Archive for January, 2012 Exclusive Abhainn Dearg Cask Strength Scotch – Scotch Whisky News Exclusive Abhainn Dearg Cask Strength Scotch

Abhainn Dearg Distillery situated at Carnish near Uig in the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland was established in 2008. The first single malt was released in October 2011 and now for the first time is available at natural cask strength. brings a unique opportunity to sample the historic first release at cask strength 58% ABV presenting a fuller bodied Herbidean single malt Scotch matured in a single ex-bourbon barrel.

We’ve also bottled up for the first time a Spirit of Lewis at natural cask strength. This new make distilled in 2011 has matured for three months in a fresh Oloroso sherry hogshead and has been bottled at natural cask strength 56% ABV.

Now available to order exclusively from The Whisky Barrel online whisky shop.

Abhainn Dearg Single Malt Cask Strength / 3 Years Old / 58% Miniature

£9.99 GBP ($16 USD)

Abhainn Dearg Spirit of Lewis Cask Strength / Sherry Cask / 56%

£26.66 GBP ($41 USD)

Order online at

The Whisky Barrel

Grant’s Scotch Whisky ‘New Year, new logo’ – Scotch Whisky News


New Year, new logo

Hi everyone,

Further to my recent post on the Family Reserve’s new packaging, I can now finally reveal what our new logo looks like.

It may not come as a surprise to many, but the family tree which features on our new bottle, is now making its debut on our new logo too. The five branches of…(please click on the link to read the remainder of the logo)…


Kind regards,

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks ‘Glenmorangie Artein 15yo’ – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks ‘Glenmorangie Artein 15yo’

Glenmorangie Artein 15yo
46% abv
£66.90 inc vat
£55.75 ex vat

…’ Juicy, hold the nose, tip in and tumble about in the mouth!’

Glenmorangie Artein OB 15yo 46%alc.

Juicy, hold the nose, tip in and tumble about in the mouth!

Copper-amber in hue , this is an accessorising of Glenmoragie’s delicacy with Italian bruiser Super Tuscan red wine casks. The latest of Dr. Bill’s ‘Private Edition’ offerings of finished boutique drams. As a pioneer of finishing, The ‘Mo deserves attention and full respect on this otherwise dubious practice. This one works – but only by sacrificing the quiet charm of the ‘Mo.

The aroma is rich and syrupy; dried fruits, sultanas and raisins and candy-fruit. Sweet-feinty (plastic) and buttermilk. The fruit-syrup comes and goes and I found a little match-striker (but no associated sulphur) and happily no wine, just rich fruit. Latterly a very distinct earthy element came; the blurb on the box refers to the stony terroir in Tuscany so I’ll defer to a ‘baked earth’ element.

Tasting is where this really works; the syrup and the sweet fruit stick like paint and turning this over and over (three top-coats) hugs the mouthparts for a sensational gob-smacking licking.

I found a unique bread-yeast note in the finish, by-the-way.

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies

OVER £11 OFF SINGLETON 12 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT WHISKY! at Arkwrights – Scotch Whisky News


We’ve got a very special offer running at the minute. The Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old whisky normally sells at £31.65 and we currently have it available for the extremely low price of £19.99 a bottle! An amazing price for this smooth, mellow single malt.

And in case you missed reading about it in the pre Christmas mayhem, we still have just a few bottles left of the extremely limited edition single cask BenRiach bottled for the Kings Royal Hussars which is not available from any other retail outlet.

Finally see below for a few interesting old bottles that have come into stock – you can see more in our New Products section and if you need any advice just contact us.

Fran and Ken



We know money’s tight at this time of the year and so we’re running a very special offer on the Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old that will allow you to top up your single malt supplies without breaking the bank.

This is a great rich, fruity and smooth Speyside whisky that is extremely drinkable – perfect for that ‘end of a long day’ dram.


N.B. This special offer is limited to a maximum of 6 bottles of Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old per customer.

Buy Online: £ 19.99


In the run up to Christmas you may have missed seeing that the KRH whisky team have been busy again and selected another single cask of BenRiach to bottle – this time round it’s a 1997 14 year old that has been matured in American bourbon barrels, then ‘finished’ in a ‘Henriques and Henriques’ Madeira Hogshead.

Only 350 bottles were released and, as with the first edition, the majority of these are only available through the regiment but we are again fortunate that here at Arkwrights we have an allocation available to sell exclusively through the shop and online.

Retailing at just £59.99, this is a whisky that will appeal to both whisky lovers and collectors alike. For further information and to buy click here.

Buy Online: £ 59.99



Cutty Sark, the pioneering Scotch whisky brand, has launched a new limited edition blend this month exploring the origins of the whisky’s unique name, which was originally inspired by the famous clipper now resting in Greenwich, London.

Cutty Sark Tam o’Shanter Blended Scotch Whisky (ABV 46.5%) is the first expression created by Cutty Sark Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell, and is a development of the acclaimed Cutty Sark 25 year old (Gold – Best in Class, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011) with a distinctly darker, wilder side perfectly reflecting the world famous Burns poem.

The name ‘Cutty Sark’ was selected by the builders of the famous clipper from the poem Tam o’Shanter, penned by Robert Burns in 1791. The tale, recently revealed as Scotland’s favourite Burns poem*, tells the story of an Ayrshire man, Tam, who when riding home from the pub one evening happens across a gathering of witches and warlocks. One of the witches, Nannie, who is described to be wearing a short shirt, or ‘Cutty Sark’, chases after Tam, but only manages to catch the tail of his horse before he makes his escape.

The bottle itself features a scene from the poem etched around the entire bottle, as well as a wax closure showing Tam’s face. The designs are inspired by the late Alexander Goudie, one of Scotland’s finest figurative painters. The bottle is presented in a stunning bespoke oak gift box also decorated in the style of Goudie. It also contains a 134-page book which tells the Tam o’ Shanter story through over 50 illustrated scenes by Goudie, bringing Tam’s story to life in a distinctive and dramatic style.

Jason Craig, Brand Controller, Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky, stated “Our Tam o’Shanter bottling is an exploration of the Cutty Sark brand’s fascinating heritage, and tells the story of how our whisky got its name. Our Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell has brought a darker, wilder edge to our award winning 25 year old blend, echoing the sinister imagery of the Goudie artwork adorning the bespoke gift box and bottle, which stays true to the adventurous spirit of the Cutty Sark brand.”

Only 5,000 bottles of this new blend have been created. It is available from The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange and Gleneagles priced at £199 (RRP). It can also be enjoyed by the dram at Gleneagles.

Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky was first created in London 1923 and relaunched in the UK in 2010. This lighter blend is a versatile whisky and makes a perfect base for long mixed drinks. For more information on Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky please visit

*YouGov survey conducted as part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.


About Cutty Sark Tam o’Shanter 25 year old

Tasting notes:
Appearance: Rich, shadowy and dark
Nose: Drifting incense, exotic spices, jasmine, anise and sandalwood dance and leap out of the glass. Muscular sherried sweetness, vanilla candle wax, rich fruitcake and honey sweetness cavort with aromatic spices and blood orange zest, soft peat smoke and hints of tar
Palate: Full-bodied, boisterous and sweet with a darkly sinister menace, rich velvet curtains surround dark chocolate, eucalyptus, cracked black pepper and drying mint with rich, full, sherry sweetness and toffee
Finish: Lingering, long, rich and sweet yet spicy
46.5% ABV
RRP £199

About Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky

Tasting notes:
Naturally pale gold in colour with a fresh, fragrant aroma supported by hints of vanilla and oak with a long, clean, fruity aftertaste
Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky was first created in London in 1923
Cutty Sark contains some of the finest single malt whiskies in the world including The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Highland Park making it a smooth, light, accessible blended whisky that is well suited to mixing
Cutty Sark was the first of the lighter style whiskies, and is smooth, crisp and light in colour
Cutty Sark is now 100% owned by The Edrington Group, a well respected producer of established whisky and spirits brands including The Macallan and Brugal rum
40% ABV
RSP £17.10

Abbey Whisky – The Secret Casks – Scotch Whisky News

Abbey Whisky – The Secret Casks

Abbey Whisky 30 Year Old
The Secret Casks – Speyside


Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old
The Secret Casks – Speyside


Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old
The Secret Casks – Speyside


New Glenfiddich & Glenfarclas Coming To The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

The Glenfiddich 1974
One thousand limited-edition bottles of the distinctly Glenfiddich whisky, will go on sale globally around the world and only 50 available in the UK market.

Glenfarclas 1973 Cognac Casks
Nose:Wondreful dried apricots lovely malty sweetness,honeycomb candy, light spicy aromas, topped with light white pepper, then classic Glenfarclas burnt demerara sugar.( Just goes to show it does not just come from the Oloroso sherry cask). Finish: Quite a dry finish, which is good as more whisky is required to moisten the mouth.Dark bitter chocolate,German or Belgian chocolate with high cocoa content. Crushed almonds and light oakiness to finish with.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks A New item, ‘McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis’ – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks A New item, ‘McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis’

McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis
46% abv
£69.90 inc VAT
£58.25 ex VAT

An Ace peaty Ben Nevis, as good as the best. Ben Nevis (McDonald’s Traditional) OB 46%alc.

A peaty Ben Nevis, as good as the best – from anywhere!

My LFW Descriptors Mat tells me this pale straw in colour.

The aroma is oily, fishy (salmon flesh) with pipe shag-smoke. It covers more parts of the flavour spectrum than most, leather and oilskins (from feinty). Woody notes manifest as orange zest and cinnamon. Wine notes are brown sauce, port and white chocolate and esters are represented with bananas and general fruit. There is also marmite-gravy and biro ink. Over all this is a canopy of smoke, all-covering but masking little. It’s a smoky/kippery/lint smoke, lacking Islay brine and just how you imagine a proper West Coast mainland whisky should taste like.

The overall neat aroma note is, in short, “spectacular!”

The packaging is not at all clear. This is a single malt from Ben Nevis made up of present style Ben Nevis mixed with some more heavily peated Ben Nevis. The purpose is to replicate the style of whisky sold in the 1880s, I can’t vouch for the quality of the forgery but it is a brilliant old-fashioned style of whisky. Limited to about 700 individually numbered bottles this is a gem to-be-sure.

Tasted there is instant smoke, it’s peaty-smoke, TCP peaty. With an oily texture, there’s wet burnt wood (rained on ashes) and oily smoky oysters served with Lapsang Souchong tea. With a long coating finish of smoke, this is as good as the best whisky from anywhere.

Water reveals licorice and more of the above but I enjoyed it most just neat.

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies



Organisers of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival are in high spirits after witnessing the busiest 24 hour period after launching the programme of events since the Festival began thirteen years ago.

Whisky enthusiasts worldwide wasted no time accessing the Festival’s website when it went live at 19.00 on Saturday, 21st January and within 12 hours, 33 of the 300 events were sold out, including the exclusive Opening Dinner which is being held at The Macallan Distillery this year.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, running from 3rd-7th May, has grown in stature year on year to become one of the most important whisky festivals in the world and one of the key festivals on the Scottish events calendar.

Mary Hemsworth, Festival Manager said that everyone was thrilled with the response to this year’s line up of events, but that there were still plenty of outstanding and quality events for visitors to book.

She commented: “Ticket sales for the first day were in excess of £50,000 with three months still to go until the Festival itself. It’s also encouraging to see that thousands of our whisky fans are keeping up-to-date with the Festival via Facebook and Twitter – they’ll be the first to know of any new events that are added to the programme, and any key announcements we may make over the coming months.”

The most popular events included exclusive tours of distilleries not normally open to the public, ‘ultimate’ tours of some of the finest whisky distilleries in the world, whisky and food pairing workshops, the intriguing Mystery Bus Tour of Speyside, a tour around the five distilleries of Elgin and the popular Seven Stills Bus Tour.

Visitors to the Festival will be coming from as far afield as Japan, Australia, Russia, South Africa, Canada and the USA with the majority making the journey from closer shores such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and the UK.

Festival goers from across the globe come to Speyside for the authentic whisky experience in Malt Whisky Country where they are treated to a selection of events that showcase the true spirit of Speyside, with workshops, tutorials, tours, instruction, nosings and tastings on offer from some of the industry’s top experts – from blenders to coopers and mashmen to managers. And there are opportunities to delight in the dram in superlative surroundings – at the top of a mountain or on a train, straight from the cask or in the shadow of a historic castle.

Exclusive tours can be booked at distilleries usually closed to the public – including Glen Elgin, Glenlossie and Mannochmore, Glen Spey, Speyburn and Glenrothes – and visitors can enjoy a dram alongside some of the region’s award-winning produce at whisky and food pairing workshops and on the popular Whisky and Food Tours. This year sees the introduction of a Ceilidh Trail, and the Festival atmosphere will be buzzing with the sound of local bands playing in many of the area’s hotels, bars and traditional pubs.

Mary continued: “Speyside and the wider area benefit greatly from the Whisky Festival each year, both in terms of reputation and financially. So it’s important that we offer a strong line up of events to encourage visitors to return year after year to share their passion for the world’s finest whiskies, and to appeal to new visitors to come and experience Malt Whisky country and the Whisky Festival for themselves.

“From the response we’ve seen in these first few days we will be welcoming the usual big crowds, but hopefully this may be the best attended and finest Festival yet.”

Wishes from Glann ar Mor/Voeux de Glann ar Mor – French Whisky News

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