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AUGUST AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 27th August)

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Your chance to bid on one of the world’s rarest whisky!

Released by Macallan to commemorate the new millennium, this whisky is among the most sought after bottles in the world – distilled way back in 1949 (14th January) and released at 50 years old the whisky is presented in a stunning decanter designed by Caithness Glass.

The bottle is also accompanied with a stopper whereby the copper used both on the stopper and around the neck of the bottle was retrieved from the No. 9 spirit still at the Macallan distillery.

A truly exceptional and luxurious bottle presenting the unique opportunity to own one of only 900 bottles ever released.

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


Glenmorangie triumphs at prestigious industry competition with seven gold awards – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie triumphs at prestigious industry competition with seven gold awards

Glenmorangie has won the most gold medals for Scotch Whisky in an acclaimed competition which celebrates the very best of the spirits industry.

Glenmorangie’s signature expression, Glenmorangie Original, upheld its industry reputation at the annual International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC), with the perfectly balanced spirit awarded a gold medal alongside six additional whiskies from the Highland distillery.

The core range of whiskies is celebrated with gold medals awarded to ruby port cask finish Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban; Sauternes cask finish Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or; travel retail exclusive Glenmorangie Duthac and Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old.

The distiller’s new innovations were also lauded with gold medals awarded to Glenmorangie Bacalta, the intriguing latest addition to the sought-after Private Edition, alongside the first release from Bond House No. 1 collection, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, said: “Glenmorangie Original is the cornerstone of each and every Glenmorangie whisky and it’s an honour to receive continued recognition from a globally respected competition.

“All of our whisky range is skilfully and passionately created, so it is a wonderful reflection when we receive such positive, independent verification from the prestigious IWSC.”

Now in its 48th year, the IWSC sets the standard for industry excellence, receiving entries from over 90 countries worldwide, judged by a panel of 400 handpicked master blenders, whisky writers and wines and spirits buyers.

Whisky Auctioneer May Auction Now Live – Whisky News


May Auction Now Live!

If you can’t make it to Islay for Feis Ile this year then why not distract yourself with our magnificent May Auction. Featuring a stunning array of rare and unusual bottles from across the decades it is your very own whisky festival to experience from the comfort of your armchair! 

Take a look at just a few highlights below… 

Balvenie 1951 Vintage Cask


An incredible bottle! Distilled in 1951 and bottled in 1996 at a stunning 45 years old. The vintage cask range from Balvenie is a fantastic insight into whisky from a bygone era. This is bottle number 1 of only 90 released. 

William L Weller 1981 19 Year Old


An unusual older example of W.L. Weller’s wheated Kentucky straight bourbon. Don’t miss your chance to pick up this lovely little rarity! 

Rosebank Selection


We are delighted to see such a beautiful selection of Rosebank in our May Auction. Whiskies from this closed Lowland distillery are becoming increasingly scarce, if you’re missing one from your collection now’s the time to rectify that!  

Bowmore 1964 Gold Bowmore 44 Year Old


The third and final release from this famous series, the gorgeous Gold Bowmore was matured in a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks. One of only 701! 

Clynelish Ainslie & Heilbron Bottlings


Old Clynelish bottlings have an enormous cult following, no surprising really as they are fantastic and such a contrast to the distillery’s style today. The current auction features some fabulous examples! 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Circa 1940s


We love these evocative old bottles with their simple yet striking label designs. We estimate this charming example of Laphroaig to date from the 1940s. There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here. 

Happy bidding! 


The Glenrothes Wine Merchant’s Collection at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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 The Glenrothes Wine Merchant’s Collection

“Distilled in 1992 and matured for more than two decades in hogshead casks, the Wine Merchant’s Collection whiskies were then “finished” by introducing them into casks which formerly held wines from Château de Beaucastel, Lustau and Ridge Vineyards, casks from port houses Warre’s and Graham’s… “


The Glenrothes | Ridge Vineyards Cask #08

A rather special Glenrothes, matured for 24 years and finished in an American oak barrel (Cask #08) that previously housed luscious Zinfandel wine from Ridge Vineyards, California. Limited to 236 bottles and released as part of the Wine Merchant’s Collection by Glenrothes distillery.


The Glenrothes | Graham’s Cask #13


The Glenrothes | Ridge Vineyards Cask #10



The Glenrothes | Lustau Cask #01


Matured for 24 years and finished in American oak butts which previously housed Oloroso sherry from Bodegas Lustau in Jerez Spain. Cask #01 produced 648 bottles, filled at cask strength, 55.2% vol.

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #640 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy goes to the grain with Ralfy Review 640 – Port Dundas 37yo grain (Duncan Taylor)

U.S. Success For Wolfburn – Scotch Whisky News


U.S. Success For Wolfburn

Wolfburn whisky has won a Double Gold Medal in its first American competition. Entered into the prestigious “Fifty Best” awards, Wolfburn’s Northland expression beat numerous other single malt whiskies to take the highest accolade.

“We’re over the moon,” commented Shane Fraser, Wolfburn distillery manager. “Sales in North America have been very strong in our first year but we never expected to win an award this quickly. Needless to say, we’re chuffed to bits.”

The Fifty Best is a long-established competition with entries from all over Scotland – and the world. Full results can be found at http://www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/best_no_age_statement_scotch/

“When we built Wolfburn distillery we did it with the aim of producing world class whisky,” states Iain Kerr, deputy manager. “We’re all of us stickers for detail, and in keeping an eye on every production process we’ve managed to craft some truly superb whisky. And there’s plenty laid down for future releases too, so we’re set fair for the future too.”

Wolfburn’s Northland expression is made via a long and gentle production process, which creates a sweet, smooth spirit. This is matured in top-quality ex-bourbon quarter casks, which impart a mellow flavour to the spirit, making a wonderfully easy-drinking and enjoyable whisky. The results are “I’ve enjoyed it from the very first dram,” says Shane, “It’s lovely to see it gaining worldwide recognition so quickly.”


The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in mid-2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky. Wolfburn’s first expressions were launched globally in 2016.

Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW



Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Peat & Sweet Christmas Treats” – Scotch Whisky News




No whisky Christmas Shopping List is complete without something a little sweet or peat. We’ve just released 12 new casks that are perfect for the festive season, including 8 peaty whiskies, a new distillery cognac plus 3 gloriously aged malts. All bring an impressive range of flavours that are absolutely delicious.


Discover more about C3.1 and read new reviews on our blog > 

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

Contact: sales@smws.com 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

Whisky Hammer November Auction Now Live! – Auction Whisky News




(ends Sunday 4th December)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits in over 580 lots, there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy or gift this Christmas!

The auction ends on Sunday 4th December – so plenty time to get bottles delivered to your door ahead of Christmas!


Students selected for first Chivas Brothers development bursary – Scotch Whisky News


Students selected for first Chivas Brothers development bursary

Three students have been awarded a total of £5,000 in funding towards further and higher education as part of a new national bursary scheme from Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Launched earlier this year, the Chivas Brothers Bursary has been developed to encourage further study and training amongst the company’s 1,600 employees in Scotland and England, as well as their families. Announced today, the successful recipients of the 2016 bursary are Laura Caban, an aspiring actor from Glasgow, Adam Donnelly, an aircraft engineering student from Paisley, and Mia Forbes, a classicist from Surrey.

Laura, whose grandfather works in engineering at Chivas Brothers’ Strathclyde distillery, has been awarded £2,000 towards a two-year BA Acting for Stage & Screen course in Edinburgh – delivered jointly by Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret universities. Adam, whose mother is a payroll analyst for Chivas Brothers in Paisley, has received a £1,000 grant to help cover the costs of studying Aircraft Engineering at Ayrshire College. Mia, whose father works in Chivas Brothers’ Hammersmith office, will be putting her £2,000 of funding towards the cost of an undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Cambridge.

Anthony Schofield, Public Affairs Director at Chivas Brothers, says: “On behalf of everyone here at Chivas Brothers, I’d like to congratulate Laura, Adam and Mia on their bursary success. The standard of entries for the scheme’s opening year have set the bar incredibly high, which has served to make the final recipients’ achievement even more impressive. All three showed real drive and passion for their subjects in their applications, and we couldn’t be more proud to be supporting them as they take the next step in their studies.”

Introduced for the first time this year, the Chivas Brothers Bursary has been developed in partnership with the Scottish International Education Trust (SIET). The SIET was set up in 1971 to help talented men and women fulfil their personal and professional goals by providing them with grants to complete further study. The launch of the new bursary scheme makes it easier for employees and their families to apply for support from the SIET, with up to £5,000 a year on offer over the next three years.

The scheme’s introduction follows a £100,000 donation by Chivas Brothers to the SIET last year, and complements an ongoing employee development programme that has seen the company invest in professional training for its staff. Quality Analyst Stephen O’Neill, for example, has been able to take the next step in his career by studying for a Level 2 course in Packaging Technology, supported by the Chivas Brothers Employee Development team.

Anthony Schofield continues: “After seeing such compelling results with our internal staff development programme, we launched the Chivas Brothers Bursary to further engage and inspire our people, and to give back to the communities where we work. For us, this means continuing to foster a culture of empowerment, encouraging employees and their families to realise their ambitions and reach their full potential. We hope the bursary goes some way to doing just that for this year’s three recipients, and that it will continue to do so for the next two years of the scheme – and beyond.”

 Chivas Brothers counts some of the world’s leading whisky and gin brands as part of its portfolio – including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute and Beefeater gin. It has opened the new bursary scheme to employees at all of its 32 sites, which span Orkney, Speyside, Central Scotland, Ayrshire, London and Plymouth.

Chivas Logo Pernod Ricard


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s no.2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standard; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.



About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. 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, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “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.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.  

About the Scottish International Education Trust

The Scottish International Education Trust (SIET) was set up by Sir Sean Connery and Sir Jackie Stewart in 1971. Sir Sean donated his $1m fee for the film “Diamonds are Forever” – at the time the largest fee ever commanded by an actor for a single film. SIET’s principal aim is to give awards to mainly young Scots who have shown particular promise and who need help to take their education or professional training further – usually at post-graduate or equivalent level.




We’ve collaborated with one of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists to help save one of our most iconic landmarks: the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art. We asked artist John Lowrie Morrison – known as Jolomo and famous for his striking landscapes – to create a collection of seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery. He used to sketch here as a student, and the Dumgoyne landscape means almost as much to him as it does to us.


Each painting will be printed on a limited edition gift tin. And for every gift tin sold we’ll donate a contribution to The Mackintosh Appeal, which was set up after a tragic fire damaged the art school in May 2014. ‘Autumn Moon over Glengoyne’ is the first painting in the series – a burst of orange and gold inspired by the season. Inside the tin you’ll find a bottle of the 10 Year Old, so you can raise a dram, and raise funds while you’re at it. With your help, we hope to reach £50,000. You can buy the special limited edition tin from the online shop.


Robbie Hughes

Distillery Manager

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