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50th Anniversary Release – GlenDronach & The Green Welly Stop – Scotch Whisky news


50th Anniversary Release – GlenDronach & The Green Welly Stop

Body:  The Green Welly Stop was established way back in 1965 as a little post office and shop.  50 Years on, we’re now ‘The famous Green Welly Stop’, known around the world as a fantastic stop off point on travels around the west of Scotland.

We’re going places online – in the ‘Icons of Whisky Scotland’ awards, we’ve been awarded the  2015 Whisky Online Retailer of the Year – Highly Commended.

We’ve teamed up with GlenDronach to have a Single Cask bottled for our 50th Anniversary.  Chosen by our team, here are our own tasting observations:

THE NOSE – Oranges & Lemons, Refreshers & Cream Soda; Old fashioned sweetie shop, Stately Home, Fruit Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding with lashings of sauce.
THE PALATE – Rhubarb Creme Brulee, Creamy, Smooth, Sherbet Dib Dab sweetness, Treacle Toffee, Spices coming through.
THE FINISH – Spices and sweetness with a long finish.
CONCLUSION – Buy it. Drink it. Enjoy it. Collect it.

Cask Type: PX (Pedro Ximenez) | Outturn: 649 bottles. | Strength: 54.4% vol.

Price – £49.94


Kilchoman Cask Strength, Special Offer this Weekend Only!! ~ Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News


This Weekend Only!!

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Kilchoman Cask Strength 59.2% ABV | 70cl

Save £10.00 (was £73.00) 17.5% off!

This is the first original cask strength expression launched by Kilchoman distillery since it was founded in 2005. It’s 100% bourbon matured and bottled at 5 years old and was distilled with a proportion of home-grown barley.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Soft peaty aromas, citrus and pear drops.
Palate: Sweetness first, soft peat smoke and ripe fruity notes.
Finish: Long and clean with peat smoke and citrus later.

Price: £51.67 ex VAT
£62.00 inc VAT

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Wm. Cadenhead’s Wins! Whisky Magazine Icons of Scotland – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark Davidson of Cadenhead’s Accepts The Award

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New Products at Nickolls & Perks – Whisky News


Evan Williams 1783 43% £30.50 The expression that comes with Even Williams 1783 is named after the year the distillery was set up in Kentucky…


Sazerac Rye 45% Straight Rye Whiskey £49.95 STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER The Name Sazerac comes from the Coffee House in New Orleans…


Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3 5 Year Old Islay Barley 64% £143.00 Grown on Octmore farm this is the first Octomore released that has been distilled from 100% Islay Barley…


Nomad Outland Whisky £28.38 A well-worked duo between master distiller Richard Paterson and superb producers…


Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News


  • United States – Bourbon and Rye
  • Johnny Drum Private Stock 101 proof Bourbon 750ml – 10 available ($39.99)
  • Knob Creek 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel 120 Proof Bourbon 750ml (due to bottle size shipping cost is higher) ($39.99)
  • Hirsch Straight Bourbon Small Batch Reserve 750ml ($39.99)
  • Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Bourbon 750ml ($82.99) Whisky Advocate: “This Jefferson’s bourbon spent most of its life (almost four years) on a boat in the ocean. All that rocking and environmental conditioning has this whisky tasting four to five times its age. Yes, there’s plenty of resinous oak and leather, but there are also balancing notes of molasses, treacle, toffee, old demerara rum, and roasted nuts. A peppering of cinnamon, mint, tobacco, and maybe…yes, brine add intrigue. “
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon 750ml – 5 available ($36.99)
  • United States – Single Malt Scotch
    • Wayward Single Malt Whiskey 750ml – 4 available ($49.99)
  • Ireland – Irish and Blended Scotch
    • Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey 750ml – 1 available ($44.99)

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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


Whisky Magazine Whiskies Conference 2015 – Whisky News

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Joseph Magliocco, President, Michter’s Distillery

Joseph Magliocco is President of Louisville based Michter’s Distillery as well as its parent Chatham Imports, a supplier of imported wines, niche spirits, and beer. Upon completing his studies, he immediately began his full-time work in the spirits industry. Inducted in Bordeaux as a Commandeur de L’Ordre du Bontemps de Medoc et de Graves, he has considerable experience working with not just spirits, but wines as well. He graduated from Yale College, where he majored in Religious Studies and did some bartending, and he earned his law degree at Harvard Law School. He has done and continues to do charitable work volunteering for not-for-profit organisations.

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Dr Nicholas Morgan, Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo

Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer. His previous role as Scotch Heritage Director was to champion the deep-rooted heritage of the company and its brands. Prior to that, he directed Diageo’s global malt whisky marketing team, leading key innovations such as the development of the Talisker range and the introduction of the Special Releases programme. Nick Morgan joined United Distillers (now Diageo) in 1990, when he established the world’s largest collection of historical material relating to the spirits industry. Before that, he taught modern Scottish History at the University of Glasgow.

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Jim Beam Releases New Premium Take On Rye Whiskey Staple – American Whiskey News

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Jim Beam Releases New Premium Take On Rye Whiskey Staple

Deerfield, Ill. – January 2015 – Today, Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, announces the refresh of Jim Beam® Rye – the classic Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey offering that’s been a staple on whiskey bars globally for decades.

New Jim Beam® Pre-Prohibition Style Rye, bottled at 90-proof, has a distinct spicy flavor and long, soft finish, and makes the product perfectly mixable for any classic or contemporary rye whiskey cocktail. Founded in 1795, Jim Beam Rye is a pre-prohibition style rye whiskey made from one of the Beam family’s oldest recipes, and is distilled with the same exacting standards that have governed Jim Beam for more than 200 years.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from bartenders and whiskey fans that  they are looking for a bolder Rye that stands up better in cocktails,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “We listened to this feedback, and know that the time is right to Make History by taking a classic product that’s loved around the world and making it even better.”

About Jim Beam® Pre-Prohibition Style Rye Whiskey

  • Now bottled at 90-proof, the new Jim Beam Rye is a pre-prohibition style Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye is spicy and warm with a bit of a black pepper bite which gives way to vanilla and oak undertones. The finish is warm and inviting.
  • Jim BeamPre-Prohibition Style Rye has a rye spicy aroma, with hints of vanilla and oak notes, with a golden amber color.
  • Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye will have an updated bottle label design to reflect the premium quality of product

New Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye has a suggested retail price of $22.99 for 750mL, and will be available in select on-premise locations and retailers nationwide starting in January 2015.

For more information about Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye, “like” our Facebook page (, follow us on Twitter (@jimbeam) or visit

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 renowned 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

SULLIVANS COVE American Oak named Liquid Gold – Tasmanian Whisky News

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SULLIVANS COVE American Oak named Liquid Gold 

Sullivans Cove, Tasmania’s world leading luxury single malt whisky, has been awarded a coveted Liquid Gold award in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible.

Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask HH0047 scored 95.5/100, the highest score ever achieved by an Australian whisky in this year’s bible. This is an exceptional achievement for the distillery’s American Oak variety after the French Oak was named the world’s best single malt in the 2014 World Whisky Awards in London and further cements Sullivans Cove place as one of the world’s leading distilleries.

Now in its 12th year, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible aims to annually score every whisky available on the market. The book currently list 4,700 whiskies, each individually tasted, evaluated and rated by Murray, with the 2015 edition adding over 1,000 new whiskies to the list.

Chief distiller Patrick Maguire was delighted with the results: “This award is a fantastic recognition of the superior quality of our range and it is great to have the American Oak in the limelight after all the attention that the French Oak has been getting of late. This award is made so much more special by the fact that barrel HH0047 was the 47th cask that we ever made and it’s great to know that we got it right so early.”

Speaking on Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask HH0047, Murray noted: “…hard to imagine a malt whisky being more malt whiskier…few distilleries do weight on delivery better than this one…exemplary malt whisky: absolutely beautiful.”

This adds to Tasmanian whisky’s growing reputation for excellent whisky. In addition to Sullivans Cove, which was named the world’s best single malt whisky and has now won its fourth “Liquid Gold” award, Lark Distillery, Heartwood Distillers, Old Hobart Distillery and Nant Distillery have all achieve “Liquid Gold” status and  Jim Murray awards Liquid Gold status to whiskies that score 94/100 or higher in his Whisky Bible and these whiskies are considered to be the very finest currently available in the world.

About Sullivans Cove

Sullivans Cove is the leading Tasmanian whisky and was recently named the world’s best single malt whisky at the World Whiskies Awards in London. Our whisky is the quintessential small batch luxury whisky. Made by traditional methods using only Tasmanian ingredients, it is not chill filtered nor are any flavours or colours added. Each barrel is bottled individually to capture subtle variances that occur from barrel to barrel and the result is one of the best new whiskies on the market – inspired by nature and distilled with conviction.

New Arrivals at Nickolls & Perks – Whisky News


Arran 2004 (bottled 2014) Orkney Bere Barley 56.2%

£54.95 Arran’s Orkney Bere Barley is back, and this time at cask strength. Bere Barley is an old strain of barley…


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Yamazaki Suntory 10 year old 40 % Alc Japan Whisky

£87.95 The Yamazaki 10 Year Old is a discontinued single malt from Suntory, Yamazaki’s age stated whiskies…


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Hakushu 18 Year Old 43.5%

£156.00 A superb 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery. This is a massive step up in qaulity…


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Benromach 10 year old 43%

£33.23 Benromach 10 Years Old is a multi-award winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky hand-crafted at Speyside’s…



Whiskies of Scotland Range…From Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News



Our Whiskies of Scotland shop – situated in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – has brought out its own collection which consists of limited edition, exclusive, multi-award winning bottlings sourced from Scotland’s finest distilleries.

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