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The organisers of Fife Whisky Festival have toasted a sell-out success and announced its return for a third year in 2020.

Businesswomen Justine Hazlehurst and Karen Somerville’s second event was praised for “reinforcing Fife’s status as a whisky destination.”
Around 600 whisky-lovers from across the UK and further afield attended tasting sessions at the Corn Exchange in Cupar during the two-day festival.
Fife’s only whisky festival also boasted a whisky-themed dinner with guest speaker Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh.

Following the festival, Ms Betts said: “Fife is going through a whisky renaissance. From Lindores Abbey to Kingsbarns, Daftmill to InchDairnie, these distilleries are adding a new chapter to the centuries-old story of Scotch Whisky in Fife.

“The Fife Whisky Festival is part of this resurgence and is reinforcing Fife’s status as a whisky destination.

“I was delighted to speak at the Festival’s opening dinner this year, to share stories of Scotch with people both from Newburgh and from the other side of the world, and to enjoy a dram or two in the process.

“I wish the Festival every success in the years ahead.”

Willie Rennie, North East Fife MSP, said: “The Festival was packed with people from across Scotland tasting some of Scotland’s best whisky.

 It was a superbly organised event that I am sure will be a fixture in the calendar now.  It is wonderful to see a growing number of Fife brands feature too with the relatively new distilleries making their mark.”

Whisky connoisseurs enjoyed drams from a wide range of distilleries and independent bottlers plus music from Fife-based duo The Coaltown Daisies during the second Fife Whisky Festival.

The event, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and legal firm MacRoberts LLP, showcased the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife by bringing together the best whisky producers from the region and beyond.

The two tasting sessions were sold out with 300 whisky-lovers attending each gathering.

They enjoyed drams provided by more than 30 exhibitors, including Springbank, Inver House Distillers, Adelphi and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, while the famous Luvians Bottle Shop was on hand for whisky purchases.

They also raised nearly £500 for Age Concern in Cupar with a raffle.

Fife Whisky Festival was launched in 2018 by Ms Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Mrs Somerville, managing director of Angels’ Share Glass.
Mrs Somerville, who was recently appointed by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) as a member of its Ambassador Programme, said: “We’re delighted with how the event went and the feedback we received from exhibitors who said it was once again well organised and attended.
“This year we added the dinner with Karen Betts which gave people the chance to experience whiskies they would never normally have chance to try – Deanston Distillery, for example, brought along a limited edition.

“Brand ambassadors spoke about their whiskies and it felt special to hold the event at Lindores Abbey – the spiritual home of Scotch Whisky.”
Ms Hazlehurst said: “We’re really pleased that we were able to continue the success of the first event – there was a good atmosphere and people told us how much they enjoyed the festival.

“It was also fantastic to be able to introduce our first Welsh exhibitor Penderyn Distillery who proved popular at the Saturday tasting sessions.
“We’re now planning our 2020 event which will follow a similar format and we will finalise and announce the dates soon.”

Meanwhile, Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram praised Fife Whisky Festival for boosting the local economy and is looking forward to next year’s event.
She said: “I’m delighted to see the Festival become an annual event because it really livens up our town and helps put us on the map.

“There was an increase in the number of people in town using local shops and cafes during the festival which is a boost for our economy and creates a real buzz about Cupar

“It’s good to have an additional cultural event on our calendar each year especially one which enhances Fife’s reputation as a whisky destination.”

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Whisky Tasting Diploma Launched by Edinburgh Whisky Academy – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Tasting Diploma Launched by Edinburgh Whisky Academy

Whisky enthusiasts, brand ambassadors, whisky and hospitality professionals and sommeliers are set to benefit from the Edinburgh Whisky Academy’s latest course – a Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky.

Fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the one-day course will offer candidates the chance to learn about the human olfactory system, flavour development and the influence of oak in the whisky-making process. Odour recognition tests will challenge them to recognise different smells and each participant will be taught a variety of different assessment techniques to boost their flavour recognition and flavour description skills. They will learn about the role of wood in the development of whisky flavour, including the different reactions that take place during maturation.  Candidates will also test a variety of differently-aged spirits and whiskies before moving on to learn about flavour manipulation.

The Diploma is the third whisky course to be launched by the Edinburgh Whisky Academy, which has provided training for some of Scotland’s top distillers and hospitality providers, including Ian Macleod Distillers, Chivas Brothers, Edrington, Montpeliers, and Whyte & Mackay.

The business was founded by Managing Director, Kirsty McKerrow, who worked as the Swedish brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, among other whisky labels. Her family is steeped in whisky heritage; her forefathers starting Mackinlay’s whisky in 1815.  She established the Edinburgh Whisky Academy in 2015 to fill what, she felt, was a vital gap in the Scotch Whisky education market.

Managing Director, Kirsty McKerrow said; “When I started out as a brand ambassador, despite growing up surrounding by whisky heritage, I would have loved to have access to the more in-depth information that we now provide on our courses, which I know would have greatly helped me in my work.  Whisky is an incredibly complex spirit, with legions of fans across the globe, who have a desire to learn more about the whisky-making craft. This latest course will help whisky professionals and those involved in the hospitality industry to gain the knowledge that can help them deliver a richer whisky experience for their customers, and also offers enthusiasts the chance to delve deep into their favourite topic.”

Other courses offered by the Edinburgh Whisky Academy include the Introduction to Whisky Certificate, an online course aimed at whisky industry professionals, retailers, distributors, tour guides, hospitality staff and enthusiasts who perhaps can’t visit Scotland.  The Academy’s Diploma in Single Malt Whisky is the only one of its kind and offers a fully SQA-accredited qualification for brand ambassadors, spirits retailers, whisky and hospitality professionals, whisky writers and bloggers and distillery guides.

The first Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky takes place on 3 April at Arniston House, Midlothian and includes a formal assessment that candidates must pass in order to achieve their SQA certificate.  A further four courses are currently scheduled for 2019. Course costs are £480 per person, including VAT.





Host Lucas Hendrickson sits down with more creators and characters to share stories woven into the world of Jack Daniel’s  

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (March 11, 2019) – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey welcomes the return of “Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s,” the brand’s official podcast featuring stories and conversations from Lynchburg, Tennessee.

“Jack Daniel’s has more than 150 years of history and stories to tell, from the generations of families in Lynchburg who make our whiskey to our friends and consumers around the world,” said Matt Blevins, Jack Daniel’s Group Brand Director. “We are having fun sharing these stories, especially with those who may not be able to visit us in Lynchburg. ‘Around the Barrel’ has been so well received and we look forward to even more great guests and conversations this season.”

In the podcast’s second season, host Lucas Hendrickson takes listeners behind-the-scenes at events like the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbeque, into the studio with singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann, and around the barrel for in-depth conversations with whiskey expert and writer Noah Rothbaum, Assistant Master Distiller Chris Fletcher, and more.

“Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s” launched February, 2018 and the first season featured makers, ambassadors and friends including Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, distillery tour guide Ben Spears, R&B singer-songwriter K. Michelle, and country star Chase Rise.

“Around the Barrel” is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Stitcher and other on-demand audio platforms. For more information and to listen, visit:

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.


Tomatin 75


12th March 2019: Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of its third expression of the acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection; 1975.

Distilled on 8th December 1975, this precious spirit has been gently maturing for the past 43 years in Warehouse 6, laid low on antique wooden rails above cool earthen floor and stacked single level, in a traditional dunnage warehouse.  Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery, Warehouse 6 houses the distillery’s most treasured casks. At Tomatin’s very core, Warehouse 6, is a truly special place.  

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection, has spent over four decades slowly maturing in a hand-selected Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35834. This limited and luxurious cask has wielded just 300 bottles at 46.5%. 

Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, said: “I’m so pleased to announce the release of The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection; these limited-edition expressions from the Warehouse 6 collection enjoy the perfect atmosphere during maturation, providing the flawless environment for exquisite whisky to come to life in all its glory.” 

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is encased in a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter within an exquisite case fitted with a unique opening mechanism, featuring two rose gold metal buttons on the sides. Accompanied with glasses decorated with solid copper bands, a solid copper stopper and a numbered certificate detailing the story of the whisky. Stitched and debossed details on the leather wrap adds to the elegance. Protected in a secure material bag for transit and deliver, the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection offers the ultimate in luxury.

Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager at Tomatin, said: “With patience comes reward, The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection provides a perfect harmony of tropical and dried fruits, dark chocolate and warm spicy notes balanced with the complex background aromas created by decades of slow oxidation in its unique warehouse locale before a long and elegant finish.”

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is expected to retail for £2,400 in the UK for a 70cl bottle, and is available to purchase from specialist retailers worldwide.


Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts, The 1975 release is a part of Warehouse 6’s limited edition range, which includes the 1971 and the 1972.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). Tomatin is one of the fastest growing whisky brands in the UK and recently announced that it is officially the fastest growing top ten single malt whisky in the USA. Tomatin recently reported its turnover increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017). Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

 About the The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection:

  • Cask Number: 35834
  • Cask Type: Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Strength: 46.5% alc./vol.
  • Distilled on: 8th December 1975
  • Number of bottles: 300

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design – American Whiskey News


Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey Refreshes Bottle Design

(Lebanon, Ky.) March 11, 2019 –Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has a new look. The new bottle features white paint over the embossments, making the intricate font and design more prominent and adding to the vintage and craft look of the bottle.

“The new look is reminiscent of the porcelain painted ‘bar back’ bottles that were popular with so many brands in the late 1800’s,” says Steve Beam, president and head distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery. “This was the time when my great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, was in his distilling heyday – this new look is a nod to his legacy.”

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, launched in 2017, features straight rye whiskey with a sherry cask finish and is bottled at 90 proof. Available in 750ml bottles and aged two years, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey offers a warm rye spice complemented by the dried fruit notes from being finished in a sherry cask barrel. The combination offers depth to the overall experience of this whiskey.

The award-winning Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey has also been called out in this spring’s Tasting Panel magazine and given a score of 94 points. The magazine notes “the fragrant nose of jasmine and caramel is illuminating…luscious notes of sweet peat and honeyed apples, peppercorns and peach blossoms are elegant, while its perfume carries through to the maple and dried-peach finish.”

The whiskey was inspired by Beam’s long family history in the distilling industry – Steve Beam is a seventh-generation distiller. “This rye whiskey is a tribute to my heritage – from the details in the finishing to Minor Case Beam’s original crest as a special touch –now this beautiful bottle is even more visible behind the bar.”

The whiskey is offered nationwide for the suggested retail price of $42.99. The new bottle packaging is also available for sale at Limestone Branch Distillery.

About Limestone Branch Distillery

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011, with the goal of crafting the finest whiskey in small batches. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family – Beam and Dant – the brothers are seventh-generation distillers. In 2015, they brought the Yellowstone brand back to the family and launched a limited edition bourbon to commemorate the brand’s 105th anniversary.

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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Spring 2019 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series – American Whiskey News


Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Spring 2019 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the release of the Spring 2019 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Comprised of barrels produced in September of 2005, and bottled in February of 2019, the third release ushers in the latest hallmark series to the bottled-in-bond legacy.

Bottled in an ornate decanter, the spring edition denotes a green label, which will stay consistent across all spring releases. As was the case for the past editions, this edition’s tax strip, which has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled. The Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond spring edition will be available in the 750ml size on an allocated basis. It meets the strict requirements of a bottled-in-bond: the product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof or 50% alcohol by volume. The third edition is available at a suggested retail price of $130.

As a leader of the Bottled-in-Bond category, Heaven Hill is proud to offer a premium, allocated product within this special class that showcases the authenticity and quality of the American Whiskey portfolio. Acquired in 1999 by Heaven Hill, the legendary Old Fitzgerald line is well-known for its distilling pedigree and intriguing story behind its namesake, John E. Fitzgerald.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.5 million barrels aging in 57 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, and previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit

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Immediate release: Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, has launched an innovative new online platform, designed to provide its on-trade partners with information, training and advice to help boost their company’s growth.

Launching this month, MyDiageo is a free technical resource that offers customers a wealth of category, brand and training content, as well as featuring an innovative online beer diagnostic tool, providing support to outlets and helping them solve beer equipment issues with ease.

MyDiageo recognises the important role that digital plays; with many licensees investing in online presence and looking to online resources for support.  The platform will be available on mobile, tablet and desktop, making it perfectly suited to the fast-paced and increasingly connected lives of Diageo’s on-trade customers.

As customers log in to the website, they will be presented with five key, easy to navigate sections; ‘My Events’, ‘My Offering’, ‘My Social’, ‘My Staff’ and ‘My Quality’, which provide dedicated tools and advice to help outlets deliver the best offering; whether it’s enhancing their expertise through training modules or using the innovative diagnostic tool to resolve equipment issues 24/7. Each of the five sections will offer licensees a wealth of advice, downloadable and printable assets that can be utilised to compliment or improve an outlet’s offer.

Sashi Sangala, Head of MyDiageo in Europe comments, “MyDiageo will enable us to transform how we partner and service our customers end to end – the possibilities are endless, and we are at the beginning of an exciting journey.

“We’re passionate about putting our customers at the heart of everything we do – independent research[1] revealed that licensees are looking for convenience, flexibility and advice on how they can improve their business. We have no doubt that MyDiageo will become an invaluable tool for licensees to help grow and develop their offering.”

To take advantage of this free offering, on-trade owners should sign up now by visiting  If they sign up before 9th March 2019, they will be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the England vs Scotland Six Nations match on 16th March. See attached full T&Cs.

MyDiageo is available to on-trade customers in Great Britain and Ireland.

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About MyDiageo:

We believe that every outlet no matter how big or small should have access to the latest category insight and tools. The five key sections of MyDiageo are listed below:


Identify and maximise the key occasions for your outlet, from sports tournaments to cultural events. Receive tips, assets & serve strategies to drive your sales.


The right range of products, displayed in the right way can drive sales. Find the tools and advice to you need to deliver the best offering and maximise value.


Make the most of this important communication tool to take advantage of the increasingly connected lives of consumers. Access downloadable social assets and great offers from our digital partners.


Explore our training modules for your staff to help enhance expertise on a range of topics from brilliant menus to in-depth beer knowledge.


Make use of a range of tools to help you maintain and promote the great quality drinks in your outlet. Troubleshoot quality issues using the self-serve quality diagnostic tool; automatically log and track unsuccessful fixes with engineers for a call back.

For further information visit

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About Diageo:

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and GUINNESS.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at  Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

[1] Qualitative commissioned research performed by Incite November 2018

Whisky storms to the top of Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with 40% annual growth – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky storms to the top of Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with 40% annual growth

Edinburgh, UK – The Wealth Report 2019, released today, reveals that new entrant whisky has topped the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII), surging in value by 40% over the 12 months to Q4 2018.

The Knight Frank Rare Whisky 100 Index, featured for the first time in the KFLII and compiled by Rare Whisky 101, contains 100 bottles of the world’s most desirable rare Scotch whisky. The index tracks actual UK auction prices of these bottles, finding that over the past ten years values have increased by almost 600%.

The most significant sale of 2018 was a unique bottle of Macallan 1926, hand painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon, that sold for a record-breaking £1.2million in November. This incredible rise in values has been partially driven by the Asian market, as sales of Scotch whisky to India, China and Singapore rose by 44%, 35% and 24% respectively in the first half of 2018 according to the Scotch Whisky Association, with single malts totalling almost 30% of total exports.

Andrew Shirley, editor of The Wealth Report and the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, commented: “The stunning price growth of rare single malt whiskies shows that the appetite for new “alternative” asset classes remains strong among high-net-worth investors. However, we are seeing growth soften for some of the other asset classes in KFLII like classic cars that had been performing exceptionally strongly. This is partly down to a slowdown in activity by speculative investors and a return to a genuine collector-driven market. Despite this, the best examples in each asset class are still setting records when they come up for sale (see below).” 

Andy Simpson, Co-founder Rare Whisky 101 said: “While rare whisky remains a somewhat fledgling asset class compared to some other passion investments, the market for rare and vintage bottles has witnessed extraordinary growth over the past ten years, both in terms of the volume of whisky being traded and the value of that whisky. The key to rare whisky’s sustained growth as an asset class, is the passion buyers worldwide share for investing, collecting, and occasionally drinking, some of the best and rarest Scotch whisky ever made!” 

The KFLII shows that whisky is followed by coins (12% annual growth) and wine and art (9% growth). In terms of Art – KFLII’s top performing asset class in 2017 – we now track the performance of works by 10,000 artists using the AMR All-Art Index to provide a more complete view of the market.

Record-breaking sales also took place for a number of the KFLII’s other asset classes in 2018:

  • In the classic car market, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for US$48 million – the most expensive car sold at auction. Another sold privately for a rumoured US$70 million
  • The Marie Antoinette pearl pendant was sold by Sotheby’s for US$36 million, the most expensive piece of pearl jewellery sold at auction
  • Christie’s US$833 million spring sale of objects belonging to the Rockefeller estate was the highest auction total ever for a single collection
  • The US$90 million sale of David Hockney’s Portrait of An Artist in November was a record for a living artist

Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (to Q4 2018) 

 Luxury asset Price Growth
12-month 10-year
Rare Whisky 40% 582%
Coins 12% 193%
Wine 9% 147%
Art 9% 158%
Watches 5% 73%
Cars 2% 258%
Furniture 1% -32%
Coloured diamonds 0% 122%
Stamps 0% 189%
Jewellery -5% 112%
KFLII 9% 161%

 All data to Q4 2018 except stamps (Q4 2017) and watches (Q2 2018). Reflecting demand Chinese Ceramics have been replaced with Rare Whisky. Following the decision of Stanley Gibbons to cease its coin and stamp indices this data is now provided by Art Market Research. Art is now based on the Art Market Research All Art Index, which tracks around 10,000 painters

Compiled by Knight Frank research using data from Art Market (art, jewellery, watches, stamps, coins, furniture) Fancy Color Research Foundation (coloured diamonds) HAGI (classic cars) Rare Whisky 101 (whisky) Wine Owners (wine).

Comparative assets 

Luxury asset Price growth (to Q4 2018)
12-month 10-year
FTSE 100 -13% 52%
Gold 4% 69%

 Investments of Passion (taken from The Wealth Report Attitudes Survey 2019) Are more of your clients starting to collect investments of passion? 

 % who chose each option World region
  Africa   Asia   Australasia   Europe   Latin America   Middle East   North America   Russia/CIS   Global average
Yes 29% 39% 40% 44% 60% 29% 24% 50% 39%

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Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News


Judging Panel Revealed in Inaugural Whisky Awards

The national awards programme for Scotch whisky has unveiled its judging panel as the competition opens for entry for the first time.

The Scottish Whisky Awards has recruited a panel of 45 experts including 7 of some of the world’s best whisky tasters who will be trusted to assess samples in the new annual competition.

Included in the international line-up are judges from across the UK as well as Taiwan, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Germany.  Many will gather in Edinburgh later this year to judge 16 categories which cover both business achievements and taste.

Professor Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Judging Panel, welcomed the news, commenting:

“Invitations to join the Scottish Whisky Awards have gone around the world and we are delighted at the positive responses which allow us to gather together one of the most influential and highly regarded whisky competitions of the current day.

“Scotch is in the middle of an exciting revival.  These awards will promote our unique position as the global leader in the craft of whisky distilling at home and abroad.  For Scottish distillers, blenders and bottlers, winning a Scottish Whisky Award will project our best products across the world and further promote our position as the home of whisky.”


Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Scottish Whisky Awards


The panel is split with judges serving on either a business panel or a taste panel.  The business panel assesses written entries which companies must submit in order to qualify for the taste competition.  The taste panel meets at the end of May in Edinburgh to assess what is expected to be one of the most exciting line ups of traditional and modern whiskies.

The taste competition will be operated under strict blind tasting conditions and will assess four main categories of Scotch; Single Malt, Blend, Blended Malt and a Speciality category.   Six business categories are also open to entry and include Brand Experience, Tourism Destination and Community Contribution.  The ultimate award of the programme is for Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year, presented to the distillery team which has demonstrated a successful year in people, product and profit.

According to statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs, the export value of Scotch whisky grew by 7.8% to £4.7 billion in total last year, with exports to the US rising to £1.04 billion.

The programme has been created by PR and events company, KDMedia who have 17 years’ experience running awards events.


Benromach weds heavily peated barley with Sherry casks for limited release – Scotch Whisky News

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Benromach weds heavily peated barley with Sherry casks for limited release

Distillery unveils Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured (59.9% ABV), a rich and intense limited-batch expression. Carefully handcrafted using heavily peated Scottish barley, just 6,500 bottles are available in selected markets worldwide from 8th March 2019.

Matured in First Fill Sherry hogsheads and laid down in 2010 before being bottled in 2018, Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured offers whisky lovers elegant fruit flavours while heightening the smoky notes Benromach is known for.

With a beautiful dark amber hue from the time spent maturing in Sherry hogsheads, the whisky’s sweet flavours are balanced with a hint of white pepper, which gives way to dried fruits complemented by Sherry undertones. The lingering finish offers a seriously smoky edge.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: “This is the first time Benromach has released a Sherried Peat Smoke expression and we’re very proud of its unique flavour profile. This expression perfectly balances the smokiness with the sweeter Sherry notes, giving rise to a spectacularly rich and intense dram.

“At Benromach, we handcraft all our whiskies which allows us the flexibility to experiment with different distilling and maturation techniques. Our small batch releases have enjoyed considerable success in the past and for those that enjoy Benromach’s classic style with a wisp of smoke, we’re confident that this new expression will be particularly popular.’’

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured is presented in an elegant bottle with shapes and textures inspired by the Speyside distillery. The copper cut medallion on the packaging signifies the moment in time when the distillers cut to the sweet heart of the spirit run.

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured has a recommended retail price (RRP) of €74.99 (£64.99). Prices in local markets will vary depending on local taxes and duty.

Benromach is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to use only traditional methods, without any automated machinery. The small team of distillers employ all their senses when crafting the classic Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, managing the process by sight, sound and touch to create the unique, handcrafted and authentic Benromach taste.

For more information on Benromach, and to explore the range of expressions available, please visit:

Notes to Editors

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured Tasting Notes


A beautiful dark amber hue from many years of maturation in First Fill Sherry hogsheads.


Hints of honey cured meats mingling with orange marmalade.


Sweet top notes and a hint of warming white pepper appear, followed by touches of dried fruits. Delicate hints of ginger develop on the tongue with a lingering edge of bonfire embers on the finish.

The addition of water reveals rich fruits, tangy citrus and delicate hints of spice before Sherry gives way to rich smooth chocolate and a lingering edge of seriously smokiness.

Benromach Distillery
Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family realised a lifelong dream to own a distillery and purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquhart family wanted to create a single malt whisky that has a classic Speyside character: beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A five-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail.

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