Archive for May, 2013

Canadian Whisky Eh? – Canadian Whisky News

Canadian Whisky Eh?

Sun Network’s Byline with Brian Lilley, recently took an 8-minute break from politics to discuss the rise of Canadian connoisseur whisky. In an interview that includes some on-camera sipping, Lilley asks whisky writer and author, Davin de Kergommeaux, why Canadian whisky doesn’t get more respect at home.

While sampling high-end examples from four Canadian distilleries the two agreed that whisky lovers overlook Canadian whisky at their own peril.


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #49 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #49

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries the newest Glenglassaugh offering, the Evolution, matured on an ex-Tennessee cask from George Dickel. It is also the last offering under the stewardship of the Scaent Group, as the distillery has just been acquired by Billy Walker and his team (famous for BenRiach and GlenDronach). The Evolution is a young beast, but what a lovely whisky indeed!

Echlinville Distillery – Irish Whiskey News

Echlinville Distillery

Echlinville House, Gransha Road, Kircubbin, Co Down BT22 1AJ

History made as a second Northern Irish distillery starts operations

Echlinville Distillery has now been granted the first licence to distil spirits in Northern Ireland in over 130 years by HM Customs and Excise.

The granting of this crucially important licence was announced today by Shane Braniff, a local business man from the Ards, who launched the ever successful Feckin Irish Whiskey brand in 2005.

The licence award coincides with planning approval for a new state-of-the art distillery complex on the Echlinville Estate, just outside Kircubbin on the Ards Peninsula.The investment planned will include a visitors’ centre, restaurant, bar, distillation hall, maturing warehousing and museum.

Mr Braniff, outlining his plans, said:  “We have been planning this distillery now since 2005. It will bring many tangible benefits to the Ards Peninsula in terms of additional employment and as an attraction for tourists and other visitors.

“The success we are enjoying with the Feckin Irish Whiskey, particularly in the US, has led us to invest in this new distillery. As our experience with Feckin has demonstrated, demand for Irish Whiskey is growing strongly in global markets. In fact, Irish whiskey is now the fastest growing brown spirit worldwide.

“Our plan is to continue with Feckin Irish Whiskey, the unique Feckin Spiced Irish Whiskey and then   develop a range of drinks that can be sold almost immediately without having to wait the three years for our whiskey to mature, and finally to develop a premium/super premium malt whiskey.

“It is great that Echlinville Distillery is now up and running. We have had equipment in place since last Christmas but could not even turn it on until now. The road ahead is not going to be an easy one for us. Our competitors are mostly large Cooperation’s with millions of pounds/ dollars to spend in marketing and design. We are going to have to think outside the box in every approach we take with this business.

“We are located on the Ards Peninsula  which boasts a very unique micro climate and is well suited to the production of whiskey. It may be the most suited location in the whole of Ireland, Scotland and the rest of the UK. I do believe this gives us an edge. We have the experience and the skills in place along with some great equipment to produce some of the best tasting whiskey’s ever experienced .

“In addition, we have a longstanding distribution agreement in the US with World Spirits, a division of Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company. This gives us access to an established distribution network that covers virtually every state in America.

“No business has any right to success. It must be earned. I believe we have the best location, we will employ the best people, we must engage with the best partners and finally we must produce the best possible product with no compromising whatsoever to quality.”

The new Echlinville Distillery is already registered as an Invest Northern Ireland client and has received some assistance to date in the development of its business plan, marketing strategies and new product development.


Echlinville Distillery takes its name from the Echlinville Estate, a graded B1 listed site of great historical importance, which was owned during the 18th and 19th century by the Echlin family, who originally moved to Northern Ireland in the year 1613 when Robert Echlin, originally from Fife in Scotland, took up his post as Bishop of Down and Connor.

The Echlin family through this period in time were very influencial and powerful, and in 1779 one of the bishop’s descendants, Charles Echlin, formed the Echlinvale Volunteers with another well-known individual as their chaplin, William Steele Dickson. Mr Dickson later became heavily involved with the United Irish Rising of 1798.

The Echlinville apple tree which can still be purchased in Ireland and the UK also originated from this stately home.

Echlinville Distillery has already planted around 100 acres of its own malted barley to be used exclusively in its own whiskey production, giving not only full traceability on raw materials, but also reducing the distillery’s carbon footprint. Echlinville whiskey will truly be the greenest of whiskeys.

Win a Fabulous Quaich Gift Set – The Traditional Scottish Whisky Cup – Scotch Whisky News

While the history of whisky is long and proud, with legend telling of Saint Patrick bringing the craft of distillation to Scotland, the history of the Quaich is no less long or illustrious.

 The word Quaich comes from the gaelic “cuach” which means cup and they have been used for centuries to welcome or bid farewell to guests, or as a mark of comradeship or friendship. Sharing a dram of whisky from a Quaich has long been symbolic of binding people together in love, friendship or comradeship or to welcome or bid farewell to favoured guests. Today quaichs are often given as a gift to someone held dear.

This two handled Scottish drinking cup may have originated with the practise of drinking whisky from a scallop shell and progressed to forming these shallow cups from wood, stone or horn. Over the years the cups became more elaborate and highly skilled craftsmen fashioned wooden quaichs with beautiful celtic designs. From the 17th century, as metals came to be more commonly used, quaichs have been made of  brass, pewter, silver or a combination of all three. The original outer shape was retained but the thick bases were thinned to reduce the the weight.

Quaichs originated in the Highlands and weren’t used in Lowland Scotland until the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie when the quaich travelled south in the canteens of the Prince’s army. The quaichs of the army were reputed to have glass bottoms enabling the drinker to keep an eye on those around him; a sad reflection on treacherous times.

Alex Scott & Co Ltd, a long established Aberdeen based company would like to offer you the chance to win a beautiful quaich so you may sup your dram in the traditional way and our gift set even provides a miniature of MacAllan Gold single malt whisky for the first filling.

To enter simply email the answer to the following question along with your name and address to using the subject line Quaich Competition, and we will draw the winner, at random, from the correct answers. Closing date June 19th, 2013…….. Please don’t forget to title your email Quaich competition.

What is the Centenary Quaich?

  1. Quaich which resides in the Scottish Parliament building and is used for ceremonial occasions.
  2. An international rugby union trophy contested annually by Ireland and Scotland.
  3. A annual flat race run at Ayr races each September with the Centenary Quaich also being the name of the trophy.
  4. A quaich presented to Queen Victoria by her loyal Scottish Subjects at the turn of the twentieth century.

Terms and Conditions:-  The winner will be notified of their win by email and the prize sent by post. No further correspondence will entered into and the judges decisions are final. The prize cannot be substituted or exchanged for cash. The competition is open to all except employees or relatives of Alex Scott & Co ( or employees and relatives of Red Evolution. Important – entries will only be accepted from those who are 18 years old or over. This contest will run until Wednesday June 19th, 2013.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada June 7th 1st Friday Tasting Victoria, British Columbia – Scotch Whisky News

Here are the details for the event:

Date: Friday June 7th, 2013.

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria.

Price: $35 each for Members & Partners, $45 for Non-Members/Guests.

(Reduction of $5 per ticket from previous events)

The Tasting includes SIX new releases again this month and I will be pouring two whiskies from previous releases.

(The bottle prices have gone down between $6 and $10 per bottle.)

As always, appropriate food nibbles are included to assist your palate. 



1. Space is limited so you must register to secure your place.

Please email or drop into the store or phone and speak to Richard White or Colin Southcombe


Phone: 250-370-9463

2. Please pre-pay for your virtual ticket in advance.   

The Tasting will start PROMPTLY at 6:30pm and will conclude no later than 8:00pm

IMPORTANT: Please remember these are cask strength whiskies, so you should not be driving home after the tasting.


All Society whiskies, including the new June releases, are available for purchase on the night, on a first come first served basis.  Every member will be given a chance to buy a bottle of any available whisky before someone else can purchase 2 or more.  Any non-member who joins the Society on the night may also order product. Any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Richard White.


Colin Southcombe

General Manager

The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants

919 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2C2

Tel: 250-370-9463

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #363 – Scotch Whisky News

All for a good cause with Whisky Review 363The Joey Dunlop Foundation Malt Whisky.

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Clynelish 14yo – Scotch Whisky News

UK vlogger Joe Ellis a.k.a Whisky Wednesday reviews Clynelish 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Glenmorangie Celebrates Everest World First – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie celebrates Everest world first

— On eve of 60-year anniversary of first ascent, Glenmorangie unearths pics it believes show the highest point a bottle of Scotch whisky has ever reached on Earth —

— Pictures taken at Camp Two on Rebecca Stephens’ historic 1993 Everest climb; the first by a British female climber —

As the world prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest tomorrow (Wednesday 29 May), Glenmorangie has unearthed a world first for malt whisky.

In May 1993 Rebecca Stephens MBE became the first British female mountaineer to stand at the roof of the world – with only four years’ climbing experience.

Rebecca’s summit bid was backed by Glenmorangie, which also provided the team with Glenmorangie 10 Years Old to raise their spirits at Base Camp.

Now, 20 years on, Glenmorangie has uncovered pictures in its archive of expedition team members at Everest’s Camp Two at 6500m (21,300 ft) in the Western Cwm, holding a bottle of Glenmorangie.

This is believed to be the highest a bottle of single malt has ever reached on Earth.

The news comes almost 60 years to the day after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled the world’s highest peak. To mark the occasion, Glenmorangie will make a donation to Rebecca Stephens’ chosen charities – the Mount Everest Foundation and The Himalayan Trust UK.

Paul Skipworth, President and Managing Director of The Glenmorangie Company, who will present Rebecca with the donation, said: “In 1993 Glenmorangie supported Rebecca Stephens when she wrote herself into the record books with her historic achievement.

“The expedition team took a case of Scotland’s favourite malt whisky with them, which we thought they had enjoyed at Base Camp. We were amazed to discover last week that they had actually taken a bottle to Camp Two, which we believe to be the topmost point on Earth that a bottle of single malt has ever reached.

“Glenmorangie is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, so we identify with Rebecca’s quest to reach the summit and be the best. We are delighted to be supporting Rebecca again and taking part in this celebration of one of mankind’s greatest achievements.”

Rebecca Stephens MBE, chair of The Himalayan Trust UK, said: “The Everest 60th anniversary is a momentous landmark for all climbers. I look back on our 1993 summit as a special chapter in my life.

“The support we received on our climb was invaluable and our bottles of Glenmorangie raised spirits in every sense. It’s only when Glenmorangie showed me the pictures from their archive that I realised how significant taking that bottle up to Camp Two had been: to be honest, I hadn’t thought to mention it!”

Just weeks after her Everest conquest Rebecca returned to Glenmorangie’s Highland distillery to lay down a special cask celebrating her feat.

In 2003, 408 bottles of Glenmorangie Mount Everest were bottled to commemorate Rebecca’s achievement, some of which were sent to the 1993 Everest summit team. The proceeds of their sale raised £15,000 for The Himalayan Trust UK, which helps the Sherpa community.

In 1993 Rebecca climbed with two Sherpas, Ang Passang and Kami Tchering. “Without them it would have been impossible,” she said. Rebecca was named an honorary ‘Sherpani’ for her bravery and spirit.



1 and 2: Just weeks after her Everest conquest Rebecca returned to Glenmorangie’s Highland distillery to lay down a special cask celebrating her feat; 3 and 4: The 1993 team at Camp Two, 21,300 feet, with a bottle of Glenmorangie. (l to r) Dr Sandy Scott, Nawang Sherpa, Harry Taylor and Rebecca Stephens; 5: Glenmorangie scales new heights, Rebecca Stephens with a bottle of Glenmorangie at Camp Two, 21,300 feet; 6: Sherpa Kami Tchering (left) and Rebecca Stephens MBE on top of the world; 7. The Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain, in the Highlands of Scotland; 8. Glenmorangie’s still house in Tain houses the tallest whisky stills in Scotland. Picture credit for 3-5: John Barry.


About Glenmorangie:
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create ‘unnecessarily well made whiskies.’

Responsible Drinking:
The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

About Rebecca Stephens MBE:
Rebecca is the first British woman to have climbed Everest. Rebecca then went on to become the first English-speaking woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. With a passionate belief that every individual can achieve their goals, Rebecca lectures on personal and leadership development to corporate audiences and schools. She wrote a book about her ascent of Everest: On Top of the World, and a leadership book with management guru Robert Heller: “Seven Summits of Success”.


Scotch Whisky Auctions 26th Auction – Scotch Whisky News

Scotch Whisky Auctions 26th Auction is now live, details can be viewed via the link below;


The 26th Auction runs until Sunday 2nd of June

The Lost Distilleries Of Scotland – Port Ellen, St Magdalene, Brora, Caperdonich – Scotch Whisky News


St Magdalene 1975 / Rare Old Gordon & MacPhail

70cl / 43% Vol

A 1975 vintage from the closed distillery, St Magdalene (Linlithgow). Aged in refill sherry hogsheads, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail at 43% vol, as part of the Rare Old Series.

£330.00  (£275.00 ex vat)

Click here to buy St Magdalene 1975 / Rare Old / Gordon & MacPhail

St Magdalene 1979 / 1998 The Rare Malt Selection

70cl / 63.80% Vol

Distilled in 1979 at the now silent St Magdalene distillery and aged for 19 years before being bottled in 1998 as part of The Rare Malts Selection. Sadly, St Magdalene single malt whisky is very rarely found, the distillery was closed by its owners, United Distillers, in the mid 1980’s.

£475.00 (£395.83 ex vat)

Click here to buy St Magdalene The Rare Malts Selection

Port Ellen 1979 / Rare Old Gordon & MacPhail

70cl / 46% Vol

A 1979 vintage from the cult Islay distillery, Port Ellen. Aged in refill sherry butts, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail at 46% vol, as part of the Rare Old Series. Many of the Single Malt Whiskies in Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Old range will never be seen again. They are whiskies from another era – some are from distilleries no longer in operation, others from distilleries that no longer exist.

£550.00 (£458.33 ex vat)

Click here to buy Port Ellen 1979 / Rare Old / Gordon & MacPhail

Caperdonich 17 Year Old / 1995 The Rare Casks

70cl / 57.8% Vol / 96 Bottles Only

The 1st release in ‘The Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky is this magnificent Caperdonich 17 year old single malt Scotch whisky. This limited edition release was distilled in 1995 and left to rest for 17 years before being bottled in 2012 with only 96 bottles filled. The Distillery is now sadly demolished.

£59.50 (£49.58 ex vat)

Click here to buy Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks

Brora 20 Year Old / 1982 The Rare Malts Selection

70cl / 58.1% Vol

With Brora distillery closing in 1983, this bottle is one of the true gems released within the Rare Malts Selection series. The Rare Malts Selection is a collection of remarkable cask-strength single malt Scotch whiskies drawn from among the rarest, most precious whisky stocks to survive in Scotland.

£540.00 (£450.00 ex vat)

Click here to buy Brora 20 Year Old / The Rare Malts Selection

Abbey Whisky

Tel: 0800 051 7737

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