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Robbie’s Drams Whisky Merchants – March 2017 Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News


Good Afternoon Ladies & Gents

A quick update on a few stock items that may be of interest. We have listed below a new selection of collectable and investible whiskies for your perusal. That being said, the whiskies listed below are not only collectable and investible, they are also affordable and damn-good drinking whiskies. Please note that the stock that we carry of these products is very limited. This is only a tiny representation of our collectable range, for more details on the full selection visit our Old & Rare, Collectible, Luxury and our Non-Auction sections online.

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Whisky Hammer March Auction Live – Scotch Whisky News

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MARCH AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 26th March)

…place your bids at http://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 Review Jameson Crested – Irish Whiskey News


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Hello everyone! Sadly I missed the boat last week for a Saint Patrick’s day review, but alas, here is my review on Jameson Crested! I’ve always had a love affair with Irish whisky. It culminates everything that is great about whisky as a whole; history, art, work ethic and enjoyment. But the Irish have always had a hearty and rebellious element following them through history, the whisky is no different. The Crested brings more pot still whisky into the mix, a long with focusing maturation more towards the sherry side. It’s a wonderfully affordable, easy drinking product that no whisky drinker should over look. Enjoy!


DRAM IN THE DARK movement TO RAISE funds FOR EARTH HOUR – Scotch Whisky News

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Glen Grant teams up with The Whisky Exchange for intriguing WWF fundraising activity

London, 10 March 2017:  Whisky drinkers are being encouraged to pour a good measure, switch off the lights and ‘dram in the dark’ during Earth Hour.  The annual event raising money for WWF climate change campaign takes place on Saturday 25th March, 8.30-9.30pm.  The current title holder of Best Scotch Whisky in the World*, Glen Grant, has teamed up with the internet’s number one specialist retailer of whisky and fine spirits, The Whisky Exchange for a number of awareness and fundraising initiatives.

  • Dram In The Dark tasting at The Whisky Exchange store in Covent Garden, London. The full range of Glen Grant whiskies – Major’s Reserve, 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old – will be served in a candlelight tutored tasting.  Tickets cost £10 from https://billetto.co.uk/dram-in-the-dark-for-earth-hour
  • For every bottle of Glen Grant sold via The Whisky Exchange in March, Glen Grant will donate £3 to the Earth Hour campaign
  • Drinkers sharing their #DramInTheDark pictures and raising awareness of climate change will be in with the chance of winning Glen Grant special prizes

Commenting on the campaign, Nick Williamson, Marketing Director Campari UK, said: Whisky drinkers are well known for being a caring, sharing bunch of people and we’re sure they’ll get right behind the campaign to Dram in the Dark.  Those that take part will really put their nose to work.  Whisky’s aroma is a big part of the overall taste, so they’ll be in for a real treat as well as doing a their bit for a very good cause.”

“There is little we enjoy more than organising unique events that teach our customers about whisky in a novel way. We’ve never done anything like the Dram in the Dark tasting before, and it’ll be interesting to see how the environment affects how people appreciate Glen Grant’s whiskies. Being able to do this while raising money for Earth Hour is a great bonus. ” Added Sukhinder Singh, Co-Founder of The Whisky Exchange.

Glen Grant’s new range of aged single malt Scotch whiskies has continued to turn heads as it secured some of the whisky industry’s most prestigious awards in 2016, including the 10 Year Old winning Best Single Malt Scotch (10 Years and Younger) for the fifth year in a row and the 18 Year Old winning overall Best Scotch Whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017.

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* Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017

About Glen Grant

Glen Grant’s story began in 1840, in Rothes, Speyside – Scotland’s premier region for whisky production; by brothers John and James Grant. Still produced in Rothes today, Glen Grant is currently the world’s number 5 selling single malt Scotch whisky and holds a range of prestigious industry awards.

The elegant and seductively smooth taste for which Glen Grant is renowned, is the result of the innovative tall slender stills and revolutionary purifiers that James ‘The Major’ Grant, son of founder James Grant, was one of the first to introduce over a century ago. Still used to this day, this lasting legacy continues to distinguish the brand.

Today, Dennis Malcolm, the multi-award winning Glen Grant Master Distiller, directs and presides over the amber liquid. Born in the grounds of Glen Grant in 1946, he has worked for Glen Grant for over five decades, with an uncommon passion and unrivalled knowledge of the industry. Dennis’ unmatched Scotch whisky experience ensures that every expression in the Glen Grant range makes the absolute best of the complex alchemy of spirit, wood and time.

Glen Grant became part of the Gruppo Campari portfolio in 2006. The ABV of each Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky differs between each expression and consumers are encouraged to always drink responsibly.

ABOUT Campari UK:

Gruppo Campari’s UK subsidiary, headquartered in London. A multicultural and dynamic team composed of 40 Camparistas from 10 different nationalities. Established on March 1st 2015, it took over from J. Wray & Nephew UK, a well-established brand builder and distributor of premium Jamaican rums. At the heart of Campari UK there are two main portfolio offerings: the Italian portfolio with heritage brands such as Campari and Aperol and the white & dark spirits portfolio, led by the Jamaican rum brands Appleton Estate Rum and Wray & Nephew Overproof, as well as Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon. The company spans an unrivalled premium spirits and specialty offer in its quality, innovation and style and is also the exclusive UK distributor for Bulldog Gin. http://www.campariuk.com/


Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (‘Gruppo Campari’), is a major player in the global beverage sector, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. The Group was founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. The Group’s portfolio, with over 50 brands, spans spirits, the core business, wines and soft drinks. Internationally-renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, Cinzano, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey. Headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, Campari owns 16 plants and 2 wineries worldwide and has its own distribution network in 19 countries. The Group employs around 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company, Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM), are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information: http://www.camparigroup.com/ . Please enjoy our brands responsibly.

Get A Taste Of Tokyo In Springtime With The Birmingham Whisky Club & Nikka – Japanese Whisky News


Get A Taste Of Tokyo In Springtime With The Birmingham Whisky Club & Nikka 

Be whisked away to Japan, without leaving Birmingham this April. To celebrate the start of springtime and ‘Sakura’ (cherry blossom) season, The Birmingham Whisky Club have teamed up with multi-award winning Japanese whisky brand Nikka to bring three great events to the city.

‘Hanami’ (or ‘blossom viewing’) season is a beloved cultural pastime in Japan. As well as enjoying the beauty of the changing landscape, it’s a time to take part in rituals and ceremonies that promote togetherness with friends and family.

The Birmingham Whisky Club are holding a Japanese whisky inspired food matching event, a tasting event and a screening of the 1954 classic film ‘Godzilla’ at three of the cities fabulous independent venues.

Starting on Thursday 6th April at The Plough, guests are invited to partake in a delicious four course whisky matched meal, led by whisky expert Stefanie Holt. For serious dram fans, the club is hosting a led tasting of six different Nikka whiskies on Friday 7th April at The Wellington (which boasts a selection of over 150 different whiskies for sale).

For a more lighthearted look at Japanese culture, join Nikka and The Birmingham whisky club for a ‘taste-along’ screening of Godzilla at The Electric Cinema (the UK’s oldest working cinema) on Thursday 27th April. Guests will enjoy a tasting through four of the brands delicious products presented at key moments during the film itself.

Amy Seton (owner of The Birmingham Whisky Club) had this to say, “After working with Nikka Whisky on our ‘Under The Cherry Blossom Tree’ event last year, we’re thrilled to have the brand back in the city for this series of Japanese inspired events. We hope that we can share the wonderful story of these amazing whiskies with new audiences and old fans alike via these three events, being held at some of Birmingham’s most unique independent venues.”

Tickets for these events range from £25 to £40. For booking and further details, head to The Birmingham Whisky Club’s website (thebirminghamwhiskyclub.co.uk) or find them on Facebook.

Notes to editors

For information about The Birmingham Whisky Club please visit http://www.thebirminghamwhiskyclub.co.uk/ or contact Amy Seton on 07966 266511 or email Vicky@birminghamwhiskyclub.co.uk.

About The Birmingham Whisky Club

The Birmingham Whisky Club is Birmingham’s only dedicated whisky tasting events company. We offer a diverse range of tutored tastings and whisky-themed events in and around Birmingham, including themed and rare whisky night’s, events with distilleries, whisky and food matching, and private and corporate events. We welcome everyone, from complete beginners to the more hardened whisky buff.

Visit our webpage http://www.thebirminghamwhiskyclub.co.uk/ or find us on Facebook.

Big Peat – The Green Welly Stop Edition! – Scothc Whisky News


Big Peat – The Green Welly Stop Edition

Big Peat has been on his travels, stopping at the World Famous Green Welly Stop.

The first UK retailer to get their very own exclusive Big Peat release.

Limited stock remaining.

300 bottles available in this edition.

Available in limited numbers on our website now:







Join us to kicksart the Nth Whisky Experience in Las Vegas on Wednesday April 5th at 8.00pm at the Craftsteak – MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

An American Whiskey pairing with Tom Colicchio’s American Steakhouse

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 157: Turv Exloo Prime Whisky 2016 Single Cask – Dutch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 157: Turv Exloo Prime Whisky 2016 Single Cask

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a controversial release from Holland. The Turv Exloo Distillery, founded in 2015, released their Prime Whisky in July 2016. But of course this is not whisky – it is a three-month-old spirit. So the Dutch authorities stepped in and forced the distillery to remove the word ‘whisky’ from the label. The owners felt this was ‘rubbish’ and ‘narrow-minded’ as they can make whisky that is ‘as good or even better’ (their words, not Mark’s!) than Scotch. A bold statement. Let’s find out.






10 March 2017:  The first bottle of the Lagavulin 1991 single cask release that brought the bicentenary celebrations to a close on 31 December 2016 was sold this week at auction for £7,300. This sought-after bottle went under the hammer online at Whisky.Auction and achieved almost five times the starting price of £1,494 (the original RRSP for the Limited Edition). Diageo donated its full proceeds from the auction of this single bottle and Whisky.Auction the buyer’s commission, raising a total of £8,395 for Islay Heritage.

Steve Mithen, Trustee of Islay Heritage and Professor of Archaeology, commented: “We are thrilled with this boost to our fundraising thanks to the generosity of Diageo, Lagavulin Distillery, Whisky.Auction and, of course, the buyer of bottle number one.

We will put the donation to good use on Islay, enabling people to experience its rich and diverse history.”

In a bespoke, leather bound notebook made to accompany bottle 1/522, Lagavulin distillery manager Georgie Crawford wrote: “Our distillery character shines in this whisky and, as distillery manager and an Ileach, I am proud and grateful that the auction of this bottle is helping Islay Heritage to tell the story of this remarkable island we call home.”

Georgie’s tasting notes were accompanied by handwritten notes from four expert whisky writers: Dave Broom, Ian Buxton, Colin Hampden-White and Charlie MacLean.

Master of the Quaich Charlie MacLean, in his characteristic green ink, opened with: “My immediate comment on first tasting was ‘Best Ever’.” He added, “A cross between a dowager duchess and a salty sea-dog!”.

Ian Buxton, author of 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die, chose to pen a letter to the buyer with his thoughts on the release: “…we have here a new planet to explore – for this may just be the tastiest Lagavulin ever… a fully-matured spirit of exceptional quality and distinction…”. He signed off with “Drink, as you must; share, as you should, with pleasure and pride in the knowledge that all our knowledge of Islay will grow as a result of your benevolence and generosity! Slàinte Mhath!”.

The successful bidder will also be able to read thoughts on their Lagavulin 1991 from Dave Broom and Whisky Quarterly editor Colin Hampden-White.

Isabel Graham-Yooll, Auction & Private Client Director for Whisky.Auction, said: “Lagavulin 1991 was one of the star lots in our February auction. The combination of this acclaimed single cask Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, highly collectible bottle number one, one-off tasting sample and notebook with the handwritten tasting notes of whisky luminaries drew much interest and a wonderful result for Islay Heritage.”

The auction follows the sell out of this 522*-bottle Lagavulin 1991 release through a ballot run by The Whisky Exchange, sister company to Whisky.Auction, which attracted over 7,000 entries from 74 countries. Diageo is donating its proceeds from these sales of Lagavulin 1991 (over £0.5m) to seven causes on Islay to promote the island and its communities.

*519 bottles were available in the ballot, the remaining three were allocated as follows: one to remain in Diageo’s Lagavulin archive, one for The Whisky Exchange as partner in the project, and 1/522 auctioned on Whisky.Auction.

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Diageo will donate its full proceeds from the auction of this single bottle to Islay Heritage (OSCR No. SC046938), the principal beneficiary from the initial seven charities, to fund projects on the island that are designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the rich and diverse history of Islay. 

Lagavulin 1991 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (52.7% ABV) Tasting Notes:

Appearance:         Lovely, deep olive-hued chestnut becoming clear orange-hued amber in sunlight. Fresh and lightly oily with water.

Nose:                     Instant and insistent, yet light, clean and detailed throughout. Charred oak and rich, mature fruits are backed by subtle milk chocolate and vanilla. Agitation reveals a recollection of new make and the characteristic Lagavulin note of fresh newsprint, developing burnt caramel, subtle spent match and a slightly sapid note of moist earth. Later, ripe red apple and a fine hint of smoked fish sprinkled with olive oil. Water changes all this, yielding fresh, sweet notes of candied peel, marzipan and sugar icing, of subtle maple smoked foods, and finally of honey and dark chocolate.

Body:                      Medium to rich; smooth. Softly fluid with water.

Palate:                   Hot and sweet. A moment of woody dryness; then calmer, with soothing, sweetly minty chocolate notes and comforting honey laced with a subtle chilli-like heat. A bitter-sweet, charred astringency rises in the mid-palate, carrying notes of cocoa and espresso toward the finish. Water brings succulent, sweet-spicy warmth and a balancing ripe fruit acidity. Then drying cocoa, crystallised ginger and peppermint lead smoothly to late, silky tannins.

Finish:                    Gentle, well balanced and fresh throughout. Quietly persistent with tart, red berry notes, a little cedar and a spicy, smoky-gingery warmth that makes for a pleasing aftertaste. 

The origins of 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. 

Lagavulin Legacy Charity information

The proceeds received by Diageo from the ballot sales of the Lagavulin 1991 bottling will be 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: £310,000
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 the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

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ABOUT WHISKY.AUCTION          whisky.auction

Whisky.Auction is an auction website offering a monthly online auction of the finest and rarest whiskies from the most sought-after distilleries around the world, as well as fine spirits, miniatures and memorabilia.  It was set up by a collection of the industry’s leading whisky experts, including the world-renowned Sukhinder Singh from The Whisky Exchange, in April 2015.

Whisky.Auction is run by a knowledgeable and passionate team led by Director Isabel Graham-Yooll who bring together buyers and sellers from across the globe and offer a range of services including valuations of private collections. Whisky.Auction has sold over 10,000 lots of whiskies and fine spirits at the auction since it launched, and in a short time has become recognised as one of the most trusted and authoritative online whisky auctions in the world.

For more information, email info@whisky.auction or call 020 8838 9381.

Celebrating a once in a lifetime collection “The Macallan Legacy Collection” – Scotch Whisky News

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Since 2005 The Macallan and master French crystal maker Lalique have united behind an unwavering commitment to craft, mastery and beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than in The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars odyssey, an exclusive series of limited edition decanters inspired by the foundations upon which The Macallan creates its exceptional single malt whiskies. Now, for the first and only time direct from The Macallan, the complete Six Pillars collection will be available to buy at auction, with all net proceeds going to charity.


Celebrating the decade-long partnership and the unique approach to the art of both crystal and whisky production in the obsessive pursuit of perfection, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection brings together some of the rarest of The Macallan single malts, aged from 50 to 65 years old. The Legacy Collection is housed in a bespoke natural ebony cabinet created by Lalique Maison and includes six pairs of specially designed Lalique Macallan glasses. The cabinet also holds six of The Macallan Fine & Rare miniatures; two from each of the 1937, 1938 and 1939 vintages, signifying the zenith of Lalique’s creative contribution in the French Art Deco period. The grand finale of an incredible collaboration, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection will go to auction for charity at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

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