Archive for 2020

Explosion of colour for the new GlencairnGlassrange to celebrate 20th anniversary – Whisky Glass News

Explosion of colour for the new Glencairn Glass range

to celebrate 20th anniversary

The world’s favourite whisky glass is now available in a new range of five different, red, green, gold, blue and black

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Glencairn Glass, the world’s favourite whisky glass, Glencairn Crystal Studio has introduced a new core range of coloured glasses.

Following the huge popularity of the limited edition black Glencairn Glass last year, whisky fans world-wide will now be able to purchase the Glencairn Glass not only in black but also in blue, red, green, and shimmering gold alongside the original clear glass.

Available both individually or as a full tasting set of six glasses, the new range of coloured glasses has been carefully selected and created to provide visual impact in the hand and on the bar. It has also been designed to be used in, and to enhance, the blind tasting experience by disguising the colour of the whisky.

This year the iconic Glencairn Glass celebrates its 20th anniversary. Since its creation by the award winning Glencairn Crystal Studio in 2000, it has shot to fame as the definitive whisky glass around the world today, with over 3 million being sold each year, across 140 different countries in all seven continents including Antarctica.

Scott Davidson, New Product Development Director and son of Glencairn Crystal Founder, Raymond Davidson, commented:

“We were blown away by the massive success of our limited edition black Glencairn Glass last year which sold out almost immediately. So in response to public demand, our 20th anniversary gift to loyal fans of the Glencairn Glass across the world is the introduction of this colourful new range, which is here to stay.  Not only are the coloured glasses a fun addition to any drinks cabinet, tasting your dram blind is the perfect way to develop your senses and to learn all about the wonderful world of whisky”.

The new range of coloured Glencairn Glasses can be purchased individually at £8 each, or in a presentation box featuring the full colour range tasting set of five glasses plus the original clear glass at £60. Available at The Glencairn Crystal online store and then also from other retailers later this year.

For more details about Glencairn Crystal Studio and The Glencairn Glass please visit: and


  • The Glencairn Glass is endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association as the official glass for whisky.
  • Please note that the new colour range of Glencairn Glasses are not available in hand cut crystal and cannot be personalised unlike the original clear Glencairn Glass.
  • Visit the new Glencairn PodGlass Series: a series of insightful and informative podcasts created this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the Glencairn Glass. Featuring Glencairn Crystal Founder, Raymond Davidson, and guest appearances by some of the whisky industry’s most renowned and respected names.

Heaven Hill Distillery Launches Season Two of “Tales from the Hill” Podcast – American Whisky News

Heaven Hill Distillery Launches Season Two of “Tales from the Hill” Podcast

Season two gives listeners a behind-the-scenes adventure into how some of Heaven Hill’s most eponymous brands came to be. Each episode contains exclusive interviews from the people who craft Heaven Hill’s award-winning portfolio, including products like Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Larceny. Celebrating 85 years this December, the largest independent, family-owned and operated distillery in America continues to shape the American Whiskey experience. Season one ended with listeners understanding how these great traditions are preserved and the future is pioneered. Season two brings listeners inside how the learned craft is put to use each day at Heaven Hill, as well as the impact on the communities it serves.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery’s second season of the original podcast, “Tales from the Hill,” is now live. Tales from the Hill tells the intimate, in-depth stories of the people, places and products that have shaped Heaven Hill Distillery since 1935.

Listen to season two’s introductory episode and episodes one through three now, with new episodes available every Tuesday for the next three weeks. Learn more, subscribe, listen, and review here.

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Season two of Tales from the Hill was produced by CaskStrength Media and narrated by Mark Gillespie, host of the whiskey podcast, “WhiskyCast.”

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 60 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Distillery of the Year, Best in Show Whisky, and previously held the titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Word Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit

Cheshire Whisky Broker sells Macallan 18 year old 28 bottle Vertical for £44,000 – Scotch Whisky News

Cheshire Whisky Broker sells Macallan 18 year old 28 bottle Vertical for £44,000

Mark Littler Ltd, a whisky and antiques broker based in Cheshire, has sold a 28 bottle vertical of Macallan 18 year old for £44,000. The sale to an international buyer was completed in the first month of Mark Littler’s new online brokerage store launching.

The story of the vertical gripped the interest of the national and international community as news broke of the seller’s incredible story of receiving a bottle as a birthday present from his dad each year – some of the bottles cost less than £40 originally. 28 year old Mathew decided to sell the collection because he is looking to buy his first house. Now that the sale of the vertical has gone through he has been able to put a deposit down on a flat.

An offer has been accepted for the flat we were wanting to buy and we are just waiting on solicitors and other legalities to finalise and then with some luck we will be moving in in a month or two,” explains Matthew. Who has also started a collection to eventually hand down to his own children. “I already have started my new collection starting with this year’s bottle, and I am hoping to hand it down to kids in the future when the time is right.”

Matthew’s dad is thrilled that his presents have been so successful for his son, “I am absolutely delighted that Matthew has used his collection wisely and it makes me very proud as a father that I have been able to help in some small way.”

The story broke worldwide from New York to Hong Kong and was trending on the BBC website while Mathew was also interviewed on BBC breakfast.

The knock on effect has been incredible with contacts across the industry reporting a big uptick in interest in whisky as an investment, both as bottles and casks.

“Complete verticals are very rare, and are usually split into smaller groups or individual bottles when they are sold, however the appetite for Macallan whisky never ceases to amaze me. We are thrilled to have helped Matthew release the potential from his collection and to have found a new home for the prized collection,” say Mark Littler. “The online brokerage shop is a new venture for us, and to have sold such a great collection in our first month of trading is fantastic and shows the interest in whisky both nationally and internationally.”


Contact: Mark Littler 01260 218 718

We Are Now Taking Orders for the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar – Exciting Whisky News!

Attention All Whisky Enthusiasts!

Kensington Wine Market is thrilled to announce that “25 Days of Dram Fine Whisky” is returning for the 7th straight year. We are now taking orders for the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar, and this year we have an amazing Early Bird Offer. Pay in full for a Calendar by midnight October 15, and you will Save $50 on this year’s edition!

Normally we would have made this announcement in August, but Covid-19 and the port strike in Montreal have made it a challenge to confirm our product list and pricing, until now. In past year’s we have taken a $150 deposit for each Calendar ordered. This year rather than charge a deposit, we are offering two options to Pre-Order a KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar.

You can either Pre-Order and Pay Later (a week before it is ready for pickup you will be billed the full price $385+gst), or a very special Early Bird Pre-Pay Option ($335+gst). If you select the Early Bird Pre Pay Option you will Save $50 on the full retail price and will be charged $335+gst per Calendar now. Note there are no further discounts or promotions on the Early Bird price.

Our Kensington Wine Market 2020 Whisky Calendar makes a great gift and is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. The 2020 Edition consists of 25 premium all-new, never before featured whiskies. There are 24 50ml bottles and a special 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask for Christmas Day.  The KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar also includes a custom logo Glencairn Single Malt Glass and a Discount Card (good for 10% off  regular-priced whisky at KWM for all of 2021).


You or your recipient can follow along every day December 1-25 (or at your own pace), as we introduce you to each whisky on our blog and through our social media channels. We are really excited about this year’s edition, and we hope you are too.

We can’t host a Whisky Calendar Launch Party in-store this year, but we will host a gathering online, on Tuesday December 1. Details will follow later in the Fall.

We encourage you to order online, but you can also purchase the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar in-store, or by phone at 403-283-8000 /888-283-9004. We anticipate we will have the Calendars ready for pickup by the start of November.

We are not taking deposits for the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar this year, instead we have two options for ordering:

  1. Early Bird Pre-Pay Pricing – $335+gst – SAVE $50 until midnight October 15 by pre-paying in full for the KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar – No further discounts or promotions, but the early bird price in previous years used to only be a $35 savings!
  2. Pre-Order & Pay Later – $385+gst – Secure a Calendar(s) and you won’t be charged anything until 1 week before it is ready for pickup.

Sincerely your friends at Kensington Wine Market!

1257 Kensington Road NW Calgary Alberta T2N3P8

403.283-8000 Toll Free. 888.283.9004

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “October Outturn Alert” – Scotch Whisky News

Oktoberfest might be cancelled this year, but at the Society, we’ll still be celebrating the age-old duo of whisky and beer as we explore fascinating fizzy serves like hauf n’ haufs, whisky cocktails and classic highballs. We have 21 dazzling drams for you to explore in our new Outturn, available to read over on the website now ahead of its full release on Friday, 2 October at 9am


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


Virtual Whisky Show 2020 Show Bottlings – Whisky Show News


We are pleased to reveal this year’s range of Whisky Show bottlings – An Ever-Changing World of Whisky. Inspired by the constant shifts in whisky making, it celebrates the dual nature of a single cask: every bottle is a one-off, but they are all part of a greater whole. The three whiskies are from Imperial, Ardbeg and Girvan, and full details and tasting notes have been exclusively released on the Whisky Show website. As usual, ticket holders will receive exclusive first access to show bottlings.


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 341: Dalmore 8 Year Old 2009 single cask for Taiwan – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 341: Dalmore 8 Year Old 2009 single cask for Taiwan

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries a single cask Dalmore. Mark’s friend Joseph from Taiwan, president of the Connoisseur Society there, regularly selects single casks. This is one from the warehouses of Ian MacLeod: a young Dalmore from 2009 that was bottled at cask strength in 2018. Beautiful label, by the way. But Mark cannot read anything on the backlabel. It’s Chinese to him – literally. Shot on location at the Ancient Roman Theater in Orange, France.




21st September 2020, London: The Macallan has unveiled Edition No.6, a new limited edition single malt whisky celebrating the natural wonders of The Macallan Estate, and the vibrant lifeforce that sustains it – the River Spey.

Marking the sixth and final release in The Macallan Edition Series, Edition No.6 tells the story of a unique land and an extraordinary river, where whisky making, agriculture and nature all live in total harmony. It brings together The Macallan’s Ghillie, Robert Mitchell; Hardy, the world’s most renowned fly fishing brand; and The Atlantic Salmon Trust, which has over 50 years’ experience in salmon conservation.

The Macallan Estate lies on the banks of the River Spey, one of Scotland’s most legendary rivers renowned across the world as a home to the mighty Atlantic salmon. A day on this river, with its pure water, stunning wild landscape and calmness is a once in a lifetime experience.

The Macallan’s Ghillie, Robert Mitchell is the guardian of The Macallan’s stretch of the River Spey and takes great pride in his role caring for the river. He said: “A day on the River Spey is supremely special. You feel that you are escaping from everything and truly connecting with nature and with our Distillery completing this stunning landscape, there is no other place in the world capable of drawing so many wonders together. We are proud custodians of our one-and-three-quarter mile stretch of the River Spey and advocate for sustainability of the wildlife in and around it and so all fishing at The Macallan is catch and release.”

Inspired by the remarkable experience offered by the Spey, The Macallan Whisky Maker, Steven Bremner, created Edition No.6 by choosing five cask styles that embody unique stories related to the river and its unparalleled natural landscape.

Crafted from a combination of American and European oak sherry seasoned casks, Edition No.6 captures the River Spey’s energy; the warm, welcoming personality of The Macallan’s Ghillie; the classic craftsmanship of Hardy; the extraordinary life of the Atlantic salmon on the beat; and the mastery of whisky making on The Macallan Estate, which has taken place since 1824.

The result is a multifaceted whisky delivering aromas of fresh fruits, nutmeg and toffee merged with oak and flavours of ripe plum, vibrant sweet oranges and cinnamon, developing into spicy fresh fruits and creamy chocolate and toasted oats at the finish.

Steven Bremner, The Macallan Whisky Maker, said: “From its early days of whisky making almost 200 years ago, The Macallan has been strongly inspired by and intrinsically connected to nature. It is the force that flows through everything we do at The Macallan and our whisky is enriched by its powerful presence. Edition No.6 is inspired by the natural world surrounding our Distillery, which has so much to offer and enjoy, in particular the River Spey, which is so vibrant, and full of energy.

“This complex single malt provides the perfect conclusion to the Edition Series as there is so much to discover in this whisky. The natural colour of antique brass derived from The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks indicates the richness of flavour that awaits and there is a structure and depth that is uncovered more and more over time.”

To protect the magical sense of the Spey that lies at the heart of Edition No.6, The Macallan has launched a new charitable partnership with The Atlantic Salmon Trust to help to conserve the at-risk fish, whose numbers have declined so rapidly in recent years.

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is protecting wild salmon and sea trout wherever they roam, especially in places like the River Spey, by tracking their migration across thousands of kilometres from their dominion to the open oceans. As a guardian of one of the last sanctuaries of Scottish salmon, The Macallan is supporting The Trust’s vital conservation work on the River Spey and beyond.

The Edition Series explores the unique and defining elements which make The Macallan one of the world’s most revered single malts. Each release reveals the detail of whisky making and showcases the absolute skill of the whisky maker, while sharing the story of The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks and mastery behind the perfect cask selection since 1824.

The Macallan Edition No.6 has an RRP of £95 and will be available at The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, The Whisky Shop and other specialist retailers from September 29th 2020. For further information visit

Whisky Maker’s Notes:

ABV: 48.6%

Colour: Antique brass

Aroma: Rich fresh fruits, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and oak

Palate: Plum and sweet orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, balanced oak, toffee, and oats

Finish: Long fresh fruit with spices turning to creamy chocolate and toasted oats


About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the world’s most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character. An obsession with excellence has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding, by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland.

In 2018, The Macallan unveiled its new £140 million distillery and visitor experience on its Speyside estate, increasing investment in whisky, warehousing and in The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks.  The striking contemporary architecture, cut into the slope of the land, takes its cues from ancient Scottish hills.  It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which has been The Macallan’s spiritual home since 1824.  The new distillery marks an important milestone, recognising the significant journey of The Macallan since 1824 and marking an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the luxury single malt.

About Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK

Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK is one of the UK’s biggest sprits sales, marketing and distribution companies. It is a joint-venture company jointly owned by Edrington and Beam Suntory.

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK represents leading spirit brands in categories including:

Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Naked Grouse and Teacher’s)

Malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan and Ardmore)

Japanese whiskies (Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, Toki and Chita)

Bourbon (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek)

Imported whiskies (Canadian Club and Kilbeggan Irish whiskey)

Gin (Roku and Larios)

It also handles UK sales and distribution for Courvoisier cognac, Snow Leopard vodka, Brugal 1888 rum and a portfolio of liqueurs and specialities (including Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano and After Shock).

Winners announced as the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass sponsors Scottish International Crime Writing Awards and takes a leading role in short story – Whisky News

Winners announced as the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass sponsors Scottish International Crime Writing Awards and takes a leading role in short story

Award winning Scottish family business Glencairn Crystal is proud to sponsor this year’s 2020 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year, with its famous Glencairn Glass.

The winners were announced at the opening of the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival on Friday evening. Two debut women writers published by Transworld have scooped the prestigious awards for the first time; the winner of the McIlvanney Prize 2020 is Francine Toon with Pine, and the winner of the Debut Prize is Deborah Masson with Hold Your Tongue.

All four finalists for the Debut Prize, along with Gordon Brown – the crime writing marketing director at Glencairn Crystal – and one of Bloody Scotland’s founding directors, have also collaborated on a short story which was published exclusively in Scotland’s The Sunday Post newspaper at the weekend. The gripping short story features the Glencairn Crystal Studio premises, home of The Glencairn Glass, and is soon to be broadcast on the Tartan Noir podcast as well as via The Glencairn Glass website with the five authors narrating the story.

It is the first year that The Glencairn Glass has sponsored the prizes and been involved in the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival. Kirsty Nicholson, Glencairn Crystal’s Marketing Manager said:

‘First time authors winning both prizes this year highlights what a bright future the fantastic tradition of Scottish crime writing has. We are delighted and proud to sponsor such prestigious awards with The Glencairn Glass and would like to congratulate both Francine and Deborah, while wishing them all the best for the future.’

The annual Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival took place over the weekend. Usually based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers – new and established –  to the stage along with enthusiastic festival attendees since 2012. Due to Covid-19, the festival was forced to take place virtually online this year, however it meant that far greater audiences could attend the virtual events which featured some of the biggest crime writers in the world such as Val McDermid and Ian Rankin in Scotland and Lee Child and Lawrence Block in the US, as well as the Never Ending Panel featuring 26 authors on screen over four hours.

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  • The Glencairn Glass, created in 2000, is endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association as the official glass for whisky. Glencairn make over 3 million per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 140 countries worldwide.
  • Bloody Scotland is Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, providing a showcase for the best crime writing from Scotland and the world, unique in that it was set up by a group of Scottish crime writers in 2012. Full information at
  • The Glencairn Glass, the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass and the Official Glass for Whisky has sponsored both The McIlvanney Prize and The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year. Culture & Business Fund Scotland have generously given matched funding.
  • The McIlvanney Prize 2021 will be presented at the opening night of Bloody Scotland on 17 September next year.

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2019” Single Malt ~ Japanese Whisky News

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2019” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)


The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The special stills that now sit at the high altitude distillery near Nagano were hand built to the specifications of the preeminent grandfather of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. In the 1950s, Taketsuru-san’s mentor Iwai Kiichiro, who had commissioned his famed voyage to Scotland, designed and built two pot stills for Hombo Shuzo in Yamanashi using Takesturu’s original specifications. The stills were moved to Kagoshima not long after production started and eventually moved again to Nagano in the early 80s. For another decade, Mars Whisky operated their old pot stills from their mountain home, but lackluster demand for whisky caused Hombo to cease operations completely at the plant in 1992. But renewed interest in the late ’00s for Japanese whisky compelled the owners to relaunch the brand and recommission the old pots at Mars Shinshi in Nagano. Now Mars Whisky consists of two distilleries, this one and another at the Mars headsquarters on Kumamoto called Tsunuki. Production is tiny compared to their next largest competitors, Suntory and Nikka, but Mars’ single malts have become renowned for their extremely high quality. The Limited Editions are bottled at 48% and aged in primarily ex-bourbon barrels with various other cask types blended in without detail. An excellent example of what the future of craft japanese whisky looks like and one of the more collectable and unique offerings on the market today.

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