Archive for February, 2013



(Click on poster above to watch the film)

Chivas Regal, the world’s original luxury whisky, has released the conclusion of Drifting, a two-part short film co-directed by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, produced in partnership with Mexican art house film company, Canana.

Drifting Part 2 sees Garcia Bernal take over from Diego Luna as director following Luna’s Drifting Part 1 film,  which set up the story of three friends who reunite after having drifted apart. A practical joke in part 1 saw the friends left in a precarious situation which Bernal has to resolve in the concluding film.

Following the launch of the second instalment, Chivas is encouraging its fans to celebrate real-life friendship by taking part in an exclusive competition to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two friends to the legendary Cannes Film Festival, of which Chivas is an official sponsor, for a special screening of Drifting. The We Go Way Back photo competition asks participants to upload pictures of themselves with their best friend, showing moments of friendship and shared memories*. People can vote for their favourite submissions in the gallery showcasing entries.

James Slack, Chivas Regal Global Brand Director, says: “Drifting explores themes of trust, forgiveness and acceptance, which are integral elements to friendships and the partnership has real life friendship and collaboration at its core – from the story of Canana to the way the two directors are working together on the short. We’re confident that this partnership will really resonate with modern gentlemen around the world and demonstrate how in tune Chivas is with their values and lives. We hope that with the Chivas and Canana content and our Facebook competition, we will give Chivas fans a rewarding experience.”

To view Drifting and exclusive behind the scenes interviews with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal visit


*The We Go Way Back competition will be open for entries from the 18th February through to 24th March 2013. People can vote for their favourite submissions until 31st March. The winner will be selected by Canana from the ten submissions with the most votes.

About Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old.

About ‘Real Friends, Make Time’

Chivas Canana Present was inspired by ‘Here’s to Real Friends’, the latest instalment of the Live with Chivalry campaign, featuring two short films about friendship directed by Academy Award® winning short filmmaker Joachim Back. The two cinematic films focus on the trials, tribulations and idiosyncrasies of modern male friendships, celebrating the stories that bind real friends together.

For further information visit

About Canana

CANANA was founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most recently joined by partner and CEO Julián Levin.  Over the past 7 years, CANANA has produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna’s first feature length film, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film, Chavez, directed by Luna and based on the life of Mexican-American labour union organizer César E. Chávez.

In 2012, CANANA expanded its operations in the U.S. with Canana L.A., bridging the talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to direct. In México, CANANA added both a television arm, which produced Soy Tu Fan, starring Ana Claudia Talancón and Niño Santo, and a distribution outlet, CANANA Presenta, which has been releasing international art house films in Mexico for six years across all platforms, with a catalogue of more than 50 titles, including the award-winning NO, Pina, and The White Ribbon.  The partners’ passion for film has also reflected through Documental Ambulante, a traveling documentary festival that has taken over 200 documentaries to communities across México, having recently completed its 8th tour.

New Arrivals and Upcoming Events at Miner’s Delight Inn in Atlantic City, Wyo. – Whisky News

New arrivals and upcoming events at Miner’s Delight Inn in Atlantic City, Wyo.

Tell ‘em you got 86’d at the Two-bit Cowboy Saloon.

Etymology of the term 86’d is unclear. Generally the term relates to getting rid of something (did the mob in Vegas really take people eight miles out of town and put them six feet under?) or banning a person from a place, usually a bar. In the latter case could anything be worse than being banned from a two-bit bar?

Tongue in cheek, Barbara and Bob Townsend, purveyors of single malt Scotch whisky, intend to further confuse and add to the term’s contemporary development. To them it means customers of the saloon my choice from 86 single malt Scotch whiskies,Wyoming’s best selection.

With their latest delivery the Townsend’s added the 86th malt to the backbar. Single malt whiskies included in the delivery are Auchentoshan Valinch 2012, Balblair 2001 vintage, and Longrow 14 year old Burgundy Cask. Their order also contained Batch 10 of Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon and Blackwood’s Small Batch Gin, the botanicals for which are hand cut on Scotland’s Shetland Islands.

The inn hosts two single malt tastings each month. For March 2013 those will be …

First Friday Scotch Tasting, March 1st,6 – 9 p.m., $40. Bob’s three features are:

– Hazelburn 8 year old Cask Strength, 56.5%

– Glenfarclas 21 year old, 43%

– Bunnahabhain Toiteach, 46%

In addition guests will pick two malts from the other whiskies on the backbar

Second Saturday Scotch Tasting, March 9th,6 – 9 p.m., $25 Bob’s three features are:

– Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, 50%

– Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve, 48%

– BenRiach 10 year old Curiositas, 46%

In addition guests will roll a die and pick a whisky from one of six regions and at last select a connoisseur’s choice from the other whiskies on the backbar,%20Wyoming.htm

A Brand New Balvenie Limited Edition Is Now Available To Order Only At – Scotch Whisky News

A Brand New Balvenie Limited Edition is now available to order only at

The Balvenie First Fill 12 year old is the first in a series of “limited editions” –

Each bottle is one of no more than 300 drawn from a single cask and each bottle is hand-numbered and carries the number of the cask in which it matured.

 The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel First Fill.

Bottled at a higher strength of 47.8% ABV, this unique spirit spends 12 years in first-fill Bourbon barrels before being filled into no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles per cask. And while no two casks are quite the same, David personally selects only those with the distinct honey, oak and vanilla notes characteristic of The Balvenie Single Barrel.

Nose: Bounty of sweet oak and spice
Taste: Rich and complex with deep vanilla oakiness. Honey notes will be overlaid with sweet fruits and subtle spices.
Finish: Lingering sweetness.

Click here to buy only £49.99

 The Whisky Shop
Tel 0141 427 2919

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

A New blog post…

North America shipping resumes, bravo!

Old and Rare – Single Malt Scotch Whisky at D&M California – Scotch Whisky News

Savour the rich, sticky date and fig flavours as they are heightened by the unexpected caress of woodsmoke. Finish: Lingering and enticing with the subtle sweetness of dried fruit and the nutty dryness of sherry. Distillery Notes

Special D&M pricing! $74.99

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #343 – Scotcvh Whisky News gives opinion on a malt which has been put together from five casks covering five different decades with Whisky Review 343 – Tomatin Decades 

Best of young and old whisky in one bottle!

The Whisky Exchange Release Exclusive Single Cask – Irish Whiskey News

The Whisky Exchange release exclusive single cask Midleton 1991 vintage Irish whiskey

The Whisky Exchange are pleased to announce the release of a new 1991 vintage whiskey from Ireland’s Midleton distillery in County Cork. After a long and rigorous selection process cask #48750 was chosen and bottled exclusively for sale by The Whisky Exchange.

Cask #48750 was a first fill bourbon hogshead, filled with spirit distilled in November 1991 and placed in bond on the 12th of that month. It was bottled in October 2012, a mere month shy of its 21st birthday, yielding 205 bottles at a cask strength of 54.1% alcohol by volume. Each bottle is individually numbered and packaged in a wooden presentation box.

Producer’s Tasting Notes:
Nose: A striking presence of aromatic oils and spices typical of this style of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Some linseed, backed up with a touch of menthol, paves the way for succulent, fleshy exotic fruits as well as kiwi, melon and a squeeze of blackcurrant. The wood influence cannot be ignored with calming vanilla overtones and firm base notes of charred oak completing the sophisticated aromatics.

Palate: The initial succulence of the fruity mouthcoating develops into a rich infusion of spices and fruit. Cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, some sweet green pepper with cedar wood and charred oak, all delivered in harmony.

Finish: A long and leisurely finish. The full complexity slowly fades leaving the last word to the barley.

Tasting notes by TWE’s Tim Forbes:
Nose: Naturally there’s waves of delicious vanilla cream from the bourbon cask, but here it’s merely the backdrop for a mouth-watering array of tropical fruit, with peaches and apricots most prominent. Hints of cantaloupe melon & kiwi that may be familiar to anyone who’s tried Midleton’s Barry Crockett Legacy, the jewel in the crown of the ongoing single pot still range. The single pot still cereals and brown-sugared porridge are there too, plus rhubarb crumble, sweet raspberry cranachan and honeyed flapjacks in abundance. A captivating nose.

Palate: Initial honey, then tremendously intense peaches & cream; a spicy bite, then oranges, apricots, dried ginger, white grape juice, rosehip syrup, shortbread & butter biscuits, the kiwi fruit, honeysuckle and various different kinds of melon. A growing wood-spicey tingle. Water lifts the wood-spices initially, but after a minute or two releases sweet-pea, kumquat, orange flower water, nougat, natural caramel and grassy notes.

Finish: Still lots of fruit, becoming more orangey. The oak grows more prominent now, with hints of furniture polish and a final burst of warming, drying spice that envelops and lingers longest on the palate.

Comment: At this age it’s no surprise that a triple-distilled spirit matured in a first fill bourbon cask carries more than a hint of oak. What’s really impressive is that the expected vanilla and spices play second fiddle for so much of the time to a massive burst of exuberant, over-ripe exotic fruit. At cask strength this is a taste sensation not for the faint-hearted; a judicious dribble of water smoothes out the pot still’s naturally sharp edges and with a bit of time takes this exceptional dram to another level entirely.

The Midleton 1991 Cask #48750 is now available to purchase for £235 from The Whisky Exchange website and London shop:


About The Whisky Exchange
The Whisky Exchange (TWE) is a family business founded in 1999 that has grown to be the internet’s No.1 specialist retailer of whisky and fine spirits, serving thousands of satisfied customers every week through their website

TWE has won a string of industry awards, including Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year and Online Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards, Icons of Whisky Online Retailer of the Year and Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge.

The TWE website currently stocks over 5000 whiskies, of which the majority are Scottish Single Malts, Bourbons & Irish Whiskeys, with the remainder coming from as far afield as South Africa, India, Sweden, Australia and Taiwan.
TWE also stocks a wide range of other fine spirits, including hundreds of gins, vodkas, cognacs, armagnacs, brandies, rums, tequilas, mezcals, liqueurs and many other drinks from all over the world.

As well as an online outlet, The Whisky Exchange also operates a shop in Vinopolis near London Bridge. Further details can be found at

About Irish Distillers
Irish Distillers Group was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the board of directors decided to close the existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin, and to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility.

A site alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was chosen as the location for the new distillery, as there was no room for expansion in Dublin. Both the Old Jameson Distillery and the Old Midleton Distillery currently operate as visitor centres attracting over 330,000 visitors annually. Following an early unsolicited takeover offer and one of the most protracted battles in Irish corporate history made by GrandMet, Allied-Lyons and Guinness, Irish Distillers Ltd was taken over by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 with the support of the management and employees.

Duncan Taylor & Company Tasting Tuesday March 12th, 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

The worlds leading malt whiskey specialists and Duncan Taylor & Company host

A private bottling Single Malt Scotch Tasting At

India Community   Center

Banquet hall

525 Los Coches St.


Tue. March 12th, 2013 From 6.30pm – 8.30 pm

For information and reservations

Please contact India Community center


Sumptuous snacks to accompany tasting

The admission fee is $15.00

$10.00 for ICC members

Heavy discounts on all featured scotches,

on the day of tasting


The Single Malts to be presented:


CAOL ILA 1983 29 YR








The space is limited so please reserve your place early

Please have a designated driver to drive you back

Come visit the

Bay area’s largest selection of single malt scotches

1639 S Main Street

Milpitas, CA 95035

 Tel: 650-298-8548


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #36 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #36

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, launches a mini-series of 5 videos in which he explores independent bottlings of Auchentoshan. In this third video, he explores the Auchentoshan 19 Year Old 1985 from the French bottler Natural Color.

World Wide Whisky Design Awards “The Sirius Single Cask Whiskies Collection” – Scotch Whisky News

The Sirius single cask whiskies collection

The Sirius Collection is a new range of premium and old single cask whiskies introduced in 2012. The range is the brainchild of passionate whisky collector and investor Mahesh Patel. There are four whiskies (5 bottlings including the Anniversary of … Continue reading

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