Archive for April, 2014


The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso



The Glenlivet, the original single malt whisky, is expanding its celebrated The Glenlivet Nàdurra brand into a range featuring different cask experiences as it aims to build on its strong development in the growing single malt whisky market*. 

Nikki Burgess, Global Brand Director for The Glenlivet at Chivas Brothers, comments: “The Glenlivet Nàdurra is the purest expression of The Glenlivet that captures the original passion and production methods of George Smith’s distillery. We know that whisky connoisseurs appreciate these qualities at the heart of the range, and by expanding the Nàdurra range we aim to consolidate our strong and innovative offering in the craft single malt arena. 

Each expression in The Glenlivet Nàdurra range is crafted in small batches using traditional production methods and is matured exclusively in a different cask-type, showcasing the versatility and flawless quality of The Glenlivet spirit. Unlike most modern whiskies, the range is bottled without chill-filtration, which offers the additional complexity, body, and texture of a whisky that has just been drawn from the cask. 

Refreshed packaging demonstrates the handcrafted nature of Nàdurra through prominent batch number and cask-type stamps, an artisanal typeface, an emphasis on the Gaelic translation of Nàdurra, and a distinctive handmade finish. 

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso is the first new permanent expression in the range, and is the first major The Glenlivet bottling** in living memory to be matured solely in ex-sherry casks. 

The first-fill, ex-Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez in Spain impart rich, distinctive dried fruits aromas, warm spices, and notes of cinnamon and liquorice. The spirit combined with the cask influence, produces a sweetness of dark chocolate and a finish which is long and sweet with a slightly dry, spicy effect from the European oak maturation.

“The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso presents a rare opportunity to taste The Glenlivet aged exclusively in ex-Oloroso casks, which we anticipate to be extremely popular with whisky fans and an enticing purchase for travellers in Travel Retail when it launches. As we continue to release additional twists on the original The Glenlivet Nàdurra, we look forward to showcasing different cask experiences to an increasing number of discerning drinkers,” adds Nikki Burgess. 

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso will be introduced to Travel Retail Europe in May 2014 via immersive experiences to help travellers gain an understanding of the new whisky’s unique taste profile. The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso will be unveiled first at Heinemann Frankfurt airport before launching in London Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of the World Duty Free Whisky Festival 2014. Striking The Glenlivet spaces created in both airports will reflect the brand’s contemporary style, enticing whisky enthusiasts to interact with the new single malt’s tasting notes and explore its rich heritage. In Frankfurt B-East and London Heathrow Terminal 5 travellers will also be invited to enjoy a dram of the new expression while playing a game of pool thanks to the installation of a miniature pool table in the dedicated brand space.


*Single Malt sales grew by +5%  2011-2012 (IWSR)

**Excluding Single Cask Editions    

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso tasting notes:

Colour: Bright Gold
Nose: A medley of dried fruit aromas, raisins and apricots, with gentle notes of cinnamon and liquorice
Palate: Smooth and creamy, with the fruitiness of spicy orange marmalade and the sweetness of dark chocolate  
Finish: Long and sweet, leading to a slightly dry, spicy finish 

About The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet is the No. 2 single malt Scotch whisky in the world. Crafted in the remote Livet Valley since 1824, it is the only whisky with the unchallengeable right to be called The Glenlivet. 

About Chivas Brothers

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. 

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May 1st, 2014 Jolly Toper Tasting Edinburgh – Scotch Whisky News


P/O/U/R/S Thursday 7.30pm 01.05.14 £27/24*

at The Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Dalmore 37yo 48.6% Bourbon cask Cadenheads

W L Weller 12yo 45% wheated Bourbon

Imperial 1994 43% sherry cask matured Gordon &MacPhail

Benriach 18yo 46% Bourbon casks Cadenheads

Mystery peaty dram

* £3 discount for first timers and members, membership costs £10 for 13 months

P/O/U/R/S = Peaty/Old/Unusual/Rare/ Sherriede

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1842 LIVE CASKS at Cadenhead’s – Scotch Whisky News

We are pleased to announce that our popular 1842 Live Casks are now available to order in 20cl, 35cl and 70cl sizes. Your order will be bottled by hand in store to order. You can even choose to have your bottle in a presentation sleeve if you wish.


Islay Cask Whisky 58%

Islay Cask Whisky 58%

Prices start from £15.60

Nose: Definitely Islay with full smoke and peat from the moment you open this dram, Sweet pepper and citrus fruits arrive with the classic iodine edges one would expect from a classic Islay.

Palate: Initial hit of peat arrives with some waves of salted nuts and smoked fruity barbecue tones across the palate with an abundance of citrus and creamed fruits that allow this cask to give the drinker a balanced dram.

Finish: Clean sweet edges, warming soft smoke and waves of classic Islay peat linger with that unmistakable medicinal note we expect from an Islay. It’s not overwhelming in it’s peat & smoke as a final flourish of sweet citrus fruits balance the last of this dram on the palate.

Cambeltown Cask Whisky 59.5%

Cambeltown Cask Whisky 59.5%

Prices start from £15.60

Nose: Sherry cask influence gives this a slight dark chocolate tone, lots of rounded fruits and sweet smoke.

Palate: Classic campbeltown as one would expect, fruity with that classic campbeltown salted toffee tone, very full bodied and well balanced smoke and fruit keep coming across the whole palate.

Finish: Smooth and sweet with an abundance of fruity tones from the sherry cask influence with a gentle spice and sweet smoke

Lowland Cask Whisky 56.4%

Lowland Cask Whisky 56.4%

Nose: Soft fruits with hints of fresh churned toffee. Summer time in a bottle!

Palate: Light fruity tones mingle with a rich creamy edge to give a perfectly balanced palate, lots of rich sweet candied orange and milk chocolate’s glide across the middle palate with a slight tingling tone that freshens this rather enjoyable dram.

Finish: Creamy rich and sweet with just the right amount of spice to lift this great cask malt one more time.

Highland Cask Whisky 60%

Highland Cask Whisky 60%

Nose: Classic tones of spiced fruits hints of sweet soft smoke

Palate: Tingling smooth and the spice from the nose, fruit cake and honey, tablet and fudge tones with hints of oak smoke mix things up across the palate.

Finish: Long lingering rich candy with a slight dry fruity edge making this a great after dinner dram.

(It’s nice to see William Cadenhead & Co finally discover the internet – WI). 

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Single Malts Direct “Reduced shipping costs for six countries” – Scotch Whisky News


We are very happy to announce our greatly reduced shipping rates to Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, France and Belgium as off today. We are now offering up to 12 bottles at a rate of £14.99 ex vat and have passed this saving onto you, our customers. Happy shopping and thank you all for your loyal support.

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Teeling 21yo Irish Single Malt – Irish Whiskey News


This week Joe Ellis reviews the Teeling 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt

#GGDrambassador The Mystery Glen Garioch 48% – Scotch Whisky Mystery


The Mystery Glen Garioch 48% #GGDrambassador

The nose presents tree fruit, slightly over ripe, followed by some really nice oak spice notes. There’s some candle wax lurking in the back ground or maybe even bee’s wax but it’s a welcome addition to the complexity. The taste is wonderfully sweet, like rich honey, along with the oak spice and the bee’s wax with a little biltong for good measure. Dare it be declared that there are wisps of smoke present here?? There’s also an extremely nice creaminess in the taste; much like a fino sherry imbues. It’s all very moreish. The finish is waxy, long and warming and the afore mentioned descriptors show their hand which taken together indicates very good balance. After a few minutes a really wonderful rich creaminess arrives as a last hurrah. 

A very, very nice Glen Garioch but we’ll all have to wait for the age and cask type(s) to be revealed. Whatever the outcome Glen Garioch have a winner on their hands. 

While the jam and the chocolate are appreciated if truth be told we here at Whisky Intelligence are slightly horrified by ginger (ginger root – Zingiber officinale) and are further wigged out by sugared ginger and unfortunately the chocolate sample has several lumps imbedded into its dark surface forcing the your correspondent to nibble around the lumps ….it’s too much, we can’t go on. Much the same can be said for games so very little effort was put forth in solving the clues, which, we can be certain, was to our loss. But the whisky is excellent, the whole bottle gave it’s all for this review. 

It’s in a better place….

The Story of Stronachie: Celebrating 110 Years With The Release of a New 10 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

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The Story of Stronachie: Celebrating 110 Years with the release of a new 10 Year Old. 

110 years on from the original 1904 bottling of Stronachie that inspired the revival of the Stronachie name and the reproduction of this spirit of another time, A. D. Rattray are delighted to announce the release of a 10 year old expression of their award-winning Stronachie Single Malt. 

New packaging has been introduced for both the new 10 year old and existing 18 year old to celebrate the anniversary, bringing a fresh look to the product whilst retaining the character and integrity of both the original A. D. Rattray Stronachie product and the original Stronachie 1904 bottle. 

The new Stronachie 10 year old will be officially launched at a Stronachie Celebration Evening to be held during Whisky Month at the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience & Whisky Shop on Friday 16th May from 6pm to 8pm. The event, which is open to the public, will tell the ‘Story of Stronachie’ with the opportunity to see the original 1904 bottle and sample both the 10 and 18 year old. 

This event will also be the launch of the ‘Tell Us Your Stronachie Story’ Facebook Competition where you are invited to submit your own story in connection to Stronachie and be in with the chance to win a bottle of 10 year old and a private whisky tasting for 2 people. 

Stronachie is a Small Batch Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky distilled at Benrinnes Distillery. Benrinnes was specifically chosen to be the best match in emulating the flavours and profile of the original Stronachie whisky.  

Tasting Note – 10 Year Old

Nose: Soft honey, earthy heather and malty sweetness.

Palate: Smooth with luscious honey and biscuits, then lingering pepper and cereal notes.

Conclusion: A perfectly balanced and seductive dram. 

Tasting Note – 18 Year Old

Nose: Strong honey and heather. Intense malt with hints of spice and lemon.

Palate: Full-bodied, robust and oily-smooth. Malted biscuits with rich honey then lingering pepper and spice.

Conclusion: Rich and complex.  


1. Stronachie 10 Year Old and 18 Year Old are available to buy from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Shop, Kirkoswald, Ayrshire KA19 8HY, Tel: 01655 760 308 and from selected UK and International retailers. 

2. Lost in time, not in spirit – The Story of Stronachie: 

‘The obliteration is total. Only the name remains.’ 

So ends the story of Stronachie, a distillery which rose out of the wilderness in the 1890s. Set in a desolate glen on the Perth-Kinross border it stood between bleak hills on an isolated road that toiled its way through the Ochill mountains. Stronachie Distillery produced a traditional Highland-style whisky until 1928 and during its four decades of production A.D. Rattray Ltd represented the brand in Scotland.  

A.D. Rattray is proud to revive the Stronachie name and reproduce this spirit of another time.  To replicate the whisky, a bottle of original Stronachie 1904 was purchased at auction – one of only four bottles left in existence. A small sample of whisky was drawn from this bottle and tasted. Then samples of many Highland malt whiskies were compared to the original Stronachie. Finally, the remote and high altitude Benrinnes was chosen. This first class malt emulates the flavours and profile of the original Stronachie whisky.   

3. A. D. Rattray was founded in 1868 and has a reputation for their extensive knowledge and expertise in the whisky industry. They are best known for their Cask Islay and Stronachie brands and a range of high quality single cask bottlings, the A. D. Rattray Cask Collection. 




Whisky distillery’s floor maltings building plays host to unique recording session 

Forget abandoned theatres, churches and grain silos, Copper Dogs have raised the bar of unusual locations for recording an album.  The four self-confessed whisky fanatics recorded their debut album on the traditional floor maltings of The Balvenie Distillery, in Dufftown, Speyside.  

The album is entitled The Balvenie Maltings Sessions and it will be launched at a gig in the ruins of Balvenie Castle, Dufftown on Friday 2nd May. 

The low-ceilinged, cavernous space – normally used for germinating barley to make single malt Scotch whisky – provided unique acoustics for the recording, which was completed over a three-day period in June 2013.  The quartet likened it to having a fifth member of the band with certain sounds and frequencies bouncing off the walls and coming back in unpredictable and exciting ways.  Songs were transposed into certain keys that were better suited to the stone environment.  (Many of the stones that built the maltings originally came from Balvenie Castle and workers claim a very old ghost came with them and haunts the site.)  

Copper Dogs, named after the copper tubes known as ‘dipping dogs’ that distillery workers used to store down their trouser legs and dip into casks to ‘liberate’ some whisky, comprises of Sam Simmons (The Balvenie) on guitar and vocals, Cat Spencer (Maverick Drinks) on lead vocals, Rob Allanson (Grant’s Whisky) on bass and Simon Roser (Simply Whisky) on drums.  The album also features guest appearances from various leading whisky industry figures including Dave Broom (vocals), Brian Kinsman (bagpipes), Neil Ridley (organ) and Dr Nicholas Morgan (guitar). 

Inspired by their number one passion for whisky and the whisky-making process, their songs are mostly ‘blends’ or ‘mash-ups’ of songs from across the years. The first two sides of the album are reincarnations of Motown hits and the last two sides are reworked classics spanning the last five decades.  The songs are crafted with a very particular Copper Dogs twist. 

Track list:

Side one: Sea of Love – Be My Baby – Where Did Our Love Go? – Can’t Help Myself – My Girl – Bring it on Home Side two: Locomotion – Do You Twist Me? – Dancing in the Street – You Keep Doves Cryin’ On Side three: Power of Love – The Weight – Dancing in the Dark – No Fat Bottom Surprises Side four: Ordinary Operator – Long Way to the Top – Heartbreaker – It Takes Two 

Commenting on the album recording location, Sam Simmons said: “While it may seem odd to recording purists, The Balvenie Distillery maltings allowed us to capture all the ambient  reverb which naturally occurs in this kind of environment. What makes the album really special is not only this reverb, but the hum of the distillery in the background between the tracks – it adds loads of character to the finished product and brings some humanity to an age of technology and auto-tuning.” 

Challenging the likes of other strange recording locations, such as Kiss’ Rock and Roll in an abandoned theatre, Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions in a church and Great Lake Swimmers’s self-titled album in a derelict grain silo, Copper Dogs have put its album among the work of an eclectic set of artists.  The tough task of recording, mixing and mastering the complexities of such an album fell to Steve Parker. 

The album will be available on vinyl only and is limited to just 500 special copies.  Details of how music fans can secure one of the limited edition LPs are available via 

To celebrate the launch of the album, Copper Dogs are performing the album live at a spectacular gig held in the ruined Balvenie Castle, Dufftown, on Friday 2nd May at 8.30pm. 

Tickets for the gig are priced are £10 and available from 

Milroy’s of Soho “Whisky Tastings In Soho This Summer” – Scotch Whisky News


Upcoming Tastings and Events

Our events team have been holed up in a small room this week, with access only to water and a laptop, tasked with setting up a host of new tasting events for the summer. They’ve emerged tired but triumphant with events ranging from an ambassador-hosted evening with the Teeling Whiskey Company through to a blind whisky tasting where you have to guess what you’re drinking! Have a look below and see if any pique your interest.

P.S. You get a 10% discount in the shop after every tasting which is a bit of all right.

Ambassador Nights from £20 per head
Whisky Tastings from £35 per head

Call us on 0207 437 2385 or book online

Whisky Tastings

14th MayThe Smoky and Peaty Tasting – At one stage in Scotland’s history all whisky was peated. Now just a handful of distilleries continue to use the wet, black vegetation that gives a whisky such glorious smoky, citric, medicinal qualities. This evening we’ll be tasting six drams, all peated and aged to varying degrees. Does Islay, that bastion of peat, reign supreme? Or does a young mainland pretender steal the crown?

19th MayThe Great Grain Whisky Tasting – Join us in our cellar this evening as we take you through a selection of the finest grain whiskies. Discover the history of grain whisky, compare it to single malt, and see for yourself how grain can be much, much more than something merely used to fill out cheap blends!

20th MayThe Art of Blending with Chivas Regal – This evening will give you a great insight into the art of blending courtesy of Chivas Regal. Come along to discover how blended whiskies are made, learn about their history and have a shot at creating your own blended masterpiece!

21st MayHow To Taste Whisky – The perfect introduction to the world of whisky: this tasting is a must for those who are just starting to discover whisky and all its joys, as well as a great gift for those whose passion and palate for whisky is ever-growing. All will become clear and you will leave with a broader understanding of this wonderful elixir.

28th MayThe Blind Whisky Tasting – This evening we’ll be testing your excellent senses of sight, taste and smell. How good are you at singling out a £20 blend from a £100 single malt? A peaty Islay from a sherried Highland? By the evening’s close your appreciation of whisky will have changed for good. Led by our expert tutors, they will guide you through six drams giving you indications what to look for, so that you can tell us what you think you’re drinking. The winner may even take home a prize!

11th JuneThe Fine and Rare Whisky Tasting – There is nothing quite like drinking a whisky in the knowledge you may never see it again, let alone taste it. With whiskies from long-closed distilleries and those which come and go once a year, this tasting of the finest and rarest of whiskies will be a night to remember.

12th JuneThe Great Whisky and Sausage Pairing – On this evening we are embarking on a great experiment, to pair artisanal sausages with fine whiskies from Scotland and around the world. Come and join the debate!

18th JuneHow To Taste Whisky – The perfect introduction to the world of whisky: this tasting is a must for those who are just starting to discover whisky and all its joys, as well as a great gift for those whose passion and palate for whisky is ever-growing. All will become clear and you will leave with a broader understanding of this wonderful elixir.

25th JuneBootleggers and Bourbon – From the moonshine bootleggers of Dukes of Hazzard to Chicago’s murky criminal underworld, in this tasting we will be sampling the delights of the corn, wheat and rye whiskeys of the United States. Come along and see why Bourbon is taking the world by storm yet again!

Ambassador Nights

8th MayThe Teeling Whiskey Company Ambassador Night – Discover the True Spirit of Dublin as Sam Macdonald takes us on a voyage of taste through the range of delicious whiskies available from the Teeling Whiskey Company, culminating in the infamous ‘Poitin’. A great evening guaranteed for all!

17th JuneGlen Garioch Ambassador Night – The perfect Father’s Day gift: join us in our tasting cellars as Graeme Dunnet takes us through the Glen Garioch range and tells us all there is to know about the distillery and more! We may even be temped to open a rather special bottle, distilled in 1978…not to be missed!

20th AugustGlencadam Ambassador Night – Come along and try the delicious and delicate Glencadam range, guided by the charismatic Ben Parker.

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