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The sold out Benriach Batch 16 1985! 🥃 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Golden Dram Volume 6:
WIN a bottle of Benriach Batch 16 1985!

Golden Dram is back! And this time a bottle of Benriach Batch 16 1985 (sold out and worth £595!) could be yours.

We’ve hidden a bottle of Benriach Batch 16 1985 in one of our Benriach core range boxes. To enter, simply buy any 70cl bottle of the following online: Benriach The Original Ten, Benriach The Smoky Ten, Benriach The Twelve and Benriach The Smoky Twelve – currently on offer in our whisky sale! With a one in 300 chance to win, you might just be the lucky one to find the golden dram in your order…

Part of Benriach’s single cask batch releases, Benriach Batch 16 1985 was distilled in September 1985 from peated barley and matured in a virgin oak cask for 33 years. It is a sumptuous dram filled with notes of smoked mango, honey and lemon peel – and just 229 bottles exist!

Win or lose, you’ll be adding a delicious new dram to your whisky shelf. So, what are you waiting for? Enter now while stocks last.

Loch Fyne Whiskies “Special offers inside ✉️” – Scotch Whisky News

Bargains to beat the January blues!

January isn’t everyone’s favourite month, but it needn’t feel so blue with a brand new bottle of your favourite dram! Wrap up this month with warming whiskies from Macallan, Bushmills, and many more – all with special offers featured in our latest Price Drop.

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The Whisky Exchange Virtual Tastings January 2021 – Whisky News

Virtual Tastings – January 2021

It’s the new year and we’re back with a whole new program of virtual tastings and more. We’re kicking things off with a pair of events you won’t want to miss…

January’s Line-Up

Monday 25 January 2021, 6.30pmBurns Night Quiz: Join TWE head buyer Dawn Davies and me for an evening of Robert-Burns-tinged quizzery. We’ll be diving into the fabric of Scotch whisky to give you an evening of taxing questions and the chance to win fabulous prizes. It’s free to come along, but you’ll need to sign up in advance.
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More shows?

We’re not stopping at just our tastings program – our shows are all going virtual. We’ll still be having a physical show where we can, but they’ll all have at least some virtual element for you to join in with if you can’t make it in person.

Details of Whisky Show: Old & Rare will be landing shortly, but expect some incredible online tastings featuring great guests and fantastic whisky – sign up to the mailing list on the Whisky Show: Old & Rare website to be the first to hear.

Buy Whisky Online at Ditton – Whisky News

Ditton is one of London’s leading fine wine wholesalers. We pride ourselves in sourcing and selling extensive quantities of the world’s finest wine, champagne, and whisky. We are principally wholesalers, but we also sell to the general public and generally at wholesale prices. We deliver anywhere in the world, right to your doorstep.

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Decanter of Glen Grant-1948-72 year old by Gordon & MacPhail. Estimate: HK$300,000-380,000.


Link to catalogue: Bonhams: Whisky

Scotch whisky takes centre stage at Bonhams first Whisky Sale of 2021 in Hong Kong on Friday 29 January. One of the star lots is a decanter of Glen Grant-1948-72 year old by Gordon & MacPhail. It was bottled in 2020 and this is the first time it has appeared at auction. Numbered 88 of 290, the bottle is especially auspicious – 88 is a symbolic number in Chinese culture, meaning “wealthy”. It is also unusual for a whisky of this age to retain such a high alcoholic content at 52.6% volume, and this gives particular vitality to its taste and aroma. Estimate: HK$300,000-380,000. 

The Macallan Lalique Motor Car-1937-37- year old. Estimate: HK$450,000-550,000 (left).

The Macallan Lalique 50 year old. Estimate: HK$700,000-950,000 (right). 

As usual, the Macallan is well-represented in the sale with more than 30 lots offered spanning the 1950s-1990s, including The Macallan Lalique 50 year old (HK$700,000-950,000), and The Macallan Lalique Motor Car-1937-37- year old (HK$450,000-550,000). 

Other highlights include:

A bottle of Springbank Door Gods – Chin Chiong plus a bottle of Springbank Door Gods – Yu Chi Gong. Estimate: HK$50,000-70,000. (right).

A bottle of Coilltean-1975 from the Glen Garioch distillery.  Estimate: HK$8,000-48,000. (left)

A bottle of Springbank Door Gods – Chin Chiong together with a bottle of Springbank Door Gods – Yu Chi Gong are offered in one lot at HK$50,000-70,000.  These were bottled especially for the Chinese market in 2013.

A bottle of Coilltean-1975 from the Glen Garioch distillery, imported to Italy by S. Samaroli of Brescia.  Estimate: HK$8,000-48,000.

Among the highlights of the Japanese whisky in the sale are:

A bottle of Karuizawa-1972-29 year old-#8833. Estimate: HK$120,000-160,000 (left).

A Hibiki ceramic-35 year old-Tokuda Yasokichi III. Estimate: HK$250,000-350,000. (right)

A bottle of Karuizawa-1972-29 year old-#8833. Bottled on 2002 by Karuizawa’s Ex-Whisky Master Mr. Osami Uchibori, it is estimated at HK$120,000-160,000.

A Hibiki ceramic-35 year old-Tokuda Yasokichi III.  One of 150 bottle, the Suntory whisky comes in a beautiful piece of Kutani ware made by the world-famous potter Tokuda Yasokichi III in the Ishikawa prefecture. Estimate: HK$250,000-350,000.

Bonhams Director of Wine and Whisky, Asia Daniel Lam said, “The accent in our first sale of the year is very much on traditional Scotch whisky, including the stunning Glen Grant-1948-72 year old making its auction debut, classic Macallan Lalique and some unusual bottles such as the two Springbank Door Gods.  Among the selection of whisky from Japanese distilleries, the Hibiki ceramic-35 year old-Tokuda Yasokichi III is very special.”

Sale: WhiskyLocation: Admiralty Hong KongDate: Friday 29 January at 2pm


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com. bonhams.com

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “January Outturn alert” – Scotch Whisky News

The wait is almost over! The January Outturn is nearly here, ready to kick off a new year of flavour exploration. We are only a couple of days away from being able to deliver whiskies to our members in Europe again, so we have decided to hold off from releasing the Outturn until we can all share it together. The full Outturn will now go on sale to all members at 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday, 19 January.

In the meantime you can head over to our website and browse the bottlings. We have a whirlwind of 29 new casks for you to dive into, featuring a mouth-watering array of Flavour Profiles. Will you start 2021 with some familiar flavours, or try something a bit more adventurous?

Apologies, but we need to add a short delay to the release of the January Outturn. We want to include our EU members in the launch but during testing, we discovered a glitch in the new payment system we’ve set up especially for them post Brexit. The extra time will allow us to resolve the issue.

Many thanks for your understanding and patience, we hope you’ll agree that it is worth the wait to be able to allow all members to enjoy our new bottlings. Sharing has always been at the heart of everything we do.



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


A “Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It” Single Cask Whiskey from Clear Creek – K&L California Whiskey News

A “Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It” Single Cask Whiskey from Clear Creek
Clear Creek McCarthy’s “Hard Water Exclusive” Single Barrel #168 Cask Strength Oregon Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($89.99)
“We can’t imagine having found a better barrel ourselves.” — David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Buyer

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

It’s been nearly a decade since we last offered a cask strength bottling from McCarthy’s. This is not for lack of trying but is a testament to just how in-demand these category-defining whiskies are. As a result of bar closures, one of our favorite whisky bars in San Francisco, Hard Water, could not take their exclusive allocation of this coveted spirit. While we would have much preferred to have enjoyed this single malt while taking in the view at Pier 3 along the Embarcadero, circumstances make it possible for us to offer it here. At full proof, this incredible single malt really shows its outsized personality. We could go on and on, but we will simply summarize by saying this is American single malt at its very best. If you’ve ever enjoyed a bottle of McCarthy’s, then you absolutely must pick this one up. And if true Scotch is your thing, we urge you to compare this beauty against your favorite Islay—to say it holds its own would be an understatement. There’s no way this whiskey will be around for long, so make sure to get a jump on it before it is gone for good.

Clear Creek McCarthy’s “Hard Water Exclusive” Single Barrel #168 Cask Strength Oregon Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($89.99)

The wonderful McCarthy’s Single Malt whisky has been a staple on our shelves since Steve McCarthy first thought to import Scottish peated malt and distill the grain on his little Holstein pot still. Steve is one of the godfathers of American craft distilling and fired up his first still to make pear eau-de-vie in 1985. His interesting idea to blend very smoky spirits with active air-dried Oregon oak is one of the great revelations in craft whisky. In so many ways, Steve was ahead of his time. We were lucky years ago to bottle their first cask strength barrel for K&L and we’re just as proud to have this exceptional barrel in stock. That first barrel we did, all those years ago, pissed more people off than perhaps any other special bottling we’ve done to date. Steve was only filling a couple of barrels a year and so our one barrel depleted the entire country’s stock for the year by half. Our friends at Hard Water in San Francisco selected this special cask and while it’s not nearly as impossible to get a single barrel of McCarthy’s now, this is the only one they’ve bottled for California at cask strength. We’re sad that things are such that Hard Water isn’t able to sell this barrel themselves, but we’re honored to be able to share it with the world. We can’t imagine having found a better barrel ourselves. It was bottled at cask strength of 111.2 proof without chillfiltration on February 3rd, 2020.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2021

We’ve always had a great relationship with Clear Creek and that’s not changed since Steve McCarthy handed over the reins to Hood River Distillers back in 2014. While we’ve consistently stocked the regular whisky and the excellent eau-de-vie, we’ve not been offered the opportunity to sell cask strength single barrel McCarthy in nearly a decade. So when I got a call from the distributor that one of our favorite bars in San Francisco wasn’t able to take their barrel due to restaurant closures, I jumped at the chance to help. Of course, we tasted the whisky before buying it and were quickly reminded of what we loved all those years ago about the cask strength version of this special distillate. At full proof, there’s an added depth and weight that’s simply lost when brought to proof. The color is deep copper. The nose is a gorgeous mixture of sweet oak spice, mesquite smoke, espresso bean, ripe plums and hints of salinity. It’s smoke but not as obviously peated as the standard release, showing a lot more oak influence in a good way. On the palate the opposite is true. A slightly Band-Aid-y but much more obvious peat comes rushing straight through the center of the palate at first with the sweet oak and bold spice kicking up behind. The palate is relatively oily and round but the bold spice is nearly as strong as the peat. With a drop of water this gorgeous spirit finally relinquishes some of the spice and the whole thing seems to open up quite perfectly. More obvious malt, some citrus and earthy smoke on the nose now. A perfectly balanced peat on the palate with a clear line to Islay now, showing some more yellow citrus and much more salinity. This is incredibly good whisky considering the age and offers a glimpse of what American craft distillers could be doing if they followed in the footsteps of the category’s founders. Some might enjoy the overt woodiness straight out of the bottle, which is nicely balanced and not at all astringent, but with water we start to really see this thing click into gear. A great barrel and hopefully one of more to come in the future.

Welcoming back an Old Perth friend – Scotch Whisky News

Old Perth Blended Malt

An Old Friend

The Scottish city of Perth was historically the home of many a whisky company. It was the blending capital of the world where great whisky brands were created however, as the companies moved away, Perth became the forgotten whisky city.

Relaunching early January 2021, Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies. The range exclusively uses sherry-matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside. The desire of the Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers team is that their whisky, Old Perth, will help restore the tradition of blending great whiskies in Perth, Scotland.

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Award-winning Scotch Whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Whiskies, has agreed an exciting new global partnership and sponsorship agreement with PRO14 Rugby including the inaugural “Rainbow Cup” featuring teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy and now South Africa. The distiller based in Alexandria, on the banks of the spectacular Loch Lomond which can trace its roots back more than 200 years, will become the Official Spirit of PRO14 Rugby for the next three years.

As the Official Spirit of PRO14 Rugby, Loch Lomond Whiskies will showcase its innovative and exciting range of single malt whiskies at match venues and digitally throughout the season. In addition, the Loch Lomond Whiskies logo will feature on the match officials’ shirts, digital pitch branding and the distiller will support some exciting initiatives aimed directly at helping fans engage with the game, players, coaches and clubs that they support.

Loch Lomond Whiskies have been winning awards for their premium whiskies across the globe for many years with spirit that combines the skill, hard work, dedication, teamwork and commitment to craft of everyone involved. These values are also central to the excellence of the Guinness PRO14 Rugby tournament, and all of its participating teams and Loch Lomond Whiskies wants to champion a competition that mirrors both its values and outstanding range of finest malt whiskies.

In keeping with Loch Lomond Group’s wider sponsorship portfolio, making positive impacts on communities is at the heart of all its partnerships and sponsorships. It is the brand’s ambition to complement its sponsorship of The Open Golf Championship through The R&A and its sponsorship of Scottish football through the SPFL by delivering meaningful and fun activities for all rugby supporters, as well as working with the clubs to donate part of its profits from new Special Edition Whiskies created with PRO14 Rugby and the clubs to worthy charities across the UK, Ireland and Italy.

Colin Matthews, CEO at Loch Lomond Whiskies, said: “What attracted us to partner with the PRO14 Rugby as its Official Spirit was not only the professionalism and ambition of Martin Anayi and his team at PRO14 Rugby, but also the quality of the tournament and all of the participating teams as well as a shared passion for a commitment to attaining excellence. 

“Much like our other sports partnerships, our sponsorship of PRO14 Rugby will centre on contributing to the true spirit of the sport. We passionately believe that participation and interest in sport can make a real positive difference to individuals, groups and communities and so we are committed to leveraging our new association with PRO14 Rugby to support the wider rugby community. 

“We look forward to seeing rugby fans back in stadia as soon as circumstances allow, and we can’t wait to give them the opportunity to enjoy a dram or two of our award-winning single malts.”

Martin Anayi, PRO14 Rugby CEO, added:Loch Lomond’s long-term addition to our family of partners in the Guinness PRO14 is heartening news on so many levels. During the past nine months, the game of rugby has shown its true spirit in facing challenges we have never seen before and not only have we enjoyed the support of our existing partners, now Loch Lomond have come in because they know how passionate and engaged the fans of our league are. 

“Our goal is to create a partnership that opens up opportunities for exciting content that resonates with fans and gets people talking in order to showcase the ambition of both Loch Lomond and our league. 

“Loch Lomond Whiskies are really passionate about sport and their sponsorship of The Open Golf Championship is a testament to their approach. Already, they have provided us with a range of ideas to connect with our fans and their clubs, and I’m really looking forward to the announcement of their marquee activation which will provide a prestigious addition to the Guinness PRO14.”

The inaugural partnership is the latest addition to Loch Lomond Group’s impressive sponsorship portfolio. In golf, Loch Lomond is the Official Spirit of The Open, Women’s British Open and Scottish PGA, whilst enjoying ambassador relationships with on-course legends Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke, Rich Beem and Cristie Kerr. In football, Loch Lomond Group’s Glens vodka brand sponsor Motherwell FC and has recently become “The Spirit of the SPFL”, Scotland’s leading national men’s football league.

The Guinness PRO14 currently consists of clubs from four countries, who go toe-to-toe in two conferences throughout the season to earn a place in the Guinness PRO14 Final where the best teams compete for one of the few major trophies in professional club rugby.

To learn more about the PRO14 Rugby partnership and to discover the Loch Lomond Whiskies range, go to: www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

About Loch Lomond Group

Loch Lomond Group is a multi-award winning leading international distiller of malt, blended and grain whisky with a rich heritage dating back to the foundation of its unique Littlemill Distillery (Scotland’s oldest distillery) in 1772. Its brands are present in over 120 countries around the world. Its key premium Scotch whisky brands include Loch Lomond – “The Spirit of the Open”, Glen Scotia, a Campbeltown malt whisky from “the whiskiest place in the world”  , and Littlemill, the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland. It also produces High Commissioner and Loch Lomond blended Scotch whiskies, as well as Glen’s Vodka, Scotland’s number one vodka brand, and Ben Lomond, premium Scottish Gin. 

With production sites across Scotland, Loch Lomond Group is one of the few distillers in Scotland to have a fully integrated production and supply capability. It operates three distilleries – Two (malt & grain) at Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire which has on-site cooperage facilities and Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, Argyll. The group also owns and operates Scotland’s largest independent bottling plant in Catrine, Ayrshire. 

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814. The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain 

Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards 

Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

  • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12-Year-Old
  • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12-Year-Old
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old 

In 2018 the company signed a five-year partnership with The R&A for Loch Lomond Whiskies to become “The Spirit of The Open” and The Women’s British Open. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf.

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

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