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As the official whisky provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, The Famous Grouse, distributed by Maxxium UK, has released a limited edition single malt to mark their sponsorship of this momentous sporting event. 

The whisky brand, which is the number one selling whisky in Scotland and the UK, has announced it will release a special Commonwealth Games bottling of Glenturret 1986 Cask Strength single malt. This limited edition run will see only 1,800 bottles available for purchase making it a true collector’s edition among whisky enthusiasts and sporting fans alike. 

Glenturret single malt is one of the core ingredients of The Famous Grouse blend and Master Blender Gordon Motion has handpicked this deluxe whisky – which was laid down to age in oak casks in 1986, the year that Scotland last hosted the Commonwealth Games – in celebration of this landmark year for Scotland. 

Commenting on why he handpicked this particular single malt whisky Gordon Motion said: 

“We are extremely proud to be the Official Whisky of Glasgow 2014 and wanted to mark this momentous occasion with what we do best – whisky. 

“When deliberating what to release it became apparent that Glenturret 1986 was the ideal choice and very timely. Glenturret is not only integral to The Famous Grouse blend but this batch was laid down to age in oak casks 28 years ago, the very year the Commonwealth Games last visited the home of Scotch whisky. 

“This exceptional whisky gives off notes of fresh mango and passion fruit to nose with sweet honeycomb and melon to taste. 

“So why not, pour a dram, raise a toast to Glasgow 2014 and be part of something famous.” 

The Famous Grouse will have a strong presence in Glasgow’s on and off-trade in the run up to and during the Games with over 200 of the city’s bars signed up to receive on-trade kits. Point of sale will also go into retail outlets driving visibility of the Commonwealth Games sponsorship.   

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director Maxxium UK, added: 

“As the Official Whisky of Glasgow 2014 we are looking forward to what will be an awe-inspiring Commonwealth Games. The Famous Grouse believes there’s a joy to participating in something bigger than ourselves – of being part of something famous – and that the same spirit is present at the very core of the ‘friendly games’.” 

Personalisation also continues to be a key focus for the band with live labelling available in selected stores during the Games. The leading whisky brand launched a new personalisation mechanic earlier this year which enables consumers to add a personal photograph to their bottle, free of charge by visiting www.makesomeonefamous.com

The whisky brand’s sponsorship of the Commonwealth Games builds on their already strong sporting links, working with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) as their Official Whisky partner for over 24 years. More recently it announced sister brand, Ginger Grouse, as the Official Pint Partner of endurance race, Tough Mudder. 


The Famous Grouse (www.thefamousgrouse.com)

  • The Famous Grouse is the no. 1 whisky in Scotland and no. 4 standard blended whisky worldwide (IWSR data 2012).
  • The Famous Grouse has been the best selling whisky in Scotland since 1980.
  • The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.
  • Created in 1896 by founder Matthew Gloag, it was originally called The Grouse Brand.
  • The brand became so popular that on August 12th 1905 it was renamed The Famous Grouse.
  • The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery – Glenturret. Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is the most visited distillery in Scotland.(www.thefamousgrouse.com/experience) 

The Commonwealth Games

  • The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland. Glasgow 2014’s other official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media and BP. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/games/our-sponsors
  • For further information please contact Glasgow 2014 Senior Press Officer Stephanie Todd on 030 2014 0166 stephanie.todd@glasgow2014.com

About Maxxium UK

  • Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Inc and Edrington
  • Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Cutty Sark), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Red Stag), cognac and brandy (Courvoisier and Fundador), sherry (Harveys), vodka (Stolichnaya), tequila (Sauza), rum (Brugal and Cruzan), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, Vaccari, After Shock)

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship 2014″ – Scotch Whisky News


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society  

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship 2014

Do you like whisky? 

Can you pick a Laphroaig from a Lagavulin?  How about a Glenfiddich from a Glenmorangie?  On Saturday 26th July, whisky enthusiasts from all over Australia will fly in to compete in the annual Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship.  A major event on the Australian whisky calendar ever since 1989, this year a huge number of competitors and a large number of spectators will gather in the Dinosaur Gallery at The Australian Museum in Sydney to put their tastebuds to the test and find out who will be the newly-crowned Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Champion. This is the chance for whisky nerds and novices alike to test their mettle in the struggle for single malt tasting supremacy.

Competitors have 30 minutes to assess the eight whiskies poured before them in a blind-tasting format.  Each competitor is provided with a list of nine possible whiskies – the eight on the table, plus one red herring.  The task is to correctly identify which whisky is which. 

Following the competition, there will be a cocktail party for all competitors and spectators with some specially crafted hot and cold whisky cocktails, and some Scotch Malt Whisky Society rare and exclusive single cask single malts. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be on hand to discuss everything from the future of the single malt industry to a five step guide to buying the perfect bottle.

Saturday 26th July – Dinosaur Hall Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney.
6.30pm Registration.
7.00pm Competition.
7.30pm Cocktail party.
8.15pm Awards Ceremony.

Competition sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Event and cocktail party sponsored by The Glenfiddich
1st prize sponsored by Starward Distillery
2nd prize sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
3rd Prize sponsored by The Oak Barrel, Sydney


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society began in the late 1970’s when a group of discerning friends in Edinburgh bought a single cask of malt whisky and shared it amongst themselves.  The group of friends grew and grew, with subsequent cask purchases, and in 1983, the group syndicated as a Society. 

Today, the Society has over 26,000 members around the world with branches in 17 countries. It bottles over 350 single casks a year for its members from a range of more than 129 distilleries. 

Members can choose from the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whiskies with only the very best selected and approved by the Society’s respected Tasting Panel. 

The Society has been active in Australia since 2002, holding extremely popular and well-attended frequent whisky tasting nights in each of the capital cities around Australia all through the year for both its members and the general public.   

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship is a blind tasting competition that has been run in Australia since 1989.  It was held annually in Adelaide from 1989 until 2002, then was in recess for six years until The Scotch Malt Whisky Society resurrected the competition in 2008.  It is open to national and international competitors, and is now an annual event held in Sydney and hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  

Official photographs from the event will be available on request. 


Nick Rose, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – 0403 884 119 | rose@smws.com.au | http://www.smws.com.au/


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “JULY EVENTS” – Scotch Whisky Events!


Old and Rare Whisky Tasting, The Sign of the Don Restaurant, London – Fri 18 July
Haggis & Whisky Tasting, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Fri 18 July
New Members Tasting, 19 Greville St, London – Tue 22 July
Dundee Members Tasting, Malmaison, Dundee – Thu 24 July
Harrogate Members Tasting, Hotel du Vin, Harrogate – Fri 25 July
Stirling Members Tasting, The Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling- Fri 25 July
Durham Members Tasting, Radisson Blu, Durham- Fri 25 July
Birmingham Members Tasting, Hotel du Vin, Birmingham- Fri 25 July

Browse all events

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

Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News



Ireland – Irish and Blended Scotch

  • Bushmills 16 Year Irish Whiskey 750ml – 5 available ($64.99)

Scotland - Blended Scotch

  • Johnnie Walker Platinum 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml – 6 available ($89.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml – 4 available ($74.99)

K&L Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


Full Flavored Half-bottles of Whiskey at Park Ave New York – American Whiskey News


Here are some full flavored, half-bottles of whiskey at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop

It’s not the size of the bottle. It’s the spirit within.

A few years ago, our friends at Tuthilltown Spirits in the Hudson Valley – started bottling American whiskey in 375ml bottles. The bottles themselves were conversation starters but whiskey drinkers soon discovered that the whiskey itself was equally unique. Now we present to you, some more half-bottles of American whiskey that we feel are deserving of your attention as well as your palate.

Thanks for taking a look.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Jon & Eric

Park Avenue Liquor Shop
292 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

The Rumor Still.
Rumor has it that the following hard-to-find single malts have recently been seen at the Park Avenue Liquor Shop:
- Ardbeg: AuriVerdes
- Jura: Brooklyn
- Bruichladdich: Black Arts
- G&M:15yr Mortlach
Call us to see if these or any other rare bottles are still available.

Defiant Rye

~ The Catskill Distilling Company ~
Defiant Rye

“Rye whiskey – the first whiskey to be distilled on this continent – became a defiant spirit in every sense during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, when the farmers who made it rebelled against our new government’s attempt to tax it. It was this heroic act of defiance that forever defined and ensured our cherished right to protest. The tax eventually stood, but the rebels’ spirit lives on in this Defiant Rye.”

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, maple, molasses, honeysuckle, vanilla, custard, dried plums, walnut, new wood.
Palate: Caramel, vanilla, crème brûlée, brown sugar, nougat, ripe banana, coconut, dried dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves, toast, walnuts, leather.
Finish: Clean, fresh, smooth, grain, wood notes, lingering.

Tasting notes from ‘Fifty Best.’

Our Price: $43/375ml

~ The Catskill Distilling Company ~
Fearless Wheat Whiskey

Tasting Notes by Heather Green from The Flatiron Room in New York City

It has a warm amber color with aromas of pears, apples, french vanilla, lemon and honeysuckle. On the palate is more pear with cream, a hint of honey and a burst of spice. There’s also some dark-chocolate covered oranges on its bold finish.

As it says right on the label – this is, “The Really Good Stuff.”

Our Price: $43/375ml

~ The Old Pogue Distillery ~
Five Fathers Pure Malt Rye

This limited edition rye bottling contains over 100 years of Pogue family history along with 55% alc./vol and the peppery notes that offer the discerning patron a robust product. Five generations after their forefather founded the H.E. Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, in 1876, they are proud to continue their family legacy with Five Fathers. Produced using one of the Pogue family’s original recipes and on the same ground as the original H.E. Pogue distillery, Five Fathers honors the tradition and heritage of its namesake. We feel this is a fitting tribute to their forefathers,
the Five Fathers.

Our Price: $45/375ml

Due to our ever-changing inventory, we cannot guarantee bottle availability. We are not responsible for any typographical errors. We are also not responsible for LeBron leaving Miami – although is doesn’t make us sad either.
Please contact us with any questions you have, especially Pop-culture trivia questions.

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #474 – Scotch Whisky News


www.ralfy.com finds malt-time for Whisky Review 474 – Glenfiddich 15yo Distillery Edition @ 51%vol

THE NAKED TRUTH – Scotch Whisky News



The Naked Grouse blended Scotch whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has unveiled its updated new look. Reinforcing the brand’s premium positioning, the distinctive updated packaging exudes quality, combining craft and luxury to reflect the simple, hand-crafted blend inside.

The Naked Grouse is a unique and expertly crafted, small batch blended Scotch whisky containing hand-blended world- renowned malts that combine to produce a sweet, rich and smooth taste. The exceptional blend was inspired by William Gloag of The Famous Grouse family and his pioneering discovery of sherry cask maturation. This innovative process, along with an enduring legacy of expertise, creates a stunning example of the blender’s art. 

The subtle enhancements highlight the honest simplicity behind The Naked Grouse. The simple yet striking bottle, etched with a picture of the drink’s emblem, now comes complete with a cardboard and string neck tag describing the brand story and craftsmanship behind this unique blend. 

Johna Penman, Marketing Controller of Maxxium UK commented: ‘As an award-winning liquid, The Naked Grouse reflects our passion to create a simple, great tasting, premium spirit. We are very proud of the collaborative effort and innovative processes behind the making of The Naked Grouse and feel it’s important for us to engage with our target consumer and celebrate the growing interest in artisan craft brands in the UK.  The recent rise in popularity of craft positioned brands presents an opportunity to tell our story and recruit new consumers into Blended Scotch, making it a more relevant category for a new generation of drinkers. ’ 

The whisky is available in high end bars and retail outlets such as Sainsbury’s. RRP £25 



About Maxxium UK

  • Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Inc and Edrington.
  • Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Cutty Sark), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Red Stag), cognac and brandy (Courvoisier and Fundador), sherry (Harveys), vodka (Stolichnaya), tequila (Sauza), rum (Brugal and Cruzan), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, Vaccari, After Shock)

Whisky Dinner: San Jose – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Dinner: San Jose

Thursday, July 30, 2014 – 6pm – 8pm
Mosaic Asian-Fusion Restaurant
211 S. First St., San Jose , California 95113
$70 all inclusive 

Join us for the summer whisky dinner in a casually upscale restaurant specializing in Asian fusion cuisine. Duncan Taylor is one of the highest end Independent Bottlers. They either buy the best casks from distilleries or they purchase new spirit from the distillery and age it in their own casks. Peter Currie, the Duncan Taylor brand ambassador and expert of all things Scotch, will joyfully conduct the pairing. The Mosaic chef has carefully crafted a five course menu including a dessert to enjoy with these great whiskies:

Black Bull
Big Smoke
Linkwood 14 yr
Mortlach 15yr
Macallan 17
SpringBank 20yr Sherry Cask ‘The Single’ ($500)

Menu (Please inform us of dietary restrictions and we will provide alternate selections)

Welcome cocktail hour: Smoked Gouda, Mustard Cheese, Parmesan, Grapes, Cold Cuts, Crackers

Course 1: Baby Field Green Salad

Course 2: Dungeness Crab Cake

Course 3: Roasted French Lamb Chop

Course 4: Roasted Bell Pepper Bruschetta

Dessert: Mini Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

And if you feel the need, stick around after dinner to enjoy a cigar with a whisky nightcap. (I’ll have cigars for $10 if you don’t bring your own)


Douglas Smith,

Event Director

Some Incredible Limited Releases Now Available To Order at The Whisky Shop – Whisky News


Brand new seriously collectable whisky now available to order right here at The Whisky Shop! All orders will be completed on a strictly first come first served basis.

Dalmore Custodian

The Dalmore 1263 Custodian Bottling is an extremely rare expression of The Dalmore, initially made available to Dalmore Custodians. There were only 421 bottles of this expression produced, and it was bottled at cask strength. The single cask was laid to rest in 2000 and was initially matured in American ex-bourbon wood and then transferred into a Matusalem Oloroso Sherry Cask, before being bottled in 2012.

Nose: Caramelised orange, sweet pear and ripe mango

Palate: Toffee apple, pineapple and Madeira cak

Finish: Muscovado, roast coffee and cocoa

Click here to buy – £90

Jura Elixir 12 year old

A legend based on the water found on Jura, the water’s said to have life giving properties. Aged in a mix of American White Oak and Sherry casks.

Nose: Fruity and spicy with hints of cinnamon and citrus.
Palate: A combination of flavours including crushed almonds, pineapple and fresh roasted coffee. The palate is rewarded with hints of citrus fruit, dark toffee and ginger spice.
Finish: Soft and delicate – long.

Click here to buy – £49

The Old Pulteney Clipper Limited Edition

The brand new release fom Old Pulteney is now available to order via The Whisky Shop. Matured in ex bourbon and ex sherry casks, this bottling was created in honour of team clipper in the round the world yacht race!

Nose: Sweetness of dried fruits and crispiness of green apples is accompanied by notes of fresh vanilla and white chocolate
Taste: Waves of honey and orange zest, a rounded oaky structure and an unmistakable coastal note which sets Old Pulteney apart.
Finish: Smooth and long-lasting
Bottled at 46% volume.

Click here to buy – £50

Jura Festival Bottling

To kick off the first ever Tastival – Jura created a whisky with an intriguing & uncommon smorgasbord of flavours. It has been created using a careful selection of ex bourbon American white oak casks from their warehouses and enhanced that whisky in 6 different oak barriques from France. Wood sourced from the ancient forests within the regions of Jupilles, Les Bertanges, Limousin, Troncais, Allier, Vosges has been used to craft around a dozen unique barriques.

Colour – Rich Amber
Nose – Banana, Pineapple, Marzipan
Taste –Wine Gums, liquorice allsorts and Caramel

Simply click here to buy £95

Yamazaki 25 year old

A rare chance to purchase one of the most sought after Japanese single malts of all time. This super premium whisky carefully vatted from key malts and aged over 25 years in sherry butts. It’s available in limited quantities and almost impossible to purchase here in the UK.

Nose gorgeous aroma (burnt sugar, scented handbag, almond oil).
Palate: Taste of canvas, burnt orange peel
Finish: Aftertaste of coal smoke.
Tasting Notes by Charles MacLean, at The World Whiskies Awards 2012

£1100 Click here to buy

Glendronach Batch 10 Single Cask Whiskies at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

Glendronach Batch 10 Single Cask Whiskies

It’s that time of year again and Highland distiller Glendronach are gearing up to release their much anticipated single cask bottling series. These whiskies, unlike other single malts, are not a blend of multiple casks, rather these editions are limited to the whisky yielded from just one cask – making them inherently limited.

Glendronach specialise in using casks that previously held sherry in them. The result is a rich, chocolatey flavour with additional notes of dried fruits and spices. Furthermore all of these whiskies are bottled at cask strength, without the addition of colouring nor chill-filtration. They basically pour the whisky out of the cask and sieve out the bits of floating wood – you can’t get much purer than that!

Glendronach 1990
Cask 2970
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
24 Years Old

Appearance: Rich crimson velvet.
Nose: Generous dustings of allspice over sundried raisins and roasted coffee beans with a delicate barley background.
Palate: Initial intense rich molasses and dark bitter chocolate harmonise with fragrant, toasted oak spice.

Glendronach 1991
Cask 1346
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
22 Years Old

Appearance: A ruby heart in burnt amber.
Nose: Crisp white pepper and citrus zest flood through dates and sultanas. Hints of ginger and nutmeg give an earthy depth.
Palate: Crisp, fresh oak spices develop to rich orange marmalade drenched over plums, dried prunes and dark chocolate.

Glendronach 1994
Cask 3397
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
19 Years Old

Appearance: Deep crimson mahogany.
Nose: Luxurious chocolate warmed by aromatic herbs and toasted spices, paired with rum-soaked raisins and sultanas.
Palate: Sumptuous depths of sweet dates and ripe figs hold a fantastic crisp, herbal balance. Milk chocolate rolls through the robust sherry character.

Glendronach 1995
Cask 3025
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
18 Years Old

Appearance: Antique golden oak.
Nose: A beautiful balance of sherry-soaked apricots and sultanas combines with hazelnut, ground almonds and toasted oak.
Palate: Fresh green apple develops to prunes and raisins with a vibrant spice note of ginger, black pepper and soft clove oil.

Glendronach 1996
Cask 1487
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
18 Years Old

Appearance: Polished cherry wood.
Nose: An enriched combination of dark Demerara sugar and espresso spiced by gentle herbs and soft touches of liquorice.
Palate: Classic chocolate and orange merge with floods of rich plum juice. Roasted coffee beans enhance the full body and a crisp zest adds a fresh edge to the finish.

Glendronach 2002
Cask 1500
Pedro Ximenez Puncheon
12 Years Old

Appearance: Bright amber with a ruby core.
Nose: Intense waves of treacle toffee and dark fruits are lightened by slight hints of mint and soft clove.
Palate: Sweet figs and chocolate-covered raisins dusted with vanilla are spiced by subtle cigar smoke, candied peel and stem ginger.

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