Archive for August, 2010

New Additions To The Benromach Origins Range – Scotch Whisky News


New additions boost Benromach Origins range

Speyside’s smallest whisky distillery, Benromach, has added two new variants to its Origins range.

Benromach Origins Batch No. 2 was distilled in 1999 and has been fully matured in Port Pipes.  This is the first Benromach expression to be fully matured in a wine cask, allowing the characteristics of the port to infuse with the whisky.  The resultant single malt has red berry fruitiness with hints of orange peel, dark chocolate and soft smoke.


Benromach Origins Batch No. 3, distilled in 2000, has been created using the finest Optic barley then matured in Sherry casks. It displays zesty citrus flavours, softly infused with spicy aniseed and menthol notes. .


The two new whiskies are the latest additions to Origins – a series of special bottlings launched in 2008 to highlight how small changes in the art of whisky making can help shape the character of the final single malt. Each batch displays the ‘Benromach style’ of peat-smoke with malt aromas and a delicate perfumed nose, while at the same time offering a slightly different sensation for the consumer.

Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank anticipates that the new whiskies will be popular with both fans and novices alike:

“It’s two years since we released the first batch of Benromach Origins, created using Golden Promise barley”, said Keith.

“These two new batches are quite different but still recognisably ‘Benromach’ in style”, he continued.
“Because we are such a small operation, with just two distilling staff, we have the freedom to make changes to the whisky-making process, while maintaining our commitment to handmade quality. This results in interesting and innovative variations.”
Benromach has also recently re-packaged its exclusive Vintage Speyside Single Malt. This sophisticated greatly-aged single malt, a winner at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards and described as ‘a powerful presentation of a Sherry-matured Speysider’, has been encased in a sleek brushed metal tin, replacing the previous outer box, to give it a stylish and contemporary look in line with other whiskies in the Benromach range.
Benromach Origins Batch 2 and 3, and Benromach Vintage will be available from whisky shops and fine wine and spirits retail specialists with suggested UK retail prices of £38.50 and £299.00 respectively.


Benromach distillery is Speyside’s smallest. Based in the attractive Moray town of Forres, the gateway to Scotland’s famous whisky producing region, just two expert distillers make this sweet, golden malt whisky.

The distillery went through many changes of ownership and closures before being ‘rescued’ and restored by local family-owned firm Gordon & MacPhail in 1993, and was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1998.

For more information about Benromach Distillery and the Benromach range of Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskies go to




BUSHMILLS VILLAGE, IRELAND: Ivan Ivanov, a 28-year old lifeguard from Svishtov Bulgaria, has won a global Bushmills Irish Whiskey® competition with a prize described as ‘the whiskey lover’s ultimate dream’.

Ivan was chosen from finalists from nine countries as the winner of the Make it at Bushmills challenge at a gala dinner this evening (Thursday) in the village of Bushmills on Ireland’s north coast. The historic area has a history of whiskey production stretching back more than 400 years.

He will now spend 30 days working alongside Bushmills’ Master Distiller Colum Egan with the aim of becoming the first ever person outside the distillery to create their own blend of one of the world’s best-loved Irish whiskeys. Their prize also includes a month’s luxury penthouse accommodation in Ireland and £5,000 spending money.
Make it at Bushmills has attracted interest from around the globe since its launch in the New York Stock Exchange on St Patrick’s day on March 17. The nine finalists from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Northern Ireland, South Africa, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria were chosen by public vote to represent their countries in this week’s two-day ‘Bushcamp’ finale, set by Bushmills’ Master Distiller, Colum Egan.

The contestants included a head sommelier from a French three-star Michelin restaurant, a former Wall Street broker and a drumming world record holder.

Following a series of mental, physical and skills-based challenges, the performance of the individual contenders was assessed by a judging panel that included Irish rugby legend, Keith Wood, Foy Vance, one of Ireland’s most respected singer-songwriters and Joel Harrison, a regular contributor to a number of leading whiskey publications.

Ivan said: “Winning the public vote to represent Bulgaria in the final phase of the competition was a real honour. But to be the overall winner is just incredible – I still can’t believe I’ll spend a month making whiskey with the world’s best. It’s the whiskey lover’s ultimate dream.”

Colum Egan said: “Throughout the competition, Ivan has shown that he has the passion and personality to Make it at Bushmills. This is a fantastic opportunity for him to learn how great whiskey is made and I know he’ll grasp this opportunity with both hands.”

Follow Ivan’s progress at the Old Bushmills Distillery on .


Oakridge Golf Club ‘Golf & Whisky’ Event October 22nd – Scotch Whisky News


A Scottish Celebration 5pm, Friday, October 22, 2010

PORT PERRY, ONT. – Oakridge Golf Club is looking forward to hosting “A Wee Bit o’ Scotland – A Scottish Celebration” during the evening of Friday, October 22, 2010. Our Clubhouse will be bursting with all things Scottish! The evening will begin with Oakridge’s “resident bagpiper” Mark Lethbridge. Next, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner paired with a flight of five fine single malts presented by Bill Somerville of independent bottlers Gordon and MacPhail. Claidhmor will perform after the meal, filling the Clubhouse with their lush Celtic harmonies. It will be an evening full of sensory surprises and not to be missed!

The evening is sure to sellout quickly. Space is limited to just 72 guests.

There are four price options:

with 18 holes of golf (11am tee-off) $140;
with nine holes of golf (1:30-2:30pm tee-off) $125;
without golf $95;
for dinner and entertainment only (without the single malts) $55.

Welcome reception at 5pm. Tartans anticipated.

Contact: John Frechette
Marketing Director
905.985.0883 x144

The Glenglassaugh Spirit Drinks – “A Recipe for Success?” – Almost Scotch Whisky News


The Spirit Drinks – “A Recipe for Success?”

The new Glenglassaugh Spirit Drinks were officially launched at Bramble Bar in Edinburgh on Thursday August 26th, 2010.


These drinks are truly innovative, demonstrating how colour, nose and taste all develop as spirit matures in cask. However their real difference is that each one is a fantastic drink in its own right and can be drunk straight or long with a mixer and ice or as a cocktail.

Bramble Bar has been voted one of the top cocktail bars in the world and the team are extremely creative, having developed a number of cocktails in past years. Last year they created “The New Yorker Re-visted” using “The Spirit Drink that dare not speak its name”, which is featured on their exclusive cocktail list. This year they surpassed themselves and they created a signature cocktail for each of the four Spirit Drinks.

Each of the cocktails are different and builds upon the base flavours in the specific Spirit Drink to create a unique drink, the list includes “Peated Julep”, “Fledgling Sour”, “Clearac Manhattan” and “New Yorker Revisited” . Having tried them all I find it hard to say which is my favourite, but to allow you the opportunity to try them as well, and to form your own opinion, we will be making the recipes available shortly.

A number of well kent faces were in attendance and I can confirm that they all left with big smiles on their faces.









Visit Glenglassaugh Distillery at

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Releases Outturn Issue 104 – Scotch Whisky News


It has been a lovely summer, indeed, one which has given our team ample relaxation to recharge our internal batteries as well as our psyches for a busy and exciting fall season to come. We are very excited about the upcoming Single Malt and Scotch Whisky Extravaganza fall tour, and hope to see you at one of these events. We are also pleased to announce that several members’ tastings are being scheduled in other cites around the country. Please look for forthcoming date announcements on our website and invitations in the mail so that you can enjoy Society whiskies and a guest distillery in these member gatherings.

We’ve selected five diverse Society whiskies for you in this Outturn, our last issue for the summer. These selections from the Highlands, Speyside and Campbeltown will delight your palate. From the Highlands, we offer Society Cask No. 59.39, a 16 year old aged in a refill hogshead and filled with treacle toffee and hot fudge sundae flavours. Also available is Society Cask No. 39.75 which matured 13 years in a first fill sherry butt. Its flavours include Cuban coffee, cedar cigar boxes, limes and barbequed pork with a pineapple glaze. Society Cask No. 37.46, one of the Classic Malts, is a 10 year old from a refill hogshead and bursts with banana, caramel and sherbet. It is a delightful aperitif. Lastly, from Campbeltown’s most well known and respected distillery is Society Cask No. 27.79 which matured for 19 years in a refill Bourbon barrel. Presenting an unusual cherry nose and chocolate covered cherries with Milky Ways bars on the palate, this whisky is “yummy!”

The President’s Choice for this Outturn is Society Cask No. 2.77. Having spent 21 years in a refill sherry butt, its initial flavours are fruity & citrus. The finish combines deep rich dark chocolate and zesty grapefruit.

Enjoy your Society whiskies this summer in good health and moderation.

Best regards,

Alan Shayne, President
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America, Ltd.



The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza FALL 2010 Schedule – Scotch Whisky News


The Extravaganza takes place during the spring and fall seasons. Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment.

All Events 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm & Registration begins at 7:00 pm

The Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
Jackets Required (No denim or athletic wear)
The Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
The Union League Club of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jackets Required (No denim or athletic wear)

Jackets Required (No Denim or Athletic Attire)

Please contact the Society for details ; due to local regulations they are not allowed to advertise this event!
Intercontinental San Francisco
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314

Full details can be viewed at 

The Society is offering a price of $120 for Society members and $135 for Non-Member guests. They have extended their member price to Whisky Intelligence readers which is $120 for the first two tickets and $135 for each ticket after. The promotional code to use is ‘WI10’

The Extravaganza is hosted by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the Robb Report.


Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Music & London – American Whiskey News


From View London

September is Mr Jack’s Birthday and this year the good folk at Jack Daniel’s are bringing Tennessee to Town with a month of fantastic giveaways and an exclusive gig featuring Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, Ellie Goulding and Tennessee guitar legend Duane Eddy.

In addition to their original material all four will bring the spirit of Tennessee to life when they perform a Jack Daniel’s birthday exclusive of very special collaborations themed around great Americana classics.

They follow in the footsteps of Patti Smith, Frank Black and Flaming Lips who are just some of the names to have played at previous Birthday gigs.

Jack Daniel’s long standing association with music began in the late 1800’s when he created a band of musicians that performed to crowds of people around the state of Tennessee, the home place of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

We have 8 pairs tickets to give away for this exclusive gig, which takes place at The Clapham Grand in London on 7th October! The prize includes accommodation and £100 travel allowance per person.

For more information on the ‘Tennessee Is Coming To Town’ Birthday gig go to

Entrants must be over 18. T&C’s apply. Competition deadline is Friday 24th September.

Enter The Competition

Make Mr. Jack’s Birthday a memorable one. Please drink responsibly.

A Scotch Whisky Event At Binny’s Chicago Naperville Location – Scotch Whisky News



Friday, September 3, 6:00-8:00pm

Taste over 40 of the worlds finest scotches, with examples from Lowland to Islay. It is recommended to eat prior to tasting, bring a designated driver or make arrangements to be picked up after the tasting. $25 W/Binny’s Card / $35 non-members.

Call 630-717-0100 or email for reservations.

Naperville location

790 Royal St. George | Naperville | 630-717-0100

Visit Binny’s at


A New Malt Maniac – Whisky News


The Malt Maniacs have inducted kidnapped a new member; Rich Howard of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota into the cult team.

Visit the Malt Maniacs at

Rich lost in the warehouses at Bowmore

Rich lost in the warehouses at Bowmore

WhiskyCast Publishes Episode #276 – Scotch Whisky News


 The Whisky Guild held its annual “Whisky on the Hudson” tasting and dinner cruise in New York City the other night, with more than 900 people on hand to taste dozens of whiskies. I’ll have some of the highlights on this week’s episode, including a visit to The Balvenie’s Warehouse 24 room and chats with some of the U.S. microdistillers on hand. In the news, a new peated Glenmorangie, 10 single casks from BenRiach, a new Macallan 1824 Collection expression, and an update on the “Water of Life” Drive for Charity: Water.

Visit WhiskyCast & listen to episode #276 at

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