Archive for July, 2012



ON the opening day of the Olympics, the BenRiach Distillery Company is delighted to have won two golds, five silvers and a bronze medal!

The Edinburgh-headquartered company is celebrating eight awards, not at London 2012 of course, but at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition, the world’s most prestigious wine and spirit contest.

The results were announced today (27 July) in London.

The company’s full list of awards is:

Gold Medal
BenRiach 25YO
GlenDronach 12YO

Silver Medal / Outstanding
BenRiach 12YO
BenRiach 17YO Peated – Septendecim
GlenDronach 8YO – Octarine
GlenDronach 15YO
GlenDronach 15YO Tawny Port Finish

Bronze Medal
GlenDronach 21 YO

IWSC medals and trophies are the most highly regarded in the trade, representing the best of the best in the world of wines and spirits. The IWSC is judged by a panel selected from 300 fully-qualified and experienced industry judges. Noted for its intense and unrivalled judging process, the IWSC is proud to be the only competition of its kind that conducts a full blind tasting with extensive technical analysis.

BenRiach’s Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We are really pleased by the results of this year’s competition and I suppose it’s quite fortuitous that the medals were awarded on the opening day of the Olympic Games!

“A number of these products are relatively new releases, such as the GlenDronach Octarine, 21YO and Port Finish, and the BenRiach Septendecim, so it’s nice to see them getting some industry recognition. We’re particularly delighted with the Gold Medal for the GlenDronach 12YO – this is our flagship GlenDronach expression, and we’ve invested heavily in the wood management programme at the distillery, so it’s satisfying to see that effort come to fruition.”

The tasting notes for the two gold winners are:

BenRiach 25 yo

Rich honey, spices, apples and peat, in combination with superb oak-wood notes.

A rich cocktail of honey, Oloroso sherry, cocoa and apples, supported by a fascinating presence of citrus, sweet peat and wonderful wood notes.

GlenDronach 12 yo

Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger. Autumn fruits.

Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.

A Taste From the Past – Grant’s 21 Years Old ‘Castle Grant’ – Scotch Whisky News

A Taste from the Past – Grant’s 21 Years Old ‘Castle Grant’

Hello all,

I am on paternity leave this week following the birth of Finlay, our second child. Both mum and baby are doing very well and so, as is customary, I’ve been looking for a special dram to wet our baby’s head.

I eventually chose this 21-year-old Grant’s, bottled in the 1980s. Called ‘Castle Grant’, the name…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


Kind regards,

A New Blog Post From Stuart at Glenglassaugh Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

A new post is available at Please feel free to add your comments or email us directly at the distillery at


Glenglassaugh Distillery
Portsoy, Scotland AB45 2SQ

Meet the Makers at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show – Whisky News

‘The UK’s leading Whisky Experience where you can taste, learn about & enjoy the world’s finest whiskies’

Meet the Makers at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

Meet the marvellous minds behind your favourite whisky brands as part of the ‘Meet the Maker’ theme at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show this year.

Set to be one of the highlights of the show, whisky-lovers have the chance to share a dram with the artisans responsible for creating some of the world’s most popular whiskies. You’ll be able to quiz the people behind the production of your favourite drams and discover the real art of whisky making.

The Makers already confirmed include Rachel Barrie, master blender for Morrison Bowmore; David Fitt, master distiller and distillery manager at the English Whisky Company; Kirstie McCallum, global Ambassador and former blender for Burn Stewart Distillers; Martin Hendry, head mashman at Tomatin; and Tony Rozga, production manager at Kilchoman. The experts will be hosting Q&A sessions throughout the weekend, where you can learn about what they do day to day and how their pieces of the whisky production story influence the final product. Or, if you consider yourself to be ‘less talk, more action’, why not stop by for a one-to-one with the Makers at their distillery stands to share a dream dram or two.

A full list of Makers attending The Show can be found on the Meet the Makers page our website.

Taking place at Vinopolis, London’s premium taste destination, The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show offers the chance to taste some of the finest, rarest and most expensive whiskies and enjoy and range of food pairings. The Show will run across the weekend of 6th-7th October 2012 from 12pm-6pm. Tickets are available to buy now

For more information about The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show please visit or to book tickets visit


Visit for full information on the Show

About The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show:

 The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show consumer sessions will take place on: Saturday 6th October 12:00pm-6.00pm Sunday 7th October 12:00pm-6.00pm
 It will take place at Vinopolis, situated near London Bridge.
 All food and drink (apart from ‘Dream Drams’, see below) is included in the price of admission.
 A small number of rare and expensive ‘Dream Drams’, which have ranged in price in previous years from £500 to over £3000 per bottle, will be available to try on presentation of tokens. Each visitor will receive a token with admission and further tokens can be bought at the Show.
 Tickets will include a two course meal designed by renowned whisky and food expert Martine Nouet.
 Masterclass events are still to be announced, but in the past have included tastings led by writers Dave Broom, Serge Valentin and Charles Maclean; Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson; Gordon & Macphail Managing Director David Urquhart; Glenfarclas Sales Director George Grant; and brand ambassadors including Highland Park’s Gerry Tosh and Diageo’s Colin Dunn. These have covered a wide range of whiskies from the impressive to the fabled, including Dalmore’s 50 year old Candela and Gordon & Macphail’s Glenlivet 70 year old.
 Tickets will be on sale through in Spring 2012.

About Vinopolis:
Vinopolis has been established as an exhibition centre and tasting venue for wines and spirits since 1999, and is located in the arches of a Victorian railway viaduct built in 1866. With its soaring vaulted arches and perfect location adjacent to the world-famous Borough Market and London Bridge, Vinopolis is the ideal setting for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show.

With its nearby transport links and accommodation, Vinopolis is easy to get to for people attending from in and around London, as well as being highly convenient for visitors and exhibitors travelling to the event from further afield.

2011 testimonials:

Fantastic event, feel I have learnt so much in a short space of time. The Masterclasses have been excellent… bring on next year! Dawn Davies, Selfridges

Well organised on the two days. Good, engaged consumers who wanted to learn… Jamie Milne, Glenfiddich

I was quite amazed at the mix of people attending, from the London-based enthusiasts to the Scandinavians who appeared in force, to the Russian who flew in from Portugal and planned his holiday around the event…!

Discover The Limited Edition Peter Arkle Releases From anCnoc – Scotch Whisky News

A message from our friends at An cnoc…

As a fan of anCnoc you will already know that we teamed up with renowned Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle to produce a series of Limited Edition releases. Each release celebrates a unique aspect of our distillery. If you look carefully, you will see that Peter has captured the ingredients used to make anCnoc in his design for this pack, as well as that invisible element which makes anCnoc so special… MAGIC!

It’s not just the packaging that is special and unique, the liquid inside is too. Hand selected by Distillery Manager, Gordon Bruce, this Limited Edition is matured in Spanish oak sherry butts. This gives the whisky a darker colour and notes of spices and dried fruits.

However, what you might not be aware of is that this release was limited to only 1000 cases worldwide and is almost gone so get your hands on a bottle quickly.

P.S. The 2nd Peter Arkle Limited Edition will be launching soon… watch this space!

Buy anCnoc limited editions

Watch the video about Peter Arkle’s process

Learn about anCnoc’s limited edition Peter Arkle designs

World Series of Poker To Be Presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof – American Whiskey News

World Series of Poker to be presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof 

LAS VEGAS – July 2012 – Southern Comfort 100 proof announces it will be the presenting sponsor of the ninth season of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tour with a record 20 stops on tap for this year’s series.

A WSOP gold bracelet will be on the line for WSOP Circuit grinders in a season-culminating National Championship event taking place at Harrah’s New Orleans just after the final Circuit stop, from May 21-23, 2013. With Southern Comfort 100 Proof on as the Presenting Sponsor, the WSOP will bring the nationally televised finale to where it all began – for both poker and Southern Comfort – New Orleans, Louisiana.

Southern Comfort 100 proof will have title sponsor designation at all 20 circuit events throughout the US as well as at the National Championship in New Orleans. In addition, Southern Comfort 100 proof will receive logo placement on the inner rail and flop box of the feature table which will be nationally televised. As part of the sponsorship agreement Southern Comfort 100 proof has spirits category exclusivity at all WSOP events for the 2012-2013 tour year.

“This marks a tremendous milestone for Southern Comfort 100 proof as the first major sponsorship we’ve ever done for the brand,” said Jason Kempf, Southern Comfort US Brand Director. “We look forward to partnering with the WSOP and their massive following to build awareness for Southern Comfort 100 proof and open up exciting new opportunities for both parties.”

The World Series of Poker Circuit Events Presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof will begin August 9 at Imperial Palace Biloxi in Mississippi with a 12-ring event schedule, with the Main Event set to begin on Saturday, August 18.

The tour continues almost non-stop through December 17, and then after a short holiday break resumes on January 3 and continues without break through May 20, 2013. Scheduling the National Championship immediately adjacent to the final event will create a “last shot” phenomenon that is sure to bring excitement to the Crescent City.

Once again a points-ranking system for all ring tournament participants will be used and will reward those players who participate in multiple events – with the Top 100 players qualifying for the Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship (May 21-23, 2013 in New Orleans).

Each WSOP Circuit stop Main Event winner will receive an automatic berth into the Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship. Automatic bids will also go to the “Casino Champions” at each participating venue. A Casino Champion is defined as the player at each stop whom accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule.

“We’re coming off the best year of participation in the history of the WSOP Circuit and the addition of these new markets really brings our vision to life,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We want to have the #1 regional tour to go alongside the number one super event in poker. We believe we have the best offering in terms of value and ROI at these stakes and the most exciting championship format,” added Stewart. “We’re thrilled to add a big-time marketing partner like Southern Comfort 100 Proof, who is a natural fit for this platform and will truly help grow the profile of the tour.”

The 2011-12 WSOP Circuit Tour featured 17 stops and exceeded 70,000 entries in official ring events, easily making it the #1 domestic poker tour. Highlights included a record 3001 players for the opening event at Horseshoe Hammond. A number of the 2011-12 Main Events exceeded $1,000,000 in prize pool.

The entire 2012-13 schedule is as follows:



August 9-20, 2012 IP Casino Resort & Spa (Biloxi, MS)

September 13-24, 2012 Horseshoe Bossier City (Louisiana)

September 27 – October 8, 2012 Horseshoe Southern Indiana

October 11-22, 2012 Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago)

October 27 – November 7, 2012 River Rock (Vancouver, Canada)

November 8-19, 2012 Harveys Lake Tahoe

November 29- December 10, 2012 Harrah’s Atlantic City

December 6 – 17, 2012 Harrah’s Rincon (San Diego area)

January 3-14, 2013 The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)

January 10-21, 2013 Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)

January 24 – February 4, 2013 Harrah’s Tunica (Mississippi)

February 7-18, 2013 Caesars Palace (Las Vegas)

February 14-25, 2013 Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)

February 28 – March 11, 2013 Caesars Atlantic City

March 14-25, 2013 Horseshoe Cleveland

March 27 – April 8, 2013 Foxwoods (Connecticut)

April 4-15, 2012 Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)

April 11 – April 22, 2013 Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa)

April 25 – May 6, 2013 Harrah’s Philadelphia

May 9 – May 20, 2013 Harrah’s New Orleans

May 21-23, 2013 (National Championship) Harrah’s New Orleans

Circuit schedules are subject to change. Stops may be added or removed. For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting

*The WSOP Circuit Events and culminating championship are subject to tournament rules and restrictions to be released at a later date. The timing, number and location of events are subject to change and all applicable gaming regulations.


The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2012, the event attracted 74,766 entrants from 101 different countries to the Rio in Las Vegas and awarded over $222 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker Europe. The WSOP Circuit Tour is entering its ninth season in 2012-13. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit


Southern Comfort®, a fruit, spice, and whiskey flavored liqueur, was created in New Orleans by bartender M.W. Heron in 1874. Today, it is enjoyed by friends in over 100 countries around the world and continues to grow as an icon brand. Please visit us at and

Drinking Responsibly Is Your Best Bet.

Liqueur, 15-50% Alc. by Volume, Southern Comfort Company, Louisville, KY ©2012


Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 74 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. We are committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit

This release includes “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements contain words such as “may,” “will,” “project,” “might,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “estimate,” “continue” or “pursue,” or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. In particular, they include statements relating to, among other things, future actions, strategies, future performance, and the outcomes of contingencies of Caesars Entertainment and the WSOP Circuit Events. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events.

Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or results and involve risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified and, consequently, the actual events described herein may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following factors:

our ability to secure all of the locations of the WSOP Circuit Events and the time and place of such events;
rules and regulations of the gaming and other regulatory agencies that govern the WSOP Circuit Events; and
our ability to secure a party to produce and televise the WSOP Circuit Events, and or the National Championship.

Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. Caesars disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release.

A New Blog Post From Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Abbey Whisky – New Blog Post

Hip-flask fill complete – Lagavulin 2011 Release / 12 Year Old

(From our friends at Abbey Whisky) I’ve been thinking long and hard this week wondering what I can fill the hip-flask with. Its one of my best friends wedding this weekend, so I wanted to make it a good one. I raided the whisky cabinet to see what I could find and came across this little gem…

Part of Diageo’s Annual Special Releases, this limited edition bottling was distilled in 1999 and left to mature in American oak casks before being bottled in 2011.

Lagavulin 2011 Release / 12 Year Old

Nose: Great smell of smoke and ash hits you at first followed by a slight antiseptic/hospital smell, seaweed, bonfire, and a slight lingering sweetness at the back.

Palate: Very oily, creamy, salty brine flavours hits the back of the throat with a warm soothing feeling. A little water softens the flavours and brings flavours of lapsang souchong tea.

Finish: Long, smokey, coating the mouth with oily flavours.

Overall: A superb tasting dram.

I think I’ve hit a winner with this one. Hip-flask is full and looking forward to it’s outing tomorrow. Only problem is, do I take the bottle with me for refills, as I really don’t want to share this one!

To Buy Lagavulin 12 Year Old, 2011 Release Click Here

Glenfarclas 105 20YO LTD Edition at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

Glenfarclas 105 20YO LTD Edition

J & Grant launches a limited edition expression of their iconic Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky. Aged for 20 Years and bottled at natural cask strength of 60% vol., only 4000 bottles of this remarkable whisky will be available worldwide.

This is the second time J & G Grant have released an older expression of Glenfarclas 105 – the first was in 2008 when a 40 Year Old 105 was released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the first bottling of 105.

In 1968 when George S. Grant, 4th generation of the owning family, bottled a single cask straight from the warehouse, and sent the bottles to family and friends as Christmas gifts. By chance the strength of the cask George S. Grant selected was ‘105’ British Proof, and along with the name of the distillery, this was all the information he detailed on the hand written label. By the end of January the recipients of the gifts requested further bottles, hence Glenfarclas ‘105’, the first commercially available cask strength whisky of the modern age was born.

George S Grant, Director of Sales and 6th generation of the owning family commented; ‘My family have been producing Glenfarclas 105 for 3 generations now and the 20 Year Old makes a great addition to the ‘105’ family, along with the 105 and 105 40 Year Old. This is a 105 as it should be – big and powerful with all the classic Glenfarclas flavours coming through. Definitely a dram to savour as the finish just goes on and on.’

* Tasting Note by George S Grant

Strong, rich oak, a 20 yo copper still. As 105 should be!

Big Powerful aromas, of course be a little wary it is 60% alc. A very typical Glenfarclas nose, demerara sugar, figs. The end bit of a Christmas cake, a little drier than the middle but you get the extra sugar.

Remarkably smooth for a 60% whisky. More sweetness in the front of your mouth giving way to bitter sweetness. Chocolate covered coffee beans spring to mind sweet then melting into bitterness. Lots of fruit, brandy flavours are very apparent, delicate sherry tones also coming through after a while in the glass.

Lovely long finish, the age really coming through here over the strength, definitely a dram to savour as the finish will last a very long time.

Incl. Tax: £189.99 Excl. Tax: £158.33


Single Malts Limited | 36 Gordon Street | Huntly | Aberdeenshire | AB54 8EQ |

For Whisky Lovers Whiskey Selection: Willet Pot Still Bourbon – American Whiskey News

Greetings My Fellow WhiskeyLovers –

Our crowdfunding campaign is finally over (this is the last time I will mention it), and so a big thanks to all of you who supported us. The money we raised will go toward a brand-shiny-new iPhone/Android app we have been thinking about…stay tuned for more news on this later this summer.

This week I was visited by a rep from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD), a family owned and operated company created in 1935 as the Willett Distilling Company, which still operates on a site that began as the family farm just outside of Bardstown Kentucky.

The company rarely produces whisky under the KBD name, choosing instead to market their brands using Willet Distilling Company or various fictitious company names. These other business names often correspond to the bottling brand names, such as the Old Bardstown Distilling Company for the Old Bardstown bourbon brand and the Noah’s Mill Distilling Company for the Noah’s Mill bourbon brand.

Which brings me to this weeks Whiskey Wednesday feature: Willet Kentucky Straight Pot Still Reserve Whiskey.

Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon is a Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey introduced in 2008 and bottled at 47% abv, with 8-10 year aging.

Each bottle is sealed with a label identifying the individual aging barrel, the number of the bottle within the series of bottles from that barrel, and the total number of bottles from the barrel (example: “Bottle No. 116 of 242 from Single Barrel 149”).

Willett Pot Still Reserve is bottled in a decorative decanter that received a double gold award for packaging design at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In addition to the double gold medal for packaging, the whiskey was also awarded a gold medal for taste at the event.

Malt Advocate Magazine rated Willett Pot Still Reserve at 90 “outstanding”.

The price for a bottle of Willet Pot Still Reserve is $39.95 , and I urge you to try this bourbon. It truly is a phenomenal whiskey.

Until next week….have fun!

Doug Stone




“Soft and elegant on the nose and palate, and very well balanced. An incredibly drinkable whiskey, it was bottled at just the right time based on its great balance of flavors. Notes of vanilla, coconut, and creme brulee provide a base for emerging notes of cedar wood shavings, cinnamon, soft mint and a hint of fennel. A very graceful bourbon” – Malt Advocate Magazine Q2 2008 issue (Vol. 17, #2)

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #17 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #17

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, feels very fortunate to try the BenRiach 1983 single cask bottling from Asta Morris (Belgian IB Bert Bruyneel), for it is the perfect summer dram!

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