Archive for September, 2014


MachrieMoor CaskStrength BottleTube


If you are prepared to explore Machrie Moor, you will be delighted with what you discover. 

Though the legend talks of the warrior giant Fingal and his favourite dog, what will actually await you is a stunning expression of the Arran Malt – a delightful drink with a tale to tell. 

Award-winning Scotch whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers is launching the latest in its Machrie Moor peated whisky collection, which includes the first ever cask strength version of the limited edition Single Malt. 

The Machrie Moor Single Malt first appeared five years ago, inspired by the legend of a warrior giant who tethered his dog to a stone in a mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor which lies on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. 

This September the fifth edition of Machrie Moor – the only peated Arran malt – will be released worldwide, alongside a cask strength edition which has been bottled at 58.4%. Both single malts are limited edition and highly anticipated because of their unique flavour.

Master Distiller James MacTaggart carefully chose the very best Arran peated casks to create these two whiskies to savour. 

MacTaggart said: “When we first created Machrie Moor, we wanted to create a drink which kept the character and taste of Arran that our followers love but included a taste of something different with the peat flourish. 

“We were blown away with the reception our first edition of Machrie Moor received which has inspired us to produce the subsequent editions and now this fifth expression. 

“This year’s edition is particularly special as we are also introducing a cask strength version of the single malt, which we are really excited about and we are confident it will prove popular with whisky fans who want to try a cask strength dram with a difference.” 

Machrie Moor – The Peated Arran Malt – has hints of vanilla, fresh pineapple and citrus, with an extra punch of peat smokiness on the finish. 

The cask strength edition has distinct influence of peat and notes of fresh pineapple and a caramelised bourbon cask vanilla finish. 

Only 12,000 bottles of Machrie Moor Fifth Edition and just 6,000 bottles of the first edition cask strength Machrie Moor will be available when they go on sale on October 6th. 

Euan added: “We were inspired by the legend of warrior giant Fingal tethering his favourite dog Bran to a stone known as Fingal’s Cauldron Seat on Machrie Moor and these peated expressions of the Arran Single Malt perfectly captures the rugged beauty and lore of the landscape of this area of Arran. 

Our followers have come to know and love Machrie Moor over the last five years for its distinctive taste and we are hopeful that whisky lovers will respond just as well to the new cask strength edition which is really something special.” 

The releases will be available to all Arran key markets worldwide including UK, France, Germany, USA, Russia and Japan. 

Machrie Moor – The Peated Arran Malt (46% abv) has an RRP of £41.99 while Machrie Moor Cask Strength Single Malt (58.4%) has an RRP of £49.99. Both are available from and specialist whisky shops.  

MachrieMoor 5thEd BottleTube


The Arran Malt – Machrie Moor 5th Edition is released in early October and will be available through Arran’s network of worldwide distributors. These can be found on RRP is £41.99 for 70cl. 

The Arran Malt – Machrie Moor Cask Strength is released in early October and will be available through Arran’s network of worldwide distributors, excluding the USA.  Distributors can be found at RRP is £59.99 for 70cl. 

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Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.) 

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards (2014).

September 2014 Auction Now LIVE! – Scotch Whisky News

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September 2014 Auction Now LIVE!

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 Our September auction is now live and will finish on October 6th from 19:00.  There are 700 lots of whisky in this auction, including the infamous Macallan 1946 Select Reserve, shown below.

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To mention a few more special lots we have an incredible Brora in this months auction. Douglas Laing 1970 32 Year Old is the earliest vintage ever released as a Brora, one of only two casks ever bottled from 1970!

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  Alongside this is a Glen Grant 1965 Decanter, lovely wooden case and a miniature released by Signatory Vintage to mark the turn of the Millenium; the infamous Laphroaig 40 year old; and finally on the right we have a bottle of the much sought after Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 year old.

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 There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

 With over 10 years of experience in the whisky industry, Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, we aim to be the most comprehensive website for the buying and selling of whisky online.

 Happy Bidding!

Balblair “THE WHISKY EXCHANGE Single Cask 1343” – Scotch Whisky News

Vintage 2000 1343 Single Cask


The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 15th year online, and what better way to mark the occasion than with the launch of Balblair Vintage 2000 1343 Single Cask – an exceptional whisky which is now exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange.

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Ian Buxton, Author of the 101 Whiskies Series, is Interviewed at Malt – Whisky News


Ian Buxton, writer of the 101 Whiskies series, is Interviewed at Malt

Ian Buxton, one of Britain’s most popular whisky writers and creator of the ‘101 Whiskies’ series, is interviewed at whisky website Malt.

He talks about his latest title, 101 Legendary Whiskies You’re Dying to Try But (Possibly) Never Will, as well as his other books, and muses on matters such as No Age Statement whiskies and the industry today.

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Single Cask Whiskies at Abbey Whisky – Whisky News

Just a small selection of some of the wonderful whisky that’s arrived on the shelves of Abbey Whisky this September… To view all our new arrivals click here

GlenDronach 1996 / Single Cask #3607
UK Exclusive

Single cask #3607, a UK Exclusive released by The BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd. Distilled in 1996 and aged in a Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon for 18 years before being bottled in 2014 at 54.4% vol, 668 bottles filled.

£85.90 (£71.58 ex vat)

Click here to purchase GlenDronach Single Cask 3607

Macallan 1972 Speymalt / First Fill Sherry

A 1972 vintage Macallan, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Speymalt series. Matured in first fill sherry casks for over 40 years, bottled in 2014 at 43% vol.

The Speymalt from Macallan distillery range includes a series of exceptional single malts, each matured in the highest quality casks selected by Gordon & MacPhail.

£424.00 (£353.33 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Macallan 1972 Speymalt

Balcones 5th Anniversary Cask 2653 Rumble Finish

Released as part of Balcones fifth anniversary celebrations, single barrel #2653 has been finished in a cask that previously held Rumble Cask Reserve. 181 bottles filled at 57.5% vol.

£295.00 (£245.82 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Balcones Cask #2653

Mackmyra Midnattssol

Mackmyra Midnattssol has been created from a combination of American and Swedish oak, sherry and bourbon along with the final storage in casks that previously held Swedish wine made from birch sap. The result is a complex whiskey with a floral, tart and fruity flavour.

£54.25 (£45.21 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Mackmyra Midnattssol

Tomatin Cu Bocan / Sherry Cask

A limited edition Tomatin Cù Bòcan fully matured in sherry casks.

Cù Bòcan has stalked residents of the remote Highland village of Tomatin for centuries, his legend embellished by the hellhound’s increasingly fractious behaviour!

£48.95 (£40.79 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Tomatin Cu Bocan Sherry Cask

Ben Nevis 17 Year Old / Single Cask #81

A 17 year old Ben Nevis single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Celebration of the Cask range by Càrn Mòr. Single cask #81 was distilled in 1997 and aged in a sherry butt before being bottled in 2014 at 52.8% vol. An out-turn of 592 bottles.

£69.25 (£57.71 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Ben Nevis Cask 81

Glenfarclas 1973 / Single Cask #4795

Family Casks Summer 2014

Beautiful colour from this Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in 1973, single sherry hogshead #4795 was left to slumber until 2014 where it was bottled as part of The Family Casks Summer 2014 batch. Bottled at 48.2% vol, 195 bottles filled.

£582.00 (£485.00 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Glenfarclas 1973 Cask 4795

GlenDronach 1995 / 19 Year Old

Single Cask #3250 / UK Exclusive

One of two UK Exclusives released by GlenDronach towards the end of September 2014 (#4887 being the other). Single cask #3250, distilled in 1995 and aged for 19 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon. Bottled at 52.5% vol, with an out-turn of 554 bottles…

£89.90 (£74.92 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Glendronach Single Cask #3250

GlenDronach 1995 / 19 Year Old

Single Cask #4887 / UK Exclusive

Single cask #4887, distilled in 1995 and aged for 19 years in an Oloroso sherry puncheon. 542 bottles filled at 55.4% vol. One of two UK Exclusives released by GlenDronach towards the end of September 2014. The other being single cask #3250.

£89.90 (£74.92 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Glendronach Single Cask #4887 

Glen Garioch – The Renaissance 1st Chapter

The first chapter in a four part story from Glen Garioch whisky distillery showing off the spirits character and how it ages with time. Distilled in 1997 (when the distillery re-opened), ‘The First Chapter’ has been matured for 15 years in bourbon and sherry casks and was bottled in 2014 at 51.9% vol. Each year there will be a further chapter of Glen Garioch Renaissance, which will be 16, 17 & 18 years old.

£73.90 (£61.58 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Glen Garioch The Renaissance 1st Chapter

News from The Whisky Belle (September 2014) – Scotch Whisky News


Readers, I hope this finds you well. The weather is turning, The Ryder Cup is in full swing and there is no better excuse for enjoying a wee dram. September has been a busy month as ever and her is my latest news. Enjoy the weekend.

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News Release from Benromach Distillery Company Ltd – Scotch Whisky News


News release from Benromach Distillery Company Ltd 

New 100° Proof whisky from distillers of classic Speyside single malts  

A new single malt whisky has been unveiled by the Benromach Distillery Company Ltd as the brand continues to grow. 

Benromach 100° Proof is bottled at 57% ABV – the old Imperial measure which followed a tradition established when sceptical sailors, who wanted to ensure their rum rations had not been watered down, mixed spirit with gunpowder. If the mixture ignited, its strength was “proved”. 

The 100° Proof is an intense and richly complex whisky with sherry kicks, stewed fruit, beeswax polish, vanilla pods and delicate smoke. 

The new whisky joins a stable of expressions led by the flagship Benromach 10 Years Old. 

Benromach 100° Proof will adopt the same new look as that for the 10 Years Old, which was unveiled in April this year. 

The new packaging, developed in conjunction with branding agency Stuff Creative, emphasises the handcrafted credentials of the whisky, made using the finest natural ingredients by just three distillers at the Forres distillery. 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd, which is owned by single malt specialist Gordon & MacPhail, has also revealed new packaging in the same style for its Benromach Organic and Benromach Peat Smoke expressions. 

Benromach Organic was the world’s first wholly organic whisky, certified by the UK Soil Association, when it was launched in 2006. 

Benromach Peat Smoke is produced in very small batches with a phenol level of 67ppm and is a wonderfully fruity and smoky single malt. 

Michael Urquhart, Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, said: “We are custodians of the time-honoured crafts of distillation and maturation and we enjoy experimenting to present different styles of Benromach for consumers to enjoy. 

“The 100° Proof will have a strong appeal and exemplify the versatility of what is a contemporary and sophisticated Benromach brand.” 

Benromach Distillery was established in 1898 and changed hands many times. It was bought by Gordon & MacPhail in 1993 and re-opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998. 

Since then, sales of Benromach have grown rapidly. Last year they increased by 29% and the whisky is now exported to 30 countries around the world. 

Last month the company opened two new dunnage warehouses as it expands to meet growing demand. It also recently recruited a third distiller.  

Benromach 100 Proof


Leading malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is the owner of Benromach Distillery. Established in 1898, it was virtually derelict when the family-owned company bought it in 1993. Following a painstaking restoration and re-equipment, the distillery was re-opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon & MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from pre-1960s Speyside whiskies. 

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous Malt Whisky Trail. 

Benromach 10 Years Old 

Benromach 10 Years Old is created from the finest Scottish barley and pure spring water from the nearby Romach hills. After being matured for at least 10 years, it emerges golden in colour and displays rich fruit, sweet chocolate and delicate spicy aromas. With a rich sherry influence, the mouth-watering palate coats the senses with exotic fruit flavours, toasted malt and a delicate hint of smoke. 

The new look for the Benromach expressions has been created and designed by Edinburgh based design studio, Stuff Creative.

Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Tasting Thursday October 2nd at Federal Wine & Spirits Boston – Scotch Whisky News

Federal Wine & Spirits

Single-Malt Scotch Tasting
Thursday, October 2nd
4:30 P.M.  OR  6:00 P.M.
Featuring Independent Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
Lead by Importer, Gary Kiemach

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Left: Michael Urquhart, who is retiring as Managing Director of G&M and handing over the title to the first ever non-family member to hold the position. Right: His successor, former COO of G&M, Ewen Mackintosh

Those of you who joined us for our last tasting of whiskies from the Gordon & Macphail portfolio back in March will remember Gary Keimach. Only six short months later he’ll be back in the store again with a whole new set of offerings (plus the always reliable Benromach 10 year old from the distillery owned by the bottlers). Gary is a font of knowlege and we’re lucky to have him. Come pick his brain, learn, and taste through a lovely line-up. The two tastings (one at 4:30, one at 6) will be identical, so pick whichever works best for you but please be prompt. Bring a fellow whisky-nerd, a scotch-curious acquaintance, or just come yourself — but you won’t want to miss this tasting. We’ll taste the following whiskies, with pricing information to follow shortly:

G&M Bunnahabhan Cask Strength 9 Y.O.  (Peated )
Regularly $94.99, At the Tasting $84.99

Benromach 10 Y.O. $59.99, At the Tasting $49.99

G&M Scapa 10 Y.O. $71.99, At the Tasting $64.99

G&M Smith’s Glenlivet  15 Y.O. $89.99, At the Tasting $80.99

G&M Ardmore 15 Y.O. $79.99, At the Tasting $71.99

G&M Mortlach 25 Y.O. $274.99, At the Tasting $249.99

Prices subject to change without notice.  

Joe Howell

Federal Wine & Spirits
Phone: 617-367-8605

Find Your Favourite Bourbon Serve With Maker’s Mark This London Cocktail Week Thursday 9th October – American Whiskey News

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Find your favourite Bourbon serve with Maker’s Mark this London Cocktail Week
Thursday 9th October

This October, the discerning drinkers of the Capital are set to embrace the buzzing cocktail culture with the UK’s biggest drinks festival. As London Cocktail Week celebrates its fifth year, the hand crafted, premium bourbon Maker’s Mark is excited to announce an exclusive cocktail tasting at Steam & Rye on Thursday 9th October.

A handful of the city’s bourbon connoisseurs will be offered the chance to participate in this pop-up tasting, hosted by renowned Mixxit mixologist Amanda Humphrey. Guests will be welcomed into the world of this precious liquid with a Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned cocktail and given an inspiring and educational introduction to the brand.

Attendees will be treated to an interactive tutorial on creating a selection of signature serves followed by a chance to hand-dip their very own Maker’s Mark bottle in the iconic red wax. At the end of the session, guests will be given an exclusive set of Maker’s Mark goodies to take away and continue the experience at home. 

Maker’s Mark cocktail tasting: 6.45pm – 8.45pm, Thursday 9th October at Steam & Rye, 147 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4QT

Tickets are available to owners of a London Cocktail Week wristband for £15 at


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About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renown premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

Maltstock 2015 – Whisky News


We had a blast at Maltstock 2014!! These weekends have a tendency to be gone before you know it. But, judging from your reactions during Maltstock and on the internet, Maltstock 2014 has been a great whisky party. And, since that’s kinda what we are aiming for, it is very good, sometimes humbling, to see all those warm and nice comments and reactions! We are really grateful!

So… Thank you all for being with us at Maltstock and making it a fun, relaxing and unforgettable weekend! We really enjoyed seeing everybody having a great time.

Friends and sponsors
A huge thank you to all our friends and sponsors! 12 Masterclasses, a Blind Bottle Battle, a whisky quiz, a BBQ, Pizza’s, soup, bread, a morning walk, a great breakfast, fine beer, fine food, and a Midnight Cafe all made possible by individual people and companies and their people. See the list below.

A big thank you to our volunteer crew. Without their hard work Maltstock would just not be possible. Thanks people!

Feedback and survey
Maltstock is all about you sharing and enjoying a great experience. Thanks for sharing your impressions with the other guests, us and the world on the internet. But if there is anything you would like us to know, any suggestions you’d like to make (other than scaring away rainclouds), please feel free to use our general mail address (

Maltstock 2015
1\3 of the tickets is already sold. We see this as a huge complement and are very happy with this! Thank you!

Maltstock will be in the weekend of 25-27 September 2015.

Would like to order your ticket? Send us an email: Thank you.

IWF Den Haag
Come and have a dram with us at International Whisky Festival Den Haag. See you there!

Thanks again everyone! We wish you a great (relaxed) year and hope to see you all again happy and healthy at Maltstock 2015.

Annette, Bob, Jeroen, Klaas, Stan and Teun

Maltstock 2014 was made possible by: YOU, our guests, A la Votre, Aberfeldy, Aberfeldy. Ardbeg, Anthony McCallum-Caron, Anverness, Arno Borsboom, Arthur, Ashok Chokalingham, BBQGuru, Ben Ellefsen, BenRiach/ GlenDronach, Berry Bros., Billy Abbott, Bob, Bresser & Timmer, Bruichladdich, Cadenhead, Cat Spencer, Claudia, Coot, Daniza, Dennis Hendriks, Donald MacLellan, Eline, Full Proof, Glen Garioch, Glenfarclas, Glengoyne Distillery, Glenmorangie, Glen Moray, Guinness, Hans Offringa, Henk, Highland Park, Highlander Inn, Jan Iedema, Jeroen Koetsier, Kilchoman, Kintra, Laphroaig, Lukasz Dynowiak, Master of Malt, Matt, Michael Lord, Minke, Miranda, Nienke, Reypenaer, Rogier, Sandra, Scott’s Selection, Sebas, Sietse Offringa, Slijterij Zonneveld, Suntory, Tamdhu, Tatsuya Minagawa, Teun, The Balvenie, The Bonding Dram, The Glenrothes, The Royal Oak, The whisky exchange, The Whisky Friend, The Whiskyshop Dufftown, Thomas, Tom, Tony van Rooijen, Tullibardine, Valentijn, van der Heijden, Van Zuylen, Walkers Shortbread, Wemyss, Scott’s selection, Whisky Base, Whisky Import Nederland,, WhiskyPassion,, Wine World, Zeewijck, Zuidam, and all those who supported us but we forgot to mention.

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