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Hot on the heels of its recent ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ trophy at the 2021 International Spirits Challenge, Jameson is launching a 50% ABV, or 100-proof[2], limited edition of its triple-distilled Black Barrel whiskey – great to gift (and even better to keep) this Christmas.

Jameson Black Barrel Proof is made from pot still and grain whiskey matured in a combination of American oak, sherry casks and double charred ex-bourbon barrels to give an even deeper flavour experience. Uniquely, this expression will be bottled at 50% ABV and without chill filtration. The result is a rich, smooth expression that showcases the benefit that the tradition of barrel charring can add to the world’s favourite Irish whiskey[3].

“Jameson Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of our small batch grain and traditional single pot still Irish whiskey and boasts a robust spiciness, with flavours of butterscotch and fudge. Paying tribute to the cooper’s skill, maturing a portion of our whiskey in double charred barrels brings out sweet and spicy characteristics in abundance as it penetrates deeper into the charred oak,” explains Irish Distillers’ Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman.

“Like every family, Jameson is made up of individual characters with their own distinct personalities. Bottling Jameson Black Barrel at a higher strength is a great way to accentuate the already beloved characteristics of this unique whiskey to create a totally new experience for whiskey enthusiasts.

“So, if a full strength whiskey that’s bursting with aromas of toffee and fudge, complemented by a spicy character and a rich vanilla finish, sounds like it’s for you – or maybe even for someone you know –

then you’ll find that Black Barrel Proof is a great addition to the Jameson family this Christmas. Slainte!”

Set to appeal to whiskey fans seeking to explore a more intense flavour experience this Christmas, the limited-edition release of Jameson Black Barrel Proof will be available online at and via select outlets in Ireland and at Dublin Airport from early November at RRP of €60. 

Best served in a cocktail or maybe over ice, but always with friends!

Tasting notes by Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman:

Nose: Butterscotch sweetness and creamy, toffee, fudge aroma.

Taste: Rich smooth taste with a deep intensity and dialled up spicy notes, complemented by vanilla sweetness.

Finish: Smooth and rich finish with a hint of vanilla lingering on the palate. 



About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines, and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth up to 2019 and hitting sales of 8.6m cases in 2021. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €400 million to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €8,824 million in FY21. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics, as illustrated by the 2030 Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “Good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices.

[1] Best Irish Whiskey trophy at International Spirits Challenge 2021, Double Gold Medal from San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021, Gold Outstanding and 98 points from International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021

[2] Proof is twice the measure of alcohol content by volume. For example, a whiskey with 50% alcohol is a 100-proof whiskey.

[3] Jameson is the world’s bestselling (IWSR 2020) and most awarded Irish whiskey based on the tasting results of the six most influential tasting competitions over the past ten years (2011-2021), including The Irish Whiskey Masters, IWSC, ISC, Beverage Testing Institute, San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Speyside Whisky Auctions “Our October Auction ENDS SOON!” – Auction Whisky News

Our October Auction ENDS SOON!

Auction closes from 8pm (BST) Tuesday 26th October.

We have these amazing bottles featuring this auction…..

Our October auction in now LIVE!Auction closes from 8pm (BST) Tuesday 26th October.

We have these amazing bottles featuring this auction…..

34 Year Old – Ruby Geisha Cask #3668

52 Year Old – 1946 Select Reserve

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Gordon & MacPhail Glenburgie 1995 25 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Glenburgie 1995 25 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice

G&M present this single cask showcasing red apple, lime, honeysuckle, black pepper and tropical fruits. A limited-edition bottle, exclusive to The Whisky Shop, this single cask from Glenburgie is limited to only 137 bottles. Bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, this Speyside single malt whisky has been carefully matured a single ex-bourbon barrel, filled in 1995 and bottled in 2021 at a cask strength of 55.8% abv. It is free from chill-filtration and exhibits a natural colour. This exceptional one-off whisky offers notes of red apple and lime zest on the nose, complementing a subtle honeysuckle. Flavours of cracked black pepper give way to tropical fruits on the palate, before a medium finish with lingering hazelnuts.

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New Release – Compass Box – No Name No.3 at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News



70cl | 48.9% ABV 

No Name was not supposed to become a series, but Compass Box have enjoyed showcasing different heavily-peated malt whiskies within a consistent recipe structure. The interplay of smokiness between all three is completely different, showing that peat is far from one-dimensional. This completes a compelling trilogy. It boasts high density phenols with tarry notes that fans of the series will recognise from the original No Name. At the same time, it boasts a flamboyant fruitiness that builds on that of No Name, No. 2.

This final version has been based around Malt Whisky from the Laphroaig Distillery, aged in recharred hogsheads. Compellingly waxy, fruity and sooty Malt Whisky from the Bowmore Distillery supports this. Fruity and silky unpeated malts, and a little of the Compass Box Highland Malt Blend, complete the recipe.


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Isle of Raasay Single Malt R-02 at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

Released recently, we have the second flagship single malt from Hebridean distillery Isle of Raasay. The R-02 is created from two peated and unpeated spirits that have been matured separately in three different types of casks — fresh Chinkapin oak, first-fill rye whiskey and first-fill Bordeaux red wine — before being married together.

The result is a lightly peated dram with subtle smokiness, balanced by rich dark fruit flavours, including blackberry, raspberry and plum. This naturally golden whisky was produced using mineral-rich water from their distillery well and bottled at 46.4% ABV. A first of this cask combination and a bold entry into the core range of Raasay’s first legal distillery.


R-02 is a lightly peated, fruity single malt from Isle of Raasay distillery, made with a blend of peated and unpeated spirit that has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-rye whiskey casks, virgin Chinkapin oak and first-fill Bordeaux wine casks. The result is notes of dark berries, earthy smoke, subtle sea salt and juicy plums throughout the palate.

Scotch Whisky Auctions UK November Collections & COP26 Update – Whisky Auction News

Scotch Whisky Auctions are on the road again!

Please see below for our November 2021 schedule.

To register your interest in a collection please complete the form which can be found here.

Please note home collections are available to those customers sending 10+ bottles or bottles to the value of £1000 and above.

Please get in touch if your area is not listed below but you would like a home collection. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.


Location Date Request Deadline
Inverness Tuesday 9th November 2021- from 11am by appointment only Monday 8th November 2021 at 12 noon
Elgin Tuesday 9th November 2021- from 11am by appointment only Monday 8th November 2021 at 12 noon
Aberdeen Wednesday 10th November 2021 – from 1.30pm by appointment only Monday 8th November 2021 at 12 noon
Home Collections
Tuesday 16th November 2021 Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
Home Collections
Monday 15th November/Tuesday 16th November 2021 Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
Islay Thursday 18th November 2021
From 6.30pm by appointment only
Monday 15th November 2021 at 12 noon
Home Collections
Monday 22nd November 2021 Wednesday 17th November 2021
Home Collections
Wednesday 17th November 2021 Monday 15th November 2021 at 12 noon
Home Collections
Wednesday 17th November 2021 Monday 15th November 2021 at 12 noon
Home Collections
Friday 12th November – Tuesday 16th November 2021 Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
London E16 Sunday 14th November 2021- from 10am by appointment only Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
London SW16 Sunday 14th November 2021- from 10am by appointment only Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
London NW2 Sunday 14th November 2021- from 10am by appointment only Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
London W14 Sunday 14th November 2021 – from 6pm by appointment only Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon
Manchester Monday 15th November 2021 – from 6.30pm by appointment only Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12 noon

Collections are limited and by appointment only. If you would like to attend please complete the form which can be found here. Please note dead lines apply for collection requests. It would be appreciated if bottles could be packed for uplift. In addition the attached submission form and label should be completed. A winner in our auction? We are now offering a delivery (to collection point) service to customers who are dropping bottles off for a future auction. This service is charged at £12 (inc VAT), optional loss.


Submission Form & Label

For an update on COP26 road closures please see here

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Blended Japanese Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Blended Japanese Whisky (750ml)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 The newest blended whisky offering from Hibiki is burnished gold in the glass and has a bold aroma that mixes vanilla, fresh pear and a hint of smoke. The smokiness comes forward at the first sip, wrapping around a core of oak and vanilla custard and finishing long, with a mouthwatering bitter chocolate note. *Best of 2016* (KN) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

90 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. The palate is more rounded than that very forward nose, with toffee notes adding some weight. A touch of smoke comes along in the mid-palate, before fruits and caramelized coffee biscuits. Water allows the flavors to flood the palate. Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki. (DB, Winter 2015) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

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Outer quote mark You can’t be a Japanese whisky enthusiast without having noticed that there’s a shortage of the stuff. What once was readily available is now hard to find. What once was affordable now costs various bodily limbs. It is due to more than a fad. The best Japanese whisky is remarkable stuff, and none are better than the top single malts from Suntory, Yamazaki, Hakushu and the blended whisky Hibiki. Hibiki comes in 12-, 17- and 21-year-old expressions, but even the youngest of these is now allocated. Harmony, the newest release, carries no age statement, indicating that it contains younger whiskies than other bottlings. Nevertheless, this is a welcome concession, with Suntory’s classic sense of balance, nuance and delicacy. *Best of 2015* (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

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*96 points, Ultimate Spirits Challenge Top 100 of 2020* The newest incarnation of Suntory’s hugely popular Hibiki series, this time without an age statement attached. The same soft, mellow, vanilla-laden flavor is still here, however. It’s a true harmony of pure Hibiki flavor.Outer quote mark

Hamish’s Highlights: The Loch Fyne Caol Ila 10 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Hamish’s Highlights:
The Loch Fyne Caol Ila 10 Year Old

The Loch Fyne Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 + free glass!


One of our very own; so we can make some guarantees with this one. This Caol Ila single cask whisky was aged for 10 years, and has a yield of only 414 bottles. This one is of course free from chill filtration and artificial colouring and presented at a hearty 57.2% abv. Bottled by none other than yours truly, we couldn’t be happier to celebrate this number from one of Islay’s great historical distilleries.

Nose: herbaceous, smoked meats, oily.
Palate: big body, confectionary, a waft of smoke.
Finish: peppery warmth, smoke lingering.

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Winners announced as the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass sponsors Scottish International Crime Writing Awards for the second year – Whisky Glass News

Winners announced as the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass sponsors Scottish International Crime Writing Awards for the second year

Raymond Davidson, CEO and Founder of Glencairn Crystal, presents Craig Russell, winner of The McIlvanney Prize, with a Glencairn Glass trophy

Scottish family business Glencairn Crystal has sponsored this year’s 2021 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 for the second year.

The winners were announced at the opening of the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival on Friday evening (17th September) in Stirling. This year’s winner of The McIlvanney Prize is Craig Russell with Hyde. He is the first author to win the prize twice. The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize went to Robbie Morrison with Edge of the Grave.

The winners were presented with a trophy by Raymond Davidson – CEO and Founder of Glencairn Crystal – who said:

‘We’d like to raise a toast to Robbie Morrison and Craig Russell and congratulate them on their success in winning the prizes. It is an honour to support the world of Scottish crime fiction with The Glencairn Glass and we wish all the participants well in the future.’

Both of the prestigious literary prizes are awarded as part of the annual Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival which takes place every September. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers – new and established –  to the stage along with enthusiastic festival attendees since 2012, with exciting events covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics and psychological thrillers to tartan noir and cosy crime.

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The Glencairn Glass, created in 2000, is the world’s favourite whisky glass.  Glencairn Crystal now make over 3.5 million Glencairn Glasses per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 140 countries worldwide.

Johnnie Walker launches new Keep Walking campaign to get the world moving again – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker launches new Keep Walking campaign to get the world moving again

Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Scotch Whisky1 wants to inspire people to Keep Walking towards a more positive future with the latest chapter in its iconic global campaign.

The brand’s famous Keep Walking advertising has been inspiring people around the world with a message of progress and positivity for more than 20 years and this latest chapter begins as the world gradually reopens after a difficult 18 months.

Leading the way is a TV and digital ad featuring an energetic and vibrant ‘Anthem’ that seeks to put a spring in people’s step as they head back into the world and socialise with confidence.

The new Anthem is an infectious, feel good mash-up of famous songs all about walking including Run DMC and Aerosmith’s Walk this Way, Loretta Lynn’s version of the iconic These Boots Are Made for Walking and Lou Reed’s 1970s’ classic Walk on the Wild Side.

Alongside the Anthem, Johnnie Walker will unveil epic city takeovers, projecting inspiring quotes from cultural trailblazers, over city skylines and cultural hotspots around the world. The quotes from the likes of Grace Jones, Mark Twain and Ayrton Senna will be seen across New York City, Mexico City, Cape Town, Tokyo and Bangkok amongst others.

For over two centuries Johnnie Walker has been committed to a spirit of progress and moving forward; with this new Keep Walking instalment the brand wants to help inspire people to take their own next step by reflecting the energy, words and thoughts of cultural icons and pioneers who share that spirit.

“Johnnie Walker has always been defiantly optimistic and a beacon of progress – that’s what Keep Walking is all about. Keep Walking is two little words that say so much about positivity, possibility and resilience. After everything we’ve all been through in the past few years, we can’t imagine a time in recent history when those sentiments could be more relevant.”

Julie BramhamJohnnie Walker Global Brand Director

The campaign will also see a series of local partnerships that will drive tangible actions that ‘walk the walk’. In 20+ countries around the world change-makers and artists like DJ Alok (Brazil), CL (Korea) and Alfonso Herrera (Mexico) will join forces with Johnnie Walker to help reinvigorate social spaces like bars, clubs and venues as the world begins to reopen.

The campaign launch comes just weeks after Johnnie Walker opened the doors to its new landmark visitor attraction, Johnnie Walker Princes Street, in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, giving people a unique and immersive way to experience whisky and socialise together again in the brand’s homeland.

About Johnnie Walker:

Johnnie Walker is the world’s number one Scotch Whisky brand1 (IWSR), enjoyed by people in over 180 countries around the world. Since the time of its founder, John Walker, those who blend its whiskies have pursued flavour and quality above all else.

Today’s range of award-winning whiskies includes Johnnie Walker Red Label, Black Label, Double Black, Green Label, Gold Label Reserve, Aged 18 Years and Blue Label. Together they account for over 14 million cases sold annually (IWSR, 2020), making Johnnie Walker the most popular Scotch Whisky brand in the world.

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