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The Whisky Lounge Festival in a Box 2.0 – Whisky Lounge News

We hope you are well and looking forward to the bank holiday weekend!

As promised we finally have details of our follow-up to our successful ‘Festival in a Box’ last October. Many of you have been clamouring for this and we have been just as keen to get the ball rolling with it.

There is not a great deal of news yet regarding ‘live’ events. We are remaining in touch with all of our venues and are hopeful we will be able to recommence after the 21st June, but we will update you as soon as we can. Please believe me when I say we are desperate to get out and see you all again!

What’s happening over the Father’s Day weekend?

With this event we will turn the fun and interactivity factor up to eleven! And we hope you’ll involve your Dads too!

The weekend will kick-off on Friday 18th June with the ultimate BBQ and cocktails.

Chris Perry-Jones of award-winning Hawkhead fame will take participants through the art of preparing meats and proper BBQ’ing, whilst we also have what we like to call a Manhattan and Old-Fashioned-Off cocktail-making session.

Saturday will see Eddie, in honour of the impending Father’s Day, take his own Dad, in France, through a whisky blending session. He is determined that if he (a true whisky sceptic and novice) can do it, anyone can!

On Sunday, Eddie will be hosting a special Desert Island Karaoke session, in which he and 5 of his whisky friends will choose a dram and a track each before giving us a stunning rendition of the track!

Plus more to come!

There will also be on-demand, mini-masterclass sessions with each of the exhibitors and the bottling they have included in our Festival in a Box pack.

Talking of which!

So what is included and what does it cost?

Festival in a Box – Standard Edition £45 (inc. delivery)

– ALL samples of ALL of the exhibitors mini-masterclass whiskies. This will be between 20-30 samples.

– Glencairn tasting glass

– Can of Larkfire Wild Water for Whisky

– Hawkhead whisky-smoked nuts

– Access to ALL festival sessions, whether live or on-demand

Plus, for those of you prepared to be quick, the Fast Fingers Edition will also include a extra-special dram chosen by Eddie himself! There are only 50 of these available…

BUY NOW – Festival in a Box 2021

Please bear in mind that there is currently one person working one day a week in the business, so it may take a little while to get back to you. We have wonderful volunteers who help us with things like packing, etc., but your patience is much appreciated!

That’s it for now!

Thanks for listening and please take care. We look forward to hearing from you and fingers crossed for ‘real life’ events later in the year!

Have a great weekend!

Best Wishes,
The Whisky Lounge

Exclusive Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1996 Single Cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

1996 Single Cask Exclusive

Glentauchers 25 Year Old for TWB

1996 vintage single bourbon cask from The Golden Cask exclusive to TWB.

An explosion of fruit and spice from this 25 year old single malt distilled at the Charles Doig designed distillery in Speyside. Glentauchers 25 Year Old 1996 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single Bourbon cask #CM270 distilled February 1996 and bottled March 2021 by House of Macduff for the Golden Cask series. 118 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. Sweet stewed fruits, heather honey, lemon sherbert, ripe pineapple, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and peach juice. Long and oily, sweet dry finish.


The Glentauchers Distillery Company, comprising W.P. Lowrie a Glasgow based whisky blender and James Buchanan a London based blender, commenced construction of Glentauchers Distillery in 1897 with distillation commencing the following year. Equipped with six stills Glentauchers Distillery is a Speyside malt whisky distillery to be found at Mulben in Banffshire. Since production is designed primarily to generate spirit for blends of scotch official releases of Glentauchers single malt whisky are sparse. Notwithstanding, Signatory Vintage, Gordon & MacPhail and Morrison & MacKay produce some excellent independent bottlings.

Just 101 bottles at natural cask strength.

Shop – Glentauchers 25 Year Old – £145 / €138 / $167 / c$206*

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 381: Glasgow 1770 Release No 1 – Triple Distilled – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 381: Glasgow 1770 Release No 1 – Triple Distilled

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries one of the first releases from the The Glasgow Distillery Company. It was founded in 2014 and can be found about 1.5 kilometers to the west of the city center. It takes its name from the old Glasgow Distillery that was operational near Dundashill from 1770 until the early 20th Century. While their single malt was maturing, they created cashflow by releasing sourced malts under the Prometheus banner as well as produce the Makar Gin, G52 Vodka, Banditti Club Rum and Malt Riot Blended Malt. But now their own Glasgow 1770 Single Malt is ready. The first release is triple distilled.




A greatly-aged and ultra-rare single malt has been released to honour the man described by whisky legend Charlie MacLean as the ‘father of single malt’.

Just 355 bottles are available of the Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy 1953 from Glen Grant Distillery, the first edition of a single-cask release planned each year. The 67-year-old whisky was laid down on instruction of Mr George Urquhart, or ‘Mr George’, as he was fondly known by those who knew him best.

Mr George was a member of the second generation of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail and the release marks the culmination of the company’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Keen to champion Scotland’s single malts when the vast majority of stock was used for blending purposes, Mr George travelled far and wide from the 1950s, introducing a variety of whiskies to countries around Europe. Word spread, and Gordon & MacPhail’s Elgin base became a must-visit location for delegations from the US and Japan, among others, looking to strike export deals.

Distilled on Christmas Eve 1953 and spending its whole life in cask no. 4209, a first-fill Sherry butt, the first edition of the Legacy Series [RSP £5000*] was bottled on Tuesday 5th January 2021 at cask strength of 59.4% ABV, remarkable given the age of the whisky.

On the nose, the deep mahogany whisky has soft aromas of beeswax polish, stewed fruit and hazelnuts. The taste is characterised by a warming autumnal spice, with notes of plum, blackcurrant and treacle. This gives way to a long, lingering finish with fruit, spice and a hint of bonfire embers.

Mr. George

The support campaign charts Mr George’s international adventures, often at the wheel of his Lancia Gamma loaded with cases of precious single malts from distilleries all over Scotland, matured in Gordon & MacPhail’s own casks. Over this time, he built close relationships with importers in countries such as Italy and France which would go on to become some of the world’s first markets of significant scale for single malt Scotch.

Glen Grant was specially selected as the first single malt in the Legacy series as Mr George held a particular fondness for the Speyside distillery.

Stephen Rankin, grandson of Mr George and Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige, said: “My grandfather possessed a passion for taking single malts beyond these shores. Over many decades, he built and nurtured close relationships with some of Scotland’s leading distilleries and proudly took as much as he could carry on his international trips. I have fond memories of joining him, meeting new people, and telling stories about the casks he’d chosen to bring out the best in the different types of spirit.

“He always had a soft spot for Glen Grant Distillery. The Legacy series allows us to explore some of these stories, providing some exceptional whiskies in fitting tribute to Mr George’s life’s work.”

Celebrating its 125th anniversary over the last year, Gordon & MacPhail has built up an impressive collection of whiskies from over 100 distilleries housed in its liquid library, a testament to the close relationships forged with Scotland’s distilleries over many decades.

Stephen continued: “It’s the foundations of trust and mutual respect – for our partners and the whisky itself – that still very much guides the way we do things. Mr George was regarded as a master of Scotch whisky maturation; something that has been passed down through the generations.”

Charles Maclean, whisky expert noted: “This is a remarkable whisky. It is full of the complexity that long maturation can bring, yet it remains astonishingly vivacious. Frankly, as good as it gets!”

For more information, visit www.gordonandmacphail.com


*Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties.

Tasting notes: Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Series, 1953 from Glen Grant distillery

Matured in cask 4209, a first-fill Sherry butt, and bottled at 59.4% ABV. Outturn of 355 bottles.


Darkest Mahogany


Soft aromas of BEESWAX POLISH give way to STEWED FRUIT and TOASTED HAZELNUTS. Subtle ORANGE PEEL complements rich GINGER notes.


AUTUMNAL SPICE and ripe PLUM flavours combine with light BLACKCURRANT undertones. TREACLE comes to the fore alongside a light touch of FRESH MINT.


A full-bodied and long finish with lingering FRUIT, SPICE and a delicate hint of BONFIRE EMBERS.

 About Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies

For over 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality.

Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.

It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create a portfolio of iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

  • ‘Discovery’ – This flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies
  • ‘Distillery Labels ’– A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries
  • Connoisseurs Choice’ –The heart of our portfolio. Always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
  • ‘Private Collection’ – Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family
  • Generations’ – A prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces

High spirits as The Dublin Liberties Distillery achieves record sales – Irish Whiskey News

High spirits as The Dublin Liberties Distillery achieves record sales

The Dublin Liberties Distillery (The DLD) today announced it achieved record sales growth over the past 12 months, as global sales of its Dubliner and Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey brands grew year-on-year by 21% for the April 2020 to March 2021 period.

Despite the temporary closure of licenced premises due to Covid-19 impacting the on-trade market, combined sales of both brands for the year topped 900,000 bottles for the first time, taking the total bottles sold since their launch in 2017 to over 2.5 million in more than 25 markets.

Volume growth of 69% and 51% was achieved in Germany and Ukraine respectively, with Dubliner placing amongst the top four selling Irish whiskey brands in Germany, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.  Over 350,000 bottles were sold in the key US Irish Whiskey market, as sales of Dubliner benefited from the introduction of new-look bottles and branding this year.

Domestic sales also performed positively, with year-on-year growth of 44% generated.  Both brands were listed in Tesco supermarkets for the first time, while sales at both Dunnes Stores and SuperValu grew by over 50%.  Further new listings were secured with the Carryout Off Licence Group, bringing Dubliner Whiskey & Honeycomb Liqueur directly to Irish consumers for the first time.

Welcoming the performance, Fergus Murphy, General Manager at The Dublin Liberties Distillery said: “Despite an extremely difficult and fluctuating environment, we had a very strong 12 months, with global sales of Dubliner and Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey showing great resilience.  We sold just under 900,000 bottles this year, driven mainly by sales in our key markets of the US, Germany, Ukraine, Ireland and Australia, while we also saw encouraging growth in emerging markets despite the pandemic.”

“Since 2017, we have sold over 2.5 million bottles of premium Irish Whiskey globally and expect to continue to break sales records driven by our ambitious 10-year growth plan. There are exciting times ahead for our brands as we look to focus on new international markets and reimagine brand identities to target a wider spectrum of consumers.”

The DLD opened its state-of-the-art whiskey distillery and visitor experience on Mill Street in Dublin’s Liberties in 2019. It is majority owned by Quintessential Brands Group, in partnership with Stock Spirits.

Over the past 18 months, The DLD has appointed a new leadership team to support the growth of its key brands, with Fergus Murphy taking over as General Manager in November 2019, while Bronagh Hunt stepped up to the role of Global Brands Director last November.

Master Distiller Darryl McNally will shortly move to a new consultancy role within the business, as he pursues other opportunities in the global whiskey industry. Since joining The DLD, Darryl has expertly trained a team of distillers to continue to produce quality single malt Irish whiskey.


The Dublin Liberties Distillery opened its doors for the first time in February 2019. A working distillery in the heart of the Dublin’s Liberties district, Ireland’s historic whiskey capital, The Dublin Liberties Distillery is majority owned by Quintessential Brands Group, in partnership with Stock Spirits.


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Established in 2011, Quintessential Brands Group is one of the most successful spirits companies to emerge from the UK in the last decade. The company offers a complete range of services and products to its customers across the world; producing and distributing some of the world’s most-loved spirits brands, including Greenall’s, the Original London Dry Gin, Opihr Spiced Gin and BLOOM Gin, as well as developing and producing some of the most commercially successful retailer brands of recent years for trade customers, and co-packing for some of the world’s most well-known spirits brands.

Recognised by the industry as International Spirits Challenge Gin Distiller of the Year five times in the last six years, Quintessential Brands is renowned for its unrivalled gin distilling capabilities heritage dating back to 1761 and is emerging as one of the most dynamic new entrants in the Irish whiskey market with the Dublin Liberties Distillery. With world-class product development and manufacturing at four world-class production sites across Europe and an award-winning premium brand portfolio comprised of English Gins, Irish Whiskeys, Irish Creams and Liqueurs, Quintessential Brands is committed to being the indispensable spirits partner of choice to its customers across the world, with customers and insights at the heart of everything we do.

Headquartered in London, Quintessential Brands Group distributes its brands and services through regional business units and distributors internationally.


Scotch Whisky Auctions “UK Collections including Orkney & Islay” – Auction Whisky News

We are pleased to announce our collection service throughout mainland UK will continue. In addition we will be visiting Orkney and Islay in May 2021. If you live outside the below areas and would like a collection of 10+ bottles or bottles to the value of £1000 please complete the request form and we will try to accommodate you.

Our schedule is as follows:

England & Wales (excluding London)
We will be down south between 7th-11th May 2021.
Home collections are available to customer selling 10+ bottles or bottles to the value of £1000 and above.
Request deadline 12noon Wednesday 5th May 2021

We will have four collection points in London on Sunday 9th May 2021. Customers will be seen by appointment only from 10am.
North – Sainsburys, Williamson Road, London, N4 1UJ
South – Sainsburys, 480 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 3PY
East – Tesco – 1 Armada Way, London, E6 7ER
West – Sainsburys, 31 Essex Place, London, W4 5UT
Request deadline 12noon Wednesday 5th May 2021

Wednesday 12th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Monday 10th May 2021

Wednesday 12th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Monday 10th May 2021

Wednesday 12th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Monday 10th May 2021

Thursday 13th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Tuesday 11th May 2021

Thursday 13th May 2021
Ballygrant Inn
By appointment only between 6.30pm-7.30pm
Request deadline 12noon Tuesday 11th May 2021

Friday 14th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Wednesday 12th May 2021

Friday 14th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Wednesday 12th May 2021

Saturday 15th May 2021
Home collections available if 10+bottles or bottles to the value of £1000
Request deadline 12noon Tuesday 11th May 2021

Monday 17th May 2021
The Orkney Hotel
By appointment only between 6.30pm-7.30pm
Request deadline 12noon Thursday 13th May 2021

Collections are limited and by appointment only. If you would like to attend please complete the form which can be found here.

In a bid to adhere to social distancing guidelines it would be appreciated if bottles could be packed for uplift with the submission form and label completed.

A winner in our auction? We are now offering a delivery (to collection point) service to customers who are dropping bottles off for a future auction. This service is charged at £12 (inc VAT), optional loss and breakage cover is available.


New casks from Morrison Distillers at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

New casks from Morrison Distillers:

Spring 2021 release from Morrison Distillers includes: Manochmore 27 Years, Auchentoshan 22 Years, peated Tormore and a sherry wood Glenrothes.

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers changed their name from Morrison & MacKay Whisky Merchants in 2020 with the Morrison family taking over. Still a family owned independent whisky bottler with three generations of experience in Scotch whisky, they are based at Aberargie, south of Perth, where they also built their own distillery in 2016. Home to the well-loved independent bottling label, Carn Mor, 2020 brought a fresh re-brand and design to the range of Strictly Limited and Celebration of the Cask labels.

Shop – Latest Whiskies

Rare and Extremely Limited Scotch Casks at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Exclusive to K&L: Limited-Edition Scotch Casks
True rarities and collectibles from famed importer Ferdinando Fiori

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Now available on pre-arrival, we have recently acquired a truly unique and relatively unrivaled selection of single-cask scotch that you won’t see anywhere else. Coming from famed Italian importer Ferdinando Fiori, now retired from ’80s superstar Intertrade Imports, we were able to unearth some limited stocks from some of the world’s most revered distillers. We have secured exclusive access to these inimitable examples from names like Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Auchroisk, Glen Grant, and more. With just a few bottles available of each of these rarities, this is an opportunity that any spirits collector will want to jump on quickly.

* Pre-Arrival: These items will be available for pickup or delivery in late summer 2021

1990 Auchroisk 27 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Rum Cask No. 3645 Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Japanese/Italian Import – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $349.99 View

2008 Benrinnes 11 Year Old “High Spirits And the Masters Of Magic” Single Barrel Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $84.99 View

2004 Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Butt Cask No. 587 Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $179.99 View

1997 Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Rum Cask No. 5386 Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Japanese/Italian Import – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $249.99 View

1996 Caol Ila 21 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Hogshead Cask No. 791 Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $374.99 View

2005 Croftengea 11 Year “High Spirits And the Masters Of Magic” Single Barrel Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Pre-Arrival $84.99 View

1995 Glen Grant 22 Year Old “Kingsbury” Single Barrel No. 119416 Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Japanese/Italian Imports – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $199.99 View

2008 Macduff 11 Year Old “High Spirits And the Masters Of Magic” Single Barrel Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Italian Import – 700ml) (Pre-Arrival) $79.99 View

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Ardnamurchan Distillery – Whisky News


Finally got hold of one! The second public single malt release from the Ardnamurchan Distillery; a fine release at that.

A mixture of 50% unpeated and 50% peated barely, in a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso casks, this second release is a HUGE whisky in regards to its depth of flavour and its natural presentation. Seriously, for young whisky (sub seven years) – this is an incredible expression of the west coast of Scotland.

Glasgow Whisky announces distillery purchase to expand global business – Scotch Whisky News

Glasgow Whisky announces distillery purchase to expand global business

Glasgow Whisky has announced an exciting progression to its expanding global whisky business:  the purchase of Tromie Mills Distillery Limited, owner of the site in Drumguish, Kingussie, renowned as one of the most picturesque distillery sites in Scotland.

Located in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, the new owners have undertaken to commit significant investment to build a contemporary, more environmentally sustainable and energy efficient distillery, whilst remaining sympathetic to the heritage of the site and maintaining the traditional and established methods of distilling quality single malt Scotch whisky.

Glasgow Whisky has confirmed that the current tenant, Speyside Distillers, will continue to operate from the Drumguish site until their lease expires in Spring 2025, with Speyside Distillers announcing their own plans to build a distillery earlier this year. The refurbishment by Glasgow Whisky will commence from Spring 2025, working with suppliers from the local Speyside area.

Since being founded in 2007, Glasgow Whisky has established influential global credentials in both bulk exports and branded cased sales. As the company now ventures into purchasing its first distillery site, owners Graham Taylor and Stuart Hendry – who have over 70 years of combined industry experience – are delighted at how the business is evolving.

Graham commented: “The addition of a distillery in Drumguish is an exciting and natural progression as we continue to build for the future. Since our launch in 2007, we have seen significant growth in all areas of our Scotch whisky brands and products across the globe. The distillery will enable us to add to our portfolio and continue to supply our clients around the world with quality Scotch whisky.”

Stuart continued: “Our plans for the distillery will give us the opportunity to celebrate an established and known site, whilst bringing it into the 21st century in terms of distilling innovation, sustainability and production methods. We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to evolve our business.”

For further information visit: www.glasgowwhisky.com and for more information about the company’s award-winning whiskies visit: www.speymhor-whisky.com and www.cailleach-whisky.com

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