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Whisky Hammer May 2019 Auction Ends Soon! – Whisky Auction News

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(ends Sunday 26th May)

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

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


Whisky Wednesday – Highland Park Twisted Tattoo 46.7% – Scotch Whisky News


I don’t have any tattoos, that’s my opening line, that’s all I’ve got. However, this whisky is delicious! Bourbon and Rijoca wine cask influence over the course of 16 years from one of the finest distilleries in the world, Highland Park. The design and packaging won’t be for everyone and I can understand why, I don’t mind it, it makes the product stand out and i have a thing for all black whisky bottles. Check out the video and let me know your thoughts below.


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The Good Dram Show – Episode 313 ‘Springbank’ – Scotch Whisky News


Welcome to this weeks episode of the show in which I’ll be looking at some recent releases from the Springbank distillery along with one of those infamous cage bottlings!






The GlenDronach continues its journey with world travellers with the release of The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 years, joining The GlenDronach Forgue Aged 10 years as the distillery’s second exclusive for Global Travel Retail.

The Boynsmill Estate, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, was established by James Allardice as the home for his GlenDronach distillery in 1826. It was here that Allardice discovered the rich depths of sherry cask maturation; marrying robust Highland spirit to Spanish cask, a tradition carried forward by The GlenDronach to this day.

James Allardice lived most of his life at Boynsmill House (later re-named Glen House) and was often known to share a dram of his ‘Guid GlenDronach’ with friends and neighbours. This historic home continues to welcome guests at The GlenDronach distillery to this day.

At this time in the early 19 th Century, both sherry and port were popularly enjoyed by Scotland’s gentry and their influence on Single Malt Scotch Whisky is still prominent today. The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years is a marriage of rich Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, with the subtle influence of the finest port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years pays a fitting homage to the distillery’s heritage and the warmth and hospitality of its founder.

The GlenDronach Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie said:

“The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years celebrates the rich heritage of The GlenDronach, with a small number of casks hand-selected to showcase its robust and complex Highland character. I hope whisky travellers will enjoy this rare opportunity to savour the depth of a truly old-style Highland Single Malt. 

Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks express the rich and full-bodied signature style of The GlenDronach, while port casks from the Douro Valley subtly influence the balance of fruit, recognisable in the ‘Valley of the Brambles’. As a complex and supremely balanced Single Malt, The Glendronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years has notes of plum pudding and apricot brandy on the nose, layered with the warmth of nutmeg and quince. Exceedingly rich fruitcake builds on the palate as dates, dried apricots and walnuts are savoured into the long and richly satisfying velvet finish.” 

This rich and complex Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, is non-chill filtered and absorbs colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it resides.

It will be available to purchase from selected Travel Retail locations from May.

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The GlenDronach Boynsmill Aged 16 Years Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Burnished copper with a red bramble hue.

Nose: Fruit-led and complex. Plum pudding, cherry stone and apricot brandy with traces of nutmeg and sandalwood tempered by the sweetness of quince.

Taste: Exceedingly rich and fruity with baked apricot, cherry and plum skin in a fruitcake with orange and walnut cream.

Finish: Savour dates, apricot and walnut lingering into the rich velvet finish.

ABV: 46%

RRP: Available from $115, global markets may vary

About The GlenDronach Distillery:

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a full bodied and robust taste, perfect for long maturation in sherry casks. At The GlenDronach Distillery, we have carried forth the tradition of our founder James Allardice since 1826, maturing our whisky in the finest Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía.

We continue to work towards mastering the art of sherry cask maturation. Our Highland whiskies are recognized for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours of the Pedro Ximénez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes of Oloroso casks. Our distillery has been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks, who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe that as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

For Further Information on The GlenDronach Distillery:

Visit: www.glendronachdistillery.com

Twitter: @Glendronach

Facebook: /TheGlendronach

Instagram: @glendronach







The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle

Thursday 30th May 2019

1200 – 1700 hrs

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore


We are pleased to announce that Islay’s inaugural Independent Bottlers’ festival within the Fèis Ìle will take place in The Bowmore Hall on 30th May 2019 from 12pm to 5pm. The event will showcase Independent Bottlers’ vast array of Islay and Jura whiskies for the first time with the blessing of the Fèis Ìle Committee.

Visitors will be charged £25 for entry via tickets on the official Fèis Ìle website; https://www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/

All paying visitors will be provided with a Glencairn glass to keep and use to receive their drams, and will be able to purchase bottles of whisky direct from the exhibitors.

Dramfool will be releasing an official Fèis Ìle bottling for purchase at the event, a 14 year old first fill sherry hogshead of Port Charlotte.

Stovies, oatcakes & Scottish cheddar, Clootie Dumpling, Shortbread, Cranachan and other refreshments will be available to purchase from the adjoining kitchen run by the Ladies from St. John’s Church.



Several masterclasses will also be hosted at the festival and will be announced on the Islay Festival website in the run up to the event. The first announced is a Wemyss Malts masterclass in which several of their peaty malt whiskies and new single casks releases will be tasted. Attendees will also help produce a limited edition Peat Chimney malt whisky live at the tasting to bottle and take home.



Confirmed Exhibitors are;

  • Dramfool
  • Elixir Distillers
  • Islay Boys
  • Islay Mist
  • Lady of the Glen
  • That Boutique-y Whisky Company
  • The Single Cask
  • Vintage Malt Whisky
  • Wemyss Malts


Tickets available now!

Tickets are available for purchase directly from the Islay Festival website: BOOK NOW 

For any further information regarding the Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle please email enquiries@islayfestival.com or visit www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore, Scotland


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Campbeltown & Islay Festival Bottlings” – Scotch Whisky News

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With both the Campbeltown and Islay whisky festivals happening this week, we’re encouraging members to get involved. Join the fun at the festivals, sign up for one of our tastings or if you can’t travel share a dram with fellow members across the globe by taking part in our virtual tasting.

We’re also releasing our celebratory festival bottlings, get ready to grab yours. Set an alarm for these dates and times…



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


Win A Trip To The Open Championship With Loch Lomond Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Win A Trip To The Open Championship With
Loch Lomond Whiskies


How would you like to be at The Open 2019?

The Open returns to Royal Portrush this year and together with Loch Lomond Whiskies, we’re giving you the chance to be there!

Experience the thrill of the 148th Open at Royal Portrush as golf’s oldest, most international and one of the most prestigious championships in the world returns after 68 years with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug.

To be in with a chance of attending the sold out Open Championship 2019, buy either Loch Lomond 12 Year Old, Loch Lomond 19 Year Old Royal Portrush, Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition, Inchmoan 12 Year Old or Inchmurrin 12 Year Old, between now and Sunday 30th June. You’ll then be entered into our prize draw.

The full prize package includes:

Top Prize

  • Two tickets for the Saturday 20th July of The Open at Royal Portrush
  • Prize includes two entry tickets to The Open and access to the Loch Lomond Whiskies Hospitality Suite
  • £500 spending money

Second Prize

Third Prize

Scroll down to take a closer look at the best of Loch Lomond Whiskies…


Loch Lomond 12 Year Old 

Aged in three types of cask – bourbon, refill and re-charged – this 12 year old Highland Single Malt is perfectly balanced with a deep fruity character of peach and pear and the characteristic hints of peat and smoke found in Loch Lomond Whiskies.

The nose offers crisp green apple, ripe pear and refreshing citrus lemon with notes of golden cereal lurking underneath. The palate is deeply fruity with lemon meringue, pear and orchard fruits leading to citrus lemon, vanilla and light biscuit. The finish is medium with gentle wood smoke and a lingering peaty tang.

‘…so succulent! Never before seen spice like it, or such sublime balance with the fruity malt…’ – Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2017

Loch Lomond 12 is one of our customer favourites!

70cl / 46 % abv


Loch Lomond 19 Year Old Royal Portrush

Part of The Open Course Collection from Loch Lomond Whiskies, the official Spirit of the Open, this Highland single malt has been matured in American oak casks from the distillery’s own cooperage for at least 19 years. This expression was created in collaboration with 2011 Open Champion golfer, Darren Clarke, whose signature it bears. Bottled at 50.3% abv, this expression has the characteristic fruitiness of Loch Lomond Whiskies, with a rich mouth-feel and sweet notes of honey and tropical fruits.

70cl / 50.3% abv

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Inchmoan 12 Year Old

Part of Loch Lomond Whiskies’ peated Island Collection, Inchmoan, this 12 year old Highland single malt is born of a unique combination of whisky from a traditional swan neck pot still and whisky from a straight neck pot still.

The result is an unconventional peat character with great depth, marrying smoke and spice. Sweeter vanilla aspects from re-charred America oak and refill bourbon casks complement the soft peat style of Loch Lomond’s unique still set up.

The nose has smouldering peat with vanilla syrup and cracked black pepper. The palate is sweet with medicinal peat notes, smoked bacon, roasted coffee beans, cloves and star anise, before a fruity green apple and pear character develops. The finish is long with waxy peat and gooseberry citrus.

Inchmoan 12 Year Old is another of our Customer Favourites.

70cl / 46% abv

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Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

As unique as the “grassy isle” for which it is named, this 12 year old expression from Loch Lomond Distillery is aged in bourbon, refill, and recharred casks, married together to create this fruity and sweet Highland Single Malt. The nose is distinctively fruity with pear drops and toffee sweetness, light notes of freshly cut hay emerging. The palate builds in intensity with seville oranges before mellowing to peach and apricots, giving way eventually to creamy vanilla fudge, before a medium and peppery finish.

70cl / 46% abv

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Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition Glass Pack (Coming Very Soon)

Loch Lomond Whiskies have released their very special “Distillers Cut” edition to celebrate their partnership with The Open. Loch Lomond Master Blender Michael Henry has hand selected a combination of spirits from Loch Lomond’s unique straight neck pot stills,

Matured in three types of American oak casks and managed by Loch Lomond’s own onsite cooperage, this is a beautifully balanced whisky with hints of peaty smoke.

The nose has soft fruits, peach and pear, with vanilla syrup. The palate; Sweet and fruity. Honey and peach, some orange citrus and creamy vanilla with a medium length finish.

To be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the sold out Open Championship, purchase either Loch Lomond 12 Year OldLoch Lomond 19 Year Old Royal Portrush, Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition (coming soon), Inchmoan 12 Year Old or Inchmurrin 12 Year Old, between now and Sunday 30th June. You’ll then be entered into our prize draw. Winners will be drawn shortly after and notified. 

Good luck!

Get your hands on Loch Fyne Whiskies Exclusive Bowmore 17 Year Old – Feis Ile 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Malt Cask Bowmore 17 Year Old – Feis Ile 2019

Selected by & bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies in celebration of the 2019 Islay Festival


Part of the famed Old Malt Cask series from family-run bottler Hunter Laing & Co., this single cask expression was distilled at Bowmore on Islay in December 2001. Matured for 17 years in a single refill barrel, it was bottled in May 2019 at a natural cask strength of 55.6% abv – higher than the usual preferred strength of Old Malt Cask bottlings. Limited to only 120 bottles get your hands on this Loch Fyne Whiskies exclusive and celebrate the Islay Festival in a richt good fashion!

70cl / 50% abv


Buy Now

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 312 ‘Tomatin’ – Scotch Whisky News

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Welcome to this weeks episode of the show in which I’ll be taking a look at the Antiquary range of blended whisky from Tomatin along with a few new releases. These new releases include the yet to released UK exclusive 12 year old French Oak finish.


Flagship Johnnie Walker Attraction Gets Green Light – Scotch Whisky News

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Flagship Johnnie Walker attraction gets green light

Formal permission for plans to create a global flagship visitor experience for Johnnie Walker have been granted by The City of Edinburgh Council Planning Committee.

Announced today, plans to create a global flagship visitor experience for Johnnie Walker, the world’s most popular global whisky brand, have taken a major stride forward with official approval from local authorities in Edinburgh. The Johnnie Walker visitor experience is the focal point of our £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism, announced last April. This is the biggest single investment programme ever seen in the whisky tourism sector. The application for the venue has been approved, which is expected to create between 160 to 180 new full-time equivalent jobs and to generate in the region of £135 million in tourism spend in the wider Edinburgh economy.

David Cutter, Chairman of Diageo in Scotland, said: “This is another significant step forward in our journey to create an inspiring flagship destination for Johnnie Walker.

“We have had great support for our proposals from local stakeholders and businesses in Edinburgh and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us to get to this stage. We will continue to work with the local community as we now progress with construction and with making our plans a reality.”

Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo Global Scotch Whisky Director, said“We are incredibly excited by our plans for the Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Edinburgh where people can explore, discover, and immerse themselves in story of the world’s leading whisky brand.

“We have ambitious plans to make this a truly world-leading attraction, drawing people from the four corners of the globe to Scotland and to give them an unforgettable experience in Scotch whisky and Scottish culture.”

The plans for the attraction include:

  • A multi-sensory, immersive visitor experience across three floors, guiding people through the 200 year history of the brand, the art and science of whisky-making, and taking them on a journey through the flavours of Scotland.
  • A flexible events space for staging music, theatre, arts and community events, making the venue part of the thriving cultural life of the city.
  • A training academy that will be a home for Diageo’s award-winning Learning for Life programme, which creates training and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry for unemployed people, and works to improve hospitality standards and promotes the responsible serving and consumption of alcohol.
  • Roof-top access with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and across the city skyline to east, west and north.
  • At street level the plans include a significant retail space, bringing a contemporary shopping experience and interior design inspired by the Johnnie Walker retail flagship store in Madrid, which opened in November.

Diageo is currently investing over £185 million in Scotch whisky experiences in Scotland. As well as the Edinburgh location, the company is also investing to transform its existing 12 distillery visitor attractions across Scotland and a £35 million investment to reopen the iconic distilleries of Port Ellen and Brora. 

Just this week plans to bring the iconic Port Ellen Distillery on Islay back to life were formally submitted to local authorities.

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