Archive for July, 2014

Isle of Arran The Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter III at TB Watson “The Dram Busters” – Scotch Whisky News

“For Chapter III of the Devil’s Punch Bowl I have chosen a brooding selection of Arran’s finest aged Oloroso Sherry Butts which set the scene for the final performance. Notes of distinctive dark chocolate and dried fruits give satisfying depth and provide the ideal foundation for this last dram with the Devil. The inclusion of French Oak Barriques adds a rich layer of spice and toasted oak to proceedings while the Bourbon Barrels bring the sweetness of honey and vanilla. This final flourish of the Punch Bowl brings the curtain down in dramatic style”. James MacTaggart, Master Distiller


Nose – Aromatic and floral, a delicate perfume of white peaches with a background of white chocolate

Palate – The influence of the barriques are evident almost immediately, the delicate floral notes give way to a rich and warming touch of spice which amplifies beautifully on your tongue. Chocolate raisin and cinnamon in the tail give this a creamy mouthfeel. The fresh character of Arran prevails, the typical citrus notes always in the background, complimented with the light vanilla from the Bourbon Barrels which add a layer of sweetness.

Finish – Long, lingering and luxurious. The final curtain falls with long lasting notes of sweet spice and mandarin.

A memorable performance, there’s no going back once you’ve been tempted by the Devil!


Pre-order yours now from Drambusters!

We only have very limited stocks, so please be quick.


T.B.Watson Ltd.

11/17 English Street

Dumfries, Scotland DG1 2BU

United Kingdom

Isle of Skye “Take the Munro Challenge” – Scotch Whisky News

Get ready for a Munro Challenge?

Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky formed a fundraising partnership with Scottish Mountain Rescue last year to help support the many volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that we can all enjoy Scotland’s mountains.

As part of our fundraising activity, we teamed up with our friends at Tiso and launched The Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Munro Challenge to help raise funds for vital new equipment for the 26 volunteer teams.

Let’s fly the flag for Scottish Mountain Rescue

Open to everyone, whether you’re an experienced climber, outdoor enthusiast or mountaineering novice, we’re challenging you to take on a personal challenge or gather a team of your colleagues, friends or family to climb a Munro this September and raise money for Scottish Mountain Rescue.

Entry is simple – just complete the online registration form, only one entry per team or per individual is necessary, create your own secure JustGiving page, encourage everyone to help you raise money for Scottish Mountain Rescue then most importantly, join us in climbing a Munro this September.

We’ve set up a team JustGiving page here;  so we can watch our group fundraising total rise.  Become a member of the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Munro Challenge team by clicking on our page and the first 50 people to register will receive a limited edition Isle of Skye Whisky beanie hat. In addition, the first 20 Munro Challenge baggers to send us a photo from the summit will receive a bottle of Isle of Skye 8 Year Old.
The closing date for registrations is Sunday 17th August 2014.

For more information or to donate directly to Scottish Mountain Rescue, visit

Welcome to The Haig Club – Scotch Whisky News

Forget everything you thought you knew about Scotch. Haig Club is a new Single Grain Whisky developed in partnership between Diageo and global sporting icon David Beckham and british entrepreneur Simon Fuller.

Haig Club is made at Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland. The liquid has been crafted using a unique process that combines grain whisky from three cask types. This creates a fresh, clean style that showcases butterscotch and toffee for an ultra-smooth taste. Seen by many to be Scotland’s hidden gem, single grain whisky is being predicted by experts as the next trend in whisky.

The House of Haig can trace its whisky producing roots back to the seventeenth century in Scotland. The Haig family is the oldest whisky dynasty and known for innovation which laid the foundations for the growth and success of the modern scotch whisky industry.

Haig Club has an ultra-smooth taste, with delicious notes of butterscotch and toffee . This makes it enjoyable served neat, over ice or in a long refreshing cocktail. The subtle taste of Haig Club pairs very well with food, especially seafood. The liquid itself is a clear, golden amber colour.

Aroma: A nose of vanilla fudge, honey and dried tropical frutis with mild pepper and light oak

Taste: A rich and creamy palate that mixes sweet flavours of brioche, coconut, vanilla and toffee

Simply click here to buy – £45

Kilchoman 2009 PX Finish Single Cask Abbey Whisky Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

Kilchoman 2009 PX Finish Single Cask AW Exclusive

To say we’re excited would be a huge understatement! Our very own cask of Kilchoman; and boy, it’s a beaut!

Established in 2005, Kilchoman distillery holds true to tradition, it’s one of only a handful of distilleries to still practice floor maltings; they even grow their own barley! We’ve always greatly admired Islay’s farm distillery and what it stands for, so to team up and release this wonderful dram makes us incredibly proud indeed!

Cask #285/09 has been matured for over four and a half years in a fresh bourbon barrel before being transferred to a Pedro Ximénez cask for a further four months maturation. The PX finish on this release works a treat, softening things down a little but still allowing the dram to hold the traditional taste & characteristics you would expect from a Kilchoman whisky of this age. A perfect combination.

Single cask #285/09 has been bottled at cask strength, 58.3% vol with 270 bottles filled. 


(£65.79 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Kilchoman Single Cask #285/09 Abbey Whisky Exclusive

In Whisky Review #476 Ralfy Reviews Glen Scotia 21yo – Scotch Whisky News

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The BenRiach Distillery Company Wins 11 Medals in the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition – Scotch Whisky News

Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old

THE BenRiach Distillery Company has won 11 medals, including two Gold Outstanding medals, across its three brands at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world. It exists to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products. Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

The company’s full list of awards is:

  • Gold Medal – Outstanding           BenRiach 12 Years Old
  • Gold Medal – Outstanding           Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old
  • Gold Medal                                        Glenglassaugh 40 Years Old
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         BenRiach 17YO Septendecim
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         BenRiach 15YO Pedro Ximenez Finish
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         BenRiach 10YO Curiositas
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         GlenDronach 15YO Revival
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         GlenDronach 18YO Allardice
  • Silver Medal – Outstanding         Glenglassaugh Torfa
  • Silver Medal                                      Glenglassaugh Evolution
  • Silver Medal                                      Glenglassaugh Revival

The judges described the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old, winner of a Gold Outstanding medal, as; “A complex fruity and spicy whisky with dried fruit and raisins, aromatic pipe tobacco and a spicy oaky mouth feel. Some fine vanilla toffee with a long spicy finish.”

The BenRiach 12 Years Old impressed the competition’s judges with: “Currant buns, a light whisky with hints of raisins and sultanas, spicy citrus fruits and a lightly waxy mouth feel. A very well balanced spicy finish.”

And notes of “Fine spices in a great nose of chocolate, liquorice and vanilla toffee aromas. Lovely wood phenols and well balanced tannins, sandalwood and nutmeg tones in a long lasting aftertaste”, resulted in a Gold Medal for the Glenglassaugh 40 Years Old.

BenRiach’s Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We are delighted to win these awards, especially as they are spread across all three of our brands. A number of these products are relatively new releases, such as the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old, 40 Years Old and Torfa, so it is nice to see them getting some industry recognition. To receive a Gold Outstanding Medal for the BenRiach 12 Years Old is also particularly satisfying as it is one of our core range expressions. It’s a major achievement for a small independent to make the UK spirits producer shortlist and we are thrilled with these results.”

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2014 “Tickets now On Sale” – Scotch Whisky News


Tickets are now on sale for The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2014.  Held annually on the last weekend of September, The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival gives visitors the opportunity to taste, explore, sample, hear and experience the very best of Speyside and have lots of fun at the same time.  All with the backdrop of the breath-taking scenery of Speyside in Autumn.

Our full programme for 2014 is available on our website.  It’s fun and exciting from the first to the last drop.

For more information got to or contact The Whisky Shop Dufftown ( & 01340 821097).

Littlemill 21 Year Old #2 Release Available at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Littlemill 21 Year Old #2 Release

Official proprietary bottling of the lost Lowland Scotch distillery, which closed in 1994 and now demolished.

4,600 numbered bottles…

Littlemill 21 Year Old $242.92


Dundee Dell MEGA TASTING!! Sunday August 3rd, 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

Dundee Dell
Hello Dell Friends!  We are so excited for our MEGA TASTING!!
When:  August 3
Time:  4 p.m.
Cost:  $100
Pat has pulled all the AMAZING bottles down and here’s a sneak peak:
– Bowmore Black
– Laphroaig 40
– Ardbeg 30
– Balblair 37
– Bunnahabhain 35
– Glen Albyn 26
– Glen Grant 34
– GlenRothes 35
– Caol Ila Reserve
– Mannochmore 22
Please make sure to make a reservation 402.553.9501.  This is one of our best tastings and we hope to see you!

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Glenmorangie Signet – Scotch Whisky News


This week Joe Ellis reviews Glenmorangie Signet.

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