Archive for March, 2021

Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Year Old Cognac Finish at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Year Old Cognac Finish

This beautifully-presented 26-year-old single malt displays all of the famed Speyside distillery’s usual fruity vibrancy, layered with soft spice and honeyed notes from its time in ex-Cognac casks. A limited-edition single malt from Glenfiddich, Grande Couronne has been finished in ex-Cognac casks and was bottled after 26 years. On the palate that classic Glenfiddich vibrancy and lifted orchard fruits, while the Cognac gives deeper dried fruits, notes of honey, orange peel and roasted almonds. This is a combination of Scottish heritage with French opulence, a dram to be sipped and savoured.


Loch Lomond Whiskies mark The 149th Open with two limited editions – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Lomond Whiskies mark The 149th Open with two limited editions

Loch Lomond Whiskies, the Official Spirit of The Open, has unveiled two new special limited edition single malts to mark The 149th Open at Royal St George’s, which will take place this July.

The Loch Lomond “Open Course Collection Royal St George’s 2021” and “The Open Special Edition 2021” have been specially crafted by master blender Michael Henry, to celebrate Loch Lomond Whiskies’ first visit to England as the Official Spirit of The Open.

The Loch Lomond Open Course Collection 2021 has been created using specially commissioned English Virgin Oak casks, to celebrate Loch Lomond Whiskies’ first visit to Royal St George’s famous links.

Bottled in a traditional non-chill filtered manner, the 20-year-old expression has been created in partnership with Open Champion, Darren Clarke, Loch Lomond Whiskies ambassador, and bears his signature on the carton. The expression joins a collection of expressions created by Loch Lomond Whiskies to mark previous Open Championships in 2018 and 2019.

Bottled at an ABV of 50.2% and priced at £160, the Loch Lomond Open Course Collection has a rich mouth feel and showcases complex flavours including spiced apple, elderflower and caramel, before a long, dry finish of lime citrus, cumin and ginger.

The Open Special Edition 2021, created in partnership with European Tour Legend and Loch Lomond Whiskies’ ambassador Colin Montgomerie, uses a combination of spirits from both Loch Lomond Whiskies’ unique straight neck and traditional pot stills, delivering a delicious and fruity single malt of exceptional quality.

As with all Loch Lomond Single Malts, the underlying fruity character of the distillery shines with a gentle hint of smoke on the finish. The spirit has been matured in three types of American oak casks, managed by our onsite cooperage. Michael Henry then marries the casks together before a final finish in Virgin American oak.

Bottled at 46% and non-chill filtered to keep things as nature intended, The Loch Lomond Open Special Edition 2021 has an RRP of £40 and is a perfect dram for any golf or whisky lover.

Loch Lomond Whiskies’ became The Official Spirit of The Open in 2018. The 149th Open was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The championship will be played at Royal St George’s this July, with The 150th Open at St Andrews taking place in 2022.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: “Like all golf enthusiasts across the world, we were disappointed to learn of the postponement of The Open last year, but we are very much looking forward to the championship returning in the summer.

“We are very proud of our partnership with The Open, which has allowed us to showcase the very best of the Loch Lomond Whiskies range among golf and sport fans across the world. Both our Special Edition and Open Course Collection expressions are very special limited editions and are emblematic of the true diversity and distilling expertise we have at our Loch Lomond Distillery, and mark Loch Lomond Whiskies’ first trip to Royal St George’s as the Official Spirit of The Open perfectly.”

Michael Henry, Master Distiller added: “It has been a real pleasure crafting these limited editions to mark this year’s Open Championship. We’re thrilled that The Open will be returning this year, and both The Open Special Edition and the Course Collection expressions are a fantastic tribute to the 2021 Championship, each expression showcasing Loch Lomond Whiskies’ character wonderfully.”

Loch Lomond Whiskies, based in Alexandria near Loch Lomond, agreed a five-year partnership with The R&A, organisers of The Open, in February 2018.  Known as “The One”, The Open has the widest international reach of the major championships with qualifying events taking place across five continents.

Neil Armit, Chief Commercial Officer at The R&A, said: “Loch Lomond Whiskies’ special edition products have already proven to be a big hit with fans of The Open, bringing together two of Scotland’s greatest exports beautifully: golf and whisky.

“Following an unprecedented year, we are very much looking forward to Royal St George’s this summer. Both golf and whisky fans alike will be able to enjoy a taste of The Open and raise a dram to our championship returning.”

The Loch Lomond Open Special Edition 2021 and The Loch Lomond Whiskies Course Collection are now available to purchase from and selected retailers.

Tasting Notes

Loch Lomond Open Course Collection 2021 Royal St George’s

Nose: Spiced apple, elderflower and vanilla

Taste: Opens with a caramel sweetness, green apple and honeydew melon, before mellowing into toasted oak and spiced cloves

Finish: Lingering with lime, cumin and ginger.

Loch Lomond Open Special Edition

Nose: Caramel and toffee, poached pear, red apple with fresh vanilla.

Taste: Chewy toffee with green apple, apricot jam and lemon citrus.

Finish: Toasted oak, a gentle smokiness then warming oak spice of cinnamon and clove.

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

  • Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day
  • The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain
  • Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies signed a five-year partnership with The R&A to become The Spirit of The Open in February 2019. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf.
  • For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at

Water of Life – A Whisky Film with The Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Water of Life – A Whisky Film

Water of Life Movie, Tasting and Q&A with Charles Maclean and Ben Chambers 2nd – 4th April 2021

We are hugely excited to introduce our collaboration with the makers of the whisky film Water of Life to present a fantastic bespoke event for customers of the Inverurie Whisky Shop.

Not only will you gain exclusive access to the film for three days, you will also receive a tasting pack (featuring some extraordinary drams tied in to the movie’s timeline) to enjoy during the 88 minute feature length film.

If that wasn’t enough, you will also gain access to our Question and Answer session on Saturday, 3rd April at 7pm, featuring whisky legend Charles Maclean, and Ben Chambers from the GlenAllachie Speyside Distillery

The tasting pack includes 6 specially selected whiskies:

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie

Balvenie 17 Year Old Double Wood

GlenAllachie Single Cask 7169

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old

Nc’Nean Batch #3

Waterford Sheestown 1.2

The movie will be available through a link that will be sent out to you and you will be able to view at your leisure between 31st March and 4th April, in preparation for the Question and Answer event. You can taste your pack during the movie, or spread it out over the three days, or wait until the live session with our great guests – it really is up to you!


Whisky Magazine “New issue out NOW” – Whisky Magazine News

The latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #174, publishes today! We’ve got a brilliant assortment of features, interviews and tastings for you to get stuck into – but this issue’s slightly more special than usual. That’s right, the winners of the 2021 global Whisky Magazine Awards have now been revealed, comprising the Icons of Whisky, the World Whiskies Awards, and our latest Hall of Fame inductee!

For the first time ever, all our winners were announced in a virtual ceremony online. Simply head to our Facebook page or Youtube channel where you can rewatch our livestream.

Christopher Coates
Whisky Magazine

New Signatory Whisky from Blair Athol at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Signatory Vintage

Blair Athol 12 Year Old

2008 vintage sherry butt finish 54.4%. Blair Athol + Signatory + Sherry Cask. Match made in heaven. Finished in a fresh sherry butt #1 for 23 months the result is a classic spicy, rich and deep Blair Athol whisky. One to enjoy. Blair Athol 12 Year Old 2008 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single fresh sherry butt finish #1 bottled February 2021 by Signatory Vintage for the Cask Strength Collection. 662 numbered bottles. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER.


Blair Athol Distillery was established in 1798 in Pitlochry and with footprints in four centuries it is one of oldest working malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. Purchased by Arthur Bell & Sons in1933 it is the spiritual ‘home’ of Arthur Bell’s range of blended scotch whisky complete with distillery visitor centre and Blair Athol Distillery tours. Although a large proportion of Blair Athol’s malt whisky cascades into blends, Bell’s to be precise, independent bottlings of Blair Athol single malts feature in the popular Connoisseurs Choice and Signatory Vintage ranges.

Shop – Blair Athol 12 Year Old

Wemyss Single Cask Limited Releases – Indulge Your Sweet Tooth This Easter at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Wemyss Single Casks

Wemyss Malts source casks from distilleries across Scotland for their Single Cask range. Each cask chosen for bottling is representative of the best characteristics of that region and the name given to each Whisky reflects the unique aromas and flavours found within the bottle.

Single Cask Whisky is unique in that it is a snapshot of the distillery on one day of production and the type of cask it has been matured in. Depending on age and cask type, there are between 150 – 700 bottles per Single Cask, making each expression unique and highly covetable, as once they are gone, they are gone…

Wemyss Single Casks



New In Stock Glenfiddich 26 Year Old at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Indulge in Pure Opulence

Glenfiddich has launched it’s latest Grand release

Glenfiddich Grand Couronne

Grand Couronne is the epitome of true opulence, uncorked at only the most majestic and meaningful gatherings Its very name, meaning crown in French, is the promised the pleasure to come.

After 26 years at the Glenfiddich Distillery, it is refined and elegant.

An extended finish in rare

French Cognac Casks

adds extra lavish layers of sweet toasted oak and velvety aromas of cafe creme, brown sugar and soft spice.


Leading sustainable Scotch tourism with four new Green Tourism awards – Scotch Whisky News

Leading sustainable Scotch tourism with four new Green Tourism awards

Four of our famous Scotch Whisky distilleries have been awarded the UK’s highest eco-tourism award in another milestone on the journey to a greener future.

Lagavulin, Blair Athol, Oban and Clynelish distilleries have all received the prestigious gold certification from Green Tourism for their sustainable practices, both in the brand home visitor experiences and the distillery operations.

They join sister distilleries Glenkinchie and Royal Lochnagar on the list of Diageo Scotch Whisky distilleries to receive the top Green Tourism accreditation. Only eight distilleries in total in Scotland have this accreditation, with Diageo now holding six.

Zero waste to landfill, biodiversity enhancement, energy efficiency, local sourcing, community engagement and plastic reduction were among the achievements praised by the assessors across the whisky attractions.

Oban Distillery has been key to helping raise the standards for sustainable practice across the drinks industry. The distillery switched to biofuels in 2018, reducing its carbon footprint by 98%, and last year introduced a new water reduction initiative, allowing the site to save approximately 80,000 litres of water a week.

The distillery is also working with the world’s leading Scotch Whisky, Johnnie Walker, to plant 189,000 trees in Ballygowan, across 85.5 hectares, to restore woodland and promote wildlife diversity in Argyll, as part of Johnnie Walker’s commitment to plant a million trees across Scotland by 2025.

On Islay, which is world-renowned for its smoky, peaty whiskies, Lagavulin has led the preservation of peatlands through a partnership with RSPB that is working to restore and conserve almost 700 acres of peat bog on the island.

Clynelish Distillery in Brora, which is currently undergoing a major transformation as part of our £185m investment in Scotch whisky tourism, was recognised for its efforts to encourage sustainable travel, with the installation of cycle racks and planned electric vehicle charging points.

Perthshire’s Blair Athol distillery was praised for its dedication to recycling across the business, including the recycling of its pot ale syrup for animal feed, which saves 850 tanker movements and 15,000 litres of water annually. Adding to its eco-friendly credentials, the distillery was also commended for using old pallets and discarded materials to create wildlife boxes to improve biodiversity for native birds and insects.

Our commitment to sustainability is part of our wider ten-year sustainability action plan to make a positive impact on the world by 2030, including a target of being net-zero from our operations by the end of the decade. We are also currently investing £185m in our Scotch whisky tourism experience which will see the opening of the state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker Princes Street whisky experience in Edinburgh this summer, investment into 12 of our Scotch brand homes and the revival of lost distilleries Port Ellen and Brora.

Find out more here



Former Distillery Lead Operator Will Collaborate with Master Distiller Chris Fletcher on Whiskey Innovation

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (March 16, 2021) – The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today that Lexie Phillips has been named Assistant Distiller, making her the first woman to serve in that official capacity for the iconic Tennessee Whiskey brand. Phillips will serve as a collaborator with Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Chris Fletcher.

Phillips, who has worked in Lynchburg for more than seven years, previously was instrumental in Jack Daniel’s quality control and distillery operations, most recently serving as distillery lead operator. In her new role, she will support the overall quality and innovation of Jack Daniel’s from “grain to glass” and serve as a brand ambassador.

“I am honored to step into the role of Assistant Distiller and look forward to working alongside and learning from Chris and the best whiskey makers in the world,” said Phillips. “Making Tennessee Whiskey has been my life’s passion, and I am grateful to be able to inspire a new generation of women to follow in my footsteps.”

Born and raised just outside of Lynchburg, TN, Phillips is one of dozens of family members who have worked or currently work at the Jack Daniel Distillery. She played a pivotal role in the distillation and launch of the recently released Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye. 

“Lexie brings a deep knowledge of distillery history and a natural talent for whiskey-making to her new position,” said Chris Fletcher. “She represents the future of our craft, and I am thrilled to now have her by my side as we work together to ensure the highest character and quality of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.”

Phillips earned her degree in agricultural science from Middle Tennessee State University. Lexie and her husband Josh, who also works at the distillery as a processor, live in Estill Springs, TN.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.

 Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S and OLD NO. 7 are registered trademarks. ©2021 Jack Daniel’s. Tennessee Whiskey 40% Alcohol by Volume (80 Proof). Distilled & Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Whisky Hammer March 2021 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Auction News

Our March auction end soon!

Place your bids from Friday 19th March until Sunday 28th March.

Every month, we present an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits to our members right across the globe. You will find everything here from limited edition releases and vintage bottles to whole casks of rare whisky. There is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest or enjoy!

Bowmore – Black Bowmore DB5 (1964) 31 Year Old

Glenfarclas – 60 Year Old (1959) Single Cask

Macallan – 1990 (Hogshead)

Karuizawa – 35 Year Old (Fazzino)

Macallan – An Estate, A Community and a Distiller

Selling whisky? Why not arrange the pick-up of your bottles using our global courier service? If you’re based in Scotland, you might want to arrange the personal collection of your bottles. Wherever you’re based in the world, we will make getting your bottles into our monthly auction as simple as possible. Get in touch with the Whisky Hammer team now by dropping them a message at

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