The History of the Springbank Distillery – New Video – Scotch Whisky News

The History of the Springbank Distillery – New Video

In the first of an ongoing series, whisky broker and consultant Mark Littler has released an in-depth history of the Springbank distillery on his You Tube channel.

The 17 minute video features an account of the Campbeltown distillery, tracing its origins in the early 19th century, through the hardship of the early 20th century, the problems caused by the whisky loch in the 1980s and the rise to prominence in the last 30 years.

Future histories planned for similar videos include the Macallan distillery and the Brora/Clynelish distilleries.

You can watch the full video here:

Bardstown Bourbon Co. Shares a Modern Take on the Mint Julep Recipe – American Whiskey News

Bardstown Bourbon Co. Shares a Modern Take on the Mint Julep Recipe

Bardstown Bourbon’s National Brand Ambassador Samantha Montgomery created these updated adaptations just in time for the biggest horse race of the year.

Located in the heart of Bourbon Country, Bardstown Bourbon Company is one of the country’s most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries.

Mint Juleps with a Twist

Cherry-Thyme Julep

 2 oz Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion #4

 0.5 oz Rich Syrup (2:1 white sugar:water)

 2 sprigs of thyme

 2 fresh cherries

 Strip all the leaves from a sprig of thyme into a julep tin / add rich syrup / add cherries and muddle / add bourbon / stir / add crushed ice / garnish with thyme and cherry

Strawberry-Basil Smash (Julep, if you prefer)

 2 oz Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion #4

 0.5 oz Rich Syrup (2:1 white sugar:water)

 3 basil leaves

 2 strawberries

 In a julep tin, combine the rich syrup, basil leaves, and strawberries and muddle / add bourbon / stir / add crushed ice / garnish with basil and strawberry

Sotheby’s Unveils 2020 Spirits (Whisky) Market Report – Whisky News


The Macallan holds dominant position in spirits market, totaling 7% of all wine and spirits sales at $6.4 million

– Digital transformation results in 20 online auctions and 21 live, compared to just 6 online and 21 live in 2019

– 84% of lots offered across live and online auctions purchased by online bidders
– #1 worldwide in single owner auctions, with 13 sales accounting for 54% of global sales figure

– Bottle of Japanese Whisky: Karuizawa 52 Year Old Zodiac Rat Cask 51.8 abv 1960, sold in London for $435,273

– Bottle of The Dalmore: 62 Year Old The Mackenzie and The Cromarty 40.0 abv. NV, each sold in London for $324,445

About Sotheby’s

Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury.  Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.

Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide auction sales of wine and spirits totaled an outstanding $92 million in 2020, with over 15,000 lots sold across 41 sales – a nearly 50% increase in the number of auctions held in 2019. Over $60 million of wine and spirits were sold to online bidders in 2020 versus $28 million in 2019, with 85% of all lots offered finding online buyers. Demonstrating continued strength in Asia, Sotheby’s led the market in the region for the third consecutive year, with over 70% of the total bid amount in all Wine and Spirits sales attributed to collectors in Asia.

Sotheby’s Wine’s has had the privilege of auctioning numerous record-breaking spirits in recent years, with 2020 alone witnessing new world auction records for any bottle of Japanese whisky, any bottle of whisky produced by the Dalmore Distillery. Sotheby’s Wine currently holds the world records for any whisky collection ever sold at auction.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.

Stream live auctions and place bids in real time, discover the value of a work of art, browse sale catalogues, view original content and more at, and by downloading Sotheby’s apps for iOS and Android.

Malt of the Month: Ledaig 18 Year Old at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

Malt of the Month:
Ledaig 18 Year Old

Our Malt of the Month for March is the indomitable Ledaig 18 Year Old – a subtle bruiser of a dram distilled at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Peated and finished in ex-sherry casks, this smoky, maritime dram has softened with age, and which is laden with dried-fruit, zesty-citrus and earthy coffee and tobacco notes. Bottled at 46.3% ABV this is a distinguished, full-flavoured whisky.


Caskshare Partners with Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

Caskshare Partners with Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery

Whisky buying platform Caskshare is pleased to announce a new partnership with Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery. Four unique sherry casks have been added to the Caskshare roster, all of which are available to purchase by the bottle, giving whisky lovers unprecedented access to a diverse portfolio of cask whiskies.

Established in 2019, Holyrood is Edinburgh’s first single malt distillery in almost a century. The urban distillery is located in the heart of the city and is inspired by the surrounding environs, as well as the rich distilling and brewing heritage. The brand’s new limited edition MADE by EDINBURGH range, marries craft traditions with bold new approaches to flavour, combining local malts and yeast with unique sherry casks to create four distinct cask whiskies. The distillery aims to once again unlock the city’s whisky potential with its new range. By working closely with local farmers and deep-diving into the city’s lost brewing history, Holyrood’s innovative approach to whisky making explores the exciting flavours of speciality malts. The casks available on the Caskshare platform include an Oloroso CaskMoscatel CaskAmontillado Cask and a Pedro Ximenez Cask. 

Founder of Caskshare, David Nicol created the Caskshare platform out of a desire to bring single cask whisky to a wider audience. Having already launched the successful whisky subscription service, Craft Whisky Club, David recognised within the online whisky community a growing interest in a whisky’s provenance and the journey from distillery to dram. His vision was to lower the barrier of entry into the world of cask ownership, and to help customers connect with their favourite distilleries from the get-go, whilst also allowing distilleries to engage with whisky fans in a real and tangible way with whisky straight from the cask.

Holyrood Casks are available to purchase here

Bottle prices start from £79


Smokehead Whisky is not for everyone, but might be an ideal alternative whisky gift for Valentine’s Day! The bold Islay Single Malt Whisky brand has just released a Smokehead Skull Gift Tin, following the launch of Smokehead Rum Rebel, joining the original Smokehead expression.

Smokehead Rum Rebel, £54.99

Smokehead Original, £38.99

Smokehead Skull Gift Tin, £22.99


Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership 2020 AUCTION! ~ Lots of Whisky Lots!

Mass Mentoring Partnership is a statewide organization that works with over 370 mentoring and youth-serving organizations across Massachusetts, and we are hosting an online auction to raise money for mentoring.  The majority of the items in our auction are high-end whiskeys and other liquors, many of which are available well below market value. Please check it out at The auction will run through the end of the year. Thank you very much!

The Glen Marnoch Single Malt Whisky at Aldi UK – Scotch Whisky News

Aldi has revealed its 2020 Christmas drinks line up featuring a number of Scotland’s most loved distillers and brewers, and includes award-winning whiskies. Whether you are looking to top up your own drinks cabinet ahead of the festive season, or that special gift for friends and family, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at your local Aldi.   

The Glen Marnoch Single Malt Whisky range starts at just £16.49 (70cl; 40%ABV) with customers able to select from the Highland, Islay or Speyside Single Malts. Alternatively, for a special treat that won’t blow the budget, why not try the recently crowned Scotch Whisky ‘Master’ award-winning Glen Marnoch 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt (£20.99, 70cl, 40%ABV).  

The full festive drinks range will be on sale at all 95 Aldi stores across Scotland from 26th November. 

About Aldi in Scotland 

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Aldi opening its first store in Scotland and 10 years since the creation of its dedicated Scottish Buying department. Now firmly established as the fourth largest volume retailer in Scotland (Kantar data taken within the 52 weeks prior to 29th December 2019), Aldi has opened 92 Scottish stores and stocks some of the finest and best value locally sourced food and drink.

In May 2019, Aldi was crowned Scottish Sourcing Business of the Year at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, demonstrating the supermarket’s commitment to its Scottish suppliers and to offering the finest quality, locally sourced produce at everyday low prices.

The four most recent NFU Scotland ‘shelf watch’ surveys revealed Aldi stocks 100% Scotch Lamb PGI, 96% Scotch Beef PGI, 88% Scottish Chicken and 100% Specially Selected Pork in its everyday ranges, more than any other supermarket in Scotland. This means customers are guaranteed to find the highest quality, locally sourced meat at Aldi stores in Scotland.

Established in 2009, the Scottish Buying Department has enabled Aldi to tap into Scotland’s vibrant agricultural and manufacturing base and build strong and long-standing relationships. Proud to work with over 90 local suppliers and stock more than 450 Scottish products, Aldi stores in Scotland boast a range that is at least 30% Scottish. The Buying team has grown from four to 25 members of staff, all of whom are committed to increasing the number of Scottish products available in stores to over 500 over the next two years and bring the best of Scotland’s larder to its customers.

As part of this, Aldi has invested over £22 million in new chill facilities for its Scottish Buying Department to help support the growth of its Scottish product range, including constructing a 4,000sq m freezer and a 13,000sq m chiller which opened in April.

This year, Aldi will open a further four new stores across the Scotland taking the total number of staff employed in Scotland to 3000 by the end of 2020. The new stores scheduled to open before the end of the year will be Commercial Street in Edinburgh, Houstoun Park in Livingston, Rigg Street in Stewarton and Gallowgate in Parkhead.

About Aldi UK 

Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with 900 stores and more than 36,000 employees.

Aldi is attracting hundreds of thousands of new customers every year with its range of exclusive brands, passing low operating costs on to customers in the form of low prices.

The supermarket believes in making every day amazing and that’s why every single day Aldi delivers on the best possible value for millions of families throughout the UK and Ireland across everything from award-winning fresh produce to world class gin.

Aldi won’t be beaten on price; consistently racks up award after award for quality; treats its suppliers with fairness and respect and recognises the responsibility of supporting valued institutions such as Team GB to demonstrate the importance of health and wellness. That’s Aldi. That’s everyday amazing. The reason they do this? Because Aldi believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food…it’s a right, not a privilege.

The company’s current achievements and initiatives include:

  • Aldi is the UK’s lowest priced supermarket. Research released by Which? in November showed doing a full shop at Aldi was 24% cheaper than the same shop at Tesco and 24% cheaper than the same shop at The Big Four. It tracked the price of 32 essential items at the UK’s eight biggest supermarkets throughout October 2020.
  • According to The Grocer magazine, a basket of 33 everyday items at Aldi is on average 14% cheaper than the Big 4 supermarkets.
  • Aldi has been crowned Christmas Retailer of the Year at the industry-renowned Quality Food Awards.
  • Aldi has a ten-year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust – Aldi recently achieved its fundraising milestone of £5m ahead of its five-year target, which will go towards helping the trust to reach out to every young person with cancer in the UK. Aldi has also now committed to extending the TCT partnership for a further five years with a commitment to donate an additional £5m over this period.
  • Aldi’s rates of pay are significantly higher than the Government’s National Living Wage and also above the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended national rates. Store Assistants receive a minimum hourly rate of £9.40 nationally and £10.90 in London.
  • Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ensures every member of the team has access to fresh healthy Aldi food via monthly shopping vouchers, and that 1.2 million 5-14-year-olds will learn about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food via its Get Set to Eat Fresh education initiative. Aldi has been a partner since 2015 and has extended its commitment to the 2024 Olympic games in Paris.
  • In May 2020, for the seventh consecutive year, Aldi was ranked the best-performing supermarket for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, underlining its commitment to maintaining fair, predictable and sustainable prices within its supply chain.

Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at

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