Archive for February, 2020

Raft of Awards for England’s Oldest Whisky Company – English Whisky News

Raft of Awards for England’s Oldest Whisky Company

England’s founding whisky firm, The English Whisky Co. is celebrating after picking up a host of awards in two top whisky competitions.

The Norfolk-based firm, which produced England’s first whisky in 100 years when it opened its doors 14 years ago, picked up five coveted gold awards in the prestigious Wizards of Whisky World Whisky Awards. It achieved four golds in the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky category for The English Virgin Oak, The English Smokey Oak, The English Smokey and The English Original, while The Norfolk PX Mixed Spirit took a further gold in the World’s Best Grain Based Spirit Drink category.

The firm continued its success in The Icons of Whisky 2020 Competition which named The English Whisky Co. as category winner in the Single Malt – No Age Statement for The English Smokey Virgin, it also picked up a bronze medal for its Smokey in the same category, while its The English Triple Distilled took the top prize in the Single Malt – 12yrs & Under category.

Two of its staff were also commended in the competition with Lee James winning Attraction Manager of the Year and David Fitt winning Distillery Manager of the Year.

“We are delighted to win these awards as they are testament to the quality of the whisky we produce and the fantastic team we have at St George’s Distillery,” explains Andrew Nelstrop, managing director of The English Whisky Co. “We are particularly proud of our staff for their achievements in the The Icons of Whisky 2020 competition. David is England’s longest serving whisky distiller and to hold this role whilst the industry is re-born around you and to ensure the whisky he makes sets the benchmark for an nation’s whisky undoubtedly adds a certain amount of pressure to the role. David has earned this award by consistently producing wonderful whiskies for over 13 years – it is well deserved and we are immensely proud of him.

“Lee has been with us for a year taking on the ever-growing tourism side of the business and during his tenure he has overseen a streamlining of the retail departments; this steadying influence, with all the experience he brings with him, has seen staff retention jump and customer satisfaction grow so this award is very well deserved,” adds Andrew.

A family business, The English Whisky Co. was the first English Whisky Distillery for over 100 years when it opened its doors 14 years ago. It now produces the finest English Single Malt Whisky at its distillery in Norfolk.

Batch made by hand using the purest, cleanest water from the Breckland aquifer deep beneath its distillery and using Norfolk’s finest barley, the expert team creates a beautiful range of whisky aged in the finest oak casks.

For more information on The English Whisky Co. visit

JJ Corry The Bridie, Milroys Bonders Blend, launch party – Irish Whiskey News

JJ CORRY ‘THE BRIDIE’ LAUNCH PARTYMilroys of Spitalfields – 03/03/20 – 5pm
Hosted by founder, Louise McGuane

Tickets £15.00

Join us for our newest and most exciting release of the year, our second release of JJ Corry – ‘The Bridie’

In celebration of this monumental bonders’ whiskey, we are hosting a launch party at Milroys of Spitalfields. Join our team, as well as the founder, Louise McGuane for the chance to pick up a signed bottle. Louise will also host a tasting between 5pm – 6pm on the ground floor whisky bar. (Womens Whisk(e)y Night will proceed as normal at Milroys Soho, 6.30PM, ticket link online)

No bottles will be released to the public until after the launch event. Apologies, we are not able to take pre-orders for The Bridie release. Remaining stocks will be released on a first come, first served basis.

Ticket prices include one dram of The Bridie and a Highball cocktail designed by the team at The Proofing Room.

The Bridie will retail at £79.95

Strictly 1 bottle per person. Tickets are limited.

The Best of Macallan at the Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

The Best of Macallan

One of the most highly revered whisky brands in the world, discover what makes Macallan so special.

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Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2019


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The Whisky Barrel Originals – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old

2009 single cask oloroso sherry hogshead from the Islay distillery. Bottled at cask strength 57.1%

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Cameronbridge 37 Year Old

1982 vintage single barrel from the Lowland distillery. Coconut, milk chocolate and marshmallows!

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Check out the latest Douglas Laing Isle of Jura at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Jura 2007 12YO Water, The Elements Collection IV

The fourth and final release in the elements series

This Jura Whisky is one of only 268 bottles, finished in a PX Sherry Butt
Cask Ref: DL13814
Distilled October 2007
Bottled December 2019

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The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has announced its 2020 programme of events, which will bring the best of the iconic whisky region to the public this spring. This year’s Festival will be the biggest yet and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Speyside in celebration of all things Scotch.

Whether its having exclusive behind the scenes access to distilleries not usually open to the public, taking part in an archeological dig at an illicit distilling site or trail running and canoeing through the region of whisky mastery and heritage, visitors will have hundreds of events to choose from during the six-day Festival (29 April – 4 May 2020), with even more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Now in its 21st year, the celebrations provide the ultimate opportunity for the traveller, whisky lover, outdoor activity enthusiast or local community to explore, taste and learn about the world-famous Speyside region. Last year visitors across the globe took part in the Festival, which is no surprise given whisky tourism is currently at an all time high in Scotland*, with three in five visitors drawn to Speyside specifically for its Scotch credentials.

The full programme of around 700 events can be viewed on the Spirit of Speyside website, with tickets on sale from 12pm noon today (Wednesday 19 February).

Programme highlights include:

· Dalmunach Distillery Manager’s Tour – Chivas Brothers: One of Scotland’s most contemporary distilleries will open its doors exclusively for the Festival to give visitors an understanding of what it takes to build a state of the art distillery, designed with innovative energy efficient technology at its core.
· Archaeological Excavation – The Cabrach Trust: A guided tour of the excavation site at Blackmiddens Historic Distillery followed by a whisky tasting.
· Aberlour & Macallan Whisky Brunch Trail Run – Run Speyside: A trail run through the heart of Whisky country, learning about the history of the region along the way, finishing with a dram and brunch at The Macallan Distillery.
· Women in Whisky – The Dowan’s Hotel: A topical discussion hosted by Georgie Bell of #OurWhisky, exploring the career stories of a panel of female whisky masters.
· Banquet in the Barn – Elchies Estates: A five course communal dining event at Campbell Cairns Farm.

Each year, the Festival continues to grow by welcoming more partner distilleries and organisations to help stage the world’s finest whisky festival. New members that will host events this year include The Cabrach Trust, The Boat Country Inn and Byres Farm in Fochabers. Both Glenlossie and Linkwood Distilleries, two distilleries not usually open to the public, will offer tours to festival-goers too this year.

Angela McOwan, Events Coordinator at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: “This year we are celebrating 21 years of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, now recognised as the world’s finest whisky festival. Our diverse programme is jam packed and will be our biggest yet, with more events to be announced in the coming weeks.

“There really is something for everyone, whether visitors want to get to know Speyside as an outdoor adventure destination as well as enjoy our whisky, taste its delicious larder, learn about industry innovations from our whisky masters or explore distilleries that will open their doors especially for the Festival.

To view the full programme of events visit
Tickets go on sale at noon on Wednesday 19th February

Springbank Society on Tour Edinburgh 27th, 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

Edinburgh: 27th February 2020

Society on Tour 

Firstly, we would like to thank you for making the transition to our online Society Portal.  Despite some initial teething problems, most of you have now managed to sign up and buy a bottle of our latest release of Hazelburn 11yo which should be in your glass at home very soon. Now that you are on the system and we have the first ‘portal bottle’ nearly complete, future releases should run more smoothly.

Society on Tour

Alongside our “new look” Society, we want to make sure we are doing as much as possible for our members. One idea we’ve had is to take the Society on the road and host tastings more frequently and further afield from Campbeltown.

To get the ball rolling we’ve decided to hold a small tasting for members in Edinburgh.  The tasting will be held on Thursday 27th February in the Waverley Bar, Edinburgh, starting at 8:00pm.

The tasting will be free of charge to society members and will give you the chance to catch up with some of the Springbank Sales Team in attendance whilst enjoying some tasty drams.

If you are available and in the area and would like to come along to the tasting please click on this link

Society on Tour – Tickets

Please note: The tasting area is not very big so there are only a maximum of 30 places for the tasting which means the first 30 people to get in touch will be given a spot for the tasting. It is not possible to book more than one place. 

If you can’t make it this time but would like to be involved in future tastings near you, send us an email with where you would like to see future society tastings taking place.

We look forward to seeing our members who can come along and, for those who can’t make it, we hope to see you soon.

Springbank Society
The Springbank Team

To join the Springbank Society contact them at Springbank Society

New Signatory Vintage Whiskies from Edradour, Ben Nevis, Cambus at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

New Arrivals from Signatory Vintage

Ben Nevis, Cambus, Edradour & More!

New whiskies from Signatory including a very heavily sherried Edradour 10 Year Old, Ben Nevis 27 Year Old, Cambus 28 Year Old and new single casks of heavily peated Ballechin. Something for everyone!

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Spectacular Single Cask Whiskies 🥃 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Single Cask Whiskies

A brilliant selection of highly sought after single cask whiskies, courtesy of independent bottler Hunter Laing.

Each hand selected cask has been chosen for it’s immense quality, resulting in some outstanding whiskies. As with all single cask expressions, each one is highly limited.

Scroll down and explore some of our favourites. Don’t miss out!

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 350 ‘Tobermory’ – Scotch Whisky News

It’s experimenting time on this weeks episode of the GoodDramShow featuring Tobermory Distillery.

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