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Powers Irish Whiskey, which is made by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled a brand-new look and its first ever pre-mixed classic cocktail, Powers Old Fashioned. Initially launching in Ireland from the end of May, the innovative new release is set to tap into the growing appetite for whiskey-based cocktails, recruit cocktail drinkers to the Irish whiskey category and inspire a new generation with the bold character of Powers.

Powers Old Fashioned is crafted from a combination of the classic Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey, sugar syrup and bitter herbs flavouring. The result is a smooth, low-sugar* ready-made classic cocktail that is best served over ice with a twist of orange peel over the glass. Powers Old Fashioned is bottled at 38% ABV and is available in 500ml bottles through key retailers in the on-trade and off-trade, including SuperValu, Tesco Ireland and Dunnes Stores at the RRP of €29.99.

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The first-ever bottled classic cocktail under the Powers marque is presented in a befitting, bold new look that balances modern cues with the rich heritage of Powers, dating back to 1791. The contemporary new bottle features a new label styled on the classic diamond ‘P’ signifier, which was one of the first ever trademarks in Ireland, registered by the Powers family in 1877.

Brendan Buckley, Strategy, Insights, Innovation & Prestige Whiskeys Director at Irish Distillers, commented: “Powers Old Fashioned is a premium and modern ready-to-serve take on the classic cocktail that is set to tap into the growing interest in Irish whiskey and cocktails among 30-40 year olds in Ireland.

“A careful balance of the rich history of Powers with an eye on the future, we are confident that the refreshing ritual of ‘Ice, Pour, Twist’ will appeal to whiskey fans and the cocktail curious alike who are looking for simple and convenient ways to create new Irish whiskey experiences at home or in their local pub. We’ll be monitoring the progress of Powers Old Fashioned in Ireland ahead of plans for a wider roll-out across other key Powers and Irish whiskey markets in the future.”


*6g of sugar per 100ml (3g of sugar per serving) 

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer 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 fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 29 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 7.3m cases in 2018. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 80 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

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 €250m 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 world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of €8,987 million in FY18. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: 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 employs a workforce of approximately 18,900 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 86 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

The Whisky Shop “Relaunching Tobermory With The New Signature 12 Year Old” – Scotch Whisky News

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Relaunching Tobermory

Tobermory are all about celebrating creativity and pride themselves in being expressive in nature They say that every spirit they craft “is an expression of the rich palate that our Hebridean home provides.”

Discover Tobermory 12 Year Old – The brand new signature expression


Tobermory 12 Year Old

Tobermory 12 Year Old is the new signature expression of Tobermory Distillery’s Hebridean home and say that that “It’s the very definition of our island artistry”, described as expressive by nature.

The beauty of Tobermory 12 Year Old is how surprisingly simple it is. Using the best non-peated barley, water from their own water source – a small brook, ‘Gearr Abhainn’, and a method of distilling that has been tried and tested to bring the best out of the ingredients and stills of Tobermory, the result is a beautiful whisky showcasing the essence of The Isle of Mull. The whisky has been aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks with a colourful palatte of vibrant fruit and spice with a subtle saltiness – a reflection of the waters of Tobermory.

Tobermory 12 will replace the 10 year old expression as the distillery’s signature bottle and the maturation and improved cask policy delivers richer more characterful whisky. Tobermory 12 is a fantastic way to mark the relaunch of Tobermory in 2019, and is available to order now with immediate delivery.

70cl / 46.3% abv


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Tobermory are all about celebrating creativity and pride themselves in being expressive in nature They say that every spirit they craft “is an expression of the rich palate that our Hebridean home provides.”

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Tobermory 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish

This Island single malt was distilled at Tobermory on the isle of Mull, and matured for a decade before being transferred to Fino sherry hogsheads for a further two years. The result is a spicy, chocolatey expression, which has been released as a limited edition of just 1,710 bottles.Orange and toffee on the nose, with some coffee, dark chocolate and dried fruit notes. The palate has more dark chocolate, toffee and espresso, balanced by the dry sherry notes from the Fino casks. The finish is similarly dry with subtle toffee and dried fruit notes.

70cl / 55.1% abv


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Tobermory 10 Year Old

Situated on Scotland’s famously picturesque West Coast, surrounded by Atlantic Sea mists, lies the island of Mull, the stunning location of the Tobermory distillery.

70cl / 46.3% abv


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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Campbeltown Festival Bottling” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Islay 2019

Don’t miss out on our first ever Campbeltown Festival bottling. Limited to one per member, click over to the website now to buy.  Alternatively, available at the Ardshiel Hotel, Campbeltown, now or at our Edinburgh or London Members’ Rooms.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

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Limited-edition bottle inspired by one of Jack Daniel’s earliest black labels 

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (May 14, 2019) – The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the second release in its Legacy Edition series, Legacy Edition 2, inspired by one of the distillery’s earliest black labels dating back to the early 1900s. Legacy Edition, which launched in 2018, presents limited-edition variations of labels used throughout the over 150-year history of the brand.

Each unique label provides a tribute to the brand’s colorful history. Legacy Edition 2 marks the introduction of the first predominantly black color palette and includes a rope and anchor to symbolize Jack’s unmoving confidence. Three stars have been added to honor the distillery’s home state of Tennessee.

“Everyone recognizes Jack’s trademark black label, but very few realize that the Jack Daniel’s label has undergone many variations over the years, most of which looked very different from the one we know today,” said Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “This second release in our Legacy Edition series is not only an ode to one of Jack’s first black labels, but also a symbolic celebration of our enduring spirit and commitment to a single great whiskey recipe for more than 150 years.”

The original version of the label that inspired Legacy Edition 2 featured a “medicinal use only” disclaimer, suggesting that this label was in use when alcohol was occasionally advertised to have medicinal properties, likely in the early 1900s. While this language won’t be featured on the Legacy Edition 2 label, much of its design remains true to the original inspiration.

Legacy Edition 2 is available for a limited time across the US as well as select markets internationally.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S and OLD NO. 7 are registered trademarks. ©2019 Jack Daniel’s. Tennessee Whiskey 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof). Distilled & Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 Hermitage Wine Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 Hermitage Wine Cask

Caol Ila 14 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice. 2005 vintage Islay single malt double matured in Hermitage wine casks. Bottled March 2019 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice series.

Caol Ila Distillery is famous for the stunning view from its still house windows looking out across the Sound of Islay and for the objects which have passed by including naval battleships, submarines and whales. Caol Ila was established in 1846 by Hector Henderson on a sheltered but rocky stretch of coast on north east Islay. Now the largest malt whisky distillery on Islay it produces peated and some un-peated malt whisky with the distillery range including Caol Ila 12 year old and the Distiller’s Edition. Caol Ila participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music.


Shop – Caol Ila 14 Year Old – £74.76




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Distillery Hopes to Raise $500,000 for Charity 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 14, 2019) – Just over a year ago, in April 2018, Buffalo Trace Distillery rolled its seven millionth barrel produced since Prohibition into Warehouse V, the world’s only bonded single barrel aging warehouse. That meant, of course, the existing sixth millionth barrel that had been residing in Warehouse V since 2008 would need to take up new residence.

            Promptly moved into another warehouse to mature for another year, this bourbon has aged a full 10 years 11 months. The six millionth barrel of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has been filled into 375ml bottles and is being made available exclusively to non-profit organizations for fund raising opportunities.

      Each bottle from the Sixth Millionth Barrel has a beautifully handwritten description on the glass.  The bottles in turn have been packaged in a numbered hardwood showcase box that includes a piece of the charred oak stave from the historic barrel and small brochure explaining the significance of this collector’s edition.

      Buffalo Trace Distillery is offering all 400 bottles to charitable organizations across the country free of charge to auction off and raise money for their worthwhile causes.

            This commemorative bottling of the Buffalo Trace Sixth Million Barrel will not be available in stores. Bottles will only available to non-profit organizations in the United States wishing to raise funds for their charity. To be considered, organizations must submit an official U.S. non-profit tax ID number and auction the bottle within the 2019 calendar year. Applications will be taken online only at  Recipients of these bottles shall be notified by email in early July.  Bottles will be shipped free of charge in August 2019 and recipients will have until Dec. 31, 2019 to auction the bottle.  Non-profit organizations can submit their request for a bottle online at beginning today. The cutoff date to submit an online application is July 1st, 2019.

      “We’re thrilled to be able to do something with the bottles to help those in need,” said Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace senior marketing director. “We decided on the 375ml size bottles, rather than a larger size, to allow for more bottles so we can help more charities. We really hope whiskey enthusiasts will help some deserving non-profit groups raise serious money. These bottles are beautiful, the package is first class, and the bourbon tastes amazing. Our goal is to raise $500,000 for charity!”

      This is not the first time Buffalo Trace Distillery has offered commemorative bottles for non-profits to use for fundraising purposes.  In 2011 the Distillery offered its Millennium Barrel of bourbon, put up to age on Dec. 31, 1999. That effort raised more than $150,000 for various charities across the U.S.  In 2016, its inaugural O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey from 1980, 1982 and 1983 were released in the same manner, and non-profits reported back they had raised more than a million dollars for charitable causes.

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 1773 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 21 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 by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit






The GlenDronach continues its journey with world travellers with the release of The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 years, joining The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 years as the distillery’s second exclusive for Global Travel Retail.

The Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826. It was here that Allardice discovered the rich depths of sherry cask maturation; marrying robust Highland spirit to Spanish cask, a tradition carried forward by The GlenDronach to this day.

James Allardice lived most of his life at Boynsmill House (later re-named Glen House) and was often known to share a dram of his ‘Guid GlenDronach’ with friends and neighbours. This historic home continues to welcome guests at The GlenDronach distillery to this day.

At this time in the early 19 th Century, both sherry and port were popularly enjoyed by Scotland’s gentry and their influence on Single Malt Scotch Whisky is still prominent today. The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years is a marriage of rich Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, with the subtle influence of the finest port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years pays a fitting homage to the distillery’s heritage and the warmth and hospitality of its founder.

The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said:

“The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The GlenDronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. I hope whisky travellers will enjoy this rare opportunity to savour the depth of a truly old-style Highland Single Malt. 

Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The GlenDronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’. As a complex and supremely balanced Single Malt, The Glendronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years has notes of plum pudding and apricot brandy on the nose, layered with the warmth of nutmeg and quince. Exceedingly rich fruitcake builds on the palate as dates, dried apricots and walnuts are savoured into the long and richly satisfying velvet finish.” 

This rich and complex Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides.

It will be available to purchase from selected Travel Retail locations from May.

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The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Burnished copper with a red bramble hue.

Nose: Fruit-led and complex. Plum pudding, cherry stone and apricot brandy with traces of nutmeg and sandalwood tempered by the sweetness of quince.

Taste: Exceedingly rich and fruity with baked apricot, cherry and plum skin in a fruitcake with orange and walnut cream.

Finish: Savour dates, apricot and walnut lingering into the rich velvet finish.

ABV: 46%

RRP: Available from $115, global markets may vary

About The GlenDronach Distillery:

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a full bodied and robust taste, perfect for long maturation in sherry casks. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía.

We continue to work towards mastering the art of sherry cask maturation. Our Highland whiskies are recognized for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of Oloroso casks. Our distillery has been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks, who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe that as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

For Further Information on The GlenDronach Distillery:


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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Campbeltown & Islay Festival Bottlings” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS May 21st

With both the Campbeltown and Islay whisky festivals happening this week, we’re encouraging members to get involved. Join the fun at the festivals, sign up for one of our tastings or if you can’t travel share a dram with fellow members across the globe by taking part in our virtual tasting.

We’re also releasing our celebratory festival bottlings, get ready to grab yours. Set an alarm for these dates and times…



The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


Get your hands on Loch Fyne Whiskies Exclusive Bowmore 17 Year Old – Feis Ile 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Malt Cask Bowmore 17 Year Old – Feis Ile 2019

Selected by & bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies in celebration of the 2019 Islay Festival


Part of the famed Old Malt Cask series from family-run bottler Hunter Laing & Co., this single cask expression was distilled at Bowmore on Islay in December 2001. Matured for 17 years in a single refill barrel, it was bottled in May 2019 at a natural cask strength of 55.6% abv – higher than the usual preferred strength of Old Malt Cask bottlings. Limited to only 120 bottles get your hands on this Loch Fyne Whiskies exclusive and celebrate the Islay Festival in a richt good fashion!

70cl / 50% abv


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Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 1997 Single Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News



Auchentoshan 21 Year Old

Single cask 1997 vintage from the Glasgow distillery. Bottled March 2019 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Old Malt Cask series. Nose: Sweet leafy plums, raspberries and chocolate. Palate: Smooth red plums, butterscotch. Finish: Long, lingering, fruity sweet.

Auchentoshan Distillery was built by John Bulloch around 1800 and originally licensed in 1823 as Duntocher Distillery but renamed Auchentoshan Distillery during the 1830s. Auchentoshan is situated just north of Dalmuir, close by the northern bank of the River Clyde. Then it was in the countryside and now hugging the north western fringe of Glasgow yet not far from Loch Lomond. Auchentoshan is now one of the few distilleries in Scotland to produce malt whiskey using a full triple distillation process. Expressions released by Wemyss, Hunter Laing and Cadenheads prove very popular.

Flavours of red berries, toffee, custard and a fruity, spicy finish. Just 149 bottles.

Buy – Auchentoshan 21 Year Old – $97.73


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