Where to drink SCOTCH whisky on Burns Night in London January 25th, 219 – Scotch Whisky News


Where to drink whisky this Burns Night (25th January) 


Drama cocktails at Beaufort Bar at The Savoy 

In the autumn of 2018, The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar launched a new menu entitled Music, Magic & Drama. Alluding to the Beaufort Bar’s previous incarnation as The Savoy’s cabaret stage, and its jet-black and burnished gold décor, the ‘Drama’ section of the menu explores dark and atmospheric drinks that take guests late into the evening and includes a section of Scotch whiskies, divided be region.

The whiskies at the Beaufort Bar range in style, age, region and complexity, pleasing both malt connoisseurs and curious neophytes alike, and Head Bartender, Elon Soddu would be happy to advise drinkers which Scotch to sip on Burns Night.

Balancing the whisky component in each serve with aperitifs, liqueurs and Champagnes, the mixed drinks in this section are not all merely stirred down and brown and guests can choose from both lighter long and strong short mixed drinks including Birnham Wood (£40) Lagavulin 12 Year Old Whisky, Chartreuse Verte VEP liqueur, Seedlip Garden non-alcoholic spirit, sugar. 


Alberlour at The Gallery | West Hampstead

The Gallery in West Hampstead has become synonymous with two things: Whisky and Beer. With over 101 whiskies behind the bar – including many impressive and lesser-known scotchesand a strong beer list, it is the go to West London bar for a boilermaker. To celebrate Burns Night, The Gallery has created a specialist menu to commemorate Scotland’s greatest wordsmith, Robert Burns, using quintessentially Scottish ingredients.


From Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th The Gallery will be serving a dedicated drinks menu which showcases some of the team’s favourite whiskies and Scottish beers expertly paired to create the ultimate boilermakers such as 10-year old Aberlour with Gipsy Hill Hepcat (£7.50). The Gallery will also be serving an eccentric Haggis Tortellini with preserved tomato ragu and crisp sage followed by a cranachan mille feuille. Wash this down with the drink of the hour ‘The Antidote’ which combines 10 year old Aberlour Whisky with zingy lemon and ginger syrup.

Glenfiddich Wapping

Glenfiddich at Skylight Rooftop | Wapping

On Friday 25th January, Glenfiddich whisky will be taking over London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, Skylight at Tobacco Dock for London’s biggest Burns Night celebration. This evening will also kick off the closing weekend of Skylight’s winter season.
In honour of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, the rooftop will undergo a boozy makeover from the multi award-winning distillery, bringing with them signature whisky tipples. Entertainment, aside from the rooftop ice rink, will come from traditional Scottish musicians alongside the spectacle of a highly-anticipated rooftop ceilidh. Expect music, singing, whisky tastings and dance.

Guests will be greeted with a Glenfiddich cocktail on arrival and will then be able to cosy up under the heated pergola or grab a table and settle in on the lower floor, equipped with DJ to dance the night away. Skylight’s rooftop igloos will also be available to book – the perfect place to pull up a blanket and sip on mulled drinks to warm the cockles. Street food will also be on offer.

Founded in 1887 and situated in Dufftown, the Glenfiddich Distillery is one of the worlds best known whisky brands and is home to the world’s most-awarded single malt.

Tickets available here.


Burns Night Whisky from The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


Burns Night’s approaching fast and whether you’re having a good old knees-up or a sit-down dinner, you’ll need some top-notch Scotch to see you through. Visit the blog to see our plan for the perfect Burns Supper or jump straight to our Burns Night whisky selection to see our top picks for celebrating the life of The Ploughman Poet.



GLENDRONACH26 YEAR OLD 1992 EXCLUSIVE #8315 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News



26 YEAR OLD 1992 EXCLUSIVE #8315


ABV:51.8%  AGE:26 Year Old VINTAGE:1992 CASK TYPE:Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon CASK #:#8315 BOTTLER: Distillery REGION: Highland TYPE:Single Malt Scotch

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon #8315 bottled June 2018. Specially selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 720 numbered bottles. Nose: Toffee popcorn and chocolate covered caramel nuts. Cantaloupe melon. Palate: Marzipan and sticky toffee. Grass, pineapple skin and hints of freshly ground rose pepper.

Glendronach Malt Whiskey Distillery was established north east of Huntley in the Highland whiskey region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills. Famous for its well-aged and top quality sherried single malt, for example Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament, and single cask releases. The distillery is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

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Woodford Reserve releases new expression for its Distillery Series — Bottled in Bond – American Whiskey News


Woodford Reserve releases new expression

for its Distillery Series — Bottled in Bond 

(Versailles, KY November 26, 2018) — Woodford Reserve has released a new expression as part of its annual Distillery Series — Bottled in Bond.

It is available at Woodford Reserve Distillery and select Kentucky retailers at 90.4 proof for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375 ml bottle.

The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 requires whiskey to be produced by one distiller at the same distillery within one 6-month distillation “season.” The product must be aged for at least 4 years in a federally bonded warehouse at 100 proof.

“Given the historical nature of our distillery — a National Historic Landmark — it is only appropriate that one of the oldest distilleries in the country releases an expression in the oldest federal designation for bourbon,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris.

Morris created the Distillery Series to highlight Woodford Reserve’s creative line of complex offerings and to showcase the brand’s commitment to innovation and premium craftsmanship. There are three annual releases of the distillery series. 

Tasting Notes:

Color: Honey topaz.

Aroma: A complex medley of tropical fruit, apple and grape brandy.

notes filling  a nutty graham cracker crust drizzled with honey and toasted coconut sprinkles.

Taste: Tart green apple pie, with a graham cracker crust spiced with a dash of cinnamon. Poached pear and floral notes round out the palate.

Finish: A dry apple peel sweet sweetness lingers on.

About Woodford Reserve:

Tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky lives the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the birthplace of Woodford Reserve. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us www.woodfordreserve.com or www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 50% Alc. by Vol., produced by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2018


Mossburn Whisky Tasting December 8th, 2018 at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Saturday, December 8th, 2-5 PM:

Scotch Tasting: Mossburn 

Expand your whisky knowledge at our expert-presented traditional whisky tasting, featuring Scotland independent bottlers Mossburn.

The Mossburn signature line is a masterfully blended whisky, double-matured in three different cask woods to create rich and smokey flavors. In addition to masterful blenders Mossburn is also a discerning bottler of less commonly seen and notable whiskies, including limited-edition releases from select Highland and Speyside distilleries like Blair Athol, Ardmore and Craigellachie to name a few.

We’ll be pouring a variety of new and rare Mossburn releases, with whisky experts present for all your whisky questions.

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A New Limited-Release from the Crown Jewel of Peated Whisky: Ardbeg 22 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News


The Highly-Anticipated Release from Ardbeg’s “Twenty Something” Series
Ardbeg 22 Year Old “Twenty Something”
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

“It offers an incredibly flavourful, silky quality which is exceptional. I can think of no better way to celebrate those whisky lovers who helped keep Ardbeg alive during its darkest days.”
—Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg Director of Distilling

At long last, the highly anticipated third release from Ardbeg’s “Twenty Something” series is now available. Arguably the finest of the trio, the 22 Year Old is a masterful single malt that celebrates the revival of a brand that nearly went extinct back in 1996. For those who may not know the story, Ardbeg had fallen on hard times starting in the 1980s and produced only sporadically through to 1997, when they were purchased by Glenmorangie, thus beginning their renaissance. This bottling, which was distilled back in 1996, is one of the last produced in the previous era using the now retired still that currently rests in Ardbeg’s courtyard. In short, the 22 Year Old is a piece of Scotch history and a testament to those who kept the brand alive during its dark years. Matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 46.4%, it is an exotic dram that Ardbeg’s distillery manager, Mickey Heads, describes as having “luscious tropical fruits, peppermint tea and sweet vanilla toffee…with mouth-watering sweet smoke.” Ardbeg is always a collector’s favorite, and we expect this rare release to be swept up in no time. Don’t miss out on one of the most coveted whiskies in the market.

Ardbeg 22 Year Old “Twenty Something” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($549.99)

The Ardbeg distillery has become the darling of the peated whisky world over the last two decades. Things seemed bleak for the distillery in the 1980s. The distillery was basically mothballed from 1981 until 1989. It was only for the strong will and dedication of a small group of dreamers that any whisky was distilled there between 1989 and 1997. That’s the year that the distillery was purchased by Glenmorangie and the complex process of re-launching the line was begun. By 1998 the distillery was running at full steam. Only a few years later and the Ardbeg craze would be in full swing. Those early years saw the release of countless legends, both vintage and experimental, but creating a new whisky line without any stock is not easy. Now Ardbeg is one of our most popular single malts, but finding stock older than 10 years is next to impossible. After building an incredible array of NAS offerings, they’re finally able to offer mature stock from the intermittent ‘90s period. The “Twenty Something” line is drawn from the oldest and rarest Ardbeg still in barrel and represents a level maturity that has not existed on the open market for more than a decade. This is the third iteration of the ultra high-end offering and is probably the best of the three. This highly collectable rarity is already sold out in most of Europe and fetching very high prices on the secondary market. We’ve been afforded a relatively healthy allocation, but it won’t last long and when it’s gone it will be gone forever.


Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm October 31st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


October 31st, 5-7PM:

Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm

What better Halloween treat than a tasting featuring legendary Speyside distillery Glen Grant, presented by Master distiller Dennis Malcolm! Malcolm joins us all the way from Scotland to present a variety of Glen Grant’s new and award-winning releases.  

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The Whisky Show Old & Rare 2019 – Whisky News


23-24 February 2019
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow


Now that The Whisky Show in London is done and dusted, we’re looking forward to 2019 with The Whisky Show: Old & Rare in Glasgow. The dram list is already more impressive than last year’s, and we will be announcing even more fantastic whiskies over the coming weeks – keep your eyes peeled.



We’ve confirmed a selection of new exhibitors for 2019 including world-renowned whisky collector Hideo Yamaoka, leading Edinburgh whisky bar Usquabae and Limburg regular Magnus Fagerström. The drams they’ve already confirmed are spectacular – you can find the current list on our website.


Hundreds of old and rare whiskies to buy by the dram
Two-course brasserie lunch
Tasting Glass
Option to purchase tickets to once-in-a-lifetime masterclasses



Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 February 2019

Grand Central Hotel
99 Gordon St
Glasgow, G1 3SF

Saturday – £75
Sunday – £75
Weekend – £135



Products are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

2. We do not issue physical tickets. When you make your booking, your name will be added to a guest list for the event.

3. In the case of cancellation on part of the organisers, the full ticket price will be refunded to you. We reserve the right to make cancellations up to 24 hours before the event.

The 2018 Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Has Arrived! – Scotch Whisky News



The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases we’ve bottled over the previous five years. This latest offering differs in that it was initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into fresh Sauternes hogsheads for five months prior to bottling. This finishing period allows the caramel and vanilla influence of bourbon barrels to be accentuated by the buttery sweetness of the desert wine casks. Meanwhile the classic peat smoke and citrus character of the Kilchoman spirit brings a distinct depth and punch to the whisky, emphasised at the increased strength of 50%.

We have previously favoured full-term maturation for our wine cask releases, bottling fully matured Port, Madeira, Red Wine and Sauternes editions every other year since 2013. The Sauternes Cask Finish approach has arguably provided a more balanced character, combining both the maritime peat smoke and tropical fruit typical of Kilchoman with the softer buttery floral notes characteristic of the Sauternes casks.

  • Every bottle of Kilchoman is hand bottled on Islay at a minimum of 46% ABV allowing for the full-bodied character of the whisky to shine through.
  • Kilchoman Distillery ships all their barrels whole directly to Islay. Their Bourbon Barrels are sourced exclusively from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and their Sherry Casks from Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.
  • Kilchoman Distillery’s stills are amongst the smallest in Scotland, increasing copper contact and creating unmatched balance and complexity.
  • Kilchoman Single Malt is never chill-filtered or colored; the whisky is a pure, unfiltered representation of traditional whisky distilling.

Nose: Maritime peat smoke, citrus and tropical fruit with hints of buttery sweetness.

Palate: Soft creamy chocolate and liquorice with waves of peat smoke, cinnamon and mixed fruit.

Finish: Layered peat smoke and fruit with lasting honey sweetness.

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottling: office@impexbev.com

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