Archive for October, 2014

The Kilchoman UK Tour Reaches Dufftown Monday November 3rd, 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Kilchoman UK Tour

reaches Dufftown on

Monday 3rd November


19:00 to 20:00 PRICE £10

Book at or

phone 01340 821 097

All proceeds will be donated to

The Oaks palliative care centre in Elgin

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The ICEBIRG Press creates a better ice sphere maker for whiskey drinkers – Whisky News


The ICEBIRG Press creates a better ice sphere maker for whiskey drinkers 

Boise, ID, USA – October 20, 2014 – The ICEBIRG Press has created a better ice sphere maker for whiskey drinkers. Owners Jeff and Kevin Brackus, of Advanced Precision Machining Inc. in Meridian Idaho, created the ICEBIRG Press when they were unable to find an ice press on the market without problems. Other ice presses on the market don’t have the advanced features of the ICEBIRG Press like the melt runoff drain/alignment system, multipurpose channel and drain/alignment holes that make it easier to use and a water-tension removal dial that keeps you from fighting with the press to retrieve your ice sphere. The ICEBIRG Press also has air pressure release holes to relieve pressure during the speedy ice sphere creation process.

The ICEBIRG Press uses thermal mass and gravity (no motor or power required) to create a 2.5 inch ice sphere in less than one minute. For whiskey drinkers, a 2.5 inch ice sphere helps enhance your whiskey of choice rather than just making it cold. Developed to exist between a warm stiff “neat” drink and a super cold and diluted “on the rocks” drink, with the ICEBIRG Press you can have the best of both worlds, at a price point that rivals that of other ice presses on the market.

The ICEBIRG Press is currently available through their Kickstarter campaign at through November 5, 2014.

Ralfy Inches Closer to Whisky Review #500 with #495 – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy gets busy with the obscure creature such is an aged Lowland single malt,  with Whisky Review 495 – Auchentoshan 18yo @ 43%




The Glenlivet, the single malt that started it all, has unveiled the latest innovation from its Nàdurra range, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair. A celebration of modern craftsmanship, the Dram Chair aims to provide the perfect setting in which whisky connoisseurs can relax and enjoy a dram of single malt Scotch whisky.

The Dram Chair is the result of a collaboration with award-winning British designer, Gareth Neal, whose original furniture is popular among discerning customers around the world. Neal drew inspiration from the traditional, nineteenth century production methods at the heart of Nàdurra, meaning ‘natural’ in Gaelic, to design a contemporary piece that captures the spirit of the range.

 The frame of the chair is hand-crafted from oak, so crucial to the maturation of The Glenlivet spirit, while the leather seat has been steeped in oak bark by the only remaining oak tannery in Great Britain. The copper rivets, which mirror the distillery’s copper pot stills, secure the chair and ensure that it will withstand the test of time and a dram can be nestled comfortably on the chair’s arm.

The original design will be on display for a limited time at The New Craftsmen store in Mayfair, London, before it becomes an exhibit at The Glenlivet Distillery. Members of The Guardians of The Glenlivet online community can commission a chair to order at a cost of £6,200, and customise which arm of the chair should be equipped to house a dram. Each bespoke chair will be etched and numbered to create subtle variations and originality for collectors.

Commenting on the launch, Neal said: “My core values are people, process and place, so spending time with the handful of people who make The Glenlivet Nàdurra and witnessing first-hand the time-honoured processes that are used to create this fine whisky was truly inspiring. I have used a similar, hand-crafted approach to my own production methods for this unique dram chair.

“Enjoying a dram is a moment of escapism and I wanted to immerse the sitter in the materials that have brought this moment of pleasure about, in absolute comfort. The piece is so lightweight that it can literally be transported to a location of choice. I imagined a dramatic vista of the Scottish Highlands but the collector can create their own perfect Nàdurra moment.”

Nikki Burgess, Global Brand Director of The Glenlivet, added: “Neal and The New Craftsmen were obvious partners to commission to make The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair. They are passionately committed to a shared vision: combining the unique heritage of British craftsmanship with a sense of modernity. The partnership has resulted in something naturally crafted that is surprising and unique – a timeless original.”

 The Glenlivet Nàdurra is batch produced at cask strength using traditional methods and is bottled without chill-filtration, which offers additional complexity, body and a richer texture. The Dram Chair launch continues an innovative year for The Glenlivet Nàdurra, which has included the expansion of the range with two permanent new additions; Nàdurra Oloroso, matured exclusively in sherry casks, is extending its presence from Travel Retail into domestic markets, while Nàdurra First Fill Selection was launched last month and is rolling out into markets worldwide.


About Gareth Neal
Gareth Neal is a London-based furniture maker with a unique approach to design; through material inventiveness, curiosity and reinterpretation, he has helped to shape a new era within the context of design and craft. Gareth’s work ranges from individual pieces for the international collectors market, to bespoke commissions for private clients, & the design of production pieces for industry.

About The New Craftsmen

Launched in December 2012 in Mayfair, The New Craftsmen works to promote and sell craftsmanship from the British Isles, from a selection of Britain’s finest makers, working in textiles, silverware, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and beyond, including Gareth Neal. In June 2014 they opened their first permanent space in Mayfair, located in a late 19th century building that was once a workshop to makers of breeches. From here they sell the work of a growing network of makers, as well as manage bespoke commissions for those looking for completely unique pieces. Work is also sold online and shipped internationally.


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.



Created by George Smith in 1824, The Glenlivet is the original single malt Scotch whisky, renowned for its smooth and fruity flavor profile. Today, The Glenlivet is the No. 2 single malt Scotch whisky in the world and the No.1 single malt Scotch whisky in the USA, the world’s largest malt whisky market. The Glenlivet is also the biggest contributor to the volume growth of the single malt category worldwide, adding more than any other single malt whisky brand over the last five years. As the single malt that started it all, The Glenlivet is committed to continuing its legacy for crafting single malt whiskies of outstanding quality and for pioneering innovation within the category. The brand has introduced a raft of successful initiatives in recent years aimed at improving understanding and interest in single malt whisky, such as the launch of The Glenlivet Alpha, a mystery single malt released without cask information or tasting notes, and the creation of The Glenlivet Guardians, an online hub for fans of The Glenlivet worldwide to engage with the brand and each other.


Scotch Whisky Auctions 43rd Auction – Scotch Whisky News

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A message from our friends at Scotch Whisky Auctions;

Hi folks. We’re now live with the 43rd auction. We hope you enjoy it.

Kind Regards from Glasgow

The SWA Team


The Could-Be-True Story of Ballantine’s: New and Compelling Film Content Brings Ballantine’s Stay True Story to Life – With a Unique Twist! – Scotch Whisky News


The Could-Be-True Story of Ballantine’s: New and Compelling Film Content Brings Ballantine’s Stay True Story to Life – With a Unique Twist!

Europe’s No.1 whisky releases humorous new film to reveal what could have happened if Ballantine’s history had taken an unexpected and alternative route through the years…

Ballantine’s is today announcing the launch of a new digital campaign that aims to highlight to its fans around the world both its vibrant personality and its commitment to staying true to itself throughout its near 200 year history.

Conceived and created by M&C Saatchi London, the campaign goes live with the release of two films; The Could-Be-True Story and The Stay True Story, both of which can be viewed at The Could-Be-True Story first takes the viewer through Ballantine’s impressive heritage in an unexpected and humorous way, illustrating what could have happened had Ballantine’s not stayed true to founder George Ballantine’s vision. The Stay True Story of Ballantine’s then supports and complements the lead ‘Could-Be-True’ film, recounting Ballantine’s true brand story and demonstrating the ways in which the brand actually has stayed true since its creation in 1827.

The films will be seeded on Ballantine’s global social media platforms and further amplified in key markets around the world. The launch will also be supported by a media outreach programme that aims to grab the attention of relevant bloggers and media in a humorous and unique manner.

This new campaign is the latest in a series of successful marketing initiatives from Ballantine’s, which has seen the brand make a concerted effort to connect with consumers through digital media. This consumer engagement strategy is paying off, with Ballantine’s showing a strong performance* in key markets such as South Africa (109% annual growth), Brazil (51% annual growth), India (18% annual growth), and Poland (13% annual growth).

Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, Peter Moore, comments: “As a brand that prides itself on its reputation for innovation, we have long understood the potential that engaging, digital content provides, allowing us to connect with independent-minded adults. With these new films, we’re aiming to tell the story of Ballantine’s in a surprising and light-hearted manner, and one that is unexpected of a Scotch whisky brand. We are hopeful that this approach will capture the attention of our audience, showing them that whilst Ballantine’s is a well-established brand with a long history of tradition, we have a sense of humour and an individual style, making us a brand that remains relevant today.”



About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No. 2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.

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.


Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969 Decanter at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

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Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969 Decanter 41.6% ABV | 70cl

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky presents Rarest: a collection of some of the world’s most exclusive whiskies. Carefully selected from the company’s coveted reserves, each release embodies unparalleled luxury, refinement and scarcity.

Uncompromised by chill filtration and bottled at natural cask strength, Rarest Macallan represents the peak of the distiller’s art and stands as a glowing testament to the knowledge and skill that informs Duncan Taylor’s rigorous cask selection process.

Rarest Macallan is presented in a decanter of the finest Scottish crystal, intricately engraved with adornments of silver that mirror the whisky’s exquisite refinement. Bringing the monumental journey full circle, the decanter is housed in an elegant display case, crafted from the very cask that matured the whisky to perfection.

Generations of passion, knowledge and craftsmanship continues to drive Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky today. Rarest is the culmination of the company’s vision; to provide the most authentic Scotch whisky without compromise.

Tasting Notes..

Colour: amber

Nose: fresh juicy fruits, lots of fragrant orange notes, peaches and dark cherries. With time becomes creamier with spearmint and then some blackcurrant cordial.

Taste: rich and oily, dried oranges, delicate oak and milk chocolate. Soft kiwi fruits, lychee and more creaminess emerge with time.

Finish: lingering toffee, stewed fruits, praline and some fresher grassy notes.

Comment: a big robust whisky but ultimately soft and soothing.

Price: £10,000.00 ex VAT
£12,000.00 inc VAT


The Whisky Lounge Islay Blind Fury V – Scotch Whisky News

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In all of the years we have been running tastings, our ‘Blind Islay Fury’ series has always been the most popular and demand usually outstrips available places. Whether this is due to the popularity of whiskies from this mythical isle or that it is a chance to try some incredible (and usually peaty) drams, we don’t know – we just keep raising the bar and you keep on coming!

As the title intimates, this is a blind tasting which means we will be testing your powers of deduction using just your nose and palate. How seriously you take it is entirely up to you! We will reveal the whiskies to you after teasing and tantalising you…

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As always we are running these tastings up and down the country, plus we have our tremendous new ‘tasting from home’ packs if you can’t make it to one of the venues. There is literally no excuse not to get involved!


LONDON            WEDS 5TH NOV 7pm                 The Red Lion, Crown Passage, SW1

SHEFFIELD        TUESDAY 11TH NOV 7pm         The Tap, Sheffield Station

LIVERPOOL        WEDS 12TH NOV 7pm              Jenny’s Bar, Fenwick St.

LEEDS                THURS 13TH NOV 7pm             The Cross Keys, Water Lane

NEWCASTLE      FRIDAY 14TH NOV 7pm            Blackfriars, Friar Street

MANCHESTER   FRIDAY 14TH NOV 7pm            Britons Protection, Gt. B’water St.

YORK                  SAT 15TH NOV 7pm                  Brigantes, Micklegate

BRIGHTON         THURS 20TH NOV 7PM            The Lord Nelson, Trafalgar St.

As mentioned above, this tasting will also be available as a ‘Tasting at Home‘ pack and if you would prefer to order one of these for yourself or a loved one, simply click here. For £27.50, we will send you all the whiskies and everything you need to get yourself up and running in a lovely TWL gift box. These will be sent out from W/C 3rd November.

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Sláinte! Eddie, Amanda & Joe

& Team Whisky Lounge

Abhainn Dearg Hebridean Single Malt at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Abhainn Dearg Hebridean Single Malt

From the first legal distillery in the Outer Herbides and one of Scotland’s most remote distilleries.

Abhainn Dearg $63.76


HAIG CLUB opens its doors to the world “Global arrival of new Single Grain Whisky welcomes in a new era for Scotch” – Scotch Whisky News

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HAIG CLUB opens its doors to the world

 Global arrival of new Single Grain Whisky welcomes in a new era for Scotch

Forget everything you thought you knew about Scotch”

Dave Broom, whisky writer

EDINBURGH, October 6, 2014. Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announced the worldwide launch of its new Single Grain Scotch Whisky, HAIG CLUB™.

The distinctive and sophisticated new whisky, developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller will now be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores in the United Kingdom and rolling out in the next few weeks in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States, expanding to additional markets in the near future. The brand will also now be available in duty free shops globally following its exclusive release period in the UK and a limited number of duty free stores earlier this year.

“HAIG CLUB™ is designed to be different,” said Kathy Parker, Senior Vice President, HAIG CLUB™. “Historically Single Grain Whisky has been in the shadow of Single Malts and Blended Scotch, but HAIG CLUB™ represents a new direction in Scotch Whisky, which brings Single Grain Scotch to the forefront.

This is a whisky that welcomes in a new era for Scotch. The rise of Single Grain Whisky has been both predicted and eagerly anticipated by whisky experts in recent years and with HAIG CLUB™ we are thrilled to give this ‘hidden gem’ the attention and appreciation it deserves.”

Crafted at Scotland’s oldest grain whisky distillery – Cameronbridge in Fife – HAIG CLUB™ is built on heritage but designed for the modern world. The House of Haig can trace its whisky producing roots back to the seventeenth century, making the Haig family Scotland’s oldest grain whisky dynasty.

Parker continued, “Working with partners like David Beckham and Simon Fuller has brought a new perspective to what we do, helping us to break new ground. Both David and Simon are renowned for shaking up every sector in which they work and this has been no exception. We believe that people around the world are going to love what we’ve created together – we can’t wait for them to try it.”

The contemporary appearance of the square HAIG CLUB™ bottle draws on a history of innovative bottles produced by the House of Haig. The blue glass bottle was inspired by the tradition of blenders using blue tasting glasses so the spirit can be reviewed on aroma and taste alone.

The unique flavours of the whisky itself are created by master blender Chris Clark carefully selecting mature whisky from Refill, American Oak and Rejuvenated casks producing a stunning Single Grain Scotch Whisky with a fresh, clean style showcasing butterscotch-smooth tropical fruit and unexpected, spicy backing harmonies. HAIG CLUB™ is a whisky crafted to appeal to people who are new to whisky and whisky connoisseurs alike.

“I am incredibly proud to have been part of the creation of HAIG CLUB™,” said David Beckham. “I think we have made something really special. For me it has meant understanding how whisky is made and enjoyed and then working with some incredible people to write a new chapter for Haig.”

Responsible drinking is at the core of HAIG CLUB™, with David Beckham supporting the brand’s philosophy of quality over quantity. David said, “I appreciate a well-made drink and I like to take my time and enjoy it – I try to drink better, not more.”

To celebrate the global launch of HAIG CLUB™ David Beckham and business partner Simon Fuller hosted an exclusive HAIG CLUB™ weekend in the heart of Scotland on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Attended by Victoria Beckham, and other guests, the weekend gave Beckham and Fuller the opportunity to personally introduce friends both old and new to the whisky and the brand that they have helped create.

Simon Fuller commented, “This is a great partnership between one of the world’s most iconic stars and a company that is a true leader in the global sprits industry. Now we can all celebrate together as HAIG CLUB™ is launched worldwide and can be enjoyed by everyone!”

Welcome to HAIG CLUB™. Enjoy Responsibly.


HAIG CLUB™ is a new Single Grain Scotch Whisky from Diageo produced in partnership with global icon David Beckham and entrepreneur Simon Fuller. HAIG CLUB™ is as much built on tradition and heritage as it is a Scotch Whisky designed for our modern world. Built on nearly 400 years of distilling heritage, this is a Single Grain Scotch Whisky realized in a radical new way. HAIG CLUB™ welcomes people to living well and drinking in moderation. As part of his partnership, David Beckham supports the HAIG CLUB™ responsible drinking campaign philosophy and the belief in quality over quantity. Additional information about HAIG CLUB™ may be found at or

About Diageo:

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

About David Beckham

David Beckham is one of the world’s most iconic sportsmen. With a professional football career spanning over twenty years, he captained his country for six years, won the British Premier League six times, the UEFA Champions League (with Manchester United) in 1999, and was runner up in the FIFA ‘World Player of the Year’ Awards in 1999 and 2001.

Having left Manchester United in 2003 for four successful seasons with Real Madrid, Beckham moved to LA Galaxy in 2007, taking the team to two MLS Cup Championships (2011, 2012) while participating in a unique time-share agreement with AC Milan, first in January 2009 and then again in January 2010.

Now retired, Beckham has been appointed global ambassador for the Chinese Football Association and has announced that he will co-own a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami. Married to Victoria and father to four children, Beckham’s fame extends far beyond the pitch. Noted as a keen advocate of charitable work, he has supported UNICEF since his days at Manchester United, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador in 2005 with a special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for Development program. David is also on the Leadership Council for charity Malaria No More.

An astute businessman, David Beckham will play an integral role in developing the Haig Club brand, its strategy and positioning. In addition, he will lead the promotion of the responsible drinking programme for Haig Club, which is at the heart of the brand.

About Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller is the founder of XIX Entertainment and the creator of the most popular entertainment show in America of the last ten years (American Idol: source AC Neilsen), Simon Fuller is known for his work in discovering and guiding an impressive list of music artists that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, The Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Will Young, Lisa Marie Presley, Cathy Denis and others.

In 2011 iTunes named Simon Fuller ‘the most successful manager of the digital era’ and a year later he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the global entertainment industries.

In addition to his TV and music work, Simon Fuller’s business oversees the careers of David Beckham, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, Tour De France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and Grand Slam winning tennis champion Andy Murray, as well as being the joint owner of two highly respected fashion businesses with the designers Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham.

Simon Fuller has long standing associations with several charitable initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, The Prince’s Trust, Malaria No More, The United Nations Foundation and Comic Relief.

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