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Gordon & MacPhail celebrates its ‘Private Collection’ range with a new look – Scotch Whisky News

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Gordon & MacPhail celebrates its ‘Private Collection’ range with a new look

Single malt Scotch whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a new look for its ‘Private Collection’ range: rare and exclusive single malts personally selected by members of the Urquhart family, owners of the company for four generations.

The first releases comprise an ultra-rare whisky from Inverleven Distillery and a forty-four-year-old single malt distilled at Glenrothes Distillery.

In 1985, Gordon & MacPhail sent Cask 562, a refill bourbon barrel, to the Inverleven Distillery located in Dumbarton within the area known in whisky terms as the ‘Scottish Lowlands’. The distillery had been making spirit for only forty-seven years and new-make would only flow for another six years before the Inverleven still was mothballed. The site was demolished in 2002, never to produce again. This exceptional single malt has matured for thirty-three years before being bottled at cask strength (ABV 57.4%). It retails for £1,000* (RRP).

Among Gordon & MacPhail’s maturing stocks are casks from no fewer than twenty-six closed, mothballed or demolished Scotch distilleries – a liquid archive unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

The second ‘Private Collection’ release dates back to 1974 when a refill Sherry puncheon was filled at Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. The rich, mahogany whisky has an ABV of 49.5% and retails at £1,250* (RRP).

Presented in ridged heavyweight bottles housed in veneered wooden boxes, both ‘Private Collection’ releases were selected for bottling by Stuart Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail’s Associate Director of Whisky Supply and member of the fourth generation of the owning family.

Further ultra-rare releases from the new ‘Private Collection’ will be revealed in coming months.

Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige and member of the Urquhart family, said: “For over a century my family has been maturing whisky and using our skills, experience, and passion for single malts to recognise exactly the right moment to bottle a spirit that will be loved by discerning whisky drinkers around the globe. These two exquisite malts are complemented perfectly by the beautiful new packaging.”

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*Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties.


Gordon & MacPhail launch Private Collection Glenrothes 1974 -


Private Collection from Inverleven Distillery 1985, 57.4% ABV – RRP £1,000*

Cask 562, a refill bourbon barrel, had an outturn of 130 bottles

Colour: Dark Gold

AROMAS: Intense tropical fruit aromas to begin – cooked pineapple, honeydew melon, coconut cream, and little burst of sharp yet sweet lime. A sweet creaminess continues with notes of vanilla ice-cream, sugared red apples, apricot jam, and white chocolate. Hints of overripe cherry and almond marzipan develop into flowering gorse.

FLAVOURS: Creamy and mouth-coating; warming white pepper notes transform into sweet flambéed banana, Madagascan vanilla pod, and salted toffee. Subtle spicy undertones remain as toasted malt comes to the fore; a drying cocoa and charred oak edge develops.

FINISH: A long and lingering charred oak finish with a subtle floral edge.

Private Collection from Glenrothes Distillery 1974, 49.5% ABV – RRP £1,250*

Cask 18440, a refill Sherry puncheon, had an outturn of 276 bottles

Colour: Mahogany

AROMAS: Complex; aromas of Sherry soaked fruitcake filled with stewed sultanas mingle with sticky Medjool dates. Dark chocolate and citrus peel notes develop; a gentle woodiness with a delicate herbal edge comes to the fore.

FLAVOURS: Elegant, smooth, and sweet; Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg flavours balance the mature oak and Sherry influences. Notes of fruit and nut chocolate and hints of raisin and toasted walnut emerge and evolve into zesty citrus. Salted toffee develops towards the end.

FINISH: A modest, medium sweet finish fades; hints of charred oak and chocolate remain.

Gordon & MacPhail

Established in 1895, family-owned Gordon & MacPhail is curator of some of the world’s finest and rarest single malt Scotch whiskies from over 100 distilleries. Four generations of the Urquhart family have continued to pursue the perfect partnership between spirit and cask.

Since its foundation, Gordon & MacPhail has carefully matched spirit to the highest quality oak casks which are sent to distilleries throughout Scotland, filled with new-make spirit, and matured either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouse in Elgin.

It is this simple but endlessly complex pairing that creates an intriguing and unique portfolio of expressions – single malts that Scotch whisky lovers will not find anywhere else.

In April 2018, the company unveiled its streamlined portfolio:

  • DiscoveryUtterly dependable, this flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies.
  • Distillery Labels – A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries.
  • Connoisseurs Choice – The heart of our portfolio – always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
  • Private Collection – Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family.
  • GenerationsA prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces.


JD. Tasters


New experimental whiskeys will be available at the Jack Daniel Distillery and select stores across Tennessee

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Oct. 18, 2018) – With more than 150 years of whiskey-making craftsmanship, the Jack Daniel Distillery is launching its Tennessee Tasters’ Selection – a line of limited-release, experimental whiskeys, each carefully chosen by Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters to deliver unique and diverse experiences.

The line will be sold exclusively at the Jack Daniel Distillery and select stores throughout Tennessee. Each release is expected to be approximately 24,000 bottles followed with another limited release every few months.

“This collection exemplifies our whiskey-making in a new way in that each whiskey will undergo its own process for unique flavors chosen by our esteemed Master Tasters,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “We plan on releasing several of these new products each year as we continue to tap the expertise of the Master Tasters who make our Tennessee Whiskey every day.”

The first three whiskeys released in the series are:

  • High Angel’s Share Barrels – whiskey barreled in January 2013 which offered an unusually low yield, presenting a unique and deep concentration of flavors with a dark color at 107-proof. Selected by Assistant Master Distiller and Master Taster Chris Fletcher. Available early-October.
  • Smoked Hickory Finish – a fully matured whiskey finished with charred hickory staves for a smoky flavor at 100-proof, just in time for the 30th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ which is held in Lynchburg on Oct. 27. Selected by Master Taster Marsha Hale and available late-October.
  • Reunion Barrel – a 90-proof whiskey finished in wine barrels. These barrels were first used to age Jack Daniel’s, then used for a Tennessee-produced wine, and returned to the Jack Daniel Distillery to finish this specific release. Selected by Master Distiller and Master Taster Jeff Arnett. Available early 2019.

“With this launch, we’re continuing to live by Mr. Jack’s motto that ‘Every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can’,” continued Arnett. “This time, we’re taking the ‘we’ in that statement to the next level. Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters are an integral part of the quality whiskey we produce every day, and now we’re enabling them to share their expertise with the world by sharing some of their personal favorite, previously unreleased expressions.”

While each whiskey offers a unique taste, color and proof, they will all be sold in 375-ml bottles at a price of $39.99 and available in limited quantity at the Jack Daniel Distillery and select stores across Tennessee. The bottles reflect sample bottles used daily by Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters and will include a customized label, distillery name embossment on the front, and “Taster Sampler Bottle” mark on the back of the glass structure. 

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 oldest 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, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

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

JACK DANIEL’S and OLD NO. 7 are registered trademarks. ©2018 Jack Daniel’s. Tennessee Whiskey 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof). Distilled & Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee.


Wood Chateau Cissac Bordeaux 2010 bottle & box


Single malt finished in Château Cissac casks 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd. has unveiled the latest addition to its Wood Finish portfolio with the launch of the limited-edition Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010.

The single malt Scotch whisky balances Benromach’s signature Speyside smokiness with rich red wine undertones.

Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 is matured in First Fill Bourbon barrels in the distillery’s traditional dunnage warehouses in Forres, Speyside. This expression is then finished for just over two years in Château Cissac wine casks, hand-selected from the illustrious French wine region of Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux.

Dark gold in colour, the influence of the wine casks is immediately apparent on the nose. On tasting, the initial pepper is followed by sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolates, hints of red wine tannins and peat smoke. Deeper hints of bonre embers are complemented by Brazil nuts and gorgeous cocoa flavours.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery manager, said: “Our latest Wood Finish is a welcome addition to our ‘Contrasts’ range of single malt Scotch whiskies.

“All our Wood Finishes, including our Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2009 which we launched last year, have been really well received by whisky lovers around the world.

“I’m confident that Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010, with its unique and appealing characteristics, will be appreciated by new and existing Benromach enthusiasts. At our distillery in Forres, we’ve always been unafraid to innovate, and we hope those who enjoy our flagship Benromach 10 Years Old will enjoy exploring our different finishes.”

A limited release of 7,789 bottles will be made available for sale through specialist whisky retailers with a recommended retail price of £47.75 in the UK. Prices may vary in international markets because of duty and import taxes.

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Tasting notes 

Pour a good dram into a glass, noticing the dark gold colour, swirl it around and take some little sniffs to enjoy the aroma without water. The fabulous influence of the Château Cissac casks will be immediately apparent, with melon notes, red apples, delicate and zesty orange peel and dark chocolate. There’s also an underlying floral note and a delightful charred oak edge; the Benromach signature.

Now take a sip and enjoy the taste without water. It’s slightly peppery on the palate with sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and there’s even refreshing lemon and limeade flavours with a nod and a wink towards the effervescent. Satisfying hints of red wine tannins emerge, complementing a lingering peat smoke.

Now add some water, swirl it around and savour the aroma with water. There are hints of pressed green apple and pear… and delicate oak aromas develop, complemented by the lingering peppermint.

Take a good sip and roll it around your mouth enjoying the taste with water. At first, you’ll sense some spiciness and cracked black pepper. A slight bitterness develops, with grapefruit and orange peel. Now you may detect deeper hints of bonfire embers, complemented by Brazil nuts and gorgeous cocoa flavours.

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 His Royal Highness 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.

Isle of Arran Distillers launch exclusive small batch bottling – Scotch Whisky News


Isle of Arran Distillers launch exclusive small batch bottling

Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd have launched an exclusive whisky bottling in collaboration with Royal Mile Whiskies and Edinburgh bar Nauticus.

The expression from the island distillers, which has been fully matured in Tuscan wine casks, is a limited edition with just 900 bottles being made available from 31st October.

This is due to the fact that only three French oak casks, which previously held Sassicaia red wine, were filled with Arran spirit in 2008.

The result is a whisky that remains true to The Arran Malt’s traditional style, while the use of the distinctive casks impart rich flavours of spices and fruit.

The nose has been described as ‘profound and fruity with black forest gateau, cherry, dark chocolate and sticky dates’ and tasting notes include ‘red berry and hedgerow fruit cut through with clove and cracked black pepper’.

A special launch event at Nauticus, Leith’s newest bar opened by renowned Edinburgh drinks mavericks Iain McPherson and Kyle Jamieson, allowed a select few to experience the whisky before going on sale to the public.

The duo behind Nauticus have previously been instrumental in a number of top cocktail bars across the city, including Panda & Sons, Hoot The Redeemer, Bon Vivant and The Devil’s Advocate. Their newest venture on Duke Street harks back to Leith’s trading past while championing exceptional Scottish liquor and produce, including The Arran Malt.

Commenting on the release, Arthur Motley, of Royal Mile Whiskies said: “When talking about the project with the team at Nauticus, we began by looking for a high quality whisky matured exclusively in wine casks as we knew this is exactly what Leith merchants would have done centuries ago.

“We are all big fans of The Arran Single Malt so it was great news to find they had some very special stock available.”

The exclusive collaboration bottling will be available to purchase through Royal Mile Whiskies, retailing at £64.95 in their Edinburgh and London shops and online at

The Isle of Arran Distillers are currently constructing the Lagg distillery in the South of the island, which is expected to be fully operational in 2019 further increasing production capacity to 2 million litres.

Recent developments at the new site include the delivery of copper pot stills and the completion of three warehouse buildings

There is the opportunity for whisky aficionados to become part of the exciting story of the Lagg Distillery, by becoming member’s of the Lagg Cask Society, which includes ownership of one of the first casks to be filled at the new distillery. For more information, visit




Slippers, socks and cardigans just won’t cut it. Sending a loved one on an endless journey of discovery with 26,000 fellow whisky fans will. 

Unforgettable whisky moments are shared ones, which is why membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is a Christmas gift any whisky fan – whether newly interested or hardcore adventurer – will be overjoyed to receive.

Only members of the SMWS can access its constant supply of one-off single cask, single malt whiskies, drawn straight from the barrel and bottled at natural strength (undiluted) – whisky flavours at their most wide-ranging and intriguing.

Annual membership and renewal is £65, but the SMWS offers a range of options for new members up to and including its Pioneer Welcome Pack at £130. It’s the perfect Christmas gift, coming with a beautiful presentation box containing three 10cl sample bottles of Society whisky to get started, a £15 e-voucher, entertaining SMWS journal and a club lapel badge to start wearing with pride.

Being a member of SMWS not only offers members access to the SMWS’s revered single cask whiskies, exclusive tasting events, venues and unparalleled expertise; it means they belong to a Society with like-minded individuals from all around the world.

Meeting 26,000 fellow whisky fans is just the beginning of a journey of endless discovery that comes with joining the world’s most colourful whisky club.

Warm welcome

The SMWS is always welcoming, treating members new and old with the same warmth and respect as you would good friends. At member-only events you can discover intriguing malts with fellow whisky admirers. The SMWS is firmly of the belief that its unique malts are best appreciated when shared with friends.

One-off drams

Every individual cask of whisky matures in its own way, and if the name on the Society’s label seems unusual, it’s because the whisky is too. The SMWS bottles from a single cask when its Tasting Panel decides the whisky is ready, and each cask provides a finite number of bottles for members to buy.

Once they’re sold-out, they are gone forever, flavours never to be repeated. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind malt experience, the SMWS is the right place for you.

Venues and partner bars

In the UK, the SMWS has its spiritual home at The Vaults in Leith, Edinburgh as well as Members’ Rooms at 28 Queen Street in the city centre. In London, the SMWS has a members-only venue at 19 Greville Street and recently opened a new pop-up at 78 Northcote Road, Clapham, where guests can experience a range of single cask whiskies and other spirits as well as a selection of fantastic food.

SMWS partner bars are every bit as extraordinary as the Society’s malts. With nearly 100 worldwide locations, they’re the perfect place to share a dram of one-off single malt Scotch whisky.

Membership benefits

The core annual membership of the Society costs £65 and provides whisky lovers with benefits including discounted dram prices at SMWS partner bars; free subscription to Unfiltered, its award-winning members’ magazine; and savings on postage and packaging of bottles.

The full membership packages are:

  • PIONEER WELCOME PACK (£130): the most popular option – core annual membership PLUS a beautiful welcome pack containing three 10cl sample bottles, a £15 e-voucher, SMWS journal and club lapel badge
  • MEMBERSHIP & TASTING TICKETS (£125): bring a guest to enjoy the good company of fellow members by coming along to a regular whisky tasting event, up to the value of £64
  • MEMBERSHIP & BOTTLE OF THE MOMENT (£110): surprise and delight your senses by adding a specially selected bottle of the moment to annual membership

whisky and discover your favourite flavour by exploring five 25ml single cask Society samples. An accompanying tasting hosted by master ambassador is available online to help you get the most out of these specially selected drams.

  • MEMBERSHIP & THREE DRAM SERVE (£80): perfect for getting to know each other, visit UK Members’ Rooms for a chat and an informal three-dram tasting

Commenting on new members joining the SMWS, Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “The SMWS started life 35 years ago as an unconventional and welcoming whisky club with a mission to unearth the finest single cask whiskies and crack them open with like-minded friends and curious whisky fans. That mission is unchanged, but we’ve added a few thousand members along the way – and we always offer a warm welcome to any new recruit to the single cask cause.” 

To buy membership to  The Scotch Malt Whisky Society as a gift this Christmas, visit:




4 different whiskeys receive a 94/100

Little Rock, AR – (October 29, 2018) –  Rock Town Distillery is pleased to announce four of its whiskeys have scored the rating of “Liquid Gold” in the 2019 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible each with a 94/100.

According to Murray, our Arkansas Rye Whiskey is “better, in fact, than some ryes made by the established distilleries of Kentucky“. Our Arkansas Bourbon has “a ridiculous degree of chocolate fudge… I really do love this distillery…”.  Our Single Barrel Bourbon’s “classic bourbon tones are well chiseled and impressive” and our Sherry Cask Wheat Whiskey has “an almost obscene deliciousness”.

“To receive these ratings on four different whiskeys is a tremendous achievement” said distillery founder and head distiller Phil Brandon. “I’m so proud of our team and what our little distillery in Arkansas has be able to achieve in its short 8-year history.”


Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is the world’s leading whisky guide. Each edition contains over 4,600 detailed, professionally analyzed and easy to understand tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser known whiskies.


Rock Town Distillery produces the award winning Arkansas Bourbon, Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Arkansas Hickory Smoked Whiskey, Arkansas Rye Whiskey, Rock Town Vodka and more which are distributed to multiple states and Canada. Winner of the 2015 US Micro Whisky of the Year in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Rock Town Distillery, Arkansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition, is located in downtown Little Rock at 1201 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72202.  The distillery is open for tours 6 days a week. To find out more please visit

Rock Town Distillery

1201 Main Street

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

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October, 2018 – Chivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, has launched a Blending Kit featuring a selection of whiskies and tools to give Scotch lovers the chance to get hands-on and experience the art of blending in the comfort of their own home.

The perfect gift for any whisky fan, the kit contains four single malt whiskies and one blended grain whisky, each representing a different flavor characteristic: floral, fruity, citrus, creamy, and smoky. Armed with a pipette and a beaker – plus a bottle of one of the world’s best-loved blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas 12, for inspiration – whisky fans are encouraged to explore, experiment and have fun testing their skills and senses to delicately combine the whiskies and craft a blend worth shouting about.

The new release was launched to celebrate the magic of blending Scotch, and to bring the craft to life outside of Chivas Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop’s blending room. 

Sandy, who’s been blending Scotch whisky for more than 30 years, said: “At Chivas we believe that blended is better – in life and in Scotch. Every day I get to indulge in my greatest passion, experimenting with the world’s finest malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary when blended together – and this passion is something I want to share with other whisky fans. Each component in a blend plays an important role in determining the profile of the finished whisky – I can’t wait to see what creations my fellow blenders around the world put together.”

Chivas’ belief in blending was instilled by founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art in 19th century Scotland. And now, two centuries later, the Blending Kit celebrates Chivas’ continued commitment to bringing together the best malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary.

Blended whisky lovers around the world are invited to give it a go themselves and share their success stories on Instagram @ChivasRegal using #MyChivasBlend.

Find an interactive guide to your Blending Kit experience and why blended is better at 


The Blending Kit (RRP £25, available at The Whisky Exchange)

  • x1 5cl Blended Grain Whisky (Floral)
  • x4 5cl Single Malt Whiskies (Fruity, Citrus, Creamy, Smoky)
  • x1 Pipette
  • x1 Beaker
  • x1 5cl Empty Bottle
  • x1 5cl Miniature Bottle of Chivas Regal 12

About Chivas

Chivas believes that blended is better, in life and in Scotch.

The original luxury blended Scotch whisky, Chivas’ belief in blending was instilled by founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art of blending in 19th century Scotland. Since then, Chivas has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide – by bringing together the best malt and grain whiskies to create something extraordinary.

Chivas believes in the power of blending in life, as well as in Scotch. In bringing people together to create a greater whole – which is why Chivas is proud to be the global spirits partner of Manchester United, the world’s biggest football club; and in blending ambition with generosity and using success to enrich the lives of others – which is why the Chivas Venture supports social startups with $1m in annual funding.

Chivas blends its home in Speyside, Scotland, with more than 100 countries across the globe, who together have made Chivas the global success it is today, selling more than 4.2 million 9L cases every year.

The Chivas range blends timeless classics with modern innovation, including: Chivas 12, Chivas Extra, Chivas XV, Chivas Mizunara, Chivas 18, Chivas Ultis, Chivas 25, Chivas Regal The Icon, and the Global Travel Retail exclusive Chivas Brothers Blend.

Chivas. Success is a blend.

The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, this time a grain whisky from the lost Cambus Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, this time a grain whisky from the lost Cambus Distillery. 

Specialist online whisky shop,, is proud to release the Cambus 30 Year Old 1988 Sovereign Exclusive.

Cambus Distillery, near Alloa, is a lost Lowlands grain whisky, having closed in 1993. Hunter Laing Cambus grain whiskies are extremely popular.

Aged in a refill hogshead (HL14857) and bottled at cask strength, the Cambus 30 Year Old is a non chill-filtered grain whisky. Bottled in September 2018 by Hunter Laing & Company of Glasgow exclusively for with just 313 bottles available.

With rich fruit and chocolate flavours and a lingering hint of cinnamon to finish, this whisky makes for the perfect malt to enjoy on a winter evening.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

Cambus 30 Year Old Sovereign Exclusive |1988|| 45.2%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Light gold, this is the natural colour.

Nose: Notes of peach, apricot and plums. 

Palate: Sweet with forest fruits, dark chocolate and coconut. 

Finish: Long, with a lingering hint of cinnamon. 

Price: £104.86 GBP / $113.53 USD (+ P&P) 

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   cambus 30 year old 1988 sovereign TWB label exclusive


  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A)  Cambus 30 Year Old 1988 Sovereign Exclusive
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A) Friday 2nd November 2018
  3. Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade,

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £104.86GBP / $113.53 USD (+ P&P)

  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 45.2% ABV natural cask strength.

  • Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 


The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine & Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Johnnie Walker launch its first 50-year-old Scotch whisky – The John Walker Masters’ Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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Johnnie Walker launch its first 50-year-old Scotch whisky – The John Walker Masters’ Edition

Johnnie Walker has today released the first 50 – year – old Scotch whisky in the brands history – The John Walker Masters’ Edition. The new product features whiskies drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker.

Johnnie Walker has today launched The John Walker Masters’ Edition – a triple-matured Scotch whisky that has been crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskies, each aged for a minimum of 50 years.

This is the first time the brand has released a 50-year-old Scotch whisky and just 100 bottles of this unique liquid have been created.

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty year old whiskies are very rare. Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskies drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves.

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”




Scott Davidson Keeper

Glencairn Crystal – located in East Kilbride – has seen another member of its founding family, the Davidsons, join the world-renowned Keepers of the Quaich Society.

Within the whisky industry, the Society recognises outstanding achievement by those who work, write and evangelise about Scotch whisky. Each year a select few individuals from the industry are chosen to become Keepers of the Quaich – an accolade that is the highest recognition in the global world of whisky. Twice a year, new Keepers are invited to join the Society at a special gala dinner at Blair Castle, whereby lifelong members join the new delegates to celebrate this prestigious accolade.

Earlier this month, Scott Davidson, New Product Development Director at Glencairn, was bestowed as a Keeper of the Quaich, following his father Raymond joining the Society as a Keeper in 2016. Scott is the latest member of the Davidson family – founders of Glencairn Crystal – to join the Keepers, following over 20 years with the family business. Alongside his father Raymond (Founder and Director) and brother Paul (Managing Director), Scott has grown the business ten-fold since 2006 and continues to lead on strategy, financial and legal areas of the company.

Scott said: “I am honoured and humbled to be invited to join Keepers of the Quaich. This prestigious title is one that is hugely sought after within the whisky industry and I am delighted to have been recognised, on behalf of our family business, for what we do for the industry. It is an honour to join so many exceptional and respected individuals amongst a sector that we have been so well received within and are so passionate about.”

Annabel Meikle, Director of Keepers of the Quaich said: “I was delighted to see Scott inducted at our recent banquet. Glencairn Crystal play a pivotal role in the Scotch whisky industry and I think it sends a great message to see their work recognised. Scott follows in his father, Raymond’s footsteps in this highly specialised field.”

Products designed by Glencairn Crystal range from luxury crystal development to engineering precious metal closures, quality presentation packaging and the Glencairn glass, designed by Raymond, specifically to enhance the whisky drinking experience, and is now widely accepted as the official whisky drinking glass by the industry.

Glencairn now employ over 60 people in design and production and have partnered on projects with almost every Scotch whisky company and export their products to over 70 countries. It is an extraordinary example of a successful family owned and run business that puts both its client and employee satisfaction above all else.

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About Glencairn Crystal:

Glencairn’s clients include leading drinks companies, brands and other outlets, including: BP,  Brown-Forman, Cunard, Diageo, Houses of Parliament, Muller, Google, Scottish Parliament and the majority of the Scottish Whisky manufacturers, in addition to many of the international  whisky and spirit producers.  Created in 2001, the Glencairn Glass has seen an average year on year global sales increase.  Often referred to as the official tasting glass, the company makes over 3 million per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 70 countries worldwide. Glencairn has previously won The Queen’s Awards as follows:

- The Queens Award for Enterprise 2017 and 2012
– The Queens Award for Innovation 2006 (with the Glencairn Whisky Glass)

About The Distilled Spirits Council:

The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing the leading producers  and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States. The Council guards the sector against higher taxes and works diligently to reduce trade barriers across the globe, while supporting  policies that increase adult market access for spirits products, provide greater convenience  and choices for adult consumers, and encourage responsible and moderate consumption. The Council is a go-to resource for sector data, changes in public policy, cultural acceptance  programs, U.S. spirits exports to foreign markets, and alcohol and science.

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