Archive for September, 2012

A New Blog Post from The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


New blog post:- The blog team investigate the past and present of the lost Lowlander.

A Mystery 45 Year Old Lochside Single Malt Soon To Be Made Available??? – Scotch Whisky Mystery

Welcome from the Aberdeen University Malt Whisky Society! First Event Wednesday 26th September, 2012! – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome back to Aberdeen!

Hope you all had a great summer!
Wednesday 26th September: First Society Tasting of the Year (7pm in Bookends, @Butchart )

Come along to the FIRST whisky tasting event of the year.
We will have some super whisky on offer.


ALL members must renew their membership for this year.
Please see details below about how to do this.


We also need to get EVERYONE to become a member of the Malt Whisky Society.
To do this follow these simple steps:
1. Go to
2. Register a new account
3. Search for “Malt Whisky Society”
4. Add “Malt Whisky Society Student Membership” (£2) to your basket (like
5. Go to your basket – you MUST add “Societies Union” membership (£1) before you can pay
6. Follow payment instructions – you NEED a credit/debit card to pay.
7. Bring along your reference on a bit of paper/your mobile phone to the next whisky event and we will give you your membership card.

Yes, we relise that this is INCREDIBLY stupid/inefficient/difficult/unnecessary but it is THE ONLY WAY that you can become a member. This also includes previous members.

It is possible to pay for membership with cash at the Butchart Recpetion desk during opening hours.


£3 = 4 whiskies!

Date: Wednesday 26th September
Time: 19:00
Where: Bookends in Butchart Centre (University Rd)
What to bring: £3 for event and money for raffle

Please come along early – we can only fit so many people (legally) into Bookends
Come early to avoid disappointment

You can still come to this event without becoming a member.
You should become a member as soon as possible.


Our mailing address is:

University of Aberdeen Malt Whisky Society
The Butchart Centre
University Road
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB24 3UT
United Kingdom

Canadian Whisky – The Portable Expert – Davin de Kergommeaux – Canadian Whisky News

The Portable Expert

“This is an important time for Canadian whisky and this is an important book which isn’t just a story of a drink, but a story of Canada itself..”
–Dave Broom, author of The World Atlas of Whisky

Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through the first systematic presentation of Canadian whisky: how it’s made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it.

Join whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, celebrating the diversity of Canada’s unique spirit. With his conversational and accessible tutelage, de Kergommeaux offers readers a carefully researched, reliable, and authoritative guide to Canadian whisky that is, quite simply, not available anywhere else. Not only a book describing the history and culture of the spirit, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert is also an informed exploration of taste. For the first time, whisky consumers — experts and novices alike — can approach Canadian whisky with a connoisseur’s appreciation of its rich subtleties.

“de Kergommeaux’s book isn’t just important, it’s a game changer, bringing to life an extraordinary and evolving whisky industry.”
–Dominic Roskrow, author of The World’s Best Whiskies and 1001 Whiskies to Try Before You Die

“Davin has brilliantly captured Canada’s true spirit.”
— John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario

“Superbly researched and written, it is a must have for the whisky lover. If you have not discovered Canadian whisky, yet, let Davin be your guide.”
— Rob Allanson, Editor, Whisky Magazine

Canadian Whisky – The Portable Expert is available from Amazon

DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX – Author Of The Recently Published Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert – Canadian Whisky News

DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX is the author of the recently published Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, the definitive guide to Canadian whisky. An independent whisky expert, de Kergommeaux has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for more than a decade and a half. His writing and tasting notes appear in Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate, Scotch Whisky Review, Whisky and Fine Spirits, various lifestyle magazines, and on websites such as His website, , has become a reference standard for Canadian whiskies with its comprehensive and no-nonsense tasting notes. Just six months after it was launched in 2010, the Association of Canadian Food Bloggers named de Kergommeaux’s website as the best wine and spirits blog of the year..

Internationally acclaimed whisky writer, Dave Broom invited de Kergommeaux to write the chapter on Canadian whisky for his most recent book, The World Atlas of Whisky, released in October 2010. De Kergommeaux also wrote all the Canadian entries in Dominic Roskrow’s new book, 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die. De Kergommeaux’s own book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert was published by McClelland & Stewart in May 2012 to enthusiastic reviews, and is distributed in Canada and the U.S. by Random House. The book is available world-wide through most on-line book sellers in hardcover and as an e-book.

De Kergommeaux is a much sought after judge at international whisky competitions, including the World Whisky Awards. Since 2003, he has served as a judge for the annual Malt Maniacs Awards. These are long-standing and highly respected whisky competitions. Given his commitment to telling the Canadian whisky story and to making its qualities known around the world, in 2010 he decided to create the annual Canadian Whisky Awards, which he coordinates as well as leading the judging panel.

The pursuit of whisky is an individual passion as it is also about individual taste. This is why de Kergommeaux also leads tutored tastings for both individuals and groups. People certainly like what they hear. His master classes at the Victoria Whisky Festival, in British Columbia. have regularly sold-out well in advance every year since 2009. Similarly his master classes for the “Spirit of Toronto” event at Roy Thomson Hall have become a mainstay of this event.

Still, it’s a sad fact of whisky life that Canadian whisky, despite its quality, doesn’t get its due. And worse, myths and misunderstandings about Canadian whisky abound, only to confuse those who try to learn more. De Kergommeaux has taken on this challenge and is committed to change that with his book, his articles, and his regular public appearances, using a “kill-rumours-with-facts” approach. It is his mission to help serious whisky fans and whisky newcomers alike to discover one of Canada’s best-kept secrets: the hidden riches of Canadian whisky.



Something Special, the No. 2 blended Scotch whisky in South America* is celebrating its tenth year collaborating with Latin American artists with the return of its acclaimed Enbotellarte competition. Inspired by the brand’s famous diamond-shaped bottle, the competition will culminate with an event in Miami’s Design District in November.

Enbotellarte 2012 invites creative talent from six markets across Latin America to create a piece of artwork inspired by the iconic Something Special bottle and that reflects their response to the question: ‘What makes you Something Special?’ The campaign – which is being supported with targeted promotion in each market to encourage entries from artists and consumers – aims to increase perception of Something Special as an innovative and contemporary brand in key markets.

Andre Barquero - Danza Vitrificada

Internationally-acclaimed artist, Eduardo Bolioli, resumes his role as head juror of the competition and is joined on the judging panel by fellow artist Juliana Rosales**. Winners will be announced in October and invited to take part in Enbotellarte Miami the following month, where they will gain exposure through press conferences aimed at promoting fresh, artistic talent across South America. The event will end with a public exhibition featuring the artwork of the Enbotellarte 2012 finalists as well as works from established artists from Miami and Latin America, who have been specially commissioned by Eduardo Bolioli***.

Eric Benoist, International Marketing Director for Chivas Brothers, says: “The creativity inspired by the Something Special bottle delights us each year and we are thrilled to be showcasing the 2012 Enbotellarte winners’ work in Miami this year. We are proud that over the last decade, we have been able to support, nurture and promote some of the most exciting talent from Latin America, and we look forward to discovering how this year’s artists have embraced Enbotellarte in portraying their individuality.”

Martin Mendizabal - 6 440

Previous Enbotellarte competitions have tasked Latin American consumers with making films, animation and computer generated images, incorporating the renowned Something Special bottle, which was created in the 18th Century by an Edinburgh-based diamond cutter.

Enbotellarte 2012 is open to artists in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala as well as artists residing in Miami.

Paola Rojas - Something Special Kilt

For further information about the Enbotellarte competition, visit

* within the premium Scotch whisky segment according to Pernod Ricard market view CY2011

** Juliana Rosales is a video, net art, noise and installation artist, architect, photographer and curator working in Montevideo, Uruguay. While working with the Fundacion de Arte Contemporaneo (an independent group of contemporary artists), she helped curate exhibitions and edited and published ARTE, a contemporary art magazine. As an artist, her work focuses on the digital and landscape, architecture and nature. Most recently, Rosales was commissioned to create an installation on the interior façade of the Centro Cultural de España in Montevideo to address environmental issues.

*** Artists commissioned by Eduardo Bolioli include:

• Tony Vázquez, Miami

• Mariana Monteagudo, Miami

• Lily Acevedo, Guatemala

• Francisco Martínez, Venezuela

• Geovanny Verdezoto, Ecuador

• Sheila Alvarado, Perú

• Emanuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica

• Pía Bernal Tello, Colombia

Peter Amezquite - Un Mundo Ideal


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 and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

Magdalena Arman - Liquid Life

For further information please visit:

Midlands Whisky Festival Tickets – Scotch Whisky News

Midlands Whisky Festival Tickets
Sat 29th September Stourbridge Town Hall

One Week to go!!!!

Tickets £35 per person
Driver designated tickets £20.
See attachment for Masterclass Ticket details/prices.

What do you get ?


All whisky at the venue is FREE to sample .
A dream dram FREE token….redeemable against a Fine & Rare Dram of 25 yrs + age.
A FREE whisky festival glass by Glencairn Scotland
FREE festival shopping vouchers

Tasty! and value for money my friends.


Last Ticket run now available at these sites :

Whisky Festival Masterclass

There are two Masterclasses that can be booked at this years Festival.

These sessions provide a more in depth look at distilleries and present an opportunity to taste rare and complex drams, they are seated / table setting presentations with an industry expert. All drams are pre-poured.

Both sessions take place in the Stourbridge Town Hall Amblecote rooms at 1st floor level.

Tickets are available at or telephone 01384 394518

No printed tickets are released for these sessions. Just present yourself at the door of the Amblecote room.

Class 1 – Special release Tasting with Colin Dunn

Diageo 20+ years old special release distillery bottling
Each year the top distillery managers get to choose a number of special casks for release onto the world markets, these are typically rare and dream worthy drams, which are considered exemplary in both condition and quality. We are delighted to see Colin Dunn return this year to host and make this rare Masterclass ticket very sought after indeed, places are limited to 4 tickets per person.
Drams : Port Ellen (2011 release), Rosebank, Knockando, Caol Ila, Auchriosk…and more.
Event time: 12.15pm until 1.15pm
Cost: £20

Class 2 – Springbank Masterclass
Lucky attendees will be well ahead of the game after this part advance sample class. Melanie has been drawing some great drams from casks awaiting the distiller masters call. No waiting for us I’m happy to say and so we have here a proper masterclass for real Springbank lovers.

• Hazelburn 12
• Kilkerran WIP 4 (released May 2012)
• Springbank Calvados (to be released Oct 2013)
• Springbank local barley (v. limited) distilled 1999, maturing in fresh sherry barrels, to be bottled at an undisclosed date!
• Longrow Red (released August 2012)
• Longrow Rundlets & Kilderkins (to be released Jan 2013)

Event Time 2pm until 3pm
Cost : £10

“America’s Most Wanted” – From Abbey Whiskey – American Whiskey News

Abbey Whisky Tel: 0800 051 7737

“America’s Most Wanted”

High West Double Rye Whiskey

High West Double Rye, a combination of two rye whiskies from two different distilleries. Double Rye combines a mashbill 2 year old (95% rye, 5% barley) along with a 16 year old rye (53% rye, 37% corn). Double rye Manhattan, yes please.

90 Points – John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine

Only £41.70 (£34.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy High West Whiskey Double Rye

High West Whiskey / Rendezvous Rye

Rendezvous from High West Distillery, Utah. A combination of two straight rye whiskies; the first a straight 16 year old with a mashbill containing 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt, the second a straight 6 year old with a mashbill containing 95% rye and 5% barley malt. Rendezvous was the annual summer gathering of mountain men to exchange pelts for supplies.

High West Rendezvous Awards

Double Gold – 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

95 Points & Top 10 New Whiskey of 2008 – Malt Advocate Magazine

Best Rye Whiskey – 2010 American Distilling Institute Craft Whiskey Competition

Only £50.50 (£42.08 ex vat)

Click here to buy High West Whiskey / Rendezvous Rye

Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky (Batch 50)

Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky, a unique, pot stilled small batch release, produced at the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia, America. The barley, malted at the distillery itself, is flavoured using apple and cherry wood smoke. Distilled from a single batch copper still producing one barrel at a time, the spirit is then aged for 42 months using a special chip and barrel ageing technique.

Only £41.50 (£34.58 ex vat)

Click here to buy Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky

Abbey Whisky
0800 051 7737

T.B. Watson Drambuster Whisky Festival – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Festival

Ticket sales are going well and suppliers are queuing up for our 2nd Whisky Festival. This year it is to be held at Easterbrook Hall, a spacious venue on the outskirts of the town in the beautiful Crichton estate on Saturday 24th November from 12 noon until 4.30pm. There will be around 150 whiskies on display for sampling as well as a Master Class of Bruichladdich whiskies(tickets available separately here for this priced at £15 each). Food, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available to purchase on the day and your ticket price of £20 includes a full programme with all the whiskies listed, a dramming glass and unlimited water. A shop will be available on site for those wishing to purchase their favourite whiskies and we will holding our ‘Golden Dram’ competition once again with the most voted for whisky getting their name on the back of our carrier bags for a year as well as a crystal trophy. If you pick the winning dram, your name goes into the hat for a free draw to win a voucher worth £25!
There will also be a free raffle on the day with three top quality prizes. Last year, our lucky top winner received a day at Glenfarclas Distillery, including a premium tasting and dinner at the distillery. All you need to do to win is to pop your name on the back of your ticket and drop it into the raffle box!
Free buses will be running back to the town from 3.30pm.
For transport to the Festival from the town centre here is a link to the Service Bus Timetable There is accommodation on site at The Aston Hotel and further accommodation can be found in and around the town. Some links are shown here: Cairndale Hotel, Station Hotel Aberdour Hotel, Queensberry Hotel Premier Inn Dumfries, Moreig Hotel and there are loads of bed & breakfasts around town too.

Whisky Show 2012 Update – Dream Drams and tickets selling out…- Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Show 2012 Update – Dream Drams and tickets selling out…

It’s only a couple of weeks until the 2012 edition of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show and panic mode is fully engaged the well-oiled TWE machine is in full swing. Here’s a quick update as to how things are going: … Continue reading >>

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