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Glen Moray unveils the 2008 Manzanilla Finish, Warehouse 1’s final expression for 2021 – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Moray unveils the 2008 Manzanilla Finish, Warehouse 1’s final expression for 2021

Glen Moray has today (29th November) released another Warehouse 1 treasure just in time for Christmas, the 2008 Manzanilla Finish. A stunning example of Warehouse 1’s innovation and experimentation, this very special dram is strictly limited to only 1240 cask-strength bottles.

The Manzanilla Finish celebrates the distilling team’s creativity with a fresh, evocative and luxurious dram. It’s a partnership of river and sea, bringing together the soft Spey water of Glen Moray’s spirit with the slightly sea-salt tang of Manzanilla sherry, which is famously only ever produced along the sea estuary of the Guadalquivir river.

This beautiful whisky opens with sweet ripe pears, green apples and freshly cut grass; perfect for enjoying by the fire right now, but also an ideal companion for the longer, lighter spring nights to come.

Created in the evocative bodegas of Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Cádiz, Manzanilla is the driest of all sherries. Afficionados swear it tastes of the sea, because the unique coastal conditions have a dramatic effect on the flor, as Glen Moray Brand Ambassador Iain Allan notes: ‘As distillers, this notion of ‘place’ is endlessly fascinating, particularly as our home of Speyside is so much a part of the Glen Moray story.

We started to wonder what would happen if we brought Glen Moray spirit and Manzanilla casks together? If Speyside met Cádiz in the barrel, what would the results be? Soft with salt? Citrus with herbaceous? Questions like these can get the team quite animated, to say the least, but only time can ever answer their restless curiosity – and these results have been worth waiting for. This is an exceptional whisky which represents the best of two very different worlds in one unique malt.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Pale gold

Nose: initially very soft, evoking sweet ripe pears, green apples and fresh cut grass. Lively and vibrant, with background hints of camomile tea.

Taste: clean fruit gives way to drier oak spice. A luxurious mouthfeel leads back around to the herbal characteristics first introduced on the nose.

Finish: long, lingering and savoury, with characteristic Manzanilla salt accents.

I’m thrilled that it’s closing out an exceptional year for the relaunched Warehouse 1. But of course, innovation doesn’t take time off for Christmas – we’re already well ahead in planning our 2022 expressions. We can’t wait to share some very special whisky in the year ahead.” 

Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2008 Manzanilla Finish is bottled at cask strength (54.6% ABV), non-chill filtered and with natural colour. It is a UK exclusive, available in 70cl packs in specialist whisky shops, RRP £74.95






Glen Moray is one of Scotland’s best loved single malt whiskies. It has been crafted since 1897 in the ancient town of Elgin, the capital of the Speyside whisky region, on what was once the Elgin West Brewery site on the banks of the River Lossie. Pure waters from the river, locally malted barley, distillation in traditional copper stills and maturation in American ex-bourbon casks combine to give the whisky its smooth, well-balanced, classic Speyside character. Glen Moray has always been a place where curiosity about flavour and cask maturation has been encouraged. Records dating back to the early days show new make spirit maturing in a wide variety of different casks – a highly unusual practice at this time.

A passion for experimentation and a deep knowledge of wood have been passed down through generations of Glen Moray distillers. The result is today’s exceptional and extensive range of whiskies, offering a flavour and style to suit all tastes. Glen Moray is the 5th biggest malt whisky brand by volume in the UK and is growing in international markets.


Founded by Jean Cayard in 1934, La Martiniquaise is an independent French spirits group with a large portfolio of international brands. Headquartered near Paris, the group operates in over 100 countries with 38 subsidiaries and production sites. The Group’s four pillars are Scotch whiskies, ports, brandies, wines, rums and craft spirits from France.  www.la-martiniquaise.com

Winners Announced in 3rd Annual Scottish Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News

Winners Announced in 3rd Annual
Scottish Whisky Awards

The winners in the national awards programme for Scotch whisky have been announced following a St Andrews day dinner and celebration held in Glasgow last night.

The 3rd annual Scottish Whisky Awards revealed the winners from its comprehensive competition that included the blind tasting of 200 Scotch whiskies and the assessment of 58 distilleries and whisky producers.

The ultimate award of the night, Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year, sponsored by Bruce Stephenson Insurance Brokers, was presented to Glen Scotia Distillery in Campbeltown.  Part of the Loch Lomond Group, the distillery won praise for its commitment to the community, excellent product development and high-quality standards achieved in a challenging year.  They also collected a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal in two taste categories…

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The English Whisky Company – ‘Introducing The NEW Single Cask Releases’ – English Whisky News


Only 230 bottles available
51.4% ABV


286 bottles available
52.6% ABV


SPEYBURN DISTILLERY 14 Year Old 2004 Single Cask Cask #263 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Speyburn Single Cask

An rare official distiller release from the Rothes distillery. 14 year old 2004 vintage bottled for the United Kingdom Market. From a single first fill bourbon barrel #263 bottled at 52.5%. While stocks last…

Shop Speyburn 14 yo »

Speyburn 14 Year Old 2004 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single 1st fill ex-bourbon American oak cask bottled 2018 for the United Kingdom market. 222 bottles. The nose is bursting with hints of pineapple, almonds, creamy white chocolate and sweet vanilla. On the palate, there are notes of banoffee pie, light citrus fruits and honey all wrapped together with a hint of tobacco. With a warming and sweet finish.

Speyburn Distillery was designed by Charles C. Doig and when constructed in 1897 it was the first malt whisky distillery to install Drum Maltings. Although the Drum Maltings closed in 1967 they have been retained and this is the only surviving example in Scotland. Speyburn is a malt whisky distillery situated in Scotland’s Speyside whisky region and operates with three stills of which two are spirit stills and connected to traditional worm tubs to cool the new spirit, a dunnage warehouse to house some of its maturing casks of whisky and has retained its classic pagoda roof over the old kiln house. Speyburn’s 10 Year Old is a popular core release.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society THE BIG LIST IS NOW LIVE – Scotch Whisky News


Let the Society and our whisky be at the heart of your celebrations this Christmas with show-stopping drams and great gifts that are sure to impress.



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

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ralfy review 905 Extras – three greats malts re-bought 2021 – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 905 Extras – three greats malts re-bought 2021

Thomas S. Moore Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Named Gold Medalist at 2021 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition – American Whiskey News

Thomas S. Moore Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Named Gold Medalist at 2021 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

 1792 Distillery Products Claim 10 Total Medals

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Nov 4, 2021) The 2021 installment of the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC) recognized 10 whiskeys produced at Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Its Thomas S. Moore Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon earned a Gold medal in addition to the six Silver medals and three Bronze medals earned by other Barton 1792 brands. The complete list of Barton 1792 brands recognized this year are as follows:

Gold medals went to

  • Thomas S. Moore Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Silver medals went to

  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1792 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Thomas S. Moore Chardonnay Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Early Times Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bronze medals went to

  • 1792 Aged 12 Years Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Early Times Kentucky Whiskey

The NYWSC is committed to three principles: legacy, integrity and experience. Predicated on these principles, the spirits are judged by the industry’s most trusted authorities. Results from the 2021 NYWSC can be viewed at https://www.nywscomp.com/results.

For more information on the award-winning portfolio of brands produced at 1792 Distillery, visit https://www.1792distillery.com.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year for 2020.  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com

John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Receives Double Gold Medal, Named Best of Class Single Barrel Bourbon Up to 10 Years – American Whiskey News

John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Receives Double Gold Medal, Named Best of Class Single Barrel Bourbon Up to 10 Years

 The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition Judges Award Medals to Seven Brands Produced at A. Smith Bowman Distillery 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (Nov. 10, 2021) The 2021 installment of the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC) recognized seven spirits in the diverse portfolio of brands crafted at the Virginia-based A. Smith Bowman Distillery. In addition to Double Gold medal winner John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon being named Best of Class, the Distillery also claimed three Silver and three Bronze medals. The complete list of A. Smith Bowman brands honored this year are as follows:

Double Gold medals went to

  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Best of Class: Single Barrel Bourbon Up to 10 Years

Silver medals went to

  • Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bronze medals went to

  • Isaac Bowman Port Barrel Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The NYWSC is committed to three principles: legacy, integrity and experience. Predicated on these principles, the spirits are judged by the industry’s most trusted authorities. Results from the 2021 NYWSC can be viewed at https://www.nywscomp.com/results.

For more information about A. Smith Bowman brands, visit https://asmithbowman.com/spirits.

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a double gold medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Advent Has Begun – Scotch Whisky News

We are three days into Whisky Advent, and the first Whisky Calendar Recap tasting is coming up on Sunday night… My colleague Evan and I will be hosting 5 Day Whisky Calendar Recap Tastings on December 5, 10, 15, 20, and 29!

There is no requirement to take part in the tastings, but they are a lot of fun and were without question the highlight of the Whisky Advent experience for Evan and I last year.

In these light-hearted virtual tastings, we will talk about the producers, taste the products, answer participant questions, and knowing Evan and I, more than likely wander down some loosely related tangential garden paths and rabbit holes…

The virtual tastings will be held on Zoom and also broadcast on Facebook Live. If you want to take part in the Zoom tastings you will need to sign up (if you haven’t already) by clicking the link below.

Follow this link to register for the Zoom Tasting Registration!


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Leading blended Scotch whisky, Chivas, has announced the launch of Regal FC – a global concept club for contemporary football culture, devoted to celebrating the eternal influence of the game across the globe. By uniting the multiple strands of modern football culture, Chivas is on a mission to highlight the stories and people who are ripping up the rule book and redefining what the beautiful game means to them. Regal FC offers passion-driven changemakers from around the world a chance to collaborate with like-minded talent, and create unique and lasting experiences that celebrate all aspects of football culture. Through exclusive merch drops, digital content, and match event experiences, Regal FC will be an outlet for current and future personalities to draw inspiration and engage with the evolving football community.

To debut Regal FC, Chivas hosted ‘The Regal FC Rooftop 5s’, the ultimate 5-a-side charity football tournament which saw 50 of the UK’s freshest talent and footballing legends take part. Players included musicians Headie One and Avelino, presenters Elz the Witch and Joelah Noble, and in a nod to Chivas’ global partnership with Manchester United, Wes Brown. A host of familiar faces including Harry Pinero, Yung Filly and Vuj also took to the pitch to showcase their skills, alongside four of the world’s most forward-thinking community clubs; Nivelcrack, Alive and Kicking FC, Under the Radar and Grenfell Athletic FC, who are each on a powerful mission to change the way football is seen in culture today. Eight teams played against each other on a bespoke Regal FC pitch, located on the rooftop of Hotel Football situated next to the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The event concluded with Under The Radar FC successfully fighting off the competition with some electric gameplay, to be crowned as the first-ever champions of ‘The Regal FC Rooftop 5s’.

To further celebrate the launch, Chivas has collaborated with leading British streetwear designer Marc Jacques Burton to create three exclusive, limited edition football kits. Unveiled at The Regal FC Rooftop 5’s tournament, the kits are inspired by three distinct expressions in the Chivas range, blending together the brand’s disruptive approach to Scotch with Marc Jacques Burton’s reimagining of 70’s punk culture. The kit designs reference signature Chivas colours and bring each blend’s unique tasting notes to life through Marc Jacques Burton’s expressive style and print techniques. The first kit from the collection is set to drop on Wednesday 1st December via www.mjb.store, with the remaining kits dropping in the coming months. Proceeds from the first drop will be donated to charity, Alive and Kicking [charity no. 1105583].

The launch of Regal FC comes as Chivas continues its commitment to championing the next generation of ambitious, emerging talent who look to elevate themselves and those around them along the way. From the grassroots community teams, to the hardcore lifelong fans, contemporary football culture is multifaceted, and the launch of Regal FC will see these stories celebrated across the globe.

Chivas Global Marketing Director, Nick Blacknell said: “Regal FC is the start of a new era for Chivas, where we can connect and listen to the next generation of creatives who are helping to evolve the game. Whether it’s through their artistic discipline or day to day hustle, we want to elevate those who are changing the narrative for the better. The purpose of the platform is to celebrate the existing football fandom, but also leverage the global Chivas network and provide these changemakers with the tools and resources to grow and reach new audiences around the world.”

Regal FC is built to celebrate contemporary football culture and elevate the power of the modern football community. From DJs and defenders to coaches and creatives – if you’re changing the world of football, we want to hear from you. Drop us a DM on Instagram with your story or check out www.chivas.com/en-EN/regal-fc to find out how we can collaborate to celebrate your story.

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