Archive for April, 2021



The French Collection exhibits the unique influence imparted by different types of French wine & spirit casks

The limited four-part release is accompanied by an immersive content series designed to stimulate the senses

26th April, 2021  – Tomatin, the award-winning Highland single malt, is today announcing the launch of a four-part limited release series, 12 years in the making. The French Collection  is a series of exceptional whiskies exhibiting the unique influence imparted by different French wine and spirits casks, hand-selected for the maturation process.

The whisky, distilled in 2008, began its maturation in traditional Scotch Whisky oak casks before being moved into Monbazillac, Sauternes, Rivesaltes and Cognac casks for the final stage of the process, resulting in a magnificent collection of four expressions.

To celebrate the launch of The French Collection and to complement the liquid on the lip’s moment alongside each edition,  an immersive four-part content series has been launched on the Tomatinwebsite. Stunning visuals, alongside an innovative soundboard using ambisonics, will transport the viewing audience to the origins of each product, through binaural sound –for the optimum experience, listeners are encouraged to enjoy through headphones. Each piece of content will be unveiled in conjunction with product availability, and has been designed for consumers to pair with their purchase, allowing the drinker to lose themselves in the world, and story, of each individual edition that makes up the Tomatin French Collection.

Edition 1 OF 4: The Monbazillac Edition

Distilled on 25th April 2008, the Monbazillac aroma dances between notes of dark, maple syrup and intense espresso, balanced with cinnamon baked apples. On the palate, there is a sweet cereal flavour combined with sweet milk chocolate and honeycomb ahead of subtle spices and emerging nutty flavours. The finish is rich with walnut and maple syrup.

Edition 2 OF 4: The Sauternes Edition

Distilled on 19th September 2008, the Sauternes brings a burst of peach and apricot on the nose, calmed by rich Manuka honey. The sweet honey continues on the palate accompanied by coconut and ginger. The finish is wonderfully sweet and fresh with a syrupy mouthfeel indicative of the Sauternes wine that once occupied the cask.

Edition 3 OF 4: The Rivesaltes Edition

Distilled on 19th September 2008, the Rivesaltes marries our characteristic fresh fruit notes incredibly well with the sweet nutty flavours for which Rivesaltes wine is known. Contrasting sweet and bitter flavours dominate the palate, held together by an underlying barley aroma. The finish is velvety with the flavours from the palate lingering for some time.

All 3 wine finishes were moved to wine casks for final maturation in July 2017.

Edition 4 OF 4: The Cognac Edition

Edition 4 of the French Collection will launch in the second half of 2021, to complete the series.

Graham Eunson, Master Distiller at Tomatin said: “The French Collection is a great example of Tomatin’s dedication to craft and excellence, with each expression showcasing how respective finishing cask affects the original spirit – a concept Tomatin championed in the Cuatro series released in 2014, which was very well received. 

We have produced four remarkable expressions which will appeal to not only whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike, but also a wider audience. On top of this, we are also very excited for consumers to be able to experience each expression with the ambisonic content series launched today.”

The Monbazillac, Sauternes and Rivesaltes Editions (1-3) will retail around £65 RRP and will be available to purchase from 26th April. Edition 4 of the French Collection, the Cognac Edition, will launch later this year, to complete the series

The Tomatin Editions 1-3 immersive content series can be viewed now on the Tomatin website here.

The French Collection will be available to purchase through specialist whisky retailers worldwide and directly from the Tomatin shop here.


Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). In the last ten years, Tomatin has secured over 60 prestigious awards in a variety of categories, and in 2019 the distillery celebrated its most successful year ever at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, securing seven Double Gold awards and four Gold awards.



Creative Speyside distillery, Benriach, is gearing up to welcome visitors through the doors of its first ever official visitor centre next month following the completion of a six-figure investment project.

Featuring a bar, tasting lounge, and retail space, the distillery’s visitor experience will open on Friday 21 May 2021. Initially offering a variety of flavour-focused tastings following the easing of Scotland’s COVID-19 restrictions, visitors will be encouraged to discover Benriach’s multi-layered Single Malt and rich creative heritage dating back to 1898.

The project follows the recent unveiling of Benriach’s new portfolio, and marks the first phase of the distillery visitor centre renovations, as part of a major investment initiative by Brown-Forman, who acquired the distillery in 2016.

Initially the new visitor centre will offer two tasting experiences which will appeal to both single malt lovers and those at the beginning of their whisky journey. The ‘Sense of Flavour’ tasting will delve into the production process at Benriach, before zoning in on the distillery’s classic and smoky expressions at 10 and 12 years old. Visitors will also have the chance to explore their own flavour preferences with whisky by trying Benriach in simple cocktail serves.

A deconstructed cask tasting will also be on offer for those who wish to dive deeper into the distillery’s creative heritage of eclectic cask maturation. The ‘Barrels, Butts, and Barriques’ experience will offer visitors the chance to taste five individual cask types, culminating in a tasting of the Benriach 21 Year Old – showcasing how Benriach’s Master Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie builds rich layers of flavour in a range of fruit-forward single malts.

Visitors are advised to pre-book their preferred tasting online before attending the distillery. Distillery tours of the production site will return when it is safe to do so.

With its design rooted in tradition whilst looking to the future, the new visitor centre has been built using natural materials from local suppliers wherever possible and has drawn from the natural colour palette of Speyside to inspire its interior. External to the visitor building, one of the distillery’s most prominent warehouses has been whitewashed and branded to cement Benriach’s new identity – a practice traditionally adopted by ancient distilleries in Scotland.

Jennifer Proctor, Visitor Centre Manager at Benriach Distillery, said:

“The last year has been significant in Benriach’s journey with the launch of the distillery’s new flavour forward portfolio, so the unveiling of our first ever visitor centre is a special moment.

From cask tastings to cocktails, we’ll initially be offering two flight-style tasting experiences that allow customers to explore Benriach’s flavour spectrum.  When restrictions allow, we will reveal our full distillery tour offering and announce the next phase of the distillery visitor centre development. Whether a local to Speyside or visitor from further afield, we look forward to welcoming guests from near and afar to discover Benriach’s world of flavour.”

Known for its long-standing tradition of distilling classic, peated and triple distilled whisky and a vast eclectic cask inventory sourced from around the world, Benriach unveiled its new portfolio last year, which has been artistically crafted by Master Blender Rachel Barrie and the distillery team.

For more information about the new Benriach Visitor Centre and how to book a tasting experience, click here.


Sense of Flavour Experience – £20, 6 visitors max from 2 household bubbles

Barrels, Butts and Barriques Experience: £45, 6 visitors max from 2 household bubbles

The tasting experiences and shop will initially open weekly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM – 5:00PM. Bookings are required to attend the tasting experiences.

To pre-book a tasting experience please visit the distillery tour section of our website.

About Benriach Distillery

For more details on the new portfolio please visit

A Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky as intriguing and extraordinary as Benriach could not have come to be without a unique whisky making heritage, dating from 1898, when founder John Duff built his distillery. Ruggedly beautiful, Benriach stands on the site of the old Riach farm in north Speyside, drawing water from a mineral-rich aquifer, deep beneath the distillery.

Thanks to a long-standing tradition of distilling three styles of whisky; classic unpeated, Highland peated and triple distilled, together with an eclectic selection of casks from around the world, our whisky makers are able to explore the full flavour possibilities of Single Malt, creating some of the richest, most multi-layered whiskies in Speyside.

This tradition continues today, under the guidance of Master Blender, Rachel Barrie. Benriach is the story of a hidden Speyside gem, quietly revealing its treasures to be discovered and savoured.

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Instagram – @Benriach

Twitter – @TheBenriach

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Baijiu Style Spirit As Part of Its Experimental Collection – Almost Whiskey News?

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Baijiu Style Spirit

As Part of Its Experimental Collection

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (April 22, 2021) — Buffalo Trace Distillery is announcing the limited release of a Baijiu style spirit aged in new American oak casks as part of its on-going Experimental Collection of spirits.

Baijiu, which is regarded as the largest selling spirit in the world, accounts for about 31 percent of spirits volume globally, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR, 9L volume, calendar year 2019). This Experimental Collection Baijiu style spirit, although distilled like a whiskey, is produced using traditional Baijiu ingredients of sorghum and peas. After aging the distillate for 11 years in three separate casks, uncharred, charred and toasted white oak, the spirits were married together and bottled at 90 proof. The nose is rich and savory, with notes of chocolate, dark cherries and stone fruit. The sorghum and peas provide a palate of confection sugar, followed by a sweet toffee finish.

This spirit is the 24th experimental release from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, having released its first experiment in 2006. The Experimental Collection includes thousands of different recipes and barrel treatments which are tested and refined. These experiments examine a variety of unique variables from changes in the mash bill, types of wood, barrel toasts and more.

Baijiu is similar to bourbon in that it is an agricultural product made from fermented grains. The intriguing flavor profile and rise in the spirit’s popularity led to Buffalo Trace’s curiosity in experimenting with distilling baijiu like a bourbon to create a rich and unique spirit.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles, and each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. Experimental Collection Baijiu style can be found in select markets and will be available beginning in late April or early May.  Quantities are extremely limited. Suggested retail pricing is $46.99 each; state taxes will vary per market. More information on the Experimental Collection series can be found here.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 2020.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

David Boyd Private Cask Series Macallan 30yo at The Scottish Gantry – Scotch Whisky News

David Boyd Private Cask Series Macallan 30yo at The Scottish Gantry

Retail Whisky specialists The Scottish Gantry have released the second bottling of their David Boyd Private Cask Series. Following on from the initial and highly successful Macallan 26y/o release, they are delighted to bring to the market their Macallan 30y/o.

Only 220 bottles make up the second of the David Boyd series, with this release having been finished in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask.

This decadent diva, is of a rich mahogany colour, with notes of soft apricots, roasted almonds and cinnamon accompanying a delicate aroma of dried figs. On the palate, savour dark chocolate and orange, whilst the stunning sweetness of muscovado sugar contrasts and balances with the sherry notes of aniseed, dates and raisins.

Beautifully packaged in a highly polished presentation box, it retails at £1995. Further information can be obtained by contacting the shops on 0141 956 4040 or 01786 450873

WHAT’S IN WHISKY MAGAZINE 175? – Whisky Magazine News


A new dawn for Japanese whisky – Jason Thomson takes a look at the new labelling rules and what they mean for whisky

Midleton Very Rare 2021 – Mark Jennings speaks to master distiller Kevin O’Gorman about the new series he’s been waiting 23 years to make his mark on

An Unseen Collection – Jacopo Mazzeo interviews one of the world’s preeminent whisky collectors Valentino Zagatti, and finds out where it all began

Plus 20 whiskies tasted this issue!

Including Ardbeg, Càrn Mòr, Kavalan, Waterford, Westland, and more! 


Strathearn Batch 001 – Highland Single Malt Scotch at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Batch 001 | 70cl | 46.6% ABV

Introducing the first release of Strathearn Highland Single Malt. Using European oak and ex-sherry casks, this 3 year old expression was bottled in 2019 with no chill-filtration or additional colouring. Completely hand crafted, this small batch expression is the start of great things to come from Strathearn distillery.

Nose: Rich and bright sultanas, and sherried raisins alongside milk chocolate and toffee apple.

Palate: Cherry, slight peppery spice alongside oaky, nutty goodness.

Finish: Slight floral notes of pine needles alongside pepper, cinnamon and citrus.


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ralfy review 874 – Laudale 12yo @46% (Adelphi Glen Elgin) – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 874 – Laudale 12yo @46%vol: (Adelphi Glen Elgin)



The Malt Whisky Trail prepares for the welcome return of whisky lovers from across the UK from 26th April, as those dreaming of a dram are now able to journey across Scotland in line with the ease of travel restrictions and the gradual reopening of retail, hospitality and tourism.

Several centres of whisky excellence are readying to reopen their doors and welcome guests to shop, tour and taste from Monday including The Glenlivet, Glen Moray and Glen Grant.

Iain Allan, Board Member of The Malt Whisky Trail and Brand Ambassador and Visitor Centre Manager at Glen Moray Distillery, said:

“After a long winter in lockdown, distillery teams across The Trail are looking forward to greeting Speyside locals yearning for a daytrip as well as staycationers venturing from all over the UK. In addition to visiting some of the most world-renowned distilleries, tourists will have the opportunity to experience some of the best food, drink, and natural beauty Speyside has to offer.

“With special measures in place to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff, we’ve adjusted our services to ensure visitors are able to taste and purchase our whisky, be it in slightly smaller groups, or as part of a designated driver pack.

“For anyone planning to visit a site along The Trail, should contact sites directly to check opening details and book in advance as offerings will vary.”

Glenlivet, Strathisla and Glen Moray Distilleries will be reopening their retail shops as well as offering new outdoor tastings for visitors, while Glen Grant Distillery will be reopening their retail store for guests to purchase their favourite whiskies. Dallas Dhu, Strathisla, Speyside Cooperage, Benromach and Cardhu will announce their reopening schedule soon.

Scotland’s Speyside region is home to the highest concentration of distilleries in the world, and produces the highest volume of single malt globally, with three out of five visitors to the increasingly popular region coming for whisky tourism.

The Trail, made up of nine iconic whisky sites through the picturesque Moray Speyside region, takes visitors on a journey to discover the best of Malt Whisky Country including its landscape, larder and whisky. From visiting world-renowned to boutique distilleries, to learning a thing or two about the industry’s history from local whisky masters at sites such as the historic Dallas Dhu Distillery and the Speyside Cooperage, a variety of experiences are on offer.

For booking information prospective visitors should directly contact the sites on The Malt Whisky Trail ahead of travel. For all contact details please visit 


Details on bookings and experiences available:

  • GlenGrant Distillery – shop only to reopen
  • Glenlivet – shop only and outdoor tastings between 1300-1630 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 28th April to 21st May. Must book tastings
  • Glen Moray Distillery – tastings (outdoors only, not fully tutored), coffee shop and shop to open. Monday to Friday only
  • Strathisla – tasting flights and samples (not always tutored, outdoors only) and shop to open Tuesday to Saturday from noon till 1600
  • Dallas Dhu, Strathisla, Speyside Cooperage, Benromach and Cardhu TBA

About the Malt Whisky Trail:

The Malt Whisky Trail® includes nine sites each with at least a four star visitor centre promoting the very best of Scottish hospitality and tourism. The trail consists of the following Speyside distilleries and a cooperage: Benromach, Cardhu, Dallas Dhu, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Strathisla and Speyside Cooperage.

Visit to plan your adventure along the Trail and create your own personal itinerary to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Instagram and Facebook: @themaltwhiskytrail
Twitter: @TheMWT

Whisky Cartoons by Henry Philip – Whisky Cartoon News


This week saw the launch of whisky themed cartoons by Henry Philip. Henry worked in the whisky industry, before leaving his job last year to start an MSc in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University.

Combining his passion for whisky and drawing, Henry attempts to showcase the character of the Scottish people through his humorous drawings. When asked what inspires his drawings Henry said ‘Definitely the cheeky self deprecating sense of humour us Scots have. I like to look back at old whisky adverts that featured hand drawn cartoons, radiating that dry Scottish humour.’

Henry’s drawings can be seen on his website ( He’s chosen to partner with local framers ‘A&M Sproson’ in an attempt to showcase quality local business. Henry also does a monthly cartoon for the Ardnamurchan Distillery newsletter.

Two new very high strength bottlings for For a’ That and a’ That at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenallachie & Glenturret

Burns Malt is back…

Two new very high strength bottlings for For a’ That and a’ That.

Shop – Glenallachie 3 Year Old – £50 / €48 / $58 / c$74*

Glenallachie 3 Year Old 2016 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single refill hogshead bottled by The Whisky Barrel for the Burns Malt series. Glenallachie Distillery is a Speyside distillery sitting on the eastern edge of Ben Rinnes mountain where it is rather exposed to the elements and is often to be see sitting within the snowline. A modern building and its architect William Delmé-Evans created a distillery which is rather pleasing on the eye. Glenallachie was commissioned in 1967 with two stills which increased to four in 1989 in order to meet blenders ever increasing demand for Glenallachie malt whisky. Whilst official releases are few independent releases are more numerous with those from Signatory Vintage and Cadenheads proving popular.

Shop – Glenturret 6 Year Old – £50 / €48 / $58 / c$74*

Glenturret 6 Year Old 2014 vintage peated (Ruadh Maor) Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single refill hogshead bottled by The Whisky Barrel for the Burns Malt series. Glenturret Distillery was established on the banks of the River Turret at Hosh to the north of Crieff in Scotland’s Highland whisky region in 1775. Now one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and with mash in the mash tun stirred by hand using a long-handled wooden paddle and just two small stills it is also amongst the smallest. Glenturret whisky is released in a limited range of official single malts and is available from independent bottlers including Signatory Vintage and the MacPhail’s vintage Collection series. Glenturret Distillery is home to The Famous Grouse Experience.

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