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ISLAY CHARITIES RAISE A DRAM TO LAGAVULIN LEGACY – Scotch Whisky News

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ISLAY CHARITIES RAISE A DRAM TO LAGAVULIN LEGACY 

A range of good causes on the famous whisky island of Islay raised a dram of Lagavulin to celebrate sharing in a major financial legacy from the distillery’s 200th anniversary.

Representatives of the charities, including the local swimming pool, cyber café, arts and festival organisations, visited the distillery to officially mark the handover of £588,395 of funds which were raised through a special Lagavulin 200th anniversary bottling.

The principal beneficiary of the funding is Islay Heritage, a ground-breaking new initiative which has been established to explore, conserve and promote Islay’s wealth of historical and archaeological sites. Islay is one of Scotland’s most important historical locations being home to Lords of the Isles and the epi-centre of the country’s early and pre-historical life. Now with a grant of £318,395 from the Lagavulin Legacy fund, the ambitious project aims to make Islay as famous for its history as it currently is for Scotch whisky.

The Lagavulin Legacy project will also fund the restoration and conservation of around 700 acres of peatlands on Islay in recognition of the vital role peat plays in the creation of Lagavulin and other whiskies for which Islay is famous.

A total of seven good causes will benefit from the Lagavulin Legacy fund* reflecting a range of local good causes and projects designed to further enhance Islay’s reputation as a ‘must-visit’ destination for global visitors.

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo Head of Whisky Outreach, who led the Lagavulin 200th Anniversary project, said: “The Lagavulin Legacy fund is not about making donations, it is about investing in the rich fabric of the Islay community. That’s why we’ve chosen a range of charities to support from very local community good causes, to the ambitious new Islay Heritage project which aims to really put Islay on the map as one of the world’s most important archaeological and historical destinations.”

Georgie Crawford, Lagavulin Distillery manager, added: “The celebrations for Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary last year were fantastic, but the absolute highlight of it all is to be able to handover such a significant financial contribution to these good causes.

“It makes me incredibly proud to welcome our friends and partners here at the distillery to mark the handover of the funds. We look forward to continuing to work with these good causes and to seeing the legacy project bring real benefits to Islay and its communities.”

The Lagavulin 200th anniversary legacy funds were raised through the sale of a special bottling of a Lagavulin 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky cask which was carefully selected by the distillery team and Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes. Just 522 bottles were put on sale, 521 of the bottles via a special ballot on The Whisky Exchange at a price of £1,494 – a price set to acknowledge the historic year of the first recorded distillation of Scotch Whisky – with bottle no.1 then auctioned by The Whisky Exchange, raising a further £8,395.

The funds are being transferred to the charities with immediate effect to allow the legacy projects to progress at the earliest opportunity.

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*Lagavulin 200 charity recipients

The proceeds received by Diageo from the sale of the Lagavulin 1991 bottling have been donated to the following registered charities in the following proportions, to fund projects on Islay which are designed to enhance the understanding of the rich and diverse history of Islay and enhance the life of the local community:

Islay Heritage(OSCR No. SC046938) A wide ranging scope to include: research at Dunyvaig Castle, the creation of an Islay Heritage trail to help more people understand its rich history, conservation work focusing on Kildalton chapel and education.FUNDING AMOUNT: £318,396
McTaggart Cyber Café(OSCR No. SC028306) Some upgrade works to the fabric of the building including heating, new doors & windows and improvements to the Bistro Café area to allow for more activities for a wider range of people.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000
Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited McTaggart Leisure Centre(OSCR No. SC015815) Some fundamental works are required for the swimming baths to upgrade equipment and improve energy efficient.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000
Finlaggan Trust(OSCR No. SC000821) Refurbishment and modernisation of the existing visitor centre and development of the Finlaggan Bridge.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000
Islay Arts(OSCR No. SC000272) Funding will enable Islay Arts to increase the scope of events it funds.FUNDING AMOUNT: £20,000
Islay Festival Association(OSCR No. SC004390) Funding will help support the organisation to develop its events programme.FUNDING AMOUNT: £10,000
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(OSCR No. SC037654)(Charity Commission No. 207076) RSPB is actively engaged in peat restoration on its estates on Islay at The Oa and Loch Gruinart. The funding will be used to fund peat restoration and conservation on the island.FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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About Diageo in Scotland

  • Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing nearly 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits and over four million cases of Ready To Drink brands annually.
  • Around 85% of Diageo’s production in Scotland is sold overseas.
  • Diageo in Scotland currently employs around 3,500 people.
  • Diageo currently operates 28 malt distilleries and one grain distillery and has a 50 per cent share in a further grain distillery.
  • As well as engineering and technical support functions, there are extensive warehousing and packaging operations in Scotland and the company’s Scottish headquarters are in Edinburgh.

About Lagavulin

Local records suggest that Lagavulin was already a centre of whisky production in the early 18th century. There had almost certainly been many other illicit stills before John Johnston founded the first legal distillery at Lagavulin Bay in 1816. As with all Scottish distilleries, it passed through the hands of different owners, including the celebrated Sir Peter Mackie, whose company became White Horse Distillers, forever associated with Lagavulin. White Horse joined The Distillers Company Ltd. (eventually Diageo) in 1927. In 1989, Lagavulin, now normally bottled at 16 years rather than the original 12, became one of the six Classic Malts of Scotland™.

Chivas Brothers funds PhD to help combat effects of climate change on water supply – Scotch Whisky News

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Chivas Brothers funds PhD to help combat effects of climate change on water supply

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, is today announcing plans to award £4,000 in grant funding to support key research into combating the effects of climate change on distillery water resources.

The project, which is being delivered in partnership with The University of Aberdeen, and the James Hutton Institute, will offer one PhD student the opportunity to embark on a four-year Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) industrial studentship to help identify natural solutions to reduce the impact of water scarcity and rising water temperatures during prolonged warm and dry periods.

The Scotch whisky industry critically depends on a sustainable and good quality water supply; pure Scottish mineral water is one of three ingredients used in the malting, mashing and cooling processes and also when diluting the spirit to reduce its alcoholic strength to the desired level. This research aims to identify solutions to preserve this key ingredient.

Throughout the project, the student will complete field research on the water catchment areas at The Glenlivet distillery in Moray to test the effectiveness of novel solutions to manage water flow. They will become an integral part of Chivas Brothers’ environmental sustainability team and receive a full range of training including a course on distillation processes and distillery water requirements. Research and development of mathematical models to help identify the best locations to manage water flow for other distilleries will be carried out at The University of Aberdeen, with the support of the James Hutton Institute.

Gordon Buist, Production Director at Chivas Brothers, said: “There are three ingredients that go into creating a single malt Scotch whisky – malted barley, yeast and water – and each is incredibly important to developing the depth of flavour and quality unique to The Glenlivet. By supporting this key research we hope to improve water management strategies, to the benefit of the entire Scotch whisky industry.

“As part of the project, we will support the student by providing them with the opportunity to work with our experienced environmental and sustainability team at The Glenlivet distillery, including access to a wide range of training, expertise and laboratory facilities.”

Dr. Josie Geris, Lecturer in Hydrology at the School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, said: “We are pleased to be working with Chivas Brothers and the James Hutton Institute. This project provides a unique opportunity for a research student to gain real world experience out in the field and identify solutions that will greatly benefit the whisky industry in the long term.”

Chivas Brothers has a longstanding commitment to supporting further academic institutions in Scotland with students from both Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and Edinburgh University completing one-year laboratory placements with the business over the last five years. The company also supports research and development on behalf of the whisky industry, through the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, based in Edinburgh; and funds a bursary scheme for further education and vocational training in conjunction with the Scottish International Education Trust, which is open to employees and their family members.

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About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°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.

www.chivasspirit.com

Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 Murray McDavid at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 Murray McDavid

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Tomintoul 48 Year Old 1967 Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Matured in first fill bourbon barrels #150031 & #150032 bottled October 2015 by Murray McDavid for the Mission Gold series. Tomintoul Distillery was built in 1964 and production began the following year at this Speyside malt whisky distillery. Its four stills produce mainly lightly peated whisky although small batches of highly peated whisky are produced annually. The core range includes the Tomintoul 10 Year Old and Tomintoul 14 Year Old. Independent bottlers including Hunter Laing and Gordon & MacPhail produce regular single cask expressions.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “New Release: No Ugly Ducklings” – Scotch Whisky News

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NEW APRIL RELEASE

This month we’ve released another nine single casks whiskies, available now online and in our Members’ Rooms. Fresh and full of flavour, these tempting whiskies have definite ‘WOW’ factor, not to mention some fantastic names and tasting notes. Open your mind and let your imagination run wild.

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This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

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Booker’s & Lot 40 Rye at K&L California – Whisky News

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BOOKER’S BOURBON – LAST CALL AT $49.99

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For as long as we can remember here at K&L, Booker’s Bourbon has been the quintessential high proof $50 whiskey-the standard by which other power-oriented American whiskies have been judged. Unfortunately, however, due to shortages and demand the age statements have continued to decline while the juice is being consumed faster and faster. Because of that unsustainable pace, the folks at Beam have decided to raise the price of Booker’s Bourbon and eventually turn it into a $100 bottle with an older age statement and a more limited availability. When we heard that news a few months back, we bought in as deeply as we could. Then we got the news this week from the distributor-the wholesale price was now higher than our retail! That means the next time we buy Booker’s Bourbon at K&L the price will likely be in the mid-sixties until we eventually run through that inventory and the price goes up again. It’s the end of an era, but that era doesn’t have to end just yet. We’ve got one last allocation of the Kentucky legend at the standard $50 retail-while it lasts!

Booker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99

LOT 40 RYE WHISKEY: OUR FAVORITE (NORTH) AMERICAN RYE, NOW AT $29.99

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Our spirits buyer David Driscoll was out at Hiram Walker in Canada this past week getting a firsthand look at how Lot 40 rye whiskey is made and what makes the distillery so unique. You can check out his adventures here on the spirits blog, but in the meantime check out our new low price for what is still a benchmark rye whiskey at K&L

Voted Canadian Whisky of the Year by the Whisky Advocate, Lot 40 is considered by many to be the quintessential Canadian rye whisky, garnering heaps of praise and a cult-like following. Distilled by Hiram Walker, now run by Pernod Ricard, it was briefly discontinued in the early 2000s, which set off a Pappy-esque manhunt by consumers who knew of its excellence (not in CA, however, where we were deprived of its presence). Now that it’s been relaunched by Pernod, we’re lucky enough to start getting a healthy supply in the U.S. It’s clear after tasting it why the Lot 40 has the reputation it has. The flavors of rye are unbelievably pure, while the palate remains soft and creamy underneath. It moves from rye bread into a peppery note so intense that it almost transcends into sweet citrus before finishing rich and floral. It’s the most exciting rye we’ve seen hit the shelves in more than year. We think it’s going to be a HUGE hit. Esteemed Canadian whisky writer Davin de Kergommeaux calls it “a contemporary masterpiece, seven generations in the making. This is one powerfully flavorful whisky that boldly mingles the galvanizing piquancy of distilled rye grain with the soaring floral fragrance of malted rye, and a fruitiness that comes with age.” We call it the best rye whiskey we’ve tasted since stalwarts like Sazerac 18 and older Willett bottles became dreams rather than reality. This is can’t-miss stuff. This is the kind of whiskey where you buy three bottles rather than one.

Lot 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky (750ml) $29.99

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Join Liz and Paul of MCLEANSCOTLAND on THE exclusive whisky trip!

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A long weekend whisky tour, full of whisky to sample, distilleries to visit, plenty of fun with hotels, lunches & dinners. Join Liz and Paul of MCLEANSCOTLAND on the exclusive whisky trip.

Thursday 31 August. We meet you at Inverness airport at noon. With your first Scottish dram in hand we drive to Speyside in time for a two course lunch with a drink included at The Delnashaugh Hotel. It’s then a short distance to Glenfarclas Distillery where you take a tour and taste. Glenfarclas was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to open a dedicated visitor centre in 1973. After your tour relax with a dram or three. Then on to Grantown on Spey, where you check in to The Garth Hotel. This evening we host a 3 course dinner with thee whiskies. Also this evening, Spud the Piper in full highland dress entertains you. In 2000 Madonna and Guy Ritchie came to Scotland for their wedding ceremony. Spud piped for her. On their arrival the press, asked him to play ‘Like a Virgin’ on the pipes. So he played for Madonna as she came down the steps of her jet. The next day he was on the front page of every paper known to man! We then introduce Robert Ransom founder of Angels’ Nectar “Blended by Angels, to be Shared with Friends”, Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies are vibrant and fresh, just the way the Angels enjoy their drams. Relax with a presentation and samples from Robert.

Pagodas at Glenfiddich Distillery Dufftowm Speyside

Friday 1 September. After a sumptous highland breakfast we travel the short distance to Craigellachie, where we visit the Speyside Cooperage; the only cooperage in Britain with a visitor centre. An experienced Cooper will  show how Coopers still use traditional methods and tools. Although shipped across the world, many of the casks remain in Scotland, providing a vital ingredient in Scotland’s whisky making process. From here its five minutes to Glenfiddich Distillery, where we have arranged lunch. Then a half hour drive to Elgin where we visit Glen Moray Distillery, a private tour and taste, a French owned distillery, one of our favourites. A superb tour followed by drams, some direct from the cask. The shop has (in our opinion) the best value for money whisky to purchase anywhere! Ten minutes to the hotel, check in, relax, have a bite to eat. This evening at the hotel, we introduce Derek Hancock.   A Senior Executive responsible for Single Malt Scotch Whisky exports for over 40 years. Derek has travelled the world for over 25 years and has presented many master classes, tastings and high level presentations to customers in every continent. Let Derek escort you around the region and impart stories and insights into the distilleries, brands, drams and people who make this such a fascinating topic. Overnight Elgin.

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Saturday 2 September. After breakfast we relax a while, then attend our very own MCLEANSCOTLAND whisky school with Vic Cameron. Vic (BSc DipDist)  has over 23 years experience in the distilling industry, working in a number of roles for Diageo. He has worked in production management at both malting and distilling sites. Vic is proud to have been the 4th International Malt Whisky Nosing Champion. He is now on the organising committee for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival whisky school and also the Whisky Lecturer for the University of the Highlands and Islands. Starting at 10am, we break for refreshments at 11am, continuing after the break until 12.30.  This is a very informative humorous take on the whisky industry – with chocolates!  FREE time follows, allowing you a lunch break. You have a ticket for the Distilled whisky festival at Elgin Town Hall, running from 1pm – 5pm; the team behind the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival brings this event to the sampling table – the best Speyside whisky distillers (at least 50 of them) are uniting under one roof. But that’s not all. Speyside’s whisky distillers will be in good company as award-winning brewers, gin crafters, food producers and others, will be joining them. Overnight Elgin.

Sunday 3 September. After a deserved lie in, we transfer back to Inverness airport for 12 noon.

Included in this tour; Liz and Paul are your MCLEANSCOTLAND hosts, coach transport for 3 days, 3 nights en suite accommodation, 3 fully cooked Scottish breakfasts, lunch at Delnashaugh and Glenfiddich, 3 course whisky dinner, entry to distilleries as shown, ticket for the whisky festival, whisky presentations by Robert, Vic and Derek, whiskies as shown, extra drams on board the mini coach, plus – a take home 20cl bottle of superb Spey whisky. Cost  £715  per person sharing a twin or double room. Single extra £110

all enquiries  info@mcleanscotland.com

Liz and Paul of mcleanscotland whisky tours sharing drams with Ingvar Ronde

O.F.C. VINTAGE-DATED BOURBONS RAISE MORE THAN $1 MILLION FOR CHARITIES – American Whiksey News

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O.F.C. VINTAGE-DATED BOURBONS RAISE MORE THAN $1 MILLION FOR CHARITIES

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 13, 2017) In the fall of 2016, Buffalo Trace Distillery donated two hundred rare bottles of vintage-dated whiskey to non-profit organizations across the country. The results are in, and these collectable O.F.C. bottles have raised more than one million dollars for various charities across the United States.

All fundraising events were completed by early March, and a grand total of $1,196,687 was raised for causes such as cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations, and many more. Some of the top fund raisers were very creative in their efforts, with the top fund raiser, Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston, S.C., raising $27,000 for their 1980 bottle of O.F.C. Bourbon at its annual Gourmet and Grapes benefit.  “The inspiring work being accomplished by the physicians and scientists at Hollings Cancer Center would simply not be possible without the support from this event,” said Abby Parks, director of special events for the Hollings Cancer Center.

Not far behind them as far as fundraising goes was Meals on Wheels People in Portland, Oregon, raising $24,000 through promoting its event on social media and partnering with leaders in the food industry, mainly restaurants, who then in turn promoted it to their client base.  The non-profit also reached out to traditional media outlets and bourbon enthusiast bloggers, which led to several write ups about the event and an appearance on one news channel at a local bourbon hangout.  “All the money raised from our event will be used to feed senior citizens.  The $24,000 raised will provide approximately 3,250 meals,” said Tony Staser, chief development officer.

The Longview World of Wonders in Longview, Texas raised $17,500 with its O.F.C. Bourbon at its annual Bourbon and Bowties event. To hype the event up, the organization posted about it on social media, made videos, and did Facebook Live posts from local liquor stores.  They even took the bottle out on parade to show it off at the local liquor stores on the Friday evenings and all day Saturdays leading up to the event. “We would also have the Buffalo Trace bourbon line on our table and explain the connection while trying to push your product to people around here at our local liquor stores,” said Event Chairman Cole Tomberlain. “I think the Bourbon & Bowties fundraiser is the only one that has men begging their wives to go, instead of the other way around!” added Tomberlain.

“We’re so happy these worthy causes will benefit from the release of this O.F.C. bourbon,” said Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director. “On average, $6,100 was raised by these charities.  We’re thrilled these non-profits used this opportunity to come up with creative ways to raise funds for their much needed causes.”

In September 2016, Buffalo Trace announced it was releasing a new bourbon called O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey, but the first release was only for charities. That first release was comprised of 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983.  Non-profit organizations were invited to apply for a bottle online, and after vetting by a third party organization, 200 charities were chosen and bottles were shipped out before the end of year. Each charity selected received a bottle from one of the three vintages.

The O.F.C. Bourbon was packaged in a crystal bottle with real copper lettering in-laid in the bottle with hand applied paper label. The label on the back of the bottle notes the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.  Each bottle was nestled in a wooden display box containing a provenance card with the same information found on the back label.

      This is the second time Buffalo Trace Distillery has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise money. In 2011, the Distillery gave away 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel, the last bourbon barrel filled on the last day of the last century. In total more than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the United States.  This brings the total to just over $1.3 million that Buffalo Trace has helped raised for various charities.

      Buffalo Trace plans to release its next offering of O.F.C. Vintages later this year for consumers to purchase at liquor stores and bars.  More details on that release will be forthcoming.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

POPULAR SCOTTISH WHISKY SHOP IN LINE FOR TOP AWARD – Scotch Whisky News

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POPULAR SCOTTISH WHISKY SHOP IN LINE FOR TOP AWARD 

A popular whisky shop is in line for a top business award after being named a finalist in the Scottish Independent Retail Awards.

Stirling Whisky Shop has been shortlisted for Off License of The Year in the Central Region area.

The business, which organises an annual whisky festival as well as selling a variety of spirits, is run by husband and wife team Cameron and June McCann in Stirling.

Mr McCann said: “It’s a great honour for us and our staff to be nominated for the awards which recognise the hard work of independent retailers.

“Since opening the shop four years ago, we’ve grown the business by increasing the number of brands and spirits we stock.

“We’re also proud to have attracted visitors to Stirling by hosting a variety of regular drinks tastings and festivals in the town.”

The winners of the 6th Scottish Independent Retail Awards 2017 will be announced at a glitzy ceremony next week following a public vote.

Organisers have been running an online campaign, via email databases and social media, over the past few months which have seen people vote for their favourite retail outlets.

The aim of the Awards is to highlight the value independent shops bring to their communities and to recognise and reward the entrepreneurial spirit which lies behind these thriving businesses.

A spokesman for the Scottish Independent Retail Awards said: “The awards look to give a platform to local communities to voice their admiration and loyalty to their independent retailer of choice.”

The Retail Awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday April 25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

Irfan Younis, of event organisers Creative Oceanic, said: “We are delighted to see so many people to get involved in the Scottish Independent Retail Awards.

“We have had a fantastic response from the public and are looking forward to welcoming dedicated and successful independent retailers in a celebration of their hard work.”

June McCann is co-founder of Stirling Whisky Shop – one of the smallest off-sales shops in Scotland and based within Stirling’s Highland Hotel in Spittal Street.

She said: “We’re proud to be an awards finalist – particularly as we’ve been voted for by members of the public – and are looking forward to the evening.

“Hopefully we’ll hear Stirling Whisky Shop’s name called out when the Off License of the Year is named on the night!”

Stirling Whisky Shop also organises monthly gin and whisky clubs and an annual Whisky Festival which is being held on Saturday May 6 this year at the Highland Hotel.

For more information, go to www.stirlingwhiskyshop.com

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Stirling Whisky Shop was established in 2013 by Stirling couple June and Cameron McCann. The shop sells a range of spirits and is based at the Highland Hotel in Stirling’s Spittal Street. More information can be found on the website – www.stirlingwhiskyshop.com

 

 

Discover our latest Master of Photography – Scotch Whisky News

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The Macallan x Steven Klein

Imagine a world where time stands still. Where your senses are heightened and the present moment is slowed, stretched, and distilled.

Welcome to the latest chapter in The Macallan Masters of Photography Series. A chapter that interprets an ingredient almost invisible, but absolutely fundamental in the making of The Macallan – TIME.

Steven Klein, our latest visual collaborator and one of the most provocative artists in photography and film, has broken beyond the still frame and altered the rhythm of the series, interpreting The Macallan within a moving image that distils a single moment, a world standing still.

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Taste through the decades with Glenfarclas – Scotch Whisky News

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SIX DECADES OFTHE GLENFARCLAS FAMILY CASKS

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY
7.30pm-9pm

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Glenfarclas is world renowned for producing high-quality sherried whiskies. The cream of the crop are the Family Casks and at this tasting, we’ll be trying six of the best. Leading us through the whisky is Glenfarclas sales director George Grant, the sixth generation of the distillery-owning Grant family.

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The Glenfarclas Family Casks is a unique collection of the best single casks from the distillery’s warehouses. Launched in 2007, the collection has now grown to more than 100 releases covering every year from 1952 to 2001.

George will be taking us on a journey through time, tasting a Family Cask from each decade from the 1950s to 2000s, a selection of whiskies valued at almost £10,000.

1959 Vintage Winter 2015

1966 Vintage Spring 2015

1974 Vintage Summer 2016

1983 Vintage Summer 2014

1992 Vintage Spring 2015

2001 Vintage Summer 2016

George Grant is the sixth generation of the Grant family to work at Glenfarclas, the distillery his great-great-great-grandfather bought in 1865. He is passionate about his family’s spirit and particularly enjoys introducing whisky lovers to the older expressions of Glenfarclas, distilled by his grandfather and watched over by his father.

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY
7.30pm-9pm
£69 per ticket

Please arrive at the venue from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

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SMITH & WOLLENSKY
THE ADELPHI
1-11 JOHN ADAM STREET
LONDON WC2N 6HT

 


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