Glengoyne Live Tasting Friday (TODAY) 27th March! – Scotch Whisky News

The well-being of staff, customers and visitors will always be the primary focus for Glengoyne Distillery. Therefore, in light of the ongoing global health risk posed by COVID-19, you may already know that we’ve taken the difficult decision to close our distillery to members of the general public for the time being.

Read our full COVID-19 statement on our website.

However, we are still absolutely committed to keeping you entertained and updated on all things Glengoyne via our newsletters, website and social media. Starting as we mean to go on, we’re delighted to invite you to join us for a Facebook live tasting on Friday 27th March from 8pm GMT.

Be sure to join us with a dram in hand on International Whisky Day as Gordon Dundas, Glengoyne International Brand Ambassador hosts a Facebook Live Tasting.

Whisky Experiential Ambassador, Gordon Dallas will also join Gordon, and both will be thrilled to answer all your questions.

From now, we invite you to send us your questions in advance via our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, or live on Facebook on the night itself, and we will enter you into our prize draw, where one lucky winner will receive a bottle of our much loved Teapot Dram, Batch 007. The winner will be notified on March 30th. T&Cs apply.

So, see you on the Glengoyne Facebook page, this Friday (TODAY)!


Robbie Hughes
Distillery Manager

Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne, Near Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB
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The third Fife Whisky Festival proved a sell-out success with more people enjoying the event than ever.

Around 650 whisky-lovers attended the Festival which organisers, Karen Somerville and Justine Hazlehurst, have announced will return for a fourth outing in 2021.

Wendy Chamberlain, Lib-Dem MP for North East Fife, described the event as “impressive” and welcomed the economic boost it brings to the Kingdom.

She said: “The Festival was very busy once again and is an important event for Fife.

“What is really impressive is the representation of distilleries – not only do all the local distillers attend but the big players from all over Scotland come along plus the smaller, bespoke companies.

“The Festival is very important in terms of tourism for North East Fife and it’s great that it brings people into Cupar and to visit Lindores Abbey which is a fantastic setting for the Friday dinner.

“It’s wonderful to see how the Festival is growing in numbers and in the variety of events which are included and I would like to congratulate Karen, Justine and their team of volunteers.”

Fife Whisky Festival once again included a whisky-themed dinner at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh with author Ian Rankin as this year’s guest of honour.

Co-founder Karen Somerville said: “It was just a fantastic weekend which went really smoothly, and we’re delighted it was a huge success once again.

“We had 80 people for the banquet dinner this time which was double the number we seated last year and Ian Rankin was a great speaker.

“Everyone enjoyed his after-dinner talk about his love for whisky and the way he weaves that into his stories by making his main character, Inspector Rebus, a whisky fan too.

“He also talked about growing up in Fife and his memories of childhood walks near the Kingdom’s Cameronbridge Distillery which this year provided our exclusive Festival bottling.

“We’re now looking forward to returning to Fife for our fourth Festival in March next year.”

The Festival including two tasting sessions at the Corn Exchange in Cupar with an increased number of attendees – 325 at each gathering – compared to last year.

Whisky connoisseurs enjoyed drams from more than 35 distilleries and independent bottlers including Springbank, Tullibardine, Blair Athol, Glen Scotia, Glenfiddich and Eden Mill.

And on the Sunday, there was the chance to attend a special screening of whisky film The Amber Light at Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre near St Andrews followed by a tour and tasting.

The Festival also raised £650 for Age Concern in Cupar with a raffle.

Fife Whisky Festival was launched in 2017 by Ms Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Mrs Somerville, managing director of Angels’ Share Glass, with the first event held in March 2018.

The Festival, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, legal firm MacRoberts LLP and global construction company ISG, aims to showcase the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife by bringing together the best whisky producers from the region and beyond.

Ms Hazlehurst said: “The Festival really has gone from strength to strength since we started out – getting bigger and better every year.

“We’ve had some great feedback from the distillers and festival-goers about how much they enjoyed the event and how well run it was.

“And we’ve also heard from local business owners who were pleased with just how busy the town was over the weekend and how that boosted their business.

“A lot of people came from outside Fife and stayed over on the Friday and Saturday nights which meant the local B&Bs and restaurants took lots of bookings.”

Dates will be confirmed for the 2021 event shortly with plans including the introduction of a merchandising stall where fans can buy Fife Whisky Festival glasses, aprons and whisky water droppers.

The organisers also intend to launch a new website for 2021.

For more details about the Festival, visit


Fife Whisky Festival was launched in 2017 by Justine Hazlehurst and Karen Soerville and the first event, opened by endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont, was held at the Corn Exchange in Cupar on Saturday March 10, 2018. For more details, go to

Angels’ Share Glass is a family-run business based in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling. The firm is co-directed by Karen Somerville and her father Tom Young – a world-renowned Master Craftsman who has been glassblowing and making lamp-work glassware for nearly 60 years. More information about the company can be found at

Justine Hazlehurst is the founder of Kask Whisky, a whisky events company based in Edinburgh. She has established the Fife Whisky Trail and the Leith Whisky Trail and works alongside Holyrood Distillery developing and leading the distillery’s Whisky Walking Tour. For more details about Kask Whisky, go to


Spirit of Toronto 2020 – Masterclass schedule now online! – Whisky News

Website now fully updated!

Tickets for this year’s Spirit of Toronto go on sale Monday March 16 at 10am and our 2020 Masterclass Series has been published on our website. Keep reading for more details…

Tickets on sale next week

Tickets go on sale this coming Monday March 16 at 10am through Roy Thomson Hall’s box office, and the Spirit of Toronto website has been updated with the schedule for our 2020 Masterclass Series – there will be some difficult choices to make in our humble opinion!

For those of you attending the show for the first time, these are tutored tastings with limited seating presented by a variety of speakers on the lower level of Roy Thomson Hall.

Masterclass seats may be reserved when purchasing tickets for the show. Those opting for Early Bird admission will enjoy priority entry into the main tasting hall when their pre-show class is over.

Spoiled for choice…

The schedule for our 2020 Masterclass Series is now online and we’re happy with the variety it offers, be it something that appeals to seasoned connoisseurs, novice tasters or those simply looking for an adventure on the palate.

Kicking off our 2020 series is ‘Santé: The Spirit of France’, a relaxed, pre-show session that explores the craft and culture of drinking French through a curated selection of handcrafted spirits that explore grain and fruit. Joining us to host this one-of-a-kind tasting is none other than Regis Lemaitre, a long-time friend of Spirit of Toronto who will regale and delight with his unmitigated passion for all things distilled.

In keeping with this continental feel we are pleased to have the Italian Trade Commission presenting another set of pre-show aperitivos as they invite guests to discover the ‘Spirits of Italy’ and explore the building blocks of our most beloved cocktails.

Those of you looking for a deep dive into whisky won’t be disappointed and we’re pleased to be showcasing some of Scotland’s most esteemed distilleries courtesy of Balblair, Benromach, Glen Moray as well as a selection of single malts from the blending portfolio of the Johnnie Walker range. For those of you whose taste runs towards the Emerald Isle will be torn between exploring whiskeys from the world’s oldest distillery, Bushmills, versus the Hinch Distillery, one of Ireland’s many newcomers – decisions, decisions.

Closer to home Bearface will unpack the art of Canadian whisky blending with samples of their component whiskies, Forty Creek will take guests on a trip down memory lane, and we welcome the return of Dr. Don Livermore who will be presenting a few of his all-star favourites as well as a sneak preview of his 2020 releases. And speaking of releases, we are excited to be showcasing Canada’s newest single malt whisky courtesy of Dr. Graeme Macaloney and the Caledonian Distillery on Vancouver Island.

Staying Healthy

Please know that as we work towards this year’s show we maintain an on-going discussion with our venue, Roy Thomson Hall, with regards to the public health risk from COVID-19.

While Toronto Public Health has stated that the virus is not circulating locally at this time, Roy Thomson Hall monitors the situation on a daily basis and has taken a number of additional precautions to ensure the well-being of its staff and patrons, including a daily disinfection of the entire venue, and the installation of hand sanitizer stations and anti-bacterial wipes in all public and office areas.

All events at the Hall are continuing as originally planned and if cancellation is necessary, the box office will be issuing refunds for tickets purchased. To visit their website for further details, please click here.

Automatic ticket nofication

Those of you subscribed to this list will receive an automatic notification the night before tickets go on sale.

We’re often asked about the best way to purchase tickets in order to secure your first masterclass choices but regrettably we can offer no guarantees as tickets will be available online, by telephone and in person, and all three purchase methods are certain to experience a queue. That said, please bear in mind that any no-shows for our 7pm and 8:30pm classes will be given to patrons on a stand-by basis the night of the show — so hope springs eternal, and there is still a chance of attending the class of your choice even if tickets are sold out.

Looking forward to welcoming you back on Saturday April 25!


The Whisky Shop #SFO: Effects of COVID-19

Our San Francisco store will be closed for the next few weeks, and all in-store tastings effectively cancelled until further notice.

We’re still open online!

You can still order scotch, single malt, whiskey, spirits and more at

The Spirit Of Song – event postponed

The Spirit of Song event at Glengoyne Distillery, due to take place this Friday (March 20th), has been postponed.

Speaking about the decision to postpone the evening of music and whisky, Scottish singer/songwriter and the event’s host Kerri Watt said “We have made the decision to postpone this Friday’s event ‘The Spirit of Song’ at Glengoyne Distillery. The health of our audience, performers and the Glengoyne staff and their families are our priority. However, we are excited about rescheduling the event for later in the year – hopefully on a gorgeous summer evening! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us – stay safe and we’ll see you soon!”

The new date will be announced on Kerri’s website and social media @KerriWatt

Ticket holders should contact point of purchase for refund.

For more information email me at

Single Malt Tasting: Penderyn & Kilchoman w/Sam Filmus at The Whisky Shop #SFO CANCELLED – Whisky News

Saturday, March 28th 11AM-6PM: 

Single Malt Tasting: Penderyn & Kilchoman w/Sam Filmus 

Sam Filmus presents rare and award-winning drams by Welsh distillery Penderyn at this tasting, plus our store exclusive ‘The Whisky Shop Kilchoman Machir Bay Collaborative Vatting. 

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The American Whiskey Convention POSTPONED! – American Whiskey News

The American Whiskey Convention returns to Philadelphia for its 5th annual whiskey and bourbon extravaganza.

The largest annual gathering of All-American distillers in the country features over 250 bourbons and whiskeys, interactive discussion forums with industry experts, southern BBQ, lifestyle attractions and artisan crafts.

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – The American Whiskey Convention, the largest celebration of American whiskey in the country, returns to Philadelphia for its 5th year on April 3rd, 2020 at the historic Independence Seaport Museum.

Set against the backdrop of the Independence Seaport Museum along the Delaware River, the theme of the 2020 American Whiskey Convention is ‘Whiskey On The Water’. This year’s American Whiskey Convention explores the fascinating role the region’s waterways played in the history of America’s whiskey. VIP Guests can join noted American whiskey historian and author, Michael Veach, as he conducts a tasting and leads a discussion on “The Ohio River and the Birth of Bourbon”.

Attendees can also attend talks with industry legends like American whiskey’s ‘Godfather of Rye’, Larry Ebersold, and meet master distillers such as Dick Stoll, Greg Metze, and countless other industry superstars including Lisa Roper Wicker, chemical engineer and chief distiller Becky Harris, and brand ambassadors JoAnn Street, Daniella Solano and Tim Heuisler.

More than just sipping whiskey and hob-knobbing with industry experts, guests can enjoy authentic southern BBQ from Philadelphia’s own Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse and locally made whiskey-infused treats. Amongst the exciting food and drink, guests will find captivating – and pampering! – attractions. Sit for a close shave from Bryce Harper’s The Blind Barber barbershop (yes, that Bryce Harper), smoke a cigar with the Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Drew Estate, check out the latest Harley Davidson motorcycles from Barb’s HD, relax with a massage, and shop hand-made creations from local artisans.

And of course – the farmers. The American Whiskey Convention is famous for bringing together not only America’s best whiskey, but also the farmers and producers responsible for the grains behind them.

 “Once people connect the farmer with their favorite whiskey, it really brings home the entire Grain-To- Glass idea. It is so much fun watching people discover new tastes and learn the important role local farmers play,” says Laura Fields, Delaware Valley Fields Foundation CEO and founder of the American Whiskey Convention.

Proceeds from the American Whiskey Convention benefit local farmers through the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation’s outreach programs and innovative SeedSpark project.

“Our goal was to build an event for American whiskey lovers,” said event founder, Laura Fields. “From meeting farmers and grist millers, to chatting with maltsters and sampling products, it’s a completely immersive experience. What I find so great is that there’s something for everyone- from the casual whiskey drinker to the aficionado.”

Have a drink, Help a farmer: The American Whiskey Convention was created to support the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation’s mission- to build a bridge between Pennsylvania grain producers and fast growing industries like craft distilling. The groundbreaking Seed Spark Project brings together local farmers, academic research institutions, and commercial industry experts to help build profitable markets for regional businesses. At the event, the first collaboration between the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation, Penn State Agriculture Extension, and Stoll & Wolfe Distillery will be debuted. The SeedSpark project is helping restore a ‘lost’ heritage rye grain called Rosen rye. In September of 2019, 1,000 lbs of local grain (including approximately 600 lbs of DVFF’s Rosen rye) was distilled by Dick Stoll (the man behind the fabled A.H. Hirsch bourbon). This partnership takes center stage with Original Grain, a photographic art installation by acclaimed photographer, Jordan Bush, bottle auctions, and limited tastings of this historically important distillate.

Grain to Glass, an American journey: Gain a new perspective and appreciation of American whiskey and bourbon with an immersive experience into every aspect of the craft distilling process that gives rise to your favorite drink. Meet the farmers who grow the crops, the maltsters and millers who process the grains, and the master distillers who dedicate their life to distilling the spirits we enjoy.

Event Details:

When: Friday, April 3rd | VIP Ticket Start 5:30pm | General Public Start 6:30pm Where: Independence Seaport Museum Get Tickets: Proceeds Benefit: The Delaware Fields Foundation

About Delaware Valley Fields Foundation The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes local farming and its history. The organization works with farmers and other non-profits to bring attention to the vital role small farming plays in communities. Members educate the public through events, including the American Whiskey Convention. To learn more, visit

‘East meets East’ at the next Park Avenue After Hours – American Whiskey News

Our last After Hours event featuring two distilleries from the West was such a success ~ we’ve decided to go East.  Way east. On March 25th (like we said, soon!) we’ll be hosting two American Whiskey Distilleries who’ll be sharing an exciting array of spirits. We hope you can join us as Frank Maher of New Liberty Distilling and Efrain Olivia of Breuckelen Distilling pour staples and stars from their stables. (Say that 5 times, fast) There may even be a surprise appearance…   

Please Contact the store for additional information.

Wednesday, March 25th at the store. 7:15 ~ 9:30-ish. $100 per-person ~ Limited Seating. Includes extensive whiskey sampling, Kosher bites & lots of laughs (depending on your sense of humor). RSVP: ~ Marlon or ~ Eric or via 212-685-2442

Seating for this event is limited so please have your RSVP confirmed. We are not responsible for typographical errors or the rumor that we’ll be teaching how to make homeade Purell out of Everclear. If virus concerns cause the event to be cancelled we will contact you. Be sure to contact us with any questions.  And please, no “East Coast” gang signs when attending the tasting.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |

Spirit of Toronto 2020 Ticket Update – Whisky News

Well, that was quite the week!

Please keep reading for an update on this year’s Spirit of Toronto…

Tickets now go on sale Tuesday April 7 at 10am

On the recommendation of Public Health Ontario, Roy Thomson Hall has cancelled all events to March 31.

As a result, ticket sales for Spirit of Toronto will now go on sale Tuesday April 7 at 10:00am through Roy Thomson Hall’s box office.

While Spirit of Toronto continues to be scheduled for Saturday April 25, please know that our duty of care is to the guests, exhibitors, staff and other participants who have made the show a success every year.

Roy Thomson Hall will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a regular basis, and contingency plans are in place to reschedule Spirit of Toronto to a later date if their on-going consultation with the health authorities deems it prudent.

With this in mind, we are still looking forward to welcoming you back on Saturday April 25 – no doubt many of us will need a drink by then!

Masterclasses now online

Whisky Tour Sells Out in 59 Seconds! by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTALND

Unbelievable but true, we designed a tour for our friends over the North Sea; The Malt Whisky Association of Finland. Not long ago we were setting up this bespoke tour, with the main man Mika in Helsinki. We designed and booked it, everything ready, including the coach, ferries and all accommodations, Mika arranged distilleries. Mika then launched it online with a max 16 places available.

In 59 seconds he had sold 28 seats!  He apologised and asked if that number could be permitted. We arranged more rooms and more ferry places, a larger coach, the tour went very well. With all major distilleries visited along the east coast, all the way to Orkney, it was a hectic schedule. My own favourites included; Highland Park and Scapa, Glendronach, Glen Moray and Wolfburn. There were many more, too many to list, but all were good. I have to say dramming on the cliffs of Orkney, with our pal brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen was a highlight (we had secretly worked this out before the tour came), after showing the group the distillery, he came on the coach for a day, took us to the cliffs and the HP peat bog, not only that, he brought some friends along; bottles of HP! Martin was a huge hit as you would imagine, he also came to our hotel and had drams with us. Kitted oot  in his usual black shirt and kilt, a good man, he also supports Liverpool FC, like many a Dane! The tour was quite international, with our guests from Finland, martin fae Denmark, our pal Mark; driver, came over from Northern Ireland, myself half Scot half Irish (Republic), Liz who is a sassunach and the many nationalities at the distilleries, it was a worldwide whisky extravaganza!

This year we are welcoming them again – not 28, sorry no, too many really for a distillery tour group. We are staying with a manageable group of 10 whisky lovers, once again we will be raiding the Speyside region, as per usual, many bottles will find their way back to Finland. The lucky guests will enjoy an evening whisky dinner with Vic Cameron. With a Scottish and sassunach guiding team (Liz and Paul) we should be able to keep these Fins in line – hopefully. We will be finding our way to Strathisla, Royal Lochnagar,  GlenDronach, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, Glen Moray and Glenfarclas Distilleries, Scottish history at Culloden visitor centre. Clava Cairns standing stones and cairns and the glorious ruins of Duffus Castle. For good measure a visit to Gordon & MacPhail and of course, as we are famous for; many drams on the road!

We have had many tours accepted by return email, but 59 seconds holds the record to date. It’s a hectic year for whisky tours with MCLEANSCOTLAND, we have all six drivers busy, being away to the west coast mainland and islands, Islay, the Outer Hebrides, Speyside and the Highlands. We cannee complain, but I do like a day off now and again! PAUL MCLEAN

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