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World’s #1 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Brings Back Popular Expression for 2013 Fall Season

Laphroaig®, the world’s #1 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, proudly introduces its latest seasonal expression, Laphroaig® Triple Wood.

Just in time for fall, this limited edition whisky returns as a result of high demand from Friends of Laphroaig®, the brand’s distinguished loyalty group that gives members a lifetime lease on a numbered, one square foot plot of land in Islay, Scotland.

Laphroaig® Triple Wood goes through a distinct triple maturation process that includes ex-bourbon barrels, 19th Century-style quarter casks and specially selected European Oak oloroso sherry casks. This process creates a complex whisky that boasts a rich blend of creamy vanilla and hints of sweet fruit, while retaining the distinctive smoky peat flavor of Laphroaig®.

“We are thrilled that our Friends of Laphroaig® members are just as passionate about their Scotch as we are,” said John Campbell, Laphroaig® Master Distiller. “Triple Wood is the perfect seasonal expression for fall. Its bright gold color and bursts of peat, vanilla and fruit flavors embody the fall season and bring you back to Islay, the land that gives Laphroaig® its unique peaty notes.”

At 96 proof, Laphroaig® Triple Wood is best enjoyed neat, allowing the powerful, yet slightly creamy consistency of the whisky speak for itself. Laphroaig® Triple Wood is available for a limited time nationwide with a suggested retail price of $59.99 per 750ml bottle and joins the Laphroaig® portfolio of Scotch whiskies that includes Laphroaig® 10-Year-Old, 10-Year-Old Cask Strength, Quarter Cask, 18-Year-Old, 25- Year-Old, QA Cask and Càirdeas.

For more information, please visit for a product locator, like us on or  follow us @LaphroaigUSA on Twitter. To become a Friend of Laphroaig® and stay up to date on special editions, consumers should look for the code on their next bottle purchase.

About Friends of Laphroaig®

Each bottle of Laphroaig® comes with a gift of friendship. Created by Laphroaig®  Master Distiller John Campbell, Friends of Laphroaig® is the distinguished Laphroaig®loyalty group which today boasts over 500,000 members from more than 150 countries. Each Friend of Laphroaig® is given a lifetime lease on a numbered, one square foot plot of land in Islay that runs alongside the important Laphroaig® water source – the Killbride stream. The plot is registered and can be visited in person or via video on the Friends of Laphroaig® website – Throughout the year, Friends of Laphroaig® from all over the world get together and share photos, tasting notes, Scottish history and more. To become a member of Friends of Laphroaig® consumers can receive a special code with each bottle of Laphroaig® which is then entered online on the Laphroaig® Facebook Page – or Friends of Laphroaig® website.

About Laphroaig®

Laphroaig® (La-‘froyg) literally means “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay.” Born from the streams and blue peat smoke of Islay, Laphroaig® is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinct taste and story in every bottle. The secret to Laphroaig® is that it benefits from the happy circumstances of where it is produced—next to ocean water and on land that gives Laphroaig® a unique peaty taste. It is one of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns. It’s also the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant bestowed by HRH Prince Charles. Further demonstrating the whisky’s superior quality, Laphroaig® 18-Year-Old received the Gold Outstanding Award at the 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition, along with Laphroaig® 10-Year-Old, 10-Year-Old Cask Strength, Quarter Cask, and Triple
Wood which won the Silver Outstanding Award, making Laphroaig® one of the most celebrated portfolios at this year’s competition.

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit! and

Laphroaig® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%, 48%, 51.2% and 55.7% alc./vol. ©2013 Laphroaig Import Company, Deerfield, IL All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

A Toast to Canadian Whisky TONIGHT! – Canadian Whisky News


THE MUSEUM and The Companions of The Quaich Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Chapter present A Toast to Canadian Whisky: A Celebration of Canadian Whisky, Food & Art. Distillers and distillery representatives from Beam Canada, Collingwood, Forty Creek, Still Waters and Toronto Distillery will join Davin de Kergommeaux for an evening of whisky and friends.

Tickets include a tutored tasting of 5 whiskies, light hors d’oeuvres and a copy of Davin’s award winning book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert. Visit the tasting lounge after the whisky tasting to mix and mingle and taste more of the distillers fine whiskies.

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 6pm to 9:30pm | Tasting begins at 7pm | Tickets: $85 + HST

Experience Campbeltown Whisky– Packages For Whisky Clubs and Societies – Scotch Whisky News


Greetings from Campbeltown!

All knowledgeable whisky enthusiasts know that Campbeltown has a long and storied history as one of Scotland’s principal whisky-producing regions and is the home of three world-class distilleries—Springbank (notable as the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on one site), Glengyle and Glen Scotia.   Campbeltown is definitely a worthwhile destination for any group of whisky afficianados and a visit to the “Wee Toon” and its distilleries can be part of an itinerary that could include Islay and other western whisky-producing areas.

The Royal Hotel is located at the head of Campbeltown Loch, just steps from the distilleries and Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop.  The hotel was completely renovated in 2012 and offers four star accommodation and top quality food and beverage, enabling your members to enjoy an unparalleled whisky travel experience.  A video tour of the hotel can be seen at:

The hotel is part of our Village at Machrihanish Dunes resort– information on the full property and its offerings can be found at

In addition to offering the region’s finest accommodation close to the distilleries, we can help arrange tours and tastings at Springbank, including a very special experience with Frank McHardy, the legendary former Director of Production at Springbank.  We also have our own Whisky Ambassador at The Royal and can easily arrange private tastings and whisky-themed dinners for your members.

We are experienced in arranging special packages for groups and offer group bed and breakfast packages from £49 per person per night.  We welcome you to inquire about how we can provide an exceptional whisky tourism experience in Campbeltown for your whisky club or society.

For more information, please call our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0) 1586 810 013 or email us at

We look forward to welcoming you to Campbeltown—and The Royal Hotel!

Kind regards

Marc Wexler  

Marc Wexler | The Village at Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish, Argyll PA28 6PT Scotland | Office +44 01586 810 015 (UK) +01 617 630 4934 (US) | Skype marcwexler


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #405 – Scotch Whisky News

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“Rare Drams” BCLDB Premium Spirits Release 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

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185 Years of Rare Drams represented at this years BCLDB Spirits Release


From Angus Dundee a 30 YO Glencadam

This special Single Cask Release is bottled @ 46% ABV & is presented in a unique Glass Decanter.

From Hunter Laing we have two very rare drams


35YO Port Ellen @ 50.4%


35 YO Macallan @ 46%

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Rare Drams complete this unique grouping with two Very Old Single Grains 38 YO Strathclyde bottled @ 55.5%ABV.


47 YO Invergordon bottled @ 44.6% ABV

185 Years of Rare Drams available at selected Signature Stores from Nov 2nd

Twitter @rare_drams in BC & Alberta

Aberdeen University Malt Whisky Society Tasting Wenesday October 30th, 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

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Our fortnightly tasting will be taking place on 
Wednesday 30th of October at 6.30pm in BookEnds, Butchart Centre

Tickets will be on sale between 12-2pm. As usual they are £3!

We hope to see you there!
We will have some super whisky on offer.

ALL members must buy 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 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 (£2) 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.

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

£3 = 4 whiskies!

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.

Winter Whisky Deal for Whisky People at the Dornoch Castle Hotel – Scotch Whisky News


Winter Whisky Deal for Whisky People at the Dornoch Castle Hotel

Book our special discounted winter rate, including 3 course Dinner and full Scottish breakfast and get 30% off the price of measures of whisky, where the bottle has been open over 6 months, for the duration of your stay with us.

Whisky list

Pricing examples;
1951 Mortlach G&M private collection, bottled 2005. Was £25 now £17.5 Brora 2002 release 30yo (2002). Was £35 now £24.5 Balvenie 25yo single cask, 15103. Was £10. Now £7 Talisker, 1955, 50yo, G&M, was £40. Now £28 Diageo Rare Malts. 10 bottles (excluding Broras) £9-12 each, now £6.30 to £8.40 Caperdonich 1972, G&M, was £15. Now £10.50

Over 150 bottles qualify for this discount!

The freshness of our bottles is of utmost importance to us so we are having a cull. I need lots of bottles to be emptied over the winter! can you help?

More bottles added every week!

Facebook album of bottles on offer. 30%off marked price.

Standard room rate;

Single occupancy £89 per night, Including Dinner, Breakfast and whisky discounts Double or Twin £120 per night, Including Dinner, Breakfast and whisky discounts, based on 2 people sharing.

All standard rooms are in the newer part of the building and are all en-suite. See our website for details.

Superior room rate;

Single occupancy £139 per night, Including Dinner, Breakfast and whisky discounts Double or Twin £159 per night, Including Dinner, Breakfast and whisky discounts, based on 2 people sharing.

Superior rooms are in the older part of the Castle and are all en-suite, every room is different. See our website for more details.

Please Quote the Winter Whisky Deal for Whisky People when booking. tel 01862 810216 or email Discounts available for larger groups and clubs, please contact us for further details. Dates available from the 1st of October until February 28th. Certain dates do not apply, such as Hogmanay, Christmas, Valentines etc.

The Macallan Distillery Recruiting an Assistant Whisky Maker – Scotch Whisky News


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Scotch whisky has become the country’s leading export commodity in the past five years. With international demand rapidly rising for premium Scottish whisky, the industry is thriving.

The Macallan is known as the world’s most precious suite of luxury whisky brands, which form part of the internationally renowned Edrington Group. Following a period of growth and success across the business, the company is recruiting an Assistant Whisky Maker to join the team working in the sample room at our distillery on the Macallan Estate on Speyside.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work directly with Macallan’s long established Master Whisky Maker. Like no other, the Macallan range of whisky is synonymous with excellence and only uses the ‘best of the best’ ingredients; great skill is required by the Whisky Maker to achieve consistency during the creation process.

You will also learn the secrets of The Macallan portfolio focusing on the contribution the casks make to the distinctive taste and colour of Macallan.  You will assist with the screening of thousands of samples each year, creating whiskies that will be recognised around the world.

Based at the Macallan Estate on Speyside, you will assist the Master Whisky Maker in the definition and maintenance of detailed sensory characteristics of each product in the portfolio. Working with our New Product Development and Sampling Room Teams, you will be immersed in the full flavours and character of this luxury brand.

Who We’re Looking For

  • You have a creative flair, with highly developed nosing and tasting skills
  • You will be degree qualified in a food science, chemistry or Brewing & Distilling subject
  • You have industry experience, possibly working within a production role in the brewing or distilling industry
  • You will have experience of flavour assessment and a good understanding of flavours and their interaction in mixtures
  • You are analytical in your approach to your work and proficient in using statistical tools
  • A strong communicator, you will have conviction in your decisions and be able to lead your audience to be inspired in your ideas for the brand
  • You will become a Custodian of the Brand. As Brand Ambassador, you will represent Macallan at industry events and develop our reputation even wider

If you have true passion for whisky and the desire to progress your career in the fascinating world of whisky creation, get in touch.


This is a highly sought after position, rewarding an industry leading salary and benefits. For more information, please contact Laura Chalmers directly on 0141 410 1019.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV to Laura Chalmers 

The Facts, The People, The News, The Stories – The 2014 Malt Whisky Yearbook – Whisky News

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The Facts, The People, The News, The Stories – The 2014 Malt Whisky Yearbook


The new edition of Malt Whisky Yearbook is published in October. Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn. This 9th edition is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on more than 200 whisky distilleries from all over the world.

Distinguished whisky experts such as Charles MacLean, Gavin D Smith, Dominic Roskrow, Ian Buxton, Neil Ridley and Ian Wisniewski contribute with new features written exclusively for this new edition along with details of hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings.

A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included.

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2014 includes more than 200 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland and Ireland. Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2014 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.


Malt Whisky Yearbook 2013 978 0 9552607 9 7 £13.95


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Food   & Drink (Spirits & Cocktails)




PB 300 pages157 mm x 239 mmFull colour coverOver   500 colour photographs and maps

The Masters of Photography Elliott Erwitt Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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Introducing The Macallan in Lalique V: The Spiritual Home

The fifth and penultimate decanter in The Macallan Six Pillars Collection is ‘The Spiritual Home’. We are privileged to have the opportunity to present an exquisite and very rare 62 years old Macallan single malt whisky, originally filled in American oak sherry seasoned casks in November 1950. As the second oldest Macallan ever released by our distillery since its foundation in 1824, the whisky is rich cherry coloured with flavours of treacle and blood orange.


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The Macallan Masters of Photography IV

For the fourth edition of our award-winning Masters of Photography series, we have commissioned the world’s most influential living photographer, Elliott Erwitt, to capture the spirit of our heartland in his ‘Great Scottish Adventure’. This is our most extensive and ambitious edition to date with 58 unique single cask whiskies being paired with a singed Elliott Erwitt print.


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‘Capture the Character of Your Land’ Masters of Photography 2013: Master Class

Our annual Masters of Photography Master Class competition has launched and this year, to celebrate the Elliott Erwitt Edition, we’re asking aspiring photographers around the world to ‘capture the character of your land’. Elliott perfectly captured the heartland of the Macallan by turning his lens on Scotland, showcasing the traditions and eccentricities of the Scottish people. Now it is over to you, take your camera and capture the character! You could be in with a chance of winning prizes from innovative specialists, Leica – loved by professionals and coveted by amateurs.


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