Archive for April, 2012

Rarest Macallan 1969 – Highly Collectable at Duncan Ralph – Scotch Whisky News

Duncan Taylor – Rarest Macallan 42 Year Old 1969 Decanter

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky presents Rarest: a collection of some of the world’s most exclusive whiskies. Carefully selected from the company’s coveted reserves, each release embodies unparalleled luxury, refinement and scarcity.

Uncompromised by chill filtration and bottled at natural cask strength, Rarest Macallan represents the peak of the distiller’s art and stands as a glowing testament to the knowledge and skill that informs Duncan Taylor’s rigorous cask selection process.

Rarest Macallan is presented in a decanter of the finest Scottish crystal, intricately engraved with adornments of solid hallmarked silver that mirror the whisky’s exquisite refinement. Bringing the monumental journey full circle, the decanter is housed in an elegant display case, crafted in part from the very cask that matured the whisky to perfection.

Generations of passion, knowledge and craftsmanship continues to drive Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky today. Rarest is the culmination of the company’s vision; to provide the most authentic Scotch whisky without compromise.

The market for Investment Whisky is continuing to outperform other alternative investments and commodities, according to whisky valuation experts. Four year figures, from 2008 to the end of 2011, reveals that an investment in the top 10 performing whiskies achieved a gain of more than 400%. An investment in the top 100 would have returned a 245% gain, whilst the top 250 would have returned 180%.”

Gold, which has been a red hot performer and popular alternative to stocks and bonds, rose “just” 146% over the same period, while diamonds hardly appreciated, merely 10%. Suddenly fine whiskies are looking pretty attractive – even if you don’t drink them.

£12,000.00 inc VAT – £10,000.00 exc VAT


Loch Fyne Whiskies Presents ‘’ – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Presents ‘’

So there you have it, the new Our first attempt at a ‘proper’ website, built from new foundations. When you set out to build a house you assure yourself that you will not move in before it is absolutely finished, the reality is that five years later the skirting needs the top coat of paint […take a peek at the new website via the link below..]


Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies

A Mighty Strong Dram and The Teapot Tipple Tour; News From Glengoyne Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

A mighty strong dram

The Auld Enemy Dram is retailing at £195, and is now available to buy at Vino’s Edinburgh stores and online at or via the Glengoyne shop.

It has a rich mahogany colour with a heavy and robust nose of hazelnut, prunes, cocoa powder and liquorice with BBQ spice. The palate is powerful with a good balance of red apple, raisins, wafer cone and subtle citrus. The finish maintains strength with increased fruits and dry spice.

New Tour….the Teapot Tipple Tour

This year Glengoyne is adding the Teapot Tipple Tour to its array of tours. This tour will have all of the fun of the Glengoyne Tour, but will be followed by an in-depth, tutored tasting in our sumptuous Club Room.

You will sample three unique, full strength and un-chill filtered drams beginning with The Teapot Dram – lovingly recreated in memory of the days when all “our boys” helped themselves to three large drams from the canteen teapot each day. All three whiskies are exclusive to Glengoyne Distillery.

If you feel like a tipple then find out more on the Glengoyne website.

FWL Whiskey Selection: Woodford Reserve 2012 Kentucky Derby Special Edition Bottle – American Whiskey News

Hello Fellow WhiskeyLovers – 

Few things seem more absurd-yet-exciting to me than watching a 1,000+ pound animal race around an oval track with a pint-sized person straddling its back. Yet that is exactly what millions of American’s will be watching on May 5th, when the 138th running of the Kentucky Derbytakes place at Churchill Downs in ten (10!) days. 

And what better way to watch the derby, either at the race or on TV, and kick-off the rights of spring than with a exquisite Mint Julep cradled in your hand.  It’s the quintessential southern cocktail, and the official beverage of the race, made with bourbon, sugar and a mint leaf.  Yum! 

As any mixologist worth their tip will tell you, the sum quality of a cocktail is only as good as the individual ingredients used.  Sugar is easy…fresh mint can be found at most supermarkets…but the bourbon is the detail we all too often skimp on. 

But not this year… 

This weeks Whiskey Wednesday featured whisky is one of the finest bourbons available, Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Single Barrel Small Batch Bourbon in a 1-liter Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle designed by one of America’s most recognized and beloved illustrators, Michael Schwab. 

Born in Oklahoma, Michel Schwab now lives and works in Northern California.  From his studio in Marin County, he has established a reputation as one of America’s most recognized and best-loved graphic artists.

Having attended school in Texas, New York, and California, Michael has a broad array of visual, cultural, and geographic references to which he regularly turns for ideas. His work is easily recognized by his signature use of large, flat areas of color, dramatic perspectives, and bold, graphic portraits often communicating a message of ecological and historic preservation.

Additionally, his work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and the National Portrait Gallery.  

This is a limited production bottle only available for another 10 days.  Fortunately for us, our man Nicky “The Neck” avidly “plays the ponies”, and has connections throughout the racing world. So of course we have secured more than our fair share of this phenomenal whiskey, in this beautiful and collectable bottle.  

And so we’re “champing at the bit” to offer you a bottle of this 1-liter Kentucky Derby Commemorative Bottle of Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Single Barrel Small Batch Bourbon for $49.95/ bottle    

I hope you will use your horse-sense, and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase this amazing whisky while it’s still available…because once it’s gone… 

And until next week…have fun!

Doug Signature
Doug Stone






Color: deep amber. 

Nose: caramel fudge, fruit cake, chocolate, clay, and spicy roasted nut 

Palate: supple, lightly tannic entry to subtle honey, candied ginger, cola nut, vanilla bean notes. 

Body: medium-to-full body 

Finish: a wave of warming pepper, spice, and hint of metal ore.



Royal Salute Scotch Whisky has become the first ever brand to be officially associated with the Royal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London.

The partnership will support the work of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for the Tower of London, and through this will see Royal Salute, the world’s leading luxury Scotch whisky, associated with the gun salutes at Her Majesty’s Tower of London that mark special royal occasions and other VIP salutes.

The partnership will be launched when the Royal Gun Salute is fired from the Tower of London, on 3rd June 2012 to signal the arrival of the magnificent river pageant in honour of Her Majesty’s The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Gun salutes are customarily fired, both on shore and at sea, as a sign of respect or welcome. For the upcoming Diamond Jubilee, Royal Salute will support the official 41 Gun Salute from the Tower of London: 21 rounds to mark a royal occasion, and a further 20 rounds fired as it is held in the Royal Palace of the Tower of London.

General Lord Dannatt, Constable of HM Tower of London, says: “The Gun Salutes at the Tower have marked important State and Royal events since Tudor times and are fired in accordance with the regulations of this fortress. As a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that cares for the Tower of London, It is my great pleasure to thank Royal Salute for their valued and generous support.”

Neil Macdonald, Brand Director for Royal Salute, says: “We are delighted to be officially associated with the Royal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London. The occasion is particularly poignant as this royal tradition provided the inspiration for the brand’s name when it was launched on Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953.”

The five-year partnership will play an important role for Royal Salute as it continues to build upon its unique heritage. The partnership embeds a long-term relationship between Historic Royal Palaces and Royal Salute, which will be sealed with an official marque to be applied to Royal Salute Scotch Whisky packaging, and will allow the brand to provide unrivalled hospitality opportunities for guests in London.

As the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky, Royal Salute continues to redefine the pinnacle of the category and starts where others end with all whiskies matured for a minimum of 21 years.


Royal Salute

The pinnacle of Scotch Whisky, award-winning Royal Salute was created to mark the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Royal Salute starts where other whiskies end, as only the most precious whiskies aged for a minimum of 21 years are used to create its powerful and sophisticated blends.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky with a portfolio that includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

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Glengoyne Distillery Appears in New Ken Loach Movie – Scotch Whisky News

Glengoyne Distillery appears in new Ken Loach Movie

Glengoyne Distillery was used as one of the filming locations in an upcoming movie from Ken Loach. The movie is released in the UK on the 1st June. See if you can spot the distillery in the trailer which has just been released.

Watch Trailer on Youtube

Grant’s Scotch Whisky “Grant’s in Taiwan” – Scotch Whisky News

Grant’s in Taiwan


Last week I found myself in Taiwan where the Grant’s team out there had organised for me to meet with journalists, whisky enthusiasts and many of our loyal customers. As always (and as you’ll see in the pictures below), I was kept very busy but well looked after. Taiwan is famous for its love for Scotch…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


Kind regards,

Federal Boston “Reminder: Whisky Cruise in One Week, May 2, 2012” – Whisky News

Reminder: Boston’s First Big Whisky Event of the Year
Sets Sail in One Week.

Whisky Tasting and Dinner Cruise Aboard The Spirit of Boston
May 2nd 7:00-9:30 PM

The Whisky Guild will return for this special annual event. One week from today, we’ll embark upon a spectacular harbor cruise with a great selection of whiskies available to taste – and a buffet dinner. It is almost sold out, a night you do not want to miss. This is one of the best events to come to Boston. It promotes whisky, yet in my eyes this is an event for consumers – novice to aficionado – to not only taste and talk about malts, but to engage with ambassadors, distillers, blenders, and distillery managers. They attend not just to promote their wares, but to get the chance to hear what you are looking for. They take the input you give them very seriously, so speak up, ask questions, and get your money’s worth.

VIP access gives an extra hour to sample the offerings and more of them beginning at 6 PM. This was a great time in the past and one we’ve been anxiously anticipating all year. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to sample from more than 100 rare and exclusive whiskies, poured by distillery managers, Ambassadors and master blenders from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and Japan.

We’re extremely grateful to Whisky Guild for bringing this superlative event with a broad range of whiskies to our neighborhood. We believe that our customers in particular will appreciate and enjoy this unique event. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be out on the water, sipping scotch, and enjoying a cigar (smoke ’em if you got ’em) on the deck of a luxury cruiser. Did you miss Whiskyfest Chicago? Whisky-Live New York? No worries, you have this- every bit as good, no, better: you’re out on the harbor.

VIP Boarding Time: 6:00pm
Boarding Time: 7:00pm
Sail Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Regular Ticket Price $95
VIP Ticket Price $115 (Board At 6:00pm)
Price includes Whisky, Dinner & Whisky Tasting Glass

Tickets may be purchased directly from The Whisky Guild at:
Federal customers will receive at 15% discount with the code: FEDERAL

The boat leaves from 200 Seaport Boulevard at 7:30, please bring a valid ID.

Whisky Magazine names Federal Wine & Spirits 2012 National ‘Retailer of the Year’

Whisky Magazine is based in the UK, but is the international journal of record for scotch whisky in the world.

Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits


Phone: 617-367-8605

Laphroaig: A Momentous Occasion – Scotch Whisky News

I hope this letter finds you well; we’ve had a very momentous landmark here at Laphroaig recently – we have reached over 500,000 Friends of Laphroaig.

A special hello to Jarmo Maenpaa from Finland who is our 500,000th Friend of Laphroaig!  We started our “little” club of followers 18 years ago, with the first friends braving the weather to plant their country flags on their square foot plot of land. We certainly had no idea back then that it would embrace lovers of Laphroaig from over 180 countries around the World. We are marking this momentous occasion with a special square foot of copper, made from an old still which we replaced last year. Once laid, I will post a photo of us placing the copper plaque on the exact square foot on Facebook. It will then be engraved and placed on the wall in our new museum for all to see.

We have also used this occasion to expand the original area for plots, as we were running out of land! The last time we had to expand our space was into a wooded area, which was not ideal. So, we now have an expanded area to be used for the Friends plots, which will allow us to move some friends out of the woods, so everybody now has an accessible plot. Furthermore, it has allowed us to take exact coordinates of every single plot. This means (with the help of a hand held GPS device we have bought) that when you visit us, you will be able to stand on your exact piece of Laphroaig land and perhaps enjoy your “rent” of a dram of our finest!

If you go to our website you will be able to see the new plot area and the exact location of your plot with coordinates.

FOL 18th Birthday

I mentioned that this year is our 18th Year of Friends of Laphroaig. We are celebrating this special birthday in a way that we hope will involve all of you, I will be writing to you about this in more detail in a few weeks. In the meantime, in preparation for our birthday celebrations I’d like to ask any of you who have any photos of the distillery from over the last 18 years to send them into us at as we want to use some of them as part of our Friends of Laphroaig display. Be sure to include your full name and plot number so we can add that too.

USA Tour

I have just returned from my tour of the USA. Over the 2 weeks I had the pleasure to meet many Friends of Laphroaig. May I take this opportunity to thank all of you for the fantastic kindness and hospitality I received everywhere I went.

Feis Ile

Many of you have been asking about this year’s Laphroaig Open Day. It is to be held on 29th May. We have a full schedule of events taking place and will be posting as much as we can on our Facebook site during the whole week. Full details of this year’s events are on the website and also on Facebook. I am afraid most of our special events are now sold out. However, some of our new expanded distillery tours will continue throughout the year, so if you are planning to come and visit us do check them out.

That’s all my news for now. I will write to you shortly concerning our special 18th Birthday competition.


John Campbell
John Campbell
Distillery Manager, Laphroaig

For more information about becoming a Friend of Laphroaig visit

Treat Your Dad To The New Limited Edition Glengoyne ‘Auld Enemy Dram’ this Father’s Day (17 June 2012) – Scotch Whisky News

Treat your Dad to the new Limited Edition Glengoyne ‘Auld Enemy Dram’ this Father’s Day (17 June 2012)

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Whisky has launched a special limited Edition ‘Auld Enemy Dram’ in time for Father’s Day – 17th June 2012.

The Auld Enemy Dram has been launched to recognise and celebrate the great sporting rivalry that exists between the two great nations of Scotland and England.

The Glengoyne 1990 Single Cask bottling makes the ideal gift for Father’s Day with its robust nose, powerful palate.

The Auld Enemy Dram has a rich mahogany colour with a heavy and robust nose of hazelnut, prunes, cocoa powder, and liquorice with BBQ spice.

The palate is powerful with good balance of red apple, raisins, wafer cone and subtle citrus. The finish maintains strength with increased fruits and dry spice.

Retailing at just £175 per bottle (reduced from £195 for Father’s Day), The Limited Edition Glengoyne ‘Auld Enemy Dram’ is now available to buy at Vino’s Edinburgh stores and online at or at

All proceeds from sales of The Limited Edition Glengoyne ‘Auld Enemy Dram’ go to support Help for Heroes* and The Bill McLaren Foundation*.

The Glengoyne Core Range

Award-winning Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. Using methods passed down for generations, Glengoyne is made with knowledge, passion and craftsmanship, a key combination for a perfect Father’s Day gift.

Glengoyne is a subtle, complex whisky in which all of the delicate flavours are freely allowed to express themselves The full Glengoyne portfolio consists of the 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old Cask Strength, 12 Years Old at 43%, 17 Years Old, 21 Years Old and Vintage 1972 as well as other limited edition special bottlings.

Glengoyne 10 Years Old is a great introduction to this award winning range, golden in colour with a sweet nose, warming mouthfeel and a smooth and delicate palate leaving a fruity finish behind. 70cl, 40% Vol, £32.49 per bottle

For the very first time Glengoyne has used first fill bourbon wood in one of our core range, Glengoyne 12 Years Old. There is also less sherry wood as a result giving a completely different taste and nose.

The majority of the wood is USA/European refill casks, the whisky is also chill filtered. Glengoyne 12 Years Old is nothing like the cask strength, the only thing that is the same is the age statement. 70cl, 43% Vol, £37.99

The Glengoyne 17 Year Old probably the most famed of the core range has a medium golden rich appearance, a hint of Vanilla and a rich spicy oak finish. A more concentrated, equally well-balanced palate of flavours, though it still retains the same clean, delicate taste as the 10 Years Old. 70cl, 43%, Vol, £56.99 per bottle

The Glengoyne 21 Year Old has a deep copper appearance, which leaves a spicy, warm and dry finish. This Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Whisky achieves the optimum balance of flavours and the maximum benefits from specially selected 100% first fill European Oak Sherry casks. 70cl, 43% Vol, £92.99 per bottle

The Glengoyne core range is available online at and from all good UK specialist retailers and the 10 Years Old is available from Sainsbury’s and Asda in Scotland.

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