Archive for September, 2018


Calum Jones

Calum Jones


Announced today, the successful recipients are: Calum Jones who is studying Applied Music at the University of the Highlands and Islands; Marnie Thomson, an aspiring engineer at Glasgow City College; Sarah McGhee, who is completing a Masters at the University of Glasgow; and Fraser Murray, an aspiring chemical engineer at the University of Strathclyde.

Calum Jones, whose father William Jones is an auditor at Chivas Brothers, has been successfully writing and recording his own music since the age of 13, performing at prestigious events including with the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester Session Orchestra. The 17-year-old from Oran, Moray, has been awarded £1,300 in funding to purchase a state-of-the-art computer to assist him with the music technology elements of his course. Calum said: “It’s fantastic to be part of the bursary scheme. Music is my passion. I’ve been performing since I was little, and this funding will allow me to attend a number of residentials. The one thing I’m looking forward to most is learning Gaelic and more about Scottish heritage and culture so I can incorporate this into my music.”

Marnie Thomson from Cambuslang, Glasgow, has been awarded £1,500. She will use the money to fund an Access to Engineer SCQF course, bringing her one step closer to her dream career. Marnie was encouraged to apply for the funding by her sister, Shelley Thomson, an Operations and Manufacturing Graduate at Chivas Brothers. Marnie said: “I have always had an interest in engineering, my father has always been in the mechanics trade, but since becoming a mother to two children I have put my dream on hold. Thanks to the generosity of Chivas Brothers I will be able to pay for childcare while I’m studying. I hope this will help to set a good example to my children showing them that it is never too late to follow your dreams and do something you’re really passionate about.”

Clydebank resident and local primary school teacher, Sarah McGhee, has been given £1,300 to complete a Masters degree in Professional Learning and Enquiry, at the University of Glasgow. Sarah hopes the course will help her develop her leadership and management skills and pursue her passion to provide the best education for local young people. Sarah’s fiancé, Andrew McCormick, works in operations at Chivas Brothers, and the pair are set to marry in April 2019. Sarah adds: “It’s such an exciting year for the both of us with our wedding in the near future. I’m absolutely over the moon to receive the funding from Chivas Brothers which will help pay for my final year tuition fees and relieve additional monetary pressures for me and my fiancé.”

Finally, Fraser Murray from Cumbernauld, Glasgow, will contribute the £900 he was awarded towards travelling to the University of Strathclyde where he’s completing a Masters in Chemical Engineering. Fraser said: “My aim is to become a chartered chemical engineer. Once I have done this I want to take part in the Engineers Without Borders Scheme, a programme that aims to provide clean energy and safe drinking water to poverty-stricken areas around the world.”

Now in its third year, Chivas Brothers’ bursary scheme has awarded a total of £15,000 on inspiring students including a Forensics and Analytical chemistry student, a driven Human Rights graduate and an aspiring computer programmer.

Sandrine Ricard, Head of Sustainability and Responsibility, at Chivas Brothers, said: “As a business, we’re really proud of this initiative and hope that it continues to inspire our employees and their family members to pursue their passions. It was a difficult decision, but I’m really pleased for our four recipients who demonstrated real passion for their studies and I wish them every success.”

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is a global drinks producer and exports company steeped in Scottish heritage. It is the only Pernod Ricard business dedicated entirely to Scotch whisky and comprises a prestigious range of single malt and blended whiskies. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet. With a multitude of awards and accolades for its quality, craftsmanship, industry-leading sites and award-winning campaigns, its brands are at the heart of moments of connection across the globe.

The company comprises 1,600 employees, 14 Scotch distilleries, two bottling facilities and more than 300 warehouses across its 26 sites including Orkney, the Scottish mainland and London.


Paddy Irish Whiskey Wins Silver Outstanding at 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition – Irish Whiskey News


Paddy Irish Whiskey Wins Silver Outstanding at 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition  

         NEW ORLEANS, lA.  (Sept. 13, 2018) – Judges awarded Paddy Irish Whiskey from the Sazerac Company with a Silver Outstanding Medal at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed chemical and microbiological analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection.

Complete results for the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition can be found online at

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit

Whisky Auctioneer September 2018 Auction Now Live – Whisky News




Karuizawa 1983 Single Cask #3557 / Only 50 Bottles

In 2015, 45 attendees of the Nepal Appeal Karuizawa Masterclass each paid £6,000 to try a selection of extremely rare Karuizawa. Each attendee was given a bottle of this single cask Karuizawa with all the proceeds of the event going towards aid in Nepal which suffered a series of devastating earthquakes earlier on in the year.


Impressive Islays

This month see’s the return of some of the most sought after bottlings to ever come out of Islay. Amongst a great line up we have what is thought to be the only official bottling of Port Ellen released while the distillery was active ; The Queen’s Visit, a fantastic sherry cask Bowmore from the mid 1950s which has been described as ‘in a league of its own’ plus lots more.


Samaroli Selection

The Whisky Auctioneer Team absolutely loves the results of Samaroli’s care and attention – the liquids, the labels and his forward thinking.  You’ll find the largest collection of Samaroli’s bottlings here, so get browsing and bidding now!


Glenfarclas 1955 50 Year Old / Bicentenary

An incredibly special bottle of Glenfarclas, selected by George Grant to celebrate the bi-centenary of the distillery’s founder, and his great, great, great, great Grandfather, John Grant. Only 110 were produced of this 50 Year Old, which comes in an attractive presentation box with certificate / scroll.


Clynelish Ainslie an Heilbron

A well known selection of Clynelish are showcased this month with certain bottlings said to contain liquid from the original Clynelish distillery we know today as Brora.


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Maltstock 2019 Early Bird Tickets! – Whisky News


Early bird

To show our appreciation for all our guests, past, present and future, we offer a relaxed early bird discount shortly after Maltstock. This offer expires on the 1st of October. Even if you did not manage to join us this year, please feel invited to join the next. If you order your ticket(s) before the 1st of October 2018 you get a relaxed € 25 discount. Just use the  couponcode “earlybird2019” at the end of the order process.

Maltstock 2019 is
6-8 September

Maltstock, Nimrodstraat 54, Nijmegen, Gelderland 6531 LH, Netherlands

The Whisky Exchange “Our Top 10 Whiskies for September” – Scotch Whisky News


The Good Dram Show – Episode 285 ‘Invergordon’ – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum

The Good Dram Show – Episode 285 ‘Invergordon’ – This weeks episode of the show features a number of different age statement bottlings of Invergordon.




Lindores Abbey Distillery is delighted to announce that it will be working with Gordon & MacPhail as its exclusive distributor in the United Kingdom. The distillery – the spiritual home of Scotch whisky – will be added to Gordon & MacPhail’s growing exclusive distributor portfolio.

Drew McKenzie Smith, founder and MD of Lindores Abbey Distillery, commented: ‘We are delighted to be working with Gordon & MacPhail. Lindores is, above all, a family business, and we admire the company’s similar family-oriented outlook. In many ways, this marks a return to the very roots of Lindores Abbey Distillery, as our inaugural limited edition bottling was a 15 year old Speyside malt supplied by Gordon & MacPhail nearly twenty years ago”.

James Taylor, Buying Manager for Gordon & MacPhail, added: ‘We are very excited to be working with Lindores Abbey Distillery and look forward to their Aqua Vitae complementing our existing portfolio of quality whiskies and spirits.”

Lindores Abbey Distillery is currently producing Aqua Vitae, a tribute to the origins of Scotch Whisky as we know it today. It is a versatile, spirit drink made from a blend of herbs, spices and single malt new make spirit and can be used in a vast array of cocktails or simply sipped neat. For more recipes visit our website here.

Gordon & MacPhail’s wholesale business serves customers throughout the United Kingdom selling whiskies and premium spirits and is one part of the multi-faceted family-owned business. Gordon & MacPhail also matures and bottles some of the world’s rarest single malts. 

The London launch of Aqua Vitae will take place today,  Monday 24th September at Original Sin in Stoke Newington, following a series of successful Scottish launches in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. 


  • Lindores Abbey was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon, on land overlooking the River Tay, given to him by his brother King William I. It was visited by Kings and Queens, warriors and statesmen. William Wallace took refuge with 300 of his men after their victory over the English.
  • Built directly on the site of the Lindores dairy farm steading Drew McKenzie Smith’s great grandfather bought in 1913, the Lindores Abbey Visitor Centre has been crafted from original Abbey stone. It features an illustrated history of the Tironensian monks who founded the Abbey. The records, artefacts and scriptures of their time at Lindores are displayed within the stunning new Cloister of the venue, which will also serve as a unique event and private dining space which can seat 60 guests at its stately 52 foot oak table.
  • Lindores Abbey ruins, where William Wallace rested after the Battle of Black Earnside in 1298, the burial site of the first Duke of Rothesay, and a place of exceptional tranquility and beauty, are open to the public by appointment.

Gordon & MacPhail

  • Since its founding in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail’s policy has been to send casks to distilleries throughout Scotland, fill them with ‘new make’ spirit and mature them either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouses in Elgin.
  • Gordon & MacPhail bottles some of the world’s oldest and rarest single malt Scotch whiskies and sells in over 30 markets worldwide.
  • In spring 2018 the company announced the relaunch of its portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies to continue strengthening the reputation of the brand globally.  The portfolio has been streamlined into five distinct ranges: ‘Discovery’, ‘Distillery Labels’, ‘Connoisseurs Choice’, ‘Private Collection’, and ‘Generations’.

Gordon & MacPhail Retail

  • Gordon & MacPhail was established in 1895 with the opening of a retail shop in Elgin, selling high quality teas, coffees, groceries and wines and spirits.  Continuing to trade today, the shop is popular with visitors and locals alike and has been awarded Visit Scotland Five Star status.   A dedicated Whisky Room is an Aladdin’s Cave for whisky enthusiasts and stocks over 1,000 different variants.  The Wine & Spirits Room stores a wide selection of wines and an eclectic mix of spirits, whilst the Grocery department continues to sell high quality goods and stock an excellent delicatessen.

Compass Box Great King Street Single Marrying Cask at The Party Source – Scotch Whisky News


Compass Box Great King St Single Marrying Cask – For this limited edition offering Compass Box starts off with their Great King Street Blended Scotch Whisky. It is bottled from a single marrying cask used to mature the whisky after the initial blending. This marrying process has become a lost art over the past 100 years or so.

We used a Sherried Marrying Cask that carefully aged and enhanced this blended scotch an additional seven months. This resulted in a rich and round style typical of many Sherry finished Scotches, but solely unique to the Great King Street Artist Blend. The palate is teased with delicious notes of dark fruit, spice, and fruitcake. This is a great addition to Compass Box’s already amazing line of blended Scotch Whiskies.


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The Whisky.Auction Preview (Auction Commences September 30th, 2018) – Auction Whisky News






We’ve teamed up with our friends at Pompilio’s and selected an amazing barrel of Maker’s Mark Private Select – “Pomp’s Bocce Barrel“. Together we chose an excellent representation of Maker’s Mark that delivers something special.

To celebrate this outstanding selection Pompilio’s is hosting an amazing event on Saturday, September 29th, starting at 3:00 pm.

3:00 PM – Closest to the Pallina

The party starts with Closest to the Pallina games every hour until 6:00 pm. Gift Baskets for the hourly winners and grand prize winner receives a bottle of the new Maker’s Mark Private Select.

4:30 – 5:00 PM – Tasting of “Pomp’s Bocce Barrel” 
(Must have purchased a cocktail prior to tasting)

5:00 PM – Toast
This toast includes a dipped Maker’s Mark glass (RSVP required). Limited to the first 25 RSVPs. RSVP to
(Must have purchased a cocktail prior to tasting)

Drink Special will be on hand featuring Maker’s Mark Private Select “Pomp’s Bocce Barrel”.

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