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Whisky Magazine Issue 168 – Whisky News

News on your next issue!

First nameWe’re delighted to announce that the latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #168, publishes shortly. In this issue, our cover feature delves into the story of how Jeff Arnett became the seventh distiller at the iconic Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The story takes us to Lynchburg Tennessee, home of the Old No.7 Black Label whiskey, where we discover how Jeff is taking liquid innovation just as seriously as any other distillery. From maturation in maple barrels for No. 27 Gold, to carving grooves into barrel staves for Sinatra Select and even introducing its first new mashbill in its 134-year history for JD Rye, we find out what’s hiding in the warehouses.

We hope you enjoy this issue

Rob Allanson

Whisky Magazine


  • Focus on Fils du Roy distillery in Canada
  • A profile on blender and bottler Denis Charpentier as he launches his latest expressions
  • Analysis of the Scotch whisky industry’s use of wine casks for flavour
  • Blind-tasting reviews of new expressions from Ardbeg, Elijah Craig, Kilbeggan and more

 You can purchase the latest edition online today, with worldwide shipping available!


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Get your geek on” – Scotch Whisky News

We all know that Society whiskies are bursting with flavour, but do you know where those unique flavours come from? We’ll be delving into this topic, along with many others, as we look forward to a month of getting our geek on, exploring all things science, sci-fi and technology.

To whet your appetite for knowledge, we’re releasing five very differing preview bottlings at 2pm this afternoon before the full Outturn lands on Friday, 7 August at 9am. There are only limited numbers available, so grab yours now before they disappear.


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 Wednesday Reviews Wild Turkey Longbranch – American Whiskey News


Alright, alright, alright. Let’s get a few things straight here, Wild Turkey make incredible whisky, literally some of the best in the world. Then celebrities get involved, for once it hasn’t been a bad outcome.

Refined with Texas Mesquite Wood, sourced from McCoughnahey’s home state, the Kentucky and Texas link is in a harmony of sorts. Whether the ‘refined’ elements is a type of charcoal filtration? Or perhaps some heavily charred barrel influence is yet to be confirmed, however, the overall flavour is heavy with minty rye spice and ripe juicy peaches. It’s not expensive, it’s going to be readily available for a while, I don’t see why this different style of Wild Turkey shouldn’t be for you. It isn’t classic, but that’s not a bad thing. Cheers!




Special Edition Whiskey Honors Long-time Friendship with Country Music Superstar

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (July 29, 2020) – The Jack Daniel Distillery today released a special limited-edition Eric Church Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey in celebration of its long-time friendship with the country music superstar.

The whiskey is from barrels personally selected by Church and will feature the artist’s name on the specially designed black and gold embossed label.

“Our drive and passion at Jack Daniel’s for crafting the best possible whiskey we can is matched by Eric’s artistry and drive to put out the best music he can,” said Mary Beth O’Mara, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Senior Brand Manager. “Eric is the real deal, and shares our love of community, independence, spirit and pride in what we do. It’s a special friendship and one we’re proud to celebrate with this whiskey.”

“My love for Jack Daniel’s is for the whiskey but it’s also about a can-do, small town attitude, where community, loyalty and hard work are the qualities the crafters of this American icon hang their hats,” said Eric Church. “I’m honored to have my own special release of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. Whether we raise a glass at a table with a handful of our friends or from a stage with thousands, let’s raise our glass high. Cause that’s where it belongs.”

Master Distiller Jeff Arnett assisted Church in the selection of barrels from the top floor of a warehouse on Coy Hill at the distillery. Each barrel offers a significant depth of aroma ranging from sweet vanilla and caramel to toasted and charred oak. The whiskey flavor offers the signature sweet notes of a Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel upon entry but quickly gives way to a complex, full and heavyweight mid-palate, according to Arnett.

“This special whiskey is reflective of Eric himself – bold, rich in character, forward and something that can be enjoyed by those with a taste for a well-rounded whiskey and a unique and memorable sipping experience,” he added.

The Jack Daniel’s Eric Church Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, available in a 750ml size and at 94 proof, will hit shelves at the beginning of August across the US.

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 first 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 and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

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

About Eric Church

The three-time Country Music Association and seven-time Academy of Country Music Award winner released his most recent critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated album, Desperate Man, atop the Billboard Country Albums chart in late 2018. The album, featuring his most recent No. 1 hit “Some Of It,” also debuted at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Church returned to the road in 2019 for his chart-topping Double Down Tour, with back-to-back nights of two unique shows sans-opening act giving fans 6+ hours of his iconic music in each city. The tour also featured a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where Church broke the venue’s concert attendance record with 56,521 fans just two weeks before awing the same stadium’s audience with a 30-minute, solo acoustic CMA Fest set featuring a medley of 17 hits. “Stick That In Your Country Song,” released on June 25, is the lead single off a forthcoming project born from a sequestered session in rural North Carolina where he wrote and recorded a song per day for nearly a month.

Tullibardine New Tasting Collection – Scotch Whisky News

Tullibardine takes whisky fans on flavour journey with new Tasting Collection

Tullibardine is set to take fans on a ‘stunning flavour journey’ with the launch of its very first Tasting Collection Set.

The pack of four miniature bottles offers the perfect way for whisky lovers to discover Tullibardine’s award-winning Signature range.

The set features 4 x 50ml bottles of the distiller’s Sovereign, Sauternes Cask Finish, Burgundy Cask Finish and Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, packaged in a stylish grey and gold case.

Starting with Tullibardine’s Sovereign, matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, drinkers will be treated to sweet barley notes and subtle hints of vanilla, finished with fudge, pear drops and soft spice. The 225 Sauternes Cask Finish then provides a hint of citrusy lime on the nose, with a touch of tropical pineapple and zingy orange zest on the palate, finished with a creamy edge.

The 228 Burgundy Cask Finish features red cherries and vanilla with hints of chocolate and Turkish Delight on the nose, while on the palate, there’s a hint of red summer fruit, more chocolate and a sweet spice note on the finish. Drinkers can complete their flavour journey with the Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish, which offers intense toffee apple notes on the nose with a hint of oatmeal. These then combine beautifully with a spicy feel and sweet dates on the finish.

Keith Geddes, Master Distiller at Tullibardine Distillery, said: “We’re proud to launch our new Tasting Collection Set to the world.

“It provides a great way to discover the Tullibardine Signature range and will take whisky fans on a stunning flavour journey.

“The single malt miniatures in the set are all packed full of beautiful flavour combinations, handpicked to complement each other perfectly. It’s the ideal gift for whisky lovers, or those who are new to whisky but don’t want to commit to buying a full bottle.”

Tullibardine is a family-owned, independent distillery and handcrafts its Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky.

The distillery uses the finest first fill casks to impart maximum flavour and colour and with the addition of its bottling plant, it is now one of the few distilleries in Scotland to distill, mature and bottle all on site.

Tyndrum Whisky “Scallywag is Munro Bagging!!” – Scotch Whisky News



Munro Bagging Edition

Scallywag is on his travels, and this time, Scallywag is Bagging some Munro hills in Scotland. Really pertinent to here, we have many of them within walking distance of Tyndrum. As usual with Scallywag, you’ll find the nose opening with a big blast of sherry, coffee and an inviting sweetness. 1 of only 600 bottles. Strictly limited to just 600 Bottles worldwide. Proudly without colouring or chill-filtration. Carrying a big Sherry influence.

About Munro Bagging:

Scotland’s Munros are a collection of almost 300 mountains, each over 3,000 ft tall. Some adventure-seekers (both from Scotland and further afield) relish the challenge to ‘bag’ all 280 Munros in their lifetime, whilst others enjoy a casual approach to Munro Bagging – conquering one or two a year. Regardless, there’s no greater feeling than a rewarding dram of Scallywag after an arduous climb!

Tasting notes:
The nose opens with a big Sherry blast, a hint of coffee and an inviting sweetness. On the palate, anticipate warming spices followed by rich chocolate cake and juicy dates, running to a satisfyingly long finish, replicating all that went before.

From Douglas Laing.

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A. D. Rattray “We’re open for orders plus get Free UK Delivery” – Scotch Whisky News

Hello from A. D. Rattray

Over the past few months we have been continuing to create our delicious whiskies. We have been selecting and bottling single casks for our Cask Collection and have new editions from our Casks of Scotland range arriving soon. This means we have lots to tell you about and lots for you to look forward to over the coming months.

Firstly, we are very pleased to announce that our online shop is back open.

You can order from us for home delivery or collection from a safe contactless collection point within the entrance area of our Whisky Shop. We would like to thank you for your patience and support by offering you FREE delivery until the end of August so you can continue to enjoy our whiskies in your own home.


Free standard UK delivery available on all orders until end of August.


Free whisky sample and tissue wrapping with every order…Please note that at present our Whisky Shop is NOT open to visitors and we are not able to offer our Tasting Experiences for the foreseeable future. This remains under review so if this changes we will make another announcement.

Arran Cask Finish Whisky Design at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Arran Cask Finishes

Sauternes, Port and Amarone casks finishes from Arran whisky. Now packaged in the fantastic new branding. All bottled at 50% ABV. Natural Colour. Non Chill-filtered.

Arran Sauternes Cask

Double matured with a finish in iconic Bordeaux wines casks. A very fruity ans zingy expression.

Arran Port Cask

Finishes in Portuguese Port casks bringing a lovely spiciness with chocolate, cherries and citrus

Arran Amarone Cask

Italian Amarone red wine casks used to finish. Dark chocolate, cherries, honey and Turkish Delight!

Arran Sherry Cask 

Bottles at 52.8% natural cask strength after maturing in sherry hogsheads.


Arran Distillery was commissioned by the Isle of Arran Distillers in 1995 and lies amid stunning scenery just to the south of Lochranza on the northern tip of the Isle of Arran. This distillery has four stills, dunnage warehouses, a visitor centre offering distillery tours and a distillery café. Arran distills both un-peated and peated malt spirit and matures its whisky in sherry, bourbon, port and wine casks in order to produce an ever-evolving and expanding range of whiskies including Arran single malts such as Arran Machrie Moor and The Illicit Stills, and Arran blended scotch.

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 330: Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 330: Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, got hold of the Caol Ila for Feis Ile 2020. No Feis Ile this year because of Corona, but luckily we do get a Feis Ile release. This Caol Ila, limited to 3.000 bottles, was sold out in less than three hours. The malt first matured on refill bourbon hogsheads and then got a finish on Amoroso treated hogsheads (BTW: this is the type of cask that Diageo uses for the Distillers Edition of Talisker). Let’s hope – although Mark is fairly confident – that it’s tasty.


Johnnie Walker Celebrates 200th Anniversary with Four Exclusive Releases – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker celebrates 200th anniversary with four exclusive releases

The launch marks 200 years since John Walker first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in Scotland

First crafted in a humble grocer’s shop, Johnnie Walker has taken blended Scotch whisky from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. Johnnie Walker’s new bottlings, launching from October 2020, are a celebration of this incredible journey, pioneering spirit and dedication to quality that was started by John Walker 200 years ago.

“Each of these exclusive releases bring a fresh perspective to our 200th anniversary story and are the perfect way to celebrate this huge moment for Johnnie Walker. It feels very apt to be announcing them this week to coincide with John Walker’s birthday.”

Jim BeveridgeJohnnie Walker Master Blender

“Our 200th anniversary releases are inspired by the moment our founder, John Walker, first opened the door to his grocer’s store in Kilmarnock – taking the first step on an incredible journey for Johnnie Walker. John’s spark, vision and entrepreneurial fire were the impetus to growing the John Walker name, our business and ultimately a new future for Scotch whisky. This year we’re celebrating the steps he first took – steps that have inspired generations of our whisky makers and are at the heart of everything we do today and will do tomorrow.”

John WilliamsDiageo’s Global Scotch Director

The Johnnie Walker 200th Anniversary Releases

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design

The new 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design for the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label features bespoke illustrations that bring to life the bold journey and pay homage to some of the great cities and countries that have been part of the Johnnie Walker story. There are also incredible illustrations of geographical landmarks and cultural symbols which represent progress in our time in each of their respective countries.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight

An exclusive release celebrating 200 years of bold and passionate craft. It is a smooth, mellow Scotch crafted using some of the very rarest whiskies in the unparalleled Johnnie Walker reserves. Each whisky is hand selected from only eight legendary distilleries that all existed when John Walker made the first steps on his journey, including some very rare expressions from long-closed “ghost” distilleries.

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend

This exclusive release is inspired by a breakthrough moment in John Walker & Sons’ history – the launch of Old Highland Whisky in the 1860s, the company’s first commercial blend to travel from Scotland to the four corners of the world. This rich and complex whisky is inspired by the flavours found in the Walker family’s grocery store in the 1860s and uses whiskies from distilleries which were operating at that time. The exclusive pack design reveals the only existing image of the Kilmarnock grocery store 200 years ago.

John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend

A celebration of where it all began; this exceptional whisky is a sensorial journey down the fragrant aisles of John Walker’s original grocery store in Scotland. Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his team have drawn inspiration from John’s store and meticulously crafted a whisky with rich layers that re-imagines the exotic flavours that shaped his imagination. It is crafted with rare and exceptional whiskies, all aged for at least 28 years, including whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries such as Pittyvaich, Cambus and Port Ellen.

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