Archive for December, 2017

Johnnie Walker Striding Man event champions responsible drinking and an abuse-free society – Scotch Whisky News

365 Johnnie Walker Striding Men statues were positioned along the Nelson Mandela bridge

Johnnie Walker Striding Man event champions responsible drinking and an abuse-free society

Johnnie Walker launches its #strideforgood campaign in South Africa accompanied by 365 Johnnie Walker Striding Men statues, to promote responsible drinking and in support of an abuse-free society.

Johnnie Walker has collaborated with Million Men March, Tswharanang Legal Advocacy Centre and Lifeline, to host an event in Johannesburg in support of an abuse-free society.

The event, which marks the launch of the brand’s #strideforgood campaign in South Africa, raised awareness of the ambition of all parties involved to help eradicate the causes and effects of women and children abuse for all 365 days of the year.

The South African public were invited to offer their support for an abuse-free society, by participating and contributing towards 365 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children by continuing to promote responsible drinking in South Africa.

The initiative builds upon the international awareness-raising campaign, ‘16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children’, which is held every year from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, until 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

365 Johnnie Walker Striding Men statues were positioned along the Nelson Mandela bridge to highlight the commitment to extend the 16 days to 365 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

Johnnie Walker, as with all of Diageo’s brands, has a proud heritage of promoting responsible drinking and ensuring individuals enjoy alcohol as part of a balanced lifestyle. The Striding Men event is just one of the many initiatives championed by Johnnie Walker to promote responsible drinking and combat alcohol misuse.

Heaven Hill Distillery Launches American Whiskey Tasting Experience Holiday Gift Set – American Whiskey News

Heaven Hill Distillery Launches American Whiskey Tasting Experience Holiday Gift Set

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery invites you to an American Whiskey Tasting Experience this holiday season with a gift set featuring five signature mashbills. The first American Whiskey distillery to offer a tasting experience in premium 100ml glass tubes, samples include Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey.

As the only heritage distillery producing all major styles of American Whiskey, the tasting experience offers a unique opportunity to taste five different styles of award-winning brands. The gift set includes a brochure that guides consumers through a tasting of Wheat Whiskey, Wheat Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Small Batch Bourbon, and Rye Whiskey with product information, tasting notes and tips. The back of the box includes historical and tasting note information on all five brands.

“The American Whiskey Tasting Experience takes consumers on a journey through Heaven Hill Distillery’s commitment to quality and heritage for more than 80 years,” said Group Portfolio Director Susan Wahl. “Heaven Hill Distillery is excited to offer an easy way for consumers to taste a full range of premium American Whiskey styles.”

The Heaven Hill Distillery American Whiskey Tasting Experience gift set will be available this holiday season at a suggested retail price of $49.99. Packaged in a premium Heaven Hill Distillery box, each sample is bottled in a 100ml glass tube with brand logos screen-printed on each. The brands included consist of the following:

Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey
This Heaven Hill Distillery original is named for the famed Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Ky. A 7-Year-Old Wheat whiskey, Bernheim Original is the first new style of American whiskey to be introduced since Prohibition. At 90 proof, Bernheim’s mellow taste is refreshingly smooth when served straight or in cocktails.

Larceny Bourbon
Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon has its origins in the history of John E. Fitzgerald and the Old Fitzgerald brand. Heaven Hill’s Master Distillers select a limited number of barrels from specific floor locations in the rickhouse for Larceny’s six-year-old taste profile. Made with wheat as the secondary grain, and at 92 proof, Larceny has a softer, rounder taste profile.

Evan Williams Single Barrel
Each year Heaven Hill’s Master Distillers hand select barrels for this special edition with characteristics unique to that year. Every bottle is marked with the vintage date it was put into oak, along with the year it was bottled and the serial number of the barrel that the Bourbon was drawn from. Each edition is 86.6 proof.

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Elijah Craig Small Batch is the signature Bourbon bearing the name of Rev. Elijah Craig, a Bourbon pioneer who is credited as the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels. Long before the term Small Batch even existed, our Master Distillers were hand-selecting just the right number of barrels to make Elijah Craig. This expertise and attention to detail, and at 94 proof, give Elijah Craig Small Batch the right balance of rich flavor and full body for a warm spice and subtle smoke flavor.

Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, Pikesville Rye, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry, was shuttered by prohibition. The brand reemerged after prohibition and became the last standing Maryland Rye. Now produced in Kentucky from extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations at 110 proof, Heaven Hill Distillery keeps this historic Maryland mark alive.

About Heaven Hill Distillery: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.3 million barrels aging in 54 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whiskey Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit


Whiskies of the World Tickets on Sale – Whisky News


We are thrilled to announce our First Annual Whiskies of the World in Dallas Texas! After holding outstanding shows in Austin and Houston, we are expanding to Dallas to give our Texas fans a chance to experience the wonder and excitement of Whiskies of the World in the big D! Come join in the inaugural event September 21st at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.

Early Bird Tickets for Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta are now on sale! San Jose and San Francisco always sell out so don’t procrastinate – get those tickets today!

San Jose (#WOWSJ) happens Thursday, March 22, 2108 at the San Jose Marriott. Tickets are available here.

San Francisco (#WOWSF) happens Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the San Francisco Belle Yacht. Tickets are available here.

Austin (#WOWAUS) happens Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Vault Space. Early Bird Tickets are available here.

Dallas (#WOWDAL) happens Friday, September 21, 2018 at Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. Early Bird Tickets are available here.

Houston (#WOWHOU) happens Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Silver Street Studio. Early Bird Tickets are available here.

Atlanta (#WOWATL) happens Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The Intercontinental Buckhead. Early Bird tickets are available here.

Lets talk about it! Be sure to use the hash tags when talking about the all the WOW shows on social media!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society January Previews: Bold New Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


SMWS Jan2018

We’ve released five preview bottles from next month’s Outturn that are perfect for New Year flavour adventures. Beat the January blues by exploring this colourful collection of bold new whiskies.   A great opportunity to buy before First Friday but be quick to order, only a limited number of bottles are available ahead of the full Outturn release on Friday, 5 January at 9am.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Scotch Whisky Auction 81st Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News


Hi folks,

that’s us live with the 81st auction. Start 2018 as you mean to continue… with lots of lovely new bottles!


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The Whisky Shop #SFO “TODAY from 11AM-4PM: Our Rarest Whisky Tasting Yet!” – Scotch Whisky News


Saturday, December 30th 11AM-4PM:

Rare Drams: The Exclusive Malts, Chapter 7, and Tamdhu 

We’re ending 2017 with some of the best! For our final tasting of the year we’ll be pouring some truly rare whiskies and old favorites by The Exclusive Malts, Chapter 7, and Tamdhu. Our in-store whiskey experts and distillery representatives will be present to answer all your whiskey questions. Come by and celebrate with us!

Pourlist:  Aultmore 09yrs by Chapter 7 Allt a Bhainne 09 year by Chapter 7 Exclusive Blends 1993 Tamdhu Batch 003 AND The Whisky Shop’s bottling of Bowmore (via Exclusive Malts)

Click Here to RSVP 

Diageo embraces voice technology to inspire consumers to create cocktails at home – Scotch Whisky News


Diageo embraces voice technology to inspire consumers to create cocktails at home

Launching a new skill for the Amazon Echo Show in the UK to help consumers create great cocktails at home this Christmas.

Called ‘The Bar’ the new skill is inspired by Diageo’s award-winning website, which has been helping millions of consumers to make amazing cocktails at home since 2013.

Tapping into the latest voice technology and the functionality of the Amazon Echo Show, ‘The Bar’ means people are just a few words away from making a great cocktail.

Consumers start by asking Alexa to open ‘The Bar’ and are then presented with three different options.

Make a specific cocktail – where a user can tell Alexa what they want to make and Alexa provides a recipe and guides the user through preparing the cocktail.

Help me choose – where Alexa suggests easy to make cocktails based on the consumer’s preferences e.g. sweet or sour, long or short.

Learn techniques – where Alexa helps consumers master mixology techniques with practical advice such as how to muddle your mojito to perfection.

‘The Bar’ skill also allows consumers to send a shopping list of ingredients or a cocktail making kit to the Alexa mobile app on their phone or directs them to purchase on Amazon. The skill is age gated.

To view the video please click HERE

“Making amazing cocktails at home doesn’t need to be intimidating or complicated – and we’re excited to be using new technology to inspire consumers to shake things up this Christmas. Technology is changing the way we socialise in and outside of the home, and with the new ‘The Bar’ skill, we’re tapping into the growing number of adults using voice-enabled devices to take them on a journey towards mastering mixology”

Periklies Antoniou

New Technology & Media Innovation Manager at Diageo

New Parcel of the Instant Sell-Out – Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Rye Whiskey – American Whiskey News


Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-It Whiskey Allocation Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($139.99)

The last parcel we got in of the Kentucky Owl 11 Year Rye sold through in a matter of minutues. Much to our delight (and whiskey drinkers everywhere), we were able to secure some more. Whether you missed out the first time around, or we’re looking to get more, now is the time to act!

Right to the chase here – this is a special insiders’ alert about a crazy deal that fell into our lap this morning: a parcel of the insanely limited Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey, bottled at 55.3%, and previously so rare that most stores only got a case or two. Our initial 60 bottle allocation sold out in about twenty minutes after a flurry of customers gobbled up every last bottle, even with a one bottle limit per customer. With something like this you might want to come back and read the rest after after you get your bottles…otherwise it might be gone by then. Kentucky Owl is a project recently acquired by Stoli Vodka, but what’s in the bottle is put together from mature stocks of Kentucky whiskey that has already seen black market prices of up to $800 a bottle for some of the initial Bourbon releases. We’re were incredibly lucky to land a reasonable allocation of this rye whiskey and there’s no doubt what’s left won’t last the day. We’ve tasted the rye and it’s legit. It’s rich, and spicy, and full of sweet baking spices like clove and cinnamon on the finish with power from the high proof. Anyone in search of a special gift or collectible bottle will be more than thrilled with the quality, especially in today’s market. Live on the site for now, the rest of our allocation arrives next week.


The Whisky Shop “Give the Scotch Journey of a Lifetime!” – Scotch Whisky News


Photo Credit Scotch Trooper

Give the Scotch Journey of a Lifetime! 

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar features 25+ year old drams, single-barrel releases, and long sought after distilleries sure to delight and surprise any whisky lover. The majority of selected whiskies are extremely rare, never been seen before and will not be seen again, making each bottle extremely collectable. 

In addition to a fantastic scotch selection, the calendar comes with extra gifts:

You’ll receive an exclusive whisky glass, distillery booklet, collectable lapel pen, embossed brochure and a personal tasting notes journal. 

 Click Here for more Info and Ordering


Ralfy Reveals his Whisky of the Year 2017 – Whisky News


Ralfy reveals the whiskyoftheyear with ralfy review – Whisky Of The Year 2017


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