Compass Box Whisky ‘Discover your delicious summer BBQ menu’ – Scotch Whisky News


July has been a real treat as we’ve dug deep into the delights of BBQ with Pitt Cue Co. It’s been such a feast of flavour that we’d love you to take our ideas and celebrate with your own flame-grilled family get-together.

So we’ve curated a menu of our favourite Pitt Cue dishes and combined them with whisky cocktails to sip by the grill. Get ready to eat well and drink creatively!


When you commit to the pursuit of flavour, you make discoveries like this. Just the right level of heat, tempered nicely with cow’s curd and pickled celery. Smoked for 90 minutes. Flame-grilled for two more. Perfect. Discover the full recipe and more on our website.


This creation by Pitt Cue Co. founder Jamie Berger marries the peatiness of The Peat Monster with triple sec, red vermouth, bitters and ginger beer for a delicious summer serve. Prepare in batches, then enjoy in good company. Learn how to make it here.

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The Compass Box Team

PS: We’ve expanded our palette of flavours to bring you something new. Click here to find out more about our latest limited edition coming very soon…

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975

Single PX sherry hogshead from the second release of the single cask series under the stewardship of Billy Walker back in 2015. 205 numbered bottles. Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 vintage batch 2 Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead #3171 bottled September 2015. 205 bottles. Nose: Cocoa dusted figs and dates combine with cinnamon and gentle white pepper to give a delicate warmth. Palate: Gentle waves of dark toffee flow over rich fruit cake and orange peel. An intriguing cigar box spice note on the delicately sherried palate.

Glenglassaugh Distillery is a Highland malt whisky distillery situated at Sandend Bay near Portsoy on the Banffshire coast with views north over the Moray Firth and the North Sea and is one of just a very few truly coastal Highland malt whisky distilleries. Glenglassaugh Distillery was established by James Moir and opened in 1875. This distillery was substantially re-built in 1959 and re-opened in 1960 only to close in 1986. However, Glenglassaugh was back in production in December 2008 and is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

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The Harris Journal: A Better, Brighter Future – Scotch Whisky News

Phew…it’s not very often we’re hit with a Hebridean heatwave but Harris temperatures have hit new heights today.

Apart from the traditional crofter’s tan, most islanders tend to boast a milk-bottle complexion and dealing with hot weather like this is a rare (if reddening) treat.

The unusual, even for summer, weather reminds us that global warming is a serious business, particularly for those of us in business.

The whisky industry is no different and today the Scotch Whisky Association is marking 100 Days until the UN Climate Change Conference takes place here in Scotland.

The launch of their sustainability strategy has inspired this week’s Journal story as we look at our own green credentials and the work we have to do in the years ahead.

Head over to our website to read more as we look to build a better and brighter future for our distillery and island community.

Have a great weekend from all the distillery team here in Tarbert!

Le dùrachdan,

Mike Donald
Isle of Harris Distillery Storyteller

Benromach 46 Year Old 1972 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Benromach 46 Year Old 1972

A single refill hogshead yielding just 75 bottles. A full bodied and spicy single malt from the Speyside distillery presented in a stunning wooden case. Benromach 46 Year Old 1972 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask Refill American Hogshead #4471 released 2019. 75 bottles. Presented in a bespoke wooden box, made in oak, and designed to reflect the colour of the wooden washbacks at Benromach Distillery. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER.

Take a short inhalation, appreciating the wonderful aromas without water… enjoy the tantalising notes of vanilla custard, honey and baked pineapple, mingling with intriguing hints of beeswax polish, mature oak and an edge of fresh menthol. Now take a sip. Savour the smooth sweetness beautifully balanced by a gentle dash of warm pepper. A medley of ripe tropical fruits, mango and passion fruit develops. Candied citrus peel and dried tobacco lead to subtle undertones of aniseed. Add a few drops of water and take time to enjoy the nose as it develops… gorgeous aromas of exotic fruits come to the fore with top notes of toasted coconut and zingy lime. Now lift it to your lips and enjoy a slow sip… notes of tropical fruits soften and mingle with hints of pear drops, leading to lingering oak notes and hints of mellow cigar box on the finish. Magnificent!

Benromach Distillery was designed by Charles C. Diog and constructed at Forres in the Speyside whisky region for D. McCallum and F.W. Burickman in 1898. Following numerus periods of closure, it was purchased in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail who charged up its single pair of stills in 1998 and have nurtured Benromach ever since. Striking new labelling combined with an increasing range of single malts is forging a very popular brand of single malt whiskies which includes Benromach Organic, Benromach Peatsmoke and Benromach 10 Year Old.

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Shop The Whisky Barrel Exclusives! – Whisky News

TWB Exclusives!

Exclusive single casks from Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Ledaig, Aberlour, Dalmunach, Girvan, Balblair, LIttlemill and more, only at TWB. Burns Malt® & Burns Grain® single cask Scotch whiskies are exclusive to The Whisky Barrel online store alongside carefully selected casks from our independent bottling partners including Hunter Laing & Co. of Glasgow and Berry Bros & Rudd of London. You won’t find these great whiskies anywhere else!

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Ardbeg Auriverdes at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Ardbeg Auriverdes

2014 bottling from the Islay distillery celebrating the annual Feis Ile. Limited release matured in American oak casks. Ardbeg Auriverdes Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Limited edition 2014 bottling released for Feis Ile Ardbeg Day on 31st May. Auriverdes is also the nickname of Brazil’s national football team, hosts of the 2014 World Cup Soccer. Ardbeg Distillery was established in Ardbeg on the Kildalton Peninsular on the Isle of Islay in 1815 by John McDougal.

Ardbeg Distillery draws soft peaty water from Loch Uigeadail and Loch Airigh nam Beist up amongst the hills behind the distillery to produce it world renowned range including Ardbeg Uigeadail and Ardbeg 10 Year Old. Ardbeg Distillery is a participant in the world famous Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Visitors are welcome at the distillery visitor center which offers Ardbeg Distillery tours and serves delicious Scottish fare in the Ardbeg Old Kiln Café.

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Benromach 10 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Benromach 10 Year Old

The Speyside single malt most recently won Double Gold at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition further adding to their list of lovely accolades… Matured exclusively in first-fill casks, finishing up in ex-sherry barrels – it doesn’t really get much better value for money than this!


Nose: rich in sherry and fruit and nut chocolate, with delicate spice, green apples, malty biscuit and a touch of light peat smoke.

Palate: juicy raspberries and brambles, more sherry, creamy malt and a light note of peat.

Finish: long and smooth with a lingering aromatic smoke.

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Small Batch Bourbon Bundle at Hard To Find Whisky – American Whiskey News

Booker’s Batch 2021-01: Donohoe’s Batch Bourbon
New UK Limited Release | 70cl | 58% ABV

Booker’s Bourbon is one of America’s finest whiskies, and can stand toe to toe with the very best that Kentucky has to offer. The first release in the Booker’s 2021 collection is Booker’s Batch 2021-01 – Donohoe’s Batch – named in honour of retired Jim Beam employee Mike Donohoe, who was also a close friend to the eponymous Booker Noe. A bold, rich, satisfying Bourbon that will fill your mouth with warming flavours of sweet vanilla, cornbread, exotic spice, and toasted oak. Greatness in a glass!

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon
70cl | 40% ABV

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon has a high rye content (30% in the mashbill) which makes this drier and spicier than your average Bourbon. It is incredibly easy going and would be a good introduction to the delights of the other Jim Beam range and a prelude to trying straight rye. A mellow and easy drinking Bourbon and a real mint-chocolate festival in your mouth.

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Small Batch Bourbon
9 Year Old | 70cl | 50% ABV

When it comes to making Knob Creek Bourbon, there’s a lot of waiting but hardly any sitting around. While each barrel patiently ages in white oak, Knob Creek’s distillers continue to raise the standards, fulfilling their commitment to full flavour. The result? An unflinching balance of deep, pre-Prohibition-style Bourbon with a robust oak taste, complemented with hints of smooth vanilla and layered caramel.


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The Whisky Exchange ~ Whisky of the Month – Glen Moray 18 Year Old – Scotch Whisky News

Rare & Collectable Gordon & MacPhail at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Glenury Royal 35 Year Old

1984 vintage 1st fill sherry butt for G&M’s 125th Anniversary. Rare lost distillery bottling. Glenury Royal 35 Year Old 1984 Highland Lowland single malt Scotch whisky. Single first fill sherry butt bottled May 2020 for the Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary series. 397 bottles.

Stewed fruit aromas with notes of polish lead to cinnamon. Sweet and drying with flavours of cherry, orange peel and subtle coffee. A medium and fruity finish with lingering aniseed and sherry.

Glenury Royal Distillery was established to the north of Stonehaven in 1825. Only three distilleries in Scotland have been permitted to use ‘Royal’ in their title and it was granted to Glenury in 1835 by King William 1V. Glenury Royal was a malt whisky distillery which operated from 1825 with just two stills until they were increased to four in 1965. The distillery closed in 1985 and was demolished in 1993 but the square support base of the round brick chimney remains with a plaque attached. The site is now a private housing estate on the edge of Stonehaven. Glenury Royal Distillery is a lost Scottish Highland malt whisky distillery.

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Coleburn 47 Year Old

1972 vintage refill sherry puncheon at 62.4% G&M anniversary bottling. Long lost distillery. Coleburn 47 Year Old 1972 Highland Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single refill sherry puncheon butt bottled March 2020 for the Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary series. 363 bottles.

Nose: Sweet butterscotch, ripe fruit and subtle floral aromas. Caramelised sugar develops alongside waxy citrus peel, slowly transforming into fresh guava.
Taste: Intensely sweet; fruity flavours of apricot and cooked apple with a subtle mouth-warming chilli spice edge. Subtle charred oak flavours give way to a soft undertone of mint leaves.
Finish: A medium finish with sweet and ripe autumnal fruit and a lingering dry herbal note.

A Dundee based firm of whisky blenders commissioned the architect Charles C. Diog to design Coleburn malt whisky distillery in 1897 and it duly opened in 1899 at Coleburn farm just to the south of Fogwatt in Scotland’s Speyside whisky region. Coleburn Distillery was built beside Colburn railway station which ensured a speedy connection to the southern whisky blenders. This distillery closed in 1985 and whilst many of the buildings remains most of the equipment has gone. Recent releases are few and are highly collectable, an example being Gordon & MacPhails Coleburn Rare Old.

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