Archive for February, 2018

Cotswolds Distillery named Craft Producer of the Year – Rest of the World in Whisky Magazine’s 2018 Icons of Whisky Awards – English Whisky News

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Cotswolds Distillery named Craft Producer of the Year – Rest of the World in Whisky Magazine’s 2018 Icons of Whisky Awards 

The Cotswolds Distillery has begun its first full year of whisky sales with a ground-breaking win in the annual Icons of Whisky Awards. The distillery, which only began production in September 2014, has been named ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ in the awards’ ‘Rest of World’ category – beating the likes of esteemed Japanese whisky artisan Chichibu.

The awards, organised by Whisky Magazine, have run since 2007. This year they were organised into six regions, reflecting the exponential rise of new distilleries outside the traditional whisky producing nations. Winners from each region will go head to head in March to compete in the global finals.

The distillery also picked up another award in the category, for Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year, which went to Alison Dinnie. Dinnie has looked after the distillery shop and tours programme for the last year and oversaw the distillery’s rise to #1 in TripAdvisor’s ranking of visitor attractions in the Cotswolds, beating more established attractions such as Gloucester Cathedral and the Royal Gardens at the Highgrove Estate. 

Daniel Szor, Founder and CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery saidWe are so pleased to have won this award, particularly in the “Rest of World” category of which we are so proud to play a part.  The World Whisky movement is a very exciting part of the single malt whisky scene, encompassing high quality production from diverse corners of the world like Japan, Taiwan, England, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, USA etc. These producers share a strong devotion to the highest quality, transparency and originality, and the passion that goes into every bottle is there for all to see.  We have been waiting impatiently to show our whisky to the world and receiving this prestigious award less than 6 months after the launch of our first whisky release is a wonderful testament to the hard work of our very dedicated team.”

The Cotswolds Distillery will play host later this year to many of world’s most exciting new whisky producers when they gather for the second World Whisky Forum in June. The Forum, moderated by Dave Broom, looks at progress and growth across the whisky industry.

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About the Cotswolds Distillery

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017 and is just over three years old. It has been aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine barriques. It is bottled non-chill filtered, with no added colour and at 46% ABV. RRP £44.95. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm it was grown on.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is available nationally and in 12 countries across the world. Key UK retailers include Majestic Wine, The Whisky Exchange and Laithwaites.

The distillery also produces the Cotswolds Dry Gin, which was named Best London Dry at the 2016 World Gin Awards and received the top Gold Outstanding award in the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Located in Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, the small distillery now receives 27,000 visitors a year and runs tours and tastings every day. For more information, visit 

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About the Icons of Whisky Awards

The Icons of Whisky Awards are run annually by Whisky Magazine. Nominations are open to the industry, and a shortlist for each category is then selected by the editorial panel. Shortlisted entries are then voted on by the industry to establish a winner and highly commended in that category. The winners of each regional category will be entered in the global final, in which the editorial panel will select the overall winner. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner in March.




“Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s” invites consumers to share in conversations and stories of the brand in new way

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2018) – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is rolling out “Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s” – the first official podcast from the whiskey-makers in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Hosted by Lucas Hendrickson, the new show shares the stories and insights that make Lynchburg and Jack Daniel’s so unique. From Master Distiller Jeff Arnett and distillery tour guides to friends of Jack like R&B artist K. Michelle, each episode features a special guest sharing conversations and telling the many stories of the historic brand. The series will also bring in industry authorities to give listeners a rare glimpse into the wide world of whiskey.

“It may be hard to believe for some, but every drop of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is made in Lynchburg, Tennessee,” said John Higgins, Jack Daniel’s North America Brand Director. “Jack Daniel was a real man, and we live by his motto that ‘every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.’ We have more than 150 years of stories like this to tell, and we want to provide a new way for our friends and whiskey enthusiasts, some of who may never make it to our homeplace to learn more about our special town and distillery.”

The 12-episode season of “Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s” will be available on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher and other on-demand audio platforms. For more information and a taste of the podcast, visit:

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.
JACK DANIEL’S and OLD NO. 7 are registered trademarks. © 2018 Jack Daniel’s. Tennessee Whiskey

Alcohol 40% by Volume (80 proof). Distilled and Bottled by JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY, Lynchburg,

Glenrothes Collector’s Edition Chinese New Year Gift Pack – Scotch Whisky News


Chinese New Year Gift Pack


       Exclusive Collector’s Edition available now!

The Year of the Dog has just begun and to celebrate we’ve created this one-of-a-kind gift pack in lucky red.  With every purchase of The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve from our online shop, you’ll receive this exclusive pack alongside a special miniature.

This luxury edition retails for £48. But be quick: we’ve only got a few left…


From our team at The Glenrothes Distillery, we’d like to take this opportunity to say Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!


The GlenDronach & Glenglassaugh at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


The GlenDronach & Glenglassaugh

We cater to all tastes here at Loch Fyne Whiskies, from peaty to fruity, Highland to Island, and everything in between! No matter your preference, this week’s new arrivals are sure to please with some fantastic expressions from The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh including peated and unpeated, as well as sherry cask and port cask finishes.

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Peated Port Wood


Peated Port Wood Finish


1986 30 Year Old


1994 22 Year Old

2008 Bruichladdich Bere Barley Single Malt Whisky at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


A Bere Market

The market went from bull to bear recently, but don’t let that get you down. The new 2008 vintage of Bere Barley from Bruichladdich should help erase all your fears and ease any of your long-term doubts. Bottled in 2017, this nine year old edition is bottled at 100 proof and is made from the old “viking” grain, now grown for Bruichladdich on Islay at the nearby Dunlossit farm. I dug out my original email from Jim McEwan, back when they originally unveiled the Bere Barley project some time ago, made from an ancient strain supposedly brought by Norse invaders when they occupied the Hebrides during the 9th century. Here’s what Jim told me back then:

The Bere is so young and pure, no make-up just as nature intended. Its history, honesty, and the harmony of guys working on a dream which the consumer can experience and wonder just how the seed survived since the 9th century, brought by the Vikings to Scotland. What a living timeline!!!!! It’s incredible and once again it’s Bruichladdich that recognised this is a national treasure and cannot be compared. A miracle in a bottle from a seed that was planted over 1000 years ago.

As you might imagine, Bruichladdich doesn’t want a lot of oak or sherry getting in the way of their superstar barley, so the 2008 edition is light on its feet. The nose is wonderful, full of sweet grains, lush vanilla, and lots of oak spice. The palate is more of the same with notes of ginger and sweet bready notes on the finish. I think growing and milling the Bere strain has been the hardest part of the process for Bruichladdich. They’ve been doing this since 2006 and they’ve only managed five successful harvests over the last decade, meaning there’s not a lot of this whisky in barrel. The first time they tried to mill it, the toughness of the dense grist about broke all their equipment!

2008 Bruichladdich Bere Barley Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

This is probably more for serious Bruichladdich fanboys like myself than those of you looking for the next rare superstar. This isn’t a big, thick, heavy, or mouthcoating whisky. It’s all about the nuances of the grain and how it presents a different profile compared to the standard barley strain used in Scotland. This is one of the few concept projects that I think lives up to the story and I always look forward to another new release.


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 196: Aultmore 14 Year Old 2002 for MMM – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 196: Aultmore 14 Year Old 2002 for MMM

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, releases another whisky in his MMM-series. For MMM – short for Mark & Manny’s Malts – Mark again had again had the pleasure of seeking out a special cask. They turned to lesser known Aultmore and found a bourbon cask from 2002 that hit all the right spots for them. It is the first release in their Antarctica Series, where the labels show fantastic photos of the cold continent taken by Belgian photographer Ilse Everaert. Enjoy!

Major Exhibition of Early Scottish Silver to Tour Scotland – Scotch Whisky News


Major Exhibition of Early Scottish Silver to Tour Scotland

Part of the ground-breaking research partnership between The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland

A major exhibition supported by The Glenmorangie Company and produced by National Museums Scotland will tour Scotland this year – as the two organisations celebrate the renewal of their award-winning archaeological research partnership.

The Glenmorangie Research Partnership was launched in 2008 and over three successive phases has revealed many new insights into the Early People of Scotland. The next phase of research will focus on the formation of the medieval kingdom of Scotland.

The Scotland’s Early Silver exhibition, currently on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, includes fascinating objects and shows for the first time how silver, not gold, became the most important precious metal in Scotland over the course of the first millennium AD. Thanks to the support of The Glenmorangie Company, the exhibition will now tour to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Banff in Aberdeenshire and Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

The new phase of the partnership, which is now entering its tenth year, will see the research focus move on from the first millennium AD to examine the archaeological evidence from the 9th to 12th centuries which underpins the formation of the nation state of Scotland. This will enable researchers to explore objects and evidence of the period, bringing new knowledge and research techniques to bear on a critical period in Scottish history.

The work will address important questions about how the kingdom of Scotland was created and its connections with the Anglo-Saxon world, Ireland and Scandinavia. The results of the research will be published in a new book and widely disseminated elsewhere. The announcement coincides with the appointment of a new holder of the post of Glenmorangie Research Fellow, working within the Museum’s Department of Scottish History and Archaeology. Dr Adrián Maldonado is a graduate in medieval history from Harvard University, with a PhD in medieval archaeology from the University of Glasgow.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland, said: “We are very pleased to continue our innovative, successful and productive partnership with Glenmorangie. We look forward to another significant phase of archaeological research, discovery and public engagement, starting with the tour of Scotland’s Early Silver. The current exhibition and accompanying book are products of the scholarship already supported by The Glenmorangie Research Project.”

Hamish Torrie, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at The Glenmorangie Company, said: “We are very happy to continue our long-standing partnership with National Museums Scotland. The Glenmorangie Research Project, which began in 2008 will now run until 2020, making it one of the most enduring business and cultural partnerships. The success of the project in revealing new insights into the formation of Scotland as a nation will be further strengthened by this next stage. The tour of the very successful Scotland’s Early Silver exhibition will also bring a beautiful and compelling story to a much wider audience and as proud partners we are delighted to support the team at National Museums Scotland in this outreach.”

Alongside the exhibition tour and the new research, the partnership will see the introduction of the Glenmorangie Commission, in which contemporary craftspeople working in silver will be invited to submit designs taking inspiration from the collections from the period 9th to 12th century AD. The winning design will be commissioned for Scotland’s national collections and the final piece will go on display in the National Museum of Scotland’s Art and Design galleries.

Since 2008, the partnership between The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland has supported National Museums’ academic research and public engagement activities and funded an archaeological research post. The basis for this association is the eighth-century Hilton of Cadboll Stone, on display in the National Museum of Scotland’s Early People gallery. The Hilton of Cadboll stone was discovered on land now owned by The Glenmorangie Company near their Distillery in Ross-shire, and a design on the stone is the inspiration for the brand icon that adorns Glenmorangie’s range of single malt whiskies.

The exhibition, Scotland’s Early Silver, includes the recently unveiled Dairsie Hoard, which dates to the late 3rd century AD and is the earliest known example of hacksilver from anywhere beyond the Roman frontier.

Also on its first full public display is the Gaulcross hoard, discovered in Aberdeenshire in 2013. Since its excavation, research has revealed striking similarities with another find, from Norrie’s Law, in Fife. Both hoards have been re-dated to the 5th–6th centuries AD, several centuries earlier than previously thought, and show for the first time how earlier Roman silver was recycled and repurposed over the centuries.

By the early medieval period, silver was being made into new power symbols, including massive silver neck chains. These striking objects are unique to Scotland and show both the importance of silver and the amount that was available in parts of Scotland – the heaviest is made from almost 3kg of silver.

Scotland’s Early Silver Tour Dates:

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, until 25 February 2018

Museum nan Eilean, Lews Castle (Stornoway), 3 May – 23 June 2018

Kirkcudbright Galleries, 7 July – 30 September 2018

Duff House, Banff, 12 October 2018 – 17 March 2019


Carnegie Whisky Cellars win “Newcomer of the Year” at the Drinks Retailing Awards – Scotch Whisky News

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Carnegie Whisky Cellars
The Carnegie Courthouse
Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3SD
Phone: 01862 811791

The Carnegie Whisky Cellars are delighted to announce their win at the prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards ceremony in The Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday 6th February, Winners in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category. This is the first time in the awards’ history this trophy has come North of the Lancaster. The Carnegie Whisky Cellars are the first Scottish and whisky company to win this category, but hopefully not the last.

Up against stiff competition from Jaded Palates, Ninkasi Sussex and Oak N4, The Carnegie Whisky Cellars were extremely proud to take the award, and would like to thank all of their valued customers and staff for their tremendous support.

The Drinks Retailing Awards are recognised as a stamp of excellence in the Drinks industry, Michael Hanratty added “The competition for this award was very high and we were honoured to be mentioned and shortlisted alongside our category finalists, however to win this award is beyond our wildest imagination.”

The Newcomer of the Year award will now sit proudly next to Off License of the Year 2017 (Scottish Independent Retailing Awards) and a Young Business Commendation for Developing the Young Workforce (North Highland Business Awards 2017) in their Dornoch store. Since opening on June 28th 2016 the team at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars has quickly developed a reputation for excellence customer service and product knowledge. They will now go forward to the Scottish Rural Business Awards on March 22nd in Edinburgh with a great since of pride in being the first Scottish company to achieve this feat.

Michael Added “To open any business is a risk, but to open one where the towns population is under 2000 is a huge risk, I’m over the moon this risk has paid off. Our long term aim is to help develop a centre of excellence in the North Highlands for Scottish whisky and these awards can only add value to that.”


Glenmorangie “Spios” Private Edition Highland Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie “Spios” Private Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

The 9th release of the award winning “Private Edition” from Glenmorangie is a true labor of love for their Chief Whisky Creation officer, Dr Bill Lumsden. The good doctor explains that his obsession with rye whiskey (in particular the casks that had previously aged that rare American whiskey) began when famed Whisky & Beer writer Michael Jackson visited the distillery with a sample of the historical American whiskey. It was Bill’s first time diving into one of the America’s great spirits and at the time, sometime in the 90s, Rye whiskey was next to impossible to acquire. It took Dr. Bill a full decade to secure casks that had previously only held whiskey from Kentucky distilled with Rye as the big grain. Into he put the majestic and elegant Glenmo spirit an approximately another decade later released this special whisky. Spios, a Gaelic word meaning spiced, is as pointed with the rye casks as you might expect. Cinnamon, clove, hints of nutmeg and sweet creamy vanilla from the American oak work wonders around the fruity open Glenmo malt. For anyone who appreciates the excellent malts being released in this wonderful line of limited edition whiskies as well as single malt drinkers seeking new and exciting flavor profiles, this is a must buy.



Whisky Hammer February 2018 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Auction News

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With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


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