Archive for September, 2020




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.

🥃 Virginia Distillery Co. – New Arrivals – American Whisky News

Courage & Conviction – Dr. Jim Swan Batch Release

We’re excited to announce the release of our second batch of Courage & Conviction, dedicated to Dr. Jim Swan. Moving forward, each bottle of Courage & Conviction shipped from our distillery will be from the Dr. Jim Swan batch. 🏅

Now shipping to Virginia residents, and rolling out nationwide at your favorite local retailer.

Tasting Notes: The nose has aromas of honeyed apricots, blood orange, milk chocolate, vanilla custard and red berries that mingle with butterscotch and toasted pecans. The silky body brings flavors of grilled peaches merging into caramel, ginger and nutmeg on the palate. The finish builds into cinnamon and mouth-watering orange zest.

Learn more about this new batch release of Courage & Conviction.


Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky

Hello, Autumn! That crisp fall air is starting to make its return. Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is the perfect whisky that pairs best with the fall season. 🍂


USA Today: Top 10 Best Craft Whiskey Distilleries

Virginia Distillery Co. came in the top 10 in the Best Craft Whiskey Distillery category in USA Today’s 2020 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards, which announced its winners today. Thanks to those who helped us by voting in this year’s nominations! 🎉


The Whisky Shop “Send them a message in a bottle 💌” – Scotch Whisky News

Add a ‘Message in a Bottle’
to your whisky gift

Let your loved one know you’re thinking of them by sending a Message in a Bottle – delivered straight to their doorstep. Add a personalised video message to any of our selected Talisker, The  Singleton and Lagavulin single malts, completely free of charge. Upon receiving their dram, the whisky fan in your life will be able to scan a QR code that will reveal your video message – a gift they will truly cherish!

Shop the range and build your gift ›

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Fettercairn 16yo – Scotch Whisky News

Back once again with the renegade master. Fettercairn. A sixteen year old. I went in pretty tough on the 12YO, but here we are with a bottle that is nearly double the price. It has a host of casks (bourbon, port and sherry) and some funky barley, as well. But is it any good?

Glenmorangie captures the joy of cake in a whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Glenmorangie captures the joy of cake in a whisky

— CakeTails by pastry chef Dominique Ansel bring its indulgent taste alive in cake form —

Glenmorangie today celebrates the joy of a cake moment in a sweet and indulgent single malt Scotch whisky. Inspired by favourite memories of baking, birthdays and more, Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake celebrates all that is good about cake. And so delicious is this limited-edition whisky’s flavours of honey, white chocolate and fruit, that award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel has dreamt up a cake and cocktail pairing – a “CakeTail” – in its honour.

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake began when Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, found himself musing over how some of his most joyful memories involved cake – from baking with his granny, to the pineapple upside down cake his daughter made him for his birthday. Dreaming of encapsulating cake’s magic in a single malt whisky, he experimented by finishing Glenmorangie in Tokaji dessert wine casks. Skilfully layering their sweet, honeyed notes with Glenmorangie’s smooth, fruity character, Dr Bill created Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake.

Of course, this single malt tastes particularly delicious alongside real cake, which is why Glenmorangie has paired up with Dominique Ansel. Like Dr Bill, the pastry chef hailed as “the Willy Wonka of New York”, has a passion for exploring new tastes (take for example his world-famous Cronut® – a donut-croissant hybrid). Imagining how he could bring cake and whisky together, he created a unique twist on a pineapple boat cake inspired by Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake. Paired with a pineapple Old Fashioned cocktail by expert mixologist Jeremy Le Blanche, it makes a deliciously indulgent CakeTail. What is more, Dominique and Jeremy have also invented CakeTail pairings to celebrate three of Glenmorangie’s most-loved whiskies: The Original, The Lasanta and The Quinta Ruban.

Glenmorangie’s CakeTail pairings will be available to a lucky few from his bakery in New York. But to make sure everyone can indulge, Dominique and Jeremy will also share versions that are easy to recreate at home, in a series of short films released on Glenmorangie’s social channels.

Dr Bill said: “Like so many of us, some of my favourite memories come from cake, whether it be helping my granny in her kitchen, or the pineapple birthday cake my daughter surprised me with one year. By finishing whisky in Tokaji wine casks, I’ve captured the joy of those indulgent cake moments in Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake. The liquid is a rich copper, but the taste is pure technicolour, luscious, sweet and complex with multi-layered bursts of honey, white chocolate and fruits with a hint of mint. As you might expect, it tastes incredible when enjoyed with actual cake, so it’s fantastic to see Dominique bring it to life in his CakeTails.”

Dominique said: “When I first tried Glenmorangie, it opened my senses to this amazing world of colour, texture, taste, and aroma  ̶  it’s a new adventure each time. I never guessed I could enjoy whisky this much, but there is a friendliness to the way Glenmorangie tastes. Baking and whisky making are different worlds but they have a lot in common. If you stir Dr Bill’s passion for single malt with my love for cake, you get the best of both our worlds!”

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake is available from 22nd September 2020 – 18th October exclusively at Selfridges, then other specialist retailers from 18th October onwards, RRP: £75. 

Visit Glenmorangie on Instagram to see Dominique Ansel’s creations come to life.

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Tasting Notes:

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake is bottled at 46% ABV

Colour: Rich copper

Nose: Complex, rich and multi-layered, with a burst of passion fruit, peach, pear, mango. More savoury notes like baking bread, gentle sappy oak and a curious, flinty minerality emerge. This is then followed by classic Glenmorangie notes like honeycomb, vanilla and almond, with a hint of milk chocolate. With a splash of water, more zesty notes emerge, like apricot, elderflower, flowering currents, honey pollen and peach syrup.

Taste: The mouthfeel is surprisingly luscious and tart at the same time, leading into a burst of sweet, candy-like flavours – honey, white chocolate, apricot, almond, vanilla and pear. This is balanced by a hint of tangy orange and menthol, both classic Glenmorangie flavours.

Finish: The lingering aftertaste again reminds you of a delicious combination of honeycomb, chocolate almond and pecan nuts. 

RRP: £75 

About Glenmorangie:

Glenmorangie’s Highland whisky makers use endless imagination and five key ingredients – wood, water, barley, yeast and time – to dream up delicious single malt whiskies. Known as the Distillers of Tain, they’ve been honing their craft for more than 175 years. In Scotland’s tallest stills, whose necks are as high as a giraffe, they produce a delicate and fruity spirit, ripe for experimentation. Led by Director of Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden, this crackerjack crew are on a mission to bring new flavours and possibilities to the world of single malt.

About Dr Bill Lumsden:

Dr Bill Lumsden’s favourite phrase is “What if?”. And throughout his 25 years with Glenmorangie, the Distillery’s Creative Director has challenged himself and his team to take whatever captures their imaginations and turn it into whisky – be that the magic of a cake moment (Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake), a cup of coffee (Glenmorangie Signet), a long balmy day in Madeira (Glenmorangie Bacalta), a beautiful barley field near the Distillery (Glenmorangie Allta) and more. With a PhD in biochemistry and decades of experience, Dr Bill has all the skills needed to bring these ideas to life. Already, he has earned the admiration of his peers many times over. For instance, he is a new entry in the Icons of Whisky Hall of Fame. He has won the International Whisky Competition’s award for Master Distiller of the Year more times than anyone else. And he has been named Master Blender/Distiller of the Year by the International Spirits Challenge twice. 

About the creation of Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake:

Tokaji wines are highly prized dessert wines from the Hungarian region of Tokaj, created using noble-rot grapes. Noble rot fungus ((Botrytis cinerea)) grows in moist conditions, making grapes shrivel up and concentrating their sugars, to create unique flavours. Many years ago, Dr Bill Lumsden, who is fascinated by wine, became intrigued by the cult status of Tokaji wines, with their sweet and distinctively honeyed notes. Sourcing a few casks, he began experimenting, and discovered the extraordinarily mellow tastes they could bring to Glenmorangie. Inspired by those early experiments, he revisited Royal Tokaji casks for Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake. He began with the fruity, fragrant spirit distilled in Glenmorangie’s towering copper stills, the tallest in Scotland. With necks the same height as a giraffe, they take Glenmorangie’s whisky on a longer excursion, for a more delicate spirit with more space for taste and aroma. He first aged this spirit in bourbon casks, for Glenmorangie’s signature citrus complexity. Then he transferred the whisky into Tokaji casks to create this limited edition’s wonderful balance of sweet, fruity flavours.

About Dominique Ansel:

Hailed as the “Willy Wonka of New York”, Dominque Ansel is a ground-breaking pastry chef, who consistently delights cake fans with his innovations. As chef and owner of eponymous bakeries in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, Dominique has been responsible for creating some of the most fêted pastries in the world, including the croissant-doughnut hybrid known as the Cronut® (named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best inventions of 2013”) and many more. A winner of a James Beard award (the James Beard Foundation honours America’s food culture), he was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Food & Wine magazine has called him a “Culinary Van Gogh” while the New York Post dubbed him “Willy Wonka”. He was also named among Business Insider’s Most Innovative People Under 40, one of Crain’s New York Business magazine’s 40 Under 40, and was awarded the prestigious l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, France’s second highest honour.

About Jeremy Le Blanche:

With an inventive career in mixology behind him, Jeremy Le Blanche hails from one of the world’s best bars in the UK—German Gymnasium—and is now bringing his world-class libations to New York’s Thyme Bar. Jeremy is passionate about creating cocktails which appeal to all the senses – and making a masterpiece out of each drink.

About CakeTails:

CakeTails are cocktail and cake pairings inspired by and featuring Glenmorangie’s single malt, to be enjoyed by whisky lovers old and new. Collaborating with Jeremy, Dominique has masterminded four CakeTails, celebrating Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake and three more of Glenmorangie’s exceptional single malts: Glenmorangie Original, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. The four pairings are detailed below.

CakeTail Serves & Recipes:

Inspired by Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake:

Eat: Dominique’s take on a pineapple boat cake celebrates the whisky’s delightfully sweet, fruity tastes in mini sandwich-style cakes made from slices of almond sponge soaked in a whisky syrup and layered with fresh pineapple and a brown sugar ganache.

Drink: The Cake Old Fashioned (at home version)


  • 50 ml Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake
  • 7.5 ml coconut water
  • 7.5 ml pineapple syrup
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass over block/ cubed ice.

Garnish with a twist of orange zest and a walnut. 

Inspired by Glenmorangie Original:

Eat: Poached pears float in a syrup made with Glenmorangie Original and vanilla, complemented by lemon thyme and orange notes, in a creation hinting at the light, fruity tastes of Glenmorangie’s signature single malt whisky.

Drink: The Pear Fizz (at home version)


  • 45 ml Glenmorangie Original
  • 25 ml pear juice
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml vanilla syrup
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Top with a splash of Champagne

Method: Shake first five ingredients with ice and fine-strain into chilled coupe.
Add a splash (25ml max.) of Champagne. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.Inspired by Glenmorangie Lasanta:

Eat: The richness of the whisky is accentuated in Dominique’s take on the affogato, with homemade chestnut ice-cream and smoked cinnamon cream showcasing The Lasanta’s spiced and nutty notes.

Drink: The Frosted Flip (at home version)


  • 45 ml Glenmorangie Lasanta
  • 15 ml caramel syrup
  • 25 ml double cream
  • 2 dashes Fee Bros. Aztec chocolate bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 whole egg

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine-strain into a chilled glass over cubed ice.

Garnish with cinnamon dust and chocolate shavings.

Inspired by Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban:

Eat: The whisky’s deep chocolate notes shine through in a decadent dark chocolate-dipped brownie, which matches its velvety taste with a liquid praline centre infused with orange blossom and The Quinta Ruban.

Drink: Choco-Vino (at home version)


  • 40 ml Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
  • 15 ml port wine
  • 10 ml Campari
  • 5 ml dark creme de cacao

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass over block/ cubed ice.

Garnish with a twist of orange zest. 

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.

Angels’ Nectar Islay Edition Awarded Great Taste Stars – Scotch Whisky News

Angels awarded Great Taste stars

Great Taste, the stamp of excellence for food and drink in the UK, has announced its stars of 2020. Out of over 12000 entries from more than 100 different countries, Grantown-on-Spey based Highfern Ltd has been awarded a 2-star Great Taste award, for their Angels’ Nectar Islay Edition, the criteria for which is ‘above and beyond delicious’.

Launched last year the Angels’ Nectar Islay Edition is an Islay Single Malt bottled at 47% and at natural colour by Highfern Ltd. Reviewing the Angels’ Nectar Islay Edition, the Great Taste judges commented:

We love the very pale, lemon-gold colour. Fantastic smokey-bacon, dry woodsmoke, subtle caramel aroma, with pine and leather notes. The palate is bright and energetic, the nose follows well – that woodsmoke lingers long. Subtly medicinal finish, all brilliantly in balance with a malty, cereal note. Citrus peel on the finish. There is a level of complexity and balance here that deserves an award.’

Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of awards for the speciality food and drink sector. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.

Robert Ransom, Angels’ Nectar founder, explains:

‘Our intention with Angels’ Nectar is to showcase different styles of Scotch Whisky, with a series of small batch releases. It’s wonderful that our Islay Edition has received this recognition, based on taste alone, from the most important awards scheme for the speciality food and drink sector’.

Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is waffles, whitebait or whisky being judged, all are removed from their packaging before being tasted blind. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-Star Great Taste award.  Despite the additional logistical challenges imposed this year due to lockdown, Great Taste adapted their processes to remote and socially distanced judging sessions, whilst ensuring that their robust judging standards were maintained.

There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 205 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,294 received a 2-star and 3,818 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.


  • Highfern Ltd are the proprietors of Angels’ Nectar Whisky and UK importers of Langatun Whisky, Seven Seals Whisky, Smögen Whisky, Strane Gin & Kinghaven Rum.
    Alongside the Islay Edition, Angels’ Nectar also offer Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Original 40%, Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Rich Peat Edition 46% and Angels’ Nectar Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Cairngorms Edition 46%.
  • For the full Great Taste results see
  • Angels’ Nectar Islay Edition retails for GBP 49.50. UK stockists include Balliefurth Farm Shop, Gauntleys of Nottingham, Master of Malt, The Speyside Centre, The Whisky Exchange, and on-line at Export markets include France, Germany and Japan.
  • In the 2018 the Angels’ Nectar Rich Peat Edition was also awarded two Great Taste stars.
  • Please also see:     Twitter: @angelsnectarFacebook: angelsnectarwhisky Instagram: @angelsnectar

Perfect Fifth — Scotland’s Most Coveted Collectible Single Malts – Scotch Whisky News

The Inimitable Single Malts of Perfect Fifth
Rare Exclusives: Glen Scotia 27, Cambus 42, Springbank 25, Highland Park 31

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

The single malt Scotch market continues to set stunning records at auctions across the globe. The supply of whisky is finite, and each bottle opened of any rare legend makes the next bottle that much more valuable. But a single malt’s value isn’t driven by its package or its provenance, but by the quality of the spirit in the bottle. Because of this, access to the means and modes of production are highly guarded. The Scots don’t just let anyone waltz in and start buying their best whisky. In fact, even after years of working in Scotland, we’ve only been able to scratch the surface of the complex brokers and blenders market that exists among Scotland’s 130+ distillers.

That’s what makes what the team at The Perfect Fifth have done so unique. This brand, the product of one young man’s vision to bottle a world-class array of single cask single malt, is proof positive that there remain astounding treasures hidden in Scotland’s cold damp cellars. It’s unclear if this small US-based bottler has personal ties to the industry or simply through persistence and good fortune was able to secure these unbelievable stocks, but there’s no question that The Perfect Fifth has managed to wrangle some of Scotland’s finest treasures.

Even a decade ago, we’d have had to call in all our good will to obtain such a series of rare casks. And while their prices are on par with similarly aged stocks bottled by the distillery themselves, the fact that they are sold as single barrels producing only a handful of bottles makes them significantly rarer than most distillery releases. This offer gives you something even more valuable than investment-grade whisky — it gives you legendary drinking-grade whisky. If a distillery bottling of Highland Park 30 Year is a new Ferrari, then these casks are the Koenigsegg or Pagani of single malts. They’ll never be a household name, but once you “get it,” you’ll never go back. It’s not an easy thing to find these days.

Vintage Item Name Retail Link
1992 Glen Scotia 27 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” First Fill Bourbon No. 05917 Cask Strength Single Malt Island Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $850.00 View
1976 Cambus 42 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” Refill Bourbon Barrel No. 05916 Cask Strength Single Malt Island Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $1,250.00 View
1993 Springbank 25 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” First Fill Sherry Butt No. 315 Cask Strength Single Malt Island Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $1,500.00 View
1987 Highland Park 31 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” First Fill Sherry Butt No. 1531 Cask Strength Single Malt Island Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $3,000.00 View

These products are expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by October 2020. Ships as a 1.5L due to bottle size/shape.

Scotch Whisky Auctions “We’re live!” with Auction 112! – Whisky Auction News

Autumnal greetings and welcome to our 112th September auction! Weather is setting in = drams O’clock yeah? Well either way we hope to try our best to take you out of those potential lockdown lows with a fine spread on offer.

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