Archive for September, 2020

New Closing Times at Whiski venues – Scotch Whisky News

New government restrictions are coming in to force from tomorrow Friday 25th September and we will now be closing both venues at 10PM so little bit earlier than normal. Our venues will be operating as normal with our full menu available and all our same Covid-19 secure restrictions in place to keep us all safe and ensuring a great experience for us all. 

Everyone must wear a face covering when entering, leaving or moving around the venues but not when you are sitting down to enjoy a great cocktail, savouring that delicious whisky or tasty meal or any drink for that matter, so it will not spoil the fun. These are all Scottish government regulations.

WHISKY TASTINGS – our daily whisky tastings are going ahead as normal but with vastly reduced numbers in a socially distanced way in our tasting room in Whiski Rooms so book one now – they are fun and informative, no experience necessary !

Whiski Rooms

Fresh Scottish food, amazing whisky list, great cocktails and the best views over Edinburgh to princes Street guaranteed.

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Whiski Bar & Restaurant

Great Scottish produce, award winning whiskies, quirky ambience guaranteed and the Royal Mile on your doorstep.

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Join us for a whisky tasting in Whiski Rooms  – due to the size of our venue, numbers are greatly reduced but that doesn’t stop us having fun and trying some great scotch whiskies in a fun environment – no experience necessary !

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 380 ‘Hunter Laing Hepburn’s Choice’ – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome to this weeks episode of the show in which I’ll be looking at some of the latest releases in the new presentation of Hunter Laing Hepburn’s Choice range.

Jura whisky exclusive auctioned to fundraise for Scottish mental health charity – Scotch Whisky News

Jura whisky exclusive auctioned to fundraise for Scottish mental health charity

The Jura Whisky Distillery is auctioning 470 bottles of an exceptionally rare 19 Year Old whisky which has been bottled to raise funds in aid of a Scottish mental health charity.

The distillery’s latest release has a full-bodied cask strength ABV of 55%. The special expression was distilled in May 2001 and placed into Jura cask No 1708 before being bottled and hand sealed in August 2020 on the Isle of Jura, home to a tiny island community of just 212 people.

The individually numbered bottles will be auctioned online via Whisky Auctioneer from Friday 25 September until Monday 5 October. All proceeds from the online auction will be donated to SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

The auction forms part of a wider effort led by Whyte & Mackay employees to fundraise for mental health charities around the world. The team set themselves individual challenges to together clock up enough miles to virtually run, walk, cycle or row around the world.

The challenge – Whyte & Mackay Cares – was inspired by the heroic feats of Captain Tom Moore in the UK. Since starting the challenge in June, the team has virtually travelled twice around the world.

Graham Logan, Distillery Manager at Jura Distillery, said: “Our new charity release is a fantastic 19 year old that has aged for its whole life in an ex sherry butt. The distillation from our fantastically tall stills gives the spirit a light citrus and grassy character. Long summers and protection from the cold by the gulf stream in winter have really helped the maturation process over the years. Once opened the whisky noses wonderfully of fruit, vanilla and toffees, and reminds me of Christmas to taste. This is a classic Jura dram nurtured by our dedicated island team.”

Daryl Haldane, Head of Whisky Experience at Whyte & Mackay, said: “I have been so impressed by my colleagues’ passion to support communities where our colleagues, friends and consumers live during the pandemic. The speed and creativity which has allowed this new whisky to reach public auction is outstanding and I am incredibly proud of the team’s efforts to get us here. All of the funds raised from the auction will go directly to SAMH, a charity which has been instrumental in providing vital mental health support to people throughout the pandemic.”

Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “Now more than ever mental health is of utmost importance and it’s a privilege to bring this Jura 19 year old to auction in support of such a worthwhile cause as SAMH.

“Our audience of whisky collectors and enthusiasts will no doubt be enamoured by this classic Jura dram and I’m certain the auction will inspire a huge amount of interest both in the UK and further afield”.

The Jura Distillery Cask carries a nose full of liquorice toffee, ginger biscuits, peach and subtle vanilla. On the palate is a rich mouthful of raisins, witha subtle touch of sea spray and  cinnamon. The finish is long and rewarding, with a nutty note of  marzipan. 

SAMH has a dedicated Coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website – 

To find out more about the auction and register your interest, visit

About Whyte & Mackay Group Ltd.

Whyte & Mackay was founded in Glasgow in 1844, and today celebrates its 175th anniversary with a multi-award-winning portfolio of brands which includes The Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn whiskies alongside its namesake Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky.

The award-winning whisky makers are proud partners of Flor de Caña, Camus and RumChata distributing their distinctive brands in the UK, while in recent years their focus on pioneering innovation has seen them reveal a plethora of brand extensions and new to world brands. From an exclusive 50 Year-Old Highland Single Malt from The Dalmore celebrating the career of Master Distiller Richard Paterson to a full range revamp on Jura. In the last twelve months, more than five new brands have been revealed, to name a few – Shackleton, Woodsman, and Wildcat, as well an independent boutique bottling arm The Whisky Works, fronted by whisky maker, Gregg Glass.

The global spirits business is headquartered in the heart of Glasgow, and employs over 500 people around the globe, across five international offices, five distilleries and a state-of-the-art bottling plant in Scotland.

Today, with the support of its owners Emperador Inc,. Whyte & Mackay is building a progressive, passionate and ambitious company for the future. Emperador is a subsidiary of Alliance Global Group, Inc (an international conglomerate listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange).

About Whisky Auctioneer

Whisky Auctioneer is the global market leader and trusted authority on the buying and selling of whisky and spirits at auction.

Founded in 2013 and located in Perth, Whisky Auctioneer utilises its expertise and knowledge combined with its auction platform, to increase interest and passion in the whisky and spirits community.

Whisky Auctioneer endeavours to make the market more accessible for buyers and sellers of any background and geography. Its monthly global auctions feature the most comprehensive selection of old, rare and collectible whiskies and spirits available online. Whisky Auctioneer is passionate about connecting these bottles with those who share in their passion and actively support their customers in their aims, whether that be consuming, collecting or investing.



Thirteen Buffalo Trace Whiskies Honored

FRANKFORT, KY (Sept. 17, 2020) – W. L. Weller Antique 107 and W.L. Weller 12 Year Old each received a Double Gold medal at the 2020 North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition (NABWC). Eleven other Buffalo Trace whiskies were also awarded medals, including four Gold medals and seven Silver medals.

Double Gold medals went to

  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Gold medals went to

  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller C.Y.P.B. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Old Charter Oak French Oak Barrel Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Silver medals went to

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W. L. Weller Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The NABWC promotes excellence in bourbon, whiskey, and moonshine through a double-blind competition and is based on a 100-point scale. The spirits are judged by styles and price categories, and this year’s competition was judged virtually in light of COVID-19.

For more information about the 2020 NABWC, visit For more information about Buffalo Trace brands, visit

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

Look what’s gone on sale at The Whisky Shop! – Whisky News

All your favourites in one sale

How about that Highland Park 18 Year Old you’ve had your eye on? Or a bottle of Balvenie Caribbean Cask?

We’ve discounted a tonne of your favourite drams – for a limited time only!

Shop the sale before they disappear.

Brand New Tobermory 23 Year Old at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Presents the return of an old friend:

Tobermory 23

The liquid within this release is from the extremely popular 2008 release of Tobermory 15YO. In 2014, the spirit was transferred into Gonzales Byass casks, and bottled this year for this stunning release. Having tasted this last night, we can confirm it is lovely Tobermory, salted toffee, fudge, caramelised walnuts with a subtle salty undercurrent, all in all a fantastic release.

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #844 EXTRAS – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 844 Extras – Is older whisky better ?

“Clydeside Distillery was a favourite for us in 2019” by Paul Mclean of Mclean Scotland Whisky Tours

Left to right; Andy, Paul, Liz and Mark, a few of the MCLEANSCOTLAND team who gathered for Christmas 2019 in Glasgow

Clydeside Distillery was a favourite for us in 2019

As the first operational Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery in the city centre in over a century, Clydeside combines the old with the new; much like ourselves!    They gave us a unique whisky experience steeped in industrial heritage, combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional distilling methods and a set of drams and foodie nibbles to make it an ever lasting memory. Bridgeen Mullen took charge of our day there, she is the Visitor Centre Manager – the entire distillery team, tour guides and retail staff, to production and distillers are passionate and give visitors from all over the world a memorable five-star whisky experience. We can vouch for that; Liz, Paul, Andy and Mark all enjoyed the visit as a part of the MCLEANSCOTLAND Christmas woo hoo! Opened in 2017 the Clydeside combines a contemporary structure with an old Pumphouse, now becoming a whisky expertise and heritage centre. It is currently producing what will be a high-quality Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The distillery offers a range of tours and tastings, working with Bridgeen we have our own bespoke tours arranged for our tours, by the way we recommend the food choices and these will feature in our tours there.  The Pumphouse used to control the entry gate to the Queen’s Dock – ships exporting whisky to the four corners of the world, how we get corners on a globe defeats me, but you know the craic. On a more personal note, during distillery construction, the Morrison family discovered that Chairman Tim Morrison’s great grandfather had in fact built the Queen’s Dock. These kinds of connections, create a warmth and familiarity that echoes throughout the Distillery. With an excellent shop selection of whisky from across Scotland, and bespoke branded items and gift vouchers, The Clydeside offers a fantastic option for those looking to buy gifts.

ALL IN ALL, A VERY WORTHWHILE TOUR HERE, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE, you can call in (as we will be doing) for the shop and food/drinks without doing the tour if you wish.  PAUL, MAY 2020

Bowmore Unveils ‘The Art of Time’ – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore Unveils ‘The Art of Time’

16 September 2020, Islay, UK – Bowmore unveils a new major global campaign celebrating the ‘The Art of Time’, since 1779. For the first time, we will tell the Bowmore story in depth, unlocking the rich layers of our heritage and paying homage to the craftsmanship and legacy behind our single malt.

‘The Art of Time’ is a global marketing campaign, which will be released in October 2020. It will be deployed across traditional media, social and digital commerce platforms with new still and dynamic content, secondary imagery and a set of key visuals. It will also be executed in stores with dedicated displays for mass retail, and premium visibility and window displays for whisky specialists and department stores, and for events.

‘The Art of Time’ tells the story of Bowmore’s exceptional quality and how our whiskies benefit from the power of time, becoming even more beautiful and precious over the years.

Bowmore is a pioneering house and the oldest licensed distillery on Islay; we have been refining our craft for over 240 years, and we still handcraft our malts today. ‘The Art of Time’ is central to the way we make our whisky. We invest more time than necessary at every stage of our process. We have our own proprietary malt barns, hand-turning our barley. We allow for perfectly timed fermentation periods. And we take our time to hand-select our casks, nosing every single one before it is filled with our new make. This care and attention to detail is what creates the complex balance of not just mild smokiness, but also maritime minerality and fresh stone fruit notes which is so characteristic of our timeless house style. This is the reason why Bowmore ages like no other, making us one of the world’s most collectible Islay malts today.

‘The Art of Time’ has provided the canvas for a refreshing new approach to Bowmore, ensuring a single identity across the core and prestige range, featuring a striking new colour palette and visual feel, inspired by the Islay coastal landscape coming together with the whisky itself.

For the campaign’s distinctive new visuals, Bowmore has drawn inspiration from its stunning surroundings, specifically Islay’s black stone formations that also surround our distillery. These formations have a strong connection to Bowmore’s own story, and Islay is home to some of the oldest strata in the world. These rocks have been shaped over a long period of time, transformed by seasons and enriched by the wild elements, just like our whisky.

Black stones also bring us back to the origins of the Bowmore name. Some historians believe it to be derived from a small black reef just outside Lochindaal whilst others reference the Norse for sunken rock, bogha mor, as its origination.  Whichever may be true, this black stone is meaningful to our home and our name. It is central to our new visual identity and the foundation of our new key visual, leveraging black rocks as a metaphor to visually bring to life the layers of time and its transformative power. From rough beauty, our new make, to the smoothest layer of all, our Bowmore whisky is a masterpiece sculpted by time.

Céline Daniel, Global Marketing Manager at Bowmore, comments, “We are delighted to unveil our new ‘The Art of Time’ campaign, bringing Bowmore to life in a bold new way but importantly, remaining grounded in our history and roots on Islay. This is the first time we will be exploring Bowmore’s history and craftsmanship with such depth and with such consistency at a global level.

“We believe that Bowmore is a work of art, and our understanding and respect for time is central to how and why we craft our whisky. With this campaign, we will show how Bowmore uses time to transform our celebrated single malt into a true masterpiece. By drawing inspiration from the black rocks surrounding our distillery, we are also paying homage to the way time has shaped not only our whisky, but also Islay itself.”

‘The Art of Time’ global campaign is launching shortly after Bowmore announced its first collaborative creation with Aston Martin in August 2020, the Black Bowmore DB5 1964, a striking concept which brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston with only 25 bottles* for sale. This partnership with Aston Martin reinforces Bowmore’s commitment to taking the time to create something special, with the craft and patience required to make sports cars and single-malt Scotch whisky very much intertwined.


*Three of the 25 bottles of Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available in GTR. They will be sold by Lotte, Dufry and Heinemann and are set to be on sale in 2021. Further details will be shared in due course.


Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest distillery of its kind on Islay. Our Scotch maturation warehouse is one of the oldest in the world, and our handcrafted single malt whisky is defined by time and inspired by its home place.

Time is defining at Bowmore, and we tirelessly harness the power of time to shape our whiskies. Our distillery’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of our fruity and smoky single malts. Today, we are amongst one of a few distilleries which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. Water for the whiskies is specially drawn from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones – the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.

Bowmore Distillery’s proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit and gives a hint of sea air to the character. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults, which sit below sea level, is where many of the whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault’s sea-facing wall.

Matured in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, over time developing rich and mellow flavours until the expertise of our whisky makers deems them ready for bottling. It is this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that makes Bowmore the exceptional single malt it is today.

Time is marked on each and every bottle of Bowmore, proudly and boldly as a marker of where and when each one’s journey began. This is our story of time. This is Bowmore; the Art of Time since 1779.

ISC 2019 | Gold for 15 Year Old
ISC 2019 | Gold for 18 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 | Gold for 12 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 | Gold for 25 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 | Gold for 15 Year Old (GTR)
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 | Gold for 18 Year Old (GTR)
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 | Double Gold for 18 Year Old
ISC 2018 | Gold for 15 Year Old (GTR)
ISC 2018 | Gold for 18 Year Old
IWSC 2018 | Gold for 15 Year Old
IWSC 2018 | Gold for 18 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Gold for 12 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Super Gold for 18 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Super Gold for 15 Year Old Darkest
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About Beam Suntory Inc.
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

Impex “The Awards Just Keep on Coming!” – Whisky Award News

We are so proud of our brands and grateful for your support in making them shine!

Following up on our last article we wanted to share with you the results from some other amazing spirits competitions out there. The prestigious International Spirits Competition, Fifty Best, World Whisky Masters, Frankfurt International, Whiskies of the World Awards, and Gin Masters found our brands delightful!


“We are delighted to have won our 50th award in only 3 years with news of a prestigious Double Gold and five Golds at this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC). Now in its 25th year, the ISC promotes outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. The competition receives more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries.” ~ The GlenAllachie Distillery


Port Askaig 8 yr won Best in Show – Gold Outstanding and Best in Class – Gold from the Whiskies of the World awards!
Check out where Port Askaig is distributed in the U.S. by visiting Grapein.

The credit for this gorgeous photo goes to Melissa Ginzburg, one of our excellent reps.  You can follow her on Instagram @notoriousgzbz


Kilchoman Machir Bay just keeps on winning gold medals and anyone who has tasted it is not surprised.  This core expression, which is the flagship of the Kilchoman range, stands for superb quality and taste, especially for an Islay Scotch. Check out where Machir Bay is distributed by visiting Grapein.


M&H Classic Single Malt brought home golds from both ISC and Frankfurt International and earned a Double Gold from Fifty Best.  This distillery from Tel Aviv is taking the world by storm with their latest releases.


The Matsui Distillery has been making amazing whisky since 1910. Following their success with USC, three Kurayoshi expressions brought home Gold from the International Spirits Challenge this year. Check out where Kurayoshi is distributed in the U.S. by visiting Grapein.

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