Exclusive Octave Cask from Duncan Taylor at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News



Bottled exclusively for the Inverurie Whisky Shop, this 10 Year Old started life in Oak casks before being transferred into Octaves for 9 months. Distilled at a Highland Distillery in near the Aberdeenshire town of Kennethmont, this whisky showcases the rare unpeated spirit from the distillery and is named after a hamlet situated halfway between the distillery and the bottler, Duncan Taylor, in Huntly.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sugared almonds, white pepper, lemon zest

Palate: Milk chocolate, light citrus, fruity currants, earty, sweet spices.

Finish: Dark chocolate, orange peel, sticky toffee pudding

53.2% ABV


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The Whisky Shop ‘Four new Distell Limited Editions! Which one takes your fancy?’ – Scotch Whisky News

Four fabulous limited editions from Distell…

We are really excited to announce these four stunning new releases – all are matured in a variety of sherry and wine casks, bottled at natural cask strength (so you can drink it how you like it!), and limited edition. So don’t hang about – choose your favourite!

See the range →



Louisville, Ky (Aug. 25, 2021) –For the second year in a row, the Sazerac Company was named the American Whiskey Producer of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC).

Determined by a weighted points system, Producer of the Year Awards reflect the success of all brands entered into a single category. With 33 American Whiskey medals, including 19 Gold medals, the Sazerac Company came out on top in the category which had 127 total entries. Sazerac was also awarded this coveted title in the 2020 ISC Awards.

ISC Tasting Award winners are chosen over a rigorous 12-day process of blind tastings. Panels of experienced judges award a score for products’ aroma, appearance, taste and finish. Those scores are then combined to determine which medal can be awarded.

For a full list of results from the 2021 International Spirits Challenge, visit

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac visit

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!

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