Whisky Wednesday Reviews Blanton’s Bourbon – American Whiskey News


It was only a matter of time before me and this whisky crossed paths. Blanton’s is a truly wonderful style that is produced by Buffalo Trace. Distilled from rye mash #2, it packs a slightly spicier and fruitier style than rye mash #1. Released fairly recently in the grand scheme of things, Blanton’s as a whole was released in 1984 and was the brain child of, Elmer T. Lee, who at the time was the head distiller of Buffalo Trace. It’s 60% ABV and normally a bit more as well. Spicy, balanced, historic and just genuinely beautiful altogether. If you consider yourself a Bourbon fan, this should be something at the top of your list to try. Enjoy!

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Cadenhead’s Working With The Fire Fighters Charity, Actively Supporting Fire Fighters In Need – Scotch Whisky News

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Cadenhead’s Working With The Fire Fighters Charity, Actively Supporting Fire Fighters In Need


I am sure you don’t need me to remind you of the terrible events that unfolded at Grenfell Tower. We all watched in shock as people’s homes became engulfed in the worst residential fire in London since WW2. Sadly, the actual loss of life is still not known all this time later.

One of the images that stood out during the events for myself as I passed by the location on my way to work daily, was the sheer exhaustion and upset etched on the faces of the fire crews. What they witnessed is far beyond our comprehension, how they kept going was humbling. While those who should have been doing something seemed to run and hide, the fire fighters and other first responders just kept going hour after hour.

One of the most important things after such an event is the support they will need, and the best support they can get will come from those who understand where they are coming from and what they have to deal with.

The Fire Fighters Charity is best placed to provide that support, but they need money to do their vital work of supporting firefighters of the UK. For more information or to donate directly go here

We at WM Cadenhead’s would like to help in our small part by offering to do a raffle. We have a rather special one off bottle of Whisky thats been hand bottled for our Summer 2017 Charity raffle. All proceeds raised from this raffle will be donated to the charity.

Tickets are available via the website and cost £4.50 each. Your order number will be your raffle ticket, so if you buy 4 tickets (for example) then we will add your order number 4 times to the draw.

The draw will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017 and we will announce who will do the draw for us closer to the time.






Introducing a new Whisky Festival in Islay.

23-27 October 2017, Bowmore Hall, Islay.

THEATRE OF DRAMS Whisky Symposium – Five days whisky making knowledge imparted by distillers, barley experts, chemists, coppersmiths, coopers, brand ambassadors and more.

Theoretical lectures each morning follow the linear process of whisky making – Malting, Mashing, Distillation, Maturation, Libation/Marketing/Nosing & Tasting.

Afternoons offer Peat Cutting, Gaelic (& English) Distillery Tours, Whisky Tastings, Ceilidh Corner, Independent Bottlers, Independent Distillers and much more.

If time is short visit Islay for a day or two to attend, cherry pick events of value to you.

Buy individual tickets from Eventbrite under the Theatre of Drams Organiser. New events uploaded daily.

Logan Air flights from Glasgow to Islay every morning and evening

Impress your friends, your colleagues and most importantly yourself! with your new whisky and distilling knowledge.

If you can stay all week, sign up for the 5 Days Islay Whisky School package. Your hosted week includes lectures, accommodation, special educational distillery visits, dinners and other events. Proudly be presented with your Islay Whisky School Certificate at Grand Finale Whisky Dinner.

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Theatre of Drams Whisky Symposium/Festival offers educational and fun benefits for beginners, experts and enthusiasts alike.

Participate in a barley seminar with Islay farmers and Dr Steve Hoad of the Scottish Rural Colleges Agronomy Institute.

Learn secrets of Copper and stills from Speyside Copperworks.

Explore the mysteries of peat, peated whisky and phenols, with Rachel MacNeill.

Enjoy an educational Masterclass led by Whisky Maestro Jim McEwan, formerly Bruichladdich, now building new Islay Distillery, Ardnahoe, with Hunter Laing.

Learn why there is no such thing as an illicit still. Share a dram with distillery managers, excise men and Islay locals whilst listening to stories of old.

Theatre of Drams is an expansion and development of the hugely successful Whisky Course Islay hosted by Whisky for Girls (& Guys!) and participating Islay distilleries in 2015 and 2016.

Theatre of Drams teaches YOU the reality of Scotch whisky making. Be part of an exciting event sharing the ways of the past, safeguarding the spirit of the future.


An Educational Celebration of Whisky

Contact Rachel MacNeill.

T: 0747 8109099 / 01496 810 940

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Loch Lomond & Glen Scotia at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Lomond 12 Year Old

Highland 46% vol. / 75cl

£43.00 Ex VAT £35.83

This 12 Year Old expression from the core range of Loch Lomond Distillery is aged in three types of cask: bourbon, refill and re-charged. Marrying together creates a perfectly balanced Highland Single Malt with a deep fruity character complete with the distillery’s characteristic hints of peat and smoke.

Nose: crisp green apple, ripe pear and citrus lemon, with a golden cereal undercurrent.

Palate: lashings of fruit with lemon meringue, pear and orchard fruits leading to citrus lemon, vanilla and biscuit.

Finish: medium length with a gentle wood smoke and lingering peat.

Glen Scotia 15

Glen Scotia 15 Year Old

Campbeltown46% vol. / 70cl

£60.00 Ex VAT £50.00

The whisky has been gently matured in our finest American oak barrels before bottling. The signature nose has hints of vanilla oak, interwoven with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits.

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Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #675 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy hits the jackpot with Ralfy Review 675 - Glen Scotia single malt 15yo @ 46%vol


Nikka at Milroys of Soho – Japanese Whisky News



From Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries comes a range of Single Malts and Blends that continue to astound us. Extremely limited stock of Taketsuru 17 has arrived…

This week, the Milroys Curated Whisky List has chosen to showcase the excellent products they make.



Nikka from the Barrel: a fantastic blend married in a sherry barrel and bottled at 51.4% to enhance the wonderful richness of the spirit. £39.95

Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt: A delicate yet complex whisky, the Miyagikyo is emboldened with floral notes and a light sweetness £76.95

Nikka Yoichi Single Malt: Characterised by it’s peaty and salty flavour, this firm shop favourite demonstrates soft harmony of flavour followed by a wisp of peat reek. £76.95

Taketsuru Pure Malt: Named after the father of Japanese whisky, this whisky demonstrates the meticulous and methodical nature of Japanese whisky through the balance of flavours between both distilleries. One of our favourite blended malts in the shop! £59.95

Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year Old: See above, but all the spirit is a minimum of 17 Years Old. A truly outstanding whisky that is rarely available. Get it whilst you can! £225

We have also updated our tastings so please have a look and see if there is anything you would like to try!

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Glenmorangie 18yo – Scotch Whisky News



One of the finest examples of affordable, old, Scottish whisky. Glenmorangie is a distillery that pretty much every whisky drinker has tried or at least heard of. The sleepy giant of the Scotch whisky world has many ace’s up its sleeve when it comes to cask finishing and older styles. This eighteen year old is a truly stunning example of whisky or just under £100. Rich, exotic, warming and remarkably elegant. A personal favourite of mine, if you have the chance to try it, I would highly recommend. Enjoy! 

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Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask TD0001 – Tasmanian Whisky News



Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask TD0001

TD0001 is a piece of Sullivans Cove history, marking the start of an exciting new era for the distillery.  Aged in a 200L American Oak ex-Bourbon barrel, this 13yo single cask malt whisky was the first barrel filled in our current Cambridge distillery.

It was an important transition for Sullivans Cove, giving our head distiller Patrick Maguire complete control of production and quality control for the first time.

We’re proud to offer this collector’s item and classic example of our American Oak style exclusively to our mailing list today – 13 years to the day from when the cask was filled – before its release to the public.

American Oak is our most awarded whisky, twice named the Best Whisky in the rest of the world and the first Australian whisky to achieve Liquid Gold status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Please click on the link below to purchase ($295 per bottle).


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 170: Highland Black 8 Year Old Special Reserve – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 170: Highland Black 8 Year Old Special Reserve 

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries the Highland Black 8 Year Old Special Reserve. Last spring, there was much ado about this bottle as – according to international press – it won ‘top awards’ at several competition, leaving behind bottles that cost up to 4 times as much. This bottle – only available at Aldi – cost less than 20 EUR. But is it really a great blend? How serious are these competition. Mark found out and his answers are ‘no’ and ‘not’.

The Macallan “A lens on our cask journey by Steve McCurry” – Scotch Whisky News


A lens on our cask journey by Steve McCurry

“I loved the scale of this place. The warehouse was huge and so great to photograph. It reminded me of the closing scene of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark where the ark is stored in a huge warehouse and lost forever.”
– Steve McCurry

Legendary photographer Steve McCurry has built his reputation on his unique ability to create intense narratives told through a single frame. His work has covered conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – with a powerful emphasis on the human element that made his iconic image of the Afghan Girl so powerful and in turn so celebrated.

We invited him to apply this trademark storytelling to the journey of our exceptional oak casks and the extraordinary lengths we go to in delivering the quality, natural colour and distinctive flavours of our timeless spirit.

Capturing the strong sense of place, the environment and the human stories that contribute to the journey of our casks, McCurry has cast his unique lens on the world of The Macallan and our commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit. Follow us on Instagram to see the series unfold >>>


Re-discovering cask 4063

Our commitment to laying down our spirit in only the highest quality casks has contributed to The Macallan’s unique and unrivalled flavour profile for decades.

One single cask story in our archive is that of cask 4063; an Oloroso Sherry Butt that was laid to rest in The Macallan warehouses in March 1980.

Selected by our Master Whisky Maker over two decades later for all of the flavours he likes in a whisky – spicy wood, citrus and dark chocolate – this single cask was bottled and released as a 21 years old whisky in late 2001. With a natural cask strength of 59.3% ABV and a particularly dark tint for The Macallan, this cask was reserved to be enjoyed in its own right.

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