Archive for September, 2019

ralfy review 794 – GlenAllachie 24yo @ 54.2%vol (Cadenheads) – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy uncovers treasure at Cadenheads !



The Famous Grouse launches Wine Cask, a third addition to its Cask Series in the UK, an innovative range of blended whiskies, inspired by the impact that different types of oak casks have on flavour development.

The Famous Grouse Wine Cask is finished in carefully selected Spanish red wine casks, producing a fuller bodied whisky with the classic smoothness typical of The Famous Grouse. The additional maturation in the wine casks delivers a richer mouthfeel with layers of flavour you would expect from Spanish red wine including dark chocolate, cherries, nutmeg and subtle hints of black pepper.

Chris Anderson, Head of Brands at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, said: “We place such importance on the quality of our wood, as it is such an integral part of bringing the product to life and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate this in an exciting, new way,  through the launch of The Famous Grouse Cask Wine Cask. Wine cask finishing is still relatively new in the history of whisky but is quickly growing in popularity as distillers look to explore the extensive layers of flavour development. These innovations are contributing to the inauguration of an everyday premium category for Blended Scotch Whisky and this approach demonstrates our commitment to bringing fresh opportunities for growth within the category”.

The new edition, launching exclusively in Waitrose this September, complements the retailers leading expertise and history with wine.  John Vine, spirits buyer at Waitrose said: “Waitrose and Partners is very excited to partner with The Famous Grouse on the exclusive launch of this new product, which we believe will appeal to both our whisky and wine aficionado’s alike.  The Famous Grouse Wine Cask is an innovative launch which we hope will support the resurgence in the blended scotch, whilst offering an exciting alternative for those customers looking to explore a new category”.

The Famous Grouse Wine Cask offers consumers the chance to explore wider flavour profiles within Blends, in turn demonstrating the complexity and depth within the category.   The Famous Grouse Wine Cask upholds the reliably smooth taste, quality and character of The UK’s Number 1 Whisky, but with a delicious new twist.  Like the parent blend, The Famous Grouse Wine Cask can be perfectly enjoyed neat, with a dash of water or with a favourite mixer to bring the flavours to life.


The Famous Grouse (

  1. The Famous Grouse is the no. 1 whisky in UK and no. 5 standard blended whisky worldwide (*IWSR value data 2017).
  2. The Famous Grouse has been the best-selling whisky in Scotland, the home of Scotch whisky, since 1980.
  3. The Famous Grouse is exported to over 100 countries.
  4. The Famous Grouse was founded by Matthew Gloag who started blending whisky in the 1890s, and was launched officially in 1897 to be drunk by the gentry after a day out shooting. 

About Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK 

Edrington-Beam Suntory Distribution UK is one of the UK’s biggest sprits sales, marketing and distribution companies. It is a joint-venture company jointly owned by Edrington and Beam Suntory.

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK represents leading spirit brands in categories including:

  • Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Naked Grouse and Teacher’s)
  • Malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, The Macallan and Ardmore)
  • Japanese whiskies (Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, Toki and Chita)
  • Bourbon (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek)
  • Imported whiskies (Canadian Club and Kilbeggan Irish whiskey)
  • Gin (Roku and Larios)

It also handles UK sales and distribution for Courvoisier cognac, Snow Leopard vodka, Brugal 1888 rum and a portfolio of liqueurs and specialities (including Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano and After Shock).

The Search for Heaven Hill Brands, 2020 “Bartender of the Year” Begins NOW! – American Whiskey News

The Search for Heaven Hill Brands, 2020 “Bartender of the Year” Begins NOW!

Winner will receive $15,000 at finals Half Mile Farm in North Carolina

BARDSTOWN, KY – Heaven Hill Brands and are searching for the 2020 Bartender of the Year in the competition’s fifth anniversary. The event welcomes bartenders from across the United States to join the Heaven Hill family through online submissions, regional semifinals and the crowning of the Bartender of the Year in June 2020, returning to the picturesque Half Mile Farm in Highlands, North Carolina.

Bartenders will be challenged to demonstrate a variety of cocktail skills using Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur, Elijah Craig Small Batch, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky, Dubonnet Rouge Grand Aperitif, Sacred Bond Brandy and Lunazul Tequila. The 2020 Bartender of the Year contest will identify the bartender who best embodies the range of qualities to which all bartenders aspire to be, as Justin Ware from Houston expertly showcased throughout each round of the competition to be named the 2019 Bartender of the Year. From service to history and skills to quality preparation, the 2020 Bartender of the Year will be a celebrated example of what it means to be a hospitality professional behind the bar.

“As we enter the fifth year of competition amidst a thriving cocktail culture we are excited to taste and see the creativity as it takes on a new level each year,” said Kate S. Latts, Vice President, Marketing for Heaven Hill Brands. “Our diverse portfolio of spirits, coupled with an investment in education and camaraderie for participants, creates a foundation for growth and showcases the passion each bartender has for their craft. We look forward to adding the newest members to our growing Heaven Hill family.”

Heaven Hill Brands and will identify candidates for Bartender of the Year first by online submissions beginning September 15 and continuing through November 5. Submissions will be evaluated throughout November by the three returning national judges: Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House, Bar Manager of Clyde Common & Pépé Le Moko Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and Owner/Bartender of Pouring Ribbons Joaquín Simó. Eight regional competitions will be held in the following cities from January-April 2020: Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, New York City, Miami, Portland, Phoenix, and Atlanta. Six semifinalists will compete at each regional and one from each will advance to the finals at Half Mile Farm.

Submissions for the contest opened at on September 15, 2019. Guest judges joining for the regional semifinals will be announced throughout the duration of the contest. Ware will also return as a judge for the finals.

Grounded in the original Bartender of the Year Competition hosted by Domaine de Canton starting in 2009, Heaven Hill Brands resurrected the competition due to strong demand from bartenders worldwide. Ware joined the ranks of esteemed past winners: Harrison Ginsberg from Crown Shy in New York City was named Bartender of the Year in 2018, Nathan O’Neill from the Nomad Bar was named Bartender of the Year in 2017, and Abigail Gullo of Ben Paris in Seattle won the inaugural competition in 2016. Visit the official competition website at for complete competition details.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL BRANDS: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Brands ( is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Deep Eddy and Burnett’s Vodkas; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; Black Velvet Canadian Whisky; Lunazul Tequila; The Christian Brothers Brandies; HPNOTIQ Liqueur, Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.

Nickolls & Perks End of Summer Whisky Sale – Whisky Sale News

From single malts to blends and peated to well-sherried favourites, shop from hundreds of different whiskies in our end of summer sale.


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Bowmore & Glen Garioch Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO Saturday, October 5th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Saturday, October 5th 2-5PM: 

Scotch Tasting: 

Bowmore & Glen Garioch 

Try Islay and Highland scotches at this expert presented “Single Malt Saturday” tasting, featuring legendary distilleries Bowmore and Glengarioch. We’ll have a variety of rare and award-winning single malts to try from 2-5PM, with pourlist details to be revealed as event approaches.

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Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru – Available for pre-order now! From The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru
Pre-order Today

Experience the world’s most awarded single malt aged for 23 years and finished in rare French cuvée oak casks. Expect notes of freshly baked bread, vanilla, sandlewood, pear sorbet and white grape.


The Good Dram Show – Episode 331 ‘Wemyss Malts’ – Scotch Whisky News

The Good Dram Show – Episode 331 ‘Wemyss Malts’

Welcome to this weeks episode of the show in which I’ll be taking a look at the independent bottler Wemyss. This weeks episode of the features



This morning The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay joined owners, David and Sallie Prior in officially opening the newly built Bladnoch Distillery Visitor Centre. The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a plaque by Their Royal Highnesses in front of a group of 50 special guests.

Their Royal Highnesses arrived at Bladnoch Distillery at 11.40am to be greeted by The Priors and Bladnoch’s Master Distiller, Dr Nick Savage. After a tour of the new Visitor Centre, His Royal Highness joined Mr Prior and Dr Savage on a production tour of the site, whilst Her Royal Highness took the opportunity to meet groups and individuals that have made an impact in the local Dumfries and Galloway community.

David Prior invited Their Royal Highnesses to sign a cask of Bladnoch Whisky which would then be aged at the distillery and released at a later date.

Upon sampling a dram of Bladnoch Single Malt, His Royal Highness remarked, “it keeps the mind, body and soul all together.”

Guests then gathered at the entrance of the distillery’s new Visitor Centre for the official unveiling ceremony.

David Prior spoke to his guests briefly on the significance of the occasion not only for his team but for the wider Dumfries and Galloway community.

“It’s an absolute honour owning a business like this with such great history and provenance, and over the past few years to have led the revival of this incredible distillery. To have it once again back in its place within the local community, a place of pride, for employment and now again for tourism with the opening of the Visitor Centre and the Melba Cafe.”

Their Royal Highnesses unveiled an engraved plaque which reads:

Bladnoch Distillery Visitor Centre
Officially opened by
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay
On 11 September 2019 | @bladnochwhisky

Here Design & Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23yo – Scotch Whisky News

Glenfiddich has released a unique new expression, Grand Cru; an exclusive Scottish Single Malt matured for 23 years and finished in rare French cuvée casks, with identity and packaging design by London-based studio Here Design.

Following the recent rebrand of the core Glenfiddich range – including new packaging design for its 12- and 15-year-old liquids – Here Design took the brand’s maverick spirit to new levels with Grand Cru, creating a new ‘celebratory’ drinking moment for Glenfiddich and the wider whisky category.

Whisky that forges its own path

An entirely new variant to the Glenfiddich range, Grand Cru is the first of the Grand range embodying the brand’s maverick spirit, pushing the boundaries of the whisky category by pairing with a definitive luxury world. The liquid is finished in cuvée casks, culminating in a myriad of aromas from sweet brioche to sandalwood and pear sorbet.

“As a maverick whisky we are interested in redefining what single malt can be – for us this means continuing to assert the brand’s unquestionable status within the single malt category as well as pushing the boundaries,” says Tess Wicksteed, Strategy Partner, Here Design. “Glenfiddich has the vision, determination and desire to do things differently. It is a whisky that forges its own path on its own terms.

“In Grand Cru, the brand’s non-conformist spirit, embodied by the proud stag, takes us from Scotland to another prestigious realm, marrying the tradition and purity of Scottish single malt with a distinguished world of luxury. It is a liquid designed to be shared and celebrated.”

A meeting of two worlds

Each bottle of Glenfiddich Grand Cru bears the brand’s golden stag emblem – the iconic reference to the ‘Valley of the Deer’ where the liquid originates from and a contemporary expression of Glenfiddich’s unique heritage.

This stag sits proudly on a black glass bottle finished with the chiselled ‘V’ shape synonymous with the Glenfiddich brand, an ornate golden closure and opulent black presentation furniture featuring a sparkling golden firework design, emanating the spirit of celebration and luxury contained within.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Sugar and spice” – Scotch Whisky News

You can tell we’re still in a celebratory mood this month, because we’re bringing you even more colourful new casks to add September’s collection! These four hand-selected casks were all matured in a form of ex-bourbon wood but provide a kaleidoscope of sweet and oaky flavours across four flavour profiles. Compare and contrast them or simply pick your favourite but do it quickly – a limited number of bottles are available online now.


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


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