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With just one week to go, the last remaining tickets for this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Limited Edition have been released in what will be a jam packed programme of events celebrating the world-famous Speyside region.

Taking place outside of the usual spring schedule on 3rd to 8th November 2021, in a Limited Edition format to showcase Speyside at its best, this award-winning whisky festival has something for everyone. Whether you are new to whisky or a budding master blender there are plenty of drams to taste and savour. For the food enthusiast there are whisky themed afternoon teas, gourmet dinners and food pairings. In addition, for gin and cocktails lovers there are a selection of tempting events.

Dinner at the Malt Barn in Glenfiddich is one of the recent additions. Join Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich Ambassador to Scotland for an evening of fine whisky, exquisite dining and engaging conversation at The Glenfiddich Distillery Malt Barn. The evening will include five courses with whiskies specially selected by Mark to be enjoyed throughout the evening. This intimate gathering has always been a favourite amongst visitors to the Spirit of Speyside festival so early booking is recommended.

Other highlights include:

  • The Revelations Tour, The Ballindalloch Distillery – In the company of Distillery Manager Colin Poppy, you will see why The Ballindalloch Distillery has been awarded the Icons of Whisky Craft Producer of the Year three times. Sample various liquids including some from the private casks of the Macpherson-Grant family.
  • Enjoy a Dram on the Train, Dufftown Station – Sip a dram as you journey through the beautiful Moray countryside.
  • Solera Deconstructed Tour, Glenfiddich Distillery – Tour Glenfiddich and walk around Warehouse 8, home of the unique Solera process, before a tasting session in the Blending Room. Try cask strength samples of 15 year old Glenfiddich and create your own blend.
  • Afternoon tea, Gordon Castle – Enjoy a classic, premium or ultra afternoon tea experience at Gordon Castle Walled Garden and Cafe
  • Whisky & Chocolate, The Boat Country Inn – A guided evening of Speyside Whisky and Scottish handmade chocolate.
  • Whisky & Scottish Cheese Tasting, The Boat Country Inn – Join a whisky and cheese tasting, where you will be guided through four different expressions of whisky.
  • Ann Miller Traces Speyside’s Railways – Join Ann Miller, the Dram Queen, to discover more about these themes during tutored tastings bringing each to life with a selection of drams to illustrate the fascinating heritage of whiskies from Speyside.
  • Waterford Whisky Takeover at Glenrinnes Distillery – Hosted by Ian O’Brien and Co-host Meeghan Murdoch, the tasting will showcase four of Waterford Distillery’s delicious whiskies.
  • Six of Billy Walker’s Best, Fiddichside Inn – Join Steve Oliver and Ali Hunter for a tribute to Billy Walker on Speyside. Sample six different drams from the four distilleries owned by Billy Walker over the past 20 years.

George McNeil, chairman designate at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said:

“Earlier this year we brought the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival online with guests from 15 countries around the world logging in but nothing beats being together to celebrate the world’s largest malt whisky producing region in this later than normal limited edition festival. With 97 events already sold out, tickets are flying out of the door.

“In true Spirit of Speyside style, we have a first-class range of events lined up. From behind the scenes tours of some of the world’s most iconic distilleries to intimate tastings, pairings and talks with some of the top innovators in the industry. We’re looking forward to welcoming people back to Speyside to join us for a dram and help us celebrate the very best of our iconic whisky making region.”

To view the full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the Spirit of Speyside website.

About the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival’s annual celebration of Scotland’s national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. The Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike. Over the past 20 years, festival events have taken place throughout Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland, located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness.

Over the years, the Festival has developed close links with many Speyside businesses and communities who help to fund the festival. It is a true team effort to deliver an ever-improving range of events and services to make the Festival a truly unforgettable experience.

The company is limited by guarantee, it runs the festival with a voluntary board of directors drawn from key areas of the whisky industry along with other local businesses and tourism organisations.

For further information please visit:

Website:  www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Royal Canadian Small Batch Named Best in Class, Gold Medalist at 2021 Whiskies of the World Awards – Canadian Whisky News

Royal Canadian Small Batch Named Best in Class, Gold Medalist at 2021 Whiskies of the World Awards  

Four Canadian Whiskies Receive Recognition 

Montreal (Oct. 12, 2021) Royal Canadian Small Batch Whisky was awarded a Gold medal and named Best in Class at the 2021 Whiskies of the World Competition (WoW). High River Canadian Whisky also claimed a Silver Outstanding medal, meaning the judges panel unanimously agreed to extra recognition for the high-performing whisky.  This year’s judges, consisting of brand ambassadors, whisky retailers, mixologists, and others, awarded four total medals to Canadian whiskies in the Sazerac portfolio of brands, listed below:

Sazerac Canadian Whiskies Receiving Gold Medals

An excellent product that is among the best, remarkable.

  • Royal Canadian Small Batch Whisky – Best in Class

Sazerac Canadian Whiskies Receiving Silver Outstanding Medals

            A very good product with complexity that is better than most.

  • High River Canadian Whisky

Sazerac Canadian Whiskies Receiving Silver Medals

A very good and recommended product that shows complexity.

  • Caribou Crossing Canadian Whisky
  • Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky

WoW is produced in conjunction with the long-running International Wine & Spirits Competition. For a full list of results, visit https://whiskiesoftheworld.com/2021-award-winners/.

For more information on these brands and others produced by Sazerac, visit https://www.sazerac.com/our-brands/sazerac-brands.html.

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 https://www.sazerac.com/

Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla Private Collection 35 Year Old – 1985 at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Strathisla 35 Year Old – 1985


This 1985 vintage Strathisla was distilled Friday 14th June 1985 and matured in a refill bourbon barrel for 35 years before being bottled Tuesday 27th April 2021. Only 104 bottles filled from single cask 1482 at 57.8% vol. Another stunning and very rare single malt release from independent Scotch whisky bottlers Gordon & MacPhail. This 1985 vintage Strathisla was distilled Friday 14th June 1985 and matured in a refill bourbon barrel for 35 years before being bottled Tuesday 27th April 2021. Only 104 bottles filled from single cask 1482 at 57.8% vol and released as part of the excellent Private Collection.

Old Particular – New Single Cask Releases From Douglas Laing at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

The Old Particular Single Casks are a particularly sought-after range of individually-selected Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch Whiskies from all over Scotland. Each is bottled exactly the way the Distiller intended: without colouring or chill-filtration, and at high alcohol strength. This combination allows the cask to retain the naturally present oils, fats and enzymes in the spirit that enhance the quality of the nose, the mouthfeel and flavour profile of the Whisky

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Final release in the No Name Trilogy at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Final release in the No Name Trilogy

Pre Order No Name 3


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No Name was not supposed to become a series, but Compass Box have enjoyed showcasing different heavily-peated malt whiskies within a consistent recipe structure. The interplay of smokiness between all three is completely different, showing that peat is far from one-dimensional. This completes a compelling trilogy. It boasts high density phenols with tarry notes that fans of the series will recognise from the original No Name. At the same time, it boasts a flamboyant fruitiness that builds on that of No Name, No. 2.

This final version has been based around malt whisky from the Laphroaig Distillery (74.7%), aged in recharred hogsheads. Compellingly waxy, fruity and sooty malt whisky from the Bowmore Distillery supports this. Fruity and silky unpeated malts, and a little of our Highland Malt Blend, complete the recipe. Full recipe details can be found here

Please welcome to the stage No Name, No. 3, a rock opera of a whisky.
If the original No Name was whisky as thrash metal, and No Name, No. 2 showcased the flamboyance of progressive rock, this final creation in our trilogy takes peat to an OTT operatic crescendo.

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ralfy review 900 – GlenAllachie 15yo – Scotch Whisky News

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New Master Blender for Johnnie Walker as industry legend retires – Scotch Whisky News

New Master Blender for Johnnie Walker as industry legend retires

Emma Walker succeeds Jim Beveridge OBE becoming the first female Master Blender in the 200-year Johnnie Walker story

Today Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling Scotch Whisky1, announces that Dr Emma Walker will take over the reins from Dr Jim Beveridge OBE, who retires at the end of the year after more than 40 years at Diageo, 20 of which as Master Blender.

Emma will be one of a small, select group of people, and the first female, to take on the coveted role of Master Blender in more than two centuries of the business’s existence, the first being founder John Walker.

Aptly named, although no relation to the Walker family, Emma joined Diageo 13 years ago and has gained extensive knowledge and experience of Scotch production and innovation to become a highly respected blender who has worked extensively on Johnnie Walker for the last six years. Her innovations include the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series and Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker.

Diageo: Dr Emma Walker joins a small, select group of people, and becomes the first female, to take on the coveted role of Master Blender in the 200-year Johnnie Walker story. Press release being issued by Smarts. Photograph: Mike Wilkinson…20/10/21 Photograph issued courtesy of Diageo. Copyright: Mike Wilkinson. 07768393673 mike@mike-wilkinson.com www.mike-wilkinson.com

The role of Johnnie Walker Master Blender is one of the most coveted in the industry, and Emma will lead the 12-strong team of expert whisky makers in the pursuit of exceptional flavour, crafting and blending whisky from the four corners of Scotland to create the numerous Johnnie Walker variants which are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.

During her career, Emma has worked in different areas of whisky production; gaining experience and understanding of how flavour develops in fermentation, distillation, and maturation, striving to ensure quality at every stage of the process. She has spent several years working with Jim to develop an encyclopaedic understanding and knowledge of whisky.

“I am honoured to take on the title of Master Blender of Johnnie Walker, and at an exciting time for the brand as we embark on the next step of our journey looking ahead to the next 200 years. I love experimenting and innovating with flavour and we’ll be working hard to not only continue to deliver the unrivalled quality that we are renowned for but also introducing blends to appeal to a new generation of Scotch Whisky fans. I have learnt so much over my career working with Jim – whose knowledge and generosity of spirit is unsurpassed in the world of whisky.”

Dr Emma WalkerNew Johnnie Walker Master Blender

The announcement comes as Jim Beveridge retires after a four-decade career in whisky during which time he has been responsible for some of the world’s most popular and acclaimed Scotch whisky blends including Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

His commitment to developing the ultimate whisky flavours began when he started his career with Johnnie Walker as an analytical chemist 42 years ago. He has gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly respected figures in the industry, renowned for his skill and dedication to quality. In 2019, he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the Scotch Whisky industry.

“It is with pleasure and confidence that I pass on this privilege to Emma. I know she will do a wonderful job as she possesses the knowledge, expertise, and dedication to make an amazing Master Blender. On a personal level I am delighted for her, and I know that her wonderfully infectious personality, that made working with her so enjoyable, will bring something exciting and different to the team and, indeed, to the wider Scotch industry.”

Dr Jim Beveridge OBEJohnnie Walker Master Blender

“It is through Jim’s tireless work, incredible expertise and dedication to quality that the iconic flavours of the Johnnie Walker portfolio are so popular today and we thank him for his outstanding contribution over the last four decades. Emma takes over at an exciting time, Scotch is being enjoyed in so many different ways by people from all over the world and I know that Emma and her team will continue to develop the exceptional tastes, textures and flavours that we are renowned for.”

Julie BramhamGlobal Brand Director for Johnnie Walker


1IWSR 2020




Hot on the heels of its recent ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ trophy at the 2021 International Spirits Challenge, Jameson is launching a 50% ABV, or 100-proof[2], limited edition of its triple-distilled Black Barrel whiskey – great to gift (and even better to keep) this Christmas.

Jameson Black Barrel Proof is made from pot still and grain whiskey matured in a combination of American oak, sherry casks and double charred ex-bourbon barrels to give an even deeper flavour experience. Uniquely, this expression will be bottled at 50% ABV and without chill filtration. The result is a rich, smooth expression that showcases the benefit that the tradition of barrel charring can add to the world’s favourite Irish whiskey[3].

“Jameson Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of our small batch grain and traditional single pot still Irish whiskey and boasts a robust spiciness, with flavours of butterscotch and fudge. Paying tribute to the cooper’s skill, maturing a portion of our whiskey in double charred barrels brings out sweet and spicy characteristics in abundance as it penetrates deeper into the charred oak,” explains Irish Distillers’ Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman.

“Like every family, Jameson is made up of individual characters with their own distinct personalities. Bottling Jameson Black Barrel at a higher strength is a great way to accentuate the already beloved characteristics of this unique whiskey to create a totally new experience for whiskey enthusiasts.

“So, if a full strength whiskey that’s bursting with aromas of toffee and fudge, complemented by a spicy character and a rich vanilla finish, sounds like it’s for you – or maybe even for someone you know –

then you’ll find that Black Barrel Proof is a great addition to the Jameson family this Christmas. Slainte!”

Set to appeal to whiskey fans seeking to explore a more intense flavour experience this Christmas, the limited-edition release of Jameson Black Barrel Proof will be available online at JamesonWhiskey.com and via select outlets in Ireland and at Dublin Airport from early November at RRP of €60. 

Best served in a cocktail or maybe over ice, but always with friends!

Tasting notes by Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman:

Nose: Butterscotch sweetness and creamy, toffee, fudge aroma.

Taste: Rich smooth taste with a deep intensity and dialled up spicy notes, complemented by vanilla sweetness.

Finish: Smooth and rich finish with a hint of vanilla lingering on the palate. 



About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines, and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth up to 2019 and hitting sales of 8.6m cases in 2021. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €400 million to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €8,824 million in FY21. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics, as illustrated by the 2030 Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “Good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices.

[1] Best Irish Whiskey trophy at International Spirits Challenge 2021, Double Gold Medal from San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021, Gold Outstanding and 98 points from International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021

[2] Proof is twice the measure of alcohol content by volume. For example, a whiskey with 50% alcohol is a 100-proof whiskey.

[3] Jameson is the world’s bestselling (IWSR 2020) and most awarded Irish whiskey based on the tasting results of the six most influential tasting competitions over the past ten years (2011-2021), including The Irish Whiskey Masters, IWSC, ISC, Beverage Testing Institute, San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Speyside Whisky Auctions “Our October Auction ENDS SOON!” – Auction Whisky News

Our October Auction ENDS SOON!

Auction closes from 8pm (BST) Tuesday 26th October.


We have these amazing bottles featuring this auction…..

Our October auction in now LIVE!Auction closes from 8pm (BST) Tuesday 26th October.


We have these amazing bottles featuring this auction…..

34 Year Old – Ruby Geisha Cask #3668

52 Year Old – 1946 Select Reserve

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Gordon & MacPhail Glenburgie 1995 25 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Glenburgie 1995 25 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice

G&M present this single cask showcasing red apple, lime, honeysuckle, black pepper and tropical fruits. A limited-edition bottle, exclusive to The Whisky Shop, this single cask from Glenburgie is limited to only 137 bottles. Bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, this Speyside single malt whisky has been carefully matured a single ex-bourbon barrel, filled in 1995 and bottled in 2021 at a cask strength of 55.8% abv. It is free from chill-filtration and exhibits a natural colour. This exceptional one-off whisky offers notes of red apple and lime zest on the nose, complementing a subtle honeysuckle. Flavours of cracked black pepper give way to tropical fruits on the palate, before a medium finish with lingering hazelnuts.

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