Archive for January, 2018

Introducing the Latest Limited Edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish

Introducing the latest limited edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Whisky

Johnnie Walker, the world’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky Brand and the biggest selling spirits brand in travel retail has added an exciting new innovation to the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch series: Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of more than a hundred ongoing experiments that deliver unique flavours and amazing serves. Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is the seventh release from this series and the first to launch exclusively in travel retail.

Behind these Blenders’ Batch whiskies is a small team of 12 expert whisky makers, who consistently prove that Johnnie Walker can push the boundaries of what’s possible for flavour in blended Scotch whisky.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish

For over a hundred years, the iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label has been crafted with an element of sherry cask maturation. Drawing inspiration from this, and driven by the pursuit of flavour, this new Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whisky has been matured in sherry casks, enhancing the fruity flavours to create an exceptionally rich and sweet Scotch.

Created with whiskies from distilleries such as Blair Athol, Cardhu and Strathmill, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish, aged 12 years, is a smooth-sipping dark whisky with notes of sweet vanilla, smoke, raisins and a warming finish of dark chocolate.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of bold experiments that push the boundaries in flavour. Taking inspiration from the element of sherry cask maturation in Johnnie Walker Black Label, I was intrigued by the rich and fruity element it brought to the blend. It inspired me to experiment with the sherry cask finish to awaken more of these fruity notes and to add a unique flavour dynamic. The outcome has been extraordinary; Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is a sweet and rich whisky. It’s the perfect introduction for those who are new to Scotch whisky, but will also excite seasoned whisky lovers.”

Aimée Gibson

Aimée Gibson

Johnnie Walker Blender

Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel commented “This is a special launch for Diageo Global Travel because it’s exclusive to our customers. You won’t get your hands on this whisky anywhere else, making it the perfect purchase for travellers who want to gift something truly special.

“Travellers are looking for brands that have discovery, authenticity, craftsmanship and real human stories behind them, and there is none better than Johnnie Walker. We are excited to offer a glimpse into the constantly shifting world of flavour exploration from the biggest spirits brand in the channel.”

Cadenhead’s to Open Store in Berlin – Scotch Whisky News

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W.M. Cadenhead’s is pleased announce that there is a new Cadenhead’s shop opening in Berlin, Germany.

The shop is being opened by Stefan Bulian. Stefan’s whisky career began about 15 years ago in a pub with a large selection of whisky, including many Cadenhead’s products. Prior to undertaking this exciting new venture, he had been working with the previous Cadenhead shop, Cadenhead’s Whisky Market, for almost 8 years.

The new shop is going to be situated a short walk away from where the old Cadenhead shop was and the address is as follows;

Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop Berlin
Boxhagener Strasse 33
10245 Berlin

We are sure you will all be looking forward to welcoming Stefan to our whisky family and visiting the new shop. We do not currently have a confirmed opening date but as soon as we do we shall provide you with that information along with the relevant contact details.

And lastly, it is hoped that there will be a new shop in Austria in the future and W.M. Cadenhead’s is currently looking into some options. We will confirm any details with you when we have them.


On behalf of W.M. Cadenhead’s.

Whisky Galore Loyalty Scheme – Auction Whisky News

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With our auction currently live we have decided to launch a brand new and exclusive Loyalty Scheme for all our valued customers that choose to bring their bottles to us at Whisky Galore Auctioneers.

Starting from next month – Our exclusive new promotion begins.

What is this Loyalty Scheme?

Simply, for every 10th bottle you bring to us here at Whisky Galore Auctioneers we will pay YOU the commission that this bottle makes at Auction.

This could be one bottle per month for 10 months ie 10 Month you’ll receive your Loyalty Reward or if you choose to put in a lot of 10 at any one time you will be paid the commission on the 10th bottle.

So, Why choose us ?

Loyalty Scheme.

Commission paid out to YOU on every 10th bottle to you.

FREE to enter your bottle or lot

FREE reserve

Payment made within 14 days of Auction closing.

What have you got to lose – “Certainly not you’re Bottle”!

Bourbon Tasting: Smooth Ambler at The Whisky Shop #SFO February 3rd, 2018 – American Whiskey News


Saturday, February 3rd 1-3PM:

Bourbon Tasting: Smooth Ambler  

Hailing from West Virginia, Appalachia distillery Smooth Ambler is a world-class spirit crafter. From grinding their own carefully selected regional grains, to labeling and signing each bottle, Smooth Ambler does everything by hand, the old-fashioned way. Their signature bourbon, Contradiction, has been highly praised by mixologists and bourbon fans alike, scoring 96 points in the 2017 American Bourbon category for The Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

We’ll be pouring a variety of favorites and new releases, presented by distillery representatives and our own in-store whiskey experts.

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Loch Lomond 12YO – Scotch Whisky News


 Who doesn’t love a bit of punk rock spirit? Well, I do and Loch Lomond has it in spades! Four different types of stills, two different types of whisky and four different brands, all under one roof.

Utilizing a very specific type of flavour profile: slightly earth with a wonderful Bourbon cask influenced element of caramel, vanilla and peach. What this distillery are doing excites more than any other in Scotland at the minute. Make some time for this place because i guarantee that they’ll have more than one thing that will blow you away. Cheers.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery Toast a Trio of Awards – Scotch Whisky News

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Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery Toast a Trio of Awards

Aberfeldy, Scotland, December 21, 2017–(W.I. is catchign up!) The team at Perthshire’s Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is seeing out the year in style, after capturing three industry awards in as many weeks.

The run of success kicked-off with the Scottish Thistle Awards’ regional final for Central East and Tayside, held on 23 November at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, where Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery emerged victorious in the Best Visitor Attraction category. The experience will now go forward to the national final, which takes place on Thursday 15 March.

The team also received recognition from the business community, at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards on 24 November, where it picked up the Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award.

The whisky industry also honoured the visitor experience by naming it the Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Scotland 2018 Awards, which took place in Edinburgh on 1 December. Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery will now go head-to-head against the regional winners in Australia, Ireland, America, India and the Rest of the World at the global awards, which will be held in March 2018.

Charlotte Brown, UK Brand Homes General Manager at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, says: “We’re thrilled to have picked up these three important awards in such quick succession. The awards recognise our continued investment in the experience over recent years, which we’ve done to establish Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery as a must-see visitor attraction.

“The awards are also a reflection of the hard work put in by the whole team, and I’d like to thank them for the hard work in making every visitor to Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery feel welcome.”

Earlier this year, the experience was enhanced by a new multi-media app, delivered via iPads®, which allows visitors to explore the Dewar’s archive in greater depth. The app, which is provided in 11 languages, also enhances the experience for the distillery’s many international guests.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery offers a variety of enjoyable and informative distillery tours to choose from including: the Aberfeldy Tour (£9.50 per adult); Cask Tasting Tour (£17); Connoisseur Tour (£27); and Blender’s Tour (£75).

For more information or to reserve your experience, please visit or call +44(0)1887822010.

Aberfeldy Basket

Dewar’s world-renowned crafted Highland Single Malt ABERFELDY® has been produced at the Aberfeldy Distillery since 1898 and the visitor experience is located in one of the original buildings.

An extensive refurbishment of the visitor centre was undertaken back in 2014 which saw many of the traditional features of this historical building refurbished. A new dramatic ‘stave tunnel’ installation, made from oak casks, leads visitors from the heritage exhibition to the hosting area. There is also a feature archive wall, which showcases vintage memorabilia, signs and advertising campaigns from throughout Dewar’s history.

The centre’s café boasts a locally sourced menu offering an extensive selection of freshly prepared hot and cold dishes based on the finest ingredients. The welcoming Whisky Lounge provides a homely yet stylish retreat with hand-crafted furniture, large sofas and a cosy fireplace.

The Distillery Shop showcases the full DEWAR’S® Scotch whisky brand portfolio of multi-award winning premium blends including the iconic WHITE LABEL®, DEWAR’S 12-year-old, DEWAR’S 18-year-old and the exclusive DEWAR’S 25-year-old. Visitors can fill their own bottle of exclusively-aged ABERFELDY® single malt from a choice of two hand-selected casks.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2EB, Scotland. Based 74 miles from Edinburgh and 87 miles from Glasgow

Opening times:
April – October
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 12:00 – 16:00

November – March
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday Closed
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Closed over Christmas and New Year, phone for details.

Founded in 1846 by John Dewar, DEWAR’S has grown from a small wine and spirits merchant shop in Scotland, to the world’s most awarded Blended Scotch Whisky. Best known for its iconic DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL, the top selling Blended Scotch Whisky in the USA, it expanded its family to create a portfolio of premium & super premium whiskies including DEWAR’S 12-Years-Old, DEWAR’S 18-Years-Old & the exclusive DEWAR’S 25-Years-old.

The DEWAR’S® brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

The Whisky Exchange “Whisky Stories – my first trip to Islay” – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Stories – my first trip to Islay

All whisky drinkers have a story to share, whether it’s a visit to their favourite distillery or perhaps the day they opened a life-changing dram. We’d love to hear your whisky stories and we’ll be publishing our favourites – tell us all about them here. To set the scene, Stuart recalls his first trip to Islay…

Ardbeg is one of a trio of whisky producers on Islay’s south coast, along with Laphroaig and Lagavulin, collectively known as the Kildalton Distilleries

‘Stu, Ardbeg is launching a new whisky. Fancy going up to Islay for a couple of days?’ I remember the day very clearly, in the spring of 2006, when my editor asked me the most rhetorical of questions.

I don’t think I’d ever been so excited to go on a trip. I was going to Islay – Islay! – that magical island where they make whisky like no other, to mark the release of Ardbeg Still Young.

the peat generation

Given that I’d really got into peaty whisky just a year or two before, you’ll understand my excitement. I was a keen whisky drinker, but like many people, I didn’t take to peaty whisky straightaway. The first one I tried was Laphroaig 10 Year Old; its no-holds-barred medicinal hit took me by surprise.

But I persevered, and I was struck by how those layers of peat and smoke could add so much to a whisky. Peaty whisky quickly became my favourite style, and the marked contrast between Islay distilleries was a revelation, too: Ardbeg 10yo and its smoked-bacon character; the clean and citrusy Caol Ila 12yo fattened up with a beautiful oiliness; and Lagavulin 16yo, a glorious combination of fruit and smouldering bonfires.


Shortie, Ardbeg’s most famous resident

And so to the trip. You can’t fly direct to Islay from London; you take a flight to Glasgow then hop on a very small plane for the second leg, often greeted by plenty of turbulence, but this just added to the sense of adventure. Once on dry land, we headed south to Port Ellen, passing Laphroaig, then Lagavulin, then we were there: Ardbeg.

food, glorious food

The first brilliant thing about the trip: Ardbeg bread. Arriving at the distillery, we made for the Old Kiln Café (Ardbeg is one of only two Islay distilleries that serves food; Kilchoman is the other) and all of us got stuck into this amazing smoky, peaty bread that was served with our soup. It tasted of Ardbeg! It was made with the grist (the leftover ground-up barley) and it’s a taste I will never forget.

Another thing that struck me was how few people actually work at the distillery, given its size and how much whisky is made there. Other than the distillery manager, I could count the number of employees I saw on one hand, something I would soon learn is the norm in whisky distilleries! The other highlight of the trip was trying new-make spirit – the distillery’s DNA. In the case of Ardbeg, the beautiful smoke shone through.


I got to see a fair chunk of the island, too. During the trip, I discovered:

  • the charming way all drivers on Islay greet each other with a wave as they pass
  • that Islay water is a disconcerting shade of brown
  • that people from Islay are known as ‘Ileachs’.

The sun setting over Laggan Bay on Islay

My trip wasn’t just about visiting a whisky distillery. For me, it was about visiting an island where whisky plays such a leading role, an island teeming with history, and an island that was just so different to any other part of Scotland I’d been to before. And now, every time I drink an Ardbeg, I think about that trip, and it brings back many happy memories.

Got a whisky story of your own? We’d love to hear about it.

Grain Great Whiskies – Lost, Old & Rare at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Great Independent Grains

Single grain whiskies have their own different styles and are now highly prized by the whisky enthusiast. Great value old vintages and closed distilleries are regularly bottled by our independent bottlers including Cambus, Caledonian and Port Dundas. Grain whiskey is an essential component of blended Scotch. Single grain whiskies have there own different styles and are now highly prized by the whiskey enthusiast. Distilled using any cereal grain including wheat, maize, oats or rye. Single grain Scotch is regularly bottled by our independent bottlers Hunter Laing & Co. for the Sovereign series and Signatory Vintage of the Cask Strength Collection.

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The Whisky Mafia Visits The 2018 Victoria Whisky Festival – Whisky Festival News


The Victoria Whisky Festival 2018 has now come and gone, and Pat Dunlop of was there! On the ground and in the trenches with Mrs. Whiskymafia and pair of whisky cohorts in tow, Pat absorbed the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of #VWF2018 and documents them in trademark style for your reading pleasure.

Click here for more.

Ralfy Celebrates 100,000 Subscribers! – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy celebrates 100,000 subscribers with Ralfy Review 711 – Brora 30yo @ 56.3%vol (4th release)

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