Archive for June, 2020

Limited-edition Pagoda Sapphire Reserve completes Glenfarclas Pagoda Series in Glencairn Crystal decanters decorated with real sapphires – Scotch Whisky News

Limited-edition Pagoda Sapphire Reserve completes Glenfarclas Pagoda Series in Glencairn Crystal decanters decorated with real sapphires

Glenfarclas has released its 63 Year Old Pagoda Sapphire Reserve in exquisite jewel encrusted Glencairn Crystal decanters. This final addition completes one of the world’s most prestigious series of single malt whiskies which has been almost five years in the making.

The Glenfarclas Pagoda Sapphire Reserve joins the critically acclaimed Pagoda Reserve Trilogy, comprising some of the finest and rarest whiskies on the planet today, as well as the 62 Year Old Ruby Pagoda Reserve released earlier this year.

The Sapphire Reserve is available in two editions:

Limited Edition Silver

  • 700ml bottles, priced £23,783 (ex. VAT) – 180 bottles produced
  • 1.5L Magnums, priced £50,964 (ex.VAT) – 63 bottles produced

Collector’s Edition Gold

  • 1.5L Magnums, priced £56,060 (ex. VAT) –  45 bottles produced

The award-winning Scottish family business, Glencairn Crystal Studio, has designed and created all the luxury decanters in the Pagoda Reserve Series. The Pagoda Sapphire Reserve decanters, along with the other decanters in the series, are produced from the highest quality hand blown 30% lead crystal, renowned for its ultra-clarity to allow the full colour and richness of the whisky to shine through.

sky inside.

The Pagoda Sapphire Reserve decanter has been an exciting project for Glencairn Crystal Studio as it is the first time that the company has created glassware featuring precious sapphires. The front age statement on each decanter is embedded with 36 sapphires to construct the number 63, to highlight the age of the whisky.  A staggering 11,000 sapphires were ordered and only those sapphires that were matching in size, and a dark blue rather than light blue colour, were individually selected to compliment the blue crystal stopper and specially created metallic blue colour applied to the engravings on the sides.

Intricate Chinese Guardian lions are featured on the sides of the Pagoda Sapphire Reserve decanter and are deeply engraved and infilled with a carefully selected rich dark blue colour to match the blue crystal Pagoda shaped stopper. These graphics bring a fluency to the representations of the Silk Road which are intricately engraved into the Pagoda shaped tops of both the Ruby and Sapphire Reserves.

The solid silver and gold plated collars of the two editions are both individually numbered with a unique design.  In fact, each decanter is truly one of a kind,  hand blown by some of the most skilled glassblowers in the world, with each of the delicate fittings being individually engineered to fit.

The Glenfarclas Pagoda Series takes its inspiration from the pagoda style kiln invented by Charles Doig more than 130 years ago. It turned the pagoda roof structure from Asia into a Scotch whisky icon and became an integral part of the whisky making process. Glenfarclas decommissioned its Pagoda Kiln in 1972 and the Pagoda Series pays tribute to this relic of malt whisky production of the past.

Scott Davidson, Glencairn’s New Product Development Director, commented: “We are incredibly proud of our work on the Glenfarclas Pagoda Series and believe we have delivered some of our finest and most exceptional crystal cut decanters to date. It has been an absolute joy to work on this project as it has given us the chance to incorporate valuable gemstones into our decanters for the first time. Each and every decanter created is a truly unique work of art to honour the quality of the whisky inside. ”

You can purchase Glenfarclas Pagoda Sapphire Reserve at The Whisky Exchange or visit

For further information about Glencairn Crystal visit


About Glencairn Crystal:

  • In the past year alone Glencairn Crystal has been commissioned by over 30 different brands to create hand-crafted bespoke packaging for some of the oldest and most luxurious spirits ever released.
  • The Glencairn Glass, created in 2001, is endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association as the official glass for whisky.  Glencairn make over 3 million per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 140 countries worldwide.
  • Glencairn’s clients include leading drinks companies, brands and other outlets, including: BP, Brown-Forman, Cunard, Diageo, Houses of Parliament, Muller, Google, Scottish Parliament and the majority of the Scottish Whisky manufacturers, in addition to many of the international whisky and spirit producers.

About Glenfarclas and the Pagoda Reserve Series:

  • With exceptional attention to detail from the outset, The Glenfarclas Pagoda Reserve Series features some of the most exclusive whiskies ever to reach the market. George Grant Glenfarclas Distillery Director (6th Generation) along with Scotland’s Ambassador to whisky in China and Keeper of The Quaich, Stephen Notman, carefully selected the very finest, super premium timeless casks. Distilled in three iconic whisky making decades of the last century, each special vintage predates the 1972 decommissioning of the famous Pagoda shaped kiln at Glenfarclas.
  • Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, to this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. The Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.

The Macallan “Two Continents – Continue the Double Cask Journey” – Scotch Whisky News

The incredible journey of our wood starts in two continents, thousands of miles apart. Both American and European oak contribute distinct characteristics that impact the final whisky flavours. Steve McCurry documents the unique conditions of these woodlands that lay the groundwork for our Double Cask range.


Missed the first chapter? Discover how the journey began.

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience,

The Macallan Distillers Ltd, Easter Elchies,

Craigellachie, Moray AB38 9RX, Scotland, +44 (0)1340 318 000


Women of Whisky presents Rusty Rabbit Brands at Milroys of Soho – Whiskey News

Rusty Rabbit & Women’s Whisky Night
host a online charity tasting for
Albert Kennedy Trust  

Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm
online tasting with special guest Nichole Johnson- the International Bootlegger

This tasting is dedicated to celebrating and promoting diversity in the whisky world. We will be exploring fantastic whiskies from the first all African-American distillery in Kentucky, Brough Brothers run by Victor, Christian, and Bryson Yarbrough.

Right alongside we will be tasting a bourbon and a rye whiskey from a brand new distillery, Blinking Owl. A first for Orange County, this diverse operation produces all manor of spirts, and are looking to perfect their grain to glass production.

We welcome live interaction and will be answering all your questions during the show.

For all lovers of American Whiskey, this tasting is for you!

Nichole Johnson

Nichole has over 10 years’ of experience in the whisky industry, representing exciting whisky brands on a global scale. Well known for her incredible knowledge and engaging tastings, we can’t wait to hear about her latest projects with distributor Rusty Rabbit International! .

Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm

An invitation to join Katie Groves & Nichole Johnson an online tasting experience 

Your ticket includes:
3 x 30ml whiskies:
Brough Brothers Bourbon, 44.0 %
Blinking Owl Bourbon, 45%
Blinking Owl Rye, 45%

All proceeds to the Albert Kennedy Trust @aktcharity

Book Tasting

All proceeds to the Albert Kennedy Trust @aktcharity, who help young LGBTQ people from all backgrounds affected by homelessness or abusive households. Since 1989, they’ve helped over 50,000 vulnerable young people with better living and opportunities. They provide support on housing, education, mental health and career opportunities, and fight tirelessly against all kinds of racism and prejudice.

Milroys Online

THE LOCH FYNE THE LIVING CASK 1745 – Scotch Whisky News


Winner of a liquid gold award in the 2016 Jim Murray whisky bible – scoring an impressive 94.5 points.

Carefully selecting a used bourbon cask with tight staves and a good heritage, we created a marriage of what we considered to be the ‘the best’ Islay single malts. And so The Living Cask® was born, with that combination of Islay malts at its heart forevermore. Respecting our Inveraray roots, we christened it The Living Cask 1745 in a nod to the year the town was founded by The Duke of Argyll.

You can buy and enjoy The Living Cask 1745 today. It’s a very fine dram, and its excellent Islay credentials can be tasted in every drop – no wonder it won a Liquid Gold award in Jim Murray’s 2016 Whisky Bible.

Jim Murray’s official tasting note:

n23.5 an intriguing two-toned nose which, if you concentrate on one side, offers firm smokiness giving further edge to the unyielding malts; and from the other angle is a complete softie…! t23.5 the delivery takes the path of the second option with an immediate eiderdown softness on delivery but doesn’t duck out of juicy and, at times, forceful barleysugar then Fisherman Friend notes…all very sweet shop; f23.5 remains silky; now with a few spices joining the rolling smoke; b24 one of the best whiskies ever created at quarter to six in the evening….and one quite impossible not to love. 46.3%

Please note: Our Loch Fyne Whiskies products are presented in handmade glass bottles. Due to their handmade nature, these bottles can show small imperfections such as grooves and seams in the glass.


Distillery/Brand The Loch Fyne

Classification Scotch Whisky

Region Islay

Style Blended Malt

Size 50cl

ABV 43.6%

Age Statement ~ No Age Statement

ralfy review 831 – Lagavulin 1994 D.E. @43%vol: (Igv.4/498) – Scotch Whisky News

Lagavulin 1994 D.E. @43%vol: (Igv.4/498)

Stockton Hong Kong partners with rare whisky cask specialist ‘Rare Finds Worldwide’ – Whisky News

A dram for drinking, a cask for investing:

Stockton Hong Kong partners with rare whisky cask specialist ‘Rare Finds Worldwide’

HONG KONG – Whisky brokerage Rare Finds Worldwide has officially partnered with Stockton Hong Kong, one of the best whisky bars in Asia (Number 8), in bringing an all-new luxe experience for Scotch whisky drinkers, investors and collectors.

A fusion of 18th century London luxe and rare Scotch, this collaboration sets a unique, elegant tone and ambience for ‘whisky talk.’ Whisky tastings, seminars and meetings highlighting whisky casks as one of the most lucrative luxury asset classes will be hosted by Rare Finds Worldwide in Stockton. The speakeasy’s interiors and vibe reminiscent of the halcyon days of 1890s London will complement the inherent sophistication and luxuriousness of whisky investment.

“Rare whisky is akin to a piece of history taken out of its era. Coupled with Stockton’s evocative atmosphere and esteemed clientele, it makes our partnership the perfect blend. Aged throughout the years, whisky is a tale of character, notes and passion all blended in a cask. We turn whisky investment into a personal journey – from cask selection and storage to bottling, our clients are highly involved in the process,” said Freeman Ho, Whisky Specialist at Rare Finds Worldwide.

Alongside the partnership, Rare Finds Worldwide and Stockton will also be offering lockers for collectors that wish to store their bottles for consumption. Locker holders will receive benefits and exclusive deals with partner global organisations including potential discounts on casks and bottles.

Rare Finds Worldwide remains at the forefront of whisky investment as rare whisky joins the list of most sought-after luxury assets among art, cars and fine wines. The Wealth Report 2020 shows the whisky asset class overtaking classic cars on the Luxury Investment Index with a growth of 564% over the past decade. With its expertise in ultra-premium cask procurement from top-tier distilleries, the brokerage offers exclusive access to some of the oldest and most prestigious single malts in the market. It provides investors and collectors the opportunity to diversify their portfolio or further grow their whisky collection.

“We have seen an increase in demand for asset-backed investments, and rare whisky is a strong-growth asset class that has the strength to weather market volatility. Stockton is the perfect venue for our cask investment seminars and our upcoming VIP whisky membership, perfectly reflecting the sophistication of this asset class which is fast becoming ‘Liquid Gold’,” said Murray Holdgate, Director of Rare Finds Worldwide.

“As a bar that has over 150 different whiskies on offer, having customers consider whisky as an investment in Stockton is a new and exciting experience. We see a flavourful journey ahead as our partnership with Rare Finds Worldwide comes into fruition,” said Suraj Gurung of Stockton Hong Kong.

Rare Finds Worldwide will also display ultra-rare Scotch whisky at Stockton, elevating the immersive experiences the bar is well-known for in terms of whisky. The selection of bottles will feature iconic distilleries such as Macallan, Dalmore and Bowmore collections available for purchase. For more information on rare whisky investment or for a consultation with Rare Finds’ alternative asset specialists, visit or get in touch at

About Rare Finds Worldwide

Rare Finds Worldwide is a tailored whisky brokerage that offers collectors and investors the opportunity to increase wealth with rare Single Malt Scotch Whisky. We offer our private client’s exclusive access to some of the oldest and most prestigious single malts in the world as well as taking advantage of ultra – premium cask procurement from Tier 1 distilleries such as Macallan, Dalmore and Bowmore to name a select few. Our team comprises of experienced investment banking professionals and alternative investment specialists, whose passion for whisky has evolved into a consultancy that focuses on delivering only best in class product, with authentic provenance to our family of whisky investors and collectors.

About Stockton Hong Kong

Stockton is a hidden cocktail bar and restaurant that pays tribute to a time of unspoiled indulgence. With only the best libations and a menu of decadent delights, Stockton is an immersive experience in the halcyon days of 1890s London. It has gained recognition as one of the best bars in Asia.

Whisky Auctioneer June 2020 Auction Now Live – Whisky News

 Our June Auction is Now Live!

Please take the time to scroll through the highlights below, which have been hand-selected from this month’s offering for your attention.

Each one presents an exceptional opportunity to add to your whisky collection. 



If you’re looking for a Speyside collectible, there is nothing more classic than The Balvenie Vintage Cask Series. Included in our June Auction is the desirable 1951 Vintage Cask 1236, one of the very first casks to be bottled for the series, producing only 90 bottles of this collector’s item.





Our June Auction welcomes two of these beautiful bourbons for the first time at Whisky Auctioneer! A luxurious bottling from bourbon favourites, Eagle Rare, this has been bottled at 20 years of age into just 299 bespoke crystal decanters. Read more about this bottle in one of our latest news articles.


Yamazaki were one of the first Japanese distilleries to win an international award for their whisky – a much deserved accolade. Today they are one of the largest producers of Japanese whisky,  and their limited editions such as the ones below are growing increasingly rare.


Due to the post-Second World War rationing of coal, The Macallan was forced to malt with a higher amount of peat than normal, imparting an unusual but reputed smoky flavour to the 1948 Select Reserve. Each bottle was marked with an individual date, this one the 4th July, which could be a fitting tribute with Independence Day on the horizon.



R.W. Duthie of Aberdeen provided casks to a number of international distributors, including the Corti Brothers in the US, and early Samaroli releases.  This month, we have two stunning vintage examples bottled by the company itself, a 1978 Lagavulin and 1979 Macallan-Glenlivet.


To raise funds for those in the Speyside community and in tribute to the cancelled festival, Glenfiddich will release an exclusive limited edition ‘Spirit of Speyside 2020’ bottling in an exclusive charity auction from 17 – 22 June 2020 on

Read more about the results and the deserving Speyside charities here.


Interested in selling whisky? As the leading online rare whisky auction, we offer a personal and expert approach to selling your cherished bottles by giving them the international exposure they deserve.

Next auction: 24 July – 3 August
Bottle deadline: 13 July

For free expert valuation for your bottle(s) or to discuss the best ways to get your bottles to us contact us at

Our team are standing by to assist you through the process, get in touch today to discuss options on how we can help you.

Whisky Show 2020: Early Bird Tickets End June 30 – Whisky Show News


Yet to purchase your ticket for Whisky Show 2020? Well make sure not to miss out on our fantastic early bird rates – ending 30 June at 5pm BST

With more than 800 whiskies to try, food-pairings and cocktails, a Dream Dram token, demonstrations and talks, and a two-course meal for Saturday and Sunday attendees all included in your ticket, our early bird prices are great value for money.

Don’t miss out!

Book now 


In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, our team at Whisky Show will be following government guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all attendees of the 2020 show.

see full update here 


This year’s theme is ‘Whisky: An Ever-Changing World’, focusing on the continuing evolution of our favourite spirit. Prepare for an exciting exploration of everything from the distillers that have made whisky what it is today to the innovators paving the way for the future.

Learn more 


The perfect gift for the whisky fan in your life, Whisky Show 2020 bundles are now available! Each pack includes a bottle of your chosen whisk(e)y, tasting glasses, extra goodies and, of course, tickets to Whisky Show 2020. The perfect way to share a dram both now and in October.


Show Details
2-4 October 2020

Old Billingsgate
1 Old Billingsgate Walk
London EC3R 6DX


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Unleash your inner sparkle” – Scotch Whisky News

The last few months have undoubtedly been strange for everyone, so we’re looking to start July with a bang and find reasons to celebrate. Whether it’s joining our friends in the US to toast the 4th of July or simply raising a glass to the small things at home, we have a sparkling cask to get the celebrations going.

If you’re ready to get the party started, we’re releasing five preview bottlings at 2pm this afternoon before the full Outturn lands on Friday, 3 July at 9am. Head to the website now before they all disappear!


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


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 320: Port Dundas 20 Year Old 1990 Diageo Special Edition – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 320: Port Dundas 20 Year Old 1990 Diageo Special Edition

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, found an older release of grain. Port Dundas closed just shy of two centuries of operation. The distillery closed the doors on the 1st of July 2009. The demolition of the iconic chimney was even broadcast live on television. Mark will taste an older one that Diageo launched in their yearly Special Editions of 2011. It was the first grain ever in that bespoke series. First it matured for three years on bourbon casks, then it got an impressive 17 year old second maturation on a combination of European oak, first fill bourbon casks and fomer sherry casks. The color says it all!

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