Compass Box Tasting Saturday, October 21st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, October 21st, 12-3PM:

Compass Box

Start your weekend with a whisky tasting, courtesy of the award-winning Compass Box Distillery! Lavishing care on both their whiskies and the bottles they’re presented in, Compass Box is well known for the quality of their drams, as well as their dedication to transparency.

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The Whisky Exchange “Help us choose our Whisky of the Year” – Whisky News



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The Whisky Exchange needs YOU to help choose a winner

Help us with the arduous annual task of tasting great drams and declaring one of them our Whisky of The Year!

We have narrowed down the list to eight whiskies – a few old favourites and some great new drams. All the contenders are ongoing releases from around the world, priced under £60 and bottled at standard strengths.

After a welcome drink, we will try all eight whiskies blind, with a surprise ninth to keep you going while the votes are being counted – the winner will be announced at the end of the night.




Please arrive at the venue from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start





The Whisky Lounge October Tasting Series – Whisky News




In recent years, and beyond, it has become clear that whiskies from Asia CAN compete with the best of Scotch. Come and be amazed and delighted with this latest blind tasting series as we pit Asian whiskies against their Scottish equivalents…


A slightly different format where we (and you) focus purely on the whisky in the glass, with no packaging or frippery visible to distract us. The whiskies will only revealed once you have voted for your favourites…What better way to spend an evening, than trying some thought-provoking and delicious whiskies?  We hope to see you at one of our wonderful partner venues in a city near you!

Sheffield: Monday 16th October- 7pm

Leeds: Wednesday 18th October- 7pm

York: Saturday 21st October – During the Yorkshire Whisky Festival

Liverpool: Wednesday 25th October- 7pm

Newcastle: Thursday 26th October- 7pm

Manchester: Friday 27th October- 7pm

London: Saturday 28th October – 4.30pm

Brighton: 22nd November – 7pm



Wolfburn Releases Its Third Permanent Expression: Morven – Scotch Whisky News

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Wolfburn Releases Its Third Permanent Expression: Morven 

Wolfburn Distillery has today launched its third permanent single malt whisky expression, named ‘Morven’. Following the unprecedented success of the Northland and Aurora expressions, Morven is the distillery’s first peated whisky. Initial orders are already far beyond the forecast number.

‘For almost five years we’ve been asked to produce a peated whisky,’ comments Shane Fraser, distillery manager. ‘And here it is! A very exciting day for all the team at Wolfburn. Judging by the early reaction from distributors and retailers globally, Morven is going to be a significant step forward for the distillery. People seem to absolutely love it.’

Morven is made from lightly peated malted barley, which adds a beautiful depth of flavour to the much loved Wolfburn spirit. The whisky is named after the highest peak in Caithness, a mountain surrounded by open moors and wetlands, from where peat has been harvested for hundreds of years.

‘The original 19th Century Wolfburn Distillery was fired by peat.’ states Shane. ‘So for us, producing a peated whisky is a reflection of history. The link with our heritage is hugely important – our whisky is all made by hand in the traditional way, with a focus on quality throughout the entire production process.’

Photograph Shane Fraser, Wolfburn distillery manager


The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in 2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky. Wolfburn’s single malt scotch whiskies are now available in 24 countries globally.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW


Powers & Single Pot Still Irish Tasting Whiskey with Ambassador Jessamine McLellan at The Whsiky Shop #SFO – Irish Whisky News


Saturday October 14th, 2:30-5:30PM

Powers & Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey with Jessamine McLellan

Join us for a tasting of rare and award-winning whiskies from the Powers & Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey portfolio, presented by Ambassador Jessamine McLellan.


Single Pot Stills Signature Release

Powers John’s Lane Green Spot

Powers John’s Lane Yellow Spot

Redbreast 12 Redbreast Lustau Edition

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Glen Garioch


Rarely can the characteristics of a place and its people have been so masterfully bottled.

A rare find indeed.

UNIQUE LOCATION Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in ancient Doric dialect) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, since 1797.

The beautiful and richly fertile land has been famed for centuries as the ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’, known for producing the finest barley in all of Scotland.

With rolling hills and crystal springs filled with the purest of waters so crucial to whisky production, it’s easy to see why this site was chosen for one of the country’s very first distilleries.

For more than 200 years, Glen Garioch has been handcrafting a small but perfectly formed range of natural, non chill-filtered single malt whiskies.

The distillery remains at the heart of the community and stays true to the original charm of the Highlands, our local staff brimming with passion for the fine whisky they make and offering a warm welcome to all.

AN EVENTFUL PAST Founded in 1797 by John and Alexander Manson, Glen Garioch has stood the test of time, overcoming changes in ownership, droughts and war. With stunning views to Bennachie, lush land, crystal clear spring water and its close proximity to Aberdeen, Oldmeldrum was the perfect site for two young brothers to build their distillery and write their own chapter in Scotch history.

A MAGICAL PLACE TO BE It’s true what they say – you can never fully enjoy a dram of Glen Garioch until you have seen how and where it’s made. Glen Garioch is made the same way today as it has always been. The Glen Garioch Brand Home Experience offers visitors the opportunity to experience time-honoured skills at work; to touch and smell the natural ingredients used in its production; to hear from the master craftsmen involved and finally, to taste the fruit of their labours.

THE LEGENDS OF THE GARIOCH EXPERIENCE Glen Garioch®, one of Scotland’s oldest whisky distilleries is launching an inspirational half-day experience which will focus on their unique location, eventful past and the legends who helped influence Glen Garioch as it is today.

This in-depth experience begins in the historic market town of Oldmeldrum, before delving into the heart of the Valley of the Garioch where the distillery takes its name. This voyage of discovery allows you to explore first-hand the the beautiful and richly fertile land of Oldmeldrum which has been famed for centuries as the ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’ known for producing the finest barley in Scotland.

With over 200 years of experience in producing single malt Scotch whisky, this unique experience pays homage to the distillery’s long standing tradition of craftsmanship and the charm and passion of the people who make it.

Back at the Glen Garioch Distillery, the connoisseur’s journey includes a visit to some normally unseen parts of the distillery and an exclusive tasting of the single cask, limited release and archive portfolio.

Having followed in the footsteps of Glen Garioch’s founders, this rare experience will conclude with a specially selected regional lunch and whisky pairing, served in the unique setting of the 800 year old Whisky Cave Bar at Meldrum House Country House Hotel. The menu has been created to showcase the quality of produce from the region and to complement and enhance the Glen Garioch story and flavour profile.

Available from 2nd October 2017 at an exclusive price of £120 pp. Over 18s only. Please book one week in advance. Minimum two guests for this experience.

To find out more please visit or email 

AA Glen Garioch



One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, ever since 1797. Shielded from the world’s prying eyes, deep in the fertile ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’, and only ever produced in small, precious batches, Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, but warmly appreciated by those who like a hearty Highland malt, non chill-filtered malt as nature intended, with a wholesome maltiness, honeyed sweetness and delicious creamy texture to savour.  

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith 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 commitment to 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

GlenDronach 1993 Abbey Whisky 10th Anniversary Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News


GlenDronach 1993 | AW 10th Anniversary Exclusive

This big beauty of a dram, is one of several crackers we’ve lined up to celebrate our tenth year online. Since our previous GD exclusives, (cask 33 & 3400), we’ve been delving through the GlenDronach sample warehouse searching for the perfect dram to follow… In so doing, we believe we’ve found an exceptional dram that surpasses its much loved predecessors.

Pre-order now available for our mailing list members!

(There’s been a lot of excitement and interest in this latest release (and rightly so, its an excellent dram!) We’re not putting a limit on quantity per order at this time…)



What’s On – Drams and Dining at Tor Na Coille Hotel October 6th, 2017 – Scotch Whisky News


What’s On – Drams and Dining at Tor Na Coille Hotel

Event:                            Tor Na Coille Whisky Tasting Dinner

Venue:                           Tor Na Coille Hotel, Inchmarlo Road, Banchory, Kincardineshire, AB314AB

Date and time:          Friday 6th October 2017; 7 for 7.30pm

Price:                             £45 per person

Booking:              or 01330 822242

As the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than a good dram to keep you warm. So why not visit the Tor Na Coille hotel in Banchory for a night celebrating the amber nectar – alongside the region’s finest fare?

After a Bruadar whisky liqueur welcome drink, you’ll enjoy a delicious three course meal, cooked up by Tor Na Coille’s award-winning chefs. Drawing upon Deeside’s unparalleled larder, each course will perfectly complement the whiskies on offer.

Alongside your meal, you will sample three sumptuous whiskies: an Old Perth sherry cask blended malt, a Big Strand Islay single malt, and a Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Speyside 1991 sherry butt cask-strength malt. And, of course, you’ll be free to peruse the hotel bar’s fantastic selection of malts after dinner.

At just £45 per person, this is a great opportunity to sample whiskies discovering the subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – differences between the regions. Call 01330 822242 or email for more information and to book.

Dornoch Whisky Festival Friday 27th October – Sunday 30th October – Scotch Whisky News


Dornoch Whisky Festival Friday 27th October – Sunday 30th October

Join us for an extravagant Whisky weekend at Links House.

To celebrate the Dornoch Whisky Festival, Links House have secured a tasting with Stephen Rankin, on Friday 27th October. Stephen will be guiding guests through some of the worlds best Malt’s. Starting with Connoisseurs Choice Dalmore 2011, working his way through the taste journey taking in Ardmore 1996, Balblair 1980, finishing with the extremely rare and exquisite Glen Grant 1958.

Our Award winning Chef JP has created a bespoke menu for the evening to complement each whisky. The dinner is priced at £135 per head for non residents.

Why not enjoy a full weekend of whisky in Dornoch and stay with us for one or two nights. We will provide you with complimentary tickets to the Saturday night whisky event in Dornoch and ensure you have a weekend of fabulous dram’s and wonderful food.


Packages for dinner and accommodation are available at a discounted rate – please call Links House for full details.

For availability and to book please call 01862 810279 or email

Warm Up Your Winter With A Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


Warm Up Your Winter With A Whisky 

As the mercury falls in Birmingham, it’s time to grab a glass and get toasty with The Birmingham Whisky Club. The city’s only whisky tasting company have teamed up with award-winning brands from all over the world to present a delectable line up of events taking place throughout October, November and December.

The season kicks off with the clubs first ‘Desserts and Dram’s’ event on October 13th, where five Islay whiskies will be expertly matched with five sourdough doughnuts from artisanal bakers, Crosstown Doughnuts. If savory is more your thing, join Dave Andrews (William Grant & Sons) as he matches a selection of different Scotch whiskies to a range of delicious game based dishes at Harborne favourite, The Plough, on Wednesday 25th October.

You know Birmingham has more canals than Venice, but have you ever toured them? George Wills (Manager at Kilchoman Whisky) will be presenting a fantastic range of drams at ‘Whisky On The Water’, taking place on Away 2 Dine (one of Brindley Place’s wonderful dining boats) on Friday 3rd November. Enjoy a relaxed boat tour around Gas Street Basin and beyond, whilst indulging in five special whiskies from the brand’s award-winning range.

Amy Seton (owner of The Birmingham Whisky Club) had this to say, “I am excited to present this season of fun and informative tasting events. Winter presents the perfect time to warm up with a dram, so we’re pleased to present a range of events covering brilliant brands and unique experiences to encourage the informed imbibers of Birmingham to try something new.”

The club is hosting 11 dram-tastic events featuring whisk(e)y from Scotland, Sweden, America, Japan, India and even Taiwan over ‘A Whisky Winter’. Tickets for these events range from £25 to £45. For booking and further details, head to The Birmingham Whisky Club’s website ( or find them on Facebook.


About The Birmingham Whisky Club

The Birmingham Whisky Club is Birmingham’s only dedicated whisky tasting events company. We offer a diverse range of tutored tastings and whisky-themed events in and around Birmingham, including themed and rare whisky night’s, events with distilleries, whisky and food matching, and private and corporate events. We welcome everyone, from complete beginners to the more hardened whisky buff.

Visit our webpage or find us on Facebook.

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