Five 1792 Bourbons Receive Medals 

BARDSTOWN, Ky (Nov. 18, 2020) – Two Barton 1792 bourbons received the prestigious Double Gold medal at the 2020 International Spirits Challenge. Distillery bourbons also received two Gold medals and a Silver medal.

1792 Bottled in Bond and 1792 Aged 12 Years each received the Double Gold medals. 1792 Single Barrel and 1792 Full Proof received Gold medals. 1792 Small Batch received a Silver medal.

All spirits entered into the ISC are subjected to intense blind tastings conducted by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Each judge assesses the products according to age, region and variety, which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.

Results from the 2020 International Spirits Challenge can be found at

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year for 2020.  To learn more visit

Glengoyne “The time has come to introduce our Fine and Rare Collection” – Scotch Whisky News


Today, we are thrilled to launch our oldest ever expression – the Glengoyne 50 Year Old Highland Single Malt.

Priced at £22,500, the limited-edition single malt is the pinnacle of our unhurried and uncompromising approach to whisky making, as Scotland’s slowest distilled malt. After five decades patiently maturing, this exceptional whisky has a richness and depth of aromas and flavours rarely encountered.

Glengoyne 50 Year Old comes in a special crystal decanter, which features an engraved goose emblem representing the geese who migrate to the Glen each winter. Hidden within the beautiful solid oak and gold display box is also a 25ml sample of the 50 Year Old whisky, as well as individually numbered books which are hand signed by Robbie Hughes, Glengoyne Distillery Manager.



Proving that great whisky should be enjoyed whatever its age, we have taken the unique decision to give away a special decanter of this incredibly high aged, rare whisky in 2021.

After what’s been a difficult and disruptive year across the globe, we are giving you and your whisky loving friends a rare opportunity to enjoy this unique bottling through our special online ballot.

We invite groups of five or more to submit their entry, telling us what would be the perfect moment to savour the Glengoyne 50 Year Old with friends and family. Whether it’s toasting a delayed celebration, or creating an unforgettable reunion, the Glengoyne team will make your special moment a reality, hand-delivering this highly sought-after whisky for you to enjoy and savour.

Enter now, and you and friends could be having a reunion to remember in 2021… with a whisky 50 years in the making. T&Cs apply.



Joining Glengoyne 50 Year Old in our “Fine and Rare” collection is the prestigious 25 Year Old and 30 Year Old expressions.

Both whiskies are presented in beautiful glass bottles, with wooden embellishments and boxes that feature an industry-first second use, allowing you to personalise your box so it is ready to cradle another keepsake once the whisky has been enjoyed to the last drop. This is just another part of our wider commitment to sustainability. All 3 of these incredible and unique expressions are available from our online shop 


20% off The Norfolk Whiskies – English Whisky News


USE CODE: blackfriday20

Save 20% off all purchases of The Norfolk Farmers, Malt ‘n’ Rye and Parched Whisky. We proudly present to you The Norfolk Grain Whisky trilogy. These are very unique and special whiskies made from different grains.

(No other voucher codes or offers can be used in conjunction with this. Promotion runs Thursday 19th Nov –  Friday 27th November 2020. Offer valid instore at St George’s Distillery and online. To redeem, this  offer in store, please present the voucher code. To redeem online, please use code blackfriday20 in discount code box at checkout)


Compass Box “There’s still time to join our virtual tasting this weekend” – Scotch Whisky News


This Sunday we’ll be hosting our third virtual tasting and our Founder John Glaser will be broadcasting live from his kitchen table at home in London. John started the company in 2000 at his kitchen table so it seems a fitting place to continue our 20th anniversary celebrations. John will be joined virtually by James Saxon, the lead whiskymaker for Peat Monster Arcana, along with our special guest, author and freelance writer Amanda Schuster. Together they will explore the story behind our latest limited edition – an experiment into oak and smoke.

It’s happening this Sunday November 22nd at 8pm (GMT)


We will be tasting our latest limited edition Peat Monster Arcana, and comparing it to our year-round member of the Malt Whisky Collection, The Peat Monster. Don’t worry if you don’t have either whisky at home though – join with whatever you have to hand, or just come along to listen to the conversation.


Alongside oak and smoke, we love experimenting with food pairings. So this time we’ll be tasting hot smoked salmon and fennel salami plus one or two other surprises as we sip. Join us to discover more about some delicious smoke-inspired food pairings that you can try at home.

To take part in the tasting, please visit to reserve your seat. Once registered, you will receive your downloadable tasting mat and set-up guide along with the Zoom link for the event.


If you are in the U.S. and would like to taste along with us at home, you can purchase bottles of Peat Monster Arcana through ReserveBar or your local Scotch whisky specialist retailer. Those in the U.K. and the rest of the world will find it online at The Whisky Exchange or you can also try a specialist spirit retailer in your region.

We hope to see you there!

The Compass Box Team

Glengoyne Live Virtual Tasting Kits at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Glengoyne Live Virtual Tasting Kit

These delightful tasting sets present a great opportunity to participate in a virtual Glengoyne whisky tasting hosted live on Facebook and YouTube by International Whisky Ambassador, Gordon Dundas. Gordon will discuss and taste each of the drams included in the set, he’ll also be joined on the night by Malt Master, John Glass and special guests.

Even if you can’t make the live tasting event, this would make for a wonderful Christmas present for anyone.

Limited sets available, ready for immediate dispatch.


Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbons Win Nine Gold Medals at 2020 International Spirits Challenge – American Whiskey News


            FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Nov. 12, 2020) – Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits received 14 medals at the 2020 International Spirits Challenge. Of those, nine bourbons produced at Buffalo Trace won Gold medals, and five other Distillery whiskeys and spirits were awarded Silver medals.

Buffalo Trace bourbons receiving Gold medals:

  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr. Bourbon
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon
  • Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon
  • W.L. Weller Antique 107 Bourbon

Silver medals were awarded to:

  • Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller
  • W.L. Weller Full Proof Bourbon
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream

All spirits entered into the ISC are subjected to intense blind tastings conducted by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Each judge assesses the products according to age, region and variety, which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.

Results from the 2020 International Spirits Challenge can be found at

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 for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 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

The Whisky Shop “WIN: a bottle of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old! 🥃” – American Whiskey News

Golden Dram Volume 4:
WIN a bottle of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old!

Our Golden Dram competition has returned, and this time a bottle of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old could be yours!

For Golden Dram Volume 4, we’ve hidden a bottle of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old in one of our Eagle Rare 10 Year Old boxes. To enter, simply buy a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 Year Old online (currently only £29.99 – our lowest price for this delicious bourbon, EVER). With a one in 300 chance to win, you might just be the lucky one to find the golden dram in your order…

Part of the celebrated Antique Collection from Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old is a Kentucky straight bourbon released in limited quantities just once a year. Highly sought-after, you can always count on Eagle Rare 17 Year Old to be an astonishing dram – and a real winter warmer!

Win or lose, you’ll be gaining a brand new bottle of delicious whiskey at a whopper of a price! So, what are you waiting for? Enter now while stocks last.

Entrants must be 18 years and over; read the full T&Cs here

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
Was £43.00
Now £29.99

Buy Now ›

BenRiach Single Malt: The New Range Tasting presented by Rory Glasgow at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

November 20th @ 5:30PM PST

BenRiach Single Malt: The New Range

presented by Rory Glasgow

Join us for a night of whisky education and discussion with BenRiachs newest whiskies!

Best known for their experimental approach to whiskymaking, BenRiach’s 120-year legacy is currently helmed by world reknowned master distiller Dr. Rachel Barrie, also known as “The First Lady of Scotch” – a Whisky Hall of Fame member and Keeper of the Quaich. Their single malt lineup includes peated, unpeated, and triple distilled whiskies, culminating in a brand-new range of spirits.

Featured Whiskies:

BenRiach 10 Year Old

BenRiach 12 Year Old

BenRiach The Smoky 12 Year Old

Click Here for more Details & RSVP

Due to shipping delays,

we no longer have New Range BenRiach samples available 

we apologize for the inconvenience.

River Charity Toasts Whisky Donation – Scotch Whisky News

River Charity Toasts Whisky Donation

The conservation charity The River Dee Trust has raised a glass to one of its biggest single donations, as it forges ahead with one of the most ambitious nature restoration projects in the Cairngorms.

The Deeside Distillery in Banchory is donating its very last four casks of whisky spirit to the Trust. One of the world’s most renowned whisky writers, Charles Maclean, has described the potential of the Deeside spirit as “superlative” and “better than gold” as an investment. He admitted the young spirit was so good, he misidentified it as a fine, 18-year-old Speyside malt. The first of the casks will be auctioned at a special event next year.

Sandy Bremner, Chairman of The River Dee Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation. It’s a challenging time for all charities, and we have committed to planting a million native trees to help cool the river as it faces dangerously rising temperatures. This donation will help us continue our work to save our iconic wild salmon and restore the whole ecosystem.”

Of the four casks of spirit being donated to The River Dee Trust, three are 250-litre ex-Oloroso. The fourth is a 200-litre Virgin American Oak cask – the only one of its kind ever produced by the distillery.

Charles Maclean has been described as “Scotland’s leading whisky expert”. He was elected Keeper of the Quaich in 1992 for his “services to Scotch over many years” and granted the rare honour of being elected Master of the Quaich, the industry’s highest accolade.

After tasting the Deeside Distillery spirit which had been left to mature in an Oloroso cask for just three years, he said: “It’s terrific, I’m amazed, really astonished at the quality of the young spirit.” With a smile, he admitted that it was so good, it led him to make one of the biggest mistakes of his whisky-tasting career. He said: “Tasting it blind, I guessed it was 18-years-old. Embarrassing!”

Deeside Distillery manager Liam Pennycook said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Trust deliver its vital work. The Dee is a magical river which touches the lives of so many people. We want to help the river through the challenges ahead, to make sure it’s in the best possible shape for those who love it now, and for future generations.”

The four casks are made even rarer by the fact that only 100 of them will ever be produced by the Deeside Distillery. Liam said: “We are developing a new, bigger distillery at Hill of Banchory. Due to regulations, we can’t move its name to another site so this will become a “lost distillery”. In every sense, this will be very special whisky.”

The first of the four casks will be auctioned at a special dinner being organised by Maryculter House to raise funds for The River Dee Trust. It will be held on Friday, September 24 next year, subject to Covid restrictions. For further information about the dinner, please contact Maryculter House on 01224 732124.


1)            The River Dee Trust is a charitable organisation tasked with understanding the catchment and the factors that influence it, leading to practical works to restore the river for future generations and a community-based education programme for all ages.

2)            Angling in the River Dee generates some £15 million annually in revenues and supports an estimated 500 rural jobs.

3)            The Deeside Distillery has been a strong supporter of the River Dee Trust since 2017. It originally produced a Twin River Dee Gin, which helped raise £10k.

4)            Maryculter House is one of the most famous and historic hotels in Aberdeen located on the banks of the River Dee and overlooking the Golf Course of Peterculter. With a classic reputation for hospitality, from the building’s founding in 1227 by the Knights Templar, this location has been offering hospitality to travellers from far and wide for many years.

River Dee Trust
River Office
Mill of Dinnet
Aberdeenshire AB34 5LA

Live Virtual Glengoyne Tasting with Gordon Dundas and John Glass, Saturday 28th November, 8pm GMT – Scotch Whisky News


On Saturday 28th November from 8pm GMT, Gordon Dundas, International Brand Ambassador, and Malt Master John Glass will be coming to you live from Facebook and YouTube for a special virtual tasting – with three places available for you to be one of our panel guests on the night.



Tasting kits are available to purchase ahead of the event, allowing you to participate in debating the drams from the comfort of your home.

Priced at £30.00, the tasting kit contains 5cl drams of The Legacy Series: Chapter Two, 18 Year Old,  Cask Strength, Batch 008 and Glengoyne Glencairn glass. Buy now for delivery in time for the Live Tasting.


Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne, Near Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB
Tel. +44 (0)1360 550 254


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