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Glengoyne Continues Rugby-whisky Partnership with London Scottish – Scotch Whisky News

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Glengoyne continues rugby-whisky partnership with London Scottish   

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has renewed its 12-month sponsorship of London Scottish for a third year.

Mark Bright, London Scottish captain, was named man of the match and was presented with a personalised bottle of Glengoyne 15 Year Old. This new Glengoyne custom will be carried on throughout the season. A bottle of the 21 Year Old malt was also auctioned off to raise money for charity.

Despite a last minute defeat to Nottingham Rugby on Friday, London Scottish currently sit fifth in the 2015-16 Championship league table.

Neil Boyd, Commercial Director of Malts at Ian Macleod Distillers which owns Glengoyne, said: “Malt whisky and rugby go hand in hand and we’re delighted to be continuing our support of London Scottish for the third consecutive year.

“Despite Friday’s score, the team are doing very well and we’re proud to have the Glengoyne logo on their jersey. It’s fantastic to see the Glengoyne spirit continue to drive the team’s success and we look forward to a great season.”

Mark Kemp Sponsorship Manager of London Scottish said: “Having an iconic Scottish brand like Glengoyne show their support for London Scottish is fantastic and we’re delighted they have chosen to renew their sponsorship for the third consecutive year.

“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership over the coming season and developing a long lasting relationship between the two great Scottish brands.”

Picture caption: Mark Bright, London Scottish captain, was named man of the match and presented with a personalised bottle of Glengoyne 15 year Old by Neil Boyd, Commercial Director of Malts at Ian Macleod Distillers (right). Ron Wilson, former London Scottish captain and Scotland Rugby player, is also pictured (centre).


Glengoyne Distillery is owned by one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. It is highly regarded as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery.

Glengoyne, being uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence, runs its stills slower than any other distillery in order to create the rich, bold flavours for which the brand is known. The Glengoyne Highland Single Malt range is matured in the finest sherry casks from within its warehouses.

London Scottish are a professional rugby team playing in the Greene King IPA Championship, English Rugby’s second tier. The Scots are one of England’s most famous rugby clubs, having produced four British and Irish Lions captains in their time. After going into administration in 1999, they have worked their way up to the second division with seven promotions in 11 seasons after starting from the bottom.

Last season they made it into the end-of-season play-offs for the first time, and continued their Incredible Journey back to the top of the English game.

Whisky Lounge Newsletter – November 2015 – Whisky News

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We hope that you are battening down the hatches, readying yourself for that most auspicious of time – the UK winter. Here at TWL HQ we are already in our water-proofs, eyeing up the latest whiskies to try as the heating goes on…

Having completed our last whisky festival of the year, with our largest, Manchester Whisky Festival taking place last Saturday, we are now preparing for our final series of tastings. As always, we end the year with a bang and our much-vaunted (and copied) ‘Blind Islay Fury‘ tasting series. We’re also excited to be running the tasting in Scotland for the first time, and all being well we will be returning on a monthly basis in 2016.

We are also proud to announce next year’s London Whisky Weekender, with an outrageous early-bird ticket offer for you. Lots more to tell so please do read on…

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Our Whisky & Chocolate series was a delicious success and we will certainly be looking to run this again next year. However, it is now time to get serious. Seriously peaty. There are those that walk among us who are addicted to peat. You know who you are. Don’t be ashamed. Be proud. These tastings are for you.

We are also guilty of a fascination of peat, hence why we created this series many years ago – to celebrate peat and specifically whiskies from the ‘Whisky Isle’ of Islay.

These tastings are our most popular of the year so don’t hang about. Get booking and enjoy your peaty moment. Edinburgh-based peat-freaks can also now get involved!


TUES.     17th NOVEMBER       SHEFFIELD, The Tap, Sheffield Station, 7pm

WEDS.    18th NOVEMBER       LONDON, Salt Bar, Seymour St., W2, 7pm

THURS.   19th NOVEMBER       LEEDS, The Cross Keys, Water Lane, LS2, 7pm

FRIDAY   20th NOVEMBER       M’CHESTER, Britons Protection, Gt. Bridgwater St, 7pm

FRIDAY   20th NOVEMBER       NEWCASTLE, Blackfriars, Friar St., NE1, 7pm

WEDS.    25th NOVEMBER       LIVERPOOL, Jenny’s Bar, Fenwick St., L2, 7pm

THURS.   26th NOVEMBER      BRIGHTON, The Hilton Metropole, Kings Street, 7pm

FRIDAY   27th NOVEMBER       EDINBURGH, Cloud & Soil, Picardy Place, 7pm

SAT.        5th DECEMBER         YORK, Brigantes, Micklegate, YO1, 7pm

Click on the relevant date and venue for you or, if you can’t make it, you can buy a tasting pack instead by clicking HERE or going to the website. Please note this is on sale now but won’t be available for delivery until after 15th November – when we get the tasting stock!

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We can’t believe it is 6 months since the 2nd edition of the Whisky Weekender in 2015.

However, we are always looking forward and we are now planning the next edition of the most vibrant whisky festival in London (and possibly the UK). The format will be almost the same as 2015, with a choice of sessions on the Saturday, one session on the Sunday and a new, exciting

development for the Friday night. To get things kick-started, we are offering you the chance to get a head-start on the hoi-palloi and get some early-bird tickets. You could even think about giving tickets as a gift for an upcoming seasonal celebration that shall remain nameless for now… This year we have decided to give you a stunning deal on the Saturday and Sunday sessions. The first 40 people to book onto each of these sessions will be able to take advantage of a 2 for £40 deal! The next 50 people will have a 2 for £50 deal to enjoy, whilst anyone booking once these have run out will have to pay the full price of £35 for the Saturday (each session) or £30 for the Sunday. The event takes place at The Oval Space in Hackney – check out there website HERE





SUN       3RD APRIL     12PM – 5PM

Ticket sales for next year’s Newcastle Festival have been extremely brusk. Sorry if you missed out on the Early-Birds but at £30 a ticket, it is still amazing value for what you get. Click HERE or on the banner to check out more details or to book.


Our Kavalan Vs Scotland series in September was a universal success with most venues sold out. The whiskies were widely seen as one of our finest line-ups and we certainly ensured Kavalan were up against quality representatives from the Scotch whisky industry. Joe has finished his report on the winners and losers and this can be read HERE.

Vintage Gordon & MacPhail at Abbey Whisky – Vintage Whisky News

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Convalmore 1975 – Rare Old

A 2015 limited edition bottling, released by Gordon & MacPhail for their excellent ‘Rare Old’ series of malt whiskies. Convalmore Distillery was founded in 1893 and is currently mothballed with no sign of revival. The distillery is currently being used by Grants for storing casks! This 1975 vintage is one of only 299 bottles filled at 46% vol.


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MacPhail’s 50 Year Old

MacPhail’s 50 Year Old by Gordon & MacPhail, bottled from a secret distillery in Scotland. This fine Scotch whisky offers tremendous value for money and would make for a perfect 40th birthday or anniversary present.


Longmorn 1964

Longmorn 1964 – 2015

Gordon & MacPhail own some of the finest and rarest single malt whiskies in the world and this 1964 Longmorn is a great example of just that! This 2015 release has been matured for over 50 years in a 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead before being bottled on the 27th January at 43% vol.

Ridiculously beautiful colour oozing from the bottle, presented and dressed with retro label to match. A rare gem indeed.


Longmorn 1967

Longmorn 1967

A 1967 vintage Longmorn matured in a refill sherry butt and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. Longmorn is derived from the Gaelic, Lhanmorgund, which means ‘place of the holly man’. A beautiful sherried, Speyside malt.


Whisky Auction “Our October auction is now LIVE” – Whisky News


Our latest auction is now live, and will end on Tuesday 3 November.

This month we have a very special 1983 bottling (Bottle No.2 of 50) from closed Japanese distillery Karuizawa.

This is a one-off charity bottling, and all funds will go to those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. You will find a sizeable number of limited-edition bottles from Islay, including some rare single casks from Ardbeg.  We also have some very old blended whiskies from a US collector, with many bottles dating to the 1940s – we will be listing bottles from this collection over the next few auctions, starting with this one. There is also another strong line-up of Bourbons and Miniatures, as well as the sought-after Macallan Private Eye and Bowmore Sherriff’s.

Look out for the following bottles, and good luck with your bids!

You can bid in two ways: either increase the highest bid by a fixed amount, or place your maximum bid straightaway – ideal if you can’t be online on the last day of our auction. Be the first to bid!

Get bidding, and good luck! The Whisky Auction team.

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Prometheus takes Gold! – Scotch Whisky News


Prometheus takes Gold!

Prometheus 26 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has claimed it’s first award, the coveted “Whisky Magazine Editor’s Choice Gold Award”. In each issue of Whisky Magazine they award the very best whisky from their tastings with the coveted Editors Choice Award. Prometheus 26 Years Old was given 94 points out of 100 from whisky expert Chris Goodrum who described the whisky as “…a fine old speyside!”.

Prometheus 26 Years Old has already seen some fantastic reviews since it’s release a very short time ago, with world renowned and internationally respected whisky expert and Master of the Quaich (an extremely rare title given to only a few people in the world for their work with Scotch whisky), Charles MacLean. Charles described Prometheus simply as “ an excellent dram”.

Prometheus. A legendary Speyside with the Titanic strength of barley malted by burning peat. A whisky of sublime sophistication and balance, bottled at the peak of its powers at twenty-six years old. A Single Malt Scotch Whisky of secret origins, available in the most limited quantity for just one moment in time.

New Arrivals at K&L California – Whisky News


Jack Daniels Select Single Barrel Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey 750ml ( $59.99) Finally, cask strength Jack. Not sure how long this will last, but at least we’ve got some serious juice coming out of Lynchburg. Critics, even the ones who discount the brand outright, are widely in agreement that this is some serious juice. Enjoy the massive intensity that 120-140 proof Tennessee Whiskey offers, while retaining that soft smooth body and finish.

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml $45.99

K&L Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA



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Ballantine’s, the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world, maintains that staying true builds depth of character. Learning from life experiences is what makes us unique and this is the ethos that frames the Ballantine’s Prestige range of whiskies. Our rich history and the many pioneering people who have been a part of our story are all reflected in the deep character of our mature whiskies.

Ballantine’s Prestige blends single malts and grain whiskies of different ages to create an extraordinary range of luxury expressions. Information can be found below on Ballantine’s 17 Year Old, 21 Year Old and 30 Year Old, including downloadable bottle shots, tasting notes and key cocktail images and recipes.

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Ballantine’s 17 Year Old
Ballantine’s 17 Year Old has a fruity and harmonious taste profile that subtly conveys the character of its original distilleries and notes of oak for an extra depth of flavour, making this Scotch revered by whisky connoisseurs. The expression has been named Best Scottish Blended Whisky by Jim Murray in each edition of the Whisky Bible between 2009 and 2013.

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Ballantine’s 21 Year Old
Ballantine’s 21 Year Old is a rich and intense Scotch whisky blended with a high proportion of whiskies matured in European oak that impart their character on the spicier and richer fruity finish. The expression was awarded a Gold medal at the IWSC Hong Kong and The Scotch Whisky Masters in 2014.

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Ballantine’s 30 Year Old
Ballantine’s 30 Year Old is the pinnacle of the Prestige range, conveying a perfect balance of the character of distilleries that are no longer in existence and the influence of the casks. The whisky presents a powerful and opulent taste profile with concentrated notes of fruits and was awarded with a Best in Class Gold medal at the ISC in 2015 and a Master medal at the Scotch Whisky Masters in 2014.

Ballantine’s Prestige cocktails
Ballantine’s Prestige has partnered with Salts of the Earth’s Head Cocktail Counsellor, Matt Uden, to create modern bespoke serves that hero the flavour, quality and craftsmanship of each expression within the Ballantine’s Prestige portfolio. Having spent 10 years living in Asia, Matt has a deep understanding of cocktail and consumer trends both in the continent and globally.


About Salts of the Earth
Salts of the Earth are an innovative cocktail counselling service, who create ground-breaking drinks served with mouth-watering pairings that further enhance the drinking experience.

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.

Twitter @Ballantines

About Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

Twitter @ChivasNewsRoom

About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 80 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

THE BOWMORE DEVIL’S CASK III at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Bowmore III


Introducing the Bowmore Devil’s Cask which is the third and final edition in the much loved series!

Bottled at an exciting 56.7% volume this whisky has been matured in both first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for an undisclosed number of years and completes a series which is amongst the most coveted in the world.
The Taste:
Dark in colour, on the nose this is a rich and complex aroma of thick fruits and earthy toffee. The palate is smooth and oily, with dried fruits and treacle, which develops into smoky fruitcake on the long lasting finish.

 £190 Buy Now

The Bowmore 25 year old

This is a whisky to be savoured slowly. Every delicious drop of this exquisitely balanced malt has been matured for a quarter of a century in North American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks.

£340 Buy Now

The Bowmore 18 year old
Andrew Rankin, Bowmore’s Production Director, specifies a mix of cask types for each bottling of his single malts, including the Bowmore 18YO. The casks are matured in the distillery’s No.1 Vaults, built in the late 1700s and the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland.

£99 Buy Now

The Bowmore Laimrig
Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and the celebrated Single Malt first set sail for the four corners of the world.

£70 Buy Now

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review # 558 – Irish Whiskey News discusses (amongst other subjects) date-obsession by distillery marketeers with Whisky Review 558 – Bushmills 1608 Whiskey

Macallan 25yo Golden Pearl Collection at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Macallan 25 Year Old

Distilled 1989, bottled September 2015 for the Golden Pearl Collection. Only 170 decanters from a single cask.

Macallan 25 Year Old 1989 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask #17894 distilled September 1989 and bottled September 2015 by Gordon & Co. for Pearls of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection. 171 bottles.

The Macallan Distillery was established by Alexander Reid in 1824 near Easter Elchies House on the Easter Elchies estate. Easter Elchies House dates back to 1700. Macallan Distillery is a malt whisky distillery situated in Scotland’s Speyside whisky region. The old still house was re-commissioned in 2008 and now Macallan Distillery operates with two still houses sheltering twenty-one copper stills. On-site maturation is carried out in traditional dunnage warehouses and by racking in large new warehouses on the estate. The Macallan visitor centre welcomes visitors throughout the year and offers distillery tours. The Macallan Distillery also participates in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Macallan Golden Pearl – $548.68


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