Archive for November, 2011


Mr Ewing at the BenRiach bottling line and in conversation with Mr Walker

Mr Ewing at the BenRiach bottling line and in conversation with Mr Walker



THE BENRIACH Distillery Company was delighted to welcome Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, to its headquarters and bottling plant at Newbridge, Edinburgh, today (Monday November 21).

The company, which owns the BenRiach and GlenDronach single malt distilleries, gave Mr Ewing a tour of its premises and a presentation on its activities worldwide.

Acquired last year, the Newbridge Bond, Scotland’s specialist contract bottling company, has five bottling lines including a purpose-built line for low-volume/high-value product and Scotland’s fastest miniature bottling line. Working with some of the world’s leading spirits brands, it has the capacity to produce 2 million cases per year, it can store 3 million litres in its vats and can accommodate up to 150,000 cases in its bonded warehouse.

In April 2004 the company acquired BenRiach, south of Elgin, in a deal worth over £6m.

Four years later, it also acquired GlenDronach near Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

It employs a total of 80 people at its two distilleries, Head Office and bottling plant.

Annual turnover is £15.1m, with net profit of some £2.6m.

The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd. has three shareholders – industry veteran Billy Walker and two South Africans, Wayne Keiswetter and Geoff Bell.

Its whiskies are available in over thirty countries. Mature markets include Europe, Scandinavia and the USA, while emerging markets are opening up in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the Phillipines and Vietnam.

Over the years it has won a number of prestigious industry accolades. In 2007 BenRiach won “Distillery of the Year” at the Malt Advocate magazine whisky awards and in 2009 it was “Distillery of the Year” at the Whisky magazine Icons of Whisky Awards. And earlier this year the company won nine awards for GlenDronach and BenRiach – two trophies, and a total of seven gold, silver and bronze medals – at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.

Last month it augmenting its award-winning range of whiskies by unveiling the new 21 year-old GlenDronach “Parliament”. Matured in a combination of the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez sherry casks, it continues the GlenDronach tradition of offering fruit-laden intensity in its single malts. The new expression is named “Parliament” after the colony, or “parliament” of rooks that have been nesting in the trees overlooking the GlenDronach distillery for almost 200 years.

Born in Dumbarton in 1945, Billy Walker graduated from Glasgow University in 1967 with a BSc Honours Degree in Chemistry. After spells with Ballantine’s, Inver House Distillers and Burn Stewart, in 2004 he set up his own venture – the BenRiach Distillery Company – which led to the acquisition of BenRiach and GlenDronach distilleries.

Over the last seven years the company has resurrected “sleeping giants” BenRiach and GlenDronach, bringing a range of innovative and ground-breaking malt whiskies to the market. Billy is one of the most recognisable characters in the Scotch Whisky industry where he has now been involved for over forty years. He is a Master Blender and a Master of the Quaich – the highest honour the Scotch Whisky Industry can bestow.

Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Our whisky industry is a national success story and makes a huge contribution to Scotland. Exports are a large part of this and it’s encouraging to see the latest figures showing that they are up 22% in the first half of the year to stand at £1.8 billion.

“BenRiach is to be congratulated for playing its part in this and developing its brands so well over the last few years – and contributing to Scotland’s sustainable economic growth in the process.”

Billy Walker said: “My colleagues and I were delighted to welcome Fergus Ewing to Newbridge in his capacity as Scottish Minister for Enterprise.

“Mr Ewing took a great interest in our activities during his visit. I took the opportunity to emphasise that whisky is Scotland’s greatest export and vital to the Scottish Government’s number one priority – increasing sustainable economic growth. It plays a critical role in the Scottish economy, with producers employing over 10,000 workers, generating gross income of over £460m and contributing gross value added of £2.7 billion towards Scotland’s economy.”

Isle of Arran 14yo Premium Cask Selection, C#719, 520 Bts) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Isle of Arran 14yo (56.3%, OB, Premium Cask Selection, C#719, 520 Bts., D’09/05/97 B’11/08/11)

A series from the Isle of Arran distillers that reflects that the Premium Cask Selection are their very best whiskies. The undiluted nose is overripe fruit, dried cherries, raisins with hints of vanilla and without a doubt sherry with a little backing from some malt. Enjoyable to say the least. With the addition of a little water the nose opens up but remains true to form. The undiluted taste is vibrant with some good fizz and then the sherry and malt arrive in equal doses and the flavour builds and builds, a cascade of sherry and malt. With water once again it remains true to the undiluted sample however it has been tamed some what (not dulled) and is still quite excellent. The finish is very active, after a moment or two there is some of the really good sherry as previously mentioned, the malt and then some unlit cured tobacco and finally the malt takes over. The finish is very, very long. It is all very good…

A must…

£62 available from Loch Fyne Whiskeis and the Whisky Exchange

92 points

Drambuie 15 Takes to the Skies with BA – Whisky Liqueur News


November 2011: Drambuie 15, the premium aged whisky liqueur from the iconic Scottish brand, is to be offered onboard all British Airway’s routes from December. The award-winning Drambuie 15 will be offered as in-flight refreshment for first class and business class passengers, as well as being sold in one litre bottles through the onboard retail outlet, Highlife Shop.

Designed to appeal to discerning malt whisky drinkers, Drambuie 15 is a connoisseur expression of Drambuie, drawn from the company’s finest selection of 15 Year Old Speyside Malts. Selected for their soft, complex fragrance and flavour, the rare Speyside Malts ideally complement and balance the herbs and spicy aromas of Drambuie’s famed secret recipe.

Will Birkin, global travel retail manager, Drambuie Liqueur Co. commented: “With only a handful of the world’s finest spirits chosen to be sold by this prestigious airline this a real coup for the brand. It demonstrates the quality of the spirit and premium reputation of the Drambuie name.

“Drambuie 15 aims to appeal to existing Drambuie customers trading up and malt whisky experimenters, making it an ideal fit with BA’s discerning passengers.”

By January 2012, Drambuie 15 will be listed in the majority of the world’s major airports.

Drambuie 15 is not the only member of the Drambuie family to be enjoying travel retail success with ultra-premium bottling The Jacobite Collection – the Spirit of ‘45, seeing strong sales since it became available in global outlets. Launched at TFWA Cannes 2011, the double award-winning limited edition Collection, which retails for £3,500, has already sold more than 20 units in just two months.

Will Birkin said: “The Jacobite Collection was very well received at TFWA Cannes in September, especially in winning awards for Luxury Drinks Brand of the Year and Best Drinks Launch. Demand for the product has since been incredibly strong.”

The solid wood presentation box contains a hand-etched crystal replica of the famous Spottiswoode ‘Amen’ glass and a hand-blown crystal decanter, which holds the rare blend of precious 45 year old whiskies, infused with Drambuie’s secret recipe of herbs and spices. The Jacobite Collection is regarded by Drambuie to be the finest product it has ever created and a gift ‘truly fit for a Prince’. Each individual element of the luxurious presentation has been carefully considered to capture The Spirit of ‘45, in liquid, glass and paper.

The Drambuie Liqueur Co. Ltd is an independent, family owned business that has been producing the world-renowned Drambuie Liqueur since 1909.

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Drambuie’s The Jacobite Collection – the Spirit of ‘45 won Best Drinks Launch at Cannes and Best Luxury Drinks Brand of the Year in the Drinks International Travel Retail Excellence Awards at the world’s largest travel retail exhibition, TFWA Cannes this week (19-23 September).


Drambuie 15 won two Gold Medals in the Drinks International Travel Retail Excellence Awards at its launch in TFWA Cannes 2010.

Tasting Notes

With a nose of Drambuie’s aromatic citrus spice, fragrant grass and butterscotch notes, Drambuie 15 has a velvet soft mouth feel with a tang of lemongrass and warming malty notes, berries and heather. A finish of shortbread, fresh herbs and the unmistakable long afterglow of the Drambuie elixir, results in a refined, drier expression of Drambuie, perfect for sipping and savouring either neat or over ice.

SERVE: To sip and savour, neat or over ice.

NOSE: Drambuie aromatic citrus spice, overlaid with fragrant grassy and butterscotch notes – characteristic of aged Speyside Malt.

FLAVOUR: Velvet soft mouth feel – fragrant citrus lemongrass tang gives way to complex warming malty notes of butterscotch, berries and heather.

FINISH: Shortbread, fresh herbal notes and the unmistakable long afterglow of the Drambuie elixir.


The elixir at the heart of DRAMBUIE was created more than 260 years ago exclusively for Prince Charles Edward Stuart of Scotland. It is a unique combination of aged Scotch whiskies, heather honey and a blend of herbs and spices – a recipe kept secret since 1745. In the late 19th century the drink became know as “an dram buidheach” – from the Gaelic the drink that satisfies, and was subsequently registered as Drambuie is 1893. The first commercial production of Drambuie took place in Edinburgh 1909, it became the first liqueur to be served in The House of Lords in 1916 and became popular internationally as it was taken abroad by the Scottish Regiments in the two World Wars.

In the USA post prohibition, it became synonymous with the classic cocktail The Rusty Nail ™. Today it’s enjoyed neat, over ice and as a long refreshing drink mixed with soda, ginger beer or ginger ale. For more information visit

Douglas Laing Provenance Bottlings For December 2011 – Scotch Whisky News


Dear Client

On this run up to Christmas we are offering you access to six (6) new bottlings from PROVENANCE.

Tasting Notes follow:

Massively spiced and distinctly Islay on the nose – carrying soft smoke, barley, porridge and an oily richness. On the palate detect a really sweet start, warming to heavy duty spices and tingling peppers plus toffee and a soft peated character. Its finish is softer than anticipated – subtle – with light camphor, sweet malt, and those same warming spices (F)

Opens clean and fresh on the nose running to a sweet, macerated fruit character plus some toffee. The palate remains fresh and fruity (now wine gums in style) and runs to a sweet gristy style. The finish is sweetly spiced and carries a toffee’d apples quality. (J)

Distinctly Islay and sweetly phenolic immediately on the nose – running through a sugary style to peated malted barley. On the palate it is oily, peaty, sweet, ashy and tarry – all neatly replicated on the warmly spiced finish. (F)

The nose is fresh and fragrant – with its sweet and fruity character running to a barley sugar trait. Still fresh, the palate carries a gristy sweet style with an attractive, later citrus and pear drops quality. The finish is medium long with a barley and tangy lemon zest character. (J)

Opens light & fresh on the nose carrying a citrusy fragrant quality – then runs to a gristy & softly vanilla’d style. The palate opens fresh with a creamy sweet character then develops to a drier, spicier (cloves?) quality. The finish is short, still attractively sweet with an orange tang. (J)

Honeyed initially on the nose – it runs onto Scottish tablet/fudge and then to soft juicy barley. Palatewise it is both sweet (mixed spices with citrus) and dry (oak with ginger) – running to a finish lightly tobacco’d – still honeyed and attractively/warmly spiced. (F)

We hope this selection running through Hogsheads to Sherry casks will work for you – and being the last monthly email to you for 2011 – we want to thank you for your much appreciated support through 2011. We never take that for granted – and now we want to be amongst the first to wish you a healthy (above all!) and wealthy 2012.

Yours faithfully

Fred H Laing
Managing Director

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Bowmore Unveils Islay Taste Map With Martine Nouet ‘Now Live’ – Scotch Whisky News


Bowmore Unveils Islay Taste Map With Martine Nouet

The ultimate companion and guide to Islay Single Malt whiskies

The interactive taste map is now live and can be viewed here:

This autumn, Bowmore, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, has collaborated with esteemed whisky writer Martine Nouet to create the Islay Taste Map. In a bold move to support the Islay category as a whole, the map, which is the first of its kind, is the ideal guide to the complex and very varied characters of Islay’s eight magical distilleries: Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Bowmore. Launched as an educational tool for both the on- and off-trade, the map will also be available for consumers to access online from November.

Bringing to life the ancient elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water that make up Islay’s mild yet uncompromising climate, the map uses colour-coordinated taste profiles to illustrate how each of the elements is reflected in the whiskies from each distillery. From the peaty and mossy cues of EARTH; the floral notes of heather and sweet meadow in AIR; the smoke, bonfires and burnt wood of FIRE; to theocean air, sea salt and wet sand of WATER – each distillery has a unique taste profile. The map also explains how the whiskies taste indoors and out alongside a character profile and tasting notes.

In development for over a year, the map has been created in collaboration with esteemed whisky writer and Islay resident Martine Nouet. Known as the ‘The Queen of the Still’, Martine was carried away by Islay’s distinct yet varied fragrances when she first visited the island 20 years ago.

Founded over two centuries ago in 1779, Bowmore is the first recorded distillery on Islay and one of the oldest in Scotland. As with all Islay Single Malts, Bowmore whiskies are renowned for its peaty smokiness. The Distillery carefully smokes its own malt just as their ancestors did centuries ago, using skills handed down from generation to generation. Nurtured and matured in the legendary warehouses below sea level, the No. 1 Vaults, Bowmore Single Malt is widely acknowledged to be amongst the finest and most perfectly balanced in the world.

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The best-balanced Islay Single Malt whisky is the perfect reward after your outdoor experience.

Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldestDistillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles, which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky. The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; we carefully smoke our malt and use skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.

Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of our

Single Malts. We’re one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. For our whiskies we draw water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt drying kiln.

Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of our spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of our whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, dampcellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall.

They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours.

It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Whiskies.

The Bowmore domestic product range:

· Bowmore Legend
· Bowmore 12 Years Old
· Bowmore Darkest 15 Years Old (sherry cask finished)
· Bowmore 18 Years Old
· Bowmore 25 Years Old


Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, and is also known as “The Queen of the Hebrides.” Its mild climate and rich peaty soil make it ideal for creating whisky, and despite having a population of not much more than 3,000, it’s home to no fewer thaneight distilleries.




Auchentoshan, the only triple distilled Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is delighted to announce it has been awarded Best in Class Trophy for Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 years & under for its Three Wood expression at the prestigious Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC Awards.

Auchentoshan Three Wood is a unique Single Malt Whisky that pioneered three cask maturation. Maturing first in North America oak (ex Bourbon casks) then Oloroso Sherry (European Oak) and finally Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks – Three Wood is a rich, complex whisky with incredible toffee and dark fruit flavours.

Dating back to 1823, Auchentoshan is renowned for its smooth and delicate flavor. The only Single Malt to consistently triple distil every drop, Auchentoshan produces the highest new make spirit of any Scottish distillery, which results in an ultra light distillate, absorbing more flavor from the oak casks within which it matures.

This award highlights Morrison Bowmore’s commitment to the Asia Pacific region, a key growth market for single malt Scotch whisky. Auchentoshan is one of the fastest growing single malt brands in Asia Pacific, with 45% growth forecast in 2011.

Kirsteen Beeston, Head of Brands Marketing, said “This competition is intent on recognizing the quality of products available within the Asian market and naturally we’re delighted Auchentoshan Three Wood has won this extremely prestigious award”.

“This win demonstrates the perfect suitability of Auchentoshan’s expressions to the Asian palate. They are discerning customers and we are delighted the quality and provenance of our brand is finding a place in the hearts of the Asian consumers”.



As Glasgow’s closest Distillery, Auchentoshan is truly unique as it is the only distillery to use a third still in the whisky making process. It means Auchentoshan is the only Single Malt Scotch whisky to triple distil every single drop. This third distillation takes the new spirit to 81.5% ABV making it the highest distillate of any Scottish distillery. This strength removes the impurities and harshness often associated with single malts and produces an extremely light spirit,allowing Auchentoshan to extract maximum flavours from the wood. The result? A delicate, smooth malt with each expression strongly showcasing the character of cask or casks it was matured in.

At the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, Auchentoshan Classic and Auchentoshan Three Wood were all awarded a Silver Medal in the Spirits category. At the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Auchentoshan 18 Year Old also won a coveted Double Gold Medal.

Auchentoshan Domestic Product Range – Tasting Notes

Auchentoshan Classic

Nose: Rich vanilla and coconut with a hint of green apple and a tang of citrus zest.
Palate: Sweet vanilla cream, fresh green apple skin and a little mint.
Finish: A fresh floral zestiness.

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

Nose: Crème brulee, a burst of citrus and the signature nuttiness and green leafiness of Auchentoshan.
Palate: The palate is smooth and sweet with hints of tangerine and lime.
Finish: Gingery and slightly drying with a pleasant lingering nuttiness.

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Nose: Blackcurrant, brown sugar, orange, plum and raisin.
Palate: Fruit and syrup. Hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon. A butterscotch sweetness adds to the overall complexity.
Finish: Fresh and fruity with long lasting oaky sweetness.

Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

Nose: Fresh tobacco leaf then sweet with a hint of caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds.
Palate: At first the palate has a floral freshness with sweet barley sugar, this gently ebbs to reveal a tangerine zestiness that leaves the palate alive and refreshed.
Finish: A long, lingering and well-balanced dram that invigorates the mouth.

Auchentoshan 21 Year Old

Nose: Ripe gooseberry notes together with sweet vanilla and oak combines with a freshly cut barley flavour.
Palate: Light chocolate and soft green fruit,with a twist of old oak and honey.
Finish: A long and lasting finish demonstrating real depth of character.

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Auchentoshan Three Wood

Nose: Blackcurrant, brown sugar, orange, plum and raisin.
Palate: Fruit and syrup. Hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon. A butterscotch sweetness adds to the overall complexity.
Finish: Fresh and fruity with long lasting oaky sweetness.

D&M Specials Available for a Limited Time! – Whisky Special News


Cyber Monday Specials! Discounted rates available now until close of business on Tuesday. (This arrived after publication on Monday)

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The bright honey/topaz color shows sparkling bronze core features impeccable purity; the early aromas include gentle grain, toasted honey-wheat bread, and tobacco leaf with aeration, the aroma quickly transforms into a pedal-to-the-metal Bourbon bouquet as evolved scents of ripe banana and charcoal tweak the olfactory sense in the middle stage whiffs — fragrances of lanolin, almond butter, melon, and oil accent the toastiness beautifully — it’s a somewhat restrained, or better, understated aroma but I sense lots of power lying just beneath the surface; my, my, my, what have we here — in the mouth, this oily, toasty beauty seduces the taste buds at palate entry with dry flavors of cereal grain and mild oak resin — the mid-palate tastes explode on the tongue in unabashedly sweet and oily flavors of black raisins, grape- fruit, charred oak, and candied almonds; the finish is long, corny sweet, moderately fiery, and lasciviously oily; easily one of the most tactile yet assertive and expressive Bourbons I’ve tasted in the last two years; fasten your seat belts. 45% ABV. Paul Pacult, The Spirit Journal
was $29.99 – now $19.99

Benriach 18 Year Old Moscatel Finish Scotch
was $129.99 – now $79.99

Benriach 18 Year Old Moscatel Finish D&M Exclusive Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Distilled: 1991, Bottled: Bottled: January 2009. Cask# 4491, 251 Bottles. 57.5% ABV. This whisky was aged for 18 years and finished in a Moscatel cask #4491. Reddish walnut color with thick legs. There is a slight hint of mint and pepper to the nose. Very pretty with soft malt, candied fruits- pineapple and cherrieswith heather notes. There is sweetness right before a fiercely hot finish. A couple of drops of water really tames the heat. D&M Tasting Notes.

Benriach is located in the ‘Heart of Speyside’, mid-way between the village of Rothes and the town of Elgin, in the North-East of Scotland. The distillery was built in 1898 a quarter of a mile from its sister distillery Longmorn. Following the Pattison Crash in 1900, Benriach was mothballed after just two years of production. It however contnued to provide malt for the Longmon distillery. Benriach was rebuilt by the Glenlivet distillers and went back into production in 1965.

After having various owners over the years the distillery was once again mothballed in August 2002 by its then owners, Pernod Ricard. It did not stay closed for a long this time as it was taken over in early 2004 by an independent consortium. Production was re-commenced immediately, meaning that the inventory was effectively uninterrupted. The distillery sources its water from the Burnside Springs located underground, deep below the distillery, and has the capacity to produce over 2 million litres of pure alcohol per year. Approximately 10% of new production is peated / 90% unpeated. BenRiach Distillery is one of the last remaining malt distilleries to maintain traditional operational floor maltings, characterised by its classic pagoda style chimney. Although inactive since 1999, the new owners plan to re-activate the maltings in the near future as the BenRiach Distillery Company continues its quest to return to the more traditional methods of production. The distillery is managed by Alan McConnochie, who has worked at Tobermory, Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain and Ben Nevis malt whisky distilleries, and also at the Plymouth Gin distillery. In October 2008 Benriach distillery was crowned Whisky Distiller of the Year

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Maker’s 46 (47%, OB, +/- 2010) – American Whisky Tasting Note


Maker’s 46 (47%, OB, +/- 2010)

Kentucky Bourbon Whisky Barrel Finished With Oak Staves. The nose is a light dusting of grains and floral notes backed with a very rich sweetness that is intoxicatingly good. There is also some fruit (more tree than berries) which adds to the whole heady experience. The taste is lashings and layers of complex flavours that roil over each other and the mind cannot keep up. Grain notes, sweetness, a little leather and bitter dark chocolate. Really very good. The finish is some black cracked pepper, cinnamon, clove, dark cold unsweetened tea and cedar planks. It goes on forever.


A steal at $55

Score 90 points




November 2011 In an industry that has been around for at least 500 years it seems there is still room for innovation. For the first time, people will be able to construct their very own blend of Scotch whisky online thanks to a new website:

This new website is aimed at educating the consumer and creating a fun and accessible way for people to enjoy Scotland’s national drink, by allowing users to choose from a list of specially selected whiskies to create, label and purchase their own Bottle of Blended or Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. All of which will be done in Scotland.

The concept for the website was originally conceived back in 2009 by two young whisky drinkers from Glasgow. With the economy stalling and demand for whisky growing they decided that the idea was too good to put off for any longer and set about building the website.

“We’re both seasoned whisky drinkers and recognise how incredible the Master Blenders are in developing the iconic brands that exist today, we don’t expect people to be able to create whiskies like those guys, with WhiskyBlender it’s a bit of fun to create something that will taste good but is also unique to the user! ” Drew Nicolson, Creative Director.

The whiskies used for the blend are specially selected for their distinct flavour profiles. Each whisky has been tasted by whisky expert John Lamond (Keeper of the Quaich/Master of Malt) who has supplied the accompanying tasting notes to help guide the user to their own perfect blend. He also has contributed to the ‘whisky school’ an ongoing project of short educational videos that will become an integral part of the WhiskyBlender website.

It is hoped the website will be another layer in the global Scotch Whisky arsenal that will help promote and educate people around the world on the subject of Scotch Whisky . The final presentation will include the hand written Label and Premium Decanter including wooden topped stopper. Pricing is expected to be between £35 – £60 per bespoke bottle.

On sale from 25th November 2011, available for Xmas whilst stock lasts!

For more information please contact: is a supporter of and encourages responsible enjoyment of alcohol.

MCLEANSCOTLAND “Official Tour Agent” for Whisky Live Dublin 2012 – Whiskey News


W H I S K Y    T O U R S    T O    R E M E M B E R

MCLEANSCOTLAND have been awarded “Official Tour Agent” for whisky live Dublin 2012. A great honour after a lot of hard work, research and event planning. They believe it is the first time a tour company have been awarded such a title in the whisky trade. Add all this to their growing reputation and more awards (Clan Gillean USA for example) and you begin to understand what they are all about – perfection, knowledge, service and fun, in all their tours. Truly a grand combination.

The Perth based whisky tour company have had an excellent year, a minimum of one whisky tour per month, rising to six in May! Apart from whisky tours, they offer every tour possible, lochs and glens, castles, food, golf and … of course a mix of whisky and anything else!
The tours have taken them to Islay, Mull, Arran, Jura, Orkney and Skye distilleries (the Islands) plus the Lowlands, Highlands and Speyside, (with one distillery in both Low and Highlands) even sneaking in an Irish trip. How many distilleries they visit in any one year is anyone’s guess! With so many excellent trade contacts, they even visit distilleries closed to the public. Their whisky dinners and evening tastings are a superb example of “bringing a taste of Scotland to the masses”.

Apart from their Russian clients, they bring groups from USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Isles, Netherlands, Germany, even England, Far East, Middle East, France and Ukraine. The final tours of the year (December) are from Sweden and South Africa. This last tour is a prize for lucky whisky lovers from South Africa winning a competition by Brandhouse and Diageo, “we are happy working with them” said Paul. Somehow they also found time to attend whisky festivals!

For 2012 many tours are already booked in, once again from all over the world, with tours also in the can for Pernod Ricard all over Speyside. They been described as “The best whisky tour company”. For all readers looking to travel to Scotland or Ireland in 2012, you can find no one better to look after you than MCLEANSCOTLAND.


I think it was really the best vacation of mine – ever. This was a VERY impressive tour – lots of great sightseeing places of Scotland, beautiful castles and the most important – wonderful 36 whisky distilleries (with 21 full-scale distillery tours – I have counted them all ! The tour was truly fabulous – perfectly planned, greatly executed, every little detail was considered. This was a whisky tour of my dream – a truly marvellous experience for a true whisky lover like me ! And I very much appreciate your highly professional approach, your vast historical and folklore knowledge, your lovely sense of humour. I would have no hesitations in recommending mcleanscotland as the best Scotland tour operator (esp. whisky tour!)! I look forward to visiting Scotland with my wife next year – and only on YOUR tour! Timofei Prokopov CFO, Vice President, Finance & Investments,”Protek” Russia

On behalf of all I can say we will treasure this trip as a unique experience of the whisky world. I have been bragging about this trip already at work, they all envy us. For us, this trip was more than we all imagined. We feel that we have seen Scotland in a way only possible with a guide like you. The scenery of this whisky tour was beautiful, the wonderful boat trip to Islay, the nature, the historical places and as special treat the Doune castle where Monty Python made their first feature movie. For me this made the whisky tour just perfect. Your knowledge of whisky and all details attached to it really made it a special trip which I can recommend to all. The different distilleries, the history behind it, the visit to the cooperage, your network allowing access to closed distilleries and the tastings of very special whiskies at different locations was just beyond belief (and taste). I personally thought this trip would make all clear and that at the end I would be able to say what my personal favourite whisky’s would be. Well the conclusion is simple; thanks to you I have to conclude that not only whisky is a more diverse product I ever imagined and that there is more to whisky then Islay whisky in Speyside excellent whisky’s are made. The adventure has just begun! Marc

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