The Whisky Exchange “Tasting: Balblair with John MacDonald” Tuesday 2 April, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News




Tuesday 2 April

Spaces limited. Tickets on sale now.


Although its history dates back to 1790, Balblair as we know it today is very much a product of more recent years. Indeed, it seems like there’s always something new and exciting going on, so we’ve invited distillery manager John MacDonald to talk to us about the latest developments at this Highland distillery.


John will be bringing a very special line up of six drams for you to try. In classic Whisky Exchange fashion, these will be a mix of rare cask samples and some whiskies that have never been publicly tasted before. This promises to be a fantastic chance to learn more about Balblair whisky and, even for connoisseurs, a chance to see it in a new light.



A native of the Scottish highlands, John has a lifetime’s experience in creating unique whiskies. Starting out as a warehouseman in 1989, he has worked his way through every job in a distillery and took over as manager of Balblair in 2006. He now carefully guards the distillery’s spirit, ensuring that we will continue to have Balblair whisky long into the future.



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St Patrick’s Day festivities at The Gallery in West Hampstead – Irish Whiskey News


The Gallery in West Hampstead is celebrating St Patrick’s Day a little bit early this year, on Wednesday 13th March from 7pm-11pm, with an evening of Irish whisky, beers and food pairings.

The Gallery boasts a staggering collection of over 100 whiskeys from around the globe, as well nine rotating beer taps and a strong selection of craft beers by the bottle. To celebrate St Paddy’s Day, The Gallery has curated a special menu of Irish beers and whiskies from the Green Isle matched with delicious canapés. The drinks will take guests on an exploration across Ireland showcasing whiskies from the historic Middleton Distillery in Cork, and beers from The White Hag Brewery in Sligo. The bar upstairs will be open throughout the evening and the knowledgeable bar staff will be more than happy to recommend alternative whiskeys from the extensive library.

Bar Manager Phil Gale comments:
“We are bringing together one of Ireland’s oldest distilleries with one of their newest breweries to give you a taste of the history and the happening in the Emerald Isle. It’s a chance for people to learn about the method and the madness that goes into creating some of the finest beers and whiskies that Ireland has to offer. These will be brought together with some fantastic food, specifically created to compliment the flavour and finish of these drinks. This is not one that any whisky or beer fanatic will want to miss!”

Tickets are £30 and include four whiskies, four beers and four food pairings and are available to book here.

Japanese and Gouden Carolus Belgian Whisky US Debut Friday, March 22nd, 3-7:30 PM at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Whisky News


Friday, March 22nd, 3-7:30PM 

World Whiskies: Japanese and Gouden Carolus US Debut 

Expand your whiskey palate at our world whiskies tasting, featuring store-favorite Japanese whiskies and the highly anticipated US launch of Gouden Carolus Belgian whiskey. Whiskies by Tottori, Kurayoshi, and Gouden Carolus will be poured, with Kurayoshi and Gouden Carolus’ distillery ambassadors present.

More details to be revealed as the event approaches, RSVP to stay up to date. 

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Hey! Book your ticket to our next tasting at Loch Fyne Whiskies Edinburgh – Scotch Whisky News


Hey! Book your ticket to our next tasting at Loch Fyne Whiskies Edinburgh’

Saturday 23rd March

Book your place at our tasting at our Edinburgh store! Craig and our Edinburgh team of in-house whisky enthusiasts will be pouring drams of these whiskies:

 The Loch Fyne Glenrothes 12 Year Old
The Loch Fyne Craigellachie 10 Year Old
The Loch Fyne The Living Cask Batch 7
Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
Talisker Port Ruighe

The tasting will take place in our Cockburn Street shop just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Tickets will cost £20 

For the first time you’ll be able to book your tasting ticket online! Get your ticket here

Alternatively you can register your interest by dropping into the shop or giving us a call on 0131 226 2134.

We hope to see you there!

All the best,
Loch Fyne Whiskies, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Whisky Acedemy ‘Diploma in the Art of Tasting’ launches… – Whisky News


Diploma in the Art of Tasting launches…

The Academy is delighted to announce the inaugural Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky will take place on Wednesday 3rd April at Arniston House. This is the first sensory course of its kind with the focus on oak, odour recognition, flavour development and aroma memory.

The material covered on the course is:

  • Anatomy & Physiology of Olfactory System (pre-course reading)
  • Multi Sensory Tasting Experience (pre-course reading)
  • Flavour Development
  • The Aroma Journey
  • Influence of Oak

John Ramsay is the Senior Course lecturer and candidates will benefit from his 40 years in the industry, most recently as the Master Blender at Edrington.

Sign up for the Diploma in the Art of Tasting

Edinburgh Whisky Academy
23b Windsor Street
Edinburgh, EH7 5LA
United Kingdom

Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching returns for the 20th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – Scotch Whisky News


Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching returns for the 20th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Similar to geo-caching, but with whisky,  a trail of  Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caches will be hidden across Speyside during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Guests will be able to find the whisky filled caches via a series of clues after registering for the event via the Spirit of Speyside web site. The first to find each Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be rewarded with a 200ml bottles of Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, perfect for sharing.

Whilst there is no charge to take part, whisky cachers are asked to leave a whisky miniature (or better!) in place of the dram they find. Thus everyone who finds an Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be a winner.

Geo-caching is a worldwide treasure-hunting phenomenon, which started in 2000 and has grown to encompass more than three million caches across 190 countries. The Angels’ Nectar version does not require GPS, but as the search for the caches will involve some light walking, outdoor clothing and footwear are recommended. The caches will also contain a logbook for participants to record their visit, and guests are invited to share their experience and tasting notes of the dram they find on social media, with #angelsnectarwhiskycache

Commenting on the event, Robert Ransom, Angels’ Nectar founder said, ‘We hope Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching will encourage festival goers to explore Speyside’s beautiful countryside and discover new drams. Whilst there is no need to have been geo-caching before, for the whisky loving geo-cacher, what could be better than a trail of Angel’s share inspired whisky filled caches.’

Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching is one of more than 650 events due to take place across Speyside as part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which this year runs from the 1st to the 6th of May. In addition Angels’ Nectar will be offering complimentary tasting sessions at Elephants in the Pantry, Grantown-on-Spey, on the 4th of May and at Brodie Countryfare, Forres, on the 5th of May.  


Angels’ Nectar, blended malts inspired by the Angels’ share, was launched by Grantown-on-Spey based Highfern Ltd in 2014. #dram19
For more information and pictures please contact;
Robert Ransom, Highfern Ltd, Mobile: 07811 640778



St Patrick’s Weekend Irish Whiskey Tasting Saturday, March 16th 12-4PM at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Irish Whiskey News


Saturday, March 16th 12-4PM

St Patrick’s Weekend

 Irish Whiskey Tasting 

Friends don’t let friends drink green beer! The Whisky Shop continues our St Patrick’s Day weekend tradition in 2019 with an Irish Single Malt tasting, featuring the historically inspired Knappogue Castle single malt. Made with pure Irish spring water and malted barley, Knappogue Castle Single Malt is famously smooth and flavorful, with some of the rarest and oldest commercially available Irish whiskies to date in their highly sought after portfolio.

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Paul John Indian Whisky Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Indian Whiskey News


Saturday, March 9th, 2:30-5:30PM 

Paul John Indian Whisky 

Take a sip of the soul of India! The Great Indian single malt whisky John Paul will be featured at this expert presented tasting. Distilled in the valley of Goa, India, John Paul whiskey is traditionally made in copper-pot sills without artificial colors, flavors, or chill-filtration.  Each expression begins with a mash made from heritage barley harvested in the foothills of Himalayas. Paul John’s whiskies have received multiple international awards, receiving Gold from both World Whisky and Wizards of Whisky Awards. 

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Wright and Brown Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO March 1st, 2019 – American Whiskey News


Friday, March 1st, 5-7PM:

Local Whiskey: 

Wright and Brown

Distilled in American-made copper whisky stills, each Wright and Brown release is truly handcrafted. First, the distillers seek out the most flavorful non-GMO grains, working with local organic farms to get the best ingredients. Every step of the whisky process is then done in-house, from milling the grain to mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging, and finally bottling. The result is a decadently flavorful small-batch whiskey, made right here in the Bay Area.

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The Whisky Exchange “Ardbeg 25 Director’s Special – Whisky Show: Old & Rare bottling” – Scotch Whisky News


Ardbeg 25 Director’s Special – Whisky Show: Old & Rare bottling

This weekend sees the return of Whisky Show: Old & Rare to the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. As usual, there’ll be stacks of excellent whiskies to try, from interesting old blends to ancient American whiskies and some of the finest single malts ever bottled.


See the 2019 dram list >

The latest addition to the ranks – which already includes a 1930s bottling of non-peaty Laphroaig, Black Bowmore, our 10th-anniversary 1967-vintage Karuizawa (it’s our 20th birthday this year…), and an Old Orkney from Stromness bottled around 1910 – is the show bottling: The Whisky Show:Old & Rare 2019 Ardbeg 25 Year Old Director’s Special.

Ardbeg’s history has a number of stops and starts. Before the modern era, its last burst of whisky making was between 1989 and 1996. The Ardbeg that we mostly drink today was made since the distillery’s rebirth in 1997, but this release was distilled in that final flurry of activity before current owner LVMH took the reins.

It was a golden era, currently being mined the Ardbeg Twenty-Something releases, and we are particularly pleased to have this bottle to celebrate our 2019 show.


Ardbeg 25 Years Old Single Malts of Scotland Director’s Special

Nose: Brine and bonfires – farmyard straw smouldering on the beach. Cracked stone and rock pools lead to sweeter notes of apples, pears and dried apricots. Sherbet lemons build, with more minerality and gentle minty notes behind.

Palate: Fresh and zesty to start, with candied lemons quickly overrun by burning peat and straw. Liquorice root and cooling menthol are balanced against stewed apple and a touch of blackcurrant. Pepper notes build along with olive oil and brine.

Finish: Liquorice, green grass and tingling spice face to leave coal ash and mint fondant.

Comment: Not as gentle as some twenty-something Ardbegs, but with all the elegance you’d expect. Powerful, characterful, and very tasty.

The whisky will be on sale at the show and any remaining bottles will be available from The Whisky Exchange website when they have made their way down from Scotland. You can sign up for an alert when the whisky is live on our Ardbeg 25 Years Old Single Malts of Scotland Director’s Special page.

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