes hot food, tasting glass and show guide

Ticket Options and Prices

VIP with Masterclass – £109
Entrance to Whisky Live London on Friday 23 March from
4pm -10pm or on Saturday 24 March 11am – 5pm  Ticket includes masterclass, VIP dining, VIP Lounge, Live tasting glass, show guide and exclusive VIP pourings.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Full Day Entrance Ticket – £69
Entrance to Whisky Live London on Friday 23 March from
5pm – 10pm or on Saturday 24 March from 12pm – 5pm.
Includes hot food, tasting glass and show guide.

The Karuizawa Emerald Geishas at The Whisky Exchange – Japanese Whisky News

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The Whisky Exchange is honoured to present two new exclusive Karuizawa whiskies. These stunning single malts, derived from a single sherry and bourbon cask respectively, are the fitting continuation of our exquisite Geishas series. Due to the limited number of bottles available, we will be allocating them by ballot.

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KARUIZAWA 33 YEARS OLD SHERRY CASK #8908
ONLY 170 BOTTLES
70CL | 54.4%
£3,750

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KARUIZAWA 35 YEARS OLD BOURBON CASK #8518
ONLY 265 BOTTLES
70CL | 59.1%
£3,750

The ballot will run from Friday 26 January to Sunday 4 February. You can find full details and enter on The Whisky Exchange website.

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Unlock the Secrets of Mystery Malts at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

 

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Unlock the Secrets of Mystery Malts

Delve into the world of mystery malts with The Whisky Barrel. Rummage around on our website and find a rare unspecified bottle from an independent bottler including Highland Park, Laphroaig, Kininvie and Glenfarclas.

Shop – Mystery Malts

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