Canadian Whisky Awards 2021 Broadcast Links – Canadian Whisky News


Canadian Whisky Awards Broadcast Links

 The results of the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards will be broadcast live on the internet on Thursday, February 25 at 9:00 PM Eastern time, 6:00 PM Pacific time.

To view the awards on YouTube please go to this link:


To view the awards on Facebook please go to this link:


We have set up a YouTube channel called Canadian Whisky Awards, and a Facebook page, also called Canadian Whisky Awards,  If you are have trouble connecting please go to one of those pages.

Thank you to all for supporting the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards, and good luck!



Davin de Kergommeaux

Coordinator, Canadian Whisky Awards 2021

Canadian Whisky Awards February 25  at 9:00  PM Eastern

Sale: Game of Thrones Whiskies at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


With the news that George R.R. Martin is adapting another sci-fi novel for TV (Roadmarks, by Roger Zelazny, in case you wondered), now seems like an excellent time to visit the whiskies created to tie in with his previous smash, Game of Thrones.

The Game of Thrones range of single malts is a collection of whiskies from some of Scotland’s best-known distilleries – including Lagavulin, Oban and Mortlach – at great prices. In our sale you can even pick up a batch-strength Clynelish, bottled at 51.2%, for less than £40.

So whether you’re on your fifth lockdown GoT rewatch, or just looking for an opportunity to try something new – perhaps even from a distillery you’re not familiar with – the Game of Thrones whiskies are well worth a look.


Celebrating our Award! – Whisky Award News

Icons of Whisky Awards

HIghly Commended Single Retail Outlet

We are delighted to have been awarded the Highly Commended (runners up) recognition in this years Icons of Whisky Awards 2021!

In what has been a tumultuous year of ups and downs, to finish the year with this accolade has been a huge reward for the hard work our team has put in since we opened in 2015.

It is certainly the pinnacle of our achievements so far, since the start of our little business half a decade ago. While we have also achieved a Specialist Retailer of the Year award and Businessman of the Year Nomination in local business recognition awards, to be recognised by those in the Whisky Industry in one of the biggest ceremonies within the secotre, is truly humbling.

We must put a shout out to the winners, Michael Hanratty and his team at Carnegie Whisky Cellars who have endured the drought of tourism on who they depend. To not only persevere but to enhance their business is no mean feat in the current climate – congratulations!

The Awards, for those who have not heard of them before, are an annual recognition awards ceremony that are chosen by the team behind the UK’s biggest Whisy Magazine – ‘Whisky Magazine.

“The 2021 Icons of Whisky awards honours those who have worked tirelessly for the growth of the industry.”

To simply be in the final against such great names in Whisky Retail such as The Whisky Shop Dufftown, Gordon & MacPhail and Robertsons of Pitlochry was an unexpected honour, however to come Runners Up is simply outstanding.

We now have a target for the year ahead, to maintain the standards we have set and to prove that this was not a flash in the pan. We are now more determined than ever to create a host of new adventures for the Inverurie Whisky Shop and the Aberdeenshire area.

Our team has grown from 3 to 5, such is the success of our Virtual Tasting events and our Online growth, and we cannot wait to bring you, our loyal customers more great events and news in the coming months.

We could not have done this without every one of you, and we cherish every single order that comes in from you, either to be delivered on our doorstep, or sent through the new trials of the European Customs system. We do a little dance every time.

Thank you, and here is to an improved 2021!

See the full list of winners

Last Chance for Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2021! – Scotch Whisky News

Last Chance Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2021

The UK’s biggest celebration of old and rare whisky is almost here with its virtual debut!

From 25-27 February, show co-founders Sukhinder Singh, Angus MacRaild and Jonny McMillan will be joined by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange ambasssador, and a variety of guests from across the world for four free live-streamed tastings. These tastings are one-of-a-kind experiences featuring some of the rarest and most treasured bottles in the world. This is your chance to learn about some of the most exceptional bottles ever produced alongside the experts.

If you would like to taste along, you can grab one of our last few Longmorn Masterclass tasting packs. All masterclasses will be broadcast live to Facebook, you can find dates and times below.

See class times 

Longmorn Masterclass

with Sukhinder Singh, Angus MacRaild, Jonny McMillan and Billy Abbott

Friday, 26 February 2021
7pm (GMT)

On sale now

As a single malt, Longmorn has developed a cult following among whisky aficionados as a hidden treasure of Speyside. In this class we dive deep with our guests – The Whisky Exchange’s Old and Rare Spirits Manager Diego Lanza and Catawiki whisky specialist Jeroen Koetsier – into the flavours of Longmorn to discover what makes the distillery’s older whiskies so special.


Isle of Raasay Inaugural Release Ballot – Scotch Whisky News

Isle of Raasay Inaugural Release Ballot

70cl / 52% abv
(Restricted to 1 per customer)

The Inaugural Release from the Isle of Raasay distillery is the very first legal single malt whisky to be produced on an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling. This 2020 release is matured in first fill Tennessee whiskey casks before being finished in first fill Bordeaux red wine barrels and bottled at a strength of 52% abv. This limited edition is presented in a beautifully crafted bottle that reflects the natural environment of the Hebridean island of Raasay.


To get your hands on this first release from a new and exciting distillery, just click on the link below and enter your email address. When the ballot closes on 22nd February we’ll let you know whether or not you have been successful and the lucky few will have one week to complete their purchase.

Best of luck!

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Virginia Distillery Company’s VHW Port Cask Finished Whisky recognized at World Whiskies Awards for Fifth Year – American Whiskey News

Virginia Distillery Company’s VHW Port Cask Finished Whisky recognized at World Whiskies Awards for Fifth Year  

Lovingston, Va. – Virginia Distillery Company recently won ‘Best American Blended Malt’ in the Blended Malt Category for its VHW Port Cask Finished Whisky for the fifth consecutive year at the World Whiskies Awards, an awards program that highlights whisky from around the world. The distillery’s American Single Malt, Courage & Conviction, won silver for ‘Best American Single Malt’, for the Dr. Jim Swan batch of Courage & Conviction.

 “These continued wins are a result of our team’s dedication, teamwork and passion for ultra-premium whisky,” Virginia Distillery Company CEO Gareth H. Moore said. “I’m very proud of the Virginia Distillery Company team and to see our VHW Port Cask Finished Whisky continue to be a favorite in the Blended Malt category and to earn recognition for Courage & Conviction in the American Single Malt category.”

The distillery’s VHW series marries American Single Malt made onsite at the distillery with aged Scotch Malt whisky. The VHW Port Cask Finished Whisky serves as the flagship offering of this series, earning ‘Best American Blended Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and again in 2021. Another core finish from the series include VHW Cider Cask Finished Whisky, which ranked in the Whisky Advocate 2019 Top 20. This award-winning series will continue to be sold alongside Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky offerings.

Aged a minimum of three years, Courage & Conviction is distilled on-site using 100% North American malted barley and mountain spring-fed water. The Dr. Jim Swan batch is matured in old world sherry casks, traditional bourbon barrels and re-coopered cuvée wine casks which adds intensity and complexity to the spirit. This batch of Courage & Conviction features notes of caramel and butterscotch and evolves on the palate with hints of bright red fruit, raspberry, cocoa, barrel spice and vanilla. Additional nuances of the Dr. Jim Swan batch include aromas of honeyed apricots, blood orange, milk chocolate, vanilla custard and red berries that mingle with butterscotch and toasted pecans. The finish builds into cinnamon and mouthwatering orange zest.   

The inaugural batch of Courage & Conviction, dedicated to Dr. George G. Moore, released in spring of 2020. Additional releases in the Courage & Conviction line will feature solo bottlings of each cask type, slated for Spring 2021. For more information about the distillate and cask data for Courage & Conviction, as well as bottling and process information for consumers, visit

The awards are a part of the World Drinks Awards program which launched in 2007 with the World Whiskies Awards and World Beer Awards. Judges for the awards included a panel composed of leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers, bartenders/mixologists and hoteliers. Each entry is tasted blind, and in addition to nose, palate and finish the judges look for balance, character, complexity, quality and functionality when judging.

For more information about Virginia Distillery Company or American Single Malt whisky, visit the distillery’s website and complete guide to American Single Malt whisky.



About Virginia Distillery Company  

Staffed by a local Virginia team mentored by Scottish consultants with decades of experience, Virginia Distillery Company is the largest dedicated American Single Malt whisky distillery in the U.S. The distillery has a current annual production volume of 80,000 4.5L cases and growing. At full capacity, the distillery can produce over 8,000 casks yielding 350,000 4.5L cases annually. The distillery produces Courage & Conviction American Single Malt on-site using malted barley from North America and water from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition, the distillery offers the award-winning VHW series, made with 100% malted barley. Showcasing both Old and New World whisky-making, the award-winning line marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland.



Old & Rare Whisky Show 2021 boasts a series of live-streamed masterclasses that provide a window into history – and they’re free to watch.

The famed annual celebration of old & rare whisky is returning, and for the first time will take place virtually. There will be four masterclasses live-streamed on Facebook across three days: 25, 26, 27 February 2021. Each class will be available to watch for free, with tasting packs available to purchase for those who wish to follow along with the hosts on Zoom.

The show is famed for celebrating the discovery of extremely rare whiskies produced in bygone eras, and this year will be no different. The show founders – Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of The Whisky Exchange, and whisky experts Angus MacRaild and Jonny McMillan – and Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange ambassador, will be joined by a variety of guests to lead the classes, sharing a lifetime of invaluable expertise and passion for old spirits.

The tasting sets feature old and rare whiskies rarely seen open, drawn from the collections of the hosts. Tasting packs are available to purchase from, ranging from £150-225.

Masterclass line-up:

Waxy Whisky Masterclass: Thursday 25 February, 7pm

One of the key hallmarks of older style single malts is the elusive characteristic we call ‘waxiness’. In this tasting, our hosts will be joined by Roe and Co head distiller Lora Hemy and creator Serge Valentin to explore this flavour profile in depth with some famous and lesser-known examples.

Longmorn Masterclass: Friday 26 February, 7pm

Longmorn is one of the Scotch whisky blenders’ favourite malts, used as a ‘top dresser’ for adding something special to their blends. Our hosts and their guests – The Whisky Exchange’s Old and Rare Spirits Manager Diego Lanza and Catawiki whisky specialist Jeroen Koetsier – will dig deep into the flavours of Longmorn to discover what makes the distillery’s older whiskies so special.

Gordon & MacPhail Old & Rare Masterclass Saturday 27 February, 4pm

Gordon & MacPhail are one of the world’s oldest and most respected independent bottlers, with an unrivalled range of bottlings to its name. Host Billy Abbott will be joined by Diego Lanza and Jason Vaswani from The Whisky Exchange Old & Rare spirits team to showcase some of the best examples of more recent years, distilled between 1953 and 1972.

Old-Style Peat Masterclass: Saturday 27 February, 7pm

The flavour of peat is one of the most misunderstood and least explored aspects of whisky. The tasting pack features some excellent examples of single malts that express starkly differing aspects of peat flavour. A journey through history and geography with some stunning, rarely available whiskies. Our hosts will be joined by Scotch Whisky Research Institute senior scientist Frances Jack, and photographer, author and smoky whisky expert Marcel van Gils to taste some stunning examples of single malts that express starkly differing aspects of peat flavour.

Waterford Distillery Wins Two Awards at the Icons of Whisky Ireland – Irish Whiskey News

In less than a year of our whiskies being on sale, Waterford Distillery has won an Icon of Whisky Ireland Award 2021 in not just one, but two categories – the coveted Distiller of the Year Award and Brand Innovator of the Year Award.

The Icons of Whisky are announced by Whisky Magazine each year to recognise the people, places and products that complete the whole dynamic of the whisky industry. This year the awards were announced online and a full list of the winners can be seen here

It promises to be a very exciting Spring for Waterford Distillery – they have some major announcements coming later this month…

Give Feedback & Win Free Whisky from Dekanta – Japanese Whisky News

Give your input and you could win a free bottle of Hibiki 17



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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Our biggest ever whisky sale is ON!” – Scotch Whisky News

Our biggest ever whisky sale is ON!

We’ve slashed prices on 100 of our top-trending products over at our online shop, including gems from The Dalmore, Benriach, GlenDronach and more.

Lockdown nightcaps? Sorted! At a fraction of the price.

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