Archive for March, 2016

Cask 27 Gives Up Its Secrets: Bottle Number One from Speyside Distillery First Distillation Auctioned Off – Scotch Whisky News

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Cask 27 gives up its secrets: bottle number one from Speyside Distillery first distillation auctioned off

The first bottle in a limited edition release of the first distillation from Speyside Distillery has fetched £650 at auction. Bottle number 1 from Cask 27 – the final cask to be filled from the first distillate in December 1990 – was bought by a bidder at the auction room.

The bottle went under the hammer at McTear’s Auctioneers and was bought by whisky enthusiast James Robertson, owner of the Kempock Bar in Gourock, near Glasgow.

Only 249 bottles from Cask 27 now remain. A further 25 of these will be auctioned by McTear’s in a 10-day online auction starting on Friday (March 25, 2016) and the remainder will be sold through a network of hand-selected distributors worldwide.

Demand for the rare bottles is expected to be high, particularly in Greater China where the SPEY brand is a household name. There have also been enquiries from Scotch whisky enthusiasts from all over Europe who are eager not to miss out on the opportunity to buy a unique piece of the distillery’s history.

Speyside Distillery chief executive officer John Harvey McDonough says. “It was a very emotional experience for myself and our managing director, Patricia Dillon to watch the bidding take place, knowing that we were sharing a very special piece of our history with the world.

“We are delighted that this historic bottle has found a home, and that it is about to start a new chapter in its life. Whether it has been bought to be enjoyed or to take pride of place on a collection shelf, I am sure the owner will enjoy it.”

McTear’s whisky specialist, Stephen McGinty, adds, “Over the years McTear’s has auctioned some of the world’s most exclusive whiskies and there is no doubt the first distillation from Speyside Distillery fits very firmly in this category.

“Not surprisingly, given the significance of the bottle, there was huge interest in the lot, with collectors at home and overseas ensuring there was lively bidding on the day.   This is a magnificent whisky and we are delighted that it has achieved such a good price at auction.”

Speyside Distillery is located in the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands and is home to the SPEY brand of single malt Scotch whisky.

The distillery was founded in 1990 by local businessman George Christie on the site of a former grain mill. It took him 30 years to achieve his dream of building a distillery, with the renovation work being undertaken completely by hand over a 30-year period.

Bottles at 55.1% cask strength from American oak casks, Cask 27 is natural colour and non-chill filtered. It is light golden in colour, with a refreshing, delicate aroma of fruits with hints of vanilla and honey. The taste is of subtle vanilla, with a smooth crème brulee flavor. Cask 27 has a mild, fresh citrus fruit finish.

The whisky is presented in a humidor box with hand written label, numbered bottle and is also wax stamped with the wording – 1990 year of 1st distillation. It is completed with a certificate of authenticity signed by the CEO.  The RRP will be set following the 10 day auction.

For further information about sales of Cask 27, contact Karenann Lyon at Speyside Distillers Co Ltd on 0141 647 4464 or More information about Speyside Distillery is available at Follow the distillery on Twitter @SpeySingleMalt and on Facebook at

Picture caption above – Speyside Distillery CEO John Harvey McDonough (left) presents successful bidder James Robertson with bottle number one from Cask 27.

Introducing The Limited Edition Jura x Trakke Bag – Scotch Whisky News

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Inspired by Jura

We’re always on the lookout for likeminded people with a passion for their craft to share our story with, and so we’ve partnered with Trakke, an independent Glasgow based designer with their own story to tell. We took them on a journey to Jura to seek out inspiration to create a bag inspired by our whisky and its island home.

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Makers of bags and kit for everyday adventurers, Alec Farmer and his team at Trakke are as at home exploring the city, as they are the wilderness. And, much like a single malt whisky, their bags are designed to get better with age. So they had one thing in common with our whisky…but how else could Jura’s unique island character inspire a bag?

On our rugged West coast, the corner of the island which inspires our smokier drams such as Prophecy, Trakke were taken by a coloured dye produced by one of the island’s natural lichen; similar in hue to the colour of Jura Whisky. This would become the colour guide for the bag’s smoky waxed cotton.

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Next Trakke ventured to the sweet side of Jura, akin to the sweeter taste of Diurachs’ Own. Over on the East coast, where the distillery is located by calm, sandy bays and palm trees, the team found the tall, copper stills which give our whisky its light and delicate spirit. These are proudly represented on the bag with copper rivets.

The bag is peppered with unexpected finishing touches, all nodding to its Jura heritage; the deer hide zip pullers to name just one, represent the island’s 5,000 strong population of roaming, wild deer, vastly outnumbering its 200 odd people.

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That’s not all. Taking on the shape of a barley sack, the final touch is the bag’s 20 litre volume – the approximate amount of ‘Angel’s Share’ lost from a cask of Jura each year.

Whether commuting to work or out exploring the world, the highly functional bag is ready for all eventualities; waterproof, with side pockets that can be reached while you’re wearing it and a secure roll top closure.

The finished product tells the story of discovering the different sides of Jura in a way like no other. With each bag handcrafted in Trakke’s studio, just 130 bags are available worldwide, all individually numbered.

Will you be one of the few to get one for your own adventure?

Willie Cochrane, Jura Distillery Manager

The Jura x Trakke bag is now available to buy from or at the Jura Distillery, £180.

Read more about Trakke’s journey to Jura here.

Great New Whiskies from The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


Our selection of the best new whiskies from The Whisky Exchange, including two major releases from Laphroaig and Lagavulin



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Launched to commemorate Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary, this is a big, smoky whisky with delicious notes of sweet spice. Another top-class whisky from this ever-popular Islay distillery.





Lore is the latest whisky from Laphroaig – aged in a variety of casks, this is rich and classically peaty with a snap of chilli and a long, sweet finish.

Back in Stock at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News



Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $69.99 View

Balvenie 25 Year Old Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $599.99 View

Glengoyne 21 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $129.99 View

Glengoyne 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $299.99 View

Tobermory 10 year old Isle of Mull Single Malt Whisky (750ml)  $55.99 View

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #576 – Scotch Whisky News

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Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is delighted to announce the launch of the Bourbon Cask Reserve from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes.

In a bid to be more transparent, The Glenrothes has renamed the expression ‘Alba Reserve’ as the Bourbon Cask Reserve. The name has been changed for the sake of simplicity and to aid consumer understanding.

The first certified kosher whisky from the highly-regarded Speyside distillery – Bourbon Cask Reserve is matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks and laid to rest in the warehouse, allowing the whisky to pull the aromas and flavours embedded in the grain of the wood.

The Glenrothes’ normal wood policy uses a combination of Spanish and American oak, seasoned with sherry, bourbon and refill Scotch. Of those only bourbon is 100% kosher. Despite the level of residual sherry in The Glenrothes measuring no more than 1250 parts per million, sherry is not kosher. So The Glenrothes developed an expression to satisfy Orthodox Jewish whisky enthusiasts as well as other aficionados of The Glenrothes.

Bourbon Cask Reserve was authenticated by Rabbi Padwa of the London Beth Din in March 2009 and annually thereafter. A stamp from the London Beth Din certifying the whisky’s kosher status appears on the back label.

According to Doug McIvor, Spirits Buyer for Berry Bros. & Rudd; “The Bourbon Cask Reserve hits all the right notes. The most soft, succulent, sweet and satisfying Speyside single malt I have ever come across.” As ‘Alba Reserve’ it won a Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The Glenrothes believe that maturity matters more than age; this is the philosophy that underpins the Vintages as well as the Reserve Selections. Each expression has its own unique personality, and this expression is described as “coconut and vanilla, rich and sweet.”

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve 40% ABV Appearance:  Pale straw, clear and bright.  Bouquet:                 Fresh, floral, coconut, American oak vanilla. Palate:          Soft mellow, crème brûlée and berry fruits. Finish:           Smooth, sweet, medium length.

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve is already available in the USA and will be gradually rolled out into key markets; it will be priced at £45 (€ 59, US$ 55, NT$ 2,600) per bottle. 


The Glenrothes was founded in 1879.

Only 3% of the distillery capacity is bottled as Single Malt to ensure exceptional quality.

Of the 22 Vintages released to date, 14 have entirely sold out.

The Glenrothes is an award-winning Speyside Single Malt Whisky of exceptional quality. A combination of many factors, including our unusually slow distillation process in tall copper pot stills, deliver our characteristic sweet, fruity and elegant spirit. Further flavours are derived from our extensive knowledge of maturation in oak casks. Each expression has its own unique personality, underpinned by the distinctive, hallmark characteristics of the distillery – ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and an exquisite spicy finish all encased in the creamiest of textures and with a complex and well-poised balance.

The Glenrothes is only selected for bottling when it has reached its zenith of maturity; each cask is carefully checked, nosed and tasted many times. An age statement does not reveal the maturity of the whisky and so the Glenrothes is bottled only when ready, meaning mature and at its peak of perfection. Malt whisky matures at its own pace as shown by the two casks selected. 

Some of our recent awards and accolades for current bottlings:

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

  • Excellent, Highly Recommended (92/100), Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014
  • Double Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010
  • Silver, International Spirits Challenge 2010 

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

  • Gold, Scotch Whisky Masters 2015
  • Double Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015
  • Gold, The Asian Spirits Masters 2015
  • “Officially Amazing”, Guinness World Record holder for largest Burns Supper, 2015

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

  • Gold, Scotch Whisky Masters 2015
  • Gold, The Asian Spirits Masters 2015
  • Gold, San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition 2012

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

  • Double Gold, WSWA 2015
  • Recommended, Whisky Magazine, Issue 123, February 2015
  • Difford’s Guide, Exceptional 5 out of 5 stars 2014

The Glenrothes 1998 Vintage

  • Silver medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011
  • 93/100, Excellent/Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011
  • Silver, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010
  • Silver, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010

The Glenrothes 1995 Vintage

  • Gold, Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit 2013
  • Silver, International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2013
  • 92/100, Excellent/Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011

The Glenrothes 1988 Vintage

  • Silver, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012

The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage

  • World’s Best Speyside Single Malt. World Whiskies Awards 2008


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Laphroaig lore now available to order!

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Laphroaig Lore

It’s no secret that we love Laphroaig and when their latest premium release sample arrived at our door steps we were falling over ourselves to grab the first taste.It’s packed with that peat and smoke combination which comes as no surprise, but now there is more; a rich and complex sweetness that balances this dram in a way we haven’t seen from Laphroaig. Be the first to try this magical whisky!

£85 Click to buy

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Laphroaig 25 year old

Matured for 25 years and bottled at cask strength, this was released in 2014 and is has been in high demand ever since. Newly distilled spirit has been left to mature in European Oloroso Sherry Casks, followed by ex-American Bourbon Barrels. Palate: There is a burst of peat at first, this yields to  sweet sherry and spiced apple, providing a deep and unique Islay experience.

£335 – Click to buy

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Laphroaig 14 year old Old Malt Cask Selection

The Old Malt Cask range is a unique and limited offering from a family owned company, Hunter Laing.  Bottled from a single cask, no chill filtration, with a preferred strength of 50%abv, and of restricted numbers.  Each single cask bottle has been carefully and personally selected, to ensure a dram of the highest quality. One of only 228 bottles. Bottled at 50% volume. Drawn from a refill hogshead.

£132 Click to buy

Whisky Auctioneer March Auction Now Live! – Scotch Whisky News

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Spring is in the air here at Whisky Auctioneer HQ, the sun is out, the daffodils are blooming and it’s a Good Friday for more than one reason! Our March Auction is now live and it features a fantastic array of stunning bottles, from fresh new releases to vintage gems this sale has got it all. So if chocolate isn’t your thing this Easter have a hunt through the auction and find yourself an alternative tasty treat or two!



When it comes to whisky it’s usually what’s inside the bottle that counts but every now and then the quality of the presentation can rival the liquid within, as is the case here. Starring in our March Auction is this incredible Glenfiddich 30 Year Old crystal decanter. In keeping with the Glenfiddich logo the decanter is paired with an impressive finely crafted London solid-silver stag head stopper and ‘Whisky’ label.



The opportunity to own a whisky of this vintage does not come along very often. Bottled in the 1970’s and presented in a simple but well crafted wooden case this classic Dalmore would be the highlight of any collection!



A real rarity from Bowmore’s legendary Number One Vault. Matured for 38 years and presented in a handsome wooden case, only 861 of these outstanding bottles were released. A dream addition to any collection!



Specialising in bringing small batch Scottish whiskies to Italy, Moon Imports released their Animals Collection during the late 1980’s early 1990’s. With only 600 bottles of each produced and with their eye catching designs it is no wonder this is a very popular range!



A fantastically well aged whisky, released to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of John Grant, the distillery’s founder. Presented in an attractive mahogany case and with only 110 produced this is a very special bottle!



The new limited release from the Orcadian distillery! Continuing on with their distinctive Norse inspired designs, this bottle brings to life the ice realm, Niflheim. It’s sure to be as popular as other recent Highland Park releases.

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 close to 20 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!

Rock Town Whiskey Tasting May 5th, in Perth Scotland – American Whiskey News

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Tastings in Perth, Scotland

Paul writes; For anyone who lives in Perth or close by (you will need a driver), these are not to be missed. I usually attend all tastings, but as our tour season is quite hectic from April, my tastings here will be sadly limited. But that shouldnee stop you! Each tasting is a real experience and only limited seats available – GUYS, ALL ARE FREE! What are you waiting for? Sign up today.

Exel Shop Perth, Scotland.

South Street, Perth starting at 6.30pm. Seats are limited so please book in advance and early to avoid disappointment.

5th May – Rocking with Rock Town Whiskey Jonny McMillan, recently a father of twins, takes a brief respite from his hectic day to delight us with the range of bourbons and other interesting spirits from the small Rock Town Distillery in Arkansas. Who knows, if technology and time zones permit, we may even be able to talk to the master distiller himself, Phil Brandon

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Highland Park 30yo – Scotch Whisky News

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This week Joe Ellis reviews the Highland Park 30 Year Old Single Malt.

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